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The Steep Cost of Common Core
Teresa Mull, Washington Times
A new study reaffirms what conservatives have been saying all along about the Common Core State Standards: They’re a giant waste of taxpayers’ money. None of this is news to anyone who has paid attention to the tremendous costs of Common Core or the devastating consequences it has had on U.S. education. It would be fun to say, “We told you so,” but we can’t get back our money or our children’s lost educational opportunities. READ MORE
Admiral’s ‘Layman’s’ Review of Evidence Finds No Human-Caused Warming
H. Sterling Burnett, Climate Change Weekly
Retired Admiral Thomas B. Hayward, former chief of naval operations and commander-in-chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, has undertaken a review of the evidence for the claim humans are causing dangerous climate change. Anyone reading Admiral Hayward’s work with an open mind will recognize there is a vigorous debate taking place in the scientific community over the causes and consequences of global warming, and government proposals aimed at “preventing climate change” will be futile at best. READ MORE
Video: Standing Room Only for Heartland’s ‘War on Guns’ Event
Mark Levin says John Lott “is the nation’s preeminent expert on guns, and in The War on Guns he has done it again.” Lott delivered on that promise at an event Wednesday night about his latest book at Heartland’s Andrew Breitbart Freedom Center. In his presentation, Lott exposed how well-heeled professional anti-gun activists and the media hide the truth about how personal firearms ownership reduce crime, and even attack the First Amendment to shut down pro-gun arguments in the public square. Bottom line: Our Second Amendment rights have never been more in peril. If you could not attend this event – or missed the live-stream – watch it today.VIEW IT HERE
Featured Podcast: Jeff Stier: The Government’s Misguided War on E-Cigarettes
Budget & Tax News Managing Editor Jesse Hathaway is joined by Heartland Institute Government Relations Coordinator Lindsey Stroud and National Center for Public Policy Research Senior Fellow Jeff Stier to talk about the federal government’s misguided war on electronic cigarettes. Stier explains how recent e-cigarette regulations issued by the Food & Drug Administration make it more difficult for people to quit smoking tobacco or use less harmful alternatives to tobacco. LISTEN TO MORE
Fracking Facts DVD: What Do We Know About Hydraulic Fracturing?
Isaac Orr, a Heartland Institute research fellow, narrates a series of eight three-minute videos on hydraulic fracturing, better known as “fracking.” The video series highlights that fracking is beneficial because it increases our access to oil and natural gas. It is safe – it doesn’t pollute groundwater or cause earthquakes – and frac sand mining doesn’t produce air pollution or other problems. Get this DVD at the Heartland Store. In fact, at only $3.99 each, you should buy several copies to inform the people in your life who are skeptical of fracking only because they don’t know all the facts.BUY IT HERE
Report: Clinton Foundation Used Taxes to Give AIDS Patients Diluted Drugs
Michael Hamilton and Diane Bast, Health Care News
A new congressional report reveals the Clinton Foundation likely partnered with a corrupt drug company producing “watered down” HIV/AIDS drugs for African patients in exchange for donations to the foundation and million-dollar consulting contracts for Bill Clinton, a new congressional report states. “Clinton health care was and is about enriching crony capitalists,” said Heartland Policy Advisor Dr. Jane Orient. “Whenever money is taken from those who earn it, to benefit those who didn’t, it is an invitation to corruption.” READ MORE
Black Leaders Criticize NAACP, Black Lives Matter
Joy Pullmann, School Choice Weekly
A number of American black leaders – including a coalition of 160 charter school supporters and a former Black Lives Matter leader from Saint Paul, Minnesota who quit his post over the disagreement – recently criticized the NAACP and Black Lives Matter for opposing school choice. “Our public education system has people who are sometimes literally dying for the lack of educational opportunity,” said Rashid Turner. “And when I think of charter schools in my community here in St. Paul and their benefit to students of color – low-income students – to call for a moratorium or an end to charter schools just lets me know that something funny is going on.”READ MORE
Did Communism Really Fall in Europe, or Were People Tricked into Believing it?
Nancy Thorner, Somewhat Reasonable
On September 28, Robert Buchar – associate professor of cinematography at Columbia College in Chicago – spoke at The Heartland Institute about his film, The Collapse of Communism: The Untold Story. The film makes a compelling case that the dissolution of the Soviet Union did not bring about the end of global communism. If you missed the live-stream, watch it today.VIEW IT HERE
Bonus Podcast: Unfunded Mandates Undermine the Constitution
A recent U.S. Chamber of Commerce study shows the Obama administration is ignoring the law by imposing an increasing number of unfunded mandates on the states without first assessing their economic impact or carrying out a required cost–benefit analysis. William Kovacs, senior vice president for environment, technology, and regulatory affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, joined Heartland’s H. Sterling Burnett to discuss the Chamber’sAugust 17 paper titled “The Growing Burden of Unfunded EPA Mandates on the States.” LISTEN TO MORE
Health Care Leaders Gather to Urge Use of ‘Free-Market Force’
Tony Corvo, Health Care News
Physicians, lawmakers, and insurers summoned “the force” to carve out free-market solutions to the dark side of health care policy. More than 280 medical providers, patients, and policy analysts gathered at the Free Market Medical Association’s 2016 conference to build support for market-based practices and policies in the U.S. health care system. READ MORE
Help Us Stop Wikipedia’s Lies!
Joseph L. Bast, Somewhat Reasonable
Have you visited Heartland’s Wikipedia page recently? The good news is that it is more complete than it was just a couple months ago, after leftists took it over and trashed it. Most of the new information is accurate and unbiased. But the lies and libel about our positions on smoking and climate change remain. Other conservative and free-market sites suffer, too. Wikipedia refuses to make many of the changes we request and deletes and reverses the changes made by others. We need your help! READ MORE