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Pete Sepp: US Senate Trying to Attach Bad Internet Tax Bill to Good One

ITTN PODCAST - The National Taxpayers Union and R Street Institute have been surveying likely voters in 20 states and visiting states to discuss a federal bill to allow states to tax Internet sales no matter where buyers and retailers are located. By margins of 2-to-1 or more, respondents oppose the measure, says Pete Sepp of the National Taxpayers Union. He says they not only dislike the idea of having to pay more for online purchases because of higher taxes; they also oppose it because of the government intrusiveness that would go with it. But U.S. Senators led by Democrat Dick Durbin of Illinois are angling to attach the online sales tax bill to another popular bill that would permanently ban Internet access taxes. The Senate vote could happen any day.

Kate Apfelbaum: How to Help Thousands of Poor Kids Get Into High-Quality Schools

SRN PODCAST - Massachusetts has some of the best public and charter schools in the country--its charter schools help low-achieving kids learn twice as much in a school year as their counterparts in traditional schools. But 10,000 kids in poor school districts sit on charter school wait-lists, because the state restricts charter school enrollment.

Nick Dranias: State Compacts Could Force Federal Budget Amendment

BTN PODCAST -States have the power to amend the U.S. Constitution, but it's an arduous process. Constitutional scholar Nick Dranias of the Goldwater Institute says "compacts" among the states could significantly ease the process. He and other scholars and policy experts are working together on compacts for a Constitutional amendment to require a balanced federal budget. Two states have already approved such a compact. Dranias joins us to explain the process.

Jenni White: Oklahoma Lawsuit Against Replacing Common Core

SRN PODCAST - Just days after Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed a law repealing and replacing national Common Core curriculum and test mandates, the state board of education she appoints sued the legislature over it. The board says it's their job, not the legislature's, to decide what kids learn and how to measure it. Jenni White, co-founder of Restore Oklahoma Public Education, joins the podcast to explain what's happening, whether the board has its head on straight, and what's next in the battle to return control over curriculum back to Oklahoma.

Isaac Orr: EPA Carbon Rules

ECN PODCAST - Heartland Research Fellow Isaac Orr debunks the EPA's claims about their new carbon Dioxide regulations.

Mark Thornton: The Drug War Drives Child Migrants to the US Border

BTN PODCAST - This nation's war on drugs extends beyond the United States borders into many other countries, including Mexico and Central America. As a result, unaccompanied children from Mexico and Central American countries are now pouring across the border into the US, says economist Mark Thornton, who has spent many years studying the consequences of government prohibitions on alcohol, drugs and other items.
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