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  • Monthly Archives: April 2013

    Common Core Standards: How States Are Roped In (VIDEO)

    What happens when the federal government extends its overreach into America’s classrooms? Should all states be forced to teach kids the same thing? Heritage’s Lindsey Burke, the Will Skillman Fellow in Education, debated the repercussions of the Obama Administration’s push for national education standards on “Stossel” Thursday night. Kathleen Porter-Magee … More

    Morning Bell: Beware the Internet Sales Tax

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    The Internet sales tax is back, and it could be the next big vote in the Senate. The proposed law would enable states to force businesses to collect sales tax from customers who live in their state—even when the businesses have no connection to that state. As Heritage President Jim … More

    WATCH: Google+ Hangout on Innovation in Higher Education

    The Heritage Foundation today launches a new Google+ Hangout series on innovative policy ideas. Produced in conjunction with the Center for Policy Innovation, today’s conversation focuses on the future of higher education. Tune in at noon ET. Disruptive innovation is transforming higher education and challenging the business models at colleges … More

    It’s Tax Freedom Day: Finally We Get to Work for Ourselves!

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    April 18 marks the 108th day of 2013. It is also Tax Freedom Day, as calculated by the Tax Foundation. Tax Freedom Day is the day that we as a nation have finally earned enough income to pay the tab for all federal, state, and local taxes for the year. … More

    Congress to Broadcasting Agency: Is Anyone Listening to Us?

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    U.S. international broadcasting strategy again landed under congressional scrutiny in Wednesday’s House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing. Representative Brad Sherman (D–CA) wanted to know why the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) ignored the congressional mandate to keep broadcasting to Pakistan in several local languages. In spite of a specific $1.5 million … More

    Lessons Learned from the Tragic Boston Marathon Bombing

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    Enough time has passed to identify some important, early lessons from the tragic events surrounding the bombing of the Boston Marathon. Here are a few things that, even now, are evident: Practice does make perfect. The response to the Boston tragedy was exemplary. First responders were able to effectively and … More

    Contrary to Popular Belief, Drones Not All Bad

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    Last week, Politico published an article on America’s misconception of drones, and why those misconceptions can, and should, be remedied. As technology advances, the ways in which it can be exploited grows. Drones are no exception. While steps need to be taken to ensure that privacy rights are protected from … More

    With Climate Change Science Unsettled, a Carbon Tax is Even More Useless

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    Reuters’s environment correspondent Alister Doyle provides even more fodder for why a carbon (energy) tax or the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regulation of greenhouse gas emissions is economically and environmentally foolish. Doyle writes: Scientists are struggling to explain a slowdown in climate change that has exposed gaps in their understanding … More

    Democratic Senator: Obamacare a "Train Wreck Coming"

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    Recently, prominent Democrats and a union leader have publicly revealed their concerns about Obamacare. At a hearing yesterday, author and supporter of Obamacare, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D–MT), revealed his unease about the law’s confusing implementation to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who is in charge … More

    Obama Administration Snubs Thatcher Funeral

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    President Obama’s decision not to send any significant member of his Administration to attend the funeral of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in London was a regrettable decision that did disservice to the U.S.–U.K. Special Relationship. The decision not to send a senior Administration official such as Vice President … More