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John Nothdurft and Donny Kendal present episode #86 of the In The Tank Podcast. This weekly podcast features (as always) interviews, debates, and roundtable discussions that explore the work of think tanks across the country. The show is available for download as part of the Heartland Daily Podcast every Friday. Today’s podcast features work from OpentheBooks.com, the Washington Policy Center, and The Heritage Foundation.
Before the featured work, Donny responds to fan emails about his “controversial” stance on sliding-scale fines for speeding.
Policybot Featured Work of the Week
This week’s Policybot featured work of the week comes from OpentheBooks.com, a project of American Transparency. The report, titled “Ivy League Inc,” breaks down the taxpayer monies that these eight elite schools take in every year. The authors of the report outline some of the astonishing numbers that will turn your head, from employee compensation to projects using federal grant money.
Other Think Tank Works
Next, Donny and John talk about a Policy Note from the Washington Policy Center titled, “No sign of warming: Snowpack levels in Washington state are average again.” The Policy Note dispels the notion that snowpack levels in the Pacific Northwest are dropping due to global warming. This state-level example serves as a microcosm of the global warming debate worldwide.
The next item discussed on the podcast is an article from the Daily Signal – a news outlet from the Heritage Foundation. The article, titled “Demonstrators Descend on Heritage Foundation to Protest Trump Budget,” describes a protest that occurred on Tuesday where protesters forced their way into the lobby of the Heritage Foundation.
In the last segment, Donny asks for John’s opinion on a proposed bill in Illinois that mandates the teaching of cursive handwriting in public schools.