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  • Monthly Archives: August 2011

    Top 10 Reads: August 8, 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. Jim Rogers: Don’t see how U.S. can ever pay off debts – Deepanshu Bagchee Did a new Taliban weapon kill a chopper full of Navy SEALs? – David Axe S&P cuts … More

    Waive State Educational Authority Goodbye

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    The auto bailout, EPA regulations, Obamacare, and now No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The Obama Administration is doing yet another end-run around Congress, this time granting states conditional waivers from the onerous provisions of NCLB in exchange for adopting a yet-to-be-specified set of executive branch education policy priorities. Today, the … More

    The Worst Thing that Anybody Can Do to You is Take Away Your Freedom

    How much danger does the federal government’s unprincipled, out-of-control body of criminal law pose to, say, the average American small-business person?  Well, suppose you were a small-business owner, and for twelve years both U.S. Customs and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had been inspecting the shipments of seafood … More

    Heritage Libertad Radio: Jobs, the Economy and Government Regulations

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    In case you missed it, here is audio of Heritage Libertad Radio from August 7. Topics included the new jobs numbers, the economy, and a discussion with Heritage expert James Gattuso on the increasing number of government regulations. We also answered a number of member questions on air, including: When will … More

    A Cuban Slap on the Wrist: The Alan Gross Case

    U.S. aid contractor Alan Gross and his wife Judy in a file photo from 2005. (Photo: Reuters/family photograph)

    The Obama Administration has in recent months made efforts to improve relations with Cuba contingent upon the release of Alan P. Gross. A subcontractor for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Gross was arrested in December 2009 for making the Internet available to members of Cuba’s minuscule Jewish community. … More

    Issa Subpoenas NLRB for Boeing Documents, Internal Communications

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    Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), the Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, issued a subpoena to the National Labor Relations Board on Sunday requesting documents that he said the board had failed to provide of its own accord. The documents involve the NLRB’s controversial suit against Boeing, which … More

    Education Spending? Sounds Good -- Until the Tax Man Cometh

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    According to a new poll by the education research journal Education Next, 65 percent of the American public wants education spending to increase. That figure, the poll’s architect Paul Peterson notes, is the kind of polling data “that the president’s political advisors undoubtedly rely upon when they decide to appeal … More

    WI Democrats Threaten to Unleash Activists on Local News Service

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    A spokesperson for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin lashed out at a reporter on Friday, threatening to enlist party activists in a mass letter-writing campaign complaining about the reporter’s coverage of a recent Heritage Foundation interview with Gov. Scott Walker (R). The spokesperson also threatened to express “deep concerns about … More

    Morning Bell: It's the Spending

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    On Friday evening, Standard & Poor’s (S&P) downgraded the U.S. credit rating from AAA to AA+. As we and other conservatives warned, the spending reductions in the deal negotiated by President Obama to raise the debt ceiling were inadequate, and S&P reacted as we predicted but sooner. Neither Moody’s nor … More

    Debt Ceiling Defense Cuts Will Happen

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    There is considerable misunderstanding about what the new debt ceiling law does to the area of defense. Many people are describing the required defense cuts in terms of dollar-figure reductions. A recent article appearing in The Cable, for example, referred to a $350 billion reduction for defense. These descriptions are … More