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  • Monthly Archives: July 2010

    North Korean Threats Show Need for Robust Defenses

    North Korea has responded to planned U.S.-South Korean military exercises by threatening a “retaliatory sacred war” with a “powerful nuclear deterrence.” Pyongyang’s belligerent propaganda is intended to show that the regime is not intimidated by the large-scale allied naval and air exercises scheduled to take place next week near the … More

    White House Confirms Continued Trillion-Dollar Budget Deficits

    The White House today released its updated federal budget projections. By releasing the report late on a Friday afternoon—a longtime Washington tradition for stories that politicians want to bury—the Obama Administration is effectively admitting that its budget numbers will not be well-received. The “Mid-Session Budget Review” projects that this year’s … More

    DISCLOSE Act Assault on First Amendment Continues

    For those of you who believe in bygone notions like free speech rights and the ability to criticize politicians when they do things like nationalize 1/5 of the U.S. economy, you better taken advantage of that while you can. Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has filed for cloture on … More

    What’s 2 + 2? When the Russians Say 3, START to Worry

    Trust, but don’t bother to verify. That is the Obama Administration’s latest message about how the United States of America ought to manage the most fearsome weapons known to man. There are severe deficiencies in the New START arms control treaty. In particular, the means for verifying that Russia is … More

    The Hill Misses the Story on Auto IRAs

    An article on the Automatic IRA in the July 13 edition of the Capitol Hill newspaper The Hill (“Democrats and AARP want to make IRA enrollment automatic”) left out several crucial parts of the story. First and foremost, the Automatic IRA has enjoyed wide bipartisan and cross-ideological support since it … More

    Cinderella Congress: Marriage Is Worth a Real Fight

    Perhaps the biggest news out of last week’s reaction to a federal judge striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was pundits’ response to the way the Obama Administration “threw the fight.” Echoing some of the most notorious boxing matches in the history of the ring, the Obama-Kagan Justice … More

    Live from the Gulf: A Rallying Cry for Drilling, Jobs

    This week over 11,000 people flocked to the Cajundome in Lafayette, Louisiana to send a simple but important message to Washington: give us our way of life back. Lift the moratorium, stop unnecessarily killing jobs, let us clean up the Gulf and get back to work. Representatives from the oil, … More

    Cap and Trade only Mostly Dead

    Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced an energy bill without a cap-and-trade provision—a victory for the American economy.  Yet, like the famous Miracle Max scene in The Princess Bride, cap-and-trade is only “mostly dead.” In a year when seemingly-dead legislation has suddenly come back to life, it is premature … More

    Chávez, FARC, and Colombia: Decision Time for the Obama Administration

    On July 22, Colombia’s Ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS) presented evidence of what is clearly a credible report on the presence of camps of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) inside Venezuela. By official U.S. designation FARC is a terrorist organization, one of three operating in … More

    Too Many Chiefs, Not Enough Leadership in Homeland Security Oversight

    NPR put out a story this week on congressional oversight of homeland security. Currently, 108 Committees and Subcommittees have oversight over the Department of Homeland Security. The story includes a diagram of this oversight that should make heads spin. For some, this might seem like cute clip-art, but this is … More