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  • Monthly Archives: October 2012

    Minnesota Bans Free Online Courses

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    Almost as heartbreaking as burning books, a move by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education will rank among those incomprehensible moments in human history when we seem to be handicapping ourselves for no reason. Lifelong learners, students wanting supplemental courses, professionals, and Americans across the country interested in enrolling in … More

    President Obama's Misleading Account of Lilly Ledbetter Equal Pay Case

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    In the second presidential debate, when the issue of equal pay for women came up, President Obama responded with an assertion that was flat-out wrong. He said that he signed the Lilly Ledbetter bill because the Supreme Court had ruled that Ledbetter, who claimed in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & … More

    Medicare Roundup 10/19: Setting the Record Straight

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    In recent weeks, liberal politicians, editorialists, and policy analysts have vigorously attacked reform of Medicare based on a defined contribution financing. In fact, this approach to reforming Medicare has a long bipartisan tradition going back to the 1980s and Representatives Richard Gephardt (D–MO) and David Stockman (R–MI). In fact, much … More

    Debate Prep: Our Longest War - Afghanistan and Pakistan

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    The final presidential debate, on foreign policy, is scheduled for Monday, October 22. Moderator Bob Schieffer announced that the topics will be: “America’s Role in the World,” “Our Longest War—Afghanistan and Pakistan,” “Red Lines—Israel and Iran,” “The Changing Middle East and the New Face of Terrorism,” and “The Rise of … More

    Capitalizing on the "99 Percent" (VIDEO)

    Some months ago, President Obama famously announced: “You didn’t build that.” The “context” of that quote remains controversial. The White House claims that Obama simply meant that nobody can succeed in business unless government first provides things, including infrastructure and education. That’s arguable. Big government, after all, tends to throw … More

    D.C. Taxis Fight Uber with Proposed Licensing Requirements

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    In January, the Washington Taxicab Commission welcomed Uber, a smartphone-based car service, to the District with a sting operation. The charge: operating without a chauffer’s license. Uber won that fight, but its future in Washington remains uncertain. Uber lets users hail a limousine from their smartphones. A customer loads his … More

    Wal-Mart Delivers a Lesson to Antitrust Prosecutors

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    Wal-Mart made headlines last week for launching same-day delivery service in direct competition with Amazon.com. This new retail rivalry between the big boys—brick-and-mortar versus virtual—provides yet more evidence that no company, no matter its size, is immune from competition. That’s a lesson federal antitrust prosecutors ought to heed. The “Wal-Mart … More

    Efforts to Stall Fighting in Syria for Muslim Holiday Implausible

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    The efforts of United Nations envoy Lakhdar Brahimi to negotiate a ceasefire between the Syrian military and rebels for the Arab holiday Eid al-Adha are likely to be fruitless. Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice) begins this year on October 26. While this holiday focuses on the prophet Abraham being … More

    Guest Post: State Legislators Unite to Defend American Religious Freedom

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    Last Tuesday, a bipartisan group of more than 120 legislators in nine states announced the formation of the nation’s first state religious freedom caucuses. The announcement comes amid increasing evidence that social hostility and government restrictions against religion are on the rise in the United States, an observation underscored by … More

    Debate Prep: Red Lines for Israel and Iran

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    The final presidential debate, on foreign policy, is scheduled for Monday, October 22. Moderator Bob Schieffer announced that the topics will be: “America’s role in the world,” “Our Longest War—Afghanistan and Pakistan,” “Red Lines—Israel and Iran,” “The Changing Middle East and the New Face of Terrorism,” and “The Rise of … More