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  • Monthly Archives: July 2010

    Reid’s Deficit Addiction Is Blocking Unemployment Benefits Extension

    There’s only one reason nearly 2 million American former workers are without unemployment benefits today: Senator Reid (D-NV) and his Democratic colleagues’ addiction to deficit spending. The Senate is expected to try to extend these benefits soon. There are arguments pro and con, but if the benefits are extended, then … More

    Grumbling on Capitol Hill About Administration’s Timeline for Afghanistan

    Secretary of Defense Robert Gates told Senate Republicans last week that he would try to fix the problem caused by the Obama Administration’s mixed messages about its commitment to the war in Afghanistan. Alex Bolton Friday reported in The Hill that Gates told a group of Republican Senators in a … More

    House and Senate Cloakroom: July 19-23

    House Cloakroom: July 19-23 Analysis: Only two legislative weeks remain until the House adjourns for the August recess on August 2nd – a week earlier than expected. This coming week, the House may consider H.R. 5618, the Restoration of Emergency Unemployment Compensation Act – legislation which would extend unemployment benefits … More

    Morning Bell: What's Attorney General Holder Hiding?

    Imagine arriving at your neighborhood polling place on Election Day and seeing two men guarding the entrance, dressed in paramilitary uniforms, wielding a deadly billy club, shouting racial epithets and menacing voters. Would you walk through the door? Now imagine political appointees in the Department of Justice (DOJ) refusing to … More

    The New Black Panther Party Case: Cast of Characters

    Editor’s Note: The Heritage Foundation drew heavily from The Washington Times and other news reports to compile this cast of characters. From the New Black Panther Party Jerry Jackson—On Election Day 2008, Jackson was one of two New Black Panthers to visit a Philadelphia polling place wearing paramilitary garb. In … More

    The New Black Panther Party Case: A Timeline

    To clarify the issues at stake in the New Black Panther case, The Heritage Foundation has compiled two timelines from news reports — including The Washington Times’ timeline of events — and government documents, especially those from the United States Commission on Civil Rights. Both timelines are posted here. The first … More

    Federal Bailouts of Medicaid Encourage the Unsustainable Status Quo

    In the past few months, the Senate has made several attempts to extend the Medicaid bailout included in the stimulus package. States share the cost of Medicaid with the federal government, and because of the influx of new beneficiaries due to increased job loss, the federal government increased the portion … More

    Russia-Iran Energy Road Map: Is Moscow Trying to Sit on Two Chairs?

    Russian and Iranian energy ministers Sergei I. Shmatko and Massoud Mir-Kazemi, signed a “roadmap” to future economic cooperation in the oil, gas, and petrochemical industries, according to ITAR-TASS, a Russian news-wire. Just weeks after Russia supported United Nations sanctions against Iran for developing a rogue nuclear program, and just as … More

    Marriage under Assault in Federal Courts: Why It Matters

    Marriage is under intensified assault in two federal courtrooms. Last week a federal district judge in Massachusetts acted alone to overrule 427 members of Congress who voted in 1996 to adopt the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), a measure signed into law by President Clinton. DOMA has two major provisions. … More

    Greenspan’s Economics Trips on His Naïve Politics, Again

    Alan Greenspan recently gave a Bloomberg News interview with Judy Woodruff. His agenda was redemption. Hers was politics. She got what she wanted. In the course of the interview, Greenspan acknowledged the economy was slowing, a more modest appraisal than that recently signaled by his former colleagues at the Fed … More