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    Morning Bell: Central Planning Coming on Carbon

    Writing from the Aspen Ideas Festival, the Atlantic’s Megan McArdle recounts a Thomas Friedman presentation on global warming where Friedman mused “about how great it would be if we could be China for a day — have the government get in, totally reorganize the energy market, and then go forward … More

    Morning Bell: The Emerging Consensus for Victory

    Noting the U.S. military’s return of Anbar Province to Iraqi control, the Christian Science Monitor’s Sam Dagher reports from Fallujah: This is a city literally rising from the ashes. While reminders of two major US assaults here in April and November 2004 are inescapable, signs of rebirth are plenty. Men … More

    Obama's Flawed Faith-Based Plan

    Details are emerging today about Sen. Barack Obama’s proposal for a new “Council for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.” While information is still being released, there are two immediate concerns with the proposal: The announcement emphasizes government funding — not changing the character of government to allow more space for civil … More

    Hezbollah's Victory: Made in Teheran and Damascus

    Lebanon’s long-suffering history took a turn for the worse in the last couple of days, as Hezbollah, the Shi’ite terrorist army “made in Iran,” occupied the capital city Beirut. Ten people were killed in fierce fire fights and dozens wounded, yet the Lebanese Army sat out the fight. The violence … More

    Labor Department Strengthens Transparency Rules for Unions

    Next week the Labor Department will propose changes to its union financial reporting and disclosure requirements in an effort to improve transparency and accountability. The proposed rule will give rank-and-file union members more information about union finances. It is the latest effort by the Bush administration to increase transparency for … More

    This Week in Washington: Liberals Block Bush's Judicial Nominees

    Here’s a preview of the week ahead in Washington. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGtSIVoMj9Y[/youtube] The liberals continue to block President Bush’s conservative judicial nominees in the hope they can pack the courts with liberal judges in a potential Democrat administration. The federal courts are important because they are the training ground for our future … More

    What Congress Can't Seem to Understand

    The White House isn’t buying the Senate housing bill. As Benton Ives reports in Congressional Quarterly, President Bush is not too thrilled with the bailout proposal. Why? “The bill will likely do more harm than good by bailing out lenders and speculators and passing on costs to other Americans who … More

    Pelosi Plays Political Games by Blocking Colombia Trade Deal

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi today announced she will ask Democrats to alter the rules that would have required Congress to vote on a proposed Free Trade Agreement with Colombia in 90 days. In doing so, she and her liberal colleagues will alter the rules of procedure to suit their partisan … More

    Morning Bell: Bad Moon Rising

    Liberals love to claim the Bush administration has broadly weakened regulations at the behest of corporate interests. And the media lap up these claims. Problem is, the nation’s regulatory burden has grown significantly under President Bush and it looks like the situation is going to get worse in the final … More

    Morning Bell: Stop Playing Politics With U.S. Security

    It has now been 22 days since the House of Representatives asked for a 21-day extension to pass legislation that would bring U.S. intelligence law into the 21st century. This is on top of the 15 days they asked for and were granted on Feb. 1. In total the House … More