Congress Should Oppose the So-Called "Local Radio Freedom Act"
Elementary concepts of fairness demand that musical artists and performers remain free to negotiate performance rights with broadcasters that seek to play their songs. Indeed, current law allows artists to mutually bargain with satellite, Internet and cable stations.
The only exception: traditional AM-FM radio stations, which are unfairly protected by federal law from having to negotiate with artists for performance rights. This is precisely the sort of crony capitalism against which the American electorate is increasingly irate.
Unfortunately, rather than advocating market reform, some in Congress wish to cement the current protectionist status quo. Under the so-called "Local Radio Freedom Act," whose very name contradicts its real-world effect, terrestrial radio's unjustifiable…[more]
Apparently incapable of shame as its days dwindle, the Obama Administration offered a novel legal theory to the nation's second-highest court this week.
Namely, that its Internal Revenue Service (IRS) can target a pro-Israel nonprofit on the basis of viewpoint.
The underlying facts of the case defy credulity, and are every bit as despicable and unacceptable as the subsequent legal rationalization the Administration asked the court to accept.
In November 2009, a new organization naming itself Z Street was incorporated as a Pennsylvania nonprofit with the mission of "educating…
"While in all probability Clinton remains the prohibitive favorite to win the nomination, it is true that her favorable ratings have taken a tumble. For over four years, from 2009 until well into 2013, Clinton's favorable ratings in the Gallup Poll were in the 60's, but a few months into 2013 they started a plunge down to 43 percent. Arguably, her favorable ratings were unsustainably high during her…[more]
—Charlie Cook, The Cook Political Report Editor and Publisher
— Charlie Cook, The Cook Political Report Editor and Publisher