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Drones and the Dream of a New Genie

The defense industry dreams of genies. That’s because it is really hard to get the genie back into bottle after you let it loose. Really, the only option after releasing a genie is to invent new, expensive ways to combat it. And that’s been the story of America’s persistent gift to posterity—the “nuclear genie.” Just [...]

Can America Afford To Bring Home The Employee Army?

Will the Pentagon’s planned reduction of the Army to “pre-World War II levels” be met with post-World War II solutions, or post-Vietnam-like problems?

Step Right Up and See Boeing’s Amazing Shrinking Tax Rate!

Last year, government contracting behemoth Boeing paid an effective tax rate of -1.4%. Yes, you read that correctly—negative 1.4%. According to a new report from the Center for Effective Government, one of America’s biggest corporations, with profits ranging from $1.6 to $5.9 billion over the last five years, found ways to whittle down its effective [...]

The al-Qaeda Menace: A Tale of Two Headlines

What exactly is al-Qaeda? Is it a group of committed jihadists previously led by Osama bin Laden? Or is it a “brand?” Is the enemy just the so-called “core” al-Qaeda, or is it now an amorphous conglomerate of affiliates, franchisees and enthusiasts? If “core al-Qaeda” is, as Director of National Intelligence James Clapper just said [...]

Big Ag’s GMO Gambit: Defeat Labeling & Label Opponents as Terrorists

GMOs are not popular and Big Ag knows it. That’s why the industry opened its wallet to defeat attempts to pass mandatory labeling of food containing genetically modified components in California ($46m) and in Washington ($22m). It is also why the Grocery Manufacturers Association recently launched a “pre-emptive strike” against labeling at the Federal level. [...]

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