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  • Monthly Archives: September 2011

    Reagan's Legacy to 'Preserve the Constitution'

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    Ronald Reagan communicated timeless truths about America— truths about freedom, limited government, hard work and opportunity—and these truths guided him while he was in office.  A thinker and avid reader of history, Reagan was guided by the first principles of the American founding, especially the idea of ordered liberty in … More

    Remembering 9/11: Threats Remain, but America is Stronger

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    This is a guest post by Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID) for our special blog series on 9/11. Ten years ago a group of evil, but extremely committed religious extremists hijacked four airliners and turned them into weapons. It is difficult to relive those moments when we watched in horror and … More

    20 Drilling Rigs in Jeopardy of Leaving Gulf Over Permit Delays, Report Warns

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    If the pace of Gulf oil drilling permit awards does not increase, as many as 20 drilling rigs could soon leave the Gulf, a major investment bank announced. BER Capital Investments called the current rate of permitting unsustainable in a report released Wednesday. BER’s report noted that the slow pace … More

    Obama Administration Gambles on U.S. Troop Strength in Iraq

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    The Obama Administration may unwisely decide to ignore the advice of its own military advisers and cut the number of U.S. troops in Iraq down to 3,000 by the end of the year, according to press reports. Iraqi and U.S. officials are currently negotiating behind the scenes about how many … More

    Presidential Race Puts Social Security Reform Back on National Agenda

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    Social Security took center stage at last night’s Republican presidential debate, emerging as a key issue among candidates at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California. Not since President Bush’s ill-fated attempt to reform the social insurance program in 2005 have Republicans talked this much about Social Security. Of course, … More

    Solyndra to Solar City: Lesson Not Learned in Green Energy Loan

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    Basking in the glow from the $535 million fire left when Solyndra crashed and burned, the Department of Energy is ready to subsidize additional hundreds of millions in loans to solar energy companies. The logic of this latest round is stunning: One company supposedly needs the government subsidy because its … More

    FBI Agents Raid Solyndra's Fremont, California Headquarters

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    The politically connected solar firm that announced its impending bankruptcy last week was raided by federal agents this morning as part of a joint investigation between the FBI and the Energy Department Inspector General’s office. The company, Solyndra Inc., had received significant favorable treatment from the Obama administration. One of the company’s … More

    Business Leaders to Join Boehner at Obama's Jobs Speech

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    House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) is looking to make a point with his invitee list at the president’s address to the joint session of Congress on Thursday evening. He will be hosting 12 individuals of various private ventures in an effort to drive home the importance of the private sector … More

    Trade Deficit Decrease May Reflect Weak Economy

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    Today the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis announced that the trade deficit for July fell by $6.8 billion. Exports increased by $6.2 billion and imports decreased by $500 million. Historically, decreasing trade deficits are often a sign of economic weakness. When workers are unemployed, they have less money to spend. … More

    Morning Bell: Five Ways to Create New Jobs in America

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    Two years ago, President Barack Obama was bold in his optimism for job growth in America, promising that his stimulus spending plans would create 3 million jobs by the end of 2010. It didn’t work, the Obama jobs deficit now stands at 6.7 million jobs, and tonight the President will … More