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  • Monthly Archives: August 2011

    Qadhafi Fall Would Deal a Double Blow to a Beleaguered Hugo Chavez

    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (L) shakes hands with Libyan leader Moammar Qadhafi in Tripoli Wednesday 17 May 2006.

    As jubilant Libyans take to the street to celebrate the imminent fall of Muammar Qadhafi, the fate of Libya’s leader remains uncertain: trial or exile? Press resources speculate that he may be headed to a friendly country. Russia, Zimbabwe, and Venezuela are mentioned. Richard Spencer of The Telegraph reported that … More

    Libyan Draft Constitution: Sharia is 'Principal Source of Legislation'

    REUTERS/Esam Al-Fetori [Photo via Newscom]

    Sign up for the daily email update from Scribe. The dust has not yet settled over the Libyan capital of Tripoli since rebels took control over the weekend. But already, a draft constitutional charter for the transitional state has appeared online (embedded below). It is just a draft, mind you, … More

    A Fifth Keynesian 'Stimulus'?

    Stacks of Cash

    The concept of a Keynesian stimulus never seems to tire among politicians eager to grow the economy artificially by spending other people’s money. Recently, Obama’s Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack encouraged expanding SNAP, the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program aimed to help the poor, as a way to stimulate the economy. … More

    Cohabitation Compounds Divorce as a Threat to America's Children

    Young boy sits on floor with parent and draws

    Given the overwhelming evidence that parental divorce takes a heavy toll on children—in areas ranging from emotional well-being and academic achievement to delinquency, substance abuse, and sexual activity—the nation had cause to breathe a collective sigh of relief when data showed that the incidence of divorce has dropped steadily since … More

    Washington in a Flash: Rebels Take Tripoli

    Libyan rebel fighters celebrate after seizing control of the Gaddafi army women's officer training center in Tripoli's Qarqarsh district

    Driving the conversation: Col. Muammar Qaddafi was swept from power by Libyan rebel forces over the weekend. While rebels hold most of Tripoli, the country’s dictator remains at large, and the Libyan military reportedly still holds the area around the president’s compound. The Heritage Foundation, in today’s Morning Bell, is … More

    Morning Bell: What's Next in Libya


    All across the world, leaders are hailing the news that Libyan rebels have advanced into the capital city of Tripoli, poised to bring to an end to the decades-old dictatorship of Colonel Muammar Qadhafi. The end of Qadhafi’s regime is welcome news, but now the United States must focus on developing a … More

    Libyan Rebels Advance on Tripoli: The Approaching Endgame

    Libyan rebels converged on the capital city of Tripoli early on Monday with reports that the forces arrested two of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s sons, that the presidential guard protecting Qadhafi surrendered, and that the rebel forces controlled much of the city with the exception of Qadhafi’s leadership compound. Meanwhile, President Obama … More

    Chart of the Week: Federal Spending on Defense vs. Entitlements

    Defense spending has declined while entitlement spending has increased - 2011 Budget Chart Book

    Providing for the defense of the United States is Congress’ constitutional obligation. Lawmakers should recognize defense is a necessity, if not the federal government’s most important responsibility. In recent years, however, defense spending has continued to decline as entitlement spending increased. Priorities are being misplaced as the gap between entitlement … More

    Iran Turns American Hikers into Hostages


    On Saturday, an Iranian court sentenced two innocent American hikers to eight years in jail for allegedly straying across the Iran–Iraq border two years ago. The politicized verdict once again underscores the Islamist regime’s twisted sense of “justice,” which is meted out against Iranians as well as foreigners to advance … More

    New York Times Ombudsman Investigating Errors in Rep. Issa Story


    The New York Times public editor is reviewing Rep. Darrell Issa’s request for a front-page retraction to a story with as many as 13 errors, according to Issa’s office. Meanwhile, the reporter and editor responsible for the story broke their silence after nearly a week of criticism from the California … More