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  • Monthly Archives: May 2008

    House Republicans Tie Earmark Moratorium to Gas Tax Relief

    Frustrated by inaction from Democrats on earmarks and gas prices, House Republicans are tying the two issues together in hopes of forcing Congress to act. Legislation introduced by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) would suspend the 18.4 cents per gallon federal gas tax for the summer. To avoid impacting the Highway … More

    Ask Arianna

    Ross Douthat notes that Matt Yglesias is having trouble duplicating the campaign contribution data that Heritage’s Mike Franc cited in his in his NRO article today. Franc wrote: In this upside-down campaign season when populist GOP campaigners like John McCain and Mike Huckabee surprised the pundits with their primary victories … More

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    Multilateral trade negations are the best way to bring the benefits of trade liberalization to the most people people, but with the current Doha Round of talks stalled, the U.S. has turned to bilateral agreements, that while not perfect, still are helping the American economy. Heritage scholar Daniella Markheim documents … More

    Is There Any Bite in Blue Dogs' Bark?

    As Heritage’s Michael Franc documents again today, the Democratic party is rapidly becoming a party of rich cultural elites: Through May 1, the Democratic presidential field has suctioned up a cool $5.7 million from the more than 4,000 donors who list their occupation as “CEO.” The Republicans’ take was only … More

    Problems with the Polar Bear/Global Warming Link

    The Department of the Interior is expected to announce soon that polar bears have been designated a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. The justification for such a move will not be that polar bears are actually declining. Rather, the justification will be based on speculation that they may … More

    Morning Bell: The New York Times Wants You to Pay Even More at the Pump

    Fast becoming an official communications appendage of the Barack Obama campaign, the New York Times editorializes today on the “petty pandering” of Hillary Clinton’s and John McCain’s call for a suspension of the federal gas tax over the summer. Noting that the policy would not deliver lower prices for consumers, … More

    One Step at a Time

    According to an article on The Hill, lobbyists are now targeting smaller immigration bills. This strategy is the smarter approach. The U.S. immigration system touches on practically every aspect of the government, and involves many different competing interests that affect millions of American lives. Fixing immigration in one fell swoop … More

    Is the New York Times Familiar with Legal History at All?

    In their editorial today celebrating Barack Obama’s victory of Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination, the New York Times attacks John McCain and his promise to appoint conservative judges to the bench. They write: Mr. McCain predictably criticized liberal judges, vowed strict adherence to the Founders’ views and promised to … More

    Hurry Up & Wait: Relief from Frank-Dodd Proposal Will Take Its Own Sweet Time in Coming

    Lawmakers say they want to speed FAST, FAST, FAST RELIEF to homeowners with mortgage woes. But the leading remedy on the Hill, the Frank-Dodd FHA Refinance Plan (H.R. 5830), will take many months before it has any effect at all. Moreover, it’s the wrong prescription. Though not as bad as … More

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    Liberal in Congress are desperate to satisfy both their labor union masters who oppose all trade and their new Wall Street donors who generally support open trade policies. To this end, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is desperately trying to blame the House’s failure to even vote on the Colombia Free … More