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New federal regulations finalized Nov. 15 require hospitals to make public all the prices they negotiate with insurers and health plans, starting in 2021. The aim is to untangle the hospital marketplace with a wave of consumer-friendly information that will promote com...

December 31, 2019

The New Year is starting tomorrow and the 2020 Presidential Election is already in full swing. It seems the only thing the candidates can ever seem to agree on is that we’re all screwed! 

For the next year, our newsfeeds, break rooms and bars will be a-buzz with ev...

With our democracy in crisis, the poet and prophet of the American ideal should be our guide.

When Walt Whitman arrived in Washington at the end of 1862 to take up residence in the city and serve as a hospital volunteer, the construction of the Capitol dome was not yet...

At the beginning of the House Judiciary Committee’s first hearing as part of the impeachment inquiry focused on President Trump last month, Stephen Castor, a staffer for the Republican minority offered his thoughts on the situation. Referring to the rough transcript of...

December 21, 2019

President Donald Trump has become only the third president in history to be impeached by the US House of Representatives. 

Another - Richard Nixon - stepped down before certain impeachment.

But none of the others were removed from office. 

So what happened to their popula...

The inspector general report on the Russia investigation was thorough, but it also raised some head-scratching questions

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz created waves in Washington last week with the release of a lengthy report about the origins of...

Impeachment looks like a victory for Democrats, but their lurch left will prove far more consequential.

The Democrats think they’ve just had a big triumph. The president’s been impeached. But Republicans see themselves as gaining the upper hand. 

The House couldn’t lift...

The pound has rallied more than 2 per cent in its biggest rise since 2017 after an exit poll has projected a strong victory for Boris Johnson’s Conservative party.


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John McDonnell: Brexit, not Corbyn, responsible for dire exit poll John McDonnell has said if th...

Histrionic, beset by apocalyptic fantasies, and easily exploitable

Who better than a finger-wagging teen bereft of accomplishment, or any comprehension of basic economics or history, to be Time magazine’s Person of the Year in 2019? Greta Thunberg’s canonization is a pe...

The most dangerous place for an academic is often between the House and the impeachment of an American president. I knew that going into the first hearing of the House Judiciary Committee on the impeachment of Donald Trump. After all, Alexander Hamilton that impeachmen...

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Pia Rayner is a businesswoman and social commentator. She ran for Congress in Philadelphia in 2010 and has written for Mises, Glenn Beck's Fusion Magazine and The Libertarian Republic. She currently resides in the United Kingdom with her husband and son. She runs her business, Just A Splash, and sings in a folk rock band. Her goal with the Laissez Faire Lounge is to create a place where the events and issues of the day are presented with a rational and balanced voice which counters the hype and polarization that pervades modern media. 

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