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  • Monthly Archives: June 2012

    Chicago Teachers Union Demands 30 Percent Pay Raise

    Teachers union protest

    It takes a lot of nerve to ask for a 30 percent pay raise. You’d better be sure you had a banner year. Yet in Chicago, where just 15 percent of fourth graders are proficient in reading (and just 56 percent of students graduate), the teachers union is set to … More

    Questions the Senate Should Ask NRC Nominee Allison Macfarlane

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    The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works will hold a hearing tomorrow on the nomination of Allison Macfarlane and the re-nomination of Kristine Svinicki to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Though questioning of both nominees is important, Svinicki has already gone through one confirmation hearing and numerous other oversight … More

    HUD-Backed Real Estate Magnates Host Obama Fundraiser

    US President Barak Obama at fundraiser

    President Obama will attend a fundraiser on Tuesday at the home of real estate developer who has directly benefitted from financial support by the federal government. Josh and Genine Fidler will host the president at their Owings Mills, MD, home during the president’s Tuesday swing through Maryland and Philadelphia. Guests will … More

    The Bizarre White House Reaction to John Bryson News

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    On Monday morning, Washington awoke to learn that Commerce Secretary John Bryson had been involved in a series of auto accidents in southern California on Saturday evening, and cited with a felony hit-and-run by responding police. This news was of course shocking. For several hours, the White House and the … More

    Morning Bell: Unions Out to Divide and Conquer Workplaces

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    Unions suffered a resounding defeat in Wisconsin last week. They’re far from down and out, however. Unable to reverse their decline in membership under existing law, they are circumventing Congress and using the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to create an entirely new type of union. A new rule hatched … More

    The Culmination of Reagan’s Foreign Policy: “Tear Down This Wall!”

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    Twenty-five years ago today, President Ronald Reagan stood in West Berlin on a temporarily erected platform. The gray buildings of Soviet-dominated East Berlin were visible through the Brandenburg Gate behind the podium. Standing inches away from the tangible manifestation of the Iron Curtain, Reagan faced the crowd of West Berliners … More

    Even Wind Executive Doesn’t Want Wind Tax Credit

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    The expiration of the production tax credit (PTC) for wind and other renewable energy sources is the subject of intense debate. Some see the credit as a tool for creating jobs and battling global warming. Others see it as an expensive, market-distorting device that rewards inefficiency and punishes competitiveness. Support … More

    Education Unions Losing Ground

    Teachers union protest

    “Teachers unions have a popularity problem,” according to a recent Harvard study. Harvard professor Paul Peterson writes that while approval ratings for education unions remained stable between 2009 and 2011, 2012 saw a significant dip: In our polls from 2009 to 2011, we saw little change in public opinion. Around … More

    Heritage and FRC Visit the Birthplace of the Conservative Movement

    Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI) on the Values Bus

    Celebrating six months on the road, Heritage’s nationwide tour Your Money, Your Values, Your Vote rolled on to its 20th and 21st states this week: Illinois and Michigan. A joint project of The Heritage Foundation and the Family Research Council, the tour has hosted events in 77 cities across the nation with … More

    “Tear Down This Wall”

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    June 12 marks the 25th anniversary of President Reagan’s historic speech at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate. Over the objections of advisors who thought the lines were too provocative, President Reagan made a dramatic demand: There is one sign the Soviets can make that would be unmistakable, that would advance dramatically the … More