• Regulating Rideshare: Uber & Lyft in Austin, TX
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    Regulating Rideshare: Uber & Lyft in Austin, TX

    I moved my family to Austin in 2000. The population since we got here has doubled. Austin has, for the size of the city, one of the most mediocre transit systems in America. Traditionally, regulation has been put in place for all the best of intentions. I’ve been a Council Member since January of 2015. My concern was getting in and saying, look, let’s get some technical solutions to fixing the traffic congestion. It’s meant to lower prices or offer us more choices or provide higher quality goods or solve information problems. But instead the new City Council chose to focus on Uber and Lyft. When Uber and Lyft first…

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    Were Federalist Really Your Friends

    United States Department Of Justice: The United States Department of Justice (DOJ), also known as the Justice Department, is the U.S. federal executive department responsible for the enforcement of the law and administration of justice, equivalent to the justice or interior ministries of other countries. The Department is led by the Attorney General, who is nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate and is a member of the Cabinet. The “Act to Establish the Department of Justice” drastically increased the Attorney General’s responsibilities to include the supervision of all United States Attorneys, formerly under the Department of the Interior, the prosecution of all federal crimes, and the representation…

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    The Clean Power Plan: The EPA & Climate Change Policy

    President Obama issued an executive order containing a climate action plan that directed EPA to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants that produce electricity. The Clean Power Plan was the culmination of that executive action. It was a regulation promulgated under EPA’s authority to reduce the amount of fossil fuels that would be combusted for power in favor of renewable sources. Traditionally, most electricity in the United States was made through combusting coal or natural gas and power plants. The Clean Power Plan required a significant reduction in the amount of energy that could be generated in that way. It’s not really a pollution control program, it is an…

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    Regulating Rideshare: Uber & Lyft in Austin, TX

    I moved my family to Austin in 2000. The population since we got here has doubled. Austin has, for the size of the city, one of the most mediocre transit systems in America. Traditionally, regulation has been put in place for all the best of intentions. I’ve been a Council Member since January of 2015. My concern was getting in and saying, look, let’s get some technical solutions to fixing the traffic congestion. It’s meant to lower prices or offer us more choices or provide higher quality goods or solve information problems. But instead the new City Council chose to focus on Uber and Lyft. When Uber and Lyft first…

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    The Clean Power Plan: The EPA & Climate Change Policy

    President Obama issued an executive order containing a climate action plan that directed EPA to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants that produce electricity. The Clean Power Plan was the culmination of that executive action. It was a regulation promulgated under EPA’s authority to reduce the amount of fossil fuels that would be combusted for power in favor of renewable sources. Traditionally, most electricity in the United States was made through combusting coal or natural gas and power plants. The Clean Power Plan required a significant reduction in the amount of energy that could be generated in that way. It’s not really a pollution control program, it is an…

  • Adam White: Is Congress Afraid of Power?
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    Adam White: Is Congress Afraid of Power?

    Often times with think about the Executive Branch or the agencies taking power away from Congress, and it’s true that’s an important problem, but the more important problem is Congress giving away its own power. And why does Congress give away its power? Because it’s scared of accountability. But ultimately, our constitutional system relies on Congress being accountable, and the people making Congress accountable. Madison envisioned a system in which the problems of republican government would have republican remedies.” Not administrative remedies, not technocratic remedies, not judicial remedies, but republican remedies. Madison and the Framers expected that ambition would counteract ambition, that that was a core part of our functioning…

  • Introduction to Federalist
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    Introduction to Federalist

    well good morning or afternoon everyone my name is Will Slack and I’m the product owner of Federalist Federalist is a tool that the General Services Administration is made to make it easy to launch and build static websites this video is focused on how to use Federalist so that you get a sense of what it’s like to use the platform to use Federalists there are two things that you need to know first you need an account on github com that’s free with two factor authentication enabled github is used by you know many many CFO ad agencies but you’ll need to get one of those you’ll also…

  • Banquet Dinner Keynote: Prof. Richard Epstein
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    Banquet Dinner Keynote: Prof. Richard Epstein

    (light playful music) Thanks very much, Gene, and it’s a pleasure to have you all in the Big Apple, and this has been a really great weekend. It’s been a year in the making. And what better way to cap it all off than with our banquet speaker, Professor Richard Epstein. Professor Epstein. (audience applause) After this weekend, I don’t think I need to really introduce Professor Epstein. He has been a constant presence both at the symposium, on social media, but really he’s been a constant presence in this organization, and for all of us in the conservative legal movement, I know as a 1L opening up, basically any…

  • Make a New Site with Federalist
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    Make a New Site with Federalist

    so this is the federalist front end in both it both doubles as the hello Federalist site for us as well as the wall guns screen in the back end of the app so I’m gonna press the login button the first thing to know about Federalists and compliance is that you don’t have to have a separate account for Federalists instead we just build on top of your github account so your agency just has to control who has github permissions to edit stuff admin stuff reads stuff but essentially if you have control to edit the backend code of the site then Federalists thinks you better listen okay…

  • Federalist and the U.S. Web Design Standards
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    Federalist and the U.S. Web Design Standards

    I don’t understand why it doesn’t look at a video so let’s talk about how the US web design standards play into this the u.s. web design standards are a project that came out of eighteen FN are now owned by the digital gov team and they exist to solve as soon as it loads come on maybe yeah this problem you have a lot of different ways of building buttons and imagine this but for menus or for side templates or for logos or for colors or for any number of other things there’s a huge diversity in these systems and each one of these has to get designed…