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  • Monthly Archives: May 2011

    House and Senate Cloakroom: May 9-13, 2011

    House Cloakroom: May 9 – May 13 Analysis: Congress will return to Washington Tuesday and begin legislative business at 2:00 pm. Putting the Gulf of Mexico Back to Work Act (which seeks to amend the outer continental shelf lands) leads off with “Assessing Progress in Haiti Act” on deck soon … More

    The Most Exciting Two Minutes in School Choice

    Students at Milwaukee's private Urban Day School compete for the teacher's attention

    The Kentucky Derby may be known as the “the most exciting two minutes in sports,” but developments in school choice over the past few months have been the most exciting since Milton Friedman first proposed the idea in 1955. Indeed, this is the new normal: we are now taken aback … More

    Rep. Buck McKeon Applauds Companies for Funding Joint Strike Fighter Engine

    In the opening address of Heritage’s Protect America Month, Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon (R-CA) praised the two companies for putting their own money on the line and embracing free-market principles. Even without additional funding from the Pentagon, GE and Rolls-Royce will continue to develop an alternative Joint Strike Fighter engine, … More

    Governor Mitch Daniels Champions Education Reforms

    Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels

    Yesterday, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels (R) signed into law legislation to implement the nation’s largest school voucher program. And this week, the Governor visited Washington, D.C., to highlight his education reform agenda, which is rooted in the belief that those closest to students know them best—a fact which should drive … More

    Don’t Expect Much from the Latest Grand Meeting with China

    Crowds on Nanjing Road, Shanghai, China

    The United States and the People’s Republic of China will hold the 2011 version of the Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) this coming Monday and Tuesday in Washington. Many distinguished people will participate, many well-crafted speeches will be given, many valuable topics will be discussed, and little of long-term economic … More

    Chinese Censors Tighten Grip on Internet

    CHINA-MEDIA-INTERNET

    Which country has the most Internet users? No, it is not the United States, as cyber connected as we are in this country. The correct answer is China, with 446 million users by the end of 2010, according to “Freedom on the Net: A Global Assessment of Internet and Digital … More

    Die Hard, Spend Harder

    If a Hollywood villain wanted the thrill of hundreds of millions of dollars at his fingertips, he wouldn’t have to stage a high-stakes heist. He’d just have to become a bureaucrat. In the 1988 movie Die Hard, villain Hans Gruber and his crack team of code-breaking and martial arts experts … More

    What's Your Monthly Gasoline Bill?

    DC: GAS PRICES CLIMB TO RECORD HIGHS

    If you’re an average American, your monthly gasoline bill is a humongous $368.09. That comes to nine percent of a household’s total income, more than double what it was just two years ago, according to a CNNMoney report. And as a percentage of income, the poor are getting hit the … More

    In the Service of Liberty: Understanding American Military Actions Abroad (1783-1860)

    There is quite a lot of debate over America’s proper role in the world at the moment. Some believe that America should return to an earlier, simpler, and more isolationist foreign policy. Perhaps this frame of mind makes it easier to advocate for significant cuts to military spending. To advance … More

    Outside the Beltway: The Blight Mongers Lose in California

    san-diego-beaches

    In California, there’s never been a tougher time to be in the business of taking private property from one person and giving it to another. First, Governor Jerry Brown proposed eliminating the state’s 400 some redevelopment agencies. Now, the agencies have been told by the courts that declaring blight just won’t … More