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Harry Reid's Online Poker Folds on Freedom

Harry Reid's Online Poker Folds on Freedom

The Internet Gambling Prohibition, Poker Consumer Protection, and Strengthening UIGEA Act of 2012, which Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is expected to introduce soon, is being touted as a way to legalize online poker. In fact, it is a

Why Don't Wholesalers CARE About Four Loko?

For many years, beer and wine wholesalers have ardently defended states’ right to regulate alcoholic beverages. Their wholesalers’ associations–the National Beer Wholesalers Association and the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America–have written countless letters to the editor, op-eds, press releases,

FTC Ban on Junk Food Ads Would do More Harm than Good

The Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) supposedly voluntary guidelines for marketing food products to children, if adopted, would undermine free speech, seriously hinder small businesses, consumer choice, and could adversely affect rates of childhood obesity. The guidelines, put forth by an

Feds' Online Poker Shutdown Assaults Internet Freedom

On April 15, a day now known as “Black Friday”, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) effectively shut down three major online poker websites by seizing their domain names. The DOJ’s heavy-handed prosecution of the websites, all of which are

DOJ's Poker Shutdown: Holding on to Americans' Money

While the American online poker community is still reeling from the federal government’s recent crackdown on online gambling websites, it’s worth considering the significance of the date of the seizure and indictment: April 15. The indictment was handed down by

Nutrition Labeling Mandate Will Cost Jobs and Hurt Small Brewers

Last month, President Barack Obama signed a highly publicized Executive Order demanding a government-wide review of existing laws to remove regulations that stifle job creation and hamper America’s economy. Meanwhile, the Obama administration is considering a new alcohol labeling requirement