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    Hawaiian Citizens Testify in Support of Marriage

    Over the past five days, thousands of Hawaiians poured into the state capitol to stand for marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Prompted by an upcoming vote in the state House of Representatives on SB 1, nearly 5,000 people signed up for two-minute slots to testify … More

    Top 5 Questions Everybody Is Asking on North Korea (VIDEO)

    1. Does North Korea have nuclear weapons? North Korea conducted its third nuclear weapons test in February in defiance of international efforts to halt its nuclear weapons program. Although details about the test remain elusive, it appeared to be North Korea’s largest nuclear weapons test to date. In March, North … More

    Obamacare and the Medicaid Expansion: How Does Your State Fare?

    The Medicaid expansion is touted by proponents of Obamacare as a “no-brainer.” While it is true that some states may see projected savings, it is erroneous to claim that this experience applies to every state. Proponents predict that by expanding Medicaid states will be able to reduce payments to health … More

    Economic Development and Disaster Relief Inhibited by the Jones Act

    If the Jones Act was created to mitigate disasters at sea, why has it been waived during such disasters? Such a question was posed in a recent Bloomberg article. The answer is that, rather than supporting wartime goals or sustaining national security, the Jones Act now serves primarily as a … More

    Senator Inouye, The Passing of a Giant

    Senator Daniel Inouye (D–HI) passed away last evening, an old warrior succumbed to complications of pneumonia. His last word was “Aloha.” Inouye was one of an all too quickly disappearing cadre of elder statesmen who began their public service as military members. He was one of the Greatest Generation. Inouye, … More

    Federal Court Upholds Marriage in Hawaii

    Yesterday, the federal district court in Hawaii ruled that Hawaii’s definition of marriage as one man and one woman does not violate the U.S. Constitution. This ruling comes as the U.S. Supreme Court considers whether to review multiple cases involving the issue of same-sex marriage and voters in Maryland, Minnesota, … More

    Earthquake and Tsunami Threaten Disaster Across Asia

    Friday morning, a massive earthquake hit Japan and spawned a massive tsunami that is sweeping across the Pacific, requiring evacuation along the Hawaiian coast. This morning the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) issued an alert that “tsunami warnings and watches have been issued for the U.S. territories of Guam, the … More

    Morning Bell: Secretary Duncan's Race to Waste Your Education Dollars

    When Education Secretary Arne Duncan first unveiled his Race to the Top (RttT) program in July of last year, he admitted that “when I was superintendent of the Chicago Public Schools, I did not always welcome calls from the U.S. Department of Education. That’s because the department, from its inception … More

    A Veto from Hawaii: Marriage Debate Needs More Than Last-Minute Legislative Maneuvers

    This past April, on the last day of the legislative session, the Hawaii House of Representatives voted 31–20 in favor of HB 444, a controversial measure creating civil unions. This week, Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle replied with a veto of the bill. She states, “I have been open and consistent … More

    A Separate, Race-Based Government for Native Hawaiians?

    The U.S. House is expected to vote today on the creation of the largest tribal entity in U.S. history under the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act, despite last-minute opposition by Hawaii’s governor, Linda Lingle (R), and serious questions regarding the bill’s constitutionality. Meanwhile, President Barack Obama promised to sign the … More