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  • Monthly Archives: November 2012

    Morning Bell: The Escalating Conflict Between Hamas and Israel

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    Over the last four days, militants in Gaza have fired more than 840 rockets at Israel. Hamas rockets have reached the outskirts of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv for the first time, thanks to the smuggling of Iranian rockets into Gaza. The increasing range and sophistication of Palestinian rockets has expanded the … More

    More Misleading Numbers on Poverty

    Hundreds wait in line for section 8 housing vouchers in Bloomington, Indiana, in July. (Photo: Polaris)

    This past week, media outlets have been abuzz, heralding the news that poverty levels in the United States are higher than previously thought. But the numbers are misleading. The Census Bureau reported last week that, according to its new “supplemental poverty measure,” 49.7 million Americans are in poverty. This figure … More

    Foreign Policy: No Apology for American Greatness

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    While conservatives might be in a bit of a post-election funk, this is no time to compromise our principles—especially on foreign policy and national security, where Team Obama’s record has been less than stellar to say the least. Rather, now is the time to dig deep and fight for the … More

    Chart of the Week: Cut Spending to Avoid the Fiscal Cliff

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    The Heritage Foundation has updated its Saving the American Dream plan as the nation moves inexorably towards the fiscal cliff set to hit at the beginning of 2013. From Amy Payne’s Morning Bell: To meet this challenge, Heritage Foundation experts updated our Saving the American Dream plan to address the … More

    "I, Pencil: The Movie"

    How does a pencil represent what Adam Smith called “the invisible hand” of the free market? A new film by the Competitive Enterprise Institute has adapted Leonard Read’s famous essay, “I, Pencil: My Family Tree As Told to Leonard E. Read,” to answer this very question. Originally published in 1958 … More

    DOE Issues Nearly $1 Million to Ailing A123 on Day of Bankruptcy Filing

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    The Department of Energy’s clean energy grant-making program delivered a reimbursement to ailing battery maker A123 approaching $1 million on the same day the company filed for bankruptcy, according to Reuters: The company, which makes lithium ion batteries for electric cars, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last month after … More

    After the Hurricane, a Supply Crisis from Price Controls

    In the wake of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy, storm victims are also suffering from a New Jersey state law that prohibits businesses from raising their prices more than 10 percent “within 30 days of a declared state of emergency.” Despite the intentions of New Jersey legislators, laws intended … More

    Fast and Furious, Marijuana Legalization Still Worry Our Southern Neighbors

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    Since November 6, President Obama has had little time to savor his electoral victory. The White House is in the throes of dealing with, among other issues, the aftershocks of Benghazi, the David Petraeus resignation, and the looming plunge off the fiscal cliff. While it may be too early to … More

    No More Twinkies: Unions to Blame

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    Enjoy Twinkies while you still can. Hostess Brands just went bankrupt. This morning the company announced that it will suspend operations and lay off more than 18,000 employees. The Bakery International Union put them out of business. Hostess has struggled financially for years. The company tried to stay competitive by … More

    Lawsuit Alleges "Corruption and Negligence" at Department of Energy

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    A lawsuit filed in federal court on Wednesday alleges mass favoritism in the Department of Energy’s decisions to award federal grants to major car companies to develop electric vehicles, according to a legal complaint obtained by Scribe. The plaintiff, San Francisco-based XP Technology, says in a complaint filed in the … More