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  • Yearly Archives: 2012

    Warren Buffett Wrong Again on Tax Increases

    File photograph of Berkshire Hathaway chairman and CEO Buffett in Sun Valley

    As we approach the “fiscal cliff,” there was little doubt that famed investor and self-appointed political sage Warren Buffett would pipe in at some point with his periodic call for higher taxes on his ilk of billionaires. Today was the day. Buffett, of course, is welcome to his opinion, but … More

    Some Obamacare Legal Challenges Are Alive and Well

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    On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court, in granting a petition for rehearing in Liberty University v. Geitner, vacated the U.S. Fourth Circuit’s prior dismissal of Liberty’s challenge to Obamacare and directed the Fourth Circuit to reconsider its decision in light of the Supreme Court’s recent decision in NFIB v. Sebelius … More

    Disabilities Treaty Will Not Help Americans with Disabilities

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    Earlier today, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D–NV) announced his intention to proceed to executive session tomorrow to consider the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), an international treaty purporting to protect the rights of the disabled that the Obama Administration signed in July 2009. However, U.S. … More

    In Afghanistan, France Retreats While Georgia Advances

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    During the same week that France announced it has retreated early from Afghanistan, the tiny NATO-aspirant country of Georgia announced that it has doubled its troop contribution to the NATO-led mission. The Taliban, unsurprisingly, issued a statement calling on other NATO members to follow France’s example. For the sake of … More

    Oklahoma Supreme Court Throws Out Challenge to Special-Needs Scholarship Program

    Last Tuesday, Oklahoma’s special-needs students received a pre-Thanksgiving win. The state’s Supreme Court ruled that two school districts that had challenged the legality of the Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarship Program—a voucher program for special-needs students—were out of line in bringing the lawsuit. The school districts had challenged the scholarship program … More

    Violence Against Law Enforcement on the Rise

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    Earlier this month, a friend and colleague of mine in law enforcement was shot while pursuing two individuals suspected of robbery and murder. He survived the attack, but several of our law enforcement colleagues who serve to protect the public have not been so lucky. After a confluence of factors … More

    Avoiding a Debt Crisis, Eh? Lessons From Canada

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    Congressional lawmakers met last week to try to hammer out a deal to avert the fiscal cliff. Democrats insist on revenue increases as part of such a deal, saying new revenue is the only way to significantly reduce the national debt. However, it is not a lack of revenue that … More

    Morning Bell: Egypt's President Moves Toward Dictatorship

    Egypt's new president-elect, Muslim Brot

    Egypt remains in turmoil after its president decreed last Thursday that he was no longer subject to the laws of his country—giving himself power over the judiciary and other branches of government. Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi made his lunge for power shortly after helping to broker a fragile ceasefire in … More

    Egyptian Opposition Pushes Back Against Morsi's Autocratic Ambitions

    Protesters are clashing with police in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt. (Photo: Polaris/Newscom)

    Egypt has been rocked once again by a political crisis triggered by President Mohamed Morsi’s relentless efforts to secure dictatorial power. Hundreds of protesters from liberal and secular opposition groups demonstrated in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the birthplace of Egypt’s stunted “Arab Spring” revolt. One barometer of the coming test of … More

    Time to Boost Free Trade Closer to Home

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    America’s free trade agreements in Latin America are a major opportunity. But even though the new U.S.–Panama free trade agreement went into effect on October 31, potentially creating up to 7,000 new jobs, the United States still seems to forget about our friendly neighbors close to home. Talk of pivoting … More