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Public Pension Defenders Make Naughty List A Who’s Who of Conservative Organizations

 

Editor’s Note: This piece is an ongoing investigative series in partnership with Watchdog.org’s state-level journalists. Pension budget woes beset nearly every state in the union and cities and municipalities are also being hit with unprecedented pension debt. Baby boomers are retiring. Some state and local budgets allocate more funds for pensions for retirees than they use […]

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Making Justice Clarence Thomas Invisible

 

“The persistent efforts to undermine Justice Thomas and his compelling body of jurisprudence, and to ignore the spectacular Horatio Alger [read: rags to riches] story of his life, are part of a deliberate strategy to silence a conservative voice from someone who might serve as a transformative role model in the African-American community in particular, […]

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Trump’s Energy, Climate Plans Will Put America First Again

 

Donald Trump’s election as the next president of the United States has left liberal environmental activists and international climate bureaucrats reeling. Just one of the many examples of the widespread depression expressed by environmentalists appeared in a recent issue of the Washington Post in which Steven Mufson and Brady Dennis lamented, “Trump comes into office with a […]

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Property Rights: The Root of Freedom

 

Summarizing The Commonwealth of Oceana, James Harrington’s controversial mid-17th century work of political theory, Daniel Webster wrote that “power naturally and necessarily follows property.” A free society, Harrington argued, requires that property may be owned and alienated by all citizens, and accordingly, that property ownership be not confined either to one “sole landlord” or a […]

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Cybercrime and the War on Digital Free Speech

 

The internet is increasingly a target for those who want to silence speech. An Oct. 21 cyberattack rendered social media sites like Twitter and Reddit and news sites like Fox News and CNN inaccessible to millions of users. Another attack took down the website of independent cybersecurity researcher Brian Krebs. This is a problem for civil […]

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How Does Your State Rank? Public Sector Labor Laws

 

Twenty-two states rank an abysmal “D” or “F” for the negative impact of their public sector labor laws on taxpayers and government workers. Thirteen fare little better with a “C,” and just seven earn an “A+.” These rankings are revealed in a first-of-its-kind 50-state public sector labor report released by the Commonwealth Foundation, Pennsylvania’s free […]

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On Being and Remaining a Republic

 

Hillary Clinton’s answer to moderator Chris Wallace’s opening question at the third Presidential debate has received a lot of attention. As many will know by now, when asked about the sort of Supreme Court justices she might nominate, Clinton said the Court ought to stand up to the wealthy and powerful and “represent all of […]

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Yale’s Free Speech Problem, America’s Free Speech Problem

 

Today, in the op-ed section here, I wrote a piece about how students outside leftist orthodoxy are self-selecting out of applying and attending hotbeds of leftist radical dogma. One of the schools to suffer the close-minded effects of the stifling of free speech is Yale. Yale, the once venerable font of higher learning, the third […]

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Paying the Price for Calling Obama a Commie

 

Call President Barack Obama a communist in Nebraska and you could pay a hefty price. Just ask Robert Bennie Jr., a successful financial adviser and former leader of the tea party in the state capital of Lincoln. Bennie and the employer that eventually fired him were hounded and harassed by the Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance for months, in […]

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We Don’t Need a Superhero President

 

If the thought of Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump in the Oval Office frightens you, you’re not alone. Polling suggests Clinton would be the second-most disliked presidential nominee ever — trailing only Trump. Almost two-thirds of voters say neither is “honest” or “trustworthy.” If that disturbs you, here’s an idea: Maybe it’s time we give the president — and […]

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