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  • Monthly Archives: June 2013

    20 Completely Unjustified Programs in the House Farm Bill

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    The House of Representatives is preparing to vote on a $1 trillion package of agriculture subsidies and welfare benefits that exemplifies warped federal policy. Within its 575 pages, the proposed Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act includes massive spending on food stamps, a bumper crop of insurance subsidies, and … More

    Common Core Implementation Proves Problematic

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    New York and Kentucky have begun testing based on the new Common Core education standards, and they are quickly seeing frustration among educators, parents, and students. The states that have signed on to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) initiative are supposed to fully implement the standards by the 2014–2015 … More

    Iran Clamps Down on Dissidents Before Election

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    In anticipation of Friday’s presidential election, Iran’s leadership has harshly cracked down on journalists, dissidents, and cyber activists, as well as members of their families. The regime is leaving nothing to chance, determined to avoid a replay of the surprise demonstrations that followed the 2009 presidential election and led to … More

    Colorado Teachers Now Paid for Performance, Not Years of Service

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    Douglas County, Colorado is once again leading the state in education reform by adopting a teacher compensation plan that has school districts across the nation talking. Teachers in Douglas County are finally getting a pay system that could reflect their value: one that rewards hard work based on merit, not … More

    Honoring the Greatest Generation

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    Having enjoyed peace and stability since the end of World War II, it is often easy for Americans to forget a generation that sacrificed so much to defend these principles. Many veterans from that generation are still with us, but 800 die each day. An organization called Stars and Stripes … More

    Obama Admin Allows Sale of “Morning After” Pill to Girls of Any Age

    A federal judge ordered the Food and Drug Administration to make "morning-after" emergency contraception pills available without a prescription to all girls of reproductive age (Allan Tannenbaum/Polaris/Newscom)

    This week, the Obama Administration agreed to allow the sale of Plan B One-Step, also known as the “morning-after” pill, to women of any age without a prescription, seriously undermining parental authority in minor children’s health care. In a letter to New York District Court Judge Edward Korman, the Department … More

    Morning Bell: Spread the Word About What the Senate Is Doing

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    The Senate voted yesterday to move forward on the Gang of Eight’s immigration plan—which would grant amnesty to 11 million illegal immigrants. Insanity is often defined as doing the same thing over and over yet expecting a different result. As Heritage’s David Inserra points out, “Instead of new ideas, the … More

    U.S. Presence in Europe Critical in the Years Ahead

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    Last year, the House of Representatives passed an amendment that called for the removal of all four U.S. Army Brigade Combat Teams (BCTs) currently based in Europe. This year, four Congressmen want to take it a step further, seriously undermining U.S. national security interests. Representatives Mike Coffman (R–CO), Morgan Griffith … More

    Brazil Turns Away from Capital Controls

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    Last week, Brazil announced that it is finally eliminating its most prominent tax on foreign portfolio investment. This reversal is the most recent reminder of the negative effects of capital controls. Capital controls are measures, sometimes in the form of taxes or fees, that limit the movement of capital into … More