• Week of October 20, 2014

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    Human Events: Activists Push to Censor Texas Textbooks                 H. Sterling Burnett, Ph.D., The Heartland Institute  For weeks now, controversy has raged over proposed new school textbooks in Texas. Environmental lobbyists are pressuring the Texas Board of Education to keep scientific facts about global warming out of the books. The activists don’t want students to know there is a debate taking place about the underlying science and economics of climate change. READ MORE


    Sean Parnell, The Heartland Institute
    Here’s another disconnect between the promise of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) and the reality. Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) have been touted by the Obama administration as a solution for rising health care costs. But patients and providers don’t like ACOs, and data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services show they aren’t effective at controlling costs. READ MORE

    H. Sterling Burnett, The Heartland Institute
    U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel recently unveiled a plan for how the U.S. military will address the effects of climate change. This is a potentially dangerous distraction when the administration ought to be focused on Ebola, Russia, and ISIS. Also in this issue: Oregon State University scientists have discovered carbonate rocks are a previously unrecognized methane sink; new research published on climate models explains how they consistently overestimate the growth rate of carbon dioxide; and a new paper published in the journal Ocean Science measures the rise of sea levels. READ MORE

    Wireless Taxes Growing Out of Control                    Matthew Glans, The Heartland Institute                                 Wireless tax rates have reached all-time highs. A new report released on October 10 by the Tax Foundation noted the national average – combined federal, state, and local taxes and fees on cell phone bills – is now 17 percent. With wireless taxes growing out of control, legislators should take another look at the Wireless Tax Fairness Act. READ MORE


    The Heartland Institute hit a major milestone in its social media efforts this week, passing 100,000 “likes” on Facebook! Heartland is a leader among its peers in the use of social media to communicate with the public, spreading “ideas that empower people” to about 5 million people weekly on Facebook alone. If you haven’t yet “liked” Heartland on Facebook, consider doing so today. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for the latest news, events, opinions, and memes from Heartland, and share what you see there with your social networks.

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    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Frac Sand Study: Lots of Scare, Little Science                                                                             Isaac Orr, The Heartland Institute                                 Special-interest groups have published a study attempting to scare the people of Wisconsin and other parts of the Upper Midwest about mining sand used for hydraulic fracturing, commonly referred to as “frac sand.” The study also purports to have evidence of acid mine drainage, which frac sand mining does not create. READ MORE


    School Choice Weekly                                                Joy Pullmann, The Heartland Institute                                  This week’s edition takes a closer look at what the best-quality research has to say about government-run preschool programs. “[T]he Cato Institute issued a highly useful review of the major and highest-quality research on government preschool, which continues to show such programs, at best, don’t benefit kids beyond first grade,” writes Heartland Research Fellow Joy Pullmann. This issue also features news about Common Core; why reading tests don’t actually measure reading; Rick Hess’s thoughts on what the outcome of the U.S. Senate elections will mean for national education policy; and more. READ MORE


    ‘Self-Referral’ Problem Can Be Solved by Self-Pay                                Sean Parnell, The Heartland Institute                   On October 22, The Wall Street Journal reports a chain of cancer clinics that may be over-utilizing a particular test for patients that offers generous reimbursement from Medicare. Under a third-party payment regime, when their doctor recommends a $1,000 test patients have no incentive to ask if there’s a less expensive substitute. Such waste and abuse cannot be avoided so long as we leave in place a system that relies heavily on third-party payment. READ MORE


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    Heartland Daily Podcast: Jennifer Lynch – FBI’s New Massive NGI Database                                                                 Jennifer Lynch joins Budget & Tax News Managing Editor Jesse Hathaway to discuss the FBI’s new massive electronic surveillance and investigation database, the Next Generation Identification system. Lynch explains how the NGI may infringe upon American citizens’ right to peaceably assemble in political protests as well as how other surveillance and database technologies employed by the government threaten our privacy. LISTEN HERE


     


    Consumer Power Report                                                 Benjamin Domenech, The Heartland Institute               “When it comes to making the case for Obamacare’s persistence,” writes Senior Fellow Benjamin Domenech, “few Republicans have been as insistent as Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who is in a bit of hot water after talking it up recently to the Associated Press.” This week’s edition also covers insurers’ reaction to the Supreme Court’s Halbig decision, other Obamacare lawsuits that may reach the Court, and the rise in Obamacare insurance premiums. READ MORE


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  • Week of October 13, 2014

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    Alan Caruba, for Heartlander 
    Britain and France have stopped flights to and from the nations in Africa where Ebola is a threat, yet President Barack Obama has launched a “humanitarian” mission to West Africa. Is America begging for history to repeat itself? Exposing 3,000 U.S. troops and potentially the entire country to Ebola should call for serious concern. READ MORE

    Ban on Internet Access Taxes Expires on November 1                            Matthew Glans, The Heartland Institute                    The current moratorium on state Internet access taxes expires on November 1. The Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act (PITFA), written by Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and co-sponsored by 138 Republicans and 76 Democrats, would make the ban permanent. READ MORE


    A Teacher’s Voice: ‘This Is Not an Education Problem. This Is a Government Problem’                               Heather Kays, Special to the Tampa Tribune      The world needs more teachers like Susan Bowles. The kindergarten teacher at Lawton Chiles Elementary School in Gainesville, Florida, risked losing her job after 26 years of teaching to speak out against FAIR testing. And something amazing happened. Instead of her being fired or reprimanded, the policy was changed. The community rallied around Bowles after she took a stand. READ MORE


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    Climate Change Weekly                                         H. Sterling Burnett,The Heartland Institute               The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have made available data showing global warming is not responsible for extreme weather events. Also in this issue: NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory reports the ocean is not storing excess heat; Antarctic sea ice reaches record high third year in a row; the United Nations climate summit in New York was a sad fiasco; why many people do not care about global warming; and former socialist EU members fight climate policies. READ MORE


    Parents and Teachers Reject Common Core Heather Kays, The Heartland Institute                      Parents in states across the country have organized grassroots organizations to stop implementation of Common Core State Standards. Research shows national standards like Common Core cannot increase student achievement, and they inevitably take away local and state control of education policy. READ MORE

     


    School Choice Weekly                                           Joy Pullmann, The Heartland Institute                        This week’s edition features commentary on data security in the public school system plus links to the latest news about school choice, Common Core, and other top education topics. Research Fellow Joy Pullmann writes, “Currently, there are few restrictions about how government agencies and their often private-sector partners can use students personal information once they receive it.” States are releasing student records to the public, claiming to have stripped any identifying information, but data security experts disagree. READ MORE


    Don’t Believe Desperate Wildlife Extinction Claims                                  Alan Caruba,The Heartland Institute                      Climate “warmists” have gotten increasingly desperate after more than 18 years of no global warming. Alarmists are making absurd claims about how climate change is “already happening” that few if any scientists endorse.  The latest extinction claims made by the World Wildlife Fund, Zoological Society of London, and other groups fit this pattern. READ MORE


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    Obama Condemns Tax Inversions, But Pillages America with His Regulatory Agenda     obama                                            Paul Driessen, The Heartland Institute                      The U.S. corporate tax rate is the highest in the developed world at 35 percent, double the average in European Union nations. Pharmaceutical, biotechnology, health care, and other companies are finding creative ways to reinstate their cash through various “tax inversion” strategies. President Barack Obama says this practice is “unpatriotic” and “immoral,” yet he has not taken steps toward a proper solution: comprehensive tax reform. READ MORE


    Consumer Power Report                                      Benjamin Domenech, The Heartland Institute               With the upcoming second round of enrollment for Obamacare, Senior Fellow Benjamin Domenech gives a status report on “a few of the promises that sold the health care law to the American people.” This week’s edition of Consumer Power Report also features summaries and links to commentary on losing employer-sponsored coverage, California’s cancellation of coverage for 10,000 people, increases in Medicaid backlogs, a poll that finds many insured struggle with medical bills, applying the Takings Clause of the Constitution to hospital care, and should Republicans start talking about Obamacare reform.


    Another Federal Judge Knocks Down Obamacare                              Sean Parnell, The Heartland Institute                      A federal district court judge in Oklahoma ruled on September 30 that health policies purchased through the federal exchange are not eligible for subsidies, delivering another crippling blow to Obamacare. The decision centered on the language of Obamacare, which says subsidies are available for plans purchased on exchanges “established by a state under Section 1311.” No similar language authorizing subsidies exists elsewhere in Obamacare regarding exchanges established by the federal government, leading White to conclude subsidies are available only for plans purchased through state-based exchanges. READ MORE


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  • Week of October 8, 2014

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    Peter Ferrara, The Heartland Institute
    Medicaid is a massive federal-state entitlement program desperately in need of reform. Its mission is to provide health care to the poorest of the nation’s poor … and thus the poor have the most to gain from positive reform efforts, says Peter Ferrara, a senior fellow for The Heartland Institute and author of a new Heartland Policy Brief, “Liberating the Poor from the Medicaid Ghetto.” READ MORE 

    Consumer Power Report                             Benjamin Domenech, The Heartland Institute
    In this week’s issue of Consumer Power Report, Domenech points out one of the underestimated aspects of Obamacare’s impact on the economy is the way it is driving inequality. As Mark Warshawsky of the Mercatus Center and Andrew Biggs of the American Enterprise Institute wrote for The Wall Street Journal, “[T]he more we spend on health care the more unequal Americans’ incomes become.” This week’s issue also discusses the myths of U.S. health care (no, we do not have a free-market health care system); Senate Republicans are asking the Obama administration to stop bailing out insurance companies; 53 percent of Americans in a recent poll say they “disapprove” of the Affordable Care Act; and a new poll from the Morning Consult says consumers keep price top of mind when they purchase prescription drugs. READ MORE


    Common Core Proponents Blame Their Victims                                     Joy Pullmann, The Heartland Institute
    It seems almost fashionable to blame the effects of nationalizing education on anything but Common Core, the national curriculum mandates and the tests that accomplish it. Many writers – including Stanford University economist Eric Hanushek, Robert Pondiscio of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, Core Knowledge Foundation founder E.D. Hirsch, and College Board’s Kathleen Porter-Magee – seem to think Common Core would be just fine if it weren’t hijacked by special interests. READ MORE


    School Choice Weekly                                                    Joy Pullman, The Heartland Institute 
    This week’s edition features commentary on education as an election issue plus links to the latest news about school choice, Common Core, and other top education topics. “Education deserves much higher ranking on voters’ priority lists. And not just for immediate, tangible, and individual rewards. To preserve what is good about our country, people must first know what it is. Right now, many never learn that.” 
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    California Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed into law a ban on single-use plastic shopping bags. Heartland Institute Senior Fellow James M. Taylor says the move is a step in the wrong direction. “Consumers widely reuse plastic shopping bags for many different types of uses and recycle them at the end of their use,” he said. “Coercing people to use cloth shopping bags will subject people to unnecessary health risks caused by festering bacteria from prior food purchases contaminating newly bought food.” READ MORE

    Isaac Orr, The Heartland Institute
    A new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) confirms what many small-government environmentalists have been saying for years: States are more effective at regulating the disposal of wastewater from hydraulic fracturing operations than is the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The GAO report stressed EPA’s failure to be proactive regarding emerging challenges and urged the agency to update its regulations to reflect state laws. Amazingly, EPA responded by stating, “Incorporating changes into federal regulations, particularly through the rulemaking process, was burdensome and time-consuming.”
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    H. Sterling Burnett,The Heartland Institute
    This week’s edition reports new data from the Earth System Science Center at the University of Alabama/Huntsville showing October 1 marked the 18th year of no warming as measured by Earth’s climate satellite system, despite a continued and marked rise in emissions and atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide. Also in this issue: Nature magazine recommends ditching the goal of limiting global warming to two degrees Celsius; a recent mass gathering of walruses was not climate-related; why fracking should be considered the warming alarmist’s best friend; and why TV news stories tend to play up disaster and downplay uncertainty. READ MORE

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    Abusive Tax Policies Are to Blame for Corporations Going Overseas                                                                  Steve Stanek, The Heartland Institute
    The United States is the only industrialized nation that uses a “worldwide” tax system, in which a U.S.-based corporation must pay taxes to our government regardless of where the corporation earns its money. American companies that reincorporate abroad are not doing so to avoid paying taxes on U.S. earnings – they are doing it to avoid paying U.S. taxes on earnings in other countries.
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    Why Waxman’s FCC Internet Utility Regulation Plan Would Be Unlawful                                                                   Scott Cleland, for Somewhat Reasonable               Rep. Henry Waxman is calling for FCC double-regulation of the Internet using both Title I and Title II. It would be the most extreme, maximal regulation yet proposed to FCC because it would outlaw previously legal, commercially reasonable behavior under either Title I or Title II of the Communication Act, while creating maximal regulatory uncertainty and risk.  READ MORE


    First-Time-Ever Lose of Jobs Between Census Years                    Wendell Cox, The Heartland Institute            The United States lost jobs between 2000 and 2010, the first loss between census years that has been recorded in the nation’s history. The decline was attributable to two economic shocks, the contraction following the 9/11 attacks and the Great Recession, the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. Jobs continued to follow population from urban centers to the suburbs. READ MORE


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  • Week of September 29, 2014


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    Goodbye Eric Holder                                             Alan Caruba, for The Heartlander                                 Eric Holder, the long-serving U.S. Attorney General, announced his plans to leave office. Heartland Policy Advisors say  good riddance… and  that he will be remembered for elevating race as a consideration in the administration of justice in the U.S. and aggressively defending the Obama administration aggressive and often illegal expansion of executive powersREAD MORE


    H. Sterling Burnett, The Heartland Institute
    This week’s edition of Climate Change Weekly features summaries and links to commentary on the effects of climate policy on the poor, the dubious decision by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to make climate change its top priority, research showing climate change is not causing unnatural extinction rate, and the formation of a new climate science society... READ MORE

    ‘A’ Is for Agitation: What’s Really Going on in Jefferson County Schools
    Michelle Malkin, Townhall.com

    There’s a big battle brewing in the Jefferson County, Colorado, school system. Public school teachers in the Denver-area district walked out of their classrooms this week to protest the implementation of performance-based pay. Last week the Jefferson County school board approved the new compensation system, which rewards the most effective teachers with 4.2 percent raises, effective teachers with 2.4 percent raises, and inferior teachers with nothing. It seems the underlying issue is union control...READ MORE


    Commentary and Analysis on the Whitehead & Associates 2014 NSW Sea-Level Report
    Robert M. Carter, Craig Idso, et al., Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change
    In July 2014, Whitehead & Associates Environmental Consultants, in consultation with Coastal Environment and with funding from the New South Wales (Australia) government, produced a report titled “South Coast Regional Sea Level Rise Policy and Planning Framework, Exhibition Draft.” Commentary and analysis show the report does not provide reliable guidance for the complicated issues of measuring, forecasting, and responding to sea-level rise
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    Philly Sin Tax Scheme Unlikely to Save Schools, Studies Say
    Alexander Anton, The Heartland Institute
    Philadelphia residents face new sin taxes, suggested as a remedy for the city’s failing public school system. The tax hike also appears to have political motivations. This month, Gov. Tom Corbett (R-Pennsylvania) reaffirmed the legislature’s efforts to levy new sin taxes. Unfortunately for Corbett and the Philadelphia school district, research suggests the excise taxes are unlikely to cure the school district’s financial woes
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    Sean Parnell, The Heartland Institute
    Prices in health care are a mess, and the discussion about why that is the case is often even more so. The problem with pricing (well, one of many problems) isn’t that different payers have different prices; it’s that those different prices aren’t set in a free market but instead result from the health care system responding to the bizarre incentives created by a highly bureaucratic third-party payment system
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    Scott Cleland, for The Heartlander
    The FCC invited proposals for subjecting broadband services to Title II common carrier utility regulation. In a nutshell, the Title II policy debate is about who makes Internet infrastructure decisions – the businesses that have long done so, or government regulators? The debate is also about who pays for it…
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    Joy Pullman,The Heartland Institute
    Behavioral psychologists and economists long have considered incentives to be a normal part of human nature, but applying them to education still stokes controversy. Low expectations don’t occur in a vacuum. They result from a set of expectations in our society, and they reinforce and verify those expectations as a form of self-fulfilling prophecy. A smart use of incentives offers one way to address this problem. In their new book “Rewards: How to Use Rewards to Help Children Learn—and Why Teachers Don’t Use Them Well,” authors Herbert Walberg and Joseph Bast of The Heartland Institute illustrate how positive reinforcement can help lift expectations and thus raise student performance… READ MORE

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    Benjamin Domenech, The Heartland Institute
    The Consumer Power Report, a weekly e-newsletter, offers a brief analysis by Heartland Institute Senior Fellow Benjamin Domenech and summaries, with source citations, of the top health care stories for the week.
    This week’s edition of Consumer Power Report addresses Oklahoma’s district court win in a lawsuit against ACA subsidies, medical coverage expansion, health network costs, medical pricing and OTC birth control… READ MORE

    New Commuting Data Show Gain by Individual Modes                           Wendell Cox, The Heartland Institute                  The newly released American Community Survey data for 2013 indicate little change in commuting patterns since 2010. The new data show the continuing trend toward individual mode commuting, as opposed to shared modes. Between 2010 and 2013, personal modes (driving alone, bicycles, walking, and working at home) increased from 82.3% to 82.7% of all commuting. Shared modes (carpools and transit) declined from 17.7% of commuting to 17.3%. None of this should be surprising, since one of the best ways to improve productivity, both personal and in the economy, is to minimize travel time for necessary activities throughout the metropolitan area (labor market)… READ MORE


    Joy Pullmann, The Heartland Institute
    In the School Choice Weekly e-newsletter, Heartland Institute Research Fellow Joy Pullmann sifts the education news so you don’t have to, bringing you the most accurate, timely, and important news, research, and commentary about the schools that educate U.S. citizens.
    This week’s edition features news of union agitation in Jefferson County, Colorado plus the school choice roundup, Common Core watch, and education todayREAD MORE

    New research on climate change is summarized in NIPCC Update, a weekly e-newsletter edited by Heartland Senior Fellow Craig Idso, Ph.D. and produced by Heartland and the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC)... READ MORE

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  • Week of September 22, 2014

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    People’s Climate March: The Face of True Belief                                                                         Heartland Policy Advisor William Briggs participated in the “People’s Climate March” in New York City and wrote a wonderful first-hand account of his interviews with the marchers. None of the protesters he talked to could answer any of the simple science questions he asked. “It didn’t matter what the science really said. These people believed!”READ MORE

     


    Al Gore Criticizes Heartland, Tells 11 Lies in 35 Seconds
    Jim Lakely, The Heartland Institute
    During his annual “24 Hours of Reality” television program, Al Gore criticized The Heartland Institute and lamented how our research is cited in some K–12 textbooks being reviewed by the Texas School Board. Gore managed to pack 11 lies about Heartland and the Texas School Board’s review of textbooks into just 35 seconds…READ MORE

     


    More About Al Gore: “Merchants of Smear” Released                      Russell Cook, The Heartland Institute
    Global warming’s true believers claim the science behind human-caused global warming is settled and anyone who disagrees with them is paid by the evil fossil fuel industry to manufacture doubt about the issue. Where did this false and libelous claim come from? Why, Al Gore, of course. Heartland Policy Advisor Russell Cook has written a detailed expose of Gore’s involvement in spreading the most potent lie behind a political movement known for its disregard for the truth. READ MORE


    Testimony to the Georgia Committee on the Federal Government’s Role in Education                           Joy Pullmann, The Heartland Institute                     Heartland Institute Senior Fellow Joy Pullmann testified on September 24 before the Georgia Committee on the Federal Government’s Role in Education. Pullmann explained how the federal government has used Common Core to manipulate states and citizens; that Common Core is a creature of special interests married to federal coercion; that this arrangement transgresses against our American rights to self-government and rule by consent of the governed; and that this state of affairs cannot possibly benefit children, families, or society READ MORE


    Why You Won’t Be Able to Keep Your Obamacare Plan Even If You Like It   Sean Parnell, The Heartland Institute                              Most people recall President Barack Obama’s false pledge that “if you like your health care plan, you can keep it.” This broken promise not only affected old plans that were cancelled because of Obamacare’s complex regulations and subsidies, but will impact plans currently available on the Obamacare exchanges as well… READ MORE

     


    Peter Ferrara, The Heartland Institute
    House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan has taken the lead in addressing poverty and welfare reform. Ryan noted this year marks the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty and after those 50 years, America’s welfare state today is not just a principality … it is a vast empire itself bigger than the entire budget of almost every other country in the world READ MORE

    Paula Bolyard, Doylestown, Ohio
    A new report from the Tax Foundation documents how states compare to one another and how local tax rates affect the business climate in those states. While state and local sales taxes have an immediate impact on revenues for a state or locality, tax rates also influence consumer purchasing decisions. According to the Tax Foundation, “research indicates that consumers can and do leave high-tax areas to make major purchases in low-tax areas, such as from cities to suburbs.” READ MORE

    H. Sterling Burnett, a Heartland Research Fellow and new Managing Editor of Environment & Climate News, appeared in the Orange County Register with a great essay on the deadly effects of wind farms on migratory birds and bats, including protected species such as bald eagles, golden eagles and endangered Indiana bats. “Wind farms act as both bait and executioner — rodents or insects near the base of turbines multiply with the protection from raptors and bats, and their greater numbers draw more birds and bats to the blades.” READ MORE

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    Climate Change Weekly                                                           Heartland Senior Fellow James M. Taylor writes Climate Change Weekly, a weekly e-newsletter reporting the latest news regarding the reality of climate change. … READ MORE

     

     


    Benjamin Domenech, The Heartland Institute
    The Consumer Power Report, a weekly e-newsletter, offers a brief analysis by Heartland Institute Senior Fellow Benjamin Domenech and summaries, with source citations, of the top health care stories for the week. …  READ MORE

    Joy Pullmann, The Heartland Institute
    In the School Choice Weekly e-newsletter, Heartland Institute Research Fellow Joy Pullmann sifts the education news so you don’t have to, bringing you the most accurate, timely, and important news, research, and commentary about the schools that educate U.S. citizens. … READ MORE

    New research on climate change is summarized in NIPCC Update, a weekly e-newsletter edited by Heartland Senior Fellow Craig Idso, Ph.D. and produced by Heartland and the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC). ... READ MORE

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