Judge tosses lawsuit over FBI surveillance of California mosques

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit where Muslims were claiming that the FBI violated civil liberties by sending an informant into several California mosques to spy on U.S. Muslims and links to Islamic terrorism. The judge said the ruling was needed and that allowing the case to proceed would risk disclosure of government secrets and […]

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Fareed Zakaria’s Poverty of Ideas

Globe-trotting journalist Fareed Zakaria is on suspension from his posts at CNN and TIME magazine after he admitted to plagiarizing sections of a column on gun control. But the physical plagiarism isn’t the real problem with Zakaria’s work. He could have solved that with some quotation marks and a hyperlink. What should be a larger […]

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Administration’s DREAMer Policies Fail to Solve the Nation’s Immigration Challenges

Today, the Obama Administration’s policy of deferred action for so-called DREAMers goes into effect. The policy, announced by President Obama on June 15, will allow as many as 1.7 million illegal immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as youths to apply to stay in the U.S. for two years without facing deportation. While praised […]

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Heritage Intern Award Winners: A “Path to Prosperity” for Our Generation

Each semester, we bring together more than 60 young leaders from across the country to participate in our internship program in D.C. They are given the opportunity of practical experience working on policy research, marketing, and business, and training in communication skills like blogging and public speaking. They learn about America’s founding principles while visiting important […]

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Rural Utilities Create Zero Jobs Despite $47 Million in Stimulus Funding

A stimulus program designed to create jobs by funding rural utility projects has created only about 12% of the jobs projected at the outset of the program in a sample of towns recently examined by the Agriculture Department’s Inspector General. The IG examined 22 local utilities and government agencies to receive stimulus money. The Rural Utilities […]

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Ex-Im Bank Makes $2 Billion Loan for South Africa Green-Energy Projects

The U.S. Export-Import Bank inked a $2 billion clean-energy loan offer with South Africa to help fund the country’s green-energy push and drum up sales for America’s renewable industry, according to an announcement made last week. The 18-year loans will target wind, solar and thermal power in particular, said Fred Hochberg, Ex-Im chairman and president. […]

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1,788 Students Receive D.C. Opportunity Scholarships

More school children in Washington, D.C., will benefit from school choice this fall, thanks to the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (DCOSP). Nearly 1,800 low-income students in the nation’s capital have received scholarships to attend private schools of their choice, 299 of whom are new voucher recipients. As the Washington Times reports, three-quarters of the new […]

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Agriculture Department Paid $2 Million for a Single Intern

A report from the Agriculture Department’s Inspector General has revealed some stunning examples of financial waste in the Department’s nascent technology security efforts, which have mismanaged about $63 million in taxpayer funding. Among the IG’s findings: the USDA spent more than $2 million on an internship program that only hired one full-time intern, $3 million […]

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The Results Are In: Chinese Stimulus Fails

Almost four years after implementation of worldwide economic “stimulus,” global growth remains stalled. In the U.S., the unemployment rate is still over 8 percent. In the second quarter of 2012, official Chinese GDP growth slipped to 7.6 percent, the lowest in three years. According to its National Bureau of Statistics, China’s massive stimulus plan in […]

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States Exempt Labor Unions from Stalking, Trespassing Laws

At least four states provide exemptions to anti-staljking laws for labor union officials conducting organizing activities, according to a new report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Every state in America criminalizes stalking, generally defined as repeated unwanted contact with another individual designed to cause some sort of mental or emotional distress. But Illinois, California, […]

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