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  • Monthly Archives: June 2011

    Top 10 Reads: June 29, 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. First Amendment Wins in Arizona Campaign Finance Case – Hans von Spakovsky On nukes, Obama ‘leads’ & the world laughs – Peter Brookes Bureaucratic Insanity: Wasting money while undermining public health … More

    Operation Fast and Furious: The ATF Gunrunning Scandal

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    The U.S. government intentionally sells assault weapons to Mexican drug cartels. Those cartels use those weapons to kill, among others, a U.S. law enforcement officer. The White House deflects questions on the subject. The director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), who watched the gun sales … More

    Human Tragedy Goes On: 80 Illegal Immigrants Kidnapped in Mexico

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    Late last week, at least 80 illegal immigrants were abducted from a train by armed gunmen in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz. According to accounts, the train operators “didn’t stop where they usually do.… Instead, they continued on to a remote area where the trains that come from Coatzacoalcos … More

    Why Albania Matters

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    It has been over two decades since Albania escaped the iron grip of communism, yet it is still struggling to sustain democracy. Since 2009, the same year it joined NATO, its elections have been marred by violence, with the Socialist Party using intimidation and mob rule to try to gain … More

    Dubious Anniversary for NRC, Yucca Mountain, and U.S. Nuclear Power

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    On June 28, 2010, the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board—a three-judge panel charged with conducting licensing hearings for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)—rejected the Department of Energy’s motion to withdraw the license application to move forward with opening Yucca Mountain, the geologic repository meant to store our nation’s used nuclear … More

    Russia Bars an Opposition Party from Running in Duma Elections

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    Last week the government of Russia banned a center-right democratic opposition party from participating in elections. At the same time, the Kremlin propped up a small party led by a friendly oligarch. Despite his democratic rhetoric, President Dmitry Medvedev did nothing to uphold minimal democratic norms. As Heritage’s Ariel Cohen … More

    Senator Ron Johnson Objects To “Business As Usual”

    Yesterday, Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) took to the Senate floor to fight against secrecy in budget talks and out of control spending.  Transparency may be dead in debt limit talks, but if heroes like Senator Johnson pledge to use the two most important words in the Senate dictionary–“I Object”–to shut … More

    Morning Bell: Five Ways Obama Is Circumventing the Legislative Branch

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    For all of candidate Barack Obama’s campaign rhetoric promising to respect Congress’s authority to draft the nation’s laws, President Obama has demonstrated a persistent pattern of circumventing the legislative branch via administrative fiat whenever his agenda stalls. And though one of the Obama campaign’s legal advisers cautioned against a President … More

    Washington in a Flash: Obama and Reid Get Cozy at the White House

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    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is making his second trip to the White House this week. Today he’ll be joined by Sens. Dick Durbin (D-IL), Patty Murray (D-WA) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) for an afternoon meeting with President Obama on the debt limit among other issues. The Democrats are … More

    Chemical Industry Fears Job Losses If Congress Subsidizes Natural Gas Cars

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    America’s chemical industry is one of the biggest consumers of natural gas. But it is stridently opposed to government interference and taxpayer-funded subsidies for the production, use and purchase of natural gas vehicles. American Chemical Council chief executive Cal Dooley, a former Democratic congressman from California, spoke at today’s Bloggers … More