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  • Monthly Archives: December 2012

    International Religious Freedom: President Obama Misses an Opportunity

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    President Obama missed a key opportunity to advance robust religious liberty in prepared remarks delivered in Burma recently. This is especially disappointing given that Burma has a long track record of persecution against religious minorities; the plight of Muslims in its west is just the latest and most visible manifestation. … More

    Side Effects: Obamacare Threatens the Future of Health Care Cost Containment

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    Employers’ health benefit cost growth had the smallest increase in 15 years—only 4.1 percent in 2012 compared to 6.1 percent in 2011—according to Mercer’s National Survey of Employer-Sponsored Health Plans. The lower-than-usual increase in costs is attributed, in part, to increased usage of consumer-directed health plans (CDHP). Despite this, many … More

    HHS Anti-Conscience Mandate: Challengers Get Federal Appellate Court Victory

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    A family-owned business with religious objections to the conscience-crushing Obamacare mandate got a temporary reprieve last week. A three-judge panel of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals granted an order for a preliminary injunction in O’Brien v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The order temporarily blocks the … More

    Senator Kerry's Fallacious Emotional Appeal for a U.N. Treaty

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    When the facts and law are not in one’s favor, there is a natural temptation to appeal to the emotions of your target audience in order to win an argument. This is referred to as argumentum ad passiones—an attempt to manipulate an audience’s emotions by pulling on their heartstrings in … More

    Letting China See U.S. Military Capacities a Bad Idea

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    United States Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus has announced that the U.S. would “welcome” Chinese participation in the 2014 Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercises. These naval exercises, considered the world’s largest, involve over 40 vessels from some 22 nations. The People’s Republic of China (PRC) is one of … More

    WMD Attack: Is the U.S. Prepared?

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    From ABC’s new TV series Last Resort to the Fallout video-game series, scenarios in which weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) are employed against the U.S. homeland are a mainstay in popular culture. It is a nightmarish scenario, however, and one for which we would expect our military to plan and … More

    Uber Gives Taxi Regulators an Economics Lesson

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    Regulators around the country are looking to shut down an innovative startup that provides on-demand taxi and limousine services at the push of a button. The fight may seem novel, given the technologies at hand, but there are some bedrock economic principles at play. On one side of the fight … More

    QDR: An Opportunity for the Pentagon and Congress

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    The Department of Defense is currently preparing to conduct a Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR). The end goal of this process is the production of a document that will guide U.S. strategic planning and procurement for the next two decades. In past QDRs, the process regrettably amounted to the Pentagon’s way … More

    Louisiana Unions Fight School Choice, Opportunity for Children

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    Friday was a sad day for Louisiana students. In response to a suit brought by education unions, a district court ruled that the Louisiana school choice program’s funding mechanism is unconstitutional. The program allows low-income children from underperforming Louisiana public schools to attend private schools of their choice. Sadly, now … More

    Children of Same-Sex Unions: New Research on Family Stability and Structure

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    Primary schoolchildren in married heterosexual households are 35 percent more likely to make typical school progress than peers in same-sex households, according to a new study published in the respected academic journal Demography. The finding is based on data from 1.6 million children in the 2000 Census, which included 8,632 … More