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  • Yearly Archives: 2009

    Detroit Terror Plot Makes 28 Plots Foiled Since 9/11

    On December 25, 2009, a Nigerian student attempted to ignite a mixture of powder and liquid on a Northwest Airlines flight landing in Detroit, Michigan. Passengers helped to stop the suspect from carrying out his mission after the device failed to fully detonate, marking the 28th foiled terror plot against … More

    Calling Claude Raines: Study Finds Politics in TARP Bailout

    A late end-of-year entry for the 2009 Claude Raines Award goes to a study just released by two economists at the University of Michigan finding that banks with political connections were more likely to get TARP funds than those without them. “Our results show that political connections play an important … More

    Twelve Anti-Family Gifts from Congress

    As Congress wraps up its final business for the year, there are at least a dozen detrimental policies included in the omnibus spending bill recently signed into law by the President. Taken as a whole, these policies devalue human life, weaken civil society, and undermine the family. Unfortunately, these provisions … More

    Christmas with the Presidents

    Christmas in the nation’s capital has evolved through the years. President George Washington held a Christmas party for Congress, starting with an early morning fox hunt. First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln raised money to provide Christmas dinners for wounded Civil War soldiers. Benjamin Harrison set up the first Christmas tree … More

    Video: The Left’s Righteous War Against the Individual Mandate

    As we reported last week, now that the public option is no longer part of Obamacare, President Barack Obama’s leftist base is open revolt over the bill’s requirement that all Americans must buy health insurance or pay a fine. We’ve been calling this a health insurance company bailout for months, … More

    Utopian New Left Just Like Old Left

    How did the European left rationalize communism’s crimes and transform itself into a viable political force after the fall of the Soviet Union? It’s all explained in “Last Exit to Utopia: The Survival of Socialism in a Post-Soviet Era.” First published in 2000, the book by the late French intellectual … More

    Thousands of Children’s Wish-Lists Include Chance to Attend a Good School

    While many kids have sent their wish lists to Santa Claus, millions of kids around the country are wishing for an even more important gift this year—the chance to attend a good school. Brooke Dollins Terry of the Texas Public Policy Foundation published an important report documenting the long waiting … More

    Morning Bell: Remembering the Providential Gift of America

    Christmas, 1776. Summer had begun with strong declarations of noble ideals, but by winter the cause of liberty seemed to be at low ebb. Having suffered defeat after defeat, many had all but given up hope. It looked like freedom would succumb yet again, as it had throughout history, to … More

    As Congress Ends D.C. Voucher Program, Qatar Moves Toward Universal School Choice

    As regular readers of the Foundry know, Congress has recently moved to end the popular and effective D.C. Opportunity Scholarship program, denying low-income families the chance to attend a school of their parents’ choice. Meanwhile, other countries are pushing forward with plans to give all parents school choice. In September, … More

    Is Obamacare a Budget Buster, Medicare Disaster, or Both?

    This week National Journal Online asked their stable of health experts: Would the leading Democratic health care reform proposals result in a better or worse Medicare? Heritage Foundation Vice President for Domestic Policy Stuart Butler responded: On the face of it, the reform proposals would help ease the $37 trillion … More