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  • Monthly Archives: January 2012

    A Tyrannical Abuse of Power: Obama Attempts to Appoint Cordray to CFPB

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    In a revelation that is quite shocking to anyone who knows anything about the 100-plus years of precedent on the recess appointment power or the separation of powers, the White House today announced that the President planned on making a purported recess appointment of Richard Cordray to the new Consumer … More

    DOJ Could Find 'Discriminatory' ID Requirements in Medicaid

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    As outlined in a Foundry post last week, the Justice Department’s objection to South Carolina’s new voter ID law is not based on the facts or the applicable law. Contrary to the Justice Department’s claims, the law is neither discriminatory nor a burden for voters, who can obtain a free … More

    An Election-Year Trend: Disaster Declarations on the Rise

    President Barack Obama participates in the midday daily video teleconference led by FEMA at FEMA Headquarters in Washington, D.C., USA, on 27 August 2011, to monitor the federal response to damage caused by Hurricane Irene. EPA/Ron Sachs / POOL

    The Iowa Caucus was not the only thing folks looking to the 2012 election were talking about this week. Barron’s Washington Editor Jim McTague warned that 2012 is likely to be a banner year for natural disaster declarations. Why? As the numbers show, “In nearly every presidential election year since … More

    Tales of the Red Tape #23: Internal Revenue Scam

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    The straight text of the U.S. tax code exceeds 5,000 pages. Throw in the annotations necessary to actually decipher the thing and it swells beyond 72,000 pages. (Instructions for filing the “EZ” form run 41 pages.) All of which will yield a whopping $2.6 trillion in federal tax receipts (estimated) … More

    Morning Bell: Voter ID Prevents Election Fraud

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    Last night’s nail-biter in Iowa marked the beginning of election year 2012. And with Americans heading to the polls — next in New Hampshire, then South Carolina and beyond — they will hope to rely on the integrity of the election system to ensure that every legitimate vote counts and … More

    Indiana Pins Hopes on Right-to-Work Bill to Spur Job Growth

    Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels

    Indiana lawmakers are bracing for another high-profile fight over a right-to-work bill when the legislative session opens Wednesday. Last year Democrats fled the state in protest, preventing the legislature from conducting business for five weeks. The right-to-work bill would end forced unionization for private-sector workers in Indiana. Its supporters say … More

    Oil Prices Up, but Keystone Still in Limbo

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    Americans started the week with a rude awakening — crude oil prices are up $3.80, or 3.8 percent, to $102.63 per barrel in New York today, according to the Associated Press. But despite the jump in oil prices, President Barack Obama is still sitting on his hands when it comes … More

    The Incredible Scale of the Internet

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    Sometimes my friends and colleagues wonder why I fixate on cybersecurity and the Internet. I tell them all the time that it is the single most important and misunderstood problem in the world today, but often I don’t think they understand the scale of the problem. So it was fascinating … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Health, Marriage, and the New Year

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    For many, the end of the holiday season and the beginning of a new year activates a new (or old) set of resolutions. A healthier lifestyle often tops such lists. While exercise and a better diet are the most-touted health contributors, marriage, as recent research suggests, can be a significant … More

    A Public School Leader’s Lesson in Creating a Culture of Excellence

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    We’re all used to hearing about the public school that is underperforming. But there are, without question, pockets of excellence throughout the country. Prince Georges County, Maryland, has one such pocket in Crossland High School—a public school with a passionate and respected principal at the helm. But it wasn’t always … More