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  • Monthly Archives: November 2012

    The Heritage Guide to the Electoral College

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    Abigael Evans should be happy. She’s the four-year-old who’s so sick of the election that she cried. Her tears went viral. It should all be over soon, although we’ll have to wait a bit for the official tabulation of the Electoral College. Here’s how it works: Each state has a … More

    How a Nuclear Power Plant Works

    The Fukushima nuclear reactor accident in March 2011 challenged the public’s perception of nuclear power. However, much of this disillusionment simply stems from a lack of understanding of how a nuclear power plant functions. Inside a Nuclear Reactor A nuclear power plant is a lot like most coal or natural … More

    U.S. Can Learn from Canadian Cybersecurity Shortcomings

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    In its recently released fall 2012 report, the Office of the Auditor General of Canada (AG) outlined several shortcomings in the country’s efforts to protect critical infrastructure from cyber threats. The report provides specific recommendations for information-sharing policies that the U.S .government should use as it tries to develop U.S. … More

    Morning Bell: The Next President and the Supreme Court

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    Every vote counts. And this year, it could count double. One vote could decide both the immediate election and the course of constitutional law for decades to come. Just ask the senior federal officials responsible for our security immediately after 9/11 who were sued years later by Javaid Iqbal. During … More

    The Dangers of Close Elections

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    With millions of Americans turning out to cast their ballots on Tuesday and the latest polling still showing a down-to-the-wire race, we should all hope that whichever candidate wins the presidential contest, he does so with a decisive and uncontestable margin. Otherwise, we could face contentious recounts, unprecedented litigation, and … More

    Armed Services Chairman Denounces White House Benghazi Cover-Up and Muzzling of Military Leaders

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    President Obama should come clean with the American people about what exactly happened in Benghazi, according to the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Representative Buck McKeon (R-CA). In fact, the President is the only one who has all those answers, McKeon says. “The whole thing smacks of a … More

    Chart of the Week: Slowest Economic Recovery Since the 1960s

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    Americans could be waiting another five years for a return to normal employment based on the sluggish pace of the U.S. economy. After nearly four years in office, President Obama has overseen the worst recovery since the 1960s. This week’s chart comes on the heels of Friday’s employment report, which … More

    Green-Energy Projects Face Opposition From Green Groups

    “We need green energy. Just not here.” Do those words sound familiar? That’s quite often the case with so-called proponents of green energy. The acronym NIMBY (not in my back yard) should really be replaced with BANANA (build absolutely nothing anywhere near anything), according to Ryan Yonk, coauthor of a … More

    Reflecting on the Marriage Question

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    On Tuesday, citizens in Maryland, Minnesota, Washington, and Maine will consider ballot questions on marriage. While The New York Times doesn’t want citizens deciding the civic meaning and purpose of marriage for themselves, Sherif Girgis and I argue on National Review Online that “we the people” should decide it for … More

    Anti-Conscience Mandate Halted Against Second Family-Owned Business

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    A second federal district court has granted a preliminary injunction halting enforcement of Obamacare’s conscience-crushing contraception mandate. Late Wednesday, Michigan Federal District Court Judge Robert H. Cleland ruled in favor of family-owned lawn and supply store Weingartz Supply Company and its owner, Daniel Weingartz. Colorado District Court Judge John L. … More