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  • Monthly Archives: May 2011

    One Battle Does Not Win a War

    Marines in Afghanistan

    America’s history is plagued by a succession of conflicts for which we have been unprepared or insufficiently committed, having succumbed to the belief that peace is a guarantee of its own existence. Over the last century, from the beginning of the Korean War to post-Vietnam, the military has too often … More

    Federal Education Reform: John Kline Lays Out the Next Steps

    “A recent national survey revealed an overwhelming majority of American voters believe they aren’t getting their money’s worth from public schools,” writes Representative John Kline (R–MN), chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, yesterday in the Indianapolis Star. And with data showing that education spending has tripled in … More

    ‘Understaffed’ Federal Agency Devises New Regulations for Offshore Drilling

    Drilling for oil

    The director of the federal agency responsible for the drilling permit logjam in the Gulf of Mexico has said his agency is too understaffed to address the slowdown in permits — but he now plans to divert his already limited staff resources to the additional regulation of oilfield service providers … More

    USA Had Legal Right to Enter Pakistan and Kill Bin Laden

    Newspaper headlines mark bin Ladens' death on May 1, 2011

    Was it legal for the United States to enter Pakistan, without their consent, to kill or capture Osama bin Laden?  The successful raid by the SEALs on May 2, 2011, which apparently occurred without the express or implied permission of Pakistan, has kicked off a debate in policy and legal … More

    Outside the Beltway: The $3 Million Lifeguards of Newport Beach

    Full-time lifeguards in Newport Beach, Calif., make over $100,000 a year, with the highest paid earners topping over $200,000. And if you think that’s bad, wait till you hear this: Those same lifeguards can retire at age 50 in good health and receive a well stocked lifetime government pension and … More

    Government and Nonprofits Work to Stop Sex Trafficking

    woman-alley

    Every month, 400 adolescent girls are sold on Internet sites, on street corners, and in the backroom deals of sex traffickers. An estimated 300 such transactions occur every day. The girls come from every socioeconomic background: Many are runaways or abused children; some are kidnapped. The average age of entry … More

    Law Enforcement Foils Potential 39th Terrorist Plot

    New York Skyline

    It is potentially the 39th terrorist plot foiled against the United States since the attack on September 11, 2001. Yesterday, the NYPD arrested two men seeking to purchase hand grenades and guns for a possible attack against New York City synagogues. This is nothing new—at least three of the attempted … More

    USPS Loses Another $2.2 Billion: What Congress Can Do

    usps-mail-box

    Is the end near for the U.S. Postal Service (USPS)? Things have been pretty glum over the past few years, as the government-owned organization has reported loss after loss. The latest hit? A whopping $2.2 billion for the second quarter. That follows a loss in fiscal year 2010 of some … More

    Hoyer Breaks with Obama over Executive Order on Political Speech

    Rep. Hoyer talking to President Obama

    We have had the first break in the Democratic cone of silence over President Obama’s proposed Executive Order that attempts to implement provisions of the failed DISCLOSE Act.  The EO would require government contractors to report all of their contributions (including the personal contributions of their employees) to candidates, as … More

    Morning Bell: Heritage Files Brief Opposing Obamacare's Individual Mandate

    Yesterday, The Heritage Foundation filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, reiterating Heritage’s opposition to the individual mandate that is a key piece of the Obamacare statute. This is the first time we have ever filed such a brief—as far anyone around here can remember. But … More