Author Archive | Christian Britschgi

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Report All Inappropriate Christmas Decorations to the Proper Authorities

The University of Minnesota has distributed guidelines on how to celebrate the holidays in the most inclusive, bias-free way possible. They’ve gone a bit overboard in the process, unless you think there’s something innately Christian about bells or the color red. The guidelines—composed by the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences’ Diversity and […]

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The Senate’s Rejection of Export-Import Bank Critic Shows How Entrenched Crony Capitalism Is in Washington

The Senate Banking Committee voted 10–13 yesterday to reject former New Jersey Rep. Scott Garrett to head the Export-Import Bank, an institution that has become synonymous with corporate welfare. Two Republicans on the committee—Sens. Mike Rounds (R–S.D.) and Tim Scott (R–S.C.)—broke ranks to vote against Garrett, who had called for the bank’s elimination while he […]

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House Passes Tax Reform, NBC Wants to Bring Back ‘The Office’, and California Sues Trump…Again: P.M. Links

Christian Britschgi|Dec. 19, 2017 4:30 pm ERIN SCHAFF/UPI/NewscomThe House passes tax reform today, with the Senate expected to follow suit. Read Reason‘s Peter Suderman on the pros and cons of the bill. California sues Trump Administration over methane gas rule. More on the Bitcoin is ‘bad the environment’ beat. Photo Credit: ERIN SCHAFF/UPI/Newscom Christian Britschgi […]

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Would More Infrastructure Spending Have Stopped Yesterday’s Derailment?

Alex Milan Tracy/Sipa USA/NewscomWould more infrastructure spending have prevented yesterday’s deadly Amtrak derailment outside DuPont, Washington? That seems to be Donald Trump’s view. The president took to Twitter shortly after the accident—which left at least three dead and sent another 77 to the hospital—to plug his forthcoming infrastructure plan. “The train accident that just occurred […]

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Rubio Is a Yes on Tax Reform, Manafort’s Out of House Arrest, and the Feds Go After Instagram Models: P.M. Links

Christian Britschgi|Dec. 15, 2017 4:30 pm ERIN SCHAFF/UPI/NewscomSen. Marco Rubio (R – Fla.) has said that he will in fact vote for the Senate’s tax reform legislation. The Senator had previously said he’d vote over concerns the bill did not include a generous enough Child Tax Credit. Paul Manafort to be released from house arrest, […]

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Chicago Public Schools Execs Lied, Altered Records to Cover Up Wrongdoing

Jose M. Osorio/TNS/NewscomA pay-to-play scandal at Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has prompted two top officials to resign. Yesterday General Counsel Ronald Marmer announced his departure after an ethics investigation revealed he was receiving a $1 million severance package from the law firm Jenner & Block while also supervising legal work the firm was doing for […]

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Butterflies, Border Walls, and Property Rights

Trump’s border wall will be bad for people and bad for property rights. It will also be bad for butterflies. On Monday the North American Butterfly Association (NABA) filed a lawsuit in D.C. District Court alleging a pattern of intrusion and harassment by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials preparing for the construction of a […]

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Roy Moore Rides a Horse (Poorly), Lots of Public Comments to Regulators are Fake, and Trump Accused of “Sexist Smear”: P.M. Links

Christian Britschgi|Dec. 12, 2017 4:30 pm Paul Hennessy/Polaris/NewscomRoy Moore rode to the polls on horseback today. Twitter took issue with his riding style. Lots of public comments made to regulators are fakes, according to a Wall Street Journal investigation. New York Senator Kristin Gillibrand accused President Trump of a “sexist smear” for saying over Twitter […]

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