Extending or Ending the Eviction Moratorium



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With the recent expiration of the Eviction Moratorium, politicians are playing the blame game. Between the CDC, the Supreme Court, and Congress, every branch of government is dipping their toes into this debate. Here’s how we got here and what our options are moving forward.


Vaccine Mandates Are Constitutional: Jacobson v. Massachusetts, Explained



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With vaccination numbers below goals and corporate vaccine mandates emerging, I thought I’d make an episode about the major vaccine mandate precedent setting case, Jacobson v. Massachusetts. When faced with a Massachusetts law penalizing refusing a vaccine with a $5 fine, here’s what the court decided.


The Cuban Protests and Economic Crisis, Explained



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Cuba has experienced unprecedented protests after shortages have swept the country. The country is trying to scrape together the resources it needs to continue to provide for its citizens, but at major costs. Here’s exactly what’s happening.


Is Facebook a Monopoly? The Court Throws out Antitrust Claim Against Facebook



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A district court just threw out an FTC antitrust suit against Facebook after the FTC failed to provide adequate evidence of Facebook possessing monopoly power. What is monopoly power? Well, it’s the power to raise prices above competitive pricing and block new entrants into a product market. If that sounds hard to prove, you’re right. Here’s what happened.


When Should the Federal Reserve Raise Rates? An Interesting Debate, Explained



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With inflation on the rise and the economy recovering, all eyes are on Jerome Powell. With his willingness to hold rates much higher than his predecessors, I thought I’d make an episode talking about an ideological shift occurring at the Federal Reserve. Which part of the Dual Mandate should get priority, fighting interest rates or achieving full employment?


The Infrastructure Agreement’s Plan to Increase the IRS Enforcement Budget, Explained



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The bipartisan infrastructure deal that was agreed to on Thursday contained quite the line item, boost the IRS enforcement budget so they can go after more tax evaders. This is one of the major pay fors of the infrastructure plan. Here’s how it works!


Congress’ 5 New Big Tech Antitrust Solutions, Explained



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Congress has proposed five new laws that will help regulators: The American Innovation and Choice Online Act, The Ending Platform Monopolies Act, The Platform Competition and Opportunity Act, The Augmenting Compatibility and Competition by Enabling Service Switching Act, and The Merger Filing Fee Modernization Act. These new laws would update America’s antitrust scheme for the modern day, shifting emphasis from the days of regulating steel and oil barons to the days of regulating big tech and free services. Here’s what’s happening!


Should College Athletes Be Paid? An NCAA Antitrust Lawsuit Gets to the Supreme Court



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The NCAA has a long history of forbidding colleges to pay their athletes in order to protect their amateur brand. With ballooning revenues, a collection of players used the Sherman Antitrust Act to sue the NCAA for organizing competing colleges in a joint venture that caps player pay at zero. The court just ruled that the NCAA can continue to not pay college athletes a salary, but they cannot cap the amount schools hand out in academic funds. Here’s what happened.


Supreme Court Decision on LGBTQ Adoption v. Religious Rights; Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, Explained



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The Supreme Court just released a decision in the case of Fulton v. City of Philadelphia. The question is whether a municipality can limit participation in a government program using neutral and generally applicable laws that happen to infringe on religion. The answer was an unsatisfying: The law before us is not neutral and generally applicable because it allows the Commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services to grant exceptions. Here is exactly what that means.


The Supreme Court’s Affordable Care Act Individual Mandate Decision, Explained



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Today the Supreme Court released a decision in Texas v. United States. This case revolved around an argument about whether the individual mandate, which has been zeroed out, is still a tax despite the fact that it doesn’t produce revenue. In the end, the Supreme Court dismissed the case because Texas lacked standing. Here’s exactly what happened.