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  • Yearly Archives: 2010

    Waiting Long Enough for Superman

    Watching Waiting for Superman last week left me exhausted. For too many years, education reformers have fought hard against the very injustices in the education system portrayed in the film. The good news, however, is that this newest declaration against the intolerable conditions of a broken public education system could … More

    A Nobel for Edwards: Children of the Reproductive Revolution

    No stranger to controversial choices, the Nobel Committee has awarded its 2010 Prize in Physiology or Medicine to Robert Edwards of Cambridge University, who, along with the late Australian Dr. Patrick Steptoe, developed in vitro fertilization. In terms of impact, the award is fitting. In vitro fertilization techniques isolated the … More

    Daniel Hannan to America: Get Off the Road to Serfdom and Actualize the American Ideal!

    Last week, European Parliament member Daniel Hannan promoted his new book, The New Road to Serfdom: A Letter of Warning to America, at the Cato Institute. In what he called “a message from the future,” Hannan gave ample warning of what will happen if we do not change our path … More

    U.S.-Pakistan Tensions Jeopardize Afghanistan Mission

    Pakistan’s closure of one of the main NATO supply routes into Afghanistan and the string of attacks on NATO convoys transiting Pakistan over the last few days highlights the vulnerability of the entire coalition mission in Afghanistan to events inside Pakistan. Nearly eighty percent of supplies for the war effort … More

    Is the Media Reporting or Distorting American Opinions About Trade?

    The media seem intent on convincing Americans that they no longer support free trade. A recent article in The Wall Street Journal, for example, begins “The American public, already skeptical of free trade, is becoming increasingly hostile to it.” The article goes on to report that the results of a … More

    Morning Bell: Peace Doesn't Keep Itself

    Yesterday afternoon, President Barack Obama told his Economic Recovery Advisory Board: “I realize that we are facing an untenable fiscal situation. What I won’t do is cut back on investments like education.” Meanwhile what our Commander in Chief is very willing to cut is defense. In Bob Woodard’s new book … More

    Anna Nicole Smith Returns to the Supreme Court

    Today is “first Monday,” the beginning of the Supreme Court’s 2010 term. With the beginning of the term comes a flurry of cases added to the docket for the year. These additions form a significant portion of the select few cases that the Court chooses to hear during the course … More

    Narrowing the Rights of the Minority

    “Filibuster reform” is the new cause of the left. Senator Mark Udall (D–CO) has drafted up a rules change that would chip away at minority rights in the Senate by severely limiting the filibuster. This idea would narrow transparency, limit opportunities to offer amendments, and limit debate in the Senate … More

    Local Control Is the Key to Education Reform

    Greater federal control is not the answer to improving the nation’s education system. And Rep. John Kline (R–MN) agrees. Speaking of the current push for states to adopt national education standards—specifically the federal government tying federal Race to the Top (RTTT) and Title I funding to states’ adoption of the … More

    Side Effects: Obamacare Fails to Halt Rising Premiums

    President Obama and his supporters have said that one of the major benefits of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act would be a drop in health insurance premiums. But a new Hewitt Associates study shows that insurance costs will continue to rise for 2011. The study projects an 8.8 … More