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  • Monthly Archives: August 2012

    Morning Bell: Obama Denies Gutting Welfare Reform

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    The Obama Administration came out swinging against its critics on welfare reform yesterday, with Press Secretary Jay Carney saying the charge that the Administration gutted the successful 1996 reform’s work requirements is “categorically false” and “blatantly dishonest.” Even former President Bill Clinton, who signed the reform into law, came out … More

    U.S. Welfare System Fails to Support Work

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    Last Monday in The Washington Post, Charles Lane drew attention to the need for getting work incentives right in federal policy. “The Americans with Disabilities Act…enshrines the notion that every American can and should hold a job,” he pointed out, but the Social Security Disability Insurance “creates a quasi-right not … More

    Tweeting: An Olympic Sport?

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    The London Olympics have been dubbed the “social media Olympics.” Again, social media find their way into the big story of the day, but keeping perspective is important. Only a fraction of Internet users spend much time on Twitter (8 percent), and the virtual world pales in comparison with real … More

    Immigration Enforcement: DHS Actions Further Erode the Rule of Law

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    An Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officer in Newark, Delaware, is facing suspension for refusing to release an illegal immigrant because he was not a “priority target” under the Obama Administration’s new immigration enforcement policies. In March, the officer arrested an individual under suspicion that he was a criminal alien … More

    DOJ Bullies Gibson into Submission: Will Congress Allow This to Happen Again?

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    The Heritage Foundation has been writing about the problems that Gibson Guitar has faced for a long while now. Sadly, Gibson has bowed out of the fight due to bullying by Department of Justice (DOJ) prosecutors. Gibson has been strong-armed into paying a $300,000 fine and a $50,000 community service … More

    Abound Solar Collapse Could Leave Taxpayers on the Hook for Shortfall

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    Abound Solar’s June bankruptcy could leave the residents of Weld County, CO, on the hook if court proceedings do not deliver the projected business personal property tax receipts anticipated before the company’s demise. The Greeley Tribune reports: Abound owes more than $950,000 in property taxes this year and will owe … More

    Does China or Japan Invest More in the U.S.?

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    Japan is a bigger direct investor in the U.S. economy than China—by almost 100 times. In 2010, Japanese investment in the U.S. totaled $257.3 billion—second only to investment from the U.K.—while Chinese investments totaled $3.2 billion. Asia is home to more than half the world’s population. Freedom and tyranny live … More

    Syrian Hackers Undermine Media Integrity

    Demonstrations and funeral in Douma, near Damascus, Syria on February 4, 2012, after one of the deadliest days in more than 10 months of troubles in the country. Photo by ABACAPRESS.COM

    On August 3, the Syrian Electronic Army hacked into Reuters’s blogging site and published a fake interview with a Syrian rebel leader, saying his troops were withdrawing from the city of Aleppo following devastating loss of life. As Aleppo has been a center of the struggle between the Syrian military … More

    Global Zero Nuclear Proposal Would Make U.S. More Vulnerable

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    The Global Zero Nuclear Policy Commission Report recently proposed that the United States cut the total number of its nuclear warheads to 900 from today’s level of about 1,700. In his most recent blog, Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs visiting fellow Peter Huessy argues that this nuclear posture would … More

    NJ’s Christie Signs Teacher Tenure Reform into Law

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    Legislators in New Jersey recently dealt a heavy blow to the oldest teacher tenure law in the nation. State Senator Teresa Ruiz (D–Essex) spent two years drafting a bill to reform the 103-year-old teacher tenure law and tie teacher job security to student performance. And now her bill is becoming … More