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  • Monthly Archives: December 2012

    Americans Recognize Obamacare's Religious Liberty Problem

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    Americans see the problem with the religious liberty violation at the leading edge of Obamacare implementation, according to a new poll released by Rasmussen Reports this week. The poll shows that by a margin of 46–41, likely American voters support a religious exemption for churches, religious organizations, and businesses from … More

    Unemployment Rate Drop Due to Workers Leaving Labor Force

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    The November employment report appeared to be good news. The unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent, the lowest level since 2009, and the economy created 146,000 jobs. However, a closer reading of the details shows that the labor market is not recovering any faster but instead continuing its long, painful … More

    Supreme Court to Hear Defense of Marriage Act Challenges: Legal Analysis

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    It’s official: The Supreme Court announced today that it will take up the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) this term. This was hardly unexpected. As we previously noted, the High Court was almost certain to hear one or more of these cases after two federal circuit courts struck down DOMA … More

    10 Things Americans Spend More on Than Elections

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    The $6 billion tab of 2011-12 election cycle political expenditures had barely been tallied before anti-free speech groups began calling for additional campaign finance reforms. With all the hyperventilating over the supposedly outsized spending on American elections, we thought it would be insightful to examine some of the things on … More

    The Supreme Court's Challenge: Restore Marriage Decisions to Citizens

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    The Supreme Court announced today that it will hear cases dealing with the definition of marriage during its current term. The Court will consider challenges to the Defense of Marriage Act, passed by an overwhelming bipartisan majority in Congress and signed by President Clinton, and Proposition 8, California’s constitutional amendment … More

    Pearl Harbor: Lessons for Missile Defense Today

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    On this day 71 years ago, the U.S. was attacked by the Empire of Japan. At the time, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared it a “date which will live in infamy.” The attack shocked the nation and exposed just how unprepared and vulnerable the United States was. Today, we … More

    Shocker of the Year: Michigan a Right-to-Work State?

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    All signs now point toward Michigan becoming America’s 24th right-to-work state by year’s end. This is good news for Michigan’s union members and unemployed. Michigan has suffered more than most states in the recession. The state still has an unemployment rate one-and-a-half percentage points above the national average. The state … More

    Obamacare May Hike Your Pet's Health Care Bills

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    American health care consumers aren’t the only ones who will be hit by slated Obamacare tax hikes. Medical bills for their pets may go up as well. According to a rule published Friday by the Internal Revenue Service, some medical devices used in veterinary practices will be hit by Obamacare’s … More

    Death Tax: Why Should the Government Get "Something for Nothing"? (VIDEO)

    The federal estate tax, better known by its more accurate moniker the “death tax,” is poised to rise to 55 percent with just a $1 million exemption in 2013 should we fall off the “fiscal cliff.” Today, the death tax is 35 percent with an exemption over $5 million. While … More

    A Rare Showing of Bipartisanship

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    Yesterday, in a rare showing of bipartisanship, the lame-duck Senate passed the Russia and Moldova Jackson–Vanik Repeal Act of 2012 by a vote of 92–4. The Senate took up the version of the bill that passed by an overwhelming majority in the U.S. House of Representatives last month, which grants … More