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My intrepid Mercatus Center colleague Veronique de Rugy exposes the latest scheme to breathe even more life into that great geyser of cronyism, the U.S. Export-Import Bank.

Kevin Williamson is rightly stressed over the secretive manner by which Uncle Sam now regulates financial institutions.  (HT Warren Smith)

Speaking of financial-market regulation, Greg Mankiw points us to evidence that this regulation hasn’t made bank stocks less risky than they were before the financial crisis.

Jeffrey Tucker draws lessons from the works of the late Edward Albee.

GMU Econ alum Abby Hall Blanco shares her thoughts on Colin Kaepernick and the U.S. national anthem.  A slice:

Quite frankly, I don’t care that Kaepernick chooses to sit during the national anthem, regardless of his motives—good, bad, or indifferent. He has absolutely every right to do so. My response to the argument that it’s “offensive” is the same response I give every time someone “argues” with the adult of equivalent of “it hurts my feelings.”

Go kick rocks.

I agree with GMU Econ alum Wayne Crews that the Federal Communications Commission should disappear.

James Pethokoukis points out that one policy that will promote the 4 percent annual rate of economic growth that Donald Trump says he wants to achieve for the U.S. is massively increased immigration into the U.S.

John Tamny highlights some of the lousy economic advice that Peter Navarro dispenses to Donald Trump.

Finally, this 2002 essay on trade by Barry Loberfeld is still worth reading.