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  • Monthly Archives: February 2011

    New Statistics Demonstrate Need for Action on Trade Agreements and Budget Deficit

    The U.S. Commerce Department today reported that the country’s 2010 trade deficit was $497.8 billion, an increase of $122.9 billion from 2009. Exports increased from $1.57 trillion to $1.83 trillion, and imports increased from $1.95 trillion to $2.33 trillion. Increased imports are often a sign that the U.S. economy is … More

    An Additional $47 Billion in Spending Cuts for the Continuing Resolution

    House Republicans are now pledging to reduce fiscal year 2011 discretionary spending to $100 billion below President Obama’s original request. As reported, this new budget proposal would: Unwisely reduces security spending by $16 billion relative to President Obama’s request; and Reduce non-security spending by $84 billion relative to President Obama’s … More

    Egypt's End of the Beginning

    At 11:34 EST, Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman announced, “In these grave circumstances that the country is passing through, President Hosni Mubarak has decided to leave his position as president of the republic.” The departure of Mubarak has long been considered a prerequisite for transformation of the government. His departure, … More

    Lunch With Heritage Chat: House Budget Cuts

    House leadership has recently laid out budgets cuts for next year’s budget. Join us tomorrow from 12-1 EST for our “Lunch With Heritage” online chat featuring Director of Government Relations, Brian Darling. Brian will take your questions about the battle that will be waged in congress for the cuts and … More

    National Marriage Week: The Long Shadow of Marital Dissolution

    The data is in, and it is now widely recognized that an intact family structure is closely linked to household’s economic well-being and its ability to rise from dependency. Decades of research also provides evidence that children of married couples tend to fare better across a spectrum of measures, including … More

    Breaking the Cycle of Intolerance in Indonesia

    In the last few days in Indonesia, inter-communal ugliness has reared its head in way that is major cause for concern. That concern is lighting up mobile phones, Twitter, and Facebook accounts across Indonesia. Indonesians – particularly its middle and professional classes – are outraged to an extent unseen since … More

    Morning Bell: Egypt Exposes Obama Doctrine Happy Talk

    The Obama Administration thought they had solved the crisis in Egypt. Yesterday in Marquette, Michigan, President Barack Obama told students at Northern Michigan University, “What is absolutely clear is that we are witnessing history unfold. It’s a moment of transformation that’s taking place because the people of Egypt are calling … More

    Mubarak’s Defiant Speech Escalates Tensions and Uncertainty in Egypt

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    Egypt’s beleaguered President Hosni Mubarak announced tonight in a televised speech that he refuses to step down, but he promised to launch an investigation to hold officials of his regime accountable for fomenting violence against protesters since the political turmoil began on January 25. Mubarak promised that he would transfer … More

    Emerging Threats in the Middle East

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    HERZLIYA, ISRAEL. Emergence of a nuclear Iran; turmoil in Egypt and destabilization of secular, pro-Western Middle Eastern states; blurring of the lines between unconventional, conventional, and low-intensity conflicts; explosion of information challenges in and around the battlefields—all of these concerns will increasingly challenge U.S. and regional policymakers and military commanders … More

    PODCAST: WikiLeaks, New START, Harming Friends

    Great Britain has been a stalwart ally and friend to the United States, helping us save the world in World Wars I and II, and the Cold War, and is currently helping in our fight against implacable Islamism. Our connection goes deep, which is why the most recent revelation from … More