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Cuts to Royalty Payments Suspended

The $1.5 trillion price tag of the new tax law triggers cuts to a number of government programs. Royalty payments to states with fossil…

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Justice Department Change Might Threaten Marijuana Industry

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, long an opponent of the legalization of marijuana, has rescinded an Obama-era policy that discouraged federal prosecutors from bringing charges…

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States Consider Ways to Limit New Tax Law

This editorial discusses three options considered by Democratic state officials to blunt the impact of the federal tax reform’s limits on the state and…

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Federalism and Localities in the Colonial and Early National Period

Andrew Shankman examines the relationship between local power and the general power of the British Crown and, later, the federal government in what would become…

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Proposed Rules to Expand Association Health Plans

The Trump administration is proposing regulatory changes that would allow the self-employed and many small businesses to band together to buy insurance, a change…

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U.S. Attorney General Moves Against Legalized Marijuana

Heather Trela notes that Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made it easier for prosecutors to enforce federal marijuana laws in states that have legalized…

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Political Influence of Native Americans Boosted by Legal Challenges

Native American groups are increasingly filing federal lawsuits to protect their voting rights, an effort that appears to be boosting their political influence. Read…

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Is the New Tax Law Vulnerable to Constitutional Challenges?

Michael C. Dorf notes that the new tax law limits the state and local tax deduction, a change with negative consequences for many individuals…

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Democrats Consider Ways to Soften Impact of New Tax Law

Democrats in high-tax states are considering legal action and other ways to try to limit the effects of the new tax law. Read more…

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Cities Sue Pentagon Over Gun Database

New York, Philadelphia, and San Francisco have sued the Defense Department for lapses in reporting criminal convictions to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and…

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The SALT Deduction and State and Local Budget Planning

In this op-ed, Alfredo Ortiz writes that the new tax law's cap on the state and local tax deduction will require states with higher…

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Supreme Court Considers Taking Up Online Sales-Tax Case

In this op-ed, David Herzig notes that Supreme Court precedent holds that online sellers do not have to collect sales taxes in states where…

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Attacks on Health Law Lead to Larger Role for Government

This article examines how Republican efforts to shrink the Affordable Care Act have led to a larger role for government than even Democrats anticipated.…

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