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Marijuana is Now Legal in California — If You Can Find It

Recreational use of marijuana is officially legal in the State of California as of New Year’s Day — provided that consumers can find someone to sell it to them at licensed dispensaries, which are still in short supply.

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EPA Sets in Motion Withdrawal of Burdensome Waters of the U.S. Regulation

Following President Donald Trump’s executive order to review the EPA’s Waters of the United States (WOTUS) regulation and the announcement in late June that the work had begun to review it, media outlets are reporting that efforts are now underway to undo the sweeping rule put in place by the Obama administration.

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Sen. Joe Manchin: Trump Administration Gets It on Coal Regs

West Virginia Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin III praised President Donald Trump’s reversal Tuesday of President Barack Obama’s “Clean Power Plan,” which created a regulatory regime that targeted the coal mining industry and coal-fired energy plants.

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Report: Obama Staffers Mourn Precious, Precious Regulations

Politico reports that Obama administration staffers are mourning the repeal of regulations that they had spent years crafting but which are being eliminated by a Republican Congress under the 1996 Congressional Review Act.

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Obama Sets Record, Slams Washington with 527 Pages of Regulations

Reminding Washington that he is still in control of the regulatory arm of the federal government, Barack Obama set a record by handing down a whopping 527 pages on Thursday, bringing his total to the highest amount of regulations in American history.

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Report: Local Regulations Harm Poorest Texans Seeking Housing

Local regulations from city governments in Texas are harming the state’s poor who are seeking housing. The Texas mantra of lower taxes and limited government has no doubt inspired the “Texas Miracle” and generated the Texas Model for others to follow. But, the Lone Star State’s municipal governments stand in the way of further growth — often harming its poorest citizens in the process.

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Chevron Chief: Climate Change Regulations Not ‘Moral’

Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX) stands apart from other major oil companies as pressure continues to be ratcheted by prosecutors and activist investors alike to force climate reforms — arguing that other companies’ cowering can lead to new market gains. The oil producer’s CEO also pushed back against claims that environmental activists have a “moral” cause.

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Top 1% Wins — and Middle Class Loses — on ‘Regulatory Drag’

A new study documents that “regulatory drag” has eliminated about a third of economic growth in America since 1980, and explains why the top one percent’s inflation-adjusted share of income has tripled, while the middle class has lost income.

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FAA Christmas Warning: Don’t Drink And Drone

A new video released by the Federal Air Administration warns potential new drone owners about the regulations on piloting and registering the flying devices.

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Stop HUD’s Takeover of Local Zoning

The stories of administrative abuse from the IRS, the U.S. Attorney General, and the EPA are well known. Now, HUD is continuing the Obama Administration’s trend of executive overreach with its new Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing regulation—an oxymoronic idea that only a bureaucrat could love. This ill-conceived rule aims to diversify our nation’s neighborhoods by homogenizing all their differences.

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Obama’s 3,554 Rules and Regulations Cost Households $15,000

While in the past year Obama signed 224 bills into law, he also published 3,554 final rules. “This means that for every law passed by Congress, the federal government created 16 new rules,” according to the report from Sen. James Lankford. “While certain regulations are important to keep us safe, the current Administration has churned out new regulations at a pace that exceeds 3,500 per year.”

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Uber Discovers What Happens to Consumers if Surge Pricing Is Regulated

A technical glitch during New Year’s Eve turned out to be an information treasure trove for Uber. Last New Year’s Eve in NYC, the surge pricing algorithms failed and didn’t allow Uber to incentivize more drivers to get on the road with higher pay, just as partygoers rushed to call drivers; only 1 in 4 of users who wanted a driver actually got one.

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Regulatory Capture: Left-Wing Activists Write EPA Talking Points

When activists conspire with like-minded bureaucrats to impose mutually agreeable compulsive agendas on the rest of the public, the arrangement is every bit as corrupt as any crude payoff scheme. The result is the same: a conspiracy against the public interest, for the benefit of a powerful few.

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Graph: Why California’s Uber Crackdown Could Hurt Workers (In 1 Graph)

The California Labor Comission just ruled that Uber must treat its drivers like normal employees, rather than independent contractors, potentially forcing the company to pay benefits and cover expenses. The decision is being hailed as a victory for worker rights and a major blow to the growing billion-dollar transportation startup.

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Gov’t Run Wild: Overton Girls Busted for Selling Unregulated Lemonade

Two little girls in Overton, Texas named Zoey and Andria Green, aged 7 and 8 respectively, made the mistake of thinking they could sell lemonade to raise money for a Father’s Day gift without obtaining the appropriate clearances from our hyper-regulatory super-government.