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Monopolies cost Americans $300 a month. We’re no longer the land of free markets | Thomas Philippon

In a reversal from a few decades ago, American consumers are facing oligopolies while Europeans benefit from competition When I landed in Boston in 1999, the United States was the land of free markets. Many goods and services were cheaper here than in Europe. Twenty years later, American free markets are becoming a myth. Internet service, cellphone plans, and plane tickets are now cheaper in Europe and Asia than in the US. In 2018, the twice as much on cellphone services as households in France or the UK. This is…

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Hill Aides to Shoot With Gun Lobbyists After Mass Shootings

Just days after mass shootings left at least 31 people dead, a bipartisan group of congressional staffers is set to go on an outing to shoot skeet alongside gun lobbyists. The event comes every year, but its timing has a major gun safety advocate frustrated and troubled. The Congressional Sportsmens Foundation, a bipartisan group that supports hunters and anglers, organizes the yearly event. According to the foundations website says. Additionally, this yearly event allows members of the Congressional Sportsmens Caucus, Democrats against the Republicans in a friendly skeet, trap, and…

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Inside Trump’s DC hotel, where allies and lobbyists flock to peddle their interests

Fossil fuel interests, pro-gun groups, foreign delegations and all manner of allies stay at the Trump International Hotel to cozy up to the administration, say watchdogs On 25 July, the conservative Heartland Institute is slated to host a one-day meeting at the Trump International Hotel, just a few blocks from the White House. It will feature leading climate science deniers who will discuss issues like the benefits of ending the Democrats war on fossil fuels, according to the institute. Last month, as Donald Trump was kicking off his 2020 campaign…

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Meet the U.S. Officials Now in Chinas Sphere of Influence

As Chinas wealth has grown, so has its sophistication at currying favor in Washington and among the American elite. Both the Chinese government and Chinese companies, often with close state ties, have retained lobbying and public-relations firms in the Beltway, in some cases hiring former U.S. officials as personal lobbyists. Beijing has also learned how to harness its economic might by alternately opening its doors to companies who play by Chinas rules, and Charles Boustany Boustany served as the U.S. representative for Louisianas 3rd Congressional District until 2017 and co-chaired…

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White House agrees to detail ethics waivers for former lobbyists

Trump administration will comply with request from governments ethics agency despite earlier protests The White House will comply with a request from the US governments ethics agency to provide information on which former lobbyists are working in the administration, an administration official said on Friday. Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), said in a letter that the administration was not seeking to impede efforts by the Office of Government Ethics to obtain that information, despite

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