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  • Monthly Archives: March 2010

    Morning Bell: $1 Billion AT&T Headache is Just Obamacare's First Side Effect

    In the closing days of the Congressional health care debate, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told the National Association of Counties: “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” Today marks the end of just the first week of life under Obamacare … More

    Side Effects: Higher Health Insurance Taxes

    Union bosses howled about one Obamacare tax hike: the levy on “Cadillac” health plans (expensive plans rich in benefits). The problem with this tax, as they see it, is that it hits the very plans often enjoyed by their rank-and-file. Ever eager to please the unions, Democratic leaders added a … More

    Side Effects: Obamacare Doesn't Work on Children After All

    A signature achievement of Obamacare, we were told, was that it would provide immediate protection for children with pre-existing conditions.  In the brave new world of Obamacare, no ailing child could be denied coverage. Turns out, that just ain’t so.  According to the Associated Press, “Under the new law, insurance … More

    Carbon Companies Lose Too Much Value

    From the New York Times Green, Inc Blog: The banking giant HSBC removed two companies involved in carbon trading from its Climate Change Index on Monday because they had lost too much value. Analysts from HSBC said the cause was mainly that governments had failed to come up with a … More

    Restoring the First Amendment – One Case at a Time

    On Friday, the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia struck another blow towards restoring every American’s First Amendment right to engage in political speech. In SpeechNow.org v. Federal Election Commission, the court applied the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Citizens United to throw out another pernicious portion of … More

    Race to the Top Winners Announced

    The administration has just announced its round one Race to the Top winners, and only two states – drum roll please – Tennessee and Delaware, made the cut. The stated purpose of $4.35 billion RttT program is to increase teacher quality, improve failing schools, enhance the quality of state assessments, … More

    What Exactly is the Deal Between President Obama and the Kremlin?

    The White House Fact Sheet on the New START Treaty agreed to between President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitri Medvedev claims: No Constraints on Missile Defense and Conventional Strike: The Treaty does not contain any constraints on testing, development or deployment of current or planned U.S. missile defense programs … More

    VIDEO: Solving Pre-Existing Conditions Doesnt Take 2,700 Pages

    Ed Haislmaier, Senior Research Fellow at The Heritage Foundation’s Center for Health Policy Studies, takes on the 2,700 pages of Obamacare — and the notion that all that legislation is needed to fix the problem of pre-existing conditions. As Haislmaier explains, Congress could solve the pre-existing conditions problem quite simply … More

    SEIU's White House Visits Are Paying Off

    While most Americans were enjoying a weekend away from work, President Obama kept busy Saturday afternoon, appointing one of Big Labor’s lawyers to a post at the National Labor Relations Board. The recess appointment of Craig Becker was expected—despite the Senate’s bipartisan rejection of him in February. The White House … More

    Strong Sanctions Needed to Counter Iran’s Nuclear Ambitions

    It has taken over a year for the Obama Administration to understand what seemed clear when the President extended his hand to Iran: engagement will not work. How Washington responds to this reality as it presses for new sanctions will have a huge impact on the future of Iran’s nuclear … More