Science Council Debunks Top Environment and Health Scares from 2013

The American Council on Science and Health has identified its “Top 13 health scares of 2013,” with...

The Coming Paradigm Shift on Climate

The just-published reports of the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change may lead to...

Grassley Seeks Answers: Why Pursue Children for Deceased Parents’ Debts?

The Washington Post declared victory this week for exposing the seizure of income-tax refunds to...

Bill Mandates Free Credit Scores for Everyone

A proposed bill in the United States Senate would mandate all consumers have access to free annual...

Solar Flares Up

It is amazing that something that seems as up-beat as “free” electricity from the sun can have such...

Joy Pullmann vs. Mike Petrilli on Common Core

Opening Statement – Joy Pullmann Despite its deep effects on the character of our nation,...
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Education

Louisiana Lawmakers Consider Student Privacy Bill

A bill is making its way through the Louisiana legislature would revamp how schools and the state collect student data. Passed by the House and awaiting a vote in the Senate Education Committee, House Bill 1076 would forbid schools from collecting information such as students’ religious beliefs, political affiliation, incriminating behavior, and biometric information such as fingerprints. It also...

Environment

Science Council Debunks Top Environment and Health Scares from 2013

The American Council on Science and Health has identified its “Top 13 health scares of 2013,” with a majority of the false health scares catering to environmental activism. In the first of a multi-part series, Environment & Climate News presents excerpts from the Top 13 list: Chemicals in Mosquito Spray Despite an increase in mosquito-borne diseases, many people are terrified of Anvil—an...

The Coming Paradigm Shift on Climate

The just-published reports of the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change may lead to a paradigm shift about what or who has been causing climate change. All the evidence suggests nature rules the climate—not man.—Ed. Watch for it: We may be on the threshold of a tipping point in climate history. No, I’m not talking about a tipping point in the sense that the Earth will be covered...

NASA Data Show ‘Polar Vortex’ Linked to Prior Frigid Winters

Climate Change Weekly #125 NASA data show the “polar vortex” cold weather events this past winter also happened in the winters of 1935–36 and 1976–77. The findings destroy alarmist claims that human-induced global warming caused the exceptionally cold North American winter this year. The frigid winter of 1976–77 occurred at the end of a 30-year global cooling period and the frigid winter of 1935–...

Finance & Insurance

Bill Mandates Free Credit Scores for Everyone

A proposed bill in the United States Senate would mandate all consumers have access to free annual credit scores. The Stop Errors in Credit Use and Reporting (SECURE) Act is designed to reduce the problems consumers experience through errors in their scores. SB 2224 is sponsored by Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Richard...

Tennessee Moves to End Tax on Dividend Income

Tennessee legislators this week are considering a bill to phase out the state’s 6 percent tax on dividend and other investment income. Tennessee already has no tax on wages or salaries. The state’s tax on dividend and other income is known as the “Hall Income Tax” after State Senator Frank Hall, who led the fight for it in 1929. Gov. Bill Haslan has publicly opposed the tax cut but more than half...

One Hundred Years of the Federal Reserve

Two days before Christmas 1913, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Federal Reserve Act, creating America’s latest and current central bank, the Federal Reserve System. It’s a sobering thought that in the 100 years since the Fed’s creation, the dollar has lost 95 percent of its value. Had the Fed never been created, America would be dotted with Nickel Stores (other things being equal) instead of...

Health

Kathleen Sebelius’s Resignation Hands Republicans A Golden Opportunity

Kathleen Sebelius is resigning, and Rachel Maddow is right to not be happy about it, not one little bit. For once, I completely agree with Maddow’s analysis. This surprise resignation presents Republicans with an unexpected opportunity to refocus the conversation on Obamacare’s negatives, offers a chance to force vulnerable Senate Democrats to take a hard vote on Obamacare six months before...

Kathleen Sebelius Runs for the Exits

Consumer Power Report #415 Kathleen Sebelius is resigning, and Rachel Maddow is right not to be happy about it, not one little bit. For once, I completely agree with Maddow’s analysis. This surprise resignation presents Republicans with an unexpected opportunity to refocus the conversation on Obamacare’s negatives, offers a chance to force vulnerable Senate Democrats to take a hard vote on...

The Future of Health Policy After Obamacare

Consumer Power Report #414 As we all know, when President Barack Obama sold his health care law to the American people, he sold it to them primarily on the basis of cost. He did this because the polling was so unanimous: People weren’t demanding massive increased regulation of the insurance marketplace to achieve any particular moral goal about coverage levels or anything of the sort – the vast...

Taxes

Grassley Seeks Answers: Why Pursue Children for Deceased Parents’ Debts?

The Washington Post declared victory this week for exposing the seizure of income-tax refunds to claw back alleged Social Security overpayments. But the legal issue of garnishing money from the children of deceased parents remains legally contentious, and a senior senator is demanding answers from the agencies involved. As reported by Watchdog.org and the Post, backtracking Social Security...

Bill Would Force Florida Brewers to Pay Distributors for Their Own Beer

A bill in Florida that would make small brewers sell their own bottled or canned beer to distributors and then buy it back even though the beer would never leave the premises has created a national stir involving the “three-tiered” distribution system in that state. Florida, like every other state except Washington, has a three-tier system for distributing alcohol that includes producers,...

On Top of Income Tax Hike, Pressure Building for Higher Illinois Gasoline Tax

Most gas stations make more money on a $2 bag of ice than on a $3.55 gallon of gas. A tax increase, station owners say, would kill their businesses. Yet a group of business leaders and labor unions, the Transportation for Illinois Coalition, wants lawmakers to raise one of Illinois’ two gas taxes — the per-gallon tax — by 4 cents a gallon to help pay for $1.8 billion in new roads and bridges....

Tech

600MHz Market Auction or FCC Three-Ring-Circus?

It appears the FCC may be betting again that it is smarter than everyone else in the marketplace. Time will tell. From the various reports of briefings about the FCC’s planned rules for the 600 MHz incentive auction, two things appear clear. First, the FCC doesn’t trust market forces. And second, the FCC doesn’t want the highest bidders to win the spectrum. Apparently, the FCC is trying to...

Google's Glass House

Glass is a rare window into Google’s soul. Seldom does a new product come along that exposes a company like Google Glass does. For the few that have not heard of Google Glass yet, it is a hands-free, wearable computer with an optical head-mounted display above one’s eye to provide information to the user and enable video recording of whatever a user sees. What’s recorded is stored in Google’s...