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  • Yearly Archives: 2012

    Obama Changes Stump Speech: Al-Qaeda No Longer "on the Run"

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    President Obama has changed his tune on al-Qaeda. Gone from his stump speeches is the boast that al-Qaeda has been decimated. This was President Obama speaking in Miami on October 11: “Four years ago, I told you we’d end the war in Iraq, and I did. I said we’d end … More

    Debate 2012: Seven New Claims—True or False Quiz

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    The second presidential debate was full of claims about the economy, taxes, and regulation. Many of the top 10 true and false claims made during the first debate were repeated during the second. But there were also new claims warranting a closer look. We’ve selected seven new claims in this … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Why Values Matter

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    A recent Gallup poll found that, for the first time, a majority of Americans think that the government should not promote traditional values. This opinion regarding the government’s role reflects a general rise in relativism and a social environment in which upholding clear standards is characterized as being judgmental and … More

    Report: EPA Delaying Job-Killing Regulations to Aid Obama Re-Election

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    President Obama is putting off major environmental regulations until after the November elections in order to avoid the political blowback of the economic damage those regulations will cause, according to a new Senate report. Environmental regulators in the Obama administration “don’t want this economic pain to hit American families just … More

    Wells Fargo Mortgage Suit: Using Existing Powers to Confront Housing Problems

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    Last week, Wells Fargo, the nation’s largest mortgage lender, was sued by the U.S. Attorney in Manhattan for allegedly defrauding the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). This is just the latest proof that additional regulation of major banks’ mortgage lending is not needed. As a series of recently filed lawsuits shows, … More

    50 Years Later: The Soviets' Reckless Overreach in the Cuban Missile Crisis

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    On October 16–28, the world is marking the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis, a standoff between the United States and the former Soviet Union that nearly ended in a nuclear war between the two superpowers. The confrontation of the Cold War still affects the relationship between the U.S. … More

    Debate Analysis: Women's Pay Statistics Misleading

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    When a questioner at Tuesday’s presidential debate stated that women make only 72 cents for every dollar that men make, both President Obama and Governor Mitt Romney agreed. Not so fast. This figure is highly misleading. The statistic comes from a Census Bureau report (see figure 2 here) comparing the … More

    A Better Life for Julia, Revisited

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    Women are back in the news after Tuesday’s presidential debate between President Obama and former Governor Mitt Romney. Front pages of America’s newspapers today highlight the battle playing out for the support of women. There are stark differences between liberals and conservatives on a range of public policy issues. And … More

    Another DOE-Backed Solar Company Goes Bankrupt

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    A solar company that got a multi-million-dollar grant from the Department of Energy earlier this year announced Wednesday that it will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, making it the second taxpayer-backed green energy company to file for bankruptcy this week. Satcon Technology Corp. announced the decision in a Wednesday … More

    Morning Bell: Welfare Spending Shattering All-Time Highs

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    It’s been a pretty big year for welfare—and a new report shows welfare is bigger than ever. The Obama Administration turned a giant spotlight on the welfare system in July when the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proclaimed it had the authority to gut the work requirements from … More