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  1. B.C. First Nation evicts CN Rail, loggers, fishermen

    Macleans.ca | 10 Jul 2014 | 6:20 pm MDT

    VANCOUVER – British Columbia First Nations are wasting no time in enforcing their claim on traditional lands in light of a landmark Supreme Court of Canada decision recognizing aboriginal land…

    The post B.C. First Nation evicts CN Rail, loggers, fishermen appeared first on Macleans.ca.



  2. B.C. First Nation evicts CN Rail, loggers, fishermen

    Macleans.ca | 10 Jul 2014 | 6:20 pm MDT

    VANCOUVER – British Columbia First Nations are wasting no time in enforcing their claim on traditional lands in light of a landmark Supreme Court of Canada decision recognizing aboriginal land…

    The post B.C. First Nation evicts CN Rail, loggers, fishermen appeared first on Macleans.ca.



  3. Why Canada isn’t immune to a U.S.-style housing crash

    Macleans.ca | 10 Jul 2014 | 5:30 pm MDT

    A new report warns that Canadian home prices could fall 30 per cent in the next five years

    The post Why Canada isn’t immune to a U.S.-style housing crash appeared first on Macleans.ca.



  4. Why Canada isn’t immune to a U.S.-style housing crash

    Macleans.ca | 10 Jul 2014 | 5:30 pm MDT

    A new report warns that Canadian home prices could fall 30 per cent in the next five years

    The post Why Canada isn’t immune to a U.S.-style housing crash appeared first on Macleans.ca.



  5. Who said it: the Canada-U.S. housing bubble quiz

    Macleans.ca | 10 Jul 2014 | 5:30 pm MDT

    A lot of reasons are given for why Canada doesn't have a housing bubble. Almost all were said about the U.S. housing market before that bubble burst.

    The post Who said it: the Canada-U.S. housing bubble quiz appeared first on Macleans.ca.



  6. Who said it: the Canada-U.S. housing bubble quiz

    Macleans.ca | 10 Jul 2014 | 5:30 pm MDT

    A lot of reasons are given for why Canada doesn't have a housing bubble. Almost all were said about the U.S. housing market before that bubble burst.

    The post Who said it: the Canada-U.S. housing bubble quiz appeared first on Macleans.ca.



  7. It’s time for free trade zone within Canada: Moore

    Macleans.ca | 10 Jul 2014 | 4:34 pm MDT

    The Industry Minister expects to hand officials a mandate to start negotiating with provinces as early as this fall

    The post It’s time for free trade zone within Canada: Moore appeared first on Macleans.ca.



  8. It’s time for free trade zone within Canada: Moore

    Macleans.ca | 10 Jul 2014 | 4:34 pm MDT

    The Industry Minister expects to hand officials a mandate to start negotiating with provinces as early as this fall

    The post It’s time for free trade zone within Canada: Moore appeared first on Macleans.ca.



  9. Get ready for a pre-electoral storm of political attack ads

    Macleans.ca | 10 Jul 2014 | 4:22 pm MDT

    The political advertising season is about to explode

    The post Get ready for a pre-electoral storm of political attack ads appeared first on Macleans.ca.



  10. Get ready for a pre-electoral storm of political attack ads

    Macleans.ca | 10 Jul 2014 | 4:22 pm MDT

    The political advertising season is about to explode

    The post Get ready for a pre-electoral storm of political attack ads appeared first on Macleans.ca.



  11. Turf war pits Queen’s against Kingston

    Macleans.ca | 10 Jul 2014 | 4:13 pm MDT

    University launches #SaveOurFields campaign to push for noise bylaw exemption

    The post Turf war pits Queen’s against Kingston appeared first on Macleans.ca.



  12. Turf war pits Queen’s against Kingston

    Macleans.ca | 10 Jul 2014 | 4:13 pm MDT

    University launches #SaveOurFields campaign to push for noise bylaw exemption

    The post Turf war pits Queen’s against Kingston appeared first on Macleans.ca.



  13. Supreme Court decision on First Nations logging looms

    Macleans.ca | 10 Jul 2014 | 3:24 pm MDT

    Decision comes after historic judgment in the Tsilhqot'in case in B.C.

    The post Supreme Court decision on First Nations logging looms appeared first on Macleans.ca.



  14. Supreme Court decision on First Nations logging looms

    Macleans.ca | 10 Jul 2014 | 3:24 pm MDT

    Decision comes after historic judgment in the Tsilhqot'in case in B.C.

    The post Supreme Court decision on First Nations logging looms appeared first on Macleans.ca.



  15. Police investigate whether business part of missing persons case

    Macleans.ca | 10 Jul 2014 | 3:15 pm MDT

    Reports say Douglas Garland, person of interest, had dealings with missing man

    The post Police investigate whether business part of missing persons case appeared first on Macleans.ca.



  16. Police investigate whether business part of missing persons case

    Macleans.ca | 10 Jul 2014 | 3:15 pm MDT

    Reports say Douglas Garland, person of interest, had dealings with missing man

    The post Police investigate whether business part of missing persons case appeared first on Macleans.ca.



  17. 5 at 5: Germany boots top U.S. intelligence officer

    Macleans.ca | 10 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm MDT

    Also: Game of Thrones is the Emmy favourite and flood fears ease in Manitoba

    The post 5 at 5: Germany boots top U.S. intelligence officer appeared first on Macleans.ca.



  18. 5 at 5: Germany boots top U.S. intelligence officer

    Macleans.ca | 10 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm MDT

    Also: Game of Thrones is the Emmy favourite and flood fears ease in Manitoba

    The post 5 at 5: Germany boots top U.S. intelligence officer appeared first on Macleans.ca.



  19. The Quiz: You vs Canada’s Smartest Person

    Macleans.ca | 10 Jul 2014 | 2:42 pm MDT

    This week, we test your trivia skills on everything from vikings to Marty McFly

    The post The Quiz: You vs Canada’s Smartest Person appeared first on Macleans.ca.



  20. The Quiz: You vs Canada’s Smartest Person

    Macleans.ca | 10 Jul 2014 | 2:42 pm MDT

    This week, we test your trivia skills on everything from vikings to Marty McFly

    The post The Quiz: You vs Canada’s Smartest Person appeared first on Macleans.ca.



  21. Anglican clergy calls prostitution bill immoral

    Macleans.ca | 10 Jul 2014 | 2:20 pm MDT

    Anglican clergy says Bill C-36 violates sex workers' human rights

    The post Anglican clergy calls prostitution bill immoral appeared first on Macleans.ca.



  22. Anglican clergy calls prostitution bill immoral

    Macleans.ca | 10 Jul 2014 | 2:20 pm MDT

    Anglican clergy says Bill C-36 violates sex workers' human rights

    The post Anglican clergy calls prostitution bill immoral appeared first on Macleans.ca.



  23. Western provinces make case for temporary foreign workers

    Macleans.ca | 10 Jul 2014 | 1:47 pm MDT

    Leaders at western premiers' conference make case for troubled federal program

    The post Western provinces make case for temporary foreign workers appeared first on Macleans.ca.



  24. Western provinces make case for temporary foreign workers

    Macleans.ca | 10 Jul 2014 | 1:47 pm MDT

    Leaders at western premiers' conference make case for troubled federal program

    The post Western provinces make case for temporary foreign workers appeared first on Macleans.ca.



  25. Flood fears easing in Manitoba as Assiniboine River level drops

    Macleans.ca | 10 Jul 2014 | 1:25 pm MDT

    Water levels subside near Portage la Prairie

    The post Flood fears easing in Manitoba as Assiniboine River level drops appeared first on Macleans.ca.



  26. Flood fears easing in Manitoba as Assiniboine River level drops

    Macleans.ca | 10 Jul 2014 | 1:25 pm MDT

    Water levels subside near Portage la Prairie

    The post Flood fears easing in Manitoba as Assiniboine River level drops appeared first on Macleans.ca.



  27. Emmy nominations: Still 100% Maslany-free

    Macleans.ca | 10 Jul 2014 | 1:23 pm MDT

    Jaime Weinman finds an omission to be angry about

    The post Emmy nominations: Still 100% Maslany-free appeared first on Macleans.ca.



  28. Emmy nominations: Still 100% Maslany-free

    Macleans.ca | 10 Jul 2014 | 1:23 pm MDT

    Jaime Weinman finds an omission to be angry about

    The post Emmy nominations: Still 100% Maslany-free appeared first on Macleans.ca.



  29. Dean Del Mastro denies writing damning emails

    Macleans.ca | 10 Jul 2014 | 12:04 pm MDT

    'I did not write them, I did not receive them,' Del Mastro says at overspending trial

    The post Dean Del Mastro denies writing damning emails appeared first on Macleans.ca.



  30. Dean Del Mastro denies writing damning emails

    Macleans.ca | 10 Jul 2014 | 12:04 pm MDT

    'I did not write them, I did not receive them,' Del Mastro says at overspending trial

    The post Dean Del Mastro denies writing damning emails appeared first on Macleans.ca.



  31. Maclean’s letters: The victims of a ‘victimless’ crime

    Macleans.ca | 10 Jul 2014 | 11:03 am MDT

    'Why does Maclean’s insist on portraying the outrageous housing costs in our major cities as something to celebrate?' Our readers write in

    The post Maclean’s letters: The victims of a ‘victimless’ crime appeared first on Macleans.ca.



  32. Maclean’s letters: The victims of a ‘victimless’ crime

    Macleans.ca | 10 Jul 2014 | 11:03 am MDT

    'Why does Maclean’s insist on portraying the outrageous housing costs in our major cities as something to celebrate?' Our readers write in

    The post Maclean’s letters: The victims of a ‘victimless’ crime appeared first on Macleans.ca.



  33. An insider’s guide to Parliament with Paul Wells

    Macleans.ca | 10 Jul 2014 | 10:29 am MDT

    The Maclean's political editor gives a behind-the-scenes tour of Parliament Hill

    The post An insider’s guide to Parliament with Paul Wells appeared first on Macleans.ca.



  34. An insider’s guide to Parliament with Paul Wells

    Macleans.ca | 10 Jul 2014 | 10:29 am MDT

    The Maclean's political editor gives a behind-the-scenes tour of Parliament Hill

    The post An insider’s guide to Parliament with Paul Wells appeared first on Macleans.ca.



  35. Editorial: It’s time for Canada to increase highway speed limits

    Macleans.ca | 10 Jul 2014 | 9:25 am MDT

    B.C. is going to let drivers go 120 km/h on some highways. The rest of Canada needs to get up to speed.

    The post Editorial: It’s time for Canada to increase highway speed limits appeared first on Macleans.ca.



  36. Editorial: It’s time for Canada to increase highway speed limits

    Macleans.ca | 10 Jul 2014 | 9:25 am MDT

    B.C. is going to let drivers go 120 km/h on some highways. The rest of Canada needs to get up to speed.

    The post Editorial: It’s time for Canada to increase highway speed limits appeared first on Macleans.ca.



  37. Are stock investors too afraid to get rich?

    Macleans.ca | 10 Jul 2014 | 9:11 am MDT

    Equity traders are cowering from this roaring bull market, fearing a bubble will burst. Don’t bet on it.

    The post Are stock investors too afraid to get rich? appeared first on Macleans.ca.



  38. Are stock investors too afraid to get rich?

    Macleans.ca | 10 Jul 2014 | 9:11 am MDT

    Equity traders are cowering from this roaring bull market, fearing a bubble will burst. Don’t bet on it.

    The post Are stock investors too afraid to get rich? appeared first on Macleans.ca.



  39. Separatism is rising in other eastern European states

    Macleans.ca | 10 Jul 2014 | 9:09 am MDT

    Ukraine isn't the only place Russia has its eye on. Soviet nostalgia is gripping Europe’s ‘de facto states.'

    The post Separatism is rising in other eastern European states appeared first on Macleans.ca.



  40. Separatism is rising in other eastern European states

    Macleans.ca | 10 Jul 2014 | 9:09 am MDT

    Ukraine isn't the only place Russia has its eye on. Soviet nostalgia is gripping Europe’s ‘de facto states.'

    The post Separatism is rising in other eastern European states appeared first on Macleans.ca.



  41. The Pointlessness Crusade

    House of Eratosthenes | 10 Jul 2014 | 6:17 am MDT

    “It’s funny how so many far-left posers get a hard-on for violence and smashing stuff.” That’s from the comments over at the blog of David Thompson, where there is a link to Dalrymple‘s observations on crime and punishment: Revenge, as Lord Bacon tells is, is a kind of wild justice; and the desire for it […]

  42. Window Into the Future

    Eagle Forum Blog | 10 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am MDT

    The problems with the U.S. Veterans Administration (the VA) giving inferior and delayed care to veterans is a good window into the future of what Obamacare will be like. Both the VA and Obamacare suffer the problem of a government-run single-payer system with no choice of doctors or hospitals, no choice of insurance companies, broken promises, lengthy waits, and bureaucratic cover-ups. Before

  43. Senate Set To Adopt Replacement For Common Core Standards

    JLF > CJ Exclusive | 10 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am MDT

    RALEIGH - While House and Senate leaders remain at odds over the state's $21.1 billion General Fund budget and teacher pay increases, they have found common ground on another subject - replacing Common Core standards. The conference committee report on Senate Bill 812, the Common Core repeal bill, looks a lot like the version passed last month by the...


  44. China Even Steals U.S. Corn

    Eagle Forum Blog | 9 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am MDT

    We have talked before on these broadcasts about how Communist China violates all the rules of so-called free trade and cheats us coming and going. We’ve also talked about how Communist China forces U.S. companies that locate a plant in China to turn over all their patents and trade secrets to China. We’ve also talked about China’s vast espionage apparatus, and about how this apparatus uses

  45. “Fifteen Ways Liberals Are Like Bratty Kids”

    House of Eratosthenes | 9 Jul 2014 | 5:55 am MDT

    Hawkins at Townhall: 1) No matter what they fail at, it’s always someone else’s fault. George Bush did it, the Republicans are mean, the dog ate Obama’s homework. It’s not his fault that he’s flunking every class! : 5) They demand to be treated like adults, but the moment they get an adult responsibility — […]

  46. Omnibus Election Reform Bill Would Enhance Campaign Reporting

    JLF > CJ Exclusive | 9 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am MDT

    RALEIGH - A bill modifying a variety of election laws could bring campaign finance reporting into the 21st century while limiting the times special local elections could be held. Senate Bill 403 is largely technical in nature, primarily making clarifications and correcting citation errors in the state's...


  47. Commissioner Candor

    City Journal | 8 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm MDT

    Kenneth Lipper brings truth-telling to the Port Authority.

  48. Why the State and Local Pension Problem Will Get Worse

    City Journal | 8 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm MDT

    Detroit’s cost-saving plan isn’t possible elsewhere.

  49. An Observation About Contraceptives

    House of Eratosthenes | 8 Jul 2014 | 8:03 am MDT

    Betsy’s Page: It really has been amusing to hear all these nice liberals bemoaning the use of the Religious Freedom Reformation Act when it was a law passed with near unanimity and signed into law with great self congratulation by Hillary Clinton’s husband. Suddenly, liberals no longer like the idea of finding a balance between […]

  50. Let’s Talk About Illegals

    The Daily Rant: Conservative Mychal Massie's Hard Hitting Commentary on Race, Obama and Politics » Daily Rant | 8 Jul 2014 | 7:29 am MDT

    Let’s speak about illegal aliens from purely an observer’s point of view. Illegal aliens are an undeniable problem. First, as adjective “illegal” implies, there is no control or community gain pursuant to illegals invading our land. One would think reasonable-minded persons would understand this. Illegals do not assimilate into the fabric of American communities as […]

  51. Governors Speak Out Against Common Core

    Eagle Forum Blog | 8 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am MDT

    Three Governors have signed recent laws repealing the use of the controversial Common Core standards in their state. I think you would like to hear some of their comments as they signed these laws. About 100 bills have been introduced into various state legislatures to cancel, stop or slow down Common Core requirements. When South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley signed the bill abolishing Common

  52. Race-Based Preferences in Peril At UNC-Chapel Hill

    JLF > CJ Exclusive | 8 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am MDT

    RALEIGH -  In June 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court took a step toward weakening racial preferences in university admissions. Ed Blum is trying to end them for good nationwide, potentially starting at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin is the ongoing case of Abigail Fisher, a young woman who claimed in 2008 to have been rejected from...


  53. After Hobby Lobby

    City Journal | 7 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm MDT

    The Supreme Court’s decision represents an expansion of freedom—with benefits for all.

  54. Thus Spoke Zlatanustra

    City Journal | 7 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm MDT

    M.I.A. from the World Cup, Ibrahimović scores on the page.

  55. The Imperial Presidency: Full Speed Ahead

    Eagle Forum Blog | 7 Jul 2014 | 12:42 pm MDT

    Obama’s imperial presidency has come into focus again, as the president promises to usurp more authority from Congress even as the Supreme Court rejects his expansive views of executive power. His taunts to Republicans about unilaterally acting on issues such as immigration and the minimum wage drew a rebuke in the New York Daily News from Jonathan Turley, a law professor who voted for Obama but 

  56. Growing Rejection of Common Core

    Eagle Forum Blog | 7 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am MDT

    The most controversial current issue in education today is Common Core. It's being more hotly debated than bullying, zero tolerance, abortion, or even school lunches. Common Core is the title of a new set of standards that the Obama Administration has been trying to force the states to use. Even before the standards were written, 45 states signed on, encouraged by grants of federal funds. Now

  57. Salisbury Sewer Fees Prop Up Broadband

    JLF > CJ Exclusive | 7 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am MDT

    SALISBURY - One North Carolina city borrowed millions from its water and sewer fund to support its municipal broadband service and paid the price with a downgraded bond rating. This spring, Moody's downgraded Salisbury's bond rating, citing debts by its Fibrant broadband service. Moody's notes that Salisbury borrowed $7.6 million from its water and sewer fund to support the Fibrant fiberoptic...


  58. Blacks Still Don’t Get It

    The Daily Rant: Conservative Mychal Massie's Hard Hitting Commentary on Race, Obama and Politics » Daily Rant | 7 Jul 2014 | 2:16 am MDT

    Recently, I addressed a person, (let’s call him Tim), who had told others that I wasn’t really black, blah-blah. He deduced such idiocy because in his mind I do not fit the template of how a black man should behave and, more importantly, how a black man should think. While I was made aware of […]

  59. Affirmative Action Antics

    City Journal | 6 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm MDT

    “Diversity” trumps honesty and the rule of law at UCLA.

  60. “More Interested in Feeling Smart Than Being Smart”

    House of Eratosthenes | 6 Jul 2014 | 8:17 pm MDT

    curi.us, hat tip to Rhymes With Cars and Girls: Declaring a debate already over is a common irrational approach that blocks off any further learning. About the debate already being over, he wrote: “Within physics and chemistry and climatology, the people who think anthropogenic climate change exists and is a serious problem have won the […]

  61. Obama’s Lack of Self-Doubt

    House of Eratosthenes | 6 Jul 2014 | 11:19 am MDT

    Psychology Today: When Ignorance Begets Confidence: The Classic Dunning-Kruger: The Dunning-Kruger effect describes a cognitive bias in which people perform poorly on a task, but lack the meta-cognitive capacity to properly evaluate their performance. As a result, such people remain unaware of their incompetence and accordingly fail to take any self-improvement measures that might rid […]

  62. More on Turkish Support for ISIS

    Daniel Pipes :: Writings | 6 Jul 2014 | 11:19 am MDT

    In an article today, "Turkish Support for ISIS," I made the case that the AKP government of Prime Minister Erdoğan stands behind the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. This blog pursues the topic with new proofs. To begin with, Michael Rubin

  63. “I Put Healthcare Into a Different Category”

    House of Eratosthenes | 6 Jul 2014 | 8:35 am MDT

    Oh, my. There’s a durable argument for you. Hat tip to Chicks on the Right. Update: You realize, if you can show there is a consensus among our modern lefty movement that this incongruity is right and proper, and should be maintained — which I expect would not be difficult — what that would prove, […]

  64. Not A Hitching Post – Sunday Thought For The Day

    The Daily Rant: Conservative Mychal Massie's Hard Hitting Commentary on Race, Obama and Politics » Daily Rant | 6 Jul 2014 | 2:05 am MDT

    The following was written for July 6, 2014, “Our Daily Bread” by: David C. McCasland. *********************** You may have heard the saying, “The past is supposed to be a guidepost, not a hitching post.” It’s easy to become tied to memories of “the good old days” instead of using our experiences to find direction for […]

  65. Backstage Breakdown

    City Journal | 5 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm MDT

    The Met’s labor impasse penalizes opera lovers and supporters.

  66. CAIR Steals My (Intellectual) Property

    Daniel Pipes :: Writings | 5 Jul 2014 | 2:51 pm MDT

    The Council on American-Islamic Relations, founded by Hamas supporters and seeking to overthrow Constitutional government in the United States, has engaged in so many morally dubious activities that there's a bibliography of my writings on not trusting

  67. William Federer — American Miracles: The Story of American Independence

    Eagle Forum Blog | 5 Jul 2014 | 11:20 am MDT

    America has known desperate times, miracles, and many answered prayers. In this special Independence Day broadcast, we'll celebrate the men and women who rose up with faith and courage. Listen to Eagle Forum Live Radio Program aired on 7-05-14 Your browser does not support the audio element. Listen every Saturday (11-Noon CST): Bott Radio Network Archived Eagle Forum Live Radio

  68. [Department of Error] Department of Error

    The Lancet | 4 Jul 2014 | 6:01 pm MDT

    Burgio KL. Pelvic floor muscle training for pelvic organ prolapse. Lancet 2014; 383: 760–62—This Comment (March 1) should have been published under a Creative Commons CC BY-NC-SA open-access licence. The correction has been made to the online version as of July 4, 2014.

  69. [Comment] Improving livebirth rates: a role for preconception aspirin?

    The Lancet | 4 Jul 2014 | 6:01 pm MDT

    Failed implantation, fetal death, pre-eclampsia, fetal growth restriction, preterm birth, and placental abruption have all been linked to abnormal early placental development. Thus, the potential to affect placental development and function to decrease such adverse pregnancy outcomes is an exciting focus of research in preconception and early pregnancy care.

  70. [Special Report] Mapping biomedical research in the USA

    The Lancet | 4 Jul 2014 | 6:01 pm MDT

    Brian Owens provides an overview of biomedical research in the USA—the major funders, trends, and strengths and weaknesses facing the world's major scientific superpower.

  71. [Comment] Recombinant phenylalanine ammonia lyase in phenylketonuria

    The Lancet | 4 Jul 2014 | 6:01 pm MDT

    If untreated, patients with phenylketonuria show severe intellectual impairment, seizures, microcephaly, and growth failure, biochemically associated with hyperphenylalaninaemia. Important milestones in the history of phenylketonuria have been the biochemical identification of affected patients in 1934, development of dietary treatment in 1953, introduction of a population screening test for asymptomatic neonates in 1964, and introduction of the first medical treatment, sapropterin, in 1999.

  72. [Comment] Improving health in the USA: progress and challenges

    The Lancet | 4 Jul 2014 | 6:01 pm MDT

    The health of Americans continues to improve. Life expectancy at birth, 78·7 years (76·2 years for men and 81·0 years for women), has never been higher. Age-adjusted death rates for the four leading causes of death—heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases, and stroke—are all falling. Immunisation rates for young children are high, racial and ethnic disparities in childhood vaccinations have largely been eliminated, and most vaccine-preventable diseases of childhood are now at historically low levels.

  73. [This Week in Medicine] July 05–11, 2014

    The Lancet | 4 Jul 2014 | 6:01 pm MDT

    On June 30, the US Supreme Court ruled that corporations owned by religious families could be exempted from a law requiring employers to cover contraception for their staff. The Court ruled that the mandate under the Affordable Care Act violated a federal law protecting religious freedom.

  74. [Series] Health-care expenditure and health policy in the USA versus other high-spending OECD countries

    The Lancet | 4 Jul 2014 | 6:01 pm MDT

    The USA has exceptional levels of health-care expenditure, but growth has slowed dramatically in recent years, amidst major efforts to close the coverage gap with other countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). We reviewed expenditure trends and key policies since 2000 in the USA and five other high-spending OECD countries. Higher health-sector prices explain much of the difference between the USA and other high-spending countries, and price dynamics are largely responsible for the slowdown in expenditure growth.

  75. [Correspondence] New oral anticoagulants in patients with atrial fibrillation – Authors'reply

    The Lancet | 4 Jul 2014 | 6:01 pm MDT

    Claudia Stöllberger and Josef Finsterer, and Rahman Shah and colleagues raise important comments about how international normalised ratio (INR) management affected our analyses. Stöllberger and Finsterer specifically ask about the measures taken by the data safety monitoring committees to improve INR control. It is important to point out that these trials were done in about 50 countries, across six continents. The median combined time in therapeutic range (TTR) for all four trials was a respectable 65% (IQR 51–76), which compares very favourably with the most recent estimate of the quality of INR management in the USA (average TTR 53·7%).

  76. [Series] Prevention of chronic disease in the 21st century: elimination of the leading preventable causes of premature death and disability in the USA

    The Lancet | 4 Jul 2014 | 6:01 pm MDT

    With non-communicable conditions accounting for nearly two-thirds of deaths worldwide, the emergence of chronic diseases as the predominant challenge to global health is undisputed. In the USA, chronic diseases are the main causes of poor health, disability, and death, and account for most of health-care expenditures. The chronic disease burden in the USA largely results from a short list of risk factors—including tobacco use, poor diet and physical inactivity (both strongly associated with obesity), excessive alcohol consumption, uncontrolled high blood pressure, and hyperlipidaemia—that can be effectively addressed for individuals and populations.

  77. [Comment] Adoption of electronic health records in UK hospitals: lessons from the USA

    The Lancet | 4 Jul 2014 | 6:01 pm MDT

    The UK–US Government Memorandum of Understanding on health information technology signed earlier this year could be the first sign that the UK will finally develop a sustainable strategy to promote the adoption of hospital electronic health records (EHRs). This digital infrastructure is important to help hospitals deliver safer, more patient-centred, and efficient care, and also to support audit, quality improvement initiatives, public health, health-service planning, and research. Although the UK and USA have different health systems, the success of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act in making information technology an integral part of US health care offers the UK important, transferable lessons.

  78. [Comment] Offline: What Adam Smith can (and cannot) teach China

    The Lancet | 4 Jul 2014 | 6:01 pm MDT

    “Our goal is to improve the social role of doctors and to make their income higher than the average”, pledged Li Bin, China's Minister of Health, last week. The authority she quoted for her statement? Adam Smith, who argued that doctors' “reward must be such, therefore, as may give them that rank in the society which so important a trust requires”. And, referring to the recent scandal over allegations of corruption by GlaxoSmithKline, she made her government's position clear: “We should handle corruption in a very firm manner.

  79. [Correspondence] What is the World Health Summit for?

    The Lancet | 4 Jul 2014 | 6:01 pm MDT

    We thank Richard Horton for his thoughtful critique (April 5, p 1195) of the World Health Summit and the M8 Alliance of Academic Health Centers, Universities, and National Academies. As a supporter of both activities since their earliest days, The Lancet's input is especially important to us.

  80. [Viewpoint] Global health and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    The Lancet | 4 Jul 2014 | 6:01 pm MDT

    Why is an article about global health included in a special issue on health in the USA? About half the produce that Americans consume is cultivated in other countries, 60 million Americans travel or work outside the USA, and most patients with measles and tuberculosis in the USA acquired their infection elsewhere. Emerging diseases, globalisation of foods and medicines, the rise in antimicrobial resistance, and the ease with which pathogens can be manipulated for good or harm increase each nation's vulnerability and interdependence.

  81. [Articles] Preconception low-dose aspirin and pregnancy outcomes: results from the EAGeR randomised trial

    The Lancet | 4 Jul 2014 | 6:01 pm MDT

    Preconception-initiated low-dose aspirin was not significantly associated with livebirth or pregnancy loss in women with one to two previous losses. However, higher livebirth rates were seen in women with a single documented loss at less than 20 weeks' gestation during the previous year. Low-dose aspirin is not recommended for the prevention of pregnancy loss.

  82. [Editorial] Regulating America's smoking scourge

    The Lancet | 4 Jul 2014 | 6:01 pm MDT

    The USA has made impressive gains in reducing tobacco use during the past 50 years, including halving of the adult smoking rate from 42·4% in 1965 to 18·1% in 2012. However, the war on smoking is far from won. Tobacco use is still the biggest cause of preventable death and disease in the USA, where 42 million American adults and around 3 million children smoke.

  83. [Editorial] Life, liberty, and the pursuit of healthiness

    The Lancet | 4 Jul 2014 | 6:01 pm MDT

    It began with an ambitious idea. The Lancet reached out to Tom Frieden, Director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about a potential collaboration to put together a set of papers representing a report card on health in the USA. This week, a year and a half after its inception, we publish the results of this partnership, The Health of Americans Series—a one-of-a-kind compendium of the challenges faced and opportunities presented by the state of health in the USA. The timing of its release is no coincidence.

  84. [Correspondence] Is cerebrovascular neurosurgery sacrified on the altar of RCTs?

    The Lancet | 4 Jul 2014 | 6:01 pm MDT

    Microneurosurgery is decreasingly considered a treatment option for people with surgically curable cerebrovascular diseases, partly due to the misconceptions and misinterpretations of some randomised controlled trials (RCTs).

  85. [Correspondence] New oral anticoagulants in patients with atrial fibrillation

    The Lancet | 4 Jul 2014 | 6:01 pm MDT

    Christian Ruff and colleagues' meta-analysis reports substantial reductions in stroke and all-cause mortality by use of the new oral anticoagulants (NOACs) compared with warfarin for atrial fibrillation, justifying their increasing use, but also the unequivocal increased risk of gastrointestinal bleeding. Furthermore, the trials included patients with a presumed low risk of gastrointestinal complications and therefore the true risk might be greater outside the clinical trial setting.

  86. [Editorial] The future of paid family leave in the USA

    The Lancet | 4 Jul 2014 | 6:01 pm MDT

    At the White House Summit on Working Families last week, President Barack Obama called for a change in US policies to guarantee a family-friendly environment in the American workplace. Among issues such as the minimum wage and more flexible work schedules, Obama discussed paid family leave for all employees, emphasising the lack of paid maternity leave for mothers. Although he did not suggest any concrete changes to legislation, the President wrote in a Huffington Post article that as a grandson, son, and husband of working mothers, “I take this personally.

  87. [Series] Prevention of injury and violence in the USA

    The Lancet | 4 Jul 2014 | 6:01 pm MDT

    In the first three decades of life, more individuals in the USA die from injuries and violence than from any other cause. Millions more people survive and are left with physical, emotional, and financial problems. Injuries and violence are not accidents; they are preventable. Prevention has a strong scientific foundation, yet efforts are not fully implemented or integrated into clinical and community settings. In this Series paper, we review the burden of injuries and violence in the USA, note effective interventions, and discuss methods to bring interventions into practice.

  88. “I Have a Million Reasons Why”

    House of Eratosthenes | 4 Jul 2014 | 3:36 pm MDT

    Ask John Wayne why he loved America? He had a million reasons why. Me? Not sure I have a million reasons, but I have one that I like more than most of the others: It’s a nation started on a tax revolt. America is a debate that needed to happen. Yeah sure, if we pool […]

  89. ‘Murrica!

    Rachel Lucas | 4 Jul 2014 | 8:39 am MDT

    It’s our first Independence Day on ‘Murrican soil since 2008 and it feels pretty great. Firefly, the native-born dog, is celebrating the nation’s birthday with enthusiasm and teeth. Primo, the Italian, is still not completely accustomed to the ways of our people.

  90. Progressives on the Founding Fathers

    House of Eratosthenes | 4 Jul 2014 | 8:23 am MDT

    From Have Some Fun With Progressives This Independence Day: Their view of our Founding Fathers is split into two camps: 1) Those exemplified by a line in the great movie Dazed and Confused, when a teacher says “OK guys, one more thing: This summer when you’re being inundated with all this American bicentennial Fourth Of […]

  91. “Hobby Lobby Makes Them Dotty”

    House of Eratosthenes | 4 Jul 2014 | 7:59 am MDT

    A compendium of examples of The Left, in that never-ending crusade for ++giggle++ greater equality, losing their shit over the Hobby Lobby decision. Via Instapundit: “Fuck you, Hobby Lobby.” And, “Scalia law is a lot like Sharia law.” The most partisan Supreme Court Justice of all: Sam Alito. Hobby Lobby Makes Them Dotty. What better […]

  92. Looking For These Droids?

    House of Eratosthenes | 4 Jul 2014 | 7:33 am MDT

    At The Chive: “The Force is strong with these girls.”

  93. Religion Is Part of Our Founding

    Eagle Forum Blog | 4 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am MDT

    Did you know that the Declaration of Independence is America’s great religious document? The Declaration of Independence is the official and unequivocal recognition by the American people of our belief and faith in God. It affirms God’s existence as a “self-evident” truth that requires no further discussion or debate. The nation created by the great Declaration is God’s country. The rights it

  94. Corrupters of the Constitution

    The Daily Rant: Conservative Mychal Massie's Hard Hitting Commentary on Race, Obama and Politics » Daily Rant | 4 Jul 2014 | 1:02 am MDT

    Tragically, for a lot of people, Independence Day is/was a Will Smith big-budget movie, a case or two of beer, hot dogs, hamburgers and a picnic. But it’s so much more than that to those of us who know the factual history of our great nation and those who risked and sacrificed so much to […]

  95. Obama and the Verdict of Posterity

    City Journal | 3 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm MDT

    Thanks to liberal historians, the 44th president will probably get much higher marks than he deserves.

  96. One Year After Morsi, How Goes Egypt?

    Daniel Pipes :: Writings | 3 Jul 2014 | 9:04 pm MDT

    Egyptians took to the streets in numbers never seen anywhere, ever on June 30, 2013 to protest against their Islamist president, Mohamed Morsi. Three days later, Defense Minister Abdul Fattah al-Sisi responded to this outpouring by overthrowing Morsi.

  97. The Supreme Court Upholds Prayer

    Eagle Forum Blog | 3 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am MDT

    Surprise, surprise. The U.S. Supreme Court finally did something good. The Court ruled that the U.S. Constitution allows town boards to start their sessions with prayer. It was a 5-to-4 decision, dividing the conservatives from the liberals, with Justice Anthony Kennedy writing the majority opinion. The court ruled that a town in upstate New York called Greece did not violate the Constitution by

  98. Public Budget Negotiations Result in Breakthrough

    JLF > CJ Exclusive | 3 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am MDT

    RALEIGH -  House and Senate budget negotiators cleared a major obstacle Wednesday by compromising on the Medicaid component of a $21 billion 2014-15 General Fund spending plan, but still face potentially prickly...


  99. Unruly Planet

    City Journal | 2 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm MDT

    Radical environmentalists can hector people, but they can’t control Mother Nature.

  100. Netanyahu's Steady Hand

    Daniel Pipes :: Writings | 2 Jul 2014 | 2:24 pm MDT

    Israel's Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu gave an important speech worthy of discussion when he addressed the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv on June 29. The following excerpts are from the official translation on the prime

  101. More Ways Immigration Cheats Americans

    Eagle Forum Blog | 2 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am MDT

    As Obama was flying around this year from one high-dollar Democratic fundraiser to another, he used his famous Imperial Presidency pen to create a new category of guest workers to admit into the United States. He had no statutory authority for this action, but as he has boasted, he just uses his personal pen to create new laws. This new Obama-made law will allow the spouses of foreigners on H-1B

  102. Late Budget From NCGA Nothing New

    JLF > CJ Exclusive | 2 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am MDT

    RALEIGH - Senate budget negotiators will meet Wednesday morning in a public "conference committee" meeting to start ironing out differences between three fiscal plans: one proposed by Gov. Pat McCrory and two passed by each legislative chamber. The question is whether House conferees will take part. Sen. Harry Brown, R-Onslow, on Tuesday announced the 10 a.m. meeting of the Senate Conference...


  103. The Poverty of Benevolence

    City Journal | 1 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm MDT

    Fifty years of the Great Society have made things worse for blacks, not better.

  104. The Acute Danger of Iraqi Dams

    Daniel Pipes :: Writings | 1 Jul 2014 | 7:26 pm MDT

    It's been apparent at least since the American-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 that the Mosul Dam, Iraq's largest, could spell devastation for Iraq due to a combination of faulty construction, governmental indifference, and an ongoing civil insurrrection.

  105. Posted under threat from SDGT Yassin Abdullah Kadi

    Daniel Pipes :: Writings | 1 Jul 2014 | 1:26 pm MDT

    "YASSIN ABDULLAH KADI -- AN APOLOGY In my article dated 18 June 2014 headed "Turkish Support for ISIS", I alleged that Saudi businessman Yassin Abdullah Kadi has close ties to ISIS, the militant Sunni Islam group, and that Mr Kadi has funded ISIS. I also

  106. H-1B Immigrants Cheat Americans

    Eagle Forum Blog | 1 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am MDT

    The president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Tom Donohue, hurled a challenge to Republicans. If you don't pass amnesty for illegal aliens this year, don't "bother to run a candidate in 2016." Somebody probably then told Donohue that was an outrageous statement, so he tried to pass it off as a joke. But it isn't funny; it was a threat. Donohue's big business members really want us to import more

  107. Wake Tech Promoting Instructors to Professors

    JLF > CJ Exclusive | 1 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am MDT

    RALEIGH - A new faculty promotion system at one of North Carolina's largest community colleges could increase the school's focus on education. On the other hand, it could be a sign of "mission creep," as the college joins a recent trend of community colleges striving to look and act like universities. Until this year, Wake Technical Community College - like nearly all community colleges in...


  108. What If Terrorists Use Infectious Diseases?

    The Daily Rant: Conservative Mychal Massie's Hard Hitting Commentary on Race, Obama and Politics » Daily Rant | 1 Jul 2014 | 3:13 am MDT

    In a piece titled, “They’re Not Telling Us The Truth,” I wrote: “Clinton, Bush, and Obama, et al, have positioned us in harm’s way by providing an accommodating environment for these illegal disease carriers. It is not my contention that everyone who crosses the border illegally is diseased or a disease carrier. I am saying, […]

  109. Climate Science a Fraud, Not a Mistake

    Eagle Forum Blog | 30 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am MDT

    A new book called The Deliberate Corruption of Climate Science makes the case that climate change is a fraud. The global warming movement has been designed to justify more government controls, enrich its proponents, and radically change society. Climate scientist Tim Ball traces climate hysteria to the 1960s book The Population Bomb, by Paul R. Ehrlich which claimed that population growth would

  110. McCrory Embraces JLF 'Reverse Logrolling' As Cost-Cutting Tool

    JLF > CJ Exclusive | 30 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am MDT

    RALEIGH - The two chambers of the General Assembly have been unable to agree on their budget adjustments for the 2014-15 fiscal year, which begins Tuesday. Until they do, the administration of Gov. Pat McCrory has employed a fiscal tool also endorsed by the John Locke Foundation as a way for state agencies to move forward until a deal is completed. McCrory's budget director, Art Pope, on June...


  111. Chris McDaniel’s Lesson: Clueless Conservatism Loses

    The Daily Rant: Conservative Mychal Massie's Hard Hitting Commentary on Race, Obama and Politics » Daily Rant | 30 Jun 2014 | 2:04 am MDT

    The following was written by Louis Woodhill for Forbes Magazine June 26, 2014. (http://www.forbes.com/sites/louiswoodhill/2014/06/26/chris-mcdaniels-lesson-clueless-conservatism-loses) In Tuesday’s Republican primary runoff in Mississippi, Chris McDaniel could have run on an economic growth platform and won, but he chose to run as a clueless conservative, and he lost. The lesson from this race is clear. If conservatives forget […]

  112. Grassroots Soccer Mania

    City Journal | 29 Jun 2014 | 10:00 pm MDT

    American soccer skeptics are missing the big picture.

  113. Focus On The Process – Sunday Thought For The Day

    The Daily Rant: Conservative Mychal Massie's Hard Hitting Commentary on Race, Obama and Politics » Daily Rant | 29 Jun 2014 | 2:22 am MDT

    The following was written for June 29, 2014, “Our Daily Bread” by: David C. McCasland. ********************** In William Zinsser’s book On Writing Well, he says that many writers suffer from “the tyranny of the final product.” They are so concerned with selling their article or book, they neglect learning the process of how to think, […]

  114. Every Datum Tells a Story

    City Journal | 28 Jun 2014 | 10:00 pm MDT

    The dawning of the age of meta-information

  115. Richard Viguerie — The Soul of the GOP: How Conservatives Can Win

    Eagle Forum Blog | 28 Jun 2014 | 11:45 am MDT

    Fifty years ago, conservatives rallied and began to take back the Republican Party from big government elites. It's been a long fight — can conservatives win the war for the soul of the GOP? Listen to Eagle Forum Live Radio Program aired on 6-28-14 Your browser does not support the audio element. Listen every Saturday (11-Noon CST): Bott Radio Network Archived Eagle Forum Live

  116. The Worst Day in History

    Daniel Pipes :: Writings | 27 Jun 2014 | 11:20 pm MDT

    A hundred years ago today, June 28, 1914, was arguably the worst day in human history. Not that anything so awful happened during those 24 hours, but the assassination in Sarajevo of the heir to the Hapsburg throne by a 19-year-old Bosnian Serb

  117. Religious Liberty On the Line

    Eagle Forum Blog | 27 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am MDT

    Religious liberty has been in the news recently. The Obamacare mandate that all employers must provide their employees with drugs that could cause abortions is an example of how the left wants to use government power to restrict religious liberty. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas is speaking out in defense of our First Amendment right to freedom of worship. In a speech at Liberty University, Senator

  118. Friday Interview: N.C. Shines in National Electoral Spotlight

    JLF > CJ Exclusive | 27 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am MDT

    RALEIGH - Political pundits across the nation are watching closely this year as North Carolinians prepare to head to the polls to decide whether first-term Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan will keep her job. Republican N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis is her chief opponent. Fred Barnes, Fox News contributor and Weekly Standard executive editor, is focusing much of his attention on North...


  119. Obama a Surprise? Weren’t You Listening?

    The Daily Rant: Conservative Mychal Massie's Hard Hitting Commentary on Race, Obama and Politics » Daily Rant | 27 Jun 2014 | 3:24 am MDT

    I’m typically ahead of the curve of social issues, and I am very seldom far from the front of the line when it comes to politics as a whole. And while it may appear as though I am patting myself on the back, believe me when I say I derive no pleasure from being right […]

  120. San Bernardino Surrenders

    City Journal | 26 Jun 2014 | 10:00 pm MDT

    The bankrupt city gives in to California’s public pension giant. Now what?

  121. The Toughest Job in Town

    City Journal | 26 Jun 2014 | 10:00 pm MDT

    A recent death highlights the risks of being a New York City sanitation worker.

  122. Phyllis Schlafly on Laura Ingraham Show

    Eagle Forum Blog | 26 Jun 2014 | 12:57 pm MDT

    Listen to Phyllis Schlafly's interview that aired on June 26th on the Laura Ingraham Show Your browser does not support the audio element.

  123. Obama Redesigning U.S. Foreign Policy

    Eagle Forum Blog | 26 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am MDT

    Listeners to these broadcasts are all well acquainted with President Obama’s announced goal to “fundamentally transform” American domestic policies. One of our most reliable national security journalists, Bill Gertz, recently wrote about Obama’s foreign policy designed to reduce America’s national defense and standing in the world. Gertz is a well-respected reporter who has written for years

  124. Legislature Repeals Durham's Jim Crow-Era Gun Registration Law

    JLF > CJ Exclusive | 26 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am MDT

    DURHAM - Durham County officials are awaiting a ruling from the state on what to do with tens of thousands of gun owners' personal information now that the county's Jim Crow-era gun registry has been repealed in a "very large" legislative victory. "I have asked that question to the people in Raleigh at the Administrative Office of the Courts, and they are researching it, and they are supposed...


  125. “This Is a New Port Authority”

    City Journal | 25 Jun 2014 | 10:00 pm MDT

    A new deal will “jump-start” long-delayed projects at the World Trade Center.

  126. We Still Need Anti-Missile Defense Jobs

    Eagle Forum Blog | 25 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am MDT

    Russia under Vladimir Putin is surely trying to reclaim the power and influence it lost after the collapse of the Soviet Union, so it’s time for the United States to rethink our missile defense system. Ronald Reagan committed to a missile defense strategy in the 1980s, and during George W. Bush’s presidency, several locations in Eastern Europe were chosen to base components of the system. In 2009

  127. High Point Mayoral Race Promises Fireworks

    JLF > CJ Exclusive | 25 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am MDT

    HIGH POINT - The past year may have been the most contentious in the history of High Point politics, which in turn should make the mayor's race in the November municipal election a hot one. High Point continues to struggle from the decline of the furniture and textile industries, leaving the future uncertain for the city of 104,000 residents. The plan by a flamboyant Miami architect to...


  128. “Catch and Release” Mocks Enforcement

    Eagle Forum Blog | 24 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am MDT

    Advocates of amnesty continue to push for Congress to legalize the millions of illegal immigrants living in America. When you look at what the Obama administration has already done, it’s hard to see why Congress needs to pass amnesty at all. First was the President’s decision in 2012 to grant legal status to 500,000 young illegals. Now, a new report from the Center for Immigration Studies shows

  129. Senior House Democrat Has Six-Figure Tax Debt

    JLF > CJ Exclusive | 24 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am MDT

    RALEIGH - State Rep. Michael Wray, a Democrat from Gaston who serves as deputy minority leader in the state House of Representatives, owes more than $100,000 in past-due federal, state, and local taxes, according to public records on file in Northampton and Halifax Counties. Wray has business interests that are intertwined with those of his father, Harold Wray, who has accumulated...


  130. Leroy Jones: Emasculated Black Democrat

    The Daily Rant: Conservative Mychal Massie's Hard Hitting Commentary on Race, Obama and Politics » Daily Rant | 24 Jun 2014 | 3:38 am MDT

    I wonder how Leroy Jones, the black Chairman of the Essex County Democrat Committee, looks at himself in the mirror. I wonder how he looks at his family and the members of his community. I wonder how he feels as he sits in the pews of the black church he attends, and how he feels […]

  131. Operatic Naiveté

    City Journal | 23 Jun 2014 | 10:00 pm MDT

    The Metropolitan Opera’s indefensible decision to stage The Death of Klinghoffer

  132. Did Obama Suborn Perjury Update by Kevin Martin

    The Daily Rant: Conservative Mychal Massie's Hard Hitting Commentary on Race, Obama and Politics » Daily Rant | 23 Jun 2014 | 10:25 am MDT

    While the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (I.S.I.S.) is just coming to the attention of the majority of Americans, the truth is that I.S.I.S. has been an unofficial ally of the United States over the last few years in both Libya and Syria. The hardcore Islamic forces that comprise I.S.I.S. have received training, funding […]

  133. We’re Missing the “Missing Man Table”

    Eagle Forum Blog | 23 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am MDT

    We count on our military to protect our liberties, but what happens when some in the military refuse to stand up for them? Sadly, that seems to be the case at an Air Force base in Florida. The controversy focuses on what’s called the Missing Man Table. It’s meant to honor soldiers, sailors, and airmen missing in action or held as prisoners of war. The table is a fixture at military installations

  134. Coal Ash Solution May Rest in Recycling, Not Storage

    JLF > CJ Exclusive | 23 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am MDT

    RALEIGH - Duke Energy officials unsuccessfully urged state lawmakers to reconsider mandatory deadlines for cleaning up coal ash ponds around the state, and an environmental researcher agrees that arbitrary timelines could affect the utility's ability to recycle safely leftover materials stored in 33 ash basins around the state.


  135. The Day My Dad Met Jesus – Sunday Thought For The Day

    The Daily Rant: Conservative Mychal Massie's Hard Hitting Commentary on Race, Obama and Politics » Daily Rant | 22 Jun 2014 | 2:16 am MDT

    The following was written for June 22, 2014, “Our Daily Bread” by: Randy Kilgore. *********************** My grandfather, my father, and his brothers were all tough men who, understandably, didn’t appreciate people who “got up in their faces about faith.” When my father, Howard, was diagnosed with a rapid and deadly cancer, I was so concerned […]

  136. When Fasces Aren’t Fascist

    City Journal | 21 Jun 2014 | 10:00 pm MDT

    The strange history of America’s federal buildings

  137. David Gumpert — Food Rights: Who Decides What We Eat

    Eagle Forum Blog | 21 Jun 2014 | 11:40 am MDT

    Do you have a right to buy and eat the food you want? On this week's show, we'll take a journey from Amish country to American factories to explore the government's disturbing power over the food we eat. Listen to Eagle Forum Live Radio Program aired on 6-21-14 Your browser does not support the audio element. Listen every Saturday (11-Noon CST): Bott Radio Network Archived

  138. Federal Pre-K: A Tired Illusion

    Eagle Forum Blog | 20 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am MDT

    Should the federal government dump millions of dollars into pre-kindergarten programs? In a recent essay at Real Clear politics, professor Peter Salins suggested that implementing two years of pre-kindergarten for “disadvantaged” children could erase future educational disparities. But is shipping three and four-year olds off to preschool really a “magic bullet”? The evidence used to support

  139. Friday Interview: The Solution Revolution In Action

    JLF > CJ Exclusive | 20 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am MDT

    RALEIGH - Whether you turn first toward the family, friends, government, nonprofit groups, or business to solve society's largest problems, you might find some interest in the latest work from William Eggers. Global research director for the public sector practice at Deloitte, Eggers has co-authored The Solution Revolution: How Business, Government, and Social Enterprises Are Teaming Up to...


  140. Did Obama Suborn Perjury?

    The Daily Rant: Conservative Mychal Massie's Hard Hitting Commentary on Race, Obama and Politics » Daily Rant | 20 Jun 2014 | 3:05 am MDT

    Let me begin by reminding you of what I started voicing only days after Ambassador Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty, and Tyrone Woods were murdered at the American diplomatic mission at Benghazi in Libya. It wasn’t an attack by protesters. Nor was it an attack by militants. It was a full-out terrorist attack. I’ve also […]

  141. Opportunity for All

    City Journal | 19 Jun 2014 | 10:00 pm MDT

    How freedom of choice improves education

  142. What’s Left of Malcolm Cowley

    City Journal | 19 Jun 2014 | 10:00 pm MDT

    The famed critic’s insight deserted him when it came to politics.

  143. Life After Tenure

    City Journal | 19 Jun 2014 | 10:00 pm MDT

    How much of a difference will the Vergara decision really make?

  144. JLF Cites Budget Tool That Generates $667 Million for Teacher Raises, Surplus

    JLF > CJ Exclusive | 19 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am MDT

    RALEIGH - North Carolina state budget writers would have more flexibility to fund teacher pay raises, address Medicaid cost overruns, create jobs, and generate a surplus, if they adopt a budget technique identified in a new John Locke Foundation Spotlight...


  145. The French (Jihad) Connection

    City Journal | 18 Jun 2014 | 10:00 pm MDT

    How a routine search for drugs turned up a terrorist

  146. Voucher Supporters Urge Lawmakers To Fund Scholarships Fully

    JLF > CJ Exclusive | 18 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am MDT

    RALEIGH - Supporters of private school vouchers - known as Opportunity Scholarships - rallied Tuesday outside the Legislative Building urging lawmakers to lift the cap on the number of students eligible to receive the vouchers in the coming school year. Unless the cap is lifted, a lottery will have to be held to determine which children can receive the vouchers, because more students applied...


  147. Turkish Support for ISIS

    Daniel Pipes :: Writings | 18 Jun 2014 | 2:31 am MDT

    The battle in Iraq consists of "Turkish-backed Sunni jihadis rebelling against an Iranian-backed Shi'ite-oriented central government," I wrote in a recent article. Some readers question that the Republic of Turkey has supported the "Islamic State in Iraq

  148. BOG's Lax Enforcement Of Rules Benefits N.C. A&T

    JLF > CJ Exclusive | 17 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am MDT

    GREENSBORO -  Broad discretionary enforcement given to the University of North Carolina Board of Governors may explain why, in three different cases, N.C. A&T State University, one of the state's five public historically black universities, has obtained advantages not enjoyed by other schools in the UNC system. The nursing program N.C. A&T's nursing program has struggled for years. In...


  149. If We Had A White Christian Conservative For President

    The Daily Rant: Conservative Mychal Massie's Hard Hitting Commentary on Race, Obama and Politics » Daily Rant | 17 Jun 2014 | 2:07 am MDT

    For We the People, Obama’s time in office has thus far been tantamount to a march through hell with the complete deconstruction of America strapped to our backs, and with despair and immiseration clinched in our teeth. And for the privilege of being unwilling participants in this death march, Obama believes we should be grateful. […]

  150. House, Senate Start 'Heavy Lifting' To Reconcile Budgets

    JLF > CJ Exclusive | 16 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am MDT

    RALEIGH - Even though the Senate has yet to reject the House's version of the 2014-15 general fund budget (final House passage came Friday, a day after senators left town), negotiators from both chambers will get to work this week hammering out a compromise of the $21.1 billion spending plan. While one representative says it will take some "heavy lifting" to iron out the differences in the two...


  151. With Jobs Stagnant, Obama Tries To Change The Subject

    The Daily Rant: Conservative Mychal Massie's Hard Hitting Commentary on Race, Obama and Politics » Daily Rant | 16 Jun 2014 | 2:40 am MDT

    This financial commentary by Louis Woodhill first appeared June 9, 2014, on RealClearMarkets.com. (http://www.realclearmarkets.com/articles/2014/06/09/with_jobs_stagnant_obama_tries_to_change_the_subject_101109.html) Employment is a lagging indicator of the state of the economy. So, it is not surprising that, after real GDP (RGDP) growth went into reverse in 1Q2014 (by contracting at a 1% annualized rate), we have seen a significant deterioration in […]

  152. Teacher By Example – Sunday Thought For The Day

    The Daily Rant: Conservative Mychal Massie's Hard Hitting Commentary on Race, Obama and Politics » Daily Rant | 15 Jun 2014 | 3:51 am MDT

    The following was written for June 15, 2014, Our Daily Bread by David C. McCasland. ********************* While waiting for an eye examination, I was struck by a statement I saw in the optometrist’s office: “Eighty percent of everything children learn in their first 12 years is through their eyes.” I began thinking of all that […]

  153. Traveling With Jesus – A Review by Mychal Massie

    The Daily Rant: Conservative Mychal Massie's Hard Hitting Commentary on Race, Obama and Politics » Daily Rant | 13 Jun 2014 | 8:10 pm MDT

    Over the next few weeks, TDR will be sharing a chapter each Saturday from a book penned by Patti Dahlstrom. The book is titled Traveling With Jesus and it chronicles Patti’s life of learning to lean wholly on Jesus. On page 25, Patti writes: “If what I believe when all is well cannot sustain me […]

  154. Friday Interview: Politics Tied to Teacher Turnover

    JLF > CJ Exclusive | 13 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am MDT

    RALEIGH - The annual teacher turnover report produced by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction shows the number of public schoolteachers who've left their jobs across the state during the past year. The latest report sparked a lot of media interest, but Dr. Terry Stoops, director of research and education studies for the John Locke Foundation, says the report does not necessarily say what...


  155. ISIS Rampages, the Middle East Shakes

    Daniel Pipes :: Writings | 12 Jun 2014 | 4:51 pm MDT

    The jihadis' takeover of Mosul on June 9 won them control of Iraq's second-largest city, a major haul of weapons, US$429 million in gold, an open path to conquer Tikrit, Samarra, and perhaps the capital city of Baghdad. The Iraqi Kurds have seized Kirkuk

  156. Taxpayers Could Be Liable If SEANC Wins Whistleblower Suit

    JLF > CJ Exclusive | 12 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am MDT

    RALEIGH -  The State Employees Association of North Carolina could receive significant monetary awards if it prevailed in a whistleblower complaint against those investing the state pension fund's money. If the investment managers, Treasurer Janet Cowell, or her staff is found liable of wrongdoing, state taxpayers may be responsible for covering some of the costs of the award, according to the...


  157. Syria's Looming Water Calamity

    Daniel Pipes :: Writings | 1 Jun 2014 | 5:13 pm MDT

    Two reports from Beirut's Al-Akhbar point to potentially catastrophic water problems about to affect Syria. The lesser concerns Aleppo, where mortar shells and barrel bombs have slackened off but Islamist rebels have shut down the city's potable water

  158. Kill a child, save the planet

    American Clarity | 31 May 2014 | 10:48 am MDT

    I’ve heard strangers say perhaps a dozen times, that if the Native Americans had only kept control of the Americas, that the environment would be in much better shape — but I think this is only half a truth.  It isn’t so much that Native Americans were very good at taking care of the environment; […]

  159. The Afghan War's Dismal End; Blame Bush Too

    Daniel Pipes :: Writings | 28 May 2014 | 2:26 pm MDT

    Barack Obama's announcement today that the number of U.S. troops will be reduced to 9,800 by year's end and to zero two years later virtually declares that this war, which will have lasted slightly over 15 years and nearly all of four presidential

  160. A 1914 Novel's Prescient Vision of Londonistan

    Daniel Pipes :: Writings | 28 May 2014 | 5:51 am MDT

    Exactly one century ago, the renowned British writer G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936), called by his admirers the greatest writer and thinker of the twentieth century, published a curious novel titled The Flying Inn. On the cusp of World War I, he imagined

  161. Thoughts on compulsory romance

    American Clarity | 25 May 2014 | 7:07 am MDT

    One of the strange things about living in America is that one moment you’ll see everyone pretending to cry about 200 kidnapped Nigerian girls, and the next moment Americans will practically try and force you to be one.  I say this because I just finished watching a 7-minute long (and slightly foul) Louis CK monologue, […]

  162. Islamism's Trajectory

    Daniel Pipes :: Writings | 24 May 2014 | 10:54 am MDT

    Andrew C. McCarthy and I are allies over the long term, fighting the Islamist scourge in the same trench for two decades. But alliance does not mean singlemindedness and he responded critically today at NRO in "Can Islamism Evolve?" to my earlier NRO

  163. To all my subscribers

    American Clarity | 22 May 2014 | 7:46 am MDT

    My friends, family, and followers – Due to an unusual amount of spamming on this site, I’m going to be deleting every single user account.  There are simply too many fake accounts right now, and the amount of time I’m spending managing the attempted spam comments necessitates that I’ll have to take a different line […]

  164. Islamism with a Human Face?

    Daniel Pipes :: Writings | 20 May 2014 | 6:20 am MDT

    Until now, Islamist rule has implied violence and dictatorship; can it evolve into something decent? Put differently: if the brutality of Ruhollah Khomeini and Osama bin Laden marked them as yesterday's men, and the autocracy of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and

  165. Random thoughts on Vikings

    American Clarity | 2 May 2014 | 8:46 am MDT

    I’ve never been able to understand why Americans feel so comfortable glorifying Vikings and dressing their children up like pirates.  So far as I’ve been able to understand, Vikings and pirates are rapists on boats. You’d think anything would have been a better option. It’s entirely possible, of course, that time heals all wounds; and […]

  166. On polygamy

    American Clarity | 28 Apr 2014 | 10:04 am MDT

    I’m not exactly sure who the Shulamite in the Song of Solomon is, but if there is something of which we can be certain, it is that she was one wife of seven hundred, or perhaps one of three hundred concubines.  It may perhaps be more useful to us to know whether she was the […]

  167. Hahaha

    Rachel Lucas | 23 Apr 2014 | 8:44 am MDT

    My brother, Rick, emailed me yesterday and said that he knew I was out of practice but that I couldn’t call it dog performance art if there were no costumes. So he fixed the pic from the last post for me. Heh. Not many emails actually make me laugh out loud but that did it. [...]

  168. Turning 42 today, with tacos and dogs and ‘Murrica

    Rachel Lucas | 21 Apr 2014 | 4:54 pm MDT

    I turned 37, 38, and 39 on British soil and 40 and 41 on Italian, so turning 42 today is especially special for me because finally, a birthday in the land of my birth. It’s not that there’s anything wrong with birthdays in those foreign countries, except for one fundamental and catastrophic flaw: they don’t [...]

  169. This dog doesn’t even make any sense

    Rachel Lucas | 17 Apr 2014 | 4:42 pm MDT

    If you’d told me 6 or 7 years ago that one day I’d not only be posting pictures of an Italian dog and a little girl in a pink dress, but that I would do it two posts in a row, I would have given you Extreme Side-Eye. But here we are. I realize he [...]

  170. “Peemo, wake up. Peemo! Peemo. Peeeeemowww.”

    Rachel Lucas | 14 Apr 2014 | 6:09 pm MDT

    My grand-niece, who we call Hay and who turned 4 a few weeks ago, first met Primo soon after I brought him over from Italy, when we were staying at my parents’ house. My mom had Hay come stay for a few days and Primo did nothing during those days except follow Hay around and [...]

  171. "Antisemite Max Blumenthal Incites Murder of Three in Kansas"

    Daniel Pipes :: Writings | 14 Apr 2014 | 3:45 pm MDT

    Max Blumenthal, like others on the far-Left, jumped on the July 2011 Norwegian massacre of 77 dead and 319 injured to impugn the counter-jihadi right. His screed, "Anders Behring Breivik, a perfect product of the Axis of Islamophobia" included this

  172. Symbolism and society

    American Clarity | 9 Apr 2014 | 9:45 am MDT

    I haven’t seen any pictures, but I’ve been told that when my grandpa was a baby, he used to wear a fluffy dress.  Now, my grandpa wasn’t a sissy; he actually turned out to be a very muscular, very virile, very rugged machinist, and he happened to get a woman pregnant before he was even […]

  173. Primo’s face.

    Rachel Lucas | 4 Apr 2014 | 3:34 pm MDT

    You’d think he was being murdered by Firefly, brutally murdered. This is why I take videos of them playing too, as evidence that he puts her on the ground as often as he likes, and in fact he taunts her into chasing him, and in further fact he loves every moment of it because who’s [...]

  174. My childhood just got punched in the face

    Rachel Lucas | 3 Apr 2014 | 5:31 pm MDT

    I was 12 years old in 1984 when “Born in the U.S.A.” came out so it’s understandable that even if I had been physically capable of understanding the largely-unintelligible bellowing of Bruce Springsteen on that particular recording, I would have had no idea what any of it meant conceptually. What I did think was that [...]

  175. To love being American

    American Clarity | 30 Mar 2014 | 8:28 am MDT

    Being an American is a messy business.  Nobody watches mediocrity or the boring; the whole world has better things to do than sing about Scotland, and none of the African states are quite as deplorable as Somalia.  It seems that the more power and prestige a nation has, the more attention it gets, and even […]

  176. Bill Nye

    American Clarity | 29 Mar 2014 | 12:29 pm MDT

    Dear H—–, There really isn’t any way to keep myself from getting into trouble with this letter, so I’ll begin it in the most straightforward manner possible: if anyone tells you we must take the Bible literally, it’s important that you question that person’s teaching seriously. If there are any questions why, and you still […]

  177. On happiness

    American Clarity | 25 Mar 2014 | 11:51 am MDT

    Dear H—–, It’s four o’clock on Sunday morning, and I’m sitting down to write you about happiness.  I don’t know why, but the UN has decided to have an International Day of Happiness, and I can’t sleep because I keep thinking about it.  Maybe having a day about happiness makes them happy; writing about why […]

  178. The bossy feminist

    American Clarity | 19 Mar 2014 | 8:32 am MDT

    Nobody should ever suggest that leadership and assertiveness are mutually exclusive: all sensible people must agree that in order to lead, someone must give directions, and when the time comes for it, that those directions must be given strongly.  A great leader, like Germanicus Caesar, knows that at certain times even mutinous soldiers must be […]

  179. On a personal library

    American Clarity | 17 Mar 2014 | 9:43 am MDT

    Dear H—–, As I’m thinking about my library, I have no other thought but that it will belong to you at some point.  I’ve spent plenty of time thinking about who’s going to get it; most of the time has been depressing.  There isn’t a single person in the world I could give these to […]

  180. Fame and loneliness and local music

    American Clarity | 13 Mar 2014 | 12:23 pm MDT

    Dear H—–, Before I was a Christian, if anyone was interested in finding the fastest and surest way to misery and isolation, I would have recommended to them casual sex.  Now that I’m a Christian, the most viable alternative would be to take writing seriously. I’ve spent years of writing now, and every year I’ve […]

  181. Cheerful and sour workers

    American Clarity | 3 Mar 2014 | 9:25 am MST

    I don’t care what people say — I refuse to believe that a man who’s a drag at work is a good man in whole.  Eight hours a day are spent at work, at the very least; eight hours are spent at home, and eight hours are spent sleeping — at least, if a man […]

  182. Eskimos and the new genders (or: 50 Shades of Gay)

    American Clarity | 27 Feb 2014 | 8:44 am MST

    I remember hearing about ten years ago, from my professor of biological and cultural anthropology, that people had many names for the things which were most important to them.  She was specifically talking about Inuits, and how survival in the Alaskan wilderness brought them to recognize many different kinds of snow — there were maybe […]

  183. Respect your college graduate

    American Clarity | 4 Feb 2014 | 9:17 am MST

    I have yet to meet a philosophy major who knows anything about being wise, but I have always been impressed that college students are well-educated in the sentiments of the indebted.  Of course, the majority of college students know nothing about how to get out of debt.  They also know nothing about the moral limits […]



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