Independent Institute Senior Vice President Mary L. G. Theroux testified on "Childhood Poverty, Government Failures, and the Need for Economic Liberty", before the California State Senate's Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, at the request of State Senator Jeff Stone. The witnesses spoke about California's Maximum Family Grant rule for families on welfare. The rule caps grants and does not increase grant money to mothers on welfare when they have more children. Mary testified about the causes of poverty and of the need for other, non-government options for poor families. She introduced ideas for helping the poor through private resources and organizations, instead of government agencies where families and women often find themselves trapped in a cycle of poverty.
In a cold war of words, President Barack Obama told Russian President Vladimir Putin he wouldnt attend a Moscow summit in September. Research Fellow Anthony Gregory compares the two leaders record on human rights and asks why they would even meet in the first place.
Anthony Gregory, Research Editor at the Independent Institute, speaks to Judge Napolitano about the cost of war spending and how President Obama's foreign policy is similar and different to former President George W. Bush's.