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    Infographic: Our Military's Dangerous Course

    The U.S. military is on a dangerous course. Under the projected defense spending caps brought on by the Budget Control Act of 2011, funding for modernizing the military will be squeezed to a dangerous degree. That includes reduced spending on the procurement of new weapons and equipment and research and development … More

    Saving Millions of Lives: Time to Prepare for an EMP Now

    Berman’s piece is a welcome contribution to the debate about the U.S. vulnerability to EMP. This ongoing debate has recently received increased attention following the presidential GOP debate hosted by The Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute in November. The United States remains unprotected from an EMP effect, a … More

    Obama's Green Jobs Program "Infused with Politics at Every Level"

    In a damning report, The Washington Post details its investigation of President Barack Obama’s much-hyped green jobs program. Its findings? Politics, not policy, underpinned the White House’s calculations. From The Post report: Meant to create jobs and cut reliance on foreign oil, Obama’s green-technology program was infused with politics at every … More

    The Justice Department Condones Perjury ... Again

    A career employee in the Voting Section of Justice’s Civil Rights Division has confessed to committing perjury, sources say.  The employee, Stephanie Celandine Gyamfi, reportedly told investigators from the Inspector General’s Office that she perjured herself during an inquiry into Justice Department leaks during the previous administration. Despite the admission, … More

    North vs. South: How Economic Freedom Impacts Korea

    Real life can never give social scientists the kind of laboratory-quality tests that natural scientists can create, but sometimes it comes close. Since the two Koreas–North and South–are virtually identical culturally, it would appear that the different political systems explain the outcome illustrated by the figure below, which comes from last … More

    Chart of the Week: Medicare Spending Is the Largest Driver of Future Deficits

    Medicare is in dire need of reform. This week’s chart illustrates why the entitlement program is the largest driver of long-term runaway deficits. With the country’s population aging and increasingly dependent on health care, Medicare’s cost to taxpayers is projected to rise from $522.8 billion in 2010 to $932 billion … More

    'Twas the Day After Christmas

    ‘Twas the day after Christmas, And all ‘cross the land All the people were saying, “Wasn’t Christmas just grand?” The children were joyful, The parents were tired, And grandfolks, aunts and uncles Had been really inspired. The stockings still hung by the chimneys with care But the toes were now … More

    PODCAST: The History of Christmas in America

    Be sure to listen to Matt Spalding discuss the history and importance of Christmas in America. Tune in here! How did early Americans celebrate Christmas? Since Christmas is also a time of giving, what are traditional ways Americans have done so? Is there a particular story about Christmas from the … More

    Scribecast: What Really Motivates the 'Occupy' Protesters?

    “Occupy” protesters wear their movement’s leaderless decentralization on their collective sleeve. The attitude fits with a group that claims “democracy” as its chief political end. But it also makes ascertaining their conctete political objectives far more difficult, since, in theory, there can be no established political platform. Polling conducted at … More

    The Reagans at Christmas

    Let us turn one more time to Ronald Reagan, in his centennial year, for some Christmas cheer. President Reagan loved America, his shining city on a hill, but he loved one thing—or rather one person—more: Nancy, his wife of more than 50 years. Theirs was a marriage of affection and … More