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  • WSJ’s Stephen Moore to Join Heritage as Chief Economist (Jim DeMint hires Amnesty Pimp...)

    01/21/2014 9:23:53 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 72 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | 1/21/14 | Rob Bluey
    <p>Stephen Moore, a member of the Wall Street Journal’s editorial board and founder of the Club for Growth, is returning to The Heritage Foundation as chief economist.</p> <p>Now, with immigration reform likely to be debated in Congress again this year, Moore said he welcomed the opportunity to work on the issue at Heritage. Jim DeMint and I may not agree on everything about immigration, but what Jim wants me and others to do is develop a pro-growth immigration policy for the country. I don’t want Heritage to be viewed as anti-immigration. We all know immigration is vitally important to our economy. Our goal will be to develop an immigration policy that’s in the best interest of America, our economy, and allows the United States to get the best and brightest people to come here.</p>
  • Liberal group touted access to Hillary Clinton for $250,000

    12/18/2013 5:03:16 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 18, 2013 | Kevin Bogardus
    The liberal Center for American Progress (CAP) this year promised corporate donors a chance to meet Hillary Rodham Clinton in return for a $250,000 donation, documents obtained by The Hill show. The meeting never happened, though Clinton spoke at the anniversary gala at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium that was cited on the solicitation. “None of the patrons were able to meet with Secretary Clinton but our board and trustees did meet with her at the event,” said Andrea Purse, a CAP spokeswoman. The documents ask prospective donors to contribute to CAP’s “Progressive Party,” which was held Oct. 24 to...
  • News sites funded by think tanks take root (conservative groups bankrolling startup news orgs)

    04/13/2010 3:19:18 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 536+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/13/10 | John Miller - ap
    BOISE, Idaho – A growing number of conservative groups are bankrolling startup news organizations around the country, aggressively covering government and politics at a time when newspapers are cutting back their statehouse bureaus. The phenomenon troubles some longtime journalists and media watchdogs, who worry about political biases and hidden agendas. The news outlets have sprouted in larger numbers in recent months to fill a void created by the downsizing of traditional statehouse coverage and to win over readers, including those from the tea party movement who don't trust the local paper or the TV news.
  • Serious Play: Think Tank War Games Explore Options on Iran

    02/08/2010 9:02:23 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 29 replies · 911+ views
    The Cutting Edge ^ | 1/8/2010 | Jeffrey White and Loring White
    What if Iran's hardline leadership emerges from the current confrontations at home strengthened and emboldened? If so, the nuclear issue will be back with a vengeance. And three recent war games focused on the Iranian nuclear weapons issue suggest that the prospects for halting the regime's progress toward nuclear weapons are not good. The games -- conducted by highly respected Western think tanks -- explored various strategies for preventing the Iranian nuclear threat from becoming real. The results, unfortunately, were uniformly negative. Given that these were serious games played by serious people, officials who deal with the nuclear problem as...
  • Islamic think-tanks gather in Istanbul

    02/02/2010 2:12:35 AM PST · by Cindy · 13 replies · 330+ views
    SNIPPET: "Think-tanks from a host of Islamic countries gathered this week at the Think-Tank Forum of Islamic Countries under the theme Civilization of Peace and Cooperation, organized by the Turkish Asian Center for Strategic Studies (TASAM) in Istanbul. The focus of the forum was the role of think-tanks in the Islamic world, which was late to recognize their importance in policy formation. The rising tide of conflict in the world was also discussed. These points were stressed in both speeches and seminars." SNIPPET: "The role and development of the Organization for the Islamic Conference (OIC) were discussed in a specific...
  • Study names Brookings Institution industry’s most influential think tank

    01/08/2009 1:44:38 PM PST · by · 6 replies · 433+ views
    The Brookings Institution has been named America’s most influential think tank in the first-ever comprehensive study of the industry. The University of Pennsylvania’s James McGann analyzed about 5,500 think tanks around the world. He sent out surveys to thousands of scholars and experts and asked them to evaluate think tanks based on their ability to shape or drive public policy questions in their home countries and regions. The United States, home to more than one-third of the globe’s think tanks, got its own category for top tanks. Brookings was listed first, followed by New York’s Council on Foreign Relations, D.C.’s...
  • Preaching the Gospel of Small Government

    11/17/2006 5:21:41 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 7 replies · 423+ views
    New York Times ^ | 17 November 2006 | Jason Deparle
    Lawrence W. Reed is one of those people with so much passion for an unusual line of work that he invented a new occupation, and it has helped shape the conservative movement from here to the Himalayas. Mr. Reed runs a conservative think tank school. Twice a year, ideological allies from across the globe travel to his program at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in Midland, Mich., to study the tricks of the idea-peddling trade. Policy institutes have been central to a national organizing strategy that has long won the right a reputation for savvy, and state-level versions are...
  • Soros says be patient (On Left Wing Think Tanks)

    10/28/2006 4:19:35 PM PDT · by shrinkermd · 35 replies · 851+ views
    The Hill ^ | 28 October 2006 | Hans Nichols
    George Soros told a carefully vetted gathering of 70 likeminded millionaires and billionaires last weekend that they must be patient if they want to realize long-term political and ideological yields from an expected massive investment in “startup” progressive think tanks. The Scottsdale, Ariz., meeting, called to start the process of building an ideas production line for liberal politicians, began what organizers hope will be a long dialogue with the “partners,” many from the high-tech industry. Participants have begun to refer to themselves as the Phoenix Group. Rob Stein, a veteran of President Bill Clinton’s Commerce Department and of New York...
  • 'Today' Hides Liberal Leanings of Union-Funded Think Tank Used to Talk Down Economy

    08/31/2006 6:47:07 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 27 replies · 849+ views
    Today Show/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    by Mark Finkelstein August 31, 2006 - 09:27 If the Today show were ever to air the opinions of a think tank founded, say, by a former Reagan administration official and free-market economist Milton Friedman, and funded by large corporations, it's inconceivable that the show would have failed to identify the organization's conservative leanings. Yet Today didn't feel the need to do the obverse when relying extensively on a liberal think tank founded by a former Clinton official and far-left economists and largely funded by Big Labor. From a New York Times editorial to a Boston Globe political cartoon, the...
  • The battle of ideas: Public intellectuals are thriving in the United States

    03/23/2006 1:51:11 PM PST · by USFRIENDINVICTORIA · 5 replies · 438+ views
    The Economist ^ | Mar 23rd 2006 | Lexington (a pseudonym)
    ONE of the best passages of “Gulliver's Travels” concerns his visit to the Grand Academy of Lagado. Gulliver is naturally bemused by the schemes of the “projectors” for making life more comfortable: extracting sunbeams out of cucumbers, or training pigs to plough fields with their snouts. But what really shocks him is their “wild impossible chimeras” for fixing politics: “schemes for persuading monarchs to choose favourites upon the score of their wisdom, capacity and virtue; of teaching ministers to consult the public good; of rewarding merit, great abilities and eminent services.” For much of the past 200 years Europe has...
  • Dems Attack Conservative Think Tanks

    01/18/2006 1:19:06 PM PST · by neverdem · 8 replies · 817+ views
    HUMAN EVENTS ^ | Jan 18, 2006 | Bruce Bartlett
    With no real issues to promote, Democrats are putting all their eggs into the basket of corruption to restore their political fortunes. They and their friends in the mainstream media are working overtime to connect everyone and everything on the right side of the political spectrum to disgraced former lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who has pleaded guilty to multiple felonies. One channel that Democrats and liberals are working is tying conservative think tanks to the Abramoff scandal. They know that these think tanks have been one of the most effective forces in Washington over the last 30 years in advancing a...
  • Investing in Ideas

    12/28/2005 10:19:28 AM PST · by neverdem · 3 replies · 397+ views (Wall Street Journal) ^ | December 28, 2005 | MARK LASSWELL
    How John Olin and William Simon helped create the conservative counterintelligentsia. Recent reports of gloominess besetting conservatives may be exaggerated, but there is one real reason for them to shed a tear: Last month, the trustees of the John M. Olin Foundation met to approve its final grants. After a half-century of operation, the foundation is closing up shop, following the wishes of its founder, who deliberately limited the organization's lifespan to prevent its one day falling into the hands of directors who were foes of his ideas. (Mr. Olin took comfort in the wisdom of this policy after Henry...
  • Rich Liberals Vow to Fund Think Tanks - Aim Is to Compete With Conservatives

    08/08/2005 4:32:54 AM PDT · by summer · 69 replies · 1,368+ views
    Washington Post ^ | August 7, 2005 | Thomas B. Edsall
    At least 80 wealthy liberals have pledged to contribute $1 million or more apiece to fund a network of think tanks and advocacy groups to compete with the potent conservative infrastructure built up over the past three decades. The money will be channeled through a new partnership called the Democracy Alliance, which was founded last spring -- the latest in a series of liberal initiatives as the Democratic Party and its allies continue to struggle with the loss of the House and the Senate in 1994 and the presidency in 2000. Many influential Democratic contributors were left angry and despairing...
  • Insanity: Socialists, communists serving in Congress

    06/10/2005 5:38:07 AM PDT · by gregwest · 23 replies · 949+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 6/10/05 | Devvy Kidd
    Bernie Sanders is an open socialist. This "independent" representative for the state of Vermont who serves in the U.S. House of Representatives is also is a member of the "Progressive Caucus" along with dozens of members of Congress. This is just another communist front-group passing itself off as a "choice for the people." What rubbish. There's no question Hillary Clinton is a Marxist if you understand the subject matter. In the past, both Bill and Hillary have been generous donors to the Institute for Policy Studies, a subversive organization vigorously investigated by the FBI.
  • Goals Reached, Donor on Right Closes Up Shop

    05/29/2005 7:56:04 PM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies · 862+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 29, 2005 | JASON DePARLE
    WASHINGTON, May 28 - Without it, the Federalist Society might not exist, nor its network of 35,000 conservative lawyers. Economic analysis might hold less sway in American courts. The premier idea factories of the right, from the Hoover Institution to the Heritage Foundation, would have lost millions of dollars in core support. And some classics of the conservative canon would have lost their financier, including Allan Bloom's lament of academic decline and Charles Murray's attacks on welfare. Part Medici, part venture capitalist, the John M. Olin Foundation has spent three decades financing the intellectual rise of the right and exciting...
  • George Soros Holds Secret Meeting, Makes 5-Year Plan - (Repubs had better keep an eye on him!)

    04/22/2005 6:31:14 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 57 replies · 1,328+ views
    A hush-hush meeting of 70 leftist fat cats heard billionaire George Soros lay out a five-year plan designed to build a network of think tanks, media outlets and training schools promoting Soros' brand of Marxism. Meeting in Scottsdale Ariz., last weekend, the assemblage of multi-millionaires, whose identities were kept secret by the meeting's organizers, planned to start the process of building an ideas production line for liberal politicians. They wwant to begin what organizers hope will be a long dialogue with the "partners," many from the high-tech industry, a group that backed John Kerry in last year's presidential election. According...
  • Soros plans to strike again

    04/20/2005 5:41:50 PM PDT · by rbedford · 11 replies · 551+ views
    The Hill ^ | April 20, 2005 | Hans Nichols
    Soros says be patient ”George Soros told a carefully vetted gathering of 70 likeminded millionaires and billionaires last weekend that they must be patient if they want to realize long-term political and ideological yields from an expected massive investment in “startup” progressive think tanks.” ”The Scottsdale, Ariz., meeting, called to start the process of building an ideas production line for liberal politicians, began what organizers hope will be a long dialogue with the “partners,” many from the high-tech industry. Participants have begun to refer to themselves as the Phoenix Group.” “One source at the DNC with direct knowledge of the...
  • Two Cheers for George Soros

    01/29/2005 8:01:43 AM PST · by Davis · 3 replies · 276+ views
    The Conning Tower ^ | January 28, 2005 | Trentino
    George Soros is one of the planet's wealthiest men, 38th on Forbes' latest list with about $7,000,000,000 which he keeps in a steamer trunk in a bomb-proof vault guarded by platoons of fanatically loyal mutant ninjas. The man is no fool. Last election cycle, Soros dipped into petty cash to toss about skaity-nine million bucks to a variety of campaigns to defeat George W. Bush., a principal recipient of Soros' largesse, is dedicated to the canonization of Bill Clinton. It used Soros' money to get the anti-Bush message out. America Coming Together (ACT) got a bucketful of Soros cash...
  • Democrats Open New Liberal Think Tank

    10/28/2003 9:07:07 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 40 replies · 152+ views
    Fox News ^ | Tuesday, October 28, 2003
    <p>WASHINGTON — A new left-wing think tank — the Center for American Progress — unveiled itself Tuesday as the Democratic vaccine to what center supporters say is a plague of conservatism now dominating America.</p> <p>"We think the debate has been unbalanced in the country," center president John Podesta, a former chief of staff to President Clinton, told Fox News.</p>
  • A think tank oxymoron?

    10/25/2003 11:37:28 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies · 214+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Richard W. Rahn
    <p>Why have the "conservative" think tanks been so successful, while those on the left have withered? The Democrats have been increasingly concerned by the fact they are losing the war of ideas, and they ought to be.</p> <p>John Podesta, President Clinton's last chief of staff, is the most recent prominent Democrat to attempt to build a left-of-center think tank, known as the "Center for American Progress."</p>
  • Think Tanks in Battle for the Ballot Box

    08/03/2003 4:35:46 PM PDT · by lilylangtree · 16 replies · 197+ views
    Parade Magazine | 8-3-2003 | Robert Moritz
    Worried that conservatives are winning the battle of ideas and winning voters, liberal Democrats are starting a new Washington think tank. The American Majority Institute is set to open in September, with an anuual budget of $10 million. It will be the largest Democratic think tank but far smaller than the GOP-oriented Heritage Foundation, with a $30 million budget. John Podesta, former Clinton chief of staff, is leading the project and has support from key Democrats. They hope it will help their party to craft a more-unified message for voters. But insiders say it's a tough task: The institute can't...
  • WEB RESOURCES FOR FReepers: Amazing lists of useful links

    07/22/2003 5:21:53 PM PDT · by Wolfstar · 55 replies · 3,252+ views
    C-SPAN ^ | 7-22-03
    Courtesy of C-SPAN (they do have some uses), here are some great, well-organized resources FReepers can use to keep informed, as well as to research and post information: TV / RADIO / WEBSITES / WEBLOGS NEWSPAPERS / MAGAZINES WHITE HOUSE / EXECUTIVE BRANCH RESOURCES CONGRESSIONAL RESOURCES JUDICIARY RESOURCES STATE / LOCAL GOVERNMENT RESOURCES THINK TANK / PAC / POLICY ORGANIZATIONS RESOURCES (RNC, DNC, and huge list of others) INTERNATIONAL GOVERNMENT RESOURCES (British Parliament and more) WAR WITH IRAQ RESOURCES AMERICAN PRESIDENTS
  • GOP ready to take the reins - Democrats vow counter-proposals, continued "Divide Amerika" strategy

    01/05/2003 4:24:26 AM PST · by MeekOneGOP · 13 replies · 244+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | January 5, 2003 | By DAVID JACKSON / The Dallas Morning News
    GOP ready to take the reins 01/05/2003 By DAVID JACKSON / The Dallas Morning News CRAWFORD, Texas - Welcome to the brave new Republican world. President Bush and a GOP-led Congress will converge on Washington this week to confront an age of anxiety, one layered with pessimism over the economy, terrorism, and confrontations with Iraq and North Korea. And Democrats, with little chance to enact an agenda of their own, are reminding Mr. Bush and Republicans of the perils of getting what you asked for. They plan to hold the GOP majority that Mr. Bush fought so hard to...
  • Mischief in High Places

    (From a) Speech by His Majesty King Abdullah II ibn al-Hussein of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to commemorate the opening of The Saban Center for Middle East Policy, Brookings Institute, Tel Aviv. May 13, 2002. Made possible by a generous founding grant from Mr. Haim Saban of Los Angeles, the Saban Center will permit the Brookings Institution to dramatically expand its research and analysis of Middle East policy issues at a time when the region has assumed a dominant position on the U.S. foreign policy agenda. MR. INDYK: Your Majesty, the last question is on Iraq. You'll be glad...