• Week of December 14, 2015

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    Left Exposed: Climate Action Network
    The U.S. Climate Action Network is a tax-exempt climate activist coordination center incorporated in Washington, D.C. The organization’s mission is to help design and develop an effective global strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and ensure its implementation at international, national and local levels. The group also works to silence and bully anyone who diverges from climate alarmist dogma. Heartland’s Emily Zanotti and Ron Arnold document the organization’s history, funding, and controversies with a new profile posted at LeftExposed.org.  READ MORE


    Heartland Institute Experts Comment on the Omnibus Spending and Tax Bill
    The U.S. House of Representatives and Senate came to an agreement late last night over a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill and a separate $622 billion tax bill which touches on every key area of public policy – and not often in a positive way. Read the reaction of Heartland’s experts to this Christmas gift to special interests, including Heartland President Joseph Bast, who called it “a huge disappointment and missed opportunity.” READ MORE


    Heartland Briefing on Counter-Conference to Paris COP-21
    Jim Lakely, Somewhat Reasonable
    The Heartland Institute is back from the a successful journey to Paris for COP-21 with many stories to tell. Watch as Jim Lakely, James Taylor, and Keely Drukala discuss the various events and adventures that took place in Paris. They talk about how low the environmental left will go to undercut the messages of sound science. Also, you don’t want to miss Taylor’s stories about asking unwanted questions at the conference!   READ MORE


    Featured Podcast: Jonathan Williams: How Government Crowds out Charitable Giving
    The American Legislative Exchange Council’s Jonathan Williams helps Budget & Tax News Managing Editor Jesse Hathaway get into the holiday spirit by talking about a new ALEC report on how state taxes affect Americans’ charitable giving. Williams explains how state policies turn people into Grinches by consuming their disposable income.  LISTEN TO MORE



    Heartland’s Trip to COP-21 Was a Great Success, but We Still Need Your Help!
    We’ve raised 88 percent of the funds we need to fully finance our successful trip to Paris to present sound science and economics at the United Nations’ global warming conference. We’re hoping to raise just a bit more to help make sure the world knows most scientists do not accept the phony science of the UN and Obama’s EPA. Can you contribute today? READ MORE


    GMOs Are A Real Solution For Today’s Real Problems
    H. Sterling Burnett, Forbes
    Approximately 800 million people are currently malnourished. With an estimated population growth of 2 billion by 2050, this problem will surely increase. Only the widespread embrace of bioengineered or genetically modified (GM) crops and animals can solve the persistent problem of hunger and lessen the impact of pest-borne diseases without doing untold damage to the environment.  READ MORE


    Enhancing Legal Defense of Trade Secrets
    Thomas A. Hemphill, Townhall
    For the second consecutive Congress, expanding protections for trade secrets of U.S. businesses has emerged as an important issue in both chambers. The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2015 would provide expanded federal jurisdiction over trade secret thefts, and create a harmonized, uniform system of trade secret protections for U.S. companies. READ MORE


    North Carolina Parents Ditch Public Schools
    Joy Pullmann, School Choice Weekly
    In Wake County, North Carolina – the state’s second-most-populated county, parents are exploring options other than the traditional public schools. “I have met people almost on a daily basis who are escaping Common Core Standards via home education because the traditional system is failing their families,” local homeschool leader Lynne Taylor told School Reform News. READ MORE


    Bonus Podcast: Ryan Yonk: Dissecting Wind, Solar, Hydro, Biomass, and Geothermal
    In this two-part podcast, Ryan Yonk, Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Economics and Finance at Utah State University and Executive Director of Strata Policy, joins Environment & Climate News Managing Editor H. Sterling Burnett to discuss the environmental impacts, reliability, benefits, and costs of the various renewable energy sources. LISTEN TO MORE


    All I Want for Christmas Is Lower Drug Prices
    Justin Haskins, Consumer Power Report
    One of the most significant struggles facing millions of Americans today is the growing cost of pharmaceuticals. According to U.S. News and World Report, U.S. drug spending is expected to exceed $300 billion in 2015, and many analysts project drug prices will continue to rise for the foreseeable future. If the government continues to move toward a more consolidated health care system where corporations and government agencies collude, then the cost of health care will continue to climb. READ MORE


    Democrat Delusions On Global Warming Mean They Have Abandoned Blue Collar Workers
    Lewis K. Uhler & Peter J. Ferrara, The Daily Caller
    The source of the claim that human emissions of CO2 are causing catastrophic global warming is the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a body empaneled by the UN. The UN is an organization of governments favoring an expansion of government power and authority, and therefore biased in favor of the theory of catastrophic global warming. That is not because of “science,” but because it is a justification for government takeover of the energy industry, and massively increased regulation, taxes and government spending. READ MORE


    School Choice Across the Globe
    Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty, Policy Brief
    WILL’s latest policy brief explores the school choice programs in the Netherlands, Sweden, and Chile. Our survey shows that free market concepts, such as universal voucher eligibility regardless of income and equal funding for all schools, do actually exist in the world. What appears politically impossible in the Badger State has been longstanding public policy elsewhere. READ MORE


    Invest in the Future of Freedom! Are you considering 2015 gifts to your favorite charities? We hope The Heartland Institute is on your list. Preserving and expanding individual freedom is the surest way to advance many good and noble objectives, from feeding and clothing the poor to encouraging excellence and great achievement. Making charitable gifts to nonprofit organizations dedicated to individual freedom is the most highly leveraged investment a philanthropist can make. Click here to make a contribution online, or mail your gift to The Heartland Institute, One South Wacker Drive, Suite 2740, Chicago, IL 60606. To request a FREE wills guide or to get more information to plan your future please visit My Gift Legacy http://legacy.heartland.org/ or contact Gwen Carver at 312/377-4000 or by email at gcarver@heartland.org.
     

  • Week of December 07, 2015

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    Joseph Bast, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
    With the constant barrage of rhetoric, speculations, alarmism, and vitriol that surrounds the climate change debate, we can all benefit from some straight talk on the subject. The facts are that there is no consensus on catastrophic, man-made climate change, the human impact is very small, and the projected warming would fall within the bounds of natural variability.  READ MORE


    The Heartland delegation is coming back from a successful journey to Paris and they are excited to tell you all about the trip. We are hosting two events – one a luncheon, and the other a free after-work reception. Heartland’s James Taylor, Jim Lakely, and Keely Drukala will recount their adventures and lead a discussion of what Paris portends for the global warming debate. See below for the full video of the conference. READ MORE


    The Heartland Institute made sure sound science, real economics, and common sense were heard in Paris during the COP-21 climate conference. Watch as panels of experts dismantle the unsubstantiated claims of the global warming alarmists. Speakers include Christopher Monckton, Dr. Willie Soon, and even a special video from Senator James Inhofe. You don’t want to miss this! READ MORE


    Heartland Vice President James Taylor and Director of Communications Jim Lakely bring you this podcast from Paris where they talk about how the “Day of Examining the Data” went and the environmental Left’s attempts to disrupt the event. In spite of the intimidation tactics, fake “journalists,” and protestors, the conference was a great success! LISTEN TO MORE



    We’ve raised 88 percent of the funds needed to finance our delegation to Paris to present sound science and economics at the United Nations’ global warming conference! We’re hoping to raise just a bit more to fund an extensive follow-up effort to make sure the world knows most scientists do not accept the phony science of the UN and Obama’s EPA. We’re winning! READ MORE


    Matthew Glans, Heartland Research & Commentary
    Illinois has systematic problems with the way it spends tax dollars. Some analysts argue more revenue is needed to solve the state’s fiscal problems, but a recent study from the Pew Charitable Trusts found Illinois’ tax revenues have grown by almost 20 percent since just before the 2008 recession. Illinois doesn’t have a revenue problem, it has a spending problem.  READ MORE


    Environmental activists have found a new weapon to use in their battle with global warming realists: the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), a law enacted by Congress in 1978 to battle the mafia. Environmentalists hope to use RICO to criminalize any exercise of free speech that is critical of their extreme views on climate change. Heartland and other free-market think tanks are their real targets. READ MORE


    Ashley Bateman, The Heartlander
    Do you want a solution to ever-rising tuition costs? Try the free market. Despite rapidly increasing college tuition costs in recent years, less-expensive online options have been slow to achieve mainstream acceptance. Richard Vedder, director of the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, says that is going to change as more online courses become accredited. READ MORE


    Kyle Maichle, project manager for Constitutional Reform, joins host Donald Kendal to talk about the concept of state nullification, its history, and current-day examples. In recent months, we have seen several instances where states attempt to nullify federal laws or regulations. These examples include Obamacare, the Clean Power Plan, Second Amendment legislation, and even marijuana prohibition. LISTEN TO MORE


    Justin Haskins, Consumer Power Report
    Vijay Chokal-Ingam, a former medical school student and the brother of actress Mindy Kaling, claims he was rejected from medical schools in part because it’s more difficult to apply as an Asian. What makes Chokal-Ingam’s story so amazing is not that he was rejected, but that he reapplied and was accepted – after claiming to be an African American. READ MORE


    Isaac Orr, Townhall
    As the number of frac sand facilities in Wisconsin has rapidly expanded over the past five years, residents and local government officials in areas near sand mining operations have understandably wanted to know what impact these facilities could have on air quality. Unfortunately, this has led to the production of several fatally flawed studies where researchers used the wrong air sampling equipment and improper sampling methodologies. READ MORE


    Invest in the Future of Freedom! Are you considering 2015 gifts to your favorite charities? We hope The Heartland Institute is on your list. Preserving and expanding individual freedom is the surest way to advance many good and noble objectives, from feeding and clothing the poor to encouraging excellence and great achievement. Making charitable gifts to nonprofit organizations dedicated to individual freedom is the most highly leveraged investment a philanthropist can make. Click here to make a contribution online, or mail your gift to The Heartland Institute, One South Wacker Drive, Suite 2740, Chicago, IL 60606. To request a FREE wills guide or to get more information to plan your future please visit My Gift Legacy http://legacy.heartland.org/ or contact Gwen Carver at 312/377-4000 or by email at gcarver@heartland.org.
     

  • Week of November 30, 2015

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    LeftExposed Profile of the Week: Tides Foundation
    The Tides Foundation is a non-profit social change corporation largely credited with pioneering anonymous “Dark Money” transactions through donor-advised funds for left-wing environmental organizations. Heartland’s Emily Zanotti and Ron Arnold document the organization’s history, funding, and controversies with a new profile posted at LeftExposed.org. READ MORE


    Ethanol Mandates and Renewable Fuel Standards Hurt Residents and Farmers
    Timothy Benson, Heartland Research & Commentary
    Ethanol, a biofuel derived typically derived from corn, was once seen as an innovative and environmentally friendly substitute for fossil fuels. Unfortunately, the reality is not so rosy. The Center for Regulatory Solutions has produced a series of reports on the deleterious effects of ethanol mandates and Renewable Fuel Standards on state economies and the environment.  READ MORE


    Heartland Gearing up for “Day of Examining the Data” in Paris to Counter U.N. COP-21
    The Heartland Institute has brought some of the world’s most esteemed climate scientists and policy experts to Paris for the COP-21 conference. Our day-long “Day of Examining the Data” program on Monday, December 7 will feature Patrick Moore, Ph.D., a founding member of Greenpeace; Christopher Monckton, chief policy advisor to the Science and Public Policy Institute; and many others. READ MORE


    Featured Podcast: James Taylor: Heartland in Paris for the U.N.’s COP-21 Climate Conference
    This special edition of The Heartland Daily Podcast comes to you from Paris, France, where the U.N.’s COP-21 climate conference is underway. Heartland Vice President James Taylor joins Director of Communications Jim Lakely to discuss happenings at the conference so far and consider how likely it is (spoiler alert: not very) the United States might be bound by whatever agreement President Barack Obama signs. LISTEN TO MORE



    Stop the UN Climate Treaty! Support Heartland’s Trip to COP-21
    We’ve raised 88 percent of the funds needed to finance our delegation to Paris to present sound science and economics at the United Nations’ global warming conference! We’re hoping to raise enough to cover travel costs for our team plus an extensive promotional effort to make sure the world knows that most scientists do not accept the phony science of the UN and Obama’s EPA. We’re winning! See the next article by Heartland’s Sterling Burnett to discover why. READ MORE


    Climate Negotiations Fraught with Difficulties, Likely to Fail
    H. Sterling Burnett, Washington Times
    The mainstream media is already celebrating passage of a new global warming agreement in Paris, even before negotiations are finished. But Heartland’s Sterling Burnett explains why Paris will be a colossal failure, since 6 of the top 10 carbon-dioxide-emitting countries won’t agree to cut their greenhouse gas emissions. Will Paris mark the end of the global warming movement? READ MORE


    Common Core: Where a Wrong Answer Can be Right and the Right Answer Can Be Wrong
    Lennie Jarratt, Townhall
    It’s a new week and there is a new Common Core-aligned math problem going viral. The latest incident spreading across the web shows a student’s homework where the child solved the problem “5 x 3” by writing out “5+5+5” and concluding that equals “15.” In the brave new world of Common Core, that is wrong. It does not matter that the student reached the correct answer, because he/she did not reach the answer in the proper, prescribed way. READ MORE


    The Benefits of Falling Oil Prices
    Isaac Orr, Badger Herald
    Leave it to liberals to find a black lining to even good news… Oil and natural gas prices are falling thanks to hydraulic fracturing – “fracking” – and the amazing growth of oil and natural gas production in the U.S. Consumers benefit to the tune of thousands of dollars in savings each year, although some producers and industries related to oil production are cutting back on investments. READ MORE


    Bonus Podcast: Jared Walczak: How Do Your State Taxes Compare?
    Jared Walczak, Tax Foundation policy analyst, joins Budget & Tax News Managing Editor Jesse Hathaway to discuss the results of the 12th annual State Business Tax Climate Index report – a state-by-state, apples-to-apples comparison of states’ tax systems. According to Walczak, states with high tax rates perform poorly, and states with low and broad tax rates are better for businesses and taxpayers alike. LISTEN TO MORE


    The Real Reason Behind High Health Care Costs
    Justin Haskins, Consumer Power Report
    In a study for the Mises Institute, Mike Holly writes, “The U.S. ‘health care cost crisis’ didn’t start until 1965. The government increased demand with the passage of Medicare and Medicaid while restricting the supply of doctors and hospitals.” Health care prices responded by rising twice as fast as the rate of inflation. Now Obamacare is compounding the error by causing an huge increase in health insurance premiums. READ MORE


    Congress Should Stop Kicking the Can Down the Information Superhighway
    Jesse Hathaway, Roanoke Times
    It’s time for lawmakers in Washington, D.C., to pass a permanent version of the Internet Tax Freedom Act. The stopgap continuing resolution bill passed by Congress in September temporarily continues a federal government telecommunications and tax policy that has been proposed and approved five times since 1998. Kicking the can down the road once again causes uncertainty in the one economic sector experiencing economic growth in good times or bad. READ MORE


    Invest in the Future of Freedom! Are you considering 2015 gifts to your favorite charities? We hope The Heartland Institute is on your list. Preserving and expanding individual freedom is the surest way to advance many good and noble objectives, from feeding and clothing the poor to encouraging excellence and great achievement. Making charitable gifts to nonprofit organizations dedicated to individual freedom is the most highly leveraged investment a philanthropist can make. Click here to make a contribution online, or mail your gift to The Heartland Institute, One South Wacker Drive, Suite 2740, Chicago, IL 60606. To request a FREE wills guide or to get more information to plan your future please visit My Gift Legacy http://legacy.heartland.org/ or contact Gwen Carver at 312/377-4000 or by email at gcarver@heartland.org.
     

  • Week of November 23, 2015

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    LeftExposed Profile of the Week: Environmental Working Group
    The Environmental Working Group is an environmental non-profit organization that claims “to use the power of public information to protect public health and the environment.” In reality, it is a lobbyist group that frequently uses flawed studies to incite public outrage. Heartland’s Emily Zanotti and Ron Arnold document the organization’s history, funding, and controversies with a new profile posted at LeftExposed.org. READ MORE


    I’m Thankful for Hydraulic Fracturing
    Isaac Orr,
    Townhall
    Thanksgiving is a time when you reflect on all the things for which you are grateful. This season, we should reflect on the revolutionary process of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The benefits of this innovative process have been bountiful and widespread.  Fracking has lowered the cost of energy and other goods and services and has made America more energy-independent, and it is done in an environmentally responsible way. READ MORE


    New Book from Heartland: Why Scientists Disagree about Global Warming
    Just in time for COP-21 in Paris, Heartland is releasing a new book by the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC) titled Why Scientists Disagree about Global Warming: The NIPCC Report on Consensus. An international team of respected scientists takes apart claims of a “scientific consensus” on the causes and consequences of climate change, pointing to evidence of far-reaching disagreement and uncertainty. The authors summarize the findings of a past NIPCC report, Climate Change Reconsidered II: Physical Science to show conclusively that global warming is not a crisis. READ MORE


    Heartland Announces Speakers for Paris Counter-Conference
    The Heartland Institute is joining forces with other allied organizations to bring some of the world’s most esteemed climate scientists and policy experts to Paris to rain on the UN’s alarmist twenty-first conference of parties to its global warming treaty (COP-21). Some of these speakers include physicist S. Fred Singer, Ph.D.; astrophysicist Willie Soon, Ph.D.; and paleogeologist Robert M. Carter, Ph.D. These speakers and others will participate in a “Day of Examining the Data” event. READ MORE


    Featured Podcast: In The Tank (ep13): The Emerging Issues of 2016
    In this edition of In The Tank, hosts Donny Kendal and John Nothdurft look forward to 2016. After discussing Gov. Bobby Jindal’s decision to drop out of the presidential race, Kendal and Nothdurft take a look at the important issues for the upcoming year, including pension reform, education savings accounts, energy mandates, fracking, and Certificate of Need laws.  LISTEN TO MORE



    One of the most important battles in the history of the global warming debate will be fought this December at a United Nations climate conference in Paris called COP-21. The Heartland Institute is working with other leading think tanks and advocacy groups to make sure our voice – the voice of sound science and economics, of energy consumers and taxpayers in America – is heard. Donate at Heartland’s Indiegogo crowd-funding site today to help support this vital mission. READ MORE


    State Campaign Finance Rules Stifle Free Speech
    Kyle Maichle,
    Orange County Register
    The California Fair Political Practices Commission issued new regulations on so-called “coordination” between candidates and super political action committees. The new rules are widely considered to be the toughest in the nation. In fact, they’re an outrageous infringement of freedom of speech. California’s rules fail to accord with the current state of play in American politics made possible by the U.S. Supreme Court 2010 ruling in Citizens United. READ MORE


    Washington State Justices’ Ruling Ignores Election
    Heather Kays,
    Washington Herald
    The Washington state supreme court ruled the state’s charter school law unconstitutional, essentially claiming charter schools are not public schools, which could not be more blatantly false. The court made a disappointing decision in this case, and parents, teachers, and taxpayers will all have to stand up and demand better. READ MORE


    E-Cig Bans and Taxes Don’t Promote Public Health
    Jesse Hathaway,
    Boston Herald
    Many cities and states across the country are considering banning e-cigarette use in public and private places, including restaurants and other privately owned spaces. E-cigarettes are an increasingly popular alternative to traditional tobacco products. Despite the claim that restricting e-cigs is in the interest of public health, these laws actually decrease public health and reduce people’s freedoms. READ MORE


    Bonus Podcast: Rachelle Peterson: The Failing and Purely Political Divest Movement
    Rachelle Peterson, director of research projects at the National Association of Scholars, joins H. Sterling Burnett, managing editor of Environment & Climate News, to discuss the divest movement on college campuses. Peterson explains how the movement is purely political and failing to make any real difference. LISTEN TO MORE


    Las Vegas Casinos Fight to Choose Electricity Suppliers
    Timothy Benson,
    Heartland Research & Commentary
    It takes a lot of electricity to make sure the bright lights of Sin City keep burning. One hotel and casino will, on its own, use more electricity than an entire mid-sized city. Unfortunately for these companies and regular Nevadans, all of that electricity is provided by a government-protected monopoly. The Nevada Public Utilities Commission allows NV Nevada, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, to control a territory incorporating almost the entire state’s population. READ MORE


    Bill Banning State GMO Food Labels Reintroduced in Congress
    Tiffany Taylor,
    The Heartlander
    Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) has reintroduced the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 to prevent individual states from requiring labels indicating whether a food was genetically modified. “I think people have a right to know what they are eating,” said Dr. Arthur Caplan, director of the Division of Medical Ethics at New York University. “Ethical food companies, restaurants, and groceries should tell them. I don’t see safety as an issue for GMOs, but if people want information, give it to them.” READ MORE


    Invest in the Future of Freedom! Are you considering 2015 gifts to your favorite charities? We hope The Heartland Institute is on your list. Preserving and expanding individual freedom is the surest way to advance many good and noble objectives, from feeding and clothing the poor to encouraging excellence and great achievement. Making charitable gifts to nonprofit organizations dedicated to individual freedom is the most highly leveraged investment a philanthropist can make. Click here to make a contribution online, or mail your gift to The Heartland Institute, One South Wacker Drive, Suite 2740, Chicago, IL 60606. To request a FREE wills guide or to get more information to plan your future please visit My Gift Legacy http://legacy.heartland.org/ or contact Gwen Carver at 312/377-4000 or by email at gcarver@heartland.org.
     

  • Week of November 16, 2015

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    Greenpeace is a goliath in environmental circles. This often-controversial organization has more than three million members and offices in 40 countries. From nuclear energy to fishing regulations, Greenpeace fights on multiple fronts. Heartland’s Emily Zanotti and Ron Arnold document the organization’s history, funding, and controversies with a new profile posted at LeftExposed.org. READ MORE


    We hosted a special event Thursday night in our new event space titled “Women in Politics: the 2016 election.” A full house engaged with two panels of speakers including Illinois State Reps. Jeanne Ives and Margo McDermed; Kathleen Murphy of the Illinois Opportunity Project; Amy Jacobson of AM 560 The Answer; Jeanette Ward of the U-46 School Board in Illinois; and Heidi Holan, Republican candidate for Illinois House District 46. It was an energizing, informative, and fascinating discussion. If you missed the live-stream from Heartland’s YouTube page on Wednesdaynight, catch up on what you missed. WATCH IT HERE


    The Heartland Institute is partnering with the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT), the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), the Heritage Foundation and other allied organizations to bring some of the world’s most esteemed climate scientists and policy experts to present the inconvenient, data-based truth to the United Nations’ COP 21 summit in Paris. Heartland will ensure sound science is heard at COP-21 – what the global press is calling the last chance to convince the world’s governments to “solve” the global warming crisis. READ MORE


    Kyle Maicle, project manager for the Center for Constitutional Reform, joins Host Donald Kendal to discuss the progress of the various movements pushing for a constitutional convention to create a balanced budget amendment. Maichle describes the timeline of a potential convention and the obstacles that stand in the way. He also addresses the threat of a runaway convention that many critics tend to bring up. LISTEN TO MORE



    One of the most important battles in the history of the global warming debate will be fought this December at a United Nations climate conference in Paris called COP-21. The Heartland Institute is working with other leading think tanks and advocacy groups to make sure our voice – the voice of sound science and economics, of energy consumers and taxpayers in America – is heard. Donate at Heartland’s Indiegogo crowd-funding site today to help support this vital mission. READ MORE


    H. Sterling Burnett, CNS News
    Bill Nye the “science guy” is trying to bring an end to the global warming debate, not by introducing new data or responding to objections. Instead, during a recent interview, Nye said he seeks to end the debate by convincing people to ignore opposing voices and refuse all discussion of the matter. According to Nye, If you doubt any aspect of the theory that the use of fossil fuels will lead to catastrophic environmental impacts, you are not worth listening to.  READ MORE


    Timothy Benson, Heartland Research & Commentary
    More than 6,000 students in East St. Louis, Illinois were forced out of the classroom for the entire month of October by a protracted strike by the East St. Louis Federation of Teachers.   Outside of one high school that enrolls roughly 100 students, East St. Louis is a charter-free desert, and the city is served by only two small K–8 parochial schools, one Catholic and one Lutheran. The lack of school choice means the teachers union strike led to almost every child in the city in grades K–8 staying home. READ MORE


    Justin Haskins, Consumer Power Report
    While Obamacare exchange shoppers across the country lament the ever-increasing costs associated with President Barack Obama’s signature law, lawyers are preparing to head back to federal court once again to challenge various aspects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or the Obama administration’s implementation of it. READ MORE


    Lennie Jarratt, project manager for education with The Heartland Institute, joins Host Donald Kendal to discuss the recently release National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) scores. These scores are also referred to as the “nation’s report card.” The report showed a concerning drop in math and reading scores across the country. Jarratt also discusses an article by senior fellow David Anderson that shows a correlation between Common Core implementation and lower preforming states. LISTEN TO MORE


    Lennie Jarratt, Daily Caller
    Do you know a child with an individualized education plan (IEP)? You may know one and not even realize it, and if our education system were organized correctly, every child would have an IEP. Instead, we see concerned parents across the country going to extreme lengths to gain access to a quality education for their children. READ MORE


    Tiffany Taylor, The Heartlander
    Good and surprising news: Many species in the Chernobyl nuclear exclusion zone have higher population numbers than before the nuclear accident, according to a new study published in Current Biology.  “Researchers have not found any mammal species adversely affected by nuclear radiation,” said Dan Simmons, vice president for policy at the Institute of Energy Research. READ MORE


    Invest in the Future of Freedom! Are you considering 2015 gifts to your favorite charities? We hope The Heartland Institute is on your list. Preserving and expanding individual freedom is the surest way to advance many good and noble objectives, from feeding and clothing the poor to encouraging excellence and great achievement. Making charitable gifts to nonprofit organizations dedicated to individual freedom is the most highly leveraged investment a philanthropist can make. Click here to make a contribution online, or mail your gift to The Heartland Institute, One South Wacker Drive, Suite 2740, Chicago, IL 60606. To request a FREE wills guide or to get more information to plan your future please visit My Gift Legacy http://legacy.heartland.org/ or contact Gwen Carver at 312/377-4000 or by email at gcarver@heartland.org.