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  • Monthly Archives: April 2012

    After Massive Losses, Stimulus-Backed Company Asks for More Taxpayer Cash

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    A financially troubled green energy company has seen its stock prices plummet to below a dollar per share (UPDATE: see below) since receiving a nearly $250 million federal grant in 2009. The company lost $257.7 million last year. Two of its clients make up half of its business, and one is … More

    Video of EPA Official's 'Crucify' Remarks, Removed by Environmental Activist, Reappears Online

    Explosive video of a top official at the Environmental Protection Agency comparing his enforcement philosophy against oil and gas companies to Roman crucifixions was removed on Thursday by the environmental activist who had uploaded it. “This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by David McFatridge,” reads … More

    Horror of North Korea's Prison Camps Revealed by Escapee

    Shin Dong-Hyuk, a North Korean defector, speaks during a press conference in Seoul, in October 2007. Shin who was born and spent 22 years in a North Korean prison camp

    Deep inside the darkness of North Korea—a totalitarian state from which little news escapes—as many as 200,000 citizens are suffering in the regime’s forced labor camps, living each day with no hope and no expectation of a better life ahead. One man, however, has escaped to tell his life story, … More

    Cyber Barbarians at the Gates

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    We are being attacked on all sides—and it is not the hacker in the basement we need to worry about most. It is the cyber super powers. China leads the way, particularly the Chinese military and intelligence services, which are enamored with online warfare. There are also more citizens online … More

    Morning Bell: Washington Needs A Lesson on Student Loans

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    You know a politician is looking for applause when he speaks in front of a crowd of college students and says he’s there to help them pay back their student loans. After all, who doesn’t like the prospect of free money? But as the saying (sort of) goes, beware of … More

    VIDEO: Rep. Gowdy's Religious Liberty Lesson for Secretary Sebelius

    Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius made yet another embarrassing admission about the lack of constitutional analysis that went into the HHS anti-conscience mandate on Thursday. At a full committee hearing of the House Education and Workforce Committee Secretary Sebelius was repeatedly questioned by Representative Trey … More

    Washington Tries to Play Rich Uncle Sam on Taxpayers' Backs

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    In 2007, Congress halved the federal student loan rate to 3.4 percent but triggered the rates to increase to 6.8 in 2012. Now, Washington policymakers are debating whether or not to extend the 3.4 percent rate and hand the $6 billion “tuition” bill on to taxpayers. Despite claims by President … More

    Salvatori Prize Goes to Advocate of Religious Liberty

    Kevin “Seamus” Hasson (center), founder of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, receives the Salvatori Prize from Heritage’s Edwin Meese III (left) and Matthew Spalding. Photo:  Shealah Craighead/The Heritage Foundation

    Noted essayist and scholar Kevin J. “Seamus” Hasson, a prominent advocate for religious freedom, today was awarded The Heritage Foundation’s 2012 Salvatori Prize for American Citizenship. In 1994, Hasson established the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a non-profit, public-interest legal and educational institute that protects the free expression of all … More

    Union Says Right-to-Work Makes Us Slaves

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    Is it slavery for union workers to work alongside nonunion workers? The International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) filed a lawsuit claiming that Indiana’s right-to-work law violates the 13th Amendment, which states that “neither slavery nor involuntary servitude…shall exist within the United States.” The union claims that: The Defendants have … More

    Foreign Policy Luminaries Misguided on Missile Defense

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    Two elder statesmen of the foreign policy community have grown forgetful. In the April 23 Washington Post editorial section, Henry Kissinger and Brent Scowcroft reprise the Cold War and make an odd call for old-fashioned arms control. Many people favoring unilateral U.S. arms reductions will leap on the op-ed as … More