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  • Monthly Archives: June 2011

    Washington in a Flash: The Court Is Adjourned

    U.S. Supreme Court

    The U.S. Supreme Court wraps up business today with four final rulings. Two of the cases involve the First Amendment, including a decision on Arizona’s campaign finance law. Next week Heritage hosts the annual “Scholars and Scribes Review the Rulings” on July 6 at 10 a.m. Click to RSVP or … More

    House and Senate Cloakroom: June 27 – July 1

    Unofficial Seal of the US Senate

    The Senate will convene Monday at 2:00pm; however, there will be no votes that day. On Tuesday This week, the Senate will begin debate on 3 more judicial nominations, James Michael Cole of the District of Columbia to be Deputy Attorney General, Virginia A. Seitz of the District of Columbia to be Assistant Attorney General and Lisa O. Monaco of the District of Columbia to be Assistant Attorney General.  The votes on these nominations will take place at noon. From there the Senate More

    The European Debt Crisis: A Preview of U.S. Woes?


    Similar issues are confronting both the U.S. and Europe today. As the Grecian debt tragedy unfolds, the underlying fear is that it may be a prequel to what will happen here. The nation’s spending and debt situation is dire and our course must change. Washington is coming closer to the … More

    How Much Do We Owe? That's the $62 Trillion Question

    USA Today front page for June 7, 2011

    Earlier this month USA Today splashed a headline on its front page that declared: “U.S. owes $62 trillion.” I wrote a couple blog posts about it — one on the alarming size of the number and another on its juxtaposition with the Anthony Weiner story. It turns out this number — a … More

    Congress Shines Light on Chavez’s Iran Connections


    On June 24, a Joint House Committee hearing on Venezuela’s Sanctionable Activities made a concerted effort to shed light on President Hugo Chavez’s dangerous ties to Iran. Representative Connie Mack (R–FL) and others expressed a deep-seated concern that the sanctions recently placed on the government-controlled oil company, Petroleos de Venezuela … More

    Bastiat Prize Honors Journalists Who Support Free Society

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

    This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Bastiat Prize for Journalism, an award that recognizes writers who promote and defend the principles and institutions of the free society. The competition is open to journalists from around the globe. First place is a prize of $50,000, followed by a second-place … More

    Rep. Tom Price on Debt Ceiling, Medicare, and Obamacare


    In a recent radio interview with The Heritage Foundation, Representative Tom Price (R–GA) brought us up to date on the budget, debt ceiling, and Obamacare. Listen to the inside scoop here. Price answered questions about whether he thinks conservatives will leverage the debt ceiling vote by demanding tough spending cuts … More

    CBO Figures Once Again Prove Tax Hikes Unnecessary to Fix Budget

    Douglas Elmendorf On CBO Economic Outlook Report

    The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) just released its long-term outlook for the federal budget. As expected, we are going broke slightly faster than we were a few months ago. No doubt the usual bigger-government types will use this news to repeat the mantra that we need to both cut spending … More

    Federalism Guarantees States Key Role in Controlling Immigration


    Critics of state and local government action on immigration fail to keep in mind one simple but critical point: The states have these rights. It is preposterous to take the position that, short of federal action or the commission of a crime, governors and mayors are constitutionally powerless to deal … More

    Top 10 Reads: June 24, 2011


    Catching you up on clips, commentary and news of the day. Sign up for the daily email update from Scribe. House Spurns Obama on Libya, but Does Not Cut Funds How to Spend the ‘Peace Dividend’: Invest in Military Latest Obama ‘Transparency’ Shroud: Nuclear Regulatory Chief Jaczko Good Morning, President … More