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  • Monthly Archives: July 2011

    The Left Misses the Point on Poverty in America

    It turns out that if you question how the U.S. government defines poverty in America, the left doesn’t like it. Last week, Heritage’s Robert Rector and Rachel Sheffield released a new report showing that according to U.S. Census Bureau statistics, those defined as “poor” enjoy amenities you might not expect–air conditioning, cable TV, … More

    Heritage Action Issues Letter on Fiscal Crisis

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    Today, The Heritage Foundation’s sister organization Heritage Action for America issued a letter to all Members of Congress regarding the debt limit impasse. Here is an excerpt: Our nation is in the midst of a fiscal crisis, but it is one that has nothing to do with an August 2 … More

    Morning Bell: America Needs a Better Solution

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    Americans tuning in last night to watch President Barack Obama’s primetime address from the East Room of the White House might have thought they stumbled upon yet another re-run from the networks. Instead of hearing news that Washington finally broke the debt ceiling stalemate, viewers were treated to more of … More

    House Committee Seeks Answers on Operation Fast and Furious

    Rep. Darrell Issa at Oversight and Government Reform Committee

    The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hear testimony from six current and former Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms agents regarding the bureau’s botched “Fast and Furious” operation. The hearing will focus specifically on the effect the operation had in Mexico. Operation Fast and Furious involved the sale of thousands … More

    Criminalization without Justification

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    The Wall Street Journal this weekend documented several sad features of the federal government’s proliferation of poorly written criminal laws, many of which leave it to prosecutors to pick and choose which Americans to prosecute as criminals. The Journal chronicles the stories of a half dozen Americans who became the … More

    Obama Tells La Raza: 'The Democrats and Your President Are With You'

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    President Obama opened his speech to the National Council of La Raza yesterday by publicly acknowledging the Hispanic group’s close ties to the White House, a relationship that has aligned the two on nearly every policy issue during his presidency. “Right off the bat, I should thank you because I … More

    Washington in a Flash: Mike Huckabee Visits Capitol Hill to Talk Taxes

    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee

    The House Ways and Means Committee welcomes former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, a 2008 Republican presidential candidate, to testify on alternative tax systems. The hearing will examine the value-added tax and FairTax. It will also explore consumption tax and the issues surrounding it. Rep. James Lankford (R-OK) will speak at today’s … More

    Stop Job-Killing Obama Tax Hikes and Cut Government Spending, Now

    President Obama delivers prime time address on the debt ceiling on July 25, 2011

    It’s hard to understand why President Obama took to the airwaves tonight at prime time. He still has no plan for dealing with government overspending and overborrowing, and he  gave the nation very little except a repetition of his never-ending call for tax hikes. In noting the risk of ever-increasing … More

    Dueling Debt Ceiling Proposals vs. the Rating Agencies

    Photo: Pete Souza

    As the day debt ceiling of reckoning fast approaches, dueling proposals are flurrying around Washington fast and furious.  The latest two are from House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). Americans, and global financial markets, are watching Washington nervously for a real plan—one that will put the … More

    Rep. Ros-Lehtinen and Senator DeMint on Heritage Libertad Radio

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    In this week’s Heritage Libertad Radio Show on WBER in Fairfax, Virginia, we packed in a solid hour of the latest news and information. The first half is in Spanish, covering topics from the debt ceiling to the Latino community, and includes an interview with Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R–FL). The … More