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    The Future of Drones

    A 60 Minutes segment that aired last Sunday, “Drones over America,” offered a friendly reminder that not all drones are bad and that drones are indeed coming. “We’re looking at the future. And whether we like it or not, the future is looking back at us,” as CBS correspondent Morley … More

    Holding Back Progress Is a Fool’s Errand: Drones Are Coming

    Amazon founder Jeff Bezos started a maelstrom after a surprise announcement on television Sunday evening that Amazon would “soon” begin to use drones to deliver packages. On one side, so loud was the outcry that you would have thought Bezos had asked to arm the drones with Hellfire missiles. On … More

    Sequestration? What Sequestration?

    President Obama claimed that millions of Americans would suffer if Congress failed to prevent the $85 billion in automatic budget cuts known ominously as “sequestration.” But according to David Fahrenthold and Lisa Rein of The Washington Post, sequestration “has not produced what the Obama administration predicted: widespread breakdowns in crucial … More

    Sequest-Air: Senate Bill Beats FAA Clumsy Sequestration Strategy

    As “Sequest-air”—the political fight over the flight delays caused by the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) decision to furlough air traffic controllers—gained momentum yesterday, the Senate passed a bill that would do exactly what Congress and the Administration should have done all along: cut spending but prioritize where the cuts should … More

    Hurricane Sandy Relief: Billions Spent on Transportation

    Transportation agencies and programs including the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Amtrak, and other transit stand to benefit handsomely from the Senate’s $60.4 billion Hurricane Sandy spending bill, which it will consider this week. Though cast as disaster relief, much of the bill’s spending would not reach … More

    Washington in a Flash: Unemployment at 9.1%, Employers Add 117,000 Jobs

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported this morning that employers added 117,000 jobs in July, up from June’s dismal 18,000 but still below the number needed to keep pace with population growth. The unemployment rate also fell 0.1 percent to 9.1 percent. Get complete analysis from Heritage’s Rea Hederman and … More

    Washington in a Flash: Birthday Bash

    President Obama jetted out of town to celebrate his 50th birthday in Chicago last night, an event that doubled as a fundraiser for his re-election campaign. With the debt deal behind him, expect to see Obama on the road to build his war chest for 2012. Tickets to the birthday bash … More

    Washington in a Flash: Recess!

    Now that President Obama has signed the Budget Control Act into law following weeks of grueling debate, lawmakers are packing their bags and heading home for August recess. Both houses of Congress return the first week of September, but neither passed a formal adjournment resolution, denying Obama the opportunity to make … More

    Washington in a Flash: So Long Shuttle

    NASA’s shuttle program came to an end yesterday when Atlantis touched down at the Kennedy Space Center after a 13-day mission to the International Space Station. Atlantis, which embarked on its first mission in 1985, spent 307 days in space and traveled nearly 126 million miles during its 33 flights. … More

    Minority Rule?

    Should a union need the support of most workers at a company in order to represent them? Most people would say yes—but most people are not union bosses. Unions want to represent as many dues paying members as possible. Whether those workers want their services is beside the point. At … More