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  • Monthly Archives: August 2011

    Washington's Role in Education Made Simple

    Confused about the federal role in education? A simple analogy will help. This new Heritage video tells the story of Steve, the president of the local homeowners’ association. Steve decides to centralize the yard care decisions for the entire neighborhood to achieve uniformity. Unfortunately, not all lawns are the same. … More

    Senators Want Joint Committee's Meetings Aired on TV, Open to Public

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    A half-dozen Republicans are lobbying Senate leaders to make the newly created Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction transparent in its operations and accessible to the American public. Their proposal includes public attendance at meetings and live television broadcasts. In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Minority … More

    Top 10 Reads: August 4, 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. Pity the debt-paying generation – Bill Beach and Dustin Siggins Unhealthy Debt – James C. Capretta and Yuval Levin Debt deal could endanger health care law – Jennifer Haberkorn After Debt … More

    The Secrets of Acquiring Federal Employment

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    According to public employees’ unions, federal employees are substantially underpaid, and this year’s pay freeze is just one more slight against workers who could easily earn much more outside the government. It is curious, then, that so many people without federal jobs are lining up for them, apparently hoping to … More

    Is the President Serious about Jobs and Economic Growth? A Simple Test

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    Here’s a simple test for whether the President is serious about jobs and the economy: Does he rein in the Environmental Protection Agency? With the debt ceiling issue resolved for the time being, President Obama has stated his intention to “pivot” to focus on jobs and the economy. Economic growth … More

    Al Gore-ithms, SpongeBob, and Global Warming

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    In late July, the Department of Education held a reading event as part of it’s “Let’s read! Let’s move!” initiative. During the event, D.C. schoolchildren were given free copies of SpongeBob Goes Green, a book based on the Nickelodeon cartoon SpongeBob SquarePants. According to the publishers: SpongeBob decides to speed … More

    Educating John

    Constitution Day

    Every summer, thousands of high school and college students flock to Washington, D.C., to learn about our government and meet senior government officials.  These invaluable internships give tomorrow’s leaders an up-close-and-personal experience they could never get from mere classroom work. As a former senior official, I often participate in debates … More

    Success of Manhattan Faith-Based Organization Illustrates Need to Protect Conscience Rights

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    A recent article in WORLD Magazine highlights the work of a New York City faith-based organization that is helping women escape poverty and achieve self-sufficiency. The Bowery Mission, known primarily for its historic men’s shelter, is one of the few faith-based charities in Manhattan that also houses a center dedicated … More

    Morning Bell: Blame the Washington Bureaucracy for High Gas Prices

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    Americans are paying more for gasoline today than they were six weeks ago when President Obama released 30 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. In the Gulf of Mexico, meanwhile, 10 drilling rigs — more than one-third of the fleet — have left on Obama’s watch. This … More

    Washington in a Flash: Birthday Bash

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    President Obama jetted out of town to celebrate his 50th birthday in Chicago last night, an event that doubled as a fundraiser for his re-election campaign. With the debt deal behind him, expect to see Obama on the road to build his war chest for 2012. Tickets to the birthday bash … More