Washington Examiner: Genetically modified foods are as safe as conventional ones
From buying “organic” to “gluten-free,” consumers seem to be more interested than ever in the ways their food is produced. This spring, legislators in more than 20 states will consider proposals to mandate special labeling of genetically modified foods, to give shoppers one more bit of information.
This may sound reasonable and seem to reflect how our choice-driven marketplace works. But it reflects a deep misunderstanding about what genetic engineering actually is and how it compares to the changes we have been making to crop plants for thousands of years.> Read more
Daily Caller: Phony Fannie-Freddie reform empowers the left
The “reform” of the government-sponsored housing enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac just introduced by Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) and Ranking Member Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) is often described by the media as “ending” Fannie and Freddie. And yes, it does “end” them in the sense that there will no longer be entities named Fannie and Freddie. But most of their functions would simply be transferred to a new giant government entity called the Federal Mortgage Insurance Corporation. Not only would the government’s role in subsidizing and micromanaging housing not be reduced, in some ways it would substantially be increased. > Read more
Tuesday morning, a three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals in Washington, DC heard arguments in Halbig v. Sebelius.
A group of small business owners and individuals in six states is suing the federal government over an IRS regulation imposed under the Affordable Care Act, which obliterates the distinction drawn by Congress between state and federal insurance exchanges. > cei.org/obamacare