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  • Human Achievement of the Day: Heart Gel Repairs Damage

    March 2, 2012
    Surviving a heart attack is not the end of the story for most people: for many survivors, tissue in the heart is damaged due to a lack of oxygen during a cardiac event that leads to problems and dangerous complications for the rest of their lives. Sometimes parts of the heart muscle die and damaged tissue is replaced with non-pumping scar tissue, which makes the heart weaker and less effective at putting oxygen into the blood. When 30 percent or more of the heart muscle in the wall of the left ventricle is damaged after surviving a heart attack, patients likely develop congestive heart failure -- a condition that requires medication or cardiac bypass surgery. Left on its own the scar tissue will not heal. And that’s where science comes in. During the last few years medical...
  • Obama Administration Seeks Quotas Based on Disability, Race, and Perhaps Sexual Orientation

    March 2, 2012
    The Obama administration is pushing quotas in the workplace and higher education, seeking to force businesses that have federal contracts to hire at least 7 percent disabled workers, and encouraging colleges to use race in admissions to achieve a "critical mass" of black and Hispanic students -- a de facto quota.  It is also apparently drafting an executive order about sexual-orientation discrimination among federal contractors, an order that key administration allies would like to include "goals" (effectively, quotas) for gays and lesbians (most Americans work in states, cities, or...
  • Breitbart the Fusionist Thinker: How the Activist and Tactician Promoted a Key Piece of Conservative Philosophy

    March 2, 2012
    Most of the commentary on the shocking death of Andrew Breitbart focuses on his achievements in new media and technology. Those who loved him and those who hated him recall his pioneering innovations that have changed political activism -- on both sides -- forever. Yet as important as these accomplishments are, they represent only half of his achievement. The great irony of Andrew Breitbart is that someone who was never regarded even by most of his allies as a "thinker" -- much less as a political philosopher -- advanced a key piece of conservative political philosophy. Breitbart geared the fledgling Tea Party movement and much of today's center-right movement toward "fusionism" -- in which defeating Big Government becomes a unifying force of the movement by bringing libertarians and traditionalist conservatives together. As he wrote last year in his book ...
  • Today's Links: March 2, 2012

    March 2, 2012
    OPINION DAVID HENDERSON: "Tear Down These Walls" "Something has switched for me and I think a large part of the reason is the way Bryan Caplan's thinking on immigration has changed my thinking. As an immigrant myself who, at one time, faced a deportation order from the U.S. government, and as an economist who thought he understood the importance of resources going to their highest-valued use, I've always favored a huge relaxation of the U.S. government's restrictions on immigration. At the same time, though, I've worried about whether the new immigrants would vote away the system that attracted them to the United States in the first place. My solution has been a 20-year residency requirement before one can become a citizen. I still favor that...
  • CEI Podcast for March 1, 2012: A Highway Bill Everyone Can Hate

    March 1, 2012
    Land-Use and Transportation Policy Analyst Marc Scribner explains why almost nobody is happy with how this year's highway bill is turning out.
  • Human Achievement Hour 2012: March 31, 8:30pm

    March 1, 2012
    It’s that time once again to show your support for human achievement by not participating in the World Wildlife Fund’s Dark Ages Hour, where people “vote” for governmental action on climate change by spending one hour in the comfort of their homes, on a Saturday, with their lights off. Instead, join the thousands of people around the world participating in the fourth annual Human Achievement Hour (HAH) by keeping your lights on and showing your dedication to protecting the freedom necessary for individuals to create, innovate, and achieve. On March 31, 2012, from 8:30pm to 9:30pm, households, businesses, and governments will shut off their lights for one hour as a symbolic vote against global climate change. Observers of Earth Hour want world leaders to “do something” about...
  • Obamacare: Anyone Have a Plan B?

    March 1, 2012
    In just a few week the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments regarding the legal challenges to the administration's controversial health-care overhaul, especially the constitutionality of the so-called "individual mandate" that requires every American to purchase government-approved insurance. The Court's finding on the matter will be the most consequential ruling in that august institutions long history, excepting only perhaps the infamous 1857 Dred Scott decision. If the Supreme Court upholds the law, there will officially be no limits to the federal government's scope, no ceiling on its powers, no real liberty in America, economic or otherwise. (It is hard to believe it has come to this, that a people who once set a continent in flames over a trifling tax have been reduced to hoping a court will save them from enslaving...
  • A New Wall of Separation: End Corporate Welfare

    March 1, 2012
    In his famous letter to the Danbury Baptists, Thomas Jefferson declared the Constitution erected a “wall of separation between church and state.” The Father of the Constitution James Madison agreed. “Religion and government will both exist with greater purity, the less they are mixed together,” he wrote in an 1822 letter. “It is impossible to deny,” he continued, “that Religion prevails with more zeal, and a more exemplary priesthood than it ever did when established and patronised by Public authority.” Two centuries later, a new wall of separation must be built, this time between government and business. It is becoming clearer everyday to all parts of the political spectrum that business and government will, as Madison wrote of religion, "both exist with greater purity, the less they are mixed.” The animating cry of the Tea Party -- that government has become too meddlesome and...
  • Today's Links: March 1, 2012

    March 1, 2012
    OPINION MIKE MASNICK: "NSA Power Grab: New Legislation Would Give It Broad Powers To Spy On 'Critical' Private Networks" "Last week, in talking about the current fight in the Senate over the new cybersecurity legislation that's making the rounds, we noted that the behind-the-scenes story appeared to be that the NSA was going to make a power play to try to get...
  • UAW: Building taxpayer burdens

    March 1, 2012
    By Trey Kovacs and F. Vincent Vernuccio, The Washington Times President Obama and United Auto Workers(UAW) President Bob King are touting the “achievement” of the auto bailouts while slamming Republicans who opposed them. Over the weekend, UAW members chanted, “Thank you, President Obama...

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