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  • Monthly Archives: March 2010

    Senator Dodd and Financial Regulation: New Plan, Old Problems

    There’s more going on in Washington this week than health care reform. Giving up on efforts to get a bipartisan deal on financial regulation, Senate Financial Services Committee chair Chris Dodd today released his own plan – sans GOP support – for “fixing” the financial system. The goal, according to … More

    Are Spring Doves Flocking to the Fed?

    The White House has indicated it intends to nominate San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank President Janet Yellen as Vice-Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board in Washington. The White House has said the top candidates for the two remaining Board slots are the relatively unknown attorney Sarah Raskin, Maryland’s Commissioner on … More

    What Took Toyota So Long?

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) still cannot determine what caused the unintended acceleration of a Toyota Prius last week in which a police officer was able to assist in bringing the vehicle to a stop without injury to anyone. In fact, when Members of Congress grilled Toyota representatives … More

    Chinese Women in Space

    Even as the US continues to debate how it will sustain a manned presence in space, China made yet another major announcement about  its manned space program. In an announcement from the Chinese Ministry of Defense, it was declared  that the newest class of Chinese astronauts included two women. Unlike … More

    Health Care Provisions Buried in The Unemployment Benefits Extenders Bill

    Congressional liberals are working overtime. In case you missed it, hidden behind the non-stop news coverage of the health care debate, the Senate-passed extenders bill includes several health care provisions that follow the same flawed policies of the big Stimulus Bill. Once again, these provisions  move the health care system … More

    Greece Gets Visa Waiver Privileges, But Other Nations Left in the Cold

    Last week Greece was admitted as the 36th member nation of the Visa Waiver Program, (VWP). While this is certainly a welcome move for a program that hasn’t added a new member since 2008, it also highlights a real lack of willpower and effort by the White House to keep … More

    Guest Blogger: Rep. Anh Cao (R-LA) on the Trans Pacific Partnership

    The United States Trade Representative announced that negotiations on the Trans Pacific Partnership will begin this month, March 2010. Prompt conclusion of this agreement could be critical to the President’s export initiative, in which Mr. Obama intends to double U.S. Exports over the next five years. While the stimulus plan … More

    The Next Wave of Taxes on Business

    In an attempt to solve the nation’s current economic woes, legislators remain fixated on a single solution: federal stimulus spending. This is the wrong solution, regardless of the sweet rhetoric used by some Washington lawmakers, and is no economic stimulus. Two days ago the Senate passed (62 to 36) another … More

    ESEA Reauthorization Blueprint: Another Federal Overreach

    Over the weekend, the administration released its “blueprint” for reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The blueprint provides the administration’s vision for reauthorizing ESEA, in its current iteration known as the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), due for reauthorization since 2007. The plan to tackle the … More

    Morning Bell: Introducing the New and Improved Heritage.org

    The Heritage Foundation unveils our redesigned website this morning with a modern look and feel, better organization of our policy research, greater integration of our multimedia products and our blog, The Foundry. The redesigned website is a significant step forward for Heritage. It presents an innovative new platform for a … More