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  • Monthly Archives: April 2012

    House Investigators Probe FEC Dismissal of Union Corruption Case

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    Congressional investigators are probing a decision by the Federal Elections Commission to drop a case against a major teachers’ union that allegedly violated federal law by forcing union members to donate to its political action committee. Claire Waites, an eighth grade science teacher and member of the National Education Association, … More

    Critics Are Wrong: Conservatives Have a Plan for Health Reform

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    Following last week’s Supreme Court arguments, supporters of the President’s health care law are once again criticizing opponents of the law for failing to offer their own alternative. They are wrong. The Heritage Foundation, for example, has outlined a detailed and comprehensive approach to reforming health care in Saving the … More

    Senate Has an Un-Budget, Parliamentarian Rules

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    Hats off to the Senate parliamentarian, who apparently has rebuffed the Democratic leadership’s latest excuse for failing to bring a budget to the floor—something the Senate hasn’t done for nearly three years. Since February, Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D–NV) and his lieutenants have claimed the Budget Control Act (BCA)—spawn … More

    NOAA Primer Dispels Rush to Blame Texas Tornadoes on Global Warming

    Damage Caused by Texas Tornados

    A sudden spate of tornadoes in Texas on Tuesday destroyed an estimated 650 homes. Seventeen people were injured, though thankfully no fatalities have been reported. (If you’re feeling charitable, the American Red Cross is accepting donations to assist the in the relief effort.) As severe weather events often do, the … More

    Germany Cuts Solar Subsidies, Has Its Solyndra Moment

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    After budget-stricken Spain eliminated subsidies for new renewable energy this year, Germany is now following the example by making significant cuts to its solar subsidy program. Bloomberg reports: Incentives for solar units pushed capacity past government targets, prompting Merkel to cut subsidies even as she seeks to wean Germany off … More

    DOE Rushed Treasury on Solyndra to Accommodate Press Release

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    Energy Secretary Steven Chu may want the country to stop discussing the Solyndra scandal, but information continues to come to light that confirms the worst suspicions of the critics of DOE’s $535 million loan guarantee. According to a Treasury Department audit of the Solyndra loan, DOE pushed Treasury officials to expedite their … More

    Morning Bell: The President's Curious Speech Lacks Solutions

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    If you’re looking for an iron-clad indictment of Barack Obama’s failed fiscal policies, you don’t have to look much farther than the President’s own words in a speech he delivered yesterday at the Associated Press luncheon in Washington, D.C. In what was seemingly an attempt to criticize House Budget Committee … More

    PODCAST: "Taxmageddon"

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    In this week’s Heritage in Focus, listen to expert Curtis Dubay discuss the coming tax onslaught. Click here to listen. Which taxes are going up? Is it a smart idea to close tax “loopholes”? Is raising tax rates necessary? Click here to listen to Curtis Dubay answer these questions and … More

    Al-Qaeda's Service Interruption: Long May It Last

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    Al-Qaeda’s main Web forums have been offline for the past 11 days and counting. No government has taken credit, but if this “service interruption” actually is the result of government intervention, it represents the kind of intelligent response to terrorist radicalization that we need. The Internet is a double-edged sword. … More

    President Obama: An Advocate for a Restrained Judiciary?

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    Yesterday in a joint press conference with the Canadian prime minister and Mexican president, President Obama expressed his confidence that the Supreme Court will uphold his signature health care law, following more than six hours of oral argument before the Court last week. Obama suggested that the Court—not Congress—would be … More