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    Hearing Exposes Obamacare's Implementation Challenges for States

    Yesterday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing to discuss the implementation of Obamacare’s exchanges and Medicaid expansion, both of which are slated to begin in 2014. Exchanges Two officials from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services expressed confidence that exchange implementation was on schedule, stating, “All … More

    Morning Bell: Deadline for States to Claim Their Role in Obamacare

    Tomorrow is an important day for Obamacare. It’s the deadline for states to declare their intentions about setting up their own health insurance exchanges for residents to purchase insurance under the new regime. If a state does not set up an exchange, the federal government will come in and set … More

    Second Amendment: Illinois Gun Ban Struck Down

    On December 11, in a major win for Second Amendment rights, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals threw out Illinois’s virtual ban on the carrying of any guns, whether concealed or otherwise. In Moore v. Madigan, the state of Illinois claimed that there was no … More

    The Supreme Court's Challenge: Restore Marriage Decisions to Citizens

    The Supreme Court announced today that it will hear cases dealing with the definition of marriage during its current term. The Court will consider challenges to the Defense of Marriage Act, passed by an overwhelming bipartisan majority in Congress and signed by President Clinton, and Proposition 8, California’s constitutional amendment … More

    Obamacare Insurance Exchanges: States Have Options

    Governor John Kasich (R) is expected to opt not to set up a state Obamacare exchange. This is the right decision for Ohio. The President’s health care law is unworkable and unsustainable. Rejecting the health insurance exchanges, and equally as important, the Medicaid expansion, are two opportunities states have to … More

    IEA Says U.S. to Become Energy Independent by 2030; Obama Administration Says Not So Fast

    The International Energy Agency (IEA) released its Annual World Energy Outlook this week with the headline that the U.S. could become a net exporter of natural gas by 2020 and essentially energy independent by 2035. This transformation is a direct result of the private-sector innovation and investments to develop new … More

    The Election's Major Implications for Education

    What can we expect for education policy during President Obama’s second term? From No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waivers to school choice, education policy will surely heat up in the coming months. No Child Left Behind Waivers. NCLB’s blunt attempt to drive accountability from Washington has resulted in many schools … More

    Lincoln: The Movie, the Man

    Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln debuts in Washington, D.C., this week. It features a stellar cast: Tommy Lee Jones, David Strathairn, Sally Field, and Daniel Day-Lewis as our nation’s 16th President. Day-Lewis is known for method acting. But which Lincoln will he portray? Will he play into the liberal myth of Lincoln … More

    Morning Bell: What Does the Election Mean for Obamacare?

    What’s next for Obamacare now? The bad news is that many of the health care law’s serious effects were delayed until after the election. Ten of its 18 new tax hikes have yet to kick in. And there is still so much about the law that we don’t even know. … More

    Education Ballot Measures in the States

    Numerous education-related amendments, ranging from ballot initiatives and charter school authorizers to spending and collective bargaining reform, are under consideration in the states. It’s not every year that education policy receives so much attention, but America’s ailing education system is ripe for reform. Several initiatives deal with whether to raise … More