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New Jersey ranks last in fiscal solvency: convervative think tank

New Jersey is in the worst fiscal shape of all 50 states, according to a think tank. An analysis released Thursday by the fiscally conservative Mercatus Center at George Mason University ranked every state by four measures based on 2012…  …

Professor: Libertarian icon Friedrich Hayek would support the individual mandate

Erik Angner, a philosophy professor at George Mason University, told Reason TV on Thursday that libertarian icon Friedrich Hayek would have supported the so-called individual mandate. The controversial provision of Obama’s health care reform law requires uninsured Americans to purchase insurance or pay a penalty. Though Hayek famously condemned top-down…

Activist: New climate poll shows ‘reality will trump big dollar denial efforts’

Following the publication of a George Mason University poll on Wednesday that shows 69 percent of Americans believe the weather is getting worse due to climate change, author and environmental activist Bill McKibbon hailed the findings as proof that “reality will trump big dollar denial efforts” by the pollution-causing industries.…

GPS shoes for Alzheimer’s patients to hit U.S.

WASHINGTON — The first shoes with built-in GPS devices — to help track down dementia-suffering seniors who wander off and get lost — are set to hit the US market this month, the manufacturer says. GTX Corp said the first batch of 3,000 pairs of shoes has been shipped to…

Drop in violent crime reveals complex role of poverty

WASHINGTON — A plunge in violent crime over the last two years despite the economic downturn appears to confirm what experts have long known — that poverty alone does not drive delinquency. The latest figures released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) show the lowest level of violent crime…

Study: Whites say they face more racism than blacks

Whites in America now believe that they face more racial bias than blacks, according to a recent study. Samuel Sommers of Tufts University and Michael I. Norton of Harvard asked 208 blacks and 209 whites to use a 10-point scale to indicate how much they thought blacks and whites were…

Expert predicts record turnout

A political expert at George Mason University is predicting that 2010 will see more voters than any midterm election in history. Dr. Michael P. McDonald has used early voter turnout to project that 90 million people will vote in this year’s elections. McDonald is Associate Professor of Government and Politics…

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