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  • Monthly Archives: June 2011

    Morning Bell: The UN's Terrible Record on Human Rights

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    A few blocks from the White House, what the State Department defines as a modern form of slavery is taking place every night in the form of sex trafficking. A CNN series — called The Freedom Project – recently highlighted the trafficking network, a multi-million dollar business thriving on women … More

    Washington in a Flash: Off to Iowa

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    President Obama continues his barnstorming tour today with a visit to Alcoa’s plant in Davenport, IA. He’ll be making another high-profile pitch for American manufacturing — the second in as many weeks — as he attempts to regain trust on the economy. A new McClatchy Newspapers-Marist poll reveals just 37 … More

    Top 10 Reads: June 27, 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. Transparency Win? Secret $2.4 Trillion Debt-Hike Talks May End The Justice Department Misleads the Ninth Circuit Operation Fast and Furious: How the Obama Administration Conned the Washington Post Obama’s Medicare … More

    Five Impacts of the New York Same-Sex Marriage Vote

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    The New York legislature’s vote last Friday night to redefine the family and recognize homosexual marriage will have a number of impacts within and well beyond the Empire State. The vote does not signal an end to the now two-decade fight over the meaning of marriage. A new phase—not an … More

    Nuclear Regulatory Commission Won't Release Unredacted Yucca Documents

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    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is refusing to release an unredacted version of its safety evaluation reports on Yucca Mountain, leaving the conclusions unknown to the public. The agency notified Heritage that it had rejected an appeal under the Freedom of Information Act. The NRC’s decision comes eight months after Heritage … More

    A Culture War Against Conservative Women

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    Injecting conservative values into the cultural mainstream is a battle, especially for women’s issues in popular, female-geared media like magazines. Liberal ideology has attracted the female presidential vote—and the female magazine—for years. For most of these crusaders and publications, “women’s issues” comes down to one issue: abortion. As freshman Representative … More

    Supreme Court Rules on Violent Video Games

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    Today’s Supreme Court decision in which it struck down California’s law restricting the sale or rental of violent video games to minors (PDF) is an important First Amendment decision that is not subject to a simple liberal/conservative breakdown, but the more interesting contrast may be between the votes in this … More

    The Supreme Court Refurbishes the First Amendment in Arizona

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    The Supreme Court, led by Chief Justice John Roberts, issued an outstanding decision today (PDF) properly applying the First Amendment when it struck down as unconstitutional Arizona’s public financing system for political candidates.  There is no doubt that Roberts and the four justices who joined him in the majority opinion … More

    Chinese Currency Manipulation: Lies and Statistics

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    There’s a very old political rule getting a new twist in the House of Representatives right now: When your policies fail, blame someone else. The new twist is: When unemployment is above the level you said would be a catastrophe, and you’re on the road to bankrupting the country in … More

    Morning Bell: President Obama Plays Politics in Afghanistan

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    The nation’s two highest-ranking military commanders have gone on record raising serious concerns about President Obama’s flawed plan to bring 33,000 troops home from Afghanistan by September 2012. The outgoing Commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, General David Petraeus, said during Senate hearings last week that the troop … More