Jim covered Congress and The White House during the George W. Bush administration for The Washington Times, and worked as a reporter, editorial writer and columnist for newspapers in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and California. He has appeared on the Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, C-Span, and many local and national talk radio shows to talk politics and policy.
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States that have resisted or slowed their implementation of Obamacare now face a number of key decisions that must be made in very short order.
A comprehensive survey of the nation’s physicians by a respected nonpartisan group has found broad-based pessimism about the future of medicine, President Obama’s health care law, and government-funded health care in general.
Multiple states and other plaintiffs are continuing their lawsuits against President Obama’s administration over his mandate that employers provide coverage for contraception and abortifacients, despite being rebuffed by a federal judge.
President Obama’s reelection with no change of leadership in the House and Senate means he and Education Secretary Arne Duncan will maintain current policies: multiple federal grants for favored initiatives and increased control over state and local education.
The nation’s largest abortion provider will soon teach more public school students about sex, thanks to federal funding inside the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Most states begin legislative sessions in spring 2013, and several lawmakers have already indicated they will introduce Parent Trigger or school voucher legislation. Here’s a list.
Every now and then developments in the global warming debate induce a deep-from-the-belly round of laughter.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) told reporters this week that he would like to see the U.S. Senate address climate change.
British officials are putting an end to new onshore wind farm construction, halting an energy experiment that has produced little usable electricity while draining the finances of British taxpayers and electricity consumers.
California voters have approved measures to raise taxes billions of dollars and have rejected a measure to stop labor unions from forcing members to pay dues for union-backed political activities.
Michigan voters defeated the union-backed Proposal 2, with 58 percent voting no and 42 percent voting yes.
Read about the Cato Institute’s 11th biennial fiscal report card on the governors, which examines state budget actions since 2010.
The so-called Taxpayer Protection Act is anything but, according to an array of free-market, taxpayer, environmental, and insurance organizations that warn the measure would put taxpayers on the hook for billions of dollars of property insurance losses and encourage more development in risky areas.
Since the financial crisis began in August 2007, one of the puzzles surrounding the Federal Reserve’s quantitative easing program — i.e., money printing—has been why it has not led to high levels of consumer price inflation in areas other than food and energy.
Seton Motely, President of Less Government, discusses his recent Breitbart.com piece “Meet The New Left, Came as the Old Left.” Motley talks about net neutrality, the left’s ever-shifting language, the folly of “monpolies” on in the Digital economy, and more.
Groupon customers are worse off under the proposed class action settlement in a case over expired coupons, according to Ted Frank of the Center for Class Action Fairness.
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