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Friday, August 31, 2012
Mediscare
By John Goodman @ 3:42 PM :: 5214 Views :: National News, Ethics

Lie Number Five: Health Reform Is Going to Make Medicare More Efficient....

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Friday, August 31, 2012
We Can Change America's Course
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:49 PM :: 4874 Views :: National News, Ethics

The debate in Tampa this week raised a number of issues....

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Friday, August 31, 2012
Native Peoples Call for Recognition, Consultation on Climate Change
By News Release @ 12:23 AM :: 8458 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The resolution asks for the federal government to “consult with our tribal governments and indigenous communities for guidance in all policies that affect our way of life ....

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Thursday, August 30, 2012
Mitt Romney speech to GOP convention (Full Text, Video)
By Selected News Articles @ 11:26 PM :: 6277 Views :: National News, Ethics

Full text of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s remarks to the Republican National Convention on Aug. 30 in Tampa, as prepared for delivery.

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Thursday, August 30, 2012
VIDEO: Dylan Nonaka Leads Pledge of Allegiance at Republican National Convention
By Selected News Articles @ 2:47 PM :: 13098 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

"People are really eager to go to convention and get everything going." -- David Chang, State GOP Chair

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Thursday, August 30, 2012
Defending America Takes More Than "Hope"
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:37 PM :: 4688 Views :: National News, Ethics

Heritage defense experts call Obama's defense strategy "a strategy of hope": "a hope that big wars are a thing of the past; a hope that America's allies will do more; and a hope that fewer resources do not jeopardize the lives of American soldiers."

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Thursday, August 30, 2012
Corporatist Medicine: Same Doctor Visit, Double the Cost
By NCPA @ 1:38 PM :: 4818 Views :: National News, Ethics

Since the passage of President Obama's health care law, hospitals are increasing their size by acquiring private practices.

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Thursday, August 30, 2012
Rep Paul Ryan Speech to GOP National Convention
By Selected News Articles @ 3:38 AM :: 5010 Views :: National News, Ethics

I accept the duty to help lead our nation out of a jobs crisis and back to prosperity- and I know we can do this....

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012
NFIB: Top 3 Small Business Struggles
By Heritage Foundation @ 7:20 PM :: 4919 Views :: National News, Ethics

A survey by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) in July revealed that small businesses' top three concerns were taxes, regulations, and poor sales.... 

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012
The Trillion-Dollar Conundrum: Health Information Technology
By NCPA @ 4:40 PM :: 4582 Views :: National News, Ethics

...according to the law's supporters, EMR adoption will yield cost savings. This conclusion, however, has not been definitively proven....

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Federal Solar Subsidy $775 per mwh
By NCPA @ 4:28 PM :: 5961 Views :: National News, Ethics

Federal subsidies in fiscal year 2010 for solar-generated energy were $775.64 per megawatt hour and $56.29 per megawatt hour for wind....

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012
New ‘yardstick’ sizes up anti-bullying policies
By News Release @ 6:40 PM :: 6667 Views :: National News, Ethics

“This new Anti-Bullying Policy Yardstick helps schools identify which policies are driven by a narrow political agenda...."

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012
How Obamacare Robs Medicare and Hurts Seniors
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:32 PM :: 6153 Views :: National News, Ethics

Obama declared in his Saturday radio address that his proposed reforms “won’t touch your guaranteed Medicare benefits. Not by a single dime.”  This is incorrect. Obamacare cuts $716 billion from Medicare over the next 10 years....

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Can Markets Work in Medicine?
By Selected News Articles @ 1:22 AM :: 4918 Views :: National News, Ethics

Progressives admit to being "deeply suspicious of the claim that a health care system dominated by powerful vested interests and mystifying in its complexity can be tamed by consumers who are strapped for time, often poor, sometimes uneducated, confused and afraid." But just how valid are these concerns?

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Monday, August 27, 2012
Political Convention Drama Begins
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:51 PM :: 4947 Views :: National News, Ethics

...this year marks the 100th anniversary of another Republican Convention embroiled in political drama of a different nature....

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Sunday, August 26, 2012
Commitment to Hawaii’s Kupuna: Lingle Launches New TV Spot
By Video @ 9:34 PM :: 7191 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

We must honor the promises we made to Social Security and Medicare beneficiaries and to those nearing that age," said Governor Lingle. “Our kupuna should not fear that their payments could be stopped or reduced during their lifetimes.”

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Friday, August 24, 2012
Hawaii Solar Installers Billed for Retroactive 250% Federal Tax
By Selected News Articles @ 8:55 PM :: 10747 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Marco Mangelsdorf, who co-owns a company in Hawaii, ProVision Solar Inc ... has been fuming since he received a $138,000 tax bill in June from U.S. Customs, 250% more than what he paid for a shipment of Chinese panels he received in February ....

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Friday, August 24, 2012
Lingle Challenges National GOP on Woman's Right to Choose
By News Release @ 2:12 PM :: 6741 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Governor Linda Lingle, candidate for Hawaii’s open U.S. Senate seat, called on the Republican National Committee to consider the diverse opinions of Party members related to a woman’s right to choose before adopting a proposed platform plank....

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Friday, August 24, 2012
Media "Fact Checkers" Promote Obama's Gutting of Welfare Reform
By Andrew Walden @ 2:06 PM :: 5115 Views :: National News, Ethics

Since Heritage's Robert Rector and Kiki Bradley broke the story on July 12 that the Obama Administration had gutted the work requirements from the 1996 welfare reform law, the Administration has denied it.

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Thursday, August 23, 2012
$61.8M Federal Grant Funds Abercrombie Insurance Exchange
By News Release @ 2:30 PM :: 7587 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

California, Hawaii, Iowa, and New York today have been awarded Level One Exchange Establishment grants, which provide one year of funding to states that have begun the process of building their Exchange....

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Thursday, August 23, 2012
CBO: Another Recession Is Imminent
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:47 PM :: 4978 Views :: National News, Ethics

...the CBO said that if Congress does not act, the economy will shrink by 0.5 percent, and the unemployment rate will spike to 9.1 percent....

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Thursday, August 23, 2012
NYT: The Case for Natural Gas Exports
By NCPA @ 1:21 PM :: 5879 Views :: National News, Ethics

...under federal law, the U.S. Energy Department has to deem the exports in the national interest before these companies are granted permission....

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Bringing Medicaid into the Debate
By Heritage Foundation @ 7:08 PM :: 4927 Views :: National News, Ethics

Nearly one-third of America's doctors are already opting out of treating Medicaid patients—because their costs often outweigh what the program pays for care....

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012
HB1957: Legislators Wipe 50 Medical Privacy Laws off the Books
By Selected News Articles @ 4:26 PM :: 7647 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

"These laws were often rooted in a naïve faith that patient consent, rather than underlying structural protection, is the be-all and end-all of patient protection." -- Big Brother

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Friday, August 17, 2012
No Need MEADS: Sens. Inouye Porker of the Month
By News Release @ 5:13 AM :: 7099 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

CAGW named Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Daniel Inouye and Ranking Member Thad Cochran its August 2012 Porkers of the Month for including a $380 million earmark for the wasteful and widely-criticized Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS)

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Friday, August 17, 2012
Why the Doctor Can't See You
By John Goodman @ 1:08 AM :: 5545 Views :: National News, Ethics

The health care system can't possibly deliver on the huge increase in demand for primary care services -- there aren't enough doctors....

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Friday, August 17, 2012
Medicare Drama More Hype than Reality
By NCPA @ 12:53 AM :: 4316 Views :: National News, Ethics

Ryan v Obama on Medicare: Surprisingly, there's very little difference between the two plans.

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Thursday, August 16, 2012
Windfarms Set to Lose 50% Federal Subsidy
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:28 PM :: 6423 Views :: National News, Ethics

The subsidy is already equivalent to 50 percent to 70 percent of the wholesale price of electricity. And that isn't the only special-interest treatment wind producers receive....

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Thursday, August 16, 2012
Hackers Steal, Encrypt Health Records and Hold Data for Ransom
By Selected News Articles @ 1:41 AM :: 5916 Views :: National News, Ethics

...a federal database of health-related breaches showcases an unsettling new strain of opportunism that is emerging as criminals try to exploit the industry’s shift to digital medical records....

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Accountable Care Organizations: Panacea or Train Wreck?
By NCPA @ 4:19 PM :: 6393 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Similar to health maintenance organizations (HMOs), ACOs are designed to bring hospitals, physicians and insurers together to reduce health care costs ....

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012
NYT: Ambiguity in Health Law Could Make Family Coverage Too Costly for Many
By NCPA @ 4:16 PM :: 3714 Views :: National News, Ethics

Under rules proposed by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), some working-class families would be unable to afford family coverage offered by their employers, and yet they would not qualify for subsidies provided by the Affordable Care Act....

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012
How New Pension Standards Could Make Things Worse
By NCPA @ 4:12 PM :: 3724 Views :: National News, Ethics

GASB considered changes to address this issue. Recently, it approved a slate of reforms for this exact purpose, yet their changes could actually make things worse by omitting essential changes....

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012
The Economist: American Universities Spending Like No Tomorrow
By NCPA @ 4:01 PM :: 3833 Views :: National News, Ethics

They have also increased the proportion of outlays gobbled up by administrators, says The Economist....

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Survey: Liberal profs admit they discriminate against conservatives in hiring, advancement
By Selected News Articles @ 12:32 PM :: 4159 Views :: National News, Ethics

‘Impossible lack of diversity’ reflects ideological intimidation on campus....

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Do The Math: Hirono Passes Zero Bills in Six Years
By News Release @ 12:46 AM :: 7033 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

She sponsored 49 bills between her election in 2006 and 2012, and zero have been passed into law.* We ask the people of Hawaii to join us to ‘do the math’. It all adds up to zero.”

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012
This Threat Seems Fictional, but It's a Real Danger
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:36 AM :: 4322 Views :: National News, Ethics

What happens to our society if we lose all electricity? A new TV show premiering next month, Revolution, will explore that question....

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012
55 Medal of Honor Recipients to Gather in Honolulu
By News Release @ 11:33 PM :: 8952 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Honolulu hosts 55 of America's 81 living Medal of Honor recipients this fall at the 2012 Medal of Honor Society Convention. Recipients from World War II up to the current conflict in Afghanistan will be in attendance.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Gallup: Hawaii, Utah, South Dakota Lead in "Thriving"
By Selected News Articles @ 7:14 PM :: 7711 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Residents of Hawaii, Utah, and South Dakota were the most likely to be "thriving" in the first half of 2012 based on how they rate their lives today and their expectations for their lives in five years. Residents of West Virginia and Maine were the least likely to be thriving.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Medicare Administration Exposes Substandard Hawaii Hospitals, Nursing Homes
By News Release @ 4:32 PM :: 7726 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Medicare.gov is publishing quality-of-care and patient- satisfaction information on more than 4,000 hospitals around the country that participate in Medicare and Medicaid.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Taxpayers' Auto Bailout Losses Mounting
By Andrew Walden @ 10:48 AM :: 4175 Views :: National News, Ethics

Taxpayers will lose even more on the auto bailout than previously thought, as the Treasury has just revised its estimate upward to $25 billion. This may still underestimate the losses to come....

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Monday, August 13, 2012
Open Letter to Holder: Thai Workers Protest DoJ Abandonment of Hawaii Slavery Case
By News Release @ 6:00 PM :: 6559 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

After this long and difficult struggle we are told that all criminal charges are dismissed, even though some of the accused had already pled guilty....

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Monday, August 13, 2012
Facing the Medicare Debate Head-On
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:55 PM :: 4482 Views :: National News, Ethics

Obamacare has already "ended Medicare as we know it."

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Sunday, August 12, 2012
Djou: On to the General Election!
By Rep Charles Djou @ 8:00 PM :: 9895 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Last night...our opponent immediately turned to name calling and finger pointing to define us. But that is exactly what is wrong with politics today. There are too many politicians who just want to point out problems and too few who want to find solutions.

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Sunday, August 12, 2012
Lingle: My Opponent is one of the '12 Percenters'
By Gov. Linda Lingle @ 7:50 PM :: 8482 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

That's the number of American people who approve of the job that Congress is doing, and my opponent is one of the ‘12-percenters,’" Governor Lingle said.

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Sunday, August 12, 2012
Hanabusa: Medicare, Social Security, Medicaid -- it is all at stake
By Andrew Walden @ 5:55 AM :: 9565 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Between 1999 and 2002 Hanabusa short changed the Hawaii ERS--launching today’s multi-billion dollar Hawaii pension crisis. Now she’s lining up with the most unpopular politician in Hawaii—Neil Abercrombie—in support of his efforts to gut the Hawaii Prepaid Health Care Act.

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Sunday, August 12, 2012
Lingle: Hirono Has Failed Hawaii
By News Release @ 5:06 AM :: 6747 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

"Our way of life is being threatened because of the failure of D.C. politicians like my opponent. They failed Hawaii and they failed America. She failed us," said Governor Linda Lingle.  "She put her political career and her party ahead of the people."

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Saturday, August 11, 2012
Inouye, Abercrombie, Chong Look to Alaska for Natural Gas
By Selected News Articles @ 11:30 PM :: 8512 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

At Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell's direction, Alaska's major oil and gas producers and pipeline company TransCanada have shifted focus from a big pipeline to the Lower 48 to one leading to an LNG export plant in Southcentral Alaska....

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Saturday, August 11, 2012
Romney-Ryan: Smart Democrats Should Be Worried
By Selected News Articles @ 3:17 PM :: 5777 Views :: National News, Ethics

“I have held hundreds of town-hall meetings in my district explaining why we have to take bold reform steps, and I’ve found treating people like adults works.  All those ads pushing elderly woman off the cliffs don’t work anymore if you lay out the problem.”

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Saturday, August 11, 2012
Romney-Ryan: “The Courage to Tell You the Truth”
By News Release @ 3:09 PM :: 5353 Views :: National News, Ethics

We will honor you, our fellow citizens, by giving you the right and opportunity to make the choice:

  • What kind of country do we want to have?
  • What kind of people do we want to be?
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Saturday, August 11, 2012
VIDEO: Djou Interviewed by Washington Post
By Rep Charles Djou @ 2:53 AM :: 6040 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Yesterday, I joined my former congressional colleague Brian Baird (D-WA) in an extended interview with the Washington Post. Brian and I discussed whether Congress can still compromise.

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