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  • Monthly Archives: July 2013

    Student Loans: College Costs Will Continue to Rise

    Occupy Wall Street Holds Day Of Action- NYC - EP

    Last week, the Senate passed a bill that would peg interest rates on federal student loans to Washington’s cost of borrowing (the Treasury rate) plus 2.05 percent. The bill also caps interest rates at 8.25 percent in the event they rise in the coming years. The House has praised the … More

    Sexual Assault: Women in Congress, Military Argue for Restraint

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    Senators Kelly Ayotte (R–NH) and Claire McCaskill (D–MO) and a number of retired female military officers recently urged restraint in changing the military justice system in response to the problem of sexual assault in the military. The women agreed that sexual misconduct in the military is a serious concern; however, … More

    How to Use Obamacare to Scam Taxpayers

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    Looking for a little extra cash? If you’re interested in defrauding taxpayers, it might be as easy as writing down a number on a form. The number is your income. The form is the Obamacare application. If you do not have “affordable” employer-sponsored health insurance and your income is between … More

    How the Obamacare "Honor System" Will Encourage Fraud

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    Earlier this month, the Obama Administration—in a 600-plus page regulation—announced that for 2014, Obamacare insurance subsidies will essentially operate on the “honor system.” This will create incentives for fraud, as some applicants may report an income that is actually lower than their true income in order to qualify for the … More

    Millennium Challenge Corporation Goes Off Course in Georgia

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Daniel Yohannes, CEO of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (State Department/Sipa USA/Newscom)

    The U.S. government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Board of Directors recently approved a five-year, $140 million compact with the nation of Georgia “to increase the quality of human capital by investing in science and technology education and workforce development” with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)” and … More

    Cambodia's Flawed Elections

    Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen (TANG CHHIN SOTHY/AFP/Getty Images/Newscom)

    The ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) has once again been returned to power in Cambodia. Election results are hotly contested by the opposition Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP), and allegations of voter fraud are being levied against the ruling party. The party’s leader, Prime Minister Hun Sen, has been in … More

    Budget Cuts Force Navy to Neglect SOUTHCOM

    General Douglas Fraser (L), US Southern Command  (ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images/Newscom)

    Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert admitted recently that the Navy currently has no ships in SOUTHCOM due to budget constraints. United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) is a joint force containing all branches of the U.S. military—the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard—that exists to defend … More

    Sen. Ted Cruz on Defunding Obamacare: A Matter of Principle

    Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) is challenging both House and Senate members to “stand up for principle” with his defund Obamacare bill — and he’s refusing to stay quiet until they do. With the continuing resolution expiration date only 63 days away, Cruz thinks Congress has just enough time to stop U.S. tax dollars from feeding the … More

    Treasury Secretary Lew Ignores Real Debt Problem, Looming Crisis

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    U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew suggested yesterday on NBC that “we have already done a lot of deficit reduction.” In reality, government spending and debt are out of control and getting worse. Negligence in fixing the entitlement programs—which consume more than half of the U.S. budget already—has left them fiscally … More

    Georgia Leader Beats Drum for Nuclear Energy

    Newscom

    Georgia is riding a wave of new nuclear energy that, five years ago, many thought would be more crowded by now. Georgia Public Services Commissioner Tim Echols, a champion of using market forces to help solve our nuclear waste problems, has seen firsthand how important getting nuclear energy policy right matters. … More