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  • Monthly Archives: September 2011

    Here Comes the Durbin Tax


    As if further evidence actually is needed, Bank of America on Thursday demonstrated yet again how government price controls inevitably harm consumers—and low-income consumers the most. In this instance, the nation’s largest bank (by assets) announced on Thursday a new $5 monthly fee for use of a debit card. Several … More

    A Nobleman for Peace: Former President Fidel Ramos on the U.S.–Philippines Alliance


    Relations between the United States and the Philippines remain strong, said former President Fidel Ramos of the Republic of the Philippines at Heritage on Wednesday. He referred to the 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) between the two countries, saying the people of the Philippines consider the U.S. a “strong ally,” … More

    Top 10 Reads: Sept. 30, 2011


    Catching you up on clips, commentary and news of the day. Sign up for the daily email update from Scribe. Leave Google Alone – Bob Barr, The Daily Caller Obama jobs plan: More bureacrats – The Washington Times Warren Buffett Does Not Endorse White House’s “Buffett Rule” –  Real Clear … More

    Awlaki Death: Another Blow to Al-Qaeda

    Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born cleric linked to al Qaeda's Yemen-based wing

    According to media reports, Anwar al-Awlaki, the Yemeni-American Islamist radical who played an increasingly influential role in the al-Qaeda network, was killed in a CIA drone strike earlier today in Yemen. Awlaki was reported to have been killed at least twice before, and one of his brothers reportedly already has … More

    Mr. Carney, Stop Misrepresenting Heritage's Position


    We understand that the White House is experiencing some difficulties of late across many fronts—the Solyndra scandal and Operation Fast and Furious are two issues that come to mind. That, however, does not give spokesman Jay Carney license to misrepresent what The Heritage Foundation supports or does not. Yesterday Mr. … More

    Senate Committee to BBG: Hands off China Broadcasting


    Of the countries that present the greatest foreign policy challenges to the U.S. and will do so in the decades to come, China has to be close to the top of the list, if not number one. Every day brings a new gantlet thrown down by China to American leadership. … More

    Obama's Economic Advisers Warned of Green Jobs Agenda's Pitfalls

    Trillion-dollar toxic-asset rescue bid

    A pair of years-old anecdotes, recently revisited, show that top economists in the White House and Obama’s cabinet expressed serious doubts about the White House’s emphasis on and approach to green jobs. Three top economic advisers, on at least two occasions, have sounded alarms about that agenda. In October 2010, … More

    Issa Probes Allegations of Political Pressure Against Anti-Bailout Ford Ad

    Sales fall in April

    House investigators have initiated a probe into allegations that the White House or one of its surrogates pressured the Ford Motor Co. to drop an advertisement critical of the administration’s automotive bailouts. A number of reports have alleged at least indirect pressure to take the spot off the air. “I … More

    Who Needs Elections Anyways? - The Left's Distaste for Democracy


    “We might be a healthier democracy if we were a slightly less democratic one.” Really? Writing for the New Republic, Peter Orszag, Obama’s former head of the Office of Management and Budget, suggested that Americans need to transfer much of the operation of government out of the hands of Congress … More

    Recent Terror Arrest Underscores Need to Think Outside the Box

    This undated photo released by the United States Attorney's Office District of Massachusetts (USAMA), shows a remote controlled model of the US Navy's 1950s Sabre jet fighter that allegedly belonged to Rezwan Ferdaus, who was arrested on September 28, 2011 on charges of planning to fly explosive-packed, remote controlled airplanes into the Pentagon and the Capitol in Washington, authorities said. - AFP PHOTO / United States Attorney's Office District of Massachusetts

    The recent arrest of Rezwan Ferdaus marked yet another turn in the ever-shifting struggle to protect the American homeland from Islamist-inspired acts of terrorism. The 26-year-old from Ashland, Massachusetts, is accused of plotting to fly explosives-laden remote-controlled airplanes into the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol. His arrest came after a … More