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  • Monthly Archives: September 2011

    Solar Bankruptcies Mean It's Time to End Energy Subsidies, Not Increase Them

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    Last week, Solyndra became the third solar company in recent weeks to go belly-up, but the Fremont-based solar manufacturer made the most noise—because it lost more than a half a billion dollars in taxpayer money. Solyndra received one of the first stimulus loan guarantees, a $535 million loan. During a … More

    Lunch with Heritage Online Chat on the Week in Washington

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    It’s been a very busy week in Washington. Obama unveiled his jobs plan, Rep. Gohmert’s (R-TX) introduced a jobs bill of his own, many education bills were introduced in the Senate, The Super Committee held meetings, and  there is the possibility of another bailout on the horizon. Click here to … More

    U.S. Counterterrorism Strategy: Sticks and Carrots

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    The counterterrorism strategy published by the Obama Administration in June was not exactly a hard-hitting document, turning counterterrorism into a law enforcement issue and generally containing few details and little new thinking. When Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addressed the subject on September 9, the subject took on more life. … More

    How Think Tanks Are Reshaping Journalism

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    Doublethink, the official magazine of America’s Future Foundation, carries my report on the role of nonprofit journalism outfits, specifically those based at think tanks. It’s a concept we’ve embraced at Heritage’s Center for Media and Public Policy, working with our policy experts to report on stories that are often ignored … More

    Census Numbers: The Trend Toward Government Coverage Continues

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    In its yearly survey of health insurance coverage, the U.S. Census Bureau published figures that underscore the trend toward greater dependence on government for coverage. The percentage of Americans on government health programs continues to grow, while employer-based coverage continues to decline. According to the latest Census report, 31 percent … More

    Top Nanny Race Tightens

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    As Friday draws near, two contenders are neck-and-neck for the title of Nanny of the Week. A dark horse may yet emerge, what with so much Big Government on the loose. But leading the pack at present are Michigan Governor Rick Snyder (R) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). … More

    Top 10 Reads: September 15, 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. Inmates collect unemployment – Part of growing fraud problem – M.D. Kittle, Watchdog.org UTT: Infrastructure ‘bank’ doomed to fail – Ronald D. Utt, The Washington Times Census Numbers: The Trend … More

    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) Urges Sec. Duncan to Obey the Constitution

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    Senator Marco Rubio (R–FL) urged Education Secretary Arne Duncan to remember the constitutional limitations placed on the executive branch in a letter to the Department of Education Tuesday. What prompted Rubio to express his concerns is the Obama Administration’s intention to, on the one hand, grant waivers to states for … More

    New California Law Illustrates How Nondiscrimination Mandates Can Burden Conscience

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    Last week, California passed a law that penalizes organizations that refuse to provide benefits to employees’ same-sex domestic partners or spouses on the same terms they provide benefits to employees’ opposite-sex domestic partners or spouses. Known as SB 117, the law excludes those organizations from competing for state contracts worth … More

    “Pass This Bill” Not the Answer to Nation’s Education Woes

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    About $60 billion more federal education dollars. That’s President Obama’s latest proposal to fix schools—this time in the form of his $447 billion jobs bill. Despite tens of billions in education bailouts in the last two years, not to mention ever increasing federal education budgets, Obama somehow believes that this … More