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  • Monthly Archives: July 2011

    U.S. Embassy Attack Exposes Obama Administration’s Failed Syria Policy

    Pro-Syrian-government protesters gather outside the US Embassy in Damascus

    Monday’s attack on the U.S. Embassy in Damascus—by a mob orchestrated by the Syrian government—underscores the abject failure of the Obama Administration’s strategy of engaging the brutal Bashar al-Assad regime. The Administration naively sought to upgrade diplomatic contacts with the Syrian dictatorship after abandoning the Bush Administration’s policy of mobilizing … More

    Medicaid Blend Rate Misses the Point

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    Conservatives should beware of policies that simply meet a budget target number without considering whether the underlying policy changes move a program in the right direction. Case in point: the Medicaid blend rate, which would replace the various federal matching rates for different categories of enrollees with one unified federal … More

    A Generation of Divorce Testifies to the Importance of Marriage

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    In a snapshot summary of her memoir released on Tuesday, In Spite of Everything, Susan Gregory Thomas gives a firsthand account of what remains of children and parents after the devastation of divorce. Thomas presents a vivid portrait of the children of divorce in her neighborhood who, with her, wandered … More

    Chairman John Kline Proposes More Flexibility for Local Schools

    Representative John Kline (R–MN)

    As the Obama Administration pushes for a ninth reauthorization of No Child Left Behind, conservatives in Congress are offering alternatives to the failed status quo of Washington-driven education policy. Representative John Kline (R–MN), chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, has introduced a new bill to provide states … More

    Morning Bell: Obama Aims for the Money You Don't "Need"

    U.S. President Barack Obama hosts a press conference on July 11, 2011

    Over the past several weeks, America has seen on grand display in Washington a singular mindset emanating from the White House: We must raise taxes so that we can keep on spending. This week, though, America was treated to something different—a glimpse inside President Barack Obama’s mind, a roadmap of … More

    Washington in a Flash: Ben Bernanke Heads to the Hill

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    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is due to deliver the Semiannual Monetary Policy Report to Congress today before the House Financial Services Committee. What will he say about unemployment, if anything at all? The stakes are high with Bernanke’s approval rating at an all-time low. The hearing starts at 10 a.m. … More

    Top 10 Reads: July 12, 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. Doing more by doing less – Ed Feulner On treaty, team O is ‘lost’ at sea – Peter Brookes Why is the government mailing you $2? – Rory Cooper Fix Social … More

    America Treading Down Road to Serfdom with Big Spending

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    “The late great Austrian economist F.A. Hayek would have seen the Arab Spring for the economic revolt it was right from the start,” writes Hoover Institution scholar Fouad Ajami in The Wall Street Journal. In his iconic Road to Serfdom, Hayek laid out the stepping stones that lead societies to … More

    Ohio Tea Partiers Get Back to Basics at We the People Convention

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    It’s time to get “back to the basics,” as far as Meta Hahn of Westerville, OH, is concerned. Standing in front of a bus emblazoned with the Statue of Liberty and countless signatures, the fifth-grade teacher and board member of the Worthington Tea Party said, “If you are not going … More

    Paul Ryan Schools HHS Secretary on Patient-Centered Medicare Reform

    This morning, the House Budget Committee invited Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to a hearing on the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), the left’s weapon of choice for tackling Medicare’s $38 trillion in unfunded promises to America’s seniors. Both sides of the debate agree that extensive reductions to … More