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Protecting the Hours and Wages of Restaurant Employees | Commentary

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — now known to most Americans as Obamacare — is a law littered with unintended consequences. Perhaps the most egregious is the number of part-time employees seeing their hours and wages cut as employers scramble to comply with the law’s employer mandate.

Helping Restaurants Serve Up Jobs | Commentary

When it comes to the universality of food, the late Luciano Pavarotti perhaps put it best: “One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.”

Biofuels Decision May Signal Big Oil’s Influence in White House | Commentary

By Anne Weismann

Reviving the Lost Art of Bipartisanship | Commentary

Political wrangling in Washington is as old as the Republic itself, and partisan battles over ideas and power will surely be with us long into the future. But the current era of hyper-partisanship has frequently paralyzed congressional decision-making and led both Republicans and Democrats to fail the most basic tests of governance.

Country of Origin Labeling: All Cost, No Benefit | Commentary

The World Trade Organization ruled against the U.S. for the fourth and final time in an ongoing dispute between the United States, Canada and Mexico regarding the U.S. country of origin labeling (COOL) program. Retaliation by Canada and Mexico will soon become a reality, meaning economically devastating tariffs on a broad spectrum of U.S. exports, from meat and fruit to jewelry, furniture and biofuels. Ripple effects will be felt in nearly every industry, every state and every consumer’s wallet. This is why COOL for beef, pork and chicken — nothing more than a failed government experiment— must be repealed.

Congress Should Pass Long-Term Highway Funding Bill | Commentary

By Kevin Burch

The Senate Must Pass the USA Freedom Act | Commentary

The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, in an extraordinarily well-reasoned decision, ruled that the National Security Agency’s program of systematically collecting the telephone records of Americans is not authorized by Section 215 of the Patriot Act and is, therefore, illegal.

Setting the Record Straight on the Guantanamo Detainee Transfer to Uruguay | Commentary

Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, recently made public a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry expressing security concerns around the December 2014 transfer of six Guantánamo detainees to Uruguay. I have followed this transfer closely, as Uruguay is only the second Latin American country to resettle Guantánamo detainees. Like Royce’s staff, I too traveled to Uruguay and interviewed U.S. and Uruguayan government officials and those helping to resettle the former detainees. But while Royce’s staff saw a potential security threat, I saw a human tragedy.

Immigrant Bed Quota Ensures Profits, Not Safety | Letter to the Editor

By Lia Lindsey

Justice for the Soldier or Profits for the Lawyer? | Commentary

By John Brieden

Asbestos Victims to Congress: Stop Fast-Tracking Legislation That Would Violate Victims' Privacy | Commentary

With each new Congress comes a new opportunity to pass legislation that will improve our country and make citizens’ lives better. My husband, the late Rep. Bruce F. Vento, recognized and embraced this opportunity during each of his 12 terms in Congress. I am disappointed to see this is not the case for some this Congress.

Bridging the Innovation Valley of Death | Commentary

Is Wall Street’s influence in corporate boardrooms killing America’s innovation future? There’s a good case to be made that it is, and that it’s getting worse. But Congress can do something about it when it rewrites the tax code.

As Ocean Drilling Expands, Obama Administration Turns Blind Eye to Offshore Fracking | Commentary

By Kristen Monsell

Civil Forfeiture Finds A Champion | Commentary

By Robert Everett Johnson

Does Apathy Trump Political Divisions? | Commentary

In 2014, Democrats defended Senate seats in seven states where President Barack Obama lost to Mitt Romney by an average margin of 16.5 percent in 2012. In the end, after approximately $4 billion spent, Democratic candidates lost those races by an average margin of 15.7 points — about a 1 percent difference from the presidential two years earlier. Democratic candidates outperformed the president’s job performance in nearly all of these states, but it wasn’t enough. Voters still tied congressional candidates to the president, and presidential and congressional voting converged like never before.

Trade and Competitiveness: Investing in Our Country to Compete in the Global Economy | Commentary

The United States is negotiating a Trans- Pacific Partnership trade agreement with 11 other countries on four continents that border the Pacific Ocean. The 12 countries are all members of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, a regional economic forum that supports sustainable economic growth and prosperity in the Asia- Pacific region, and they include the world’s largest and third largest economies, emerging economies and a command economy. Together, they represent 40 percent of world gross domestic product and 11 percent of the world’s population.

The Growing Movement Fighting Big Money in Politics | Letter to the Editor

By Larry Cohen and Michael Brune

Don’t Give Short Shrift to Short Sellers! | Letter to the Editor

By Sally Greenberg

FCC Budget and Standards Deserve Congressional Attention | Commentary

By Andrew Langer

End the Catfish-Inspection Boondoggle | Commentary

Leave it to Washington to create a multimillion-dollar solution to a nonexistent problem that requires the creation of a new bureaucracy, all for the sole purpose of increasing the profits of a small number of catfish farmers. Kafka would understand, but U.S. taxpayers should be angry.

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