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LeftExposed.org Profile of the Week: The Clinton Foundation
LeftExposed.org is a new Heartland Institute project devoted to creating accurate profiles of prominent individuals and organizations on the political Left with a special focus on groups in the global warming (a.k.a “climate change”) debate. Project Manager Emily Zanotti and principal researcher Ron Arnold have written a devastating exposé of The Clinton Foundation, a global operation that wields great influence. Zanotti and Arnold document the organization’s founding, funding, and latest scandals. READ MORE
Wisconsin’s Unfair Sales Act
Matthew Glans, Heartland Research & Commentary
The recent attempt by the retailer Meijer to move into the Wisconsin market has rekindled a long-simmering debate over a Depression-era law, known as the Unfair Sales Act or Minimum Markup Law, that limits the ability of Wisconsin companies to lower their prices to attract customers. READ MORE
Heartland Benefit Dinner Was a Great Success!
Yesterday, the Heartland Institute celebrated its 31st anniversary at a dinner at The Cotillion in Palatine, Illinois. Those in attendance saw a fantastic program featuring 2015 Heartland Liberty Prize winner Donald J. Devine and keynote speaker Angelo Codevilla. We thank all those who attended in support of Heartland’s fight to preserve our liberty and advance free markets. If you could not attend, watch this email in the coming weeks for a link to video of the event. And you can also show your support by making a donation today! DONATE HERE
Feeling like John D. Rockefeller?
John D. Rockefeller was one of the world’s greatest entrepreneurs and philanthropists. Every student who attends The University of Chicago and every alumnus recognizes his name and recalls his generosity thanks in part to Rockefeller Chapel, the tallest building on campus. How do you want to be remembered? The Heartland Institute’s recent move to its own building in Arlington Heights creates naming opportunities and other donor recognition opportunities. For more information, call 312/377-4000 and ask for Gwen Carver.
Featured Podcast: Jay Lehr: EPA and (Other) Radical Environmental Groups
Heartland Science Director Jay Lehr, Ph.D., joins Environment & Climate News Managing Editor H. Sterling Burnett to discuss the incestuous relationship between EPA and radical environmental groups. Lehr explains how EPA has lost its focus on protecting people and the environment in an anti-capitalist crusade and thus needs to be replaced. READ MORE
The Heartland Institute Event Space Is Open for Business!
The Heartland Institute’s beautiful new event space is open, and we have several great events already lined up. Heartland is dedicated to bringing you the best content the liberty movement has to offer with debates, lectures, book talks, and luncheons. Upcoming events include book talks with authors Jared Meyer and Peter Ferrara. Register for an upcoming event today! And if you require space for your own liberty-centered event, let us know! We can comfortably host groups of up to 77 people. READ MORE
How the Feds Coerced States to Buy Into Common Core
Robert Holland, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Contrary to the Bill Gates-financed puff pieces about Common Core being purely voluntary for states, new evidence shows federal officials coerced states into adopting the national standards. U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s chief of staff, Joanne Weiss, recently explained how Race to the Top was used to push states into the controversial program. READ MORE
Study Finds Air Quality Not Impaired by Sand Mining
Isaac Orr, Wisconsin State Journal
Opponents of hydraulic fracturing frequently trump up hypothetical dangers of this revolutionary technique. Well, people living near industrial silica sand facilities can breathe easier knowing a new, authoritative, peer-reviewed scientific study monitoring air quality at four frac sand facilities in northwestern Wisconsin has found the facilities have minimal impact on air quality in surrounding areas and do not pose a threat to nearby residents’ health. READ MORE
Block Grants Would Prevent Medicaid ‘Pac Man’ from Gobbling up Budgets
Jesse Hathaway, Townhall
Everyone complains about the impending “entitlement crisis” but nobody does anything about it. It will be up to the next president to make some big decisions about how to pub Medicaid, Medicare, and other programs on a sustainable basis. One key reform would be Medicaid. block grants, a time-tested solution to run-away spending. READ MORE
In The Tank Podcast (ep6): Alcohol Prohibition, Economic Sinkhole States, and Presidential Campaign Blunders
In episode 6 of the podcast, Director of Communications Jim Lakely stands in as co-host with Donny Kendal while John Nothdurft, who was out of town, calls in as a guest. Kendal, Lakely, and Nothdurft debate the effects of alcohol prohibition, take a look at the most burdensome states for taxpayers, and reminisce on some of the worst presidential campaign blunders in modern history. LISTEN HERE
Why Obamacare’s Cost Control Efforts Aren’t Working
John C. Goodman, The Heartlander
Imagine if UnitedHealthcare or Humana or Cigna discovered a way to cut health care costs in half – with no reduction in quality or access to care. The stock price of the company that made this discovery would go through the roof, right? Not quite. Under rules imposed by the Obama administration, the company would be forced to give virtually all of its newfound profit back to Medicare. READ MORE
North Carolina Ends Multi-Million-Dollar Renewables Project
Sterling Burnett, Somewhat Reasonable
At the end of a midnight marathon session of the North Carolina House of Representatives, elected officials passed a compromise budget bill funding the government for the coming fiscal year. One of the provisions ends North Carolina’s generous 35 percent tax credit for solar or other renewable energy projects. One project alone, the Desert Wind Project, if completed would have cost North Carolina taxpayers more than $140 million. READ MORE