Logan Payne

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Republicans make killing consumer protections a top priority

There's a lot important stuff going down that our leaders need to deal with — immigration, climate change, Russians running amok. So what are Republican lawmakers doing? They're busy with legislation aimed at stripping Americans of consumer protections.<p>About a half-dozen bills take aim at various …

Trump's regulatory freeze in full force

President Trump’s regulatory freeze is in full effect.<p>Federal agencies are following orders to delay the rules that Obama administration officials …

Trump's 2-For-1 Folly

One of the most far-reaching and indefensible actions taken by President Trump in the first days of his budding presidency is the “2 out, 1 in” executive order.<p>The idea is to reduce the number of regulations and the costs they impose on the economy. For every one new regulation that a regulator …

Why Trump’s 2-for-1 Rule on Regulations Is No Quick Fix

President Trump intends to pare back a vast array of government regulations in fields like environmental protection, food and drug safety, and consumer finance. On Jan. 30 he ordered that for every new regulation it imposes, the government must get rid of two old ones.<p>It is an interesting idea but …

Congress Should Not Be a Part-Time Job

What if the next President of the United States decided not to move to the nation's capital? After the election, they announced plans to fly into Washington on Monday -- keep office hours on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays -- and return home on Friday. What if they were comfortable sleeping on …

Justices Will Know Insider Trading When They See It

The intuition is clear, even if the law is not.

Insider Trading

Skinny to Shredded: Teenage Transformation Workout Routine

After being a writer for Muscle & Fitness for some time now, I have been given the opportunity to do a piece on myself. During my years in middle …

Exercise

President Obama’s push for military authorization to fight ISIS won’t go anywhere in Congress. Here’s why.

By Amber Phillips<p>, Reporter, The Fix<p>Sunday night was just the most recent example this year of President Obama asking Congress to authorize his use of military force to fight the Islamic State.<p>"If Congress believes, as I do, that we are at war with ISIL," he said, using another acronym for the …

National Security

There Are Three (And Only Three) Types of Military Strategy

Don't let politicians convince you otherwise.<p>This is the last of our three primers on making sense of military news. (Find the other two here and here.) The point of the series has been to demonstrate that while modern usage is often confusing, and all-too-often the terms and ideas are misused or …

3 Winning Workouts From Olympia Champs

1 of 4<p>Look Like A Champ<p>What everyone sees onstage at the Olympia is the final product. What very few people witness is the work that goes into …

Obama Shut Out Eric Holder From His Decision To Kill Bin Laden

And what that tells us about the decline of the government lawyer -- and the law itself -- in the context of national security.<p>The law and the country's chief law enforcer no longer matter when it comes to legality of the war on terror.<p>A handful of top government and military lawyers advised …

What If the Parties Didn't Run Primaries?

Building off success in Nebraska and California, advocates want to take nonpartisan elections nationwide.<p>In the last year, the state legislature in Nebraska has voted to abolish the death penalty, raise the gas tax, and give driver’s licenses to undocumented-immigrant youth—actions that each …

Trump Is Right About 9/11

George W. Bush didn’t do all he could to prevent the attack—and it’s time Republicans confronted that fact.<p>Donald Trump utters plenty of ugly untruths: that undocumented Mexican immigrants are “rapists,” that Syrian refugees are committing “all sorts of attacks” in Germany and represent a “Trojan …

The Freedom Caucus’ Unprecedented Insurgency

At least since the Civil War, there hasn’t been a faction fighting both parties at the same time.<p>Congress has never seen anything quite like the House Freedom Caucus. There’s always someone unhappy on Capitol Hill and it’s not unusual for malcontents to band together. A rebellion made up of members …

The United States House of Savages

If the chaos you are seeing in the race for Speaker of the House looks familiar to you, it's because you have seen it before. Maybe you remember the 1954 dystopian novel, <i>Lord of the Flies.</i> In this story, when a group of pre-adolescent boys finds themselves stranded on an island with no resources …

Illegal Immigrants Could Elect Hillary

How noncitizens decrease Republican chances of winning the White House next year.<p>Illegal immigrants—along with other noncitizens without the right to vote—may pick the 2016 presidential winner. Thanks to the unique math undergirding the Electoral College, the mere presence of 11-12 million illegal …

Will the Supreme Court Decide That Democrats Have Too Much Power?

This term, the justices will hear at least three cases that could upend the partisan balance of power.<p>Most appellate lawyers would advise against filing a Supreme Court brief beginning, “QUESTION PRESENTED: <i>Does a key constituency of the Democratic Party have too much power?”</i> That, however, is a key …

Voting

Can the Supreme Court Force Congress to Own the War on ISIS?

Judicial intervention may be the only way left to break the political impasse on authorizing Obama’s use of force.<p>The biggest casualty in the struggle against the Islamic State so far has been the American Constitution. One year into the battle, the president and Congress threaten to destroy all …

Political Science

The War That Congress Won't Declare

What happens when the legislature refuses to discharge its constitutionally assigned responsibilities?<p>“To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle,” George Orwell wrote in 1946. Here’s a corollary: The real scandal in any given system is usually the thing there’s no argument …

Middle East

The Best Full Shoulder Workout Routine

Ian SpanierJust about every <i>Muscle & Fitness</i> reader knows that to build cannonball delts, you need to start with heavy presses followed by an …

Workouts

Influence of Money in Politics a Top Concern for Voters

Americans express far more alarm about the influence of money in politics than the fact that another Bush and Clinton are running for the White House, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds.<p>Asked to rank their top concerns about the upcoming presidential election, one-third of Americans …

Obama: America's mayor?

The president sees himself as a pragmatic, ideology-free civic leader who just wants to get things done.<p>SAN FRANCISCO – The city he lives in now doesn’t listen to him much. Cities across the country are moving on major parts of his agenda that Congress won’t touch, from paid leave to early …

How an Inaccurate Soundbite Might Take Down Obamacare

A challenge based on four words of the law amounts to little more than politics dressed up as a legal argument.<p>The Supreme Court is about to decide another blockbuster case arising under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The specific issue is whether federal-tax subsidies are available to people who …

Health Care

Why Citizens United Just Scratches the Surface

<i>Coauthored with Brenda Wright</i><p>Hillary Clinton told supporters on Thursday that if elected she will appoint Supreme Court justices who would overturn <i>Citizens United</i>, according to a <i>Washington Post</i> report. This is good news for our democracy -- but the Court's role in helping wealthy interests dominate …

6 Best Shoulder-Saving Exercises

1 of 7<p>Stop Pain, Make Gains<p>Shoulder injuries suck. They can impede training, cause obnoxious nagging pain, and severely hinder your ability to do the …

Cirque du Soleil

4 Weeks to Massive Muscle Program

Building mass may not always be easy, but it’s pretty simple: Lift hard (and with high volume) and eat a lot. On the training side, we offer the …

Workouts

Role Reversal As Scalia Dissents From Decision Giving States More Power Over Gas Prices

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an interstate pipeline company’s challenge to state antitrust lawsuits, prompting a vigorous dissent from Justice Antonin Scalia and Chief Justice John Roberts for disrupting the uniform regulation of the interstate gas market.<p>The positions of the justices in <i>Oneok</i> …

House quietly passes tax exemption for megadonors

Major contributors like the Koch brothers and Tom Steyer would get a break on gift taxes to secretive non-profit groups.<p>The House on Wednesday with little fanfare passed legislation that would protect major donors like the Koch brothers and Tom Steyer from having to pay gift taxes on huge donations …