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Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave financial support to advocates of Philadelphia’s soda tax, and now he says Philly could be a model for other states to follow -- Eric Boehm reports.

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Even before the ink was dry on Philadelphia’s new soda tax ordinance, other cities were looking to copy it.
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Just another raid for more money. Has nothing to do with health - that is just a ploy to get liberal support.
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The federal government is $19 trillion in debt, and yet it wants to tell you how to manage your personal finances.
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Limiting usury is a good thing. These parasite lenders should be highly regulated for all the damage they do.
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“We are being beaten into submission by a town government that has all the resources of the taxpayers."
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Clark Neily thought he had seen government at its worst.
Then he started working on civil asset forfeiture cases, where police seize private property or cash based on mere suspicion of wrongdoing.
Clark Neily thought he had seen government at its worst. Then he started working on civil forfeiture cases.
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How, exactly, will government-issued permission slips for breastfeeding consultants help stamp out inequality?
While some states take a hard look at the cost of occupational license laws, Minnesota might mandate more government-issued permission slips.
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Environmentalists want to celebrate Earth Day by turning the Green Mountain State into the Solar Panels Everywhere State.

Solar panels will be front and center in speeches and gatherings across Vermont this Earth Day weekend.
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Lawmakers might believe recent changes to the patent system were done in the name of protecting the individual inventor, but critics argue the playing field has actually been tilted in favor of large multinational corporations.
Large companies in Silicon Valley argue that the system for patents slows down the speed of innovation for which they are famous.
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New rules governing cooking oil from the Food and Drug Administration purport to save us from ourselves, and in doing so they have unintended consequences on family businesses like this one.
Jones' potato chips will take on a different flavor because the FDA has banned the kind of cooking oil the company has used for 70 years.
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Mary Brister felt she had to anonymously share her story of misconduct at the federal agency where she works. She feared retaliation.

Last week, Brister says she got what she feared.
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Taking a page out of Gov. Kasich's playbook.

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson's attempt at rebranding his state's Medicaid expansion under the 2010 federal health law paid off last week.
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ICYMI: More bark than bite...

Vermont is one of four states to have banned travel to Mississippi and North Carolina, but travel expense data show the state’s bark is worse than its bite.
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A network of attorneys general is now targeting conservatives based on their thoughts – thoughts deemed contradictory to the Obama administration climate change agenda.

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