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  • Monthly Archives: August 2011

    Politically Connected Solar Firm Goes Under Despite Federal Support

    US President Barack Obama at Solyndra Co.

    Major donors to President Obama have received favorable treatment throughout his administration. Today’s news that solar company Solyndra is going bankrupt demonstrates the consequences of that apparent cronyism. The company’s demise is likely to cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. Solyndra suspended operations Wednesday and will soon file for … More

    Jin and Bo: A Revival of the Chinese Communist Party?

    Crowds on Nanjing Road, Shanghai, China

    A video of a Chinese general’s discussing officials who were caught spying against Beijing has recently garnered a significant amount of attention. Much of the discussion has centered on the significance of a Chinese general apparently criticizing the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), and whether this presages a split between military … More

    Did the Wright Brothers Need the Government to Make Man Fly?

    Steven Chu, U.S. Secretary of Energy

    Forget entrepreneurs, captains of industry, inventors, and scientists. According to Obama Energy Secretary Steven Chu, we have the U.S. government to thank for all the wonders of technology. In a speech yesterday at Senator Harry Reid’s National Clean Energy Summit, Chu showed America his true colors–and the philosophical bent of the … More

    Big Labor Makes Big Spending Demands on President Obama

    AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

    The Big Labor full-court press is in full swing ahead of President Barack Obama’s speech next week in which he will roll-out a new jobs plan. What do they want? You guessed it: more government spending (as if an auto industry bailout, Obamacare, and a $780 billion stimulus weren’t enough.) Yesterday, … More

    Top 10 Reads: August 31, 2011

    Catching you up on clips, commentary and news of the day. Sign up for the daily email update from Scribe. How Washington pays Big Green to sue the government – Ron Arnold, Washington Examiner Solar company that received Obama administration backing closes its doors – Andrew Restuccia, The Hill Growing the … More

    10 Ways to Celebrate Constitution Day

    Constitution Day

    September 17th is Constitution Day. 224 years ago, America’s Founders ratified a new Constitution that would form a more perfect union and secure the blessings of liberty. Here are 10 easy ways you and your family can celebrate Constitution day: 1)      Read it. The Constitution is only a few pages … More

    Rubio's and Reagan's America

      Recently, Americans rated Ronald Reagan as the nation’s greatest president. Reagan merits such praise, because his ideas were successful: they ended the domestic economic recession and the international threat of communism. But Reagan’s ideas were successful, because they were anchored in certain timeless principles. And now these principles are … More

    Morning Bell: The Fast and Furious Scandal Continues

    J. Emilio Flores/La Opinion/Newscom

    A U.S. government gun-trafficking investigation gone horribly wrong has resulted in the death of a U.S. Border Patrol officer, some 2,000 firearms in the hands of criminals, and the dismissal of a 24-year veteran law enforcement official. This is the story of Fast and Furious, and yesterday the latest chapter unfolded … More

    The Philippines and China: The Elephant in the Room

    Aquino-Jintao

    President Benigno Aquino of the Philippines arrived in Beijing today to commence a five-day state visit to China. The trip has been slated as a goodwill mission aimed at repairing strained relations and increasing economic ties between the two nations. President Aquino, leading a delegation of some 200 Philippine business … More

    School Choice at Risk for Colorado Kids

    Classroom

    In a momentous move in March of this year, a Colorado school board voted to implement its first private school choice program. The program allows up to 500 children in Douglas County to attend a private school of their choice. Now, hundreds of students are being blocked from receiving these … More