Middle East Riots Roundup: April 1-3

250 Wounded in Yemen Clashes Dozens were wounded Sunday when police used live rounds, tear gas and batons in a bid to break-up demonstrations against President Ali Abdullah Saleh in San’a and Taiz. About 10 people were hit by live fire, but most were suffering asphyxiation from tear gas, a doctor treating the wounded said. […]

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A Historic Week for Parental Choice in Education, from D.C. to the Heartland

The month of March closed with a victorious week for schoolchildren and families across the nation. School choice bills passed in both Washington, D.C., and in Indiana to expand educational options for students. In Washington, the SOAR Act sailed through the House on a 225–195 vote, reauthorizing and expanding the successful D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program […]

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Income Inequality, Round Two

In a recent post arguing that income inequality is a problem, Mr. Mitchell charges that “most American households have seen little gain in income in the last three decades despite rising productivity growth.” He contends that from 1947-1973 there was “broad-based prosperity” because “incomes of virtually all Americans grew at around 2.5% annually.” Furthermore, he asserts, “income […]

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Changing Horses in Mid-Stream: There’s Turmoil in Obama’s Asia Policy Shop

It is perhaps emblematic that on the same day that China releases its long-delayed 2010 defense white paper, the U.S. State Department announces that Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg will be replaced by Under-Secretary of State for Political Affairs William Burns. Coming on the heels of the departure of Wallace “Chip” Gregson from the […]

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Turkey Informs UN It Seized Iranian Arms Shipment

Turkey informed a UN Security Council panel it seized a cache of weapons Iran was exporting in violations of a UN arms embargo, Reuters reported on Thursday. The report to the council’s Iran sanctions committee, said a March 21 inspection turned up the weapons, which were listed as “auto spare parts” on the plane’s cargo […]

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Stop Sending Jobs Overseas

Today, the Labor Department released its monthly jobs report showing that the U.S. economy added 216,000 jobs in March and unemployment fell to 8.8 percent. Despite these encouraging numbers, Americans still consistently tell pollsters that jobs and the economy are the most important problems facing the country. And yesterday, Gallup released a poll showing that […]

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Senator McCain Calls to Release Pollard

United States Senator John McCain said he supports the release of Jonathan Pollard, who has been in prison for 25 years for passing classified information to Israel. Pollard was sentenced to life in jail. McCain expressed his support for Pollard’s release during a phone call with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, on Thursday. He joins a […]

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UCI Students Met with Hamas Leader

Students from the University of California, Irvine met with a Hamas leader during a student trip to Israel. Posters of Aziz Duwaik The Institute for Jewish and Community Research said it learned recently that the university’s branch of the Olive Tree Initiative, an Israeli-Palestinian peace organization, arranged for a meeting between the Irvine students and […]

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An Opportunity to Throw Kids A Lifeline

In the shadow of the U.S. Capitol, children suffer in a public education system rife with violence and ranked among the worst in the nation. Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives took action to give those students some hope when it voted to reauthorize the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (D.C. OSP), which provides scholarships to […]

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