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  • Monthly Archives: April 2011

    House and Senate Cloakroom: April 11th-April 15th

    House Cloakroom: Analysis: After a wild week resulting in a last minute deal on a continuing resolution (CR) that finishes the fiscal year, the House returns under a one week funding bridge to allow full action on a complete package by the end of this week. Much of the agreement … More

    Russian Control of U.S. Missile Defenses? Just Say No.

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    According to The Telegraph of London on April 8, Russia is demanding direct operational control of U.S. and allied missile defense systems in negotiations regarding missile defense cooperation. While the U.S. is right to be seeking Russian cooperation in the area of missile defense—more defensive strategic postures would benefit both … More

    Tensions Ahead Over U.S.–U.K. Extradition Treaty

    Protesters against decision not to halt Gary McKinnon's extradition to the US

    It’s a common-sense idea that criminals should not be able to escape justice in one country simply by fleeing to another. In this Internet age, it’s also common sense that citizens of one country should not be able commit crimes electronically in another without fear of punishment. This is the … More

    A Monumental Win for DC School Choice

    Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) with DCOSP Students

    Friday night, Speaker John Boehner secured a huge win for D.C.’s schoolchildren. In a vital triumph for low-income families in the nation’s capital, Speaker Boehner succeeded in reauthorizing the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program in the long-term continuing resolution. Over at National Review Online, Kathryn Lopez writes that “John Boehner just … More

    Morning Bell: Changing the Culture of Washington

    This Congress was sent to Washington with a simple mandate from the American people: cut federal spending and get government under control.  Friday night’s budget compromise to avert a government shutdown embraced these principles, but also left plenty of work to be done. Congress has finally started cutting spending instead … More

    As Teen Substance Abuse Rises, Married Families Can Make a Difference

    Teen substance abuse is once again on the rise, according to a national study of adolescent drug and alcohol use released this week. The annual release of the Partnership Attitude Tracking Study (PATS) showed an alarming increase in adolescent substance abuse since 2008. According to the study (PDF), teen illicit … More

    Misguided Responsibility?

    The Obama Administration’s explanations for why the U.S. intervened in Libya reveal a common, disconcerting theme: a reliance upon the relatively new idea of a “responsibility to protect” (R2P). In a letter to Congress, President Obama announced that Libyan dictator Muammar Qadhafi “has forfeited his responsibility to protect his own … More

    Friendly Fire Paralyzes U.S. Internet Strategy

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    Just weeks after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton complained to Congress that America is losing the information war against Al Qaeda, China and Russia, it appears that Clinton’s own State Department is one of the impediments to success. For more than 18 months, the State Department has hoarded nearly $30 million, … More

    Stand Up for Burma: This Prison Where I Live

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    As chaos grips the Arab world and the international community’s focus, the United States and other world leaders should not forget about the ruthless military junta in Burma. The Heritage Foundation recently hosted British filmmaker Rex Bloomstein and his latest documentary, The Prison Where I Live. The film contrasts the … More

    Teen Moms: Just a Small Part of Single Mothers

    On Tuesday, the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced that U.S. teen birth rates dropped to their lowest rate in decades. According to the report, the number of teenage births has declined by nearly 40 percent in the last 20 years. Of course, this is good news, especially … More