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  • Yearly Archives: 2010

    Facts And Science Missing From White House Environmental Policy

    President Barack Obama famously believes that all of his policies are supported by “facts and science,” while opposition to his policies comes only from “fear and frustration.” As The Washington Post documented twice last weekend, that is just plain false. First Charles Lane reports: The Obama Energy Department has suggested … More

    The CIFTA Enthusiasm Gap

    In a “no news is news” story, The Washington Post reports that, in spite of nominal support from President Obama in April 2009, neither Senate Democrats nor the White House is enthusiastic about seeking ratification of the CIFTA treaty. That is good news. CIFTA is the Spanish acronym for the … More

    The Jaczko Fiasco

    Controversy continues to grow around Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko’s unilateral decision to order the NRC staff to stop its work on Yucca Mountain.  The chairman defended his actions in a letter to the editor published by Energy Daily last week (subscription required).  He suggested that he was authorized … More

    The Reforms Rhee Leaves Behind

    Michelle Rhee’s tenure as D.C. Schools Chancellor ends Monday. In Saturday’s Wall Street Journal, she and Mayor Adrian Fenty published an “Education Manifesto” summarizing their reform legacy and the breakthrough they hope it represents for other troubled school systems. Their rallying cry: Education policy should serve the needs of children, … More

    Morning Bell: Solutions for Sanity

    Our country may just need a Rally to Restore Comedy after this past Saturday’s spectacularly unfunny Rally to Restore Sanity on the National Mall. But “The Daily Show” host and rally organizer Jon Stewart may have stumbled upon some truth in his closing remarks: “We hear every day about how … More

    This Halloween, Undead (Treaties) Haunt the Halls of the Senate

    No, the undead aren’t Senators worried about the outcome of next Tuesday’s election. Nor are they the bodies of the departed, reanimated to feast upon the living. Citizens in the U.S. Capitol aren’t in any danger —well, no more danger than usual, anyhow—of having their brains sucked out and devoured. … More

    The World Is Wondering What to Expect After November 2nd

    The midterm elections have garnered international attention fueled in no small part by the widespread interest in the Tea Party movement. Editor-in-chief of National Journal’s Hotline, Reid Wilson and Vice President of Government Relations for The Heritage Foundation, Mike Franc looked beyond November 2 in a discussion with foreign media … More

    If You Like Your Medicare Advantage Plan, You Probably Cannot Keep It

    Earlier this year, Richard Foster, the Chief Actuary for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), issued a report projecting that about half of all seniors and disabled Americans enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans will be pushed out of that program due to the new health care reform law, … More

    Inequality Statistics and Poverty Facts

    “Facts are stubborn things,” wrote Mark Twain, “but statistics are more pliable.” Jonathan Alter amply demonstrates this truism in last weekend’s New York Times Book Review. In regard to income inequality—a perennial favorite among the media and liberals—he opines: Over the last three decades, the top 1 percent of the … More

    In Unreal Session, U.N. Promises to Press Ahead with Arms Trade Treaty

    The First Committee of the United Nations General Assembly, which focuses on disarmament and international security, has for the past month been hearing statements from U.N. member states, U.N. officials, and NGOs on a wide range of subjects, from outer space to chemical and biological weapons. But a central focus … More