Armour v. Indianapolis: “Money Down the Sewer”

Not many cases involving the financing of municipal sewer construction projects are likely to raise issues that might interest the Supreme Court (or anyone else for that matter), but at least one has.  On Monday, the Supreme Court decided Armour v. Indianapolis, which rejected an Equal Protection Clause challenge to the decision by the city […]

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‘Only in Israel’: Queen Honors Donkey Lover

It’s not every day Queen Elizabeth invites a British citizen from Israel to garden party, but Lucy Fensom’s charity for donkeys apparently was enough to prompt an invitation to last week’s event as Britain celebrates the Queen’s 60 years as monarch. She invited Fensom in recognition of  her ‘Safe Haven for Donkeys in the Holy […]

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Time to Return ARPA-E to Its Original Mission

Despite having a budget for only a few years, the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) is quickly becoming a microcosm of the larger problems associated with the entire Department of Energy (DOE). ARPA-E, a program within the DOE, is meant to fund high-risk, high-reward projects that the private sector would likely not fund because the […]

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Twenty Years of Illusion about Islamism

by Daniel Pipes June 2, 2012 updated Jun 3, 2012 Cross-posted from National Review Online The broad lines of U.S. government, other government, and generally establishment policy toward Islamism were laid down on June 2, 1992, when Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs Edward P. Djerejian delivered a major speech, […]

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Turkish Court Charges Pianist with ‘Insulting Islam’

A Turkish court on Friday formally charged an internationally known pianist and composer with insulting Islamic religious values, in comments he made on Twitter. According to The Associated Press, the court in Istanbul voted to approve an indictment against Fazil Say, who has played piano with the New York Philharmonic, Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, […]

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Al-Shabaab Targets Kenya

On Monday, a shopping center in downtown Nairobi erupted into chaos when a bomb exploded, killing at least one person and injuring dozens. While the Somali terrorist group al-Shabaab has not claimed responsibility, evidence, according to Kenyan officials, indicates that the attack was carried out by al-Shabaab or one of its sympathizers. More sophisticated than […]

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A Dangerous Marriage in Northern Mali

Just as we thought the situation in Mali couldn’t get worse, the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA), a Tuareg group that historically sought to liberate northern Mali, and Ansar al-Din, an Islamic group seeking impose Sharia law, have formed a union and declared northern Mali their own. However, the two groups are […]

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Iran Targets U.S. Diplomats for Terrorist Attacks

While the Obama Administration remains wedded to the diplomatic engagement of Iran, Iran remains wedded to terrorism, including plots against U.S. diplomats. The Washington Post reported earlier this week that U.S. officials are accumulating mounting evidence that Iran ordered terrorist attacks on U.S. diplomats stationed in Azerbaijan, as well as members of their families. The […]

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