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  • Yearly Archives: 2013

    The Budget Deal's Sneaky Tax Increases

    Spirit Airlines

    The congressional budget deal includes some “user fees.” For the Washington establishment, that’s apparently the politically correct way of telling Americans they’ll be paying more to the federal government. For the rest of us, it’s a tax increase. The Ryan-Murray budget deal, which passed the House on a 332-94 vote, … More

    North Korean Power Politics Gets More Ruthless

    Korean Central News Agency via Korean News Service

    Pyongyang announced the trial and execution of Jang Song-taek, former vice chairman of the powerful National Defense Commission and uncle to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Although Kim has already purged hundreds of officials during his two year reign, Jang’s ouster is highly unusual. Jang is married to the sister … More

    PolitiFact's "Lie of the Year" Goes to Obama for "If You Like Your Plan, You Can Keep It"

    Newscom

    President Obama has been awarded a dishonorable distinction: “Lie of the Year” from a usually left-leaning fact-checking website. PolitiFact declared today that the President’s now-infamous Obamacare claim, “If you like your plan, you can keep it,” topped its list of 2013 falsehoods. “As cancellation letters were going out to approximately … More

    After Obama Handshake, Raul Castro Cracks Down on Dissidents in Cuba

    President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro (ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images/Newscom)

    In commemoration of the International Human Rights Day, security forces in Cuba conducted widespread arrests and detained more than 150 dissidents. The crackdown began on Tuesday morning and carried over into Wednesday. From activists to musicians, no one was safe from the regime’s iron-fisted oppression. In addition to the detentions, … More

    The Volcker Rule: Three Years and Nearly 1,000 Pages Later

    Former Federal Reserve Board Chairman Paul Volcker (Fang Zhe/ZUMAPRESS/Newscom)

    Five financial regulatory agencies have completed the final rules to implement the Volcker Rule, a regulation required by the Dodd–Frank bill that is supposed to protect taxpayers by restricting banks’ financial activity. The rule would prohibit banks from engaging in what’s known as proprietary trading—that is, making risky investments solely … More

    Phones on Airplanes: FCC Moves to Lift Rules

    Newscom

    Something unusual is happening at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). At a meeting earlier this afternoon, the commission—led by Obama-appointed chairman Tom Wheeler—voted to review the FCC ban on using cell phones on airplanes. This is the first step to repeal, which Wheeler supports. The move has caused bipartisan consternation … More

    The Budget Deal -- and Why We're $17 Trillion in Debt

    PolicyMatters-Rectangle250-187

    Country singer Aaron Tippin’s old hit song “You’ve Got to Stand for Something (or You’ll Fall For Anything)” could be the new theme song for the Republican leadership in the U.S. House. There’s a reason that 71% of Republicans across America are dissatisfied with Republican leadership in Washington. The big … More

    Budget Conference Spending Cuts: Start with Amtrak Subsidies

    Union Station, Los Angeles, California, May 2, 2010

    A good place for budget conferees to start cutting federal spending would be at Amtrak, the federally subsidized passenger rail service, with its $72 million loss on its food and beverage service in fiscal year (FY) 2012 and generally poor financial performance. Amtrak’s inspector general Ted Alves states in a … More

    Common Core: The Least Common Denominator

    Glowimages Glow Images/Newscom

    Common Core proponents have long argued that the push toward national standards promotes “college and career readiness.” Not so, argues a new report by the Boston-based Pioneer Institute for Public Policy. According to Pioneer, Common Core does not prepare students for admission into highly selective four-year universities and STEM (science, … More

    Wife of Saeed Abedini Fights for His Freedom

    Saeed Abedini

    Saeed Abedini, a Christian pastor and American citizen, has been imprisoned in Iran for more than a year. In that time period, he has been severely tortured, robbed, threatened at knife point, and suffered severe health problems. The Iranian government has sentenced him to another eight years in Rajaishahr, one … More