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  • Monthly Archives: September 2011

    Morning Bell: The Solyndra Legacies

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    The Obama Administration has been knee-deep in scandal after green energy “model” Solyndra went bankrupt less than two years after receiving a $500 million loan guarantee from the federal government. Now, they are up against another controversy. Days before a recent deadline, the Department of Energy brazenly approved two additional … More

    China’s Law of the Sea Treaty Double Game

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    Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton and former Defense Department official Dan Blumenthal have written an interesting and timely op-ed about China and the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST). In “Time to Kill the Law of the Sea Treaty—Again,” the authors describe the duplicitous double game … More

    Online Chat on Obamacare and the Supreme Court

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    A lot of news was made this week when the National Federation of Independent Business filed a petition to the Supreme Court appealing the 11th Circuit’s Obamacare decision, which was quickly followed by petitions filed by the 26 state plaintiffs, and another by the Obama Justice Department. What do these … More

    Super Secret Committee Snubs Transparency

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    Politico reported what many have feared about the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction in a story titled “Supercommittee operating in secret.” Members of this committee are not disclosing details of negotiations on legislation to the press or the American public. The supercommittee has become supersecret about most of what … More

    Bahrain Walks a Political Tightrope

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    Last weekend, Bahrain held special elections to fill 18 parliamentary seats left vacant after members of the Islamist al Wefaq party resigned last February amid anti-government protests. Despite the government’s attempts to fill the seats without incident, Bahrain’s opposition seized the opportunity to revive anti-government protests, which the government had … More

    Maine Conservatives Leading the Way on Welfare Reform

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    Proving they are serious about mitigating their citizens’ dependence on government welfare programs, conservative members of Maine’s state legislature continue to push the state towards meaningful welfare reform. Although some proposed legislation has faced setbacks in committee hearings, members have succeeded in drawing attention to the fiscal and economic challenges … More

    States Need Comprehensive Education Reform, Not Waivers with Obama’s Strings Attached

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    While the House is moving to put greater control of education into the hands of parents, the Obama Administration is working to tighten the federal government’s grip on the nation’s schools. Since the 1960s, Washington’s control of the U.S. education system has swelled. And No Child Left Behind (NCLB) only … More

    Japan and Philippines Strengthen Strategic Partnership

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    Philippine President Beningo Aquino III and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, who just returned from a week of high-level dialogues at the U.N. headquarters in New York, met in Tokyo September 27 to discuss how they can strengthen their strategic partnership. Noda and Aquino’s dialogue focused on bolstering their maritime … More

    Charity Contest Shows How Work—Not Handouts—Can Truly Help the Poor

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    WORLD Magazine’s Hope Award for Effective Compassion contest is drawing to a close this week, with online voting for the most successful faith-based charity ending on Friday. The magazine’s sixth annual contest showcases the success of four effective charities in helping individuals escape poverty and achieve sustained self-reliance. This year’s … More

    No Drilling, No Jobs, No Money

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    The Obama Administration lifted the moratorium on new permits and drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, but the same problem persists as it has for over a year now. There’s not a whole lot going on down there. ODS-Petrodata Weekly Rig Count keeps tabs on rigs under contract and rigs … More