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Mike Lee’s New Crusade

Mike Lee’s New Crusade

Posted on February 13, 2016

Having your BFFs run for president should be fun, right? Or at least moderately useful? That was what Senator Mike Lee was more or less hoping as he headed into this election cycle with not one but three of his closest Senate colleagues—Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and (until Iowa) Rand Paul—chasing the Republican nomination. Oh, sure, Lee would have to manage...

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Executive Branch Overreach? Lawmakers Blame Themselves

Executive Branch Overreach? Lawmakers Blame Themselves

Posted on February 9, 2016

WASHINGTON — Republicans outraged over abuse of executive authority typically blame power-mad Democratic presidents for acting outside the Constitution. Not Senator Mike Lee, the conservative Utah Republican. “This is of our own making,” said Mr. Lee, pointing his finger directly at Congress for a steady ceding of power from Capitol Hill to the executive...

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Rise of the Licensing Cartel

Rise of the Licensing Cartel

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Should only dentists be allowed to whiten people’s teeth? Or is this a service anyone should be allowed to offer? This may sound like a silly question at first, but when the deeper question of occupational licensing is applied to the broader economy, it turns out that there are millions of jobs and hundreds of billions of dollars at stake. Keep in mind...

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A Conservative Senator’s 5 Steps to Fix Congress

A Conservative Senator’s 5 Steps to Fix Congress

Posted on February 1, 2016

After Republicans won a majority in the Senate and maintained their majority in the House in November 2014, I proposed that the two chambers take five modest steps to repair what had become a dysfunctional legislative branch. This was part of my effort as the recently elected chairman of the Senate Steering Committee to put forward a vision and a plan that...

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Clock Ticking on Email Privacy Reform

Clock Ticking on Email Privacy Reform

Posted on January 28, 2016

January 28 marks Data Privacy Day—an annual day to raise awareness about personal and data privacy in an era when we store the majority of our business and personal lives online. It is also an important opportunity to remind Congress that Americans’ digital privacy rights remain exposed under an outdated law called the Electronic Communications Privacy Act...

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