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  • Monthly Archives: May 2010

    Podcast: Understanding the UK Election

    The results of the UK elections and the new coalition government that has resulted have sparked much commentary and debate. But few Americans actually understand how the British election system works.  In this week’s Heritage in Focus podcast, Ted Bromund, senior research fellow at the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom, … More

    Video of the Week: Al Gore's Doomsday Commencement Speech

    A college graduation is a great achievement that is the culmination of years of hard work, feverish paper writing, and the occasional all-nighter.  So when college students get to their graduation ceremony, they are usually greeted with a great celebration. They are also very positive affairs with well-known speakers giving … More

    In Their Own Words: "This is getting to be Judgment Day on the spending issue"

    Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) told The Washington Post this week: “This is getting to be Judgment Day on the spending issue. I’ve come to the conclusion that voters are saying now that just throwing money at various kinds of issues — virtually all of which are deserving — isn’t good … More

    Race to the Top's Bart Simpson Standard

    It’s not exactly news that the federal No Child Left Behind program has encouraged the states to define proficiency downward in order to avoid triggering various federal sanctions. But judging from Education Next’s recent grading of state proficiency standards, the Obama administration’s Race to the Top program is no fix. Here’s … More

    Sea Level Rises...What Sea Level Rises?

    Another one of the standout presentations at the Heartland Institute’s fourth International Conference on Climate Change was the one by Nils-Axel Morner, former emeritus head of the paleogeophysics and geodynamics department at Stockholm University. His talk focused on sea level increases and the difference between observed data and the Intergovernmental … More

    SM-3 Necesssary and Effective, But Not Sufficient, for Missile Defense

    Once again, George N. Lewis and Theodore A. Postol are asserting that midcourse missile defense interceptors will not work. This latest attack on the missile defense program is in a piece appearing in the current issue of Arms Control Today, which is a publication of the Arms Control Association. This … More

    Side Effects: ER Overload Will Only Get Worse

    Remember how Obamacare was going to save big bucks and reduce wait time in emergency rooms? The idea was that millions of previously uninsured Americans accustomed to using ERs for basic medical treatment would snatch up Obamacare coverage and start getting primary care from regular (and cheaper) medical practices. Nice … More

    Guest Blogger: Congressman Jeff Miller (R-FL) On Investigating the John Adams Project

    During this past Wednesday’s mark-up of the Fiscal Year 2011 National Defense Authorization Act my fellow conservatives on the House Armed Services Committee stood strongly on the side of the American people, vociferously fighting for security, liberty, and freedom through our Defend America First platform.  One of the issues debated … More

    Video: Health Care Reform Timeline

    The White House knows its signature health care legislation is still deeply unpopular with the American people, which is why it has been desperate to speed up implementation as much as legally possible. But many of the law’s new costs and limitations are still scheduled to kick into effect years … More

    Court: Terrorists Held Overseas Not Due Habeas

    The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals just issued a blockbuster opinion that vindicates both the Bush and Obama administration’s positions regarding whether detainees captured overseas and held in Afghanistan have the constitutional right to challenge their detention via habeas corpus. The appeals court, in a methodical opinion reversing a lower … More