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Jul 30, 2015

Congress Adds New National Parks to System in Decline

Despite an $11.5 billion maintenance backlog marring visitor experiences at national parks and leaving important maintenance projects unaddressed, the federal government continues to add new proper

Jul 30, 2015

Wisconsin Supreme Court Shuts Down ‘John Doe’ Probe

The Wisconsin Supreme Court ordered Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm to end his office’s aggressive “John Doe” investigation into political advocacy groups, calling the series of pr

Jul 30, 2015

David Williams: Shining a light on the Darker side of solar power

In this episode of the Heartland Daily Podcast, H.

Jul 30, 2015

City of Chicago Hits Taxpayers with New ‘Netflix Tax’

The City of Chicago is expanding an existing excise tax on movie and theater tickets to include streaming online video and music services, such as Netflix and Spotify, in order to generate addition

Jul 30, 2015

What Is Public Education?

School Choice Weekly #98

Jul 29, 2015


Examining a range of studies analyzing the costs of wind power, this study presents an 'all things considered' estimate of the true costs of wind.