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  • Monthly Archives: April 2011

    Sea-Based Missile Defense Test Success a Major Step Forward

    Two modified Standard Missile 2 (SM-2) Block IV interceptors are launched from the guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG 70) during a Missile Defense Agency test to intercept a short-range ballistic missile target June 5, 2008 in the Pacific Ocean west of Kauai, Hawaii. The missile, one of two launched, intercepted the target approximately 12 miles high on the Pacific Missile Range Facility. This was the second of two successful intercepts of the sea-based terminal capability and the fourteenth overall successful test of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense Program.

    In the wee hours of the morning of April 15, the U.S. Navy conducted a successful test of its Aegis ballistic missile defense system. The test marks a major milestone in U.S. missile defense capabilities because it signals that the Aegis system’s existing interceptor, the Standard Missile-3 Block IA (SM-3 … More

    Save VOA Broadcasting to China

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    The decision to cut Voice of America (VOA) Broadcasting to China has attracted a good deal of congressional attention, as well it should. While China has launched a worldwide public diplomacy and media offensive, the United States is looking at a greatly reduced international media presence if the projected cuts … More

    EPA Admits It Doesn't Care About Jobs

    The Environmental Protection Agency, which boasts 18,000 full-time employees, a $10 billion budget, and has the power to impose economy-crippling regulations on the American way of life, has admitted a dangerous truth: to them, jobs just don’t matter. In a hearing Thursday before the House Environment and Economy Subcommittee, U.S. … More

    Colombia's Decision on Drug Kingpin Hands Chavez a Victory

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    The government of Colombia has made it official that it intends to send drug trafficking kingpin Walid Makled to Venezuela rather than the United States. It is a disappointing decision by a close ally in the international effort to combat illicit drugs and transnational crime. A major crime catch has … More

    School Choice Scores Another Big Win in Arizona

    Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer greets elementary school students

    Arizona families won big last week when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the state’s school choice program, the Arizona Private School Tuition Tax Credit program. This week, Arizona students and families have another reason to celebrate. Arizona just created education savings accounts (ESAs) for special-needs students, providing families with more … More

    America Outmatches China Economically (For Now)

    Crowds on Nanjing Road, Shanghai, China

    China announced its economic results for the first quarter this morning. GDP was said to grow a strong 9.7 percent, while consumer inflation reached a worrisome 5 percent. Frankly, most Americans shouldn’t care that much. China’s economic importance is being overstated now, and even its considerable economic potential is sometimes … More

    Morning Bell: Hiding Future Tax Hikes on Tax Day 2011

    Today, April 15, is typically Tax Day. Taxpayers would usually be furiously figuring out how much they owe Uncle Sam right about now. In case you didn’t know it, taxpayers this year get a three-day reprieve because of a holiday in Washington, D.C., commemorating President Abraham Lincoln’s emancipation of slaves … More

    Lunch With Heritage: Online Chat on the Obama and Paul Ryan (R-WI) Budgets

    With his speech Wednesday, President Obama unveiled his plans for the FY 2012 budget that is loaded with more spending and tax increases. A few weeks ago, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) unveiled his Path to Prosperity that was loaded spending cuts and real tax reform. Join us right now. We … More

    U.N. Doesn’t Give America Its “Seat at the Table” in Maritime Disputes

    South China Sea - Law of the Sea Treaty

    Call it the old “seat at the table” argument. The U.S. Senate should ratify the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), the argument goes, in order to give America “a seat at the table” in resolving maritime disputes. It’s an argument that has been made so … More

    Gov. Scott Walker Goes to Washington

    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker testifies before Congress

    After standing off against union protesters in Wisconsin over collective bargaining rights, Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) came to Washington today to testify before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. His message? The reforms he is implementing in his state are necessary and “truly progressive.” Many Governors, Democrat and Republican alike, … More