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  • Monthly Archives: August 2012

    Back to School: Education Reform in North Carolina

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    North Carolina families will see some changes as they go back to school this fall thanks to education reforms put into place earlier this year. Notably, legislators approved a measure to end social promotion. Rather than automatically passing students on to the next grade, all third-grade students will be required … More

    Government Will Take Almost Half Your Paycheck in 2013

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    How high is the marginal tax rate on each additional dollar the average American earns? In other words, if you got a raise of one dollar, how much of that dollar would be taxed away? These rates are already high, and they’re getting higher next year. A middle-class taxpayer’s income … More

    The New Public Diplomacy: The American Story Starts with Knowing Ourselves

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    A newly published study by the American Security Project (ASP), “The New Public Diplomacy Imperative,” highlights public diplomacy (PD) as a crucial element of our national security strategy and details the many obstacles for U.S. public diplomacy to reach its potential. Over the past few decades, a new interest in … More

    Ignore the Spin: GAO Says to Ease Cell Phone Rules

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    According to a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, federal health standards limiting radiation from cell phones are outdated and don’t reflect the latest research in the field. The watchdog agency urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reassess its current rules. The Members of Congress who requested the study—Representatives … More

    Morning Bell: Facing the Medicare Debate Head-On

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    Quick quiz: Who said this about Medicare? “With an aging population and rising health care costs, we are spending too fast to sustain the program. And if we don’t gradually reform the system while protecting current beneficiaries, it won’t be there when future retirees need it. We have to reform … More

    Film Honoring World War II Veterans Aims for World-Record Premiere

    More than 30,000 people are expected to attend tonight’s screening of “Honor Flight” at Milwaukee’s Miller Park, which would break the world record for a film premiere. The feature-length documentary chronicles the stories of World War II veterans who made their way to Washington, D.C., to visit the memorial built … More

    Ethanol Mandate Ignores the Free Market

    Ethanol plant in Turner County, South Dakota

    In the midst of one of the most severe droughts on record, Washington’s ethanol mandate is making the corn shortage even worse. Markets have responded quickly and flexibly to the drought where they can, but some corn buyers are sidelined by the rigid government ethanol mandate. Corn prices are skyrocketing, … More

    Russia Trade and Human Rights: Still Time for Congress to Act

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    Earlier this year, over protests from the country’s communist party, Russia agreed to join the World Trade Organization (WTO). Now Congress is considering legislation that essentially says, “We want U.S. companies to benefit from the concessions Russia made to join the WTO.” This would be accomplished by ending application of … More

    States Exempt Labor Unions from Stalking, Trespassing Laws

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    At least four states provide exemptions to anti-stalking laws for labor union officials conducting organizing activities, according to a new report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Every state in America criminalizes stalking, generally defined as repeated unwanted contact with another individual designed to cause some sort of mental or … More

    The Results Are In: Chinese Stimulus Fails

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    Almost four years after implementation of worldwide economic “stimulus,” global growth remains stalled. In the U.S., the unemployment rate is still over 8 percent. In the second quarter of 2012, official Chinese GDP growth slipped to 7.6 percent, the lowest in three years. According to its National Bureau of Statistics, … More