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  • Monthly Archives: April 2010

    Iran’s Nuclear Program: Does the U.S. Have a Strategy?

    On Sunday, The New York Times reported that Defense Secretary Robert Gates had sent a secret memo to the White House that warned that the administration does not have an effective policy to deal with the threat of Iran acquiring a nuclear weapon. Gates responded by asserting that his memo … More

    Why Military Tribunals Are Consistent with the Geneva Conventions

    At last week’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, after Attorney General Eric Holder again refused to rule out a civilian trial for Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) shot back: “We know the administration is not going to hold the trial in New York. They should just say it already.” … More

    Financial Reform: Blocking Innovation, Not Meltdowns

    One of many bureaucratic boondoggles in the Senate financial “reform” legislation is a “Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection Protection.” Just how exactly would the proposed new bureaucracy protect consumers? The same way bureaucrats do everything: with more paperwork and fewer choices. A few years ago, a TV commercial showed a … More

    Outside the Beltway: Utah's Successes Highlight Federalism's Benefits

    In the past year, the Congressional health care battle has usurped much of the public discourse on health care reform.  In the mean time, Utah has quietly begun implementing its own version of reform, moving its health care system in a more patient-centered, consumer-driven direction.  In a recent paper, Heritage … More

    Barack Obama Insults Poland – Again

    Last week I wrote a piece urging President Obama to attend the funeral of Polish President Lech Kaczynski, the Polish First Lady, and 94 senior officials who perished in the Smolensk air disaster. I noted at the time: The Obama administration has on numerous occasions failed to acknowledge the importance … More

    Side Effects: The Doctor Is NOT In

    Doctors are becoming increasingly demoralized. And no wonder!  They are losing control over their professional independence and the Washington lobbyists they hire to represent them are collaborators with an increasingly hostile Washington political establishment. While the President repeatedly told Americans that his health agenda would not interfere with their relationship … More

    The Obama Budget Plan: Taxes and Rationing

    Suddenly, the Obama administration and Democratic congressional leaders seem to want health-care news stories to fall off of the front page. This week, House Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry Waxman abruptly cancelled a high-profile hearing he had called just days earlier to berate corporate CEOs who dared to tell their … More

    Well Said, But Mr. President . . .

    Violent extremism of any stripe is beyond the pale. The intentional murder of innocents remains one of the world’s ultimate evils. If only everyone speaking on the issue of anti-government extremism chose their words as carefully as President Clinton. Alas, the talking heads of MSNBC have not. They have used … More

    House and Senate Cloakroom: April 19 – 23

    House Cloakroom: April 19 – 23 Analysis: Another light week on the House side is in store as the Senate battles financial regulatory overhaul on the other side of the Capitol.  This week the major bill likely to be brought up is the DC voting rights bill.  Last year the … More

    Morning Bell: There is Nothing Conservative About This President

    According to a new poll by the Pew Research Center, public confidence in government is at one of the lowest points in a half century. Pew Research Center president Andrew Kohut writes in today’s Wall Street Journal: “A desire for smaller government is particularly evident since Barack Obama took office.” … More