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  • Monthly Archives: December 2012

    Big Chemical: For Natural Gas Exports Before They Were Against Them

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    As the country waits with bated breath for the Obama Administration to belatedly approve nearly a dozen natural gas export projects, big chemical companies are lining up in opposition. Leading the charge is Michigan-based Dow Chemical, whose corporate leadership recently voiced its strong opposition to natural gas exports. According to … More

    Another EU-Led, Feel-Good Measure That Will Result in Disappointment

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    As the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the African Union (AU) prepare to retake northern Mali from Islamist militants, the European Union (EU) formally agreed to the deployment of an EU-led military force to train the Malian army to undertake this mission. The challenges of the task … More

    Morning Bell: North Korea Threatens with Successful Missile Launch

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    North Korea successfully launched a missile early Wednesday—a big step toward achieving the capability to hit targets in the United States. Under the transparent public cover story of a satellite launch, North Korea tested a missile that is the same as an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). Even though the missile … More

    North Korean Missile Defiance Requires Stern Response

    This file photo shows North Korea's launch of the Unha-2 rocket on April 5, 2009.

    North Korea again defied the international community today by launching a Unha-3 rocket, which is the same vehicle as its Taepo Dong-2 ICBM. Despite North Korean claims that the launch was of a civilian satellite, it is a clear violation of UN Security Council Resolutions. The U.N. Security Council (UNSC) … More

    Second Amendment: Illinois Gun Ban Struck Down

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    On December 11, in a major win for Second Amendment rights, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals threw out Illinois’s virtual ban on the carrying of any guns, whether concealed or otherwise. In Moore v. Madigan, the state of Illinois claimed that there was no … More

    Tax Increases Won't Solve Washington's Spending Problem

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    “We make some tough spending cuts on things that we don’t need; and then we ask the wealthiest Americans to pay a slightly higher tax rate. And that’s a principle I won’t compromise on.” At yesterday’s fiscal cliff campaign stop in Redford, Michigan, President Obama delivered these remarks and hammered … More

    Not-So-Safe Harbor: Court Allows Archdiocese's HHS Mandate Challenge to Proceed

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    For the first time, a federal court has permitted a Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate challenge by a religious nonprofit organization to go forward. A federal district court rejected the federal government’s motion to dismiss the Archdiocese of New York’s challenge to the HHS anti-conscience mandate. The U.S. District … More

    Michigan Unions' "Freeloader" Myth

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    Right-to-work laws represent “the freedom to freeload,” conservative commentator Steven Crowder was told by a union protester outside the Michigan state capitol shortly before another protester punched him in the face. The gripe is a common one: If workers are free to choose whether or not they wish to join … More

    Even Government Employees Think Private Sector Works Harder

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    The polling firm Rasmussen offers some interesting data on the work effort of government employees compared to private-sector workers. In five separate surveys this past year, Rasmussen asked a representative sample of American adults, “Who works harder?” The choices were government workers, private-sector employees, and “not sure.” The table below … More

    Energy: America Delays, China Advances

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    The Canadian government just approved the $15.1 billion acquisition of integrated oil and gas producer Nexen by China’s third-largest oil company, state-owned China National Offshore Oil. The deal is an important step forward (or two) for Chinese investment, but a step back is probably soon to follow. Chinese outward investment … More