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    Foreign Militants Complicate Crisis in Northern Mali

    A file photograph dated October 18, 2011, shows Tuareg rebel fighters moving through northern Mali on a pick-up truck with a mounted heavy machine gun, near Kidal, Mali.

    As members of the Economic Community of West African States and the African Union scramble to find a solution to the crisis in Mali, Islamist forces in the north are being strengthened by foreign fighters. Though the occupation of territory by external entities will undoubtedly strengthen the hand of Mali’s … More

    Government Unions Go All Out for the President

    Andy Stern to step down at SEIU?

    The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has spent more than any other outside group to re-elect President Obama. The union has spent $74 million to return Obama to the Oval Office, exceeding President Obama’s own super PAC spending by a third. Other unions are also going all out for the … More

    Green Graveyard: An In-Depth Look at Government's Bad Bets on 19 Now-Bankrupt Companies

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    As a follow up to the Green Graveyard overview, this post provides additional information concerning the funding for each of the now-bankrupt green energy companies. In one of the most extensive compilations to date, Heritage has identified 19 bankrupt green energy companies that were unable to succeed even with the … More

    Education Ballot Measures in the States

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    Numerous education-related amendments, ranging from ballot initiatives and charter school authorizers to spending and collective bargaining reform, are under consideration in the states. It’s not every year that education policy receives so much attention, but America’s ailing education system is ripe for reform. Several initiatives deal with whether to raise … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Americans Take to the Polls on Marriage and Life

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    Whatever the outcome of today’s elections, Americans can be sure of nonstop electoral analysis and number crunching from pundits and pollsters for at least the next few weeks. Charts and maps and graphs will plot who voted and how they cast their ballots. If past data is any indication, however, … More

    Report: GOP Election Officials Forcibly Removed in Philadelphia

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    Reports from Philadelphia polling places Tuesday morning claim that poll officials have been turned away and forcibly removed for partisan reasons. The Pennsylvania Republican Party filed a complaint with the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas claiming that 75 GOP officials were “prohibited…from accessing polling places in heavily Democratic areas in … More

    On an Earlier Election Day…

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    If the final polls are to be believed, the 2012 election will be decided by a narrow margin. But despite a seemingly endless string of negative ads, this year’s contest is nowhere near as contentious as the one that ended 152 years ago today. On November 6, 1860, Abraham Lincoln … More

    Election Day: Ten State Ballot Measures to Watch

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    While elections for political office will likely get most of the media attention on Tuesday, 38 states will be voting on a combined 188 ballot measures affecting a host of major issues. Scribe has broken down 10 of those measures that will be worth watching as returns start coming in … More

    Morning Bell: Today Is Your Day—Vote, America

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    In urging the delegates to a New York convention to ratify the U.S. Constitution in 1788, Alexander Hamilton emphasized the principal strength of the new Constitution: “Here, sir, the people govern.” The federal government gets its mandate from the American people. You are in charge. Express your will: Vote. You … More

    Green Technology Investor Looks to Keep Friends in Washington

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    Real estate giant Forest City Enterprises is getting into the renewable energy market, investing in waste-to-methane conversion, a technology one company executive says “can survive without public subsidy.” But so far, that technology is reliant on taxpayer dollars, and Forest City is also “investing” in politicians who will likely keep … More