Daily Archives: July 16, 2012

Max Borders explains libertarianism

In this Daily Caller piece, our friend Max Borders explains libertarianism: what it is, what it isn’t, and how to best make the case for libertarianism — which is to say, avoiding the twin disasters of right-wing statism and left-wing statism.  

JunkScience.com founder explains his N.C. Medical Board complaint involving EPA air pollution tests on people

If the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has deemed a particular air pollutant to be so dangerous that any exposure to that pollutant could cause death within hours, why did the EPA conduct tests on more than 40 people in North Carolina involving exposure to high levels of that pollutant? Steve Milloy, founder and publisher ofContinue Reading

Atkinson: How the state plans to ‘remodel’ education

State Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson lays out a pretty ambitious agenda in her latest blog post.  Her vision for the future of public schooling includes the following reforms: more technology dependent than ever greater emphasis on uncovering and closing gaps in learning underlying goal of a more personalized education different kinds of assessmentsContinue Reading

Invasive species of the moment: Bradford pears

And a lot of other plants. The Greensboro News & Record explains: Bradford pear is a great example of how non-native plants can become a problem. It’s pretty, it grows fast, it doesn’t attract pests — the kind of plant that nursery owners and home­owners love. Those characteristics — especially pest-free — should set offContinue Reading

Latest dispatches from the campaign trail, July 16, 2012

• Walter Dalton and Pat McCrory aren’t yet sure how to respond to an expansion in Medicaid eligibility permitted by the Affordable Care Act.   • A News & Observer analysis finds that Dalton emptied his campaign account to win the primary for governor.   • GOP strategist Carter Wrenn blogs that the second-most watchedContinue Reading

Fortune’s Easton examines the impact of taxing ‘the rich’

Nina Easton‘s latest Fortune column (not yet posted online) features the headline “Millionaire taxes hurt the masses, from Newark to Paris.” When New Jersey Governor Chris Christie heard British Prime Minister David Cameron invite France’s wealthy to decamp to England to escape a proposed 75% tax rate, he felt something akin to deja vu. EveryContinue Reading

Bailout critic continues to make his case

Think only those pesky Republicans and free-market advocates oppose the way the Obama administration handled bank bailouts? Perhaps you’ll want to read a short Bloomberg Businessweek article about Neil Barofsky. As special inspector general overseeing the government’s $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program, Barofsky was a relentless critic of the Wall Street bailout who accusedContinue Reading

Opportunity for Roberts to change his tune?

If he’s really a clever wimp, U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts will leave us with plenty of questions about the Supreme Court’s next term. The latest Bloomberg Businessweek highlights some of the high court’s top cases for 2012-13. Among them? A challenge from Shelby County, Ala., involving ongoing provisions connected to the 1965 Voting RightsContinue Reading