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  • Monthly Archives: July 2012

    Green Jobs Count: Fewer than Before, Sillier than Ever

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    Back in March, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released a study showing our economy had 3.1 million green jobs. Recently, it issued another green jobs study with a headlining number of 854,700 green jobs. Don’t worry—the economy did not lose 2 million green jobs in three months. There were … More

    Obama Pursues "Reset" While Putin Pursues "Get Set"

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    As reported by Bill Gertz, on the day Americans were celebrating our independence, Moscow dispatched bombers capable of carrying nuclear weapons into the U.S. air defense zone on the Pacific Coast. This was not a fluke. It was the second incident in two weeks, and it has actually been going … More

    Morning Bell: Transportation Secretary Wants Us to Be Like Communist China

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    China’s attempt at a high-speed rail network is fraught with corrupt officials, impossible costs, and deadly safety failures. But U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood wishes America would follow it as a model. LaHood told The Cable last week: The Chinese are more successful [in building infrastructure] because in their country, … More

    A First-Week Roundup from the U.N.'s Arms Trade Treaty Conference

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    Here are a few notable events and themes that caught my eye during my first week at the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) conference: The totalitarian states are deviously brilliant. Their representatives have been around for years, so they know everyone, and they know the drill. They waste time expertly … More

    Are Public School Teachers Underpaid? (VIDEO)

    Last year, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan stated that America’s public school teachers are “desperately underpaid” and called for a doubling of teachers’ wages. A similar theme is touted frequently by politicians, media, and education unions. But teacher compensation is much more than salary. The plush benefits given to … More

    Somaliland Continues to Strive for Recognition

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    Amid the lawless bloodbath that is Somalia, the northern state of Somaliland remains a rare example of functioning democracy in the Muslim world. Unlike the rest of Somalia, Somaliland has maintained relative stability and peace despite occasional border conflicts with the semi-autonomous Somali province of Puntland. Since its unilateral referendum … More

    Cloakroom: Full Repeal Edition

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    House Cloakroom: July 9 – July 13 Analysis: This week the House will take up full repeal of Obamacare. The Supreme Court allowed the law to stand, placing the responsibility on Congress to repeal this massive government takeover of the health care system. The full repeal vote will take place … More

    District Court Limits "Gainful Employment" College Regulations

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    In a ruling last week, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia largely sided with the Association of Private Colleges and Universities, which had sued the U.S. Department of Education and Education Secretary Arne Duncan alleging that rules promulgated by the Secretary unfairly discriminate against for-profit institutions. For-profit … More

    South China Sea: China Drops a Bombshell

    A crew member on a Chinese trawler uses a grapple hook in an apparent attempt to snag the towed acoustic array of the military Sealift Command ocean surveillance ship USNS Impeccable (T-AGOS-23) in the South China Sea on March 8, 2009. Impeccable was conducting routine survey operations in international waters 75 miles south of Hainan Island when it was harassed by five Chinese vessels.

    On June 28, during a press briefing by the Chinese Ministry of Defense, Chinese military press spokesman Senior Colonel Geng Yansheng released a bombshell. Asked by an unnamed correspondent about China’s response to Vietnamese air force patrols near the Spratly Islands, Geng made the usual declaration about China’s claims to … More

    Forecast: Taxmageddon Would Cause Another Recession

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    Speaking this week at the Western Economic Association International, economic forecaster Allen Sinai talked about the damage the “fiscal cliff” of 2013 will cause the economy. Sinai concludes that a recession is unavoidable if Congress does not act to fix the fiscal cliff. The fiscal cliff has two components: (1) … More