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  • Monthly Archives: June 2011

    Top 10 Reads: June 30, 2011

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    Catching you up on clips, commentary and news of the day. Sign up for the daily email update from Scribe. Ronald Reagan, champion of freedom – Edwin Meese III Riding the Chinese tiger – Kim Holmes Call it Isolationism! – Marion Smith Marital Marshall Plan – Chuck Donovan and Kathryn Jean … More

    Iran’s Missile Tests Amplify Nuclear Alarm Bells

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad welcomed back to Tehran after a visit to the UN

    Iran secretly has tested ballistic missiles that are capable of carrying a nuclear warhead in violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions, British Foreign Secretary William Hague warned yesterday. Britain believes Iran conducted at least three secret tests of medium-range missiles since October, more evidence of Iran’s accelerating missile buildup. Hague’s … More

    CBO Report Shows, Without Reform, the Future of Medicare Ain’t Pretty

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    The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) recently released its annual Long-Term Budget Outlook, which highlights the effects of existing policy on the federal budget. The verdict: The current trajectory is “unsustainable.” Growing federal health care spending is a major driver of future deficits. As CBO explains, “Spending for health care in … More

    Obama Reg Czar Says Bush Was Worse

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    “When all else fails, blame Bush.” This seems to be the operating principle of the current Administration. Case in point: At a conference on innovation earlier this week, Cass Sunstein—the head of OMB’s regulatory review office—tried to deflect criticism that the Obama Administration was responsible for a “tsunami” of regulation … More

    White House Silent on Obamacare Transparency Bill

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    A freshman congressman has offered legislation that would make the extensive federal rulemaking process associated with the new Obamacare law dramatically more transparent. The bill would also give Congress a stepped-up oversight role as federal agencies begin drafting rules to implement the law, which will go fully into effect by … More

    Another Federal Program Is Not the Answer to Deal with Natural Disasters

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    It is heartbreaking to see the destroyed homes, scattered possessions, and lives shattered by recent tornadoes in Alabama, Missouri and elsewhere. Many have lost loved ones and businesses while large parts of communities have been tragically leveled. Yet creating a new federal program would not be a worthy response to … More

    Morning Bell: Time For Congress to Lead on the Debt Ceiling

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    As we saw at yesterday’s press conference, President Obama is not going to lead on the debt ceiling issue. Nor is he going to compromise or play a mediating role. He is more interested in blaming others for his troubles, demagoguing other solutions and running for re-election. This is why … More

    Washington in a Flash: Will the Senate Scuttle Next Week's Vacation?

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    Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) didn’t come to Washington to make friends. And after calling on his colleagues to skip their week-long Fourth of July vacation, he might even have a few enemies. A day after making a passionate speech on the Senate floor, Johnson was leading a group of 10 … More

    Obamacare: Bad 6th Circuit Decision Assures Supreme Court Review in Fall

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    Today, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision upholding Obamacare against a constitutional challenge. While this is disappointing, there are several reasons to believe that this flawed decision is not predictive of how the Supreme Court will rule. In recent years, the Sixth Circuit has achieved a growing … More

    Obama Blasts Private Jet Tax Breaks Included in His Own Stimulus

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    The chief economic culprit of President Obama’s Wednesday press conference was undoubtedly “corporate jets.” He mentioned them on at least six occasions, each time offering their owners as an example of a group that should be paying more in taxes. “I think it’s only fair to ask an oil company … More