Who Is AMLO, Facial Limitations, And Phony PACs For Phony Prosperity Here’s what you need to know… With his landslide victory in Mexico’s presidential election on July 1st, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (known as AMLO) earned the broadest mandate in the country’s recent history. His election is either a good or a bad thing, depending on how you interpret the words and actions of the populist, unconventional leader who...

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Mixing Business With Politics, Lemonade From Regulation, And Doctoring The System Here’s what you need to know… With the announcement that it will no longer serve meat or reimburse its 6,000 employees who order meals with meat out of concern for the environment and animal welfare, WeWork became simply the latest company to mix business with politics. The increasing political polarization in all aspects of daily life has...

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The War On Plastic, Deepfakes, And VC Data Mining Here’s what you need to know… First with bags and now straws, a full war on plastic is sweeping the nation and the globe. The current media storm is warning people to “stop sucking,” and cities and companies are listening and making plans to, or have already banned, plastic straws. Even celebrities like Calvin Harris and Tom Brady have inserted themselves in the debate,...

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Under The Robe: Supreme Court Vetting, The Municipal Manifesto, And (Oppo)rtunity Costs Here’s what you need to know… This week, President Trump nominated the second Supreme Court justice of his presidency with the selection of Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the D.C. Circuit Appeals Court. Irrespective of character and credentials – indeed of any personally-identifying information at all – opposition has sprung up immediately...

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A Toast To Life, Liberty, And The Pursuit Of Actionable Insights Here’s what you need to know… With America celebrating its 242nd birthday this week, many of our readers will be relaxing with family and friends, watching fireworks, reflecting on the blessings of living in this diverse, aspirational, and exceptional nation, and feeling gratitude to those who have and continue to serve in defense of freedom around the world....

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Pipelines Get Political, Too Big To Punish, And Death, Taxes, And Oppositional Forces Here’s what you need to know… This week, thousands of energy professionals from around the world are descending upon Washington, DC for the World Gas Conference. Held every three years, this is the first time the conference will be held “in a country that is both the world’s largest gas consumer and gas producer,” suggesting the United...

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Public-Pizza Partnership, GDPR You Kidding, And Shining Light On Those Leaks Here’s what you need to know… It may not be infrastructure week, but this past week saw the entrance of an unexpected new stakeholder taking responsibility for improving America’s roads. Through its “Paving for Pizza” campaign, Domino’s is asking customers to nominate their towns for a paving grant that can be used to repair roads and potholes. A...

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Cutting Through The Trade Noise, Vermont’s Offer You *Can* Refuse, And No Animus, Just Cannabis Here’s what you need to know… Trade was front and center as the world’s seven major industrialized economies gathered in Canada for last week’s G7 summit. As Canada and the European Union (EU) have their plans in place to retaliate beginning next month against U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs, tensions boiled over into...

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