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  • Monthly Archives: February 2012

    U.S. Closes Embassy in Syria; Should Take Action Against Assad Regime

    Demonstrations and funeral in Douma, near Damascus, Syria on February 4, 2012, after one of the deadliest days in more than 10 months of troubles in the country. Photo by ABACAPRESS.COM

    With the crisis in Syria escalating, CNN reports that the U.S. State Department has closed its embassy there, pulling out all remaining staff due to security concerns. With the regime’s systematic attacks growing more violent and the potential for sectarian civil war to unfold, the United States should help ease … More

    A Bird-Brained Use of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act

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    Do you own a home with large windows? Is there a cat that you let out in your backyard?  If so, then you might just wind up violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA), if the federal government’s interpretation of the Act is allowed to stand. The 1918 law was … More

    Morning Bell: On Reagan's Birthday, His Legacy Lives On

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    Today marks President Ronald Reagan’s 101st birthday. Born in Tampico, Illinois, Reagan made his journey west to Iowa as a radio broadcaster, then on to California to take Hollywood by storm. He crossed America as a spokesman for General Electric, and then — after discovering the import of conservative values … More

    Georgia Commissioner Seeks Reforms for Nuclear Waste Management

    Nuclear Plant Cooling Towers in Byron, Illinois

    State public service officials are gathered in Washington, D.C., this week for the winter meeting of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. One of shining stars involved in NARUC is a Georgian named Tim Echols, who hopes to transform America’s system of nuclear waste management. Echols won a statewide … More

    White House Sends Confused, Unhelpful Message to NATO Allies on Afghanistan

    White House

    The mixed messages coming from the Obama Administration last week on the future of combat operations in Afghanistan have left our allies confused, the Afghan people anxious, and the insurgency stronger. On Wednesday, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told his press entourage on his way to the NATO ministerial meeting in … More

    Chart of the Week: Obama's Abuse of FEMA Declarations

    FEMA Declarations, by Year and by Presidential Administration

    President Obama has used his executive power in many ways to expand the role of government. But there’s one area that stands out: Obama’s frequent and repeated use of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to issue emergency and disaster declarations. Heritage’s Matt Mayer reports that Obama “eviscerated the record books … More

    Scribecast: Spirit Airlines CEO Fights New Federal Regulations

    Spirit Airlines

    The U.S. Department of Transportation imposed new regulations on airlines Jan. 24 that were supposed to benefit consumers. The rules require all government taxes and fees to be included in advertised fares and allow passengers to withhold payment for 24 hours after making a reservation, if it’s one week before … More

    For Now, Government Still Lets You Pick Your Own Roommate

    White picket fence in front of house / home

    The people of the United States ordained a Constitution of limited government.  As time passes, the people have more of the “government” and less of the “limited.”  Americans must work at maintaining their freedoms.  Defense of the constitutional freedom of association involved in choosing roommates to share housing illustrates the … More

    Government Unions Support California Tax Hike

    Andy Stern to step down at SEIU?

    Two well-connected government unions in California are teaming with Gov. Jerry Brown to support a multibillion-dollar tax increase. The California Teachers Association and Service Employees International Union were the top two spenders for lobbying in 2011 with combined efforts totaling more than $10 million, according to Sacramento Bee. Now they’re … More

    One Group's Strategy to Derail Oil Pipelines, Raise Energy Prices

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    Details of a large non-profit’s plans to combat the Keystone XL pipeline have surfaced, and offer some insight into the strategies and tactics of groups looking to combat the use of fossil fuels. Canadian news channel Sun News uncovered of a PowerPoint presentation from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund detailing its … More