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Nationwide, consumers are on track to spend more than $675 million on fireworks this year, according to the American Pyrotechnics Association. Special to The Forum

Don’t Celebrate America, Celebrate Americans

In my newspaper column this week I wrote about Independence Day not as something more than a celebration of nationalism but a celebration of personal independence. The history of the American Revolution often is seen through the lens of only international politics. Our infant nation, then a loose confederacy of colonies, ending its colonial relationship

Senator Rubio: America Can Make Immigrants Conservative

At the heart of opposition to immigration reform is fear, I think. Fear that an influx of new immigrants will upset the political balance. Steal jobs. Undermine our culture. Specifically, conservatives see granting amnesty to illegal immigrants as minting whole new generations of Democrat voters. Senator Marco Rubio addressed those concerns today in an impassioned

Lunatics Running The Asylum: SBHE Buys Out Shirvani

Chancellor Hamid Shirvani will be leaving North Dakota’s university system after offering an ultimatum to the SBHE today: Either give him the backing he needs to govern the university system or buy out his contract. The board, which was probably headed toward canning Shirvani anyway, chose to buy him out. Shirvani is the second university

Government Price Controls Causes Toilet Paper Shortage In Venzuela

Remember when Hugo Chavez died, and our friends on the left were quick to eulogize him talking about all the hard work he did to make Venezuela a better place? Well, here’s a glimpse into the legacy left behind by the socialist strong man. Things are so great in Venzuela, getting toilet paper is a

Hoeven: Obama "Moving The Goal Posts" On Keystone Pipeline

North Dakota Senator John Hoeven was on MSNBC this morning talking about the Boston bombing, budget battles and the Keystone XL pipeline. “We’ll put a hundred thousand barrels a day of Bakken light sweet crude into that pipeline,” Senator Hoeven said of the project’s importance to North Dakota. “The president needs to make a decision.

Big Ethanol Is Questioning Your Patriotism

As you’ve probably noticed because of the slow posting, I’ve been traveling this week on business, and on my way from Bismarck to Fargo I caught sight of this monstrosity alongside the road: Based on some web searches these billboards have been around for a while. It’s not clear who is running them, but whoever

Free Markets Can Keep Health Care Costs Down

Health care and, by extension, health insurance costs have gone through the roof in America. This is no big revelation as our governments are constantly wrestling with new policies intended to help control costs but that usually end up making things worse (case in point, Obamacare). The trend is always to fix cost distortions caused

Broken Promises: Obama Closes Guantanamo Closing Office

Remember when President Obama was campaigning on closing the Guantanamo Bay detention facility? Well, he’s finally gotten around to closing something related to Gitmo: The State Department on Monday reassigned Daniel Fried, the special envoy for closing the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and will not replace him, according to an internal personnel announcement. Mr.