The Detroit-ification of Rural America

Binghamton, New York — once a powerhouse of industry — is now approaching Detroit in many economic measures, according to the U.S. Census. In Binghamton, more than 31 percent of city residents are at or below the federal poverty level compared to 38 percent in Detroit. Average household income in Binghamton at $30,179 in 2012 barely outpaces Detroit’s $26,955. By some metrics, Binghamton is behind Detroit. Read More »

Putin Celebrates Birth Of KGB, USSR’s Hated Spy Service

“In the past, the services worked for the Communist Party and the party ran the state,” says Michelle Van Cleave, former head of U.S. counterintelligence. “Now, the intelligence services are the state. That’s a very different government structure than we’re accustomed to.” Nicknamed Cheka, the All-Russian Commission for Combating Counter-Revolution and Sabotage existed to smash any and all opposition to Vladimir Lenin’s creation of a utopian socialist society. “We represent in ourselves orga Read More »

Texas Public Policy Foundation project targets EPA's Clean Power Plan

The Texas Public Policy Foundation launched a new project this week called the Fueling Freedom Project to turn authority for regulating clean power over to the states. The project is in response to the EPA's Clean Power Plan, which calls for a 32 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 and calls for each state to increase its share of renewable energy to 28 percent from current levels by 2030. Read More »