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Congress’s Reactions to ISIS

The so-called “Islamic State,” also known as ISIL, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIS, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, has drawn a lot of attention to itself lately. And when Congress came back to work last week, a number of proposals went into the legislative hopper. Let’s take a look […]

9/11’s Secret Cost

The goal of terrorism is to exploit emotion and fear and to cause overreaction. So we don’t do emotional response to terrorism around here. Indeed, some of what we’ve seen in 9/11 commemorations is not just emotional, but excessively maudlin. Instead of indulging emotion, let’s examine a way that the 9/11 attacks have effected our […]

Environmental, Energy, Economic, and National Security . . . and a Pony

We’re back on energy issues, with the introduction of a bill to solve every last problem with one fell swoop. And we’ll all get a pony. According to its statement of intent, H.R. 6529 would “greatly enhance the Nation’s environmental, energy, economic, and national security by terminating long-standing Federal prohibitions on the domestic production of […]