Researcher and Writer in Washington, DC

For Regulatory Reform, Look to Congr...

For Regulatory Reform, Look to Congress

It is rare that we get a glimpse at the guiding principles that motivate a president and his team, but White House senior adviser Stephen Bannon’s recent remarks at the Conservative Political Action Conference may have provided unique insight into the Trump administration’s operations and goals. For conservatives, it was a mixed bag. Bannon’s emphasis […]

My New Book “Moonshine: A Global History” Now Is Availa...

My New Book “Moonshine: A Global History” Now Is Available

No matter where you go on earth, there is moonshine. It has been made from just about every imaginable foodstuff: grapes, grain, raw sugar, tree bark, horse milk and more. College students in the developed world drink it; so do day labourers in the world’s poorest slums and villages. All moonshine has two characteristics: it […]

Will Trump Sign Postal Reform Legislati...

Will Trump Sign Postal Reform Legislation?

The House of Representatives took up postal reform legislation this week, a decade after Congress passed the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act, which was supposed to shore up the U.S. Postal Service for the 21st century. It didn’t work out that way. Shortly after President George W. Bush signed the law, the economy tanked, as […]

Should Congress Have to Approve Every Federal Regulation? A Deb...

Should Congress Have to Approve Every Federal Regulation? A Debate

Andrew Rudalevige (AR): Kevin, you recently wrote a piece in Politico called “Six ways to curb a runaway presidency.” This dovetails nicely with a chapter I wrote for an upcoming volume on “The Imperial Presidency and the Constitution.” We share a concern about the shift of authority from the legislative branch to the executive branch […]

Five Big Questions About Trump’s Executive Order On Regulat...

Five Big Questions About Trump’s Executive Order On Regulation

On Monday, the Trump Administration made its first big move against overregulation, issuing an executive order requiring agencies to repeal two current regulations for each new one they propose. The order also imposes a regulatory budget come FY2018, which would limit the amount of new regulatory costs agencies can impose on individuals and businesses each […]

Strengthening Congress by Shrinking the Administrative St...

Strengthening Congress by Shrinking the Administrative State

Regulatory reform appears to be gaining traction in Washington, D.C. The White House directed agencies to halt the issuance of new regulations. Congress also got in the act. In its first week in session, the House of Representatives passed three bills to reduce the proliferation and costs of regulations. These are good first steps, but […]

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