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Bush's Education Secretary Visits Silicon Valley
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Bush's Education Secretary Visits Silicon Valley

As printed online by the San Jose Mercury News, 03/01/2001 New Education Secretary Roderick Paige carried President Bush's schools plan to Silicon Valley on Wednesday, telling a Santa Clara audience of business and high-tech leaders the administration is steadfastly committed to some controversial goals. Among them: high standards for all students, and an expanding role for private business -- including private schools -- in public education.

03/01/2001
Hang Tough on School Standards
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Hang Tough on School Standards

President Bush has made education his administration's No. 1 priority for a good reason: Americans remain deeply worried about their schools. The topic of education -- and raising academic standards -- is ubiquitous. In poll after poll, the public lists it as a top concern. While the media run daily stories about struggling schools, states have responded with a deluge of legislation. The White House now aims to follow suit with a wave of new accountability checkpoints.

02/28/2001
Bipartisan Group of Representatives Re-Introduces Resolution to End Softwood Lumber Agreement
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Bipartisan Group of Representatives Re-Introduces Resolution to End Softwood Lumber Agreement

Forty-nine members of Congress, led by Congressmen Jim Kolbe (R-AZ) and Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD), today, introduced a concurrent resolution calling for the end of the U.S./Canada Softwood Lumber Agreement of 1996 (SLA) when it expires on April 1 of this year. The House Concurrent Resolution (bill number to be assigned later today) calls for the termination of the SLA "with no extension or further quota agreement." It is patterned after a similar resolution introduced in the last session of Congress, which gained 119 House sponsors. The SLA was signed in 1996 to restrict lumber shipments from Canada to the U.S. It is opposed by a growing list of consumer groups, trade organizations, and companies. Opponents have formed an ad-hoc alliance, American Consumers for Affordable Homes (ACAH), which represents more than 95 percent of U.S. softwood consumption. Industries that depend on lumber as an input and that oppose import restrictions include: manufacturers of value-added wood products, lumber dealers, home builders and remodeling contractors. These industries employ more than 6.5 million workers. Congressmen Kolbe and Hoyer, the resolution's chief sponsors, charged that the SLA is hurting Americans who are seeking to enter the housing market. "The Softwood Lumber Agreement has had an adverse impact on the U.S. economy," Kolbe said. "While it panders to a few special interests, it is devastating to consumers, particularly, young American families trying to purchase their first home. By restricting the supply of finished lumber, it artificially and unnecessarily raises the average cost of a new home by up to $1,000. For many young couples starting a new family, that can be the difference between being able or unable to make a down payment on a home or qualify for a home mortgage." With the $1,000 price increase, approximately 300,000 families, an estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau, are unable to qualify for a mortgage, preventing then from buying their first home. "The U.S. Canada Softwood Lumber Agreement of 1996 was intended to provide free trade, however it apparently has had the opposite effect, said Representative Hoyer. This agreement is directly affecting consumers by increasing marketplace volatility for consumers of lumber products," Hoyer went on to say. In addition to the House action, a bipartisan group of U. S. Senators introduced Senate Con. Res. 4 two weeks ago, calling for termination of the SLA.

02/28/2001
It's Time To End Deflation
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It's Time To End Deflation

Copley News Service, 02/27/2001 Neither tax cuts nor interest rate cuts, as desirable as both may, be can stop the economy from shrinking, given current monetary policy by the Federal Reserve Board. We are up to our ears in a historically rare monetary deflation that will force prices and wages to fall just as monetary inflations require prices and wages to rise. It is the result of Alan Greenspan's overzealousness during these last four years of economic growth, the result of the Republican tax cuts of 1997 and the Internet-driven productivity surge.

02/27/2001
Opening up Section of ANWR Could Curb Dependence on Foreign Oil, Ease Future Gas Crunches
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Opening up Section of ANWR Could Curb Dependence on Foreign Oil, Ease Future Gas Crunches

Our current energy woes have once again focused attention on America’s dependence on overseas sources of oil, particularly from price-fixing cartels like OPEC. Common sense tells us that if we have the capability, we should produce more oil here at home. We do it better, cleaner, and more efficiently than other countries - many of which give little consideration to responsible environmental stewardship.

02/27/2001
Thou Hast Offended His Majesty
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Thou Hast Offended His Majesty

Sixty minutes were spent today in oral arguments discussing Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson’s "conduct of the trial and extrajudicial statements." Although the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit may not impose any criminal or civil penalty on Jackson, it is clear that he should be given a stern public rebuke and removed from any further proceedings. If a man’s home is his castle, then his courtroom must be his monarchy. At least that’s what it appears Judge Jackson thought of his courtroom in the Microsoft antitrust trial.

02/27/2001
Rules of the Road: Europe Buckles Down
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Rules of the Road: Europe Buckles Down

BY Jaret Seiberg and Shanon D. Murray

EC tightens merger reviews Europe's top antitrust official, Mario Monti, announced plans Tuesday to set up a special unit within the European Commission for regulating concessions in merger reviews. Monti, the European Commissioner for Competition, said the unit will operate under the EC's merger task force, the team of antitrust officials responsible for reviewing mergers. "What we want is this special unit to look at remedies and to make sure they're actually being implemented," he said in a speech at the European Parliament in Brussels.

02/27/2001
3,100 State Layoffs Feared
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3,100 State Layoffs Feared

BY Jonathan Roos and Lynn Okamoto

Budget cuts being considered by the Iowa Legislature could trigger layoffs of more than 3,100 state workers and force parts of state government to shut down for several weeks this spring, advisers to Gov. Tom Vilsack warned Monday. Cynthia Eisenhauer, director of the Department of Management, told lawmakers that proposed cuts of $35 million so late in the fiscal year could force the layoff of 334 of the 346 workers in the Department of Human Services' central office in Des Moines.

02/27/2001
DOJ Continues Quixotic Crusade Against Innovation
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DOJ Continues Quixotic Crusade Against Innovation

Oral arguments in the pending appeal of U.S. v. Microsoft are being heard today in the Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. The arguments are only the latest step in a lawsuit nearly three years old. The federal government teamed with attorneys general from 19 states and the District of Columbia and has presented a plan to micro-manage the development of new technology and to punish Microsoft for improving its products while lowering prices to consumers. Kent Lassman, Director of CSE’s Technology and Communications Policy issued the following statement:

02/26/2001
Letter to Congressional Leaders
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Letter to Congressional Leaders

February 26, 2001 The following congressional leaders received the letter printed below: Senators John McCain and Fritz Hollings, Representatives Billy Tauzin and John Dingell.

02/26/2001

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