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  • Monthly Archives: March 2010

    Florida Students – and Education Policies – Shine in New NAEP Reading Results

    Results from the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reading assessment have just been released and are, well, uninspiring. Reading achievement, despite significant increases in spending over the past few decades and increasing federal policy intervention in the past decade, has remained flat. The lackluster results indicate that the … More

    Morning Bell: A START Towards Undermining Our Nuclear Security

    Yesterday the Kremlin announced that the Obama administration and Russia had reached agreement on a new nuclear arms agreement intended to replace the 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START). The declaration appeared to surprise the White House, as Press Secretary Robert Gibbs could only confirm that the two sides were … More

    Not So Fast, Kid

    That was what Speaker Pelosi said on March 10, 2010. One day after the Senate’s mammoth, 2,700-page health bill became law, the Associated Press has discovered the legislation doesn’t deliver on a key promise. Despite repeated assurances that the measure would provide immediate health coverage for children with pre-existing medical conditions, it doesn’t. … More

    Kids vs. Congress

    Last week the leftist majorities in Congress again rejected a bi-partisan attempt to save the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program from annihilation thanks to pressure from powerful teachers unions. The left is desperate to kill this school choice program because it is already showing proven success at improving academic achievement. To … More

    D.C. Kids 'Rise' to Save Scholarships

    An eighth-grader named Shaketa is on the move. She’s representing thousands of her peers in the nation’s capital in the effort to save D.C. Opportunity Scholarships from the indefensible end imposed by Congress. Shaketa, along with seven other children among the program’s 1,700 current enrollees appear in provocative print advertisements … More

    Hitting the Reset Button with the Russian Public

    While Moscow has contributed to much of the Russian public’s distaste towards the United States, Washington has focused on resetting relations with Russia’s government rather that its people. Yesterday, a panel hosted by The Heritage Foundation, “Russian Anti-Americanism: A Priority Target for U.S. Public Diplomacy,” focused on U.S. public diplomacy … More

    A New Revelation: Wind Energy Needs Wind to Work

    One of the common arguments made against wind power is that without government subsidies, mandates or tax credits, wind turbines would not be built. But even when companies do receive preferential treatment to build windmills, just because they’re built doesn’t mean they’re going to work. For that, there needs to … More

    Bangladesh PM’s trip to China: India Watching Closely

    Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s recent trip to China, following close on the heels of her January trip to India, demonstrates Bangladeshi leaders are leveraging the country’s increasingly important geostrategic position vis-à-vis Asia’s two rising powers.  India is watching closely and with a certain degree of concern China’s growing interest … More

    Why Goodwin Liu Matters

    Rumors of a possible Supreme Court retirement this summer have Washington buzzing with anticipation. Adding to the intrigue is the controversial nomination of Goodwin Liu for the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Senate Republicans used a procedural move Wednesday to postpone Liu’s hearing. But the delay will likely do little … More

    Obama: A Domestic LBJ?

    A President presides over an unpopular war, while pursuing domestic goals that are the centerpiece of his actual interest. He is forced to choose between focusing his attention on developments overseas, and pushing through major domestic programs that will dramatically expand the purview of government. Which does he choose? Barack … More