Think tank announces it will fight government’s demands to turn over climate change documents


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April 13, 2016
Good afternoon from Capitol Hill, where conservative lawmakers are glad to hear a free market think tank vow not to roll over after being targeted by the government for its skepticism on climate change. Leah Jessen reports. The nightmare of an ISIS attack on the West with chemical weapons is closer to reality, Joshua Meservey writes. Are colleges part of the solution to the pay gap between men and women? Salim Furth thinks so.

Think tank announces it will fight government’s demands to turn over climate change documents.“We’ve been targeted for our ideas,” Kent Lassman, the new president and CEO of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, said Tuesday. Claude E. Walker, the U.S. Virgin Islands attorney general, served a 14-page subpoena to the institute while investigating ExxonMobil Corp.’s alleged misrepresentation of its products and activities contributing to climate change “in order to defraud the government … and consumers,” reports The Daily Signal’s Leah Jessen.
ISIS’ next attack could be with chemical weapons. Earlier this month, Morocco’s head of counterterrorism, Abdelhak Khiame, warned that the Islamic State (ISIS) is trying to build chemical weapons to use in an attack on Europe. The announcement comes after Moroccan authorities in February discovered components for making a chemical weapon during a raid on an ISIS cell poised for an attack in Morocco. Khiame was not exaggerating the risk to Europe, as ISIS has the desire, and is working hard to develop the capability, to pull off such an attack, writes The Heritage Foundation’s Joshua Meservey.
Here’s how colleges can help fix the gender pay gap. The Heritage Foundation’s Salim Furth writes that women in the U.S. earn about 20 percent less than men, on average, mostly because they choose different occupations and tend to work fewer hours and years. Pundits and policymakers should not judge people’s individual decisions. But in the area of college grades, there’s room to improve the information available to young adults before they choose a career.
What we’re reading: “I wish we had a few more governors in this country like Phil Bryant. Heck, I wish we had a few more [congressmen] and senators in Washington like Phil Bryant. In the face of corporate bullying and vitriolic, misleading opposition from progressive groups, Gov. Bryant and the Mississippi state legislature courageously protected the religious liberty of their fellow citizens—liberties that have been under assault all around the country. In a sensible world, the Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act shouldn’t have taken much bravery to sign,” writes Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint for USA Today.

After more than a decade at the helm of her bookstore, Ann Kinner faces an uncertain future because of new measures at the city and state level to raise the minimum wage. On June 7, San Diego residents will vote on a ballot measure to raise the city’s minimum wage to $11.50 an hour in 2017. This proposal, coupled with a bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown raising the state minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022, has left Kinner in knots.
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