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  • Monthly Archives: August 2012

    Gibson Guitar: Settling Away Bad Publicity

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    It’s another August in Washington. It’s hot and humid. Most people not already at the beach are indoors watching the Olympics or in the water at a pool. The Redskins have started their preseason camp. The Nationals are in first place. The political parties’ conventions are weeks away, school even … More

    The SAFE DOSES Act: A Redundant Law and an Empty Gesture

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    The SAFE DOSES Act, which just passed the House, makes stealing medical equipment a federal crime punishable by up to 30 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine. There is no doubt that conduct of the kind mentioned in the SAFE DOSES Act is wrong and should be punished criminally. … More

    When It Rains in Oregon, the State Owns the Raindrops

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    Who owns the rain? That sounds like a silly question, but the answer may surprise you. If you live in Oregon, Oregon does. So what does that mean in practice? Well, if you live in Oregon and dig a pond on your own property without a license, and the pond … More

    Arizona Immigration Ruling Prompts Push for Lax Immigration Policies

    In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision that upheld a section of Arizona’s immigration law, several U.S. cities and at least one state have taken jabs at the measure by proposing their own immigration policies. The Supreme Court’s unanimous 8-0 ruling (Justice Elena Kagan did not vote) upholding the … More

    Mexico: Cautious Hope in Battle Against Transnational Organized Crime

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    The violence brought about in Mexico’s drug war may finally be reaching a plateau. At least that is the hope of many, as the nation continues its sixth year of its battle against transnational organized crime. In an announcement last week, Mexican President Felipe Calderon indicated that Mexican gang-related deaths … More

    Department of Education Knows Best: Washington’s Idea of Flexibility in Education

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    Don’t worry. The Department of Education says we can trust that the Obama Administration’s No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waiver plan is the best solution for improving public schools. In a letter to the editor in The Washington Post on July 25, Education Secretary Arne Duncan asserted that the waiver … More

    VIDEO: The Bloggers Briefing With John Fund, Hans von Spakovsky

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    Voter ID laws have emerged as a major dispute in the months before the 2012 election, pitting the Obama administration against a growing number of states seeking to ensure the integrity of their elections. Two states, South Carolina and Texas, are already engaged in lawsuits with the Justice Department to … More

    Cybersecurity Laws Shouldn’t Be Made by Executive Fiat

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    Last Friday, Heritage’s Steve Bucci wrote a piece on the defeat of the cybersecurity legislation in the Senate and called for President Obama to respect the will of the people’s duly elected representatives. However, President Obama seems to have missed that blog, since over the weekend, White House press secretary … More

    Welfare Work Requirements Respect Human Dignity

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    The Obama Administration has effectively gutted the work requirements of the bipartisan welfare reforms of 1996. In doing so, it is trampling on the central policy that made welfare reform work. The lesson for policymakers from those reforms was that good principles, good policy, and good results go hand in … More

    Morning Bell: The Middle Eastern Time Bomb

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    Four years of President Obama’s foreign policy are having their full effect. After squandering time in sham “negotiations” with Iran and Palestine and abandoning Iraq to al-Qaeda, the President has made many situations more difficult—and urgent. Iran is testing its ballistic missiles. We cannot afford to waste any more time. … More