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  • Monthly Archives: June 2011

    Two Cheers for the Coburn–Lieberman Medicare Proposal

    Sens. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., right, and Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., left

    Senators Tom Coburn (R–OK) and Joseph Lieberman (I–CT) unveiled a major Medicare proposal. Based on preliminary estimates provided by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the proposal would reduce total Medicare spending by more than $600 billion in the next 10 years and cut the program’s long-term (75-year) unfunded liability by … More

    Your Tax Dollars Going to an Energy-Efficient TV Competition

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    Doesn’t the Department of Energy (DOE) have enough needless programs and spending projects on its plate? DOE recently announced that it is launching a new program in cahoots with the Consortium for Energy Efficiency in which they will award the producer of the most efficient television. Producers will compete internationally … More

    Top 10 Reads: June 28, 2011

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    Catching you up on clips, commentary and news of the day. Sign up for the daily email update from Scribe. Obama’s illusory ‘peace dividend’ – Ed Feulner No Defense Cuts or Tax Increases in Debt Deal – Marc Thiessen Fewer prosecuted in benefits program fraud – Brad Heath Trade Pacts Clear … More

    Anti-war Mayors and Obama's Illusory "Peace Dividend"

    Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa at the White House on June 20, 2011

    In his speech last week on the war in Afghanistan, President Barack Obama uttered some magic words that sent a few of America’s anti-war mayors into a big-spending tizzy. The Heritage Foundation’s President Ed Feulner explains in today’s Washington Times: “For most of us, it’s the season of sun, sand and backyard … More

    VIDEO: Hutchison Hammers Liberals for Opposing Social Security Reform

      Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), in an exclusive interview with Heritage, criticized her liberal colleagues for opposing Social Security reform, warning that they would rather increase taxes on businesses. Hutchison singled out Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) for his repeated assertions that Social Security is not in trouble. … More

    Campaign Finance Freedom Is Freedom for All

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    This week the U.S. Supreme Court rounded out its session by striking down an Arizona law that provided publicly funded candidates with funds matching those of their privately funded opponents. Heritage expert Hans von Spakovsky explains in more detail here. Campaign finance reform nerds of the conservative persuasion cheered, but … More

    Watch Live: The Bloggers Briefing

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    Video chat rooms at Ustream The Bloggers Briefing is a weekly policy discussion hosted by The Heritage Foundation. You can watch the live feed (above) via Ustream.tv beginning at noon today. We have three guests speaking at today’s briefing: Cal Dooley, president of the American Chemistry Council, will discuss how the … More

    State-Based Reform, Not National Standards, Key to Better Education

    “America’s economic strength and standing in the world economy are directly linked to our ability to equip students with the knowledge and skills to succeed in the 21st-century economy….We must insist on standards that will prepare our high-school graduates for the demanding challenges they will face.” So wrote former Florida … More

    It's Trash Day for Cribs That Don't Meet New Government Regulation

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    Today is the deadline for U.S. retailers to unload any unsold cribs that don’t meet the federal government’s new safety standards. An estimated 100,000 cribs could be headed to the trash — even though they’ve never been declared unsafe or a hazard to children. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) … More

    Training Afghanistan Security Forces Essential for Peace

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    President Obama’s announced plan for accelerated troop reductions in Afghanistan puts at risk the hard-earned battlefield gains made by the coalition forces over the last 10 months, but he rightly highlighted significant progress in training Afghan security forces: Afghan security forces have grown by over 100,000 troops, and in some … More