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  • Monthly Archives: October 2011

    Is Harry Reid-Backed Nevada Geothermal the Next Solyndra?

    National Clean Energy Summit 4.0: The Future of Energy

    “This project is exactly the type of initiative we need to ensure Nevada creates good-paying jobs,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said of a geothermal plant to be built in his home state. A year and a half and $145 million in taxpayer financing later, and the company that … More

    U.S. Taxpayers Paying Big for New United Nations Building

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    Ready to fork over some of your hard-earned dollars to help the United Nations construct a new building — and for New York City to build a new park? Well then you’re in luck. Heritage’s Brett Schaefer writes at National Review Online that the U.N. is erecting a new building next … More

    Top 10 Reads: Oct. 03, 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. At 50, the Chinook remains the Army’s workhorse – Michael Hoffman, Army Times Graves eyes upper rungs of conservative ladder – Daniel Malloy, The Atlantic Journal-Constitution Lawmakers: Revamp disaster recovery … More

    Commitment to Triad Trumps Commitment to Nuclear Zero

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    The Obama Administration’s commitment to maintain the U.S. strategic triad appears to be fading, writes Mark Schneider, former special assistant in the Office of the Secretary of Defense during the New Strategic Arms Control Treaty (New START) negotiations. Indeed, experts at The Heritage Foundation have been pointing out problems with … More

    Iranian Pastor Faces Death Penalty; International Community Weighs In

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    A young Iranian pastor currently faces the death penalty for refusing to recant his Christian faith. Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani was charged with apostasy for supposedly converting from Islam as a teenager and was sentenced to death last week when he refused to renounce his beliefs before the Iranian Supreme Court. … More

    Congress Plays Around on China

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    The Senate is today considering a bill to punish China for its currency policy. The bill requires the U.S. to place duties on Chinese goods if the exchange rate of the yuan against the dollar isn’t brought to a level Congress finds suitable. It is vague on that level, on … More

    The Return of the Zumwalt Guided-Missile Destroyers

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    The U.S. Navy has approved contracts to finish building the hulls of the second and third ships of the Zumwalt class of guided-missile destroyers being constructed at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works in Maine. The $1.8 billion contract will also fund systems integration of the DDG-1001 Michael Monsoor and DDG-1002. … More

    Gibson Guitar Plays the Overcriminalization Blues

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    Do you know all the laws of the United States?  Do you know all the laws of each of the 50 states (not to mention the assorted territories, Indian reservations, and other enclaves)?  Probably not.  And yet “ignorance of the law is no excuse” has been a maxim of criminal … More

    Morning Bell: Ready for A Debit Card Tax?

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    Use a debit card? Now it’s really going to cost you. Bank of America announced last week that it will begin charging customers $5 per month for use of their debit cards. But if you’re looking for someone to blame, set your sights on Washington. Bank of America is imposing … More

    When Fathers Become 'Courageous'

    The critical importance of committed fatherhood to the well-being of children is the theme of  “Courageous,” the latest little faith-based movie that could from Georgia-based brothers Alex and Stephen Kendrick. The film made a strong beginning at hitting home: “Courageous” was Fandango’s weeklong king of advance ticket sales as it … More