Republicans and private telecoms maintain that cities lack the capacity to build and manage broadband networks. They're empirically wrong. Of the 160 municipally owned broadband networks, the successes vastly outnumber the failures.
The Supreme Court is currently awaiting word from the Obama administration regarding its position on generic drug manufacturers' claims that federal regulation of prescription drugs grants them immunity from lawsuits in state courts.
At stake in the financial reform debate is an issue that has received far less attention than the CFPA, but is at least as important: Whether Congress will restore the authority of states to oversee national banks.
There are two consumer protection amendments getting serious attention on the Senate floor this week, one of them positive, one of them incredibly destructive -- the kind of amendment that can actually sink the bill if adopted.
Beyond his vivid comparison of the Obama administration to the worst of the autocratic worst Kotkin forgets to provide evidence that the administration is actually obsessed with centralizing authority.