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  • Monthly Archives: July 2011

    Five Questions for President Obama's Twitter Townhall

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    The jobless rate in America hovers at 9.1 percent. The national debt ticks upwards of $14.3 trillion and small businesses collapse daily due to costly bureaucratic regulations. The President has failed to offer a viable plan that will put America’s economy back on a path to prosperity. It is in this … More

    Heritage Radio: Fast and Furious, Rep. Price on Debt Ceiling, More

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    In this month’s Libertad Radio Show on WBER in Fairfax, Virginia, our Heritage team had a chance to sit down with experts and political leaders to discuss issues ranging from Mexico and Afghanistan, to the economy and jobs. The first half of the hour-long show is in Spanish, the second … More

    Top 10 Reads: July 5, 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. A decent military takes cash – Ed Feulner The Year of School Choice – Wall Street Journal Game on, not over, for parents – Charles A. Donovan Know Your Enemy: Meet … More

    Otto von Habsburg 1912-2011

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    Today, we at The Heritage Foundation mourn the loss of Otto von Habsburg, a defender of freedom and friend of liberty in Europe and around the world. Born as the Crown Prince of Austria-Hungary and the oldest son of Austria-Hungary’s last emperor, Otto was next in line to be Emperor … More

    Right-to-Work Grassroots Effort Coming to True Blue Union Michigan?

    It took Nixon to go to China, and now it’s taking a coalition of union members to push for right-to-work legislation in big labor’s heartland of Michigan. Our friends at The Mackinac Center’s Michigan Capitol Confidential report: “A grassroots coalition called ‘Michigan Freedom to Work’ held a news conference June … More

    Russia’s Blacklist Bill Targets America

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    A bill introduced in the Russian Duma last Tuesday would allow the Foreign Ministry to blacklist foreigners believed to have violated the rights of Russian citizens. The bill is an angry response to the Sergey Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act, which was introduced in Congress last month with bipartisan … More

    On Debt, Don’t Let Politicians Rush Through Another Bad Deal

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    Our future should not be determined behind closed doors.  Yet that’s where the White House and Congress are holding secret talks about our debt ceiling and about taxes and spending. We deserve openness instead.  We don’t need another farce when the players suddenly burst from their huddle, line up Members … More

    DeMint Bill Expands Seniors’ Health Care Freedom

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    Senator Jim DeMint (R–SC) and 12 of his Senate Republican colleagues recently introduced the Retirement Freedom Act. The bill would allow senior citizens to buy a better health plan than traditional Medicare, if they wish to do so, without having to give up their Social Security benefits. Today, if a … More

    High Unemployment Through Distant Future Under Current Recovery Rate

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    Today’s Wall Street Journal has some bad news that most Americans are already painfully aware of. President Barack Obama’s recovery is plodding along at a snail’s pace: Two years ago, officials said, the worst recession since the Great Depression ended. The stumbling recovery has also proven to be the worst … More

    Consumers Lose, No One Happy, with Final Fed Swipe Fee Regulations

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    Splitting the difference does not improve bad policy. The final regulations adopted this week by the Federal Reserve Board to impose price caps on “swipe fees” paid by merchants when customers use debit cards to pay for purchases will still hurt consumers. The Fed did increase the fee cap from … More