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Greece
Jan 29 2015 - Investor's Business Daily by Alvaro Vargas Llosa
The real Greek tragedy is not that Alexis Tsipras from the radical left–wing Syriza party won that country's recent election, becoming prime minister in the cradle of democracy.
China
Jan 29 2015 - Investor's Business Daily
Defense: War clouds gather in the East China Sea as China, in one of a series of territorial claims against its neighbors, builds a helicopter base within attack range of Japan's Senkaku Islands, which Beijing claims as its own.
Ukraine
Jan 29 2015 - The New York Times by Thomas L. Friedman
Last March, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was quoted as saying that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s attack on Ukraine, supposedly in defense of Russian–speakers there, was just like “what Hitler did back in the ‘30s“ — using ethnic Germans to justify his invasion of neighboring lands. At the time, I thought such a comparison was over the top. I don’t think so anymore. I’d endorse Mrs. Clinton’s comparison purely for the shock value: It draws attention to the awful things Putin is doing to Ukraine, not to mention his own country, whose credit rating was just reduced to junk status.
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Yep, you are a little late, Friedman. We all realized what was going on. bbm
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EPA
Jan 29 2015 - Investor's Business Daily by KERRY JACKSON
The climate–change alarmists will stoop low to sow fear, from heating the room during congressional testimony on global warming on an already blistering–hot day to blaming every weather event on manmade climate change. So it's no surprise that six years ago the Environmental Protection Agency circulated a memo — which was only now unearthed by the Competitive Enterprise Institute — suggesting that top officials link the EPA's regulatory agenda to Americans' "personal worries."
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Ethics in politics
Jan 30 2015 - American Enterprise Institute by Timothy P. Carney
Apple just reported the most profitable quarter in the history of capitalism, netting $18 billion over the last three months.
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President Obama
Jan 29 2015 - Investor's Business Daily by VICTOR DAVIS HANSON
Israel is the only liberal democracy in the Middle East and North Africa. Eight million Israelis are surrounded by some 400 million Muslims in more than 20 states. Almost all of Israel's neighbors are anti–Israeli dictatorships, monarchies or theocracies — a number of them reduced to a state of terrorist chaos.
Jan 30 2015 - Investor's Business Daily
Foreign Policy: Soon after President Obama announced plans to normalize relations with Cuba, Sen. Marco Rubio called him the worst negotiator since Jimmy Carter. Cuban officials are now proving Rubio right.
Jan 29 2015 - Investor's Business Daily by Andrew Malcolm
Other than his vow that under ObamaCare Americans' health care costs would decline, one of President Obama's most often–promised goals is helping the country's middle class. It's been severely beleaguered during his reign by fewer full–time jobs, stagnant wages and declining work hours.
Jan 29 2015 - The Dallas Morning News by CARL P. LEUBSDORF
With minimal exceptions, the political goals of President Barack Obama’s congressional Republican opponents have been clear from the start: prevent significant achievements.
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The goal of Obama is to do the wrong thing for America. And he has done it despite Congress. bbm
Hillary Clinton
Jan 30 2015 - Investor's Business Daily by Andrew Malcolm
Former successful cattle–futures investor, first lady, senator, unsuccessful presidential candidate, secretary of State and presumable repeat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has reportedly sent word to the House Select Committee investigating Benghazi that she is eager to testify.
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Health care debate
Jan 30 2015 - Hoover Institution. by Richard A. Epstein
Back in 2010, President Barack Obama and the Democratic Congress took the wrong fork in the road to health care reform. To be sure, the case for some reform was very strong, given that the mixed health care system in the United States provided inferior health care at premium prices for large portions of the population. But identifying a problem does not point the way to the necessary cure. What is needed is a clear theory of what has gone wrong and why.
Drug research
Jan 29 2015 - Investor's Business Daily by BETSY MCCAUGHEY
Even Republicans gushed with enthusiasm when President Barack Obama announced funding for personalized medicine during the State of the Union last week.
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Foreign Policy
Jan 30 2015 - Investor's Business Daily
National Security: The White House's puerile sniping at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks volumes. President Obama prefers undercutting a vital ally to hearing the truth about Iran's nuclear threat.
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Free-Trade Agreements
Jan 29 2015 - Investor's Business Daily
Energy: At a Caribbean summit, Vice President Joe Biden promised oodles of wind and solar schemes as the U.S. way of helping these nations with energy needs. Coming from the shale superpower, what a wasted opportunity.
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Federal Reserve issues
Jan 30 2015 - Ludwig von Mises Institute by Frank Shostak
Originally, paper money was not regarded as money but merely as a representation of a commodity (namely, gold). Various paper certificates represented claims on gold stored with the banks. Holders of paper certificates could convert them into gold whenever they deemed necessary. Because people found it more convenient to use paper certificates to exchange for goods and services, these certificates came to be regarded as money.
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Taxes
Jan 29 2015 - Foundation for Economic Education by Robert P. Murphy
How both Left and Right get it wrong
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Biofuel
Jan 30 2015 - Investor's Business Daily by John Merline
After years spent pushing biofuels as a "clean" and "renewable" energy source, and after taxpayers have spent billions of dollars in subsidies, environmentalists are starting to realize that feeding crops to gas tanks isn't such a good idea after all.
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News / Environment / Global Warming
The Global Warming Hoax?
Jan 30 2015 - Town Hall by Matt Vespa
Earlier this month, it was reported that 2014 was the warmest on record; great odin’s raven! Can you hear the Tom Steyers of the world saying, “Look, look I told you global warming exists” within media circles. Well, as it turns out, the model NASA climate scientists used was, uh, kind of shoddy. And by shoddy, I mean they’re only 38 percent sure that their hypothesis about 2014’s weather is true (via Daily Mail):
Jan 30 2015 - Front Page Magazine by Daniel Greenfield
Last year, the New York Times predicted the end of snow. This week, its employees had trouble getting to work because of a travel ban caused by the blizzard. And those New Yorkers still subscribing to the print edition of the Old Gray Lady of Eight Avenue were even more out of luck.
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Terror arrests and trials
Jan 29 2015 - Town Hall by Judge Andrew Napolitano |
Ali Saleh al–Marri is a convicted conspirator who entered the United States before 9/11 in order to create a dreaded sleeper cell here that might someday launch an attack on Americans similar to what we witnessed earlier this month in Paris. When the feds woke from their slumber on 9/11, they wisely began to search immigration records for persons who came here with no discernible purpose from places known to spawn terrorist groups and who had overstayed their visas. Al–Marri was one such person.
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Iran news
Jan 29 2015 - Investor's Business Daily
Mideast: Tehran told U.S. diplomats to tell Israel to "await the consequences" for killing one of its generals. The radical state the president thinks will abandon nuclear weapons development treats the U.S. as its courier service.
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Our Own Hundred Years? War
Jan 29 2015 - Front Page Magazine by Daniel Greenfield
The debate over Islamic terrorism has shifted so far from reality that it has now become an argument between the administration, which insists that there is nothing Islamic about ISIS, and critics who contend that a minority of Islamic extremists are the ones causing all the problems.
Jan 30 2015 - The Desert Sun by DAVID IGNATIUS
What went wrong for the U.S.–backed government in Yemen and what are the consequences for counterterrorism operations there against al–Qaeda’s most dangerous affiliate? Both questions have disturbing answers.
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Foreign assistance can help strong, broadly based governments, but not fragile, polarized ones." Is that nonsensical or what?
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Israel-Iran Conflict
Jan 30 2015 - Salt Lake Tribune by EUGENE ROBINSON
The political ramifications are clear: House Speaker John Boehner and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a colossal mistake by conspiring behind President Obama's back, and the move has ricocheted on both of them.
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If Boehner's aim was to paint Obama as somehow soft on Iran, he failed at that, too." Nobody has to do that; it is as plain as Obama's nose.
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US support of Israel
Jan 30 2015 - Front Page Magazine by Matthew Vadum
The Obama administration is using taxpayer dollars to fund a radical anti–Israel group that aims to drive Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from office in March parliamentary elections.
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Department of Defense
Jan 30 2015 - Investor's Business Daily
Arms Buildup: A senior weapons developer tells Congress that Beijing's massive defense buildup, emphasizing precision–guided and other advanced weapons, has placed the U.S. and its shrinking military at serious risk.
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Science and ethics
Jan 29 2015 - News Balance by Henry I. Miller
The quality and reproducibility of published scientific articles are increasingly being called into question. Some of their shortcomings are related to flawed experimental design or execution, while others are due to scientists forgoing rigor and objectivity in favor of advocacy–driven pseudo–research. This latter phenomenon is particularly disturbing, because by its very nature, science rejects the notion that fudging is OK if the end justifies the means.
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Social Security
Jan 29 2015 - Investor's Business Daily by JED GRAHAM
Social Security's trust fund will run dry in 2029, a year faster than previously thought, according to an IBD analysis of Congressional Budget Office projections.
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Children
Jan 29 2015 - Foundation for Economic Education by Jeffrey A. Tucker
It’s time to call off the child care regulators
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Gay rights
Jan 29 2015 - McClatchy DC by Leonard Pitts Jr.
We should have seen this one coming.
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Black issues
Jan 30 2015 - Investor's Business Daily
Racial Politics: Liberals imply that the "conservative" Supreme Court is racist just for agreeing to hear a case challenging the use of "disparate impact" theory to enforce civil–rights laws. But it's the theory that's racist, and it should be struck down.
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