Pope Francis Accepts Resignation of D.C.’s Scandal-Plagued Cardinal Wuerl

In an expected but still momentous announcement, Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. Wuerl has been under intense scrutiny over his handling of sexual abuse allegations during his time as Bishop of Pittsburgh and later as Archbishop of Washington. All bishops, as a way of retiring, are required to submit their resignations to the pope when they turn 75, but the pope can defer accepting them until he decides the time is right. In Wuerl’s case, he has remained in his position as the archbishop of a major diocese since submitting

D.C. Voters Upend Tip System, Raise Minimum Wage for Tipped Staff

On Tuesday night, District of Columbia voters approved Initiative 77, a referendum to raise the minimum wage for waiters and other tipped workers from $3.33 an hour plus tips, to $12.50 an hour plus tips. Most places in the U.S. have a different minimum wage for tipped workers that is much lower than the regular minimum wage, based on the assumption that tips will bring the workers up to and even far above the regular minimum wage. As Jonathan Decker has written here, this system has often worked to the benefit of both the workers and employers. However, Initiative 77 would

This Week in Economics: 4 News Stories You Need to Know About

Here is an update on some of the recent stories that I have covered for The National Pulse: 1.) D.C. City Council unanimously votes to raise taxes on Uber…and a ton of other things. The Washington Times reports: The 13-member council approved funding Metro by raising the tax on ride-hailing services Lyft and Uber from 1 percent to 6 percent, as well increasing the sales tax, the car rental and leasing tax, the hotel sales tax, and the tax on alcohol sold in liquor stores. Owners of properties assessed at more than $5 million will pay an increased 24 cents

D.C.’s Uber Tax Proves Again that Big Government Is Terrible

As Washington, D.C. residents and commuters are well aware, the D.C. Metro system is nothing short of a national disgrace. It is plainly embarrassing that a country built on free enterprise and housing the most productive workers in the entire world could, right in its capital city, possess such a disastrous, government-run transportation network. The D.C. subway system is a hot mess. Literally. It catches on fire all the time. Andrew Wilford outlined D.C.’s Metro problems in a recent column in The American Spectator: Metro is a disaster. Residents of the D.C. area have developed a sense of camaraderie around

D.C. Becomes First in US to Allow Third Gender Choice on IDs

Leading the country as it often does with its left-wing policies, today Washington, D.C., is becoming the first jurisdiction in the nation to allow the option of “X” for gender choice on government-issued ID cards. After a lobbying campaign led by the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) and aided by Whitman-Walker Health’s Legal Services, the D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles will now give license applicants three choices for their gender identifier — “M,” “F,” or “X”. The bill implementing the change, introduced by Councilmember Brianne Nadeau, had to amend a nearly century-old 1925 D.C. Traffic Act in order to

House GOP Makes Right Move in Rejecting Assisted Suicide

Republicans in the House Oversight Committee voted yesterday to block D.C.’s rapidly advancing move towards legalizing assisted suicide in the District. Though the District of Columbia has the right to elect its own city officials and pass its own laws, Congress retains the ability to veto any of the city’s legislation, if a vote can be achieved to do so. Despite the criticism they might receive (and are currently receiving) from D.C. citizens, Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz and his fellow Republicans are right to thwart this misguided policy. Legislation such as this opens the door to abuse. How do we

Voters Should Embrace Life and Reject Physician-Assisted Suicide

While Trump vs. Clinton is the contest on most Americans’ minds this election year, an even more important struggle has quietly emerged which could significantly impact our nation: that of life vs. death. Earlier this week, the Washington, D.C., City Council voted to advance the “Death with Dignity” Act, legislation which would make D.C. one of six American jurisdictions allowing legalized physician-assisted suicide. The bill now moves on to Mayor Muriel Bowser, who a spokesman said “expects the bill to become law.” And in Colorado, Proposition 106 is on the ballot this year, a “medical aid in dying” initiative that’s modeled after