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Amendment in health care plan mandates taxpayer funding for abortion

July 31, 2009

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This should be a much bigger story. Yesterday Rep. Lois Capps proposed an amendment the the House health care bill that will “allow federal funding of elective abortion for those enrolled in the ‘public option’, mandate that every regional Health Exchange offer at least one private insurance plan that provides abortion coverage, and permits taxpayer […]

Cash for Clunkers, out of money already, gets $2 billion more

July 31, 2009

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The government rebate program for trading in older cars for newer ones with better fuel economy, known colloquially as Cash for Clunkers, has already burned through the first $1 billion allocated to it in just the first week of the program. This has prompted the House to hurriedly approve another $2 billion for the program, […]

Beer summit short on substance and impact

July 30, 2009

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The highly anticipated “beer summit” took place this evening with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden sitting down for a beer with Sgt. James Crowley and Harvard Prof. Henry Louis Gates Jr. The meeting comes a week after a press conference in which the President said Crowley and other officers “acted stupidly” in arresting […]

Obama admin denies loan for Ohio uranium plant

July 30, 2009

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A Japanese uranium enrichment plant similar to the one proposed in Ohio. The Department of Energy on Tuesday rejected the loan request of Maryland-based USEC for the construction of a uranium-enrichment plant in Ohio. USEC CEO John K. Welch said the President reneged on a campaign promise he had made while stumping in Ohio, and Obama […]

Health care reform’s misconceptions and why it’s now delayed

July 29, 2009

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There are reports that a deal has been struck to move the health care bill out of committee in the House very soon, but even President Barack Obama is becoming resigned to the idea that he won’t have a bill on his desk until fall at the earliest. I’m with Ed Morrissey when he says that […]

The Birther controversy is an unnecessary distraction

July 28, 2009

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The controversy over President Obama’s birth status, quietly simmering since last fall, has over the last few weeks hit a kind of boiling point with CNN anchors, US Senators, and the White House Press Secretary all weighing in on the subject. Numerous lawsuits have been filed, and a soldier on his way to Afghanistan recently […]

Sweden’s shift right is a warning for US

July 27, 2009

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Sweden has been long considered a model for progressive ideas and policies for the last few decades, and its welfare state has been looked to as a sort of ideal for liberal-leaning thinkers. Here’s the catch: the Swedes themselves are getting tired of it. Forbes has an eye-opening articlewith the finance minister of Sweden, Anders […]