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My intrepid Mercatus Center colleague Veronique de Rugy rightly warns of government efforts to punitively tax vaping [2].

Tyler Cowen is impressed with our colleague Bryan Caplan’s forthcoming book, illustrated by Zach Weinersmith, Open Borders: The Science and Ethics of Immigration. [3]

And Bryan Caplan is impressed with our colleague Tyler Cowen’s new book, Big Business [4].

Kevin Williamson weighs in on waiving the Jones Act [5]. A slice:

Thanks to our environmentalist friends, we do not have the pipeline capacity to take U.S-produced natural gas from the places where it is processed to the places where the people are. This has some pretty serious consequences: Con Ed has just announced that it cannot get enough gas to serve new customers in the New York City suburbs, which has meant in effect a moratorium on much new residential construction, which obviously can’t happen without utility connections. One workaround has been to put liquified natural gas (LNG) on containers to take it where it is needed.

And that’s where the Jones Act is a problem. The number of tankers equipped to handle U.S.-made LNG that satisfy all of the conditions of the Jones Act is — here, the math gets pretty easy — zero.

Mike Munger decries the careless overuse of the notion of “public goods. [6]

David Boaz finds at least one benefit from California’s government-financed high-speed trains [7].

Bob Higgs ponders fighting city hall [8].

David Henderson loves San Francisco’s pay toilets [9].

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