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    Morning Bell: Obama's Speech vs. the Progressive Agenda

    DENVER — The Heritage Foundation is a conservative think tank. We are not experts on what the left wants. But after four full days spent listening to panels of progressive leaders describe what direction they want Barack Obama to take the country, we have to conclude that the left will, … More

    Morning Bell: Empty Ethics Rhetoric Exposed

    DENVER — One of Barack Obama’s only legislative accomplishments in the U.S. Senate is the Legislative Transparency and Accountability Act, which passed in September 2007. When he announced his candidacy in Springfield, Ill., Obama called the bill “the most sweeping ethics reform since Watergate.” Critics from left and right, however, … More

    Morning Bell: Is Afghanistan Next?

    DENVER — Tonight former President Bill Clinton is supposed to deliver a speech on the official Democratic National Convention theme, “Securing America’s Future.” It is still unclear whether Clinton will stick to his assigned topic, or if he will go off message and defend his presidential legacy. Part of that … More

    Morning Bell: Mainstreaming Medicare

    DENVER — The air of excitement among progressive activists really is palpable here at the Democratic National Convention. Their supreme confidence that they will win the White House has been shaken a little, but they still believe Barack Obama will prevail and they are certain they will strengthen their majorities … More

    Morning Bell: Where Does Pelosi Think Natural Gas Comes From?

    DENVER — This week, The Foundry is reporting on all the sights, sounds and flavors of the Democratic National Convention. And one of the first “sights”  for those arriving by airplane is a video on the catastrophic dangers of global warming. You don’t really have much of a choice of … More

    Morning Bell: Turning the Tide in Georgia

    Despite promises to withdraw their troops, Russian forces are still manning checkpoints in undisputed Georgian territory and demanding advance notification of all travel through the central Georgian city of Gori. Georgian Interior Ministry spokesman Shota Utishvili commented: “This is ridiculous. If they ask you to get a Russian visa if … More

    Morning Bell: Can Our Economy Afford More Union Corruption?

    The president of California’s largest union local, the 160,000-member Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in Los Angeles, yesterday announced he would take a leave of absence and the local would be placed in a temporary trusteeship. Tyrone Freeman’s departure comes after an in-depth series of Los Angeles Times articles detailing … More

    Morning Bell: The Road to Single Payer

    Yesterday in Albuquerque, N.M., Barack Obama told 1,800 adoring fans that, “If I were designing a system from scratch, I would probably go ahead with a single-payer system.” Obama was responding to a a voter who asked why he did not currently support single-payer health care. Obama explained: “Given that … More

    Morning Bell: The Left's Crony Capitalism Explodes

    Yesterday all three major financial indexes fell after an article in Barron’s reported the Bush Administration is planning to exercise the authority to recapitalize Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. A Treasury spokeswoman denied the report, but FusionIQ CEO and equity-research director Barry Ritholtz told the AP: “You don’t pass that … More

    Morning Bell: A Cyber Wake-Up Call

    Since July 20, Internet security experts have been tracking coordinated cyber attacks on Georgia’s Internet infrastructure. It is still unclear to what extent the Russian military directly carried out these attacks, but two things are known for sure: 1) the traffic patterns and servers used in the attack are “overwhelmingly … More