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  • Monthly Archives: July 2011

    Emboldened Al-Qaeda Branch Exploits Security Vacuum in Southern Yemen

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    President Ali Abdullah Saleh, although badly wounded, plans to return to Yemen on July 17 to celebrate the 33rd anniversary of his ascent to power. The United States has contributed to the international pressure for Saleh to agree to a peaceful and speedy transition of power in Yemen, but the … More

    The U.S. Government Debt Default Bogie Man Scares No One

    President Barack Obama press conference on July 11, 2011

    Ever since the debate over the debt limit began in earnest at the start of the year, the Obama Administration, led by Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, has implied that the U.S. might default on its publicly held debt. In his press conference today, the President said that “it is not … More

    Obama vs. the Evidence: Infrastructure Spending Is No Job Creator

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    The latest unemployment numbers, released Friday, showed that the economy created a net 18,000 jobs in June, far below the roughly 150,000 needed to keep pace with new job market entrants. The unemployment rate ticked up to 9.2 percent. Since President Obama had not yet been asked directly about June’s … More

    Social Security's COLA Needs to Be More Accurate

    Entitlements Will Consume All Tax Revenues by 2049

    Any budget agreement should include an improvement of the accuracy of Social Security’s annual cost-of-living allowance (COLA) payments. Press reports say this is now on the table. COLAs are designed to protect retirees against inflation eroding the value of their benefits, but the index used to calculate those payments is … More

    Crushing Venerable Adoption Agencies—and Religious Liberty

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    Illinois’s and New York’s recent recognition of same-sex couples has raised religious liberty concerns for Catholic and other agencies providing adoption and foster care services. Now, more than 50 Members of the U.S. Congress have signed onto a bill that would go much further, posing a challenge to religious liberty, … More

    Chao: High Unemployment Doesn't Have to Be the New Norm

    In an interview Friday on Fox Business Network, former Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao took head on the notion that persistent, high unemployment is the new way of life in America. Chao says it doesn’t have to be that way: This administration is trying to say that there’s a new … More

    Morning Bell: America, the Europe of the West?

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    Last night, President Barack Obama and U.S. congressional leaders failed to reach agreement on a deal to raise the nation’s debt limit. Meanwhile, it has been more than 800 days since the U.S. Senate passed a budget, liberals in Washington are pushing for higher taxes, unemployment is soaring, the deficit … More

    House and Senate Cloakroom: July 11 – July 15, 2011

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    The House will begin its week on Monday by considering amendments to the Energy and Water Appropriations bill. They will then move to the Better Use of Light Bulbs Act, which will rescue incandescent light bulbs from a congressional ban on their production that will soon go into effect. One the table for the remainder of the week are a bill to reform the federal flood insurance program, the Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act, the Financial Services Appropriations bill and potentially a reauthorization of the FAA. More

    Washington in a Flash: Another Day of Debt Talks

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    Republicans and Democrats left the White House last night without a deal on the debt limit, but they’ll be back at work this morning after a weekend of maneuvering. Expect to learn more at 11 a.m. when President Obama talks to the press. Both houses of Congress are in session … More

    Senate Committee to Hold Field Hearing on Gulf Spill Recovery

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    The April 20, 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico devastated the Gulf economy, which, more than a year later, has yet to fully recover from the disaster. In en effort to explore relief efforts and “lessons learned” from the spill, the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship … More