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  • Monthly Archives: August 2008

    This Week in Washington: The Surge Has Been a Success

    Here is what’s happening this week in Washington: Sixteen months ago, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said the surge in Iraq “is not accomplishing anything.” Today there is almost unanimous agreement that the surge has been a tremendous success. Ben Lieberman and Nick Loris wrote this week that Congress should … More

    Tankosphere Today: Aug. 4, 2008

    Why No Real Debate on Global Warming? – Vallejo Times Herald The dumb things cooking in congress and state legislatures should force a national debate on the question of global warming. The media, however, seem more than willing to give Al Gore a platform – which tends to discourage most … More

    Scenes From the U.S. House Floor

    Speaker Nancy Pelosi won’t allow C-SPAN show what happened on the House floor on Friday, but thanks to YouTube you can catch a clip here: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7teE7qKwl8[/youtube]

    Live From the U.S. House Floor

    As we noted on Friday and again this morning, House conservatives have refused to leave Washington, D.C., for their five-week paid vacation, opting instead to remain on Capitol Hill to demand a vote on energy exploration. Nearly two dozen members are spending the day talking on the House floor. I’ve … More

    The Left's War on School Choice Continues

    The Washington Post calls out the D.C. government for its continued hostility towards the school choice movement: ANYONE LOOKING for a symbol of the contempt that D.C. officials show toward charter schools need go no further than 2501 11th St. NW. There sits the shuttered Meyer Elementary School. Three blocks … More

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    U.S. agriculture subsidies are again threatening American leadership on free trade. The Financial Times reports: Brazil is preparing to take action against the US over what it says are illegal subsidies and other trade barriers following the collapse of the Doha round of talks at the World Trade Organisation in … More

    Obama Not Even Trying to Reduce Energy Prices

    On June 10, when CNBC’s John Harwood asked if high energy costs were good for America, Barack Obama replied: “I think that I would have preferred a gradual adjustment.” Obama did not say it directly, but the logical conclusion from his statement is that Obama does not believe the government … More

    When Environmentalists Speak, Congress Listens

    The problem with environmental extremists is that they are not really pro-environment, they’re anti-energy and anti-progress, and for years these groups have been some of the most influential people in U.S. policy circles. Walter Williams reminds us that they “are well organized, loaded with cash and well positioned to be … More

    Morning Bell: The People's House, Not Pelosi's Politburo

    This Sunday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi again promised to use all her power to prevent the House from voting on any measure that would allow new oil exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the Outer Continental Shelf. A majority of Americans support new oil exploration in these regions. Pelosi … More

    A Lights-Out Session in the House

    Today the House voted 213-194 (with 24 abstaining) in favor of adjourning for a five-week August recess. Lawmakers chose to take a paid vacation instead of voting to address the energy crisis that has stalled American motorists and is doing its best to cripple the economy. Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate … More