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  • Monthly Archives: May 2009

    End the Defense Budget Gag Order

    Last month the Washington Post reported that Secretary of Defense Robert Gates required senior defense officials throughout the department to sign non-disclosure on defense budget deliberations. Today Congressman Randy Forbes (VA-04) along with other House Armed Services Subcommittee Ranking Members sent a letter to Secretary Gates calling this policy a … More

    A Picture Perfect Double Standard

    ABC News, May 5, 2009: The White House is keeping a tight grip on photos from last week’s botched Air Force One promotional photo op over Lower Manhattan. At a press briefing Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs dodged reporters’ questions about last week’s photo-op, which cost over $328,000 … More

    Green Energy Goes "Gang Green"

    Literally: “Anti-Mafia magistrates in Sicily have opened a sweeping investigation into the wind power sector where local officials, entrepreneurs and crime gangs are suspected of collusion in the construction of lucrative wind farms before their eventual sale to multinational companies. Italian and EU subsidies for the building of wind farms … More

    The Second Amendment vs International Law

    On March 23, President Obama nominated Harold Koh, former Dean of the Yale Law School, to be Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State. As Heritage U.S. Senate Relations Director Brian Darling writes in Human Events, “one of the many concerns [conservatives have] with Koh is his belief that … More

    Senate Finance Committee: Medicare is Broken

    Senators Max Baucus and Charles Grassley, the Chairman and Ranking Member respectively of the powerful Senate Committee on Finance have just delivered an indictment of the current health care system, including, strangely enough, the traditional Medicare program that top liberal health policy analysts and many in Congress want to use … More

    Chrysler: Pay Back the Money!

    The Obama Administration appears about to walk away from $7.5 billion in taxpayer money used to prop up Chrysler. This little information nugget was buried in Chrysler’s filing before the bankruptcy judge last week and confirmed by Administration sources. So much for responsible government and transparency! The Bush Administration pumped … More

    Live Blogging the Napolitano Hearing: Part III

    DIRKSEN SENATE OFFICE BUILDING – Sen. Sessions returns from vote–more questions for Napolitano. Swings back to comprehensive immigration reform. No surprise–he has a different take than Sen. Leahy. Napolitano emphasizes stress on courts from processing illegal immigrants. Too many cases. But doesn’t this mean Bush enforcement efforts were working? Great … More

    Havana Daydreamin'

    Results from President Barack Obama’s recent overtures to the Cuban regime are coming in: Raul Castro has extended the warm hand of friendship to the peripatetic North Korean Foreign Minister Cuba’s United Nation’s representatives continue to defend their sovereign right to censorship Fidel still fulminates against the same commercial and … More

    Live Blogging the Napolitano Hearing: Part II

    DIRKSEN SENATE OFFICE BUILDING – Committee has moved into Questions and Answers. Leahy is questioning Napolitano. Started off with Real ID. She says working with Congress and Governors to “craft a new solution.” Sessions talking workplace raids. Napolitano emphasizes that DHS is continuing all enforcement actions. Swine flu rears it … More

    Russia-NATO Relationship Worsened, Missing Chance to Normalize

    This past April saw signs that Russian-NATO relations, frozen in the wake of the Russian-Georgian August 2008 conflict, might start looking up. A diplomatic meeting in the Russia-NATO format even took place in Brussels. But parallel to this event the Russian news media unleashed an unprecedented campaign protesting the NATO  … More