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  • Monthly Archives: June 2009

    The Cloakroom: June 22 - June 28

    Major Senate Floor Action – The Senate will continue proceedings on the tourism bill, which we commented on earlier this week. The bill proposes that a “nonprofit corporation” be established to promote tourism in the United States. There is a $10 tax that would be placed on every visitor. The … More

    Tehran Protesters Defy Khamenei’s Ultimatum, While Suicide Bomber Targets Khomeini’s Mausoleum

    Iran’s clerical dictatorship cracked down on opposition protests today and is sure to mount an even more forceful response to the reported bombing of the mausoleum of the founder of Iran’s Islamist revolution, Ayatollah Khomeini. A suicide bomber apparently blew himself up inside the shrine, wounding two people. It is … More

    North Korea Trawler Chase Highlights UN Resolution Weakness

    The US Navy is shadowing a North Korean freighter that may be transporting military cargo banned by UN Resolution 1874. US defense officials have not identified the suspected military contraband, which could run the gamut from conventional weapons to missiles or even nuclear technology or components. The UN resolution imposed … More

    Obama Walks Back Promise On Keeping Your Private Insurance

    Less than 24 hours after Heritage Foundation President Ed Feulner questioned the veracity of President Obama’s persistent claim that, under his health care proposals, “if you like your insurance package you can keep it”, the White House has begun to walk the President’s claim back. Turns out he didn’t really … More

    The Case Against Employer Mandates

    Stunned by the $1.6 trillion price tag for their health care plan, the Senate Finance Committee is weighing a ‘pay or play’ employer health mandate. Staffers are still negotiating which businesses will fall under the mandate, and how they are to be punished if they fail to offer “affordable” health … More

    Will Washington Follow in Sacramento’s Footsteps?

    The federal government’s bailout parade wasn’t enough to save California this week. In a move that drew praise from some conservative quarters, President Obama refused to send federal aid to the Golden State. California had asked the Treasury Department to help with its $24 billion deficit. But rather than open … More

    Deployment Proves Missile Defense Value

    Secretary of Defense Robert Gates ordered the deployment of the Theater High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) to defend Hawaii should a pending North Korean long-range missile launch pose a threat to the US. The mobile ground-based missile defense system would augment longer-range missile interceptors based in Alaska. The US has … More

    Don't Fall for The Co-Op Co-Opt

    President Barack Obama’s desire for government-run health insurance, aka the “public option,” is threatening to kill health care reform. Now some Senators are floating a “compromise” plan that would create cooperative plans as an alternative to a government-run public plan. True co-ops have a long and proud tradition in many … More

    Morning Bell: Stop Enviro-Crony Capitalism...Stop the EPA

    Two competing solar power companies, Ausra and BrightSource Energy, recently filed plans to build plants in the California desert. Both firms’ plans affected wildlife habitat. But only Ausra’s plans were hit with complaints demanding expensive and cumbersome environmental studies. The reason? Ausra had rejected demands that it use only union … More

    Guest Blogger: Senator David Vitter (R-LA) on Missile Defense

    Current events always put policy issues in clear and distinct context, and the recent actions of North Korea and the political instability of the Iranian government make a more compelling argument than ever for strong missile defense programs. But as North Korea continues to test nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles … More