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  • Monthly Archives: February 2011

    Iranian Warships Granted Permission to Pass Through Suez Canal

    Iran is sending two warships through Egypt’s Suez Canal for the first time since Iran’s 1979 revolution. The two ships, a frigate and a military supply ship, are reportedly bound for Syria. The new Egyptian government gave its official permission for the passage despite the fact that Iran and Egypt … More

    State Spending Cuts Are Key Part of Brightening Our Fiscal Future

    A considerable volume of cross-country analysis has found no positive impact on economic growth from more government spending. Many studies (see here and here, for example) find that government spending actually hurts growth. A recent study by The Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal of economic recovery following the … More

    The President Thumbs His Nose at Judge Vinson’s Obamacare Ruling: DOJ Seems to Concede It Can’t Win in Court

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    Late Thursday, February 17, the Obama Administration filed an incredibly odd and almost insulting “Motion to Clarify” the judgment in the case it lost against 26 states and the NFIB in the Obamacare litigation in Florida v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, No. 10-cv-00091 (N. D. Fla.)(Judge Vinson). … More

    Iran's Green Movement Revives, Energized by Egyptian Revolt

    On February 11, Iran’s unpopular regime celebrated the 32nd anniversary of its 1979 revolution as well as the ouster of Egypt’s President Mubarak. The Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, claimed that Iran’s Islamist revolution had inspired Egyptians and charged that the United States was trying to “derail” Egypt’s revolution. Although the … More

    Planned Parenthood Feels the Heat in Government Spending Bill

    Among the billions of cuts in the continuing resolution before the House today was a cost-saving amendment that may also save priceless lives. Representative Mike Pence (R–IN), who has fought to end Planned Parenthood’s federal grant subsidies, introduced an amendment to H.R. 1 that would prohibit the abortion provider from … More

    Conscience Regulations: HHS Stops (Just) Short of Rescission

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued its long-awaited decision today on rescinding conscience regulations to protect health care providers from having to engage in medical procedures to which they object on religious or moral grounds. Because a real concern existed that the Obama Administration might repeal … More

    When Snow Melts, FEMA Funds Can Be Used for Health Care and Pensions

    As we have written extensively, the federalization of natural disaster response is a losing proposition, as many states that have few natural disasters subsidize the states that have frequent (but fairly routine) natural disasters such as tornadoes, floods, fires, and storms. Now we learn that it isn’t just disaster response … More

    The Myth of Birthright Citizenship

    Last month, Arizona lawmakers introduced legislation intended to invite legal review of the Citizenship Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.  Other states are quickly following suit.  Why, after one hundred and fifty years of implementation, is this amendment so controversial?  Amendment XIV, Section 1 clearly states that “All persons born or … More

    Time for Real Ethanol Policy Reform

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    The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) approval to increase the amount ethanol blended into gasoline from 10 percent 15 percent has been controversial. A previous decision by the EPA in October 2010 made the 15 percent blend allowable (but not required) in passenger cars, light-duty trucks, and SUVs that had a … More

    Americans Are Right: Children Need a Father

    The results are in: The majority of Americans continue to agree that children should be raised by both parents. In a nationally representative study by the Pew Research Center, researchers found that most people still believe that “the growing prevalence of mothers who have no male partners around to help … More