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  • Yearly Archives: 2013

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

    Wang Xiaojun/Xinhua/Photoshot/Newscom

    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

    Brazilian Flag, close-up (Andy Caulfield/ZUMA Press/Newscom)

    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

    VIDEO: IRS Targeted Hispanic Outreach Group

    VOCES Action received “special” attention from the IRS when it submitted its 501(c)4 application. But why? The non-profit doesn’t mention “tea party” or “patriot” in its mission statement and stays away from “political” endorsements. Adryana Boyne, VOCES Action founder and president, believes the group was targeted because of her personal … More

    U.S. Embassy in Beirut Still a Security Risk

    Lebanese protesters, shout slogans against the US (NABIL MOUNZER/EPA/Newscom)

    A new report by the State Department’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) on the U.S. embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, indicates that security at even the most exposed embassies of the United States is still inadequate. The OIG report states that 32 of 34 recommendations from a security review of the … More

    Government's Shocking Interference in Rancher's Life

    Nevada farmer Wayne Hage (CURTIS HOWELL KRT/Newscom)

    A startling decision on government wrongdoing by a federal court in U.S. v. Estate of E. Wayne Hage gives credence to those who say that the federal government is engaging in a “war on the West” that is hurting rural communities. It is a stark reminder of how powerful our … More

    Clean-Energy Fuel Cell Gets Inventor a Jail Cell

    Krister Evertson is the kind of person all good conservationists should honor. He spent his life’s work in pursuit of an economical, clean-energy fuel cell that could generate power without polluting the air. However, that endeavor lead to two prosecutions and 13 months in federal prison. To help fund his … More

    Reagan and the 1980s: Back to the Future

    Photo credit: Newscom

    Fans of pop culture and pop history are enjoying a documentary series on the National Geographic Channel: The ’80s, The Decade That Made Us. A recent installment focused on Ronald Reagan’s defense posture, including the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) or “Star Wars,” as its critics called it. Host Rob Lowe … More

    Consumer "Watchdog" Tailing Consumers

    Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray (right) at a hearing on banking reform.

    Many Americans are understandably unsettled by news reports about the National Security Agency’s widespread monitoring of telephone and Internet traffic. Attracting far less attention is the rampant snooping of a more personalized nature carried out daily by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The two-year-old agency created by the Dodd–Frank … More

    Poverty: Americans Blame Welfare

    Hundreds wait in line for section 8 housing vouchers in Bloomington, Indiana, in July. (Photo: Polaris)

    Americans say government welfare is the biggest reason for poverty, according to a new Wall Street Journal and NBC News poll. “Given a list of eight factors and asked to choose the one most responsible for the continuing problem of poverty, 24 percent of respondents in the poll chose ‘too … More