The Case for Limited Government

By Lee H. Hamilton It has been 35 years since Ronald Reagan’s first inaugural speech as President — the one in which he said, “In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.” Over
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Williams Planning June Forum on Marijuana Legalization in PA

With the Pennsylvania General Assembly moving forward on legislation to legalize medical cannabis, state Senator Anthony H. Williams will hold a forum next week at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, to discuss the pros and cons of legalizing marijuana in Pennsylvania. Sen. Anthony H. Williams’ free forum, “The Great (more...)

US Government Has Partially Shut Down

US government has partially shut down after the two houses of Congress failed to agree to a new budget. “They have shut down the government over an ideological crusade to deny affordable health insurance to millions of Americans.  In other words, they demanded ransom just for (more...)

Government and the Movies

Unlike many countries where the government oversees cultural programs, including cinema, the United States does not have a government office or ministry that regulates the film industry. Government, however, does interface with the movie business in several ways. Film Production In the United States, films generally come (more...)

FEAR Accused Broader Plot Against Government

According to CNN News, "four U.S. Army soldiers based in Fort Stewart, Georgia, are accused of killing two people. Beyond that, a Georgia prosecutor and federal authorities are offering differing responses to a possible plot by the group to overthrow the government and assassinate President Barack Obama." On (more...)

Hot Debate, Hard Compromises Marked U.S. Constitutional Process

By Stephen Kaufman Staff Writer Against a backdrop of geographic and political factionalism, unpaid troops and a weak economy only beginning to recover from years of war, devising a new form of government is a considerable challenge. That was the situation facing the United States in 1787, four years after achieving (more...)

How Can the Government Require People to Purchase Health Insurance?

Reuters/Ipsos poll released last week, said:  "an overhaul of the U.S. healthcare system remains popular even though Americans are not enamored with the law that President Barack Obama signed in 2010", " 44 % of respondents favor the law, and that an additional 21% oppose it because it (more...)

Space Environment at Risk

By Charlene Porter Staff Writer The United States will join other nations and the European Union to develop an International Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities to maintain “long-term sustainability, safety, stability, and security of space by establishing guidelines for the responsible use of space,” according to (more...)

A Framework for a Free Press

This essay is excerpted from Media Law Handbook, published by the Bureau of International Information Programs. A useful starting point as we set out to create a framework for a free press is to consider what rights are essential in order for journalists to do their (more...)

Evolution of the Economy

The U.S. economy has changed beyond recognition over two centuries, but some features endure: a vigorously competitive marketplace, spurts of invention and innovation, political swings between more government regulation and less, between higher protective tariffs or other barriers and freer trade. Spanning much of the territory between (more...)

Free People Create Economic Growth, Obama Says

By Stephen Kaufman Staff Writer A country’s greatest economic resource is the talent and entrepreneurial spirit of its people, President Obama says, and open and accountable governments that treat all of their citizens equally and with dignity are in a better position to enjoy economic growth that will (more...)

Plight of Third-Class Cities

Local government leaders from across Central Pennsylvania appeared before the state Senate Democratic Policy Committee today to give a first-hand account of the challenges facing the commonwealth’s small cities. “When a local problem replicates itself across the state under different leadership and in different regions, then (more...)

No to Government Control of the Internet

By Stephen Kaufman Staff Writer Addressing a conference in London that is meeting to discuss how to make the Internet more secure, Vice President Biden said a proposed “international legal instrument” to govern the Web would stifle free speech and the ability of people all over the world to (more...)

Inspector General And FBI Detail Bribery Investigation

A joint investigation conducted by the Philadelphia Office of the Inspector General (OIG) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has led to the indictment of a 60 year-old Villanova man on suspicion of bribing a City official. In an attempt to expedite and guarantee the acquisition of a property on (more...)

Secretary Clinton on Ukraine’s National Day

Secretary Clinton on Ukraine’s National Day

STATEMENT BY SECRETARY CLINTON Ukraine’s National Day On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to congratulate the people of Ukraine as you celebrate the 20th anniversary of your independence this August 24. Twenty years ago, Ukraine emerged from the shadow of (more...)


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