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  • Monthly Archives: December 2012

    Obama Administration Prepares to Resume Nuclear Talks with Iran as Congress Ratchets Up Sanctions

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    The long-stalled talks on Iran’s nuclear program will soon resume. Earlier this week, European Union diplomat Helga Schmid contacted Iran’s deputy nuclear negotiator, Ali Bagheri, “to discuss the way ahead, including possible dates and venues for talks,” according to State Department spokesman Victoria Nuland. Three rounds of talks this year … More

    12 Days of Obamacare Surprises: Small Business Tax Credit

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    Not all surprises are good. When it comes to Obamacare, the original projections are turning into unfortunately different realities. For the next 11 days, Heritage is going to highlight one of the various changes in Obamacare projections (i.e. cost, enrollment, etc.) from when the law first passed until now. The … More

    National Education Standards Trade Literature for Reading Government Documents

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    No more King Arthur stories, kids—you’re going to start reading some information-packed government documents instead! Adding to a number of problems with the Obama Administration-backed Common Core education standards, beginning with the fact that the federal government should not be involved in the business of curriculum standards, is the questionable … More

    Fiscal Cliff: Decoupling Conservatives from Their Core Principles

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    There are many ways to surrender—and some congressional Republicans seem bent on exploring them all. In the debate over the fiscal cliff, the President’s position is simple: The Republicans must capitulate on income tax rate hikes, and all other serious issues are not up for discussion. Never mind that Obama … More

    Hurricane Sandy and FEMA Abuse

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    Last week, President Obama issued a request for $60.4 billion for Hurricane Sandy response and recovery. Yet as the fiscal cliff continues to loom nearby, many on Capitol Hill are asking exactly where that money would come from. While House Speaker John Boehner (R–OH) has indicated that he is still … More

    Hearing Exposes Obamacare's Implementation Challenges for States

    Joshua Sharfstein (left), secretary of the State of Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, testifies on state exchanges and Medicaid expansion. (Photo: Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call/Newscom)

    Yesterday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing to discuss the implementation of Obamacare’s exchanges and Medicaid expansion, both of which are slated to begin in 2014. Exchanges Two officials from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services expressed confidence that exchange implementation was on schedule, stating, “All … More

    Profiles in Tax Hikes: A Florida Nurse's Tax Changes in 2013

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    What will the tax hikes of January 1, 2013, mean to real Americans? Let’s say you are a black woman who has a rewarding, though extremely challenging, career as a registered nurse. You’re nearing retirement—you’re 58, living in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale metropolitan area. After working hard for several decades, you … More

    Feds Investigate Stimulus-Backed Solar Companies With Political Ties

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    Three solar companies are under investigation for potentially inflating costs in order to draw down more money from a stimulus-funded loan program. All three boast investors with significant ties to the Obama White House. The Treasury Department has subpoenaed Solar City, SunRun, and Sungevity, The Washington Post reports, seeking to … More

    Employee at DOE Lab Advocates 'Murderous Rampage' Against Reporters

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    An employee of a government-funded laboratory in Colorado publicly advocated a “murderous rampage” against reporters at a local news organization, who, she said, “deserve to die.” The threats appeared on the public Twitter profile of Kerri Crosby, an employee of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, CO. The profile … More

    Deficit Spending and Debt: Lessons from Japan

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    Deficit spending does not foster economic recovery. The U.S. and the world need to recognize the stagnation and inter-generational inequality caused by such spending, and for reference, they need not look further than Japan’s recent history of deficits. In addition to its two lost decades, Japan’s heavy borrowing means the … More