Thursday Morning Links
2. Not only do members of Congress benefit from being exempt from the insider trading laws that apply to the rest of us, but a Washington Post investigation has identified 16 members of Congress who have recently taken actions that provided millions of dollars of benefits for specific programs, groups or organizations that are directly connected to their immediate family members.
3. The nation known for its iconic windmills --the Netherlands -- is throwing in the towel on offshore wind power, as Dutch officials have determined the country can no longer afford large scale subsidies for expensive wind turbines that cannot produce electricity at economically competitive prices.
4. From Ed Morrissey on the importance of Indiana becoming the first rust belt state to pass right-to-work laws - a milestone event for a manufacturing-based state where unions controlled large portions of the labor force.
5. Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin announced this week that 10 states have signed on to her plan to replace aging government vehicles with ones that run on compressed natural gas. Together, the group of states plans to buy 5,000 natural gas vehicles.
HTs to Warren Smith, Dwight Oglesby and Ben Cunningham.