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    On Environmental Regulation, Obama Can't Have It Both Ways

    DC: OBAMA DISCUSSES PAYROLL TAX DEAL

    Whatever his other qualities, outgoing White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley seemed to understand that punitive environmental policies entail tradeoffs. When one environmentalist explained the health risks of increased air pollutants, Daley asked, rhetorically, “What are the health impacts of unemployment?” That sense that the economic damage wrought by … More

    Health Spending Down—Because People Are Avoiding Care

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    The Office of the Actuary at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently published its annual estimate of U.S. health spending in the journal Health Affairs. The report shows that growth in health spending remained slow in 2010. Medical expenditures grew at an annual rate of 3.9 percent, … More

    Tales of the Red Tape #24: Breeding Extinction

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    Ranchers have been allowed to stock zoos and wildlife refuges and export the animals to their native lands without seeking government approval at every turn. The agency also allowed them to generate some of the revenue needed to feed and vaccinate the herds by holding private hunts of surplus, older, non-breeding animals, as well as those with poor genetic traits. But such “profiteering”—even in support of animal rescue—was anathema to Friends of Animals, a group that claims “to cultivate a respectful view of nonhuman animals.” More

    Morning Bell: The Real 'Iron Lady'

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    This week brings the nationwide release of The Iron Lady, starring Meryl Streep as Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Streep referred to the challenge of portraying Lady Thatcher as “daunting and exciting,” and as requiring “as much zeal, fervour and attention to detail as the real Lady Thatcher possesses.” Her performance … More

    Falsehoods Abound in Case of California High-Speed Rail

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    Last week, the independent California High-Speed Rail Peer Review Group recommended that the state legislature not proceed with funding the proposed Los Angeles–San Francisco project. Its argument was grounded in concerns about “the California High-Speed Rail Authority’s plan to start construction without any assurance of future funding from the federal … More

    Twinkies, Kodak, Bailouts, and the Free Market

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    Are you a fan of Twinkies, the cream-stuffed yellow cake confection packed with sugary goodness, wrapped in a thin layer of cellophane? If so, here’s some bad news for your sweet tooth: Hostess Brands Inc., the maker of Twinkies, HoHos and other convenience store delicacies, has filed for bankruptcy just … More

    A Not-So-Happy New Year for the Entrepreneur in 2011

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    Last week, The Heritage Foundation co-hosted the launch of the 2012 Global Entrepreneurship and Development Index (GEDI), a new tool giving insight into the effect that various drivers of entrepreneurship have on economic development in countries around the world. Two crucial findings from the 2012 GEDI emerged at the conference: … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Healthy Marriage, Healthy Mind

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    High-quality social science research shows that marriage is associated with a number of health benefits. Studies indicate a strong link between marriage and mental health, in particular depressive symptoms. Marriage can both affect and be affected by psychological well-being, through, for example, greater emotional and social support as well as … More

    Breaking: Court to Decide if Gingrich, Huntsman, Santorum, Perry Will Be on Virginia's Primary Ballot

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    A very big development in the ballot access lawsuit filed in federal court in Virginia by Texas Governor Rick Perry and joined by Newt Gingrich, Rich Santorum, and Jon Huntsman. Judge John Gibney just filed a five-page order in which he states that there is a strong likelihood that the … More

    Who Lost Nicaragua? Daniel Ortega Begins an Unconstitutional Third Term

    Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega greets supporters after he was certified by the Supreme Electoral Council (CSE) as president from 2012 to 2016, while flanked by his wife Rosario Murillo (R) and Vice President Omar Hallesleven in Managua January 9, 2012. Ortega will be sworn in on Tuesday for a second term as president. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas

    Daniel Ortega—sporting pink campaign colors rather than the combative red and black of the Sandinista Front (FSLN) and dressed in a business suit, or guaybera, rather than olive drab fatigues—ushers in a modified and somewhat softer era of tyranny as he begins a second consecutive and unconstitutional term as president … More