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  • Monthly Archives: August 2013

    After Watching This Video, You'll Want a Burger and a New Health Care Law

    A Nebraska news station posted this video a few months ago and it’s just too compelling not to share. Their interview with a frustrated Wendy’s employee and the 11 pop-up Wendy’s logos at 0:40 make this a must-see 1:54. The Wendy’s employee, T.J. Growbeck, is one of 100 employees in … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Parents Contribute More Than School Supplies to Children’s Education

    As the days wane in late summer, so do parents’ bank accounts as they invest in school supplies for their children. In fact, reports show that this year, per-family expenditures to equip their young students has risen 10 percent since last year (second only to holiday spending), and when electronics … More

    What Obama Wants for Your Children and Grandchildren

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    Proud parents and grandparents are sharing photos of their kids’ first day of school. And as students head back, many states are pushing back—telling the Obama Administration that its federal education plan isn’t right for their students. Anyone who has taught in a classroom knows how different children are from … More

    Social Security Turns 78: What Was It Meant to Do?

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    When President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Social Security into law on August 14, 1935, he referred to it as “a law which will give some measure of protection to the average citizen and to his family against the loss of a job and against poverty-ridden old age.” But today’s Social … More

    Court Kicks Yucca Mountain Review Back in Motion

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    Despite the politics surrounding Yucca Mountain and the Obama Administration’s policy to terminate the project, a federal court today held the executive branch to its chief role: executing the law. After 468 days of waiting, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia today ruled that, despite the … More

    Apple vs. Samsung: Why Is the Obama Administration Involved?

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    Apple and Samsung have been fighting over cell phone patents for a while. Samsung won a round in June when the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled in its favor on certain patents, blocking sale of some older Apple products. The Obama Administration last week overturned the ruling. The Administration … More

    Morning Bell: The Imperial President Will Act on His Own

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    In a recent email to supporters, President Obama lamented the frustrating inadequacy of his office. “There’s only so much I can do on my own” without Congress, he confessed. As a matter of constitutional interpretation, he’s right. But in practice, the President has shown a distinct contempt for the legal … More

    4 Things John Kerry Got Wrong in a 4½-Minute Video

    Secretary of State John Kerry has a new, impassioned video appeal for the U.S. Senate to consent to ratification of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Kerry’s speechwriters should have checked their facts, though. Among Kerry’s mistakes and mischaracterizations are the following: “[The CRPD] will … More

    Burma’s Release of Child Soldiers: Promising, but Not Enough

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    This past week, Burma announced the release of 68 child soldiers from its ranks. This latest action is promising, but progress toward ridding the army of its estimated 5,000 child soldiers is likely to be a long and arduous process. The U.S. should maintain pressure on Burma to ensure that … More

    Iran Nuclear Ambitions Remain Unchanged Despite New “Moderate” President

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    Last week, White House press secretary Jay Carney said that Hassan Rowhani’s election as Iranian president represents “a call by the Iranian people for change” and “an opportunity for Iran to act quickly to resolve the international community’s deep concerns over Iran’s nuclear program.” Nevertheless, this may prove to be … More