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Can the government throw you in jail for offering advice on the Internet about what food people should buy at the grocery store?

That is exactly the claim made by the North Carolina Board of Dietetics/Nutrition. In December 2011, diabetic blogger Steve Cooksey started a Dear Abby-style advice column on his popular blog (www.diabetes-warrior.net) to answer reader questions. One month later, the State Board informed Steve that he could not give readers advice on diet, whether for free or for compensation, because doing so constituted the unlicensed, and thus criminal, practice of dietetics. The State Board also told Steve that his private emails and telephone calls with readers and friends were illegal, as was his paid life-coaching service. The State Board went through Steve's writings with a red pen, indicating what he may and may not say without a government-issued license.

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   Gov't Bully to Citizen Activists: Lie or Face Crippling Fines (2:53)
Washington's Public Disclosure Commission, which works to shut down political debate, is now seeking to drastically restrict free civil rights advocacy—advocacy that has guided our nation to live up to its ideals of freedom and justice...
   FOOD FIGHT IN WASHINGTON: Let's Save DC Food Trucks (3:00)
D.C. is one of the best food-truck cities in the country. That's something city officials should be proud of. But unfortunately, city leaders are considering new restrictions on food trucks that could be used to ban them from serving their customers...
   Puppies & Kittens & Censors…Oh my! Gov't Muzzles Internet Pet Vet (1:31)
This Institute for Justice lawsuit involves free speech and Internet freedom while centering on one of the most important unresolved issues in First Amendment law:  When does occupational licensing trump the First Amendment?  
   If a Police Dog "Alerts," Should You Lose Your Cash, Car and Other Property? (2:42)
IJ attorneys Darpana Sheth and Scott Bullock explain IJ's new amicus brief about civil forfeiture. Learn more at this link: http://www.ij.org/l-l-10-12-ij-amicus-brief-alerts-high-court-to-abuse-of-civil-forfeiture-using-drug-dogs
   Gov't to makeup artists: Put down the blush, or we'll shut you down (2:51)
In Nevada, teaching others how to apply makeup without a government-issued license can subject you to up to $2,000 in fines.
   Is your state pulling a medical CON job? (1:22)
Medical professionals join forces with Institute for Justice, file major federal health care lawsuit. Laws limit medical options for patients, funnel millions of dollars to politically connected businesses.
   Chip Mellor Acceptance Speech, Bradley Prize 2012 (13:13)
Thursday, June 7, 2012, the Bradley Foundation presented the Bradley Prize to IJ President and General Counsel William H. "Chip" Mellor during a ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
   Should You Need the Government’s Permission to Work? (5:00)
Barriers like occupational licensing make it harder for people to find jobs and build new businesses that create jobs, particularly minorities, those of lesser means and those with less education.
   IRS Protectionism: New Licensing Scheme Challenged in Major Federal Lawsuit (3:58)
Congress never gave the IRS the authority to license tax preparers, and the IRS can't give itself that power. But last year the IRS imposed a sweeping new licensing scheme that forces tax preparers to get IRS permission before they can work.
   Can the Government Make Entrepreneurs Do Useless Things For No Reason? (1:56)
Verlin Stoll is a 27-year-old entrepreneurial dynamo who owns Crescent Tide funeral home in Saint Paul, Minn. Verlin wants to expand his business, hire new employees and continue to offer the lowest prices in the Twin Cities, but Minnesota refuses to let
   How are food truck entrepreneurs like the Buffalo Bills? They're unrelenting underdogs & dreamers. (3:56)
Food trucks have hit the streets of Buffalo, NY. But a few brick-and-mortar restaurants are trying to put them out of business through the force of government.
   FREE SPEECH FIGHT: New Orleans Bureaucrats Silence Speech, Tour Guides Fight Back (2:35)
In New Orleans, it is a crime to charge people for a talking tour without first getting permission from the government. City officials require every tour guide to pass a history exam, undergo a drug test and an FBI criminal background...
   F.L.O.S.S: Protecting You from Low-Cost Teeth-Whitening Services (1:59)
Teeth-whitening services are popular and increasingly available at spas, salons and shopping malls. There is one group that is not smiling about these new, low-cost teeth-whitening services: the Connecticut Dental Commission. In June, the Commission ruled
   I am IJ: 20 Years Litigating for Liberty (7:22)
If you created an institution, an American institution, what would you want it to do? You'd want it to make the world around you a better place. This is the story of that institution. This is the story of the Institute for Justice and its first 20 years
   Entrepreneurs Challenge Unconstitutional Ferry Monopoly on Lake Chelan (2:11)
Jim and Cliff Courtney have had their plans to launch a ferry service on Lake Chelan sunk by a nearly one-hundred year old Washington State law designed to protect the existing ferry provider from competition.
   Free the Vendors: Hialeah, Florida Attacks Mobile Vendors (4:04)
Vendors in Hialeah, Fla. are challenging a law that not only makes vendors’ work more dangerous by forcing them to constantly be on the move rather than vend in one location, but also is purposefully anticompetitive—making it impossible for vendors to com
   The 14th Amendment: A History (13:13)
   Federal & Local Law Enforcement Agencies Try to Take Family Motel from Innocent Owners (3:34)
Imagine you own a million-dollar piece of property free and clear, but then the federal government and local law enforcement agents announce that they are going to take it from you, not compensate you one dime, and then use the money they get from selling
   Taking on Milwaukee's Taxi Cartel (2:45)
Milwaukee allows only 321 taxicabs on its streets—almost half of which are owned by a single owner. That is about one cab for every 1,850 residents, one of the highest ratios in the country. This cap on taxi permits has sent
   The Road to the U.S. Supreme Court (4:10)

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