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  • Monthly Archives: June 2011

    Washington in a Flash: Oil Politics

    President Obama on Air Force One

    President Obama’s decision to release 30 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve will continue to reverberate on Capitol Hill today. Yesterday’s decision came as a surprise but was swiftly condemned. My colleague Rory Cooper writes for the Daily Caller that the SPR shouldn’t be used to “drive … More

    Top 10 Reads: June 23, 2011


    Catching you up on clips, commentary and news of the day. Sign up for the daily email update from Scribe. Walking Away from Biden-led Negotiations Was Right Call Put free trade to work: Congress spurns jobs that new pacts would create Cut, Cap and Balance: The Way Out of Debt … More

    Lunch With Heritage: Online Chat on Scribe


    The  launch of the redesigned Foundry also brought with it exciting changes for the Center for Media and Public Policy, Heritage’s investigative reporting operation. More than a year after refocusing our mission on journalism, we now have a prominent place to showcase that work. Click here to join us right … More

    Please Don’t Expect Too Much from Bill Bringing Earnings to USA

    Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX), who introduced the Freedom to Invest Act of 2011 (H.R. 1834, 112th Congress)

    In May 2011, Representative Kevin Brady (R-TX), a senior member of the Ways and Means Committee of the House of Representatives, introduced the Freedom to Invest Act of 2011 (H.R. 1834, 112th Congress). The bill amends Section 965 of the Internal Revenue Code to allow companies that do business both … More

    New Stimulus Plan Same as the Old: Spend, Spend, Spend

    Senator DICK DURBIN (D-IL) and Senate Majority Leader HARRY REID

    While the rest of the country talks about the urgent need to reduce the crushing debt burden and get the U.S. fiscal house in order, Senators such as Harry Reid (D–NV) and Charles Schumer (D–NY) propose spending even more. But unlike the main character in the musical “Spend, Spend, Spend,” … More

    Open Areas to Drilling, Don’t Open the Strategic Petroleum Reserve

    Oil rig drilling in ocean

    The 28 member countries of the International Energy Agency (IEA) agreed to release 60 million barrels of oil reserves—2 million barrels per day over 30 days—to offset the supply disruption as a result of the political unrest in Libya. The Obama Administration announced that 30 million of those barrels will … More

    True Hollywood Story: The Liberal Takeover of Your TV

    It’s difficult to find a television program that holds conservative ideals, let alone refrains from mocking them. Hollywood, it seems, is monolithically liberal. This is because conservatives underestimate the value of narrative and emotion, author Ben Shapiro contended in his talk “Primetime Propaganda: The True Hollywood Story of How the … More

    Morning Bell: Obama's Afghanistan Withdrawal

    President Barack Obama delivers a televised address from the East Room of the White House in Washington on June 22, 2011 on his plan to drawdown US troops in Afghanistan.

    In the face of an unpopular war and an upcoming re-election campaign, President Barack Obama addressed the American people last night from the East Room of the White House to inform them of his plans to rapidly withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan. The President’s decision, though politically expedient, jeopardizes the successes made in … More

    Daily Notes

    Douglas Elmendorf On CBO Economic Outlook Report

    Lawmakers on Capitol Hill turn their attention to the budget as Douglas Elmendorf, director of the Congressional Budget Office, testifies before the House Budget Committee. He’ll be talking about the CBO’s Long-Term Budget Outlook. In the Senate, the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will hear from the middle class … More

    Doctors, Medical Students Abandon AMA in Search of Alternatives


    The American Medical Association lost 5 percent of its membership last year as the physician group faced fallout from its endorsement of Obamacare and refusal to retreat from the law’s most controversial provisions. As physicians and medical school students back away from the well-known organization, they’re turning to upstarts like … More