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  • Monthly Archives: December 2010

    Iran Signals Continued Nuclear Defiance Before Geneva Talks

    Today, representatives of Iran and the P5 + 1 (the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany) convened for talks on Iran’s nuclear program in Geneva. These are the first face-to-face talks on that subject for 14 months. Iran’s unpredictable regime broke off talks last year after … More

    Florida’s Education Reforms: The Rest of the Story

    The education establishment is pushing back against common-sense education reforms that have proved successful in Florida. Dr. Madhabi Chatterji, a professor at Columbia Teachers College, has written a paper critical of a Heritage  study of these reforms by Matthew Ladner, Vice President of Research at the Goldwater Institute and I. … More

    Tying the Hands of the New Congress

    The lame duck Congress wants to tie the hands of the new Congress, limiting the ability to change government as the voters insisted in November. And just like other legislation such as Obamacare, this plan is being drafted in secret, not in the open. Circulating on Capitol Hill is a … More

    Why the Rush on New START, Mr. President?

    In his most recent op-ed, Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, asks why there is a rush to pass New START, a strategic offensive arms control treaty between the United States and the Russian Federation signed this April in Prague. Romney rightly observes that the treaty “deserves a careful, … More

    South Korea–U.S. Trade Deal: Better Late Than Never

    When the proposed South Korea–U.S. Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) was initially signed on June 30, 2007, Heritage Foundation analysts recognized significant benefits that would come from implementation of this landmark trade deal. Those benefits included more exports, more export-related jobs, and a stronger economy. As the Obama Administration has pointed … More

    Russian Duma Threats Race Should Not Deter Due Diligence on New START

    Boris Gryzlov, Speaker of Russia’s State Duma, the lower house of parliament, said on Saturday that if the U.S. Senate moves to amend the text of New START, a strategic offensive arms treaty between the two countries, the Duma will also be ready to make amendments to the text of … More

    The Cost of Sugar Subsidies

    Even in a season characterized by candy canes and cookies waiting for Santa, protectionism, specifically the U.S. sugar program, hurts American consumers and workers. The U.S. sugar program provides a classic example of a special interest group benefiting from political connections, to the detriment of American consumers. The sugar program … More

    Corruption In India: People Or The State?

    Corruption is again dominating the news in India. Long-standing issues, such as broad attempts to avoid taxes, have simmered back to the surface and been joined by new accusations against the wealthy, major companies, and the government. Scandals have crossed finance, property, and telecom. Crimes have been committed and the … More

    State Education Chiefs: Students Should Be Our Focus

    At least five state education chiefs — from across the country and from both political parties — agree: The focus of education should be the student. That’s why they banded together to form Chiefs for Change, a coalition of state education officials “committed to putting children first through bold, visionary … More

    Businesses Anticipating Stormy Weather on the Tax Front

    Like a falling barometer indicates impending bad weather, the actions of businesses are an early warning sign when Congress is about to harm the economy. Congress and the President continue to drag their feet on extending the 2001 and 2003 tax relief. The common assumption is that some compromise will … More