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  • Monthly Archives: September 2011

    Too Many Cooks in the Homeland Security Kitchen

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    Recently released information from the 9/11 Commission reveals that its original recommendation to condense and consolidate congressional oversight for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has yet to be implemented. This leaves homeland security at risk and bound by its own committees. In 2003, DHS was subject to oversight by … More

    Heritage Libertad Radio: Rep. Farenthold, EPA and Price Controls

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    In case you missed it, make sure you listen to last week’s Heritage Libertad Radio Show. Listen in Spanish or English. The Spanish show kicks off with a discussion of new government data regarding the Hispanic community. That’s followed up with a segment on immigration. The show closes with member … More

    Obamacare: Forgotten But Not Gone?

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    Has Congress forgotten Obamacare?  All the promises to repeal it mostly faded into the background months ago, even as the health law disrupts our economy. Fortunately, at least one lawmaker is still trying to undo that disruption.  Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) is forcing the Senate to confront the issue.  He’s … More

    Morning Bell: Obama Falling Short on Israel

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    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is taking his people’s bid for statehood to the United Nations this week with a speech set for Friday, followed by a formal application for membership to the U.N. shortly thereafter. If Palestine succeeds in its unilateral efforts, it would be detrimental to U.S. interests in the … More

    Solyndra Poured Money Into Lobbying While It Struggled Financially

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    Internal communications and testimonials from former Solyndra employees provide a stunning window into the consequences of federal support for private companies. Political backing, in short, made the company sloppy, wasteful, and spurred it to focus more and more resources on securing federal handouts – even while the company’s everyday business … More

    The President’s Rambling U.N. Stump Speech

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    President Barack Obama’s speech to the United Nations had more than a few elements of a domestic campaign stump speech. Indeed, after a few opening obligatory remarks about the history and ideals of the U.N., the President quickly launched into a detailed account of his record in office – ending … More

    Obama’s Missile Defense Plan Less Robust than Bush’s

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    As Turkish representatives announced last week their decision to participate in the European Phased Adaptive Approach (EPAA), the Obama Administration’s plan for missile defense, there seems to be a misconception about EPAA’s capabilities. This week, The Washington Post wrote, “Development of a European missile shield accelerated under the George W. … More

    Email Shows Solyndra Violated Pledge to Answer Committee's Questions

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    Solyndra executives scheduled to testify before a House committee on Friday were likely expecting some tough questions. In general, Republicans will wonder whether their political ties got them favorable treatment from the Energy Department. Democrats will want to know why the company said it was financially healthy mere weeks before … More

    Rabbani Assassination and Pakistani Defiance Crush Prospects for Afghan Peace

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    The assassination of former Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani, who was in charge of the High Peace Council pursuing reconciliation talks with the Taliban, is a clarifying moment for Afghans who had hoped Rabbani’s efforts would bring peace to the war-ravaged country. The assassination is a body blow to the political … More

    Yes, Real Cuts in Continuing Resolution, But Still Far Short of House Budget

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    One of the most crucial issues confronting the nation is the debt and spending crisis. Standard & Poor’s downgraded the nation’s credit rating in August, while Moody’s put the U.S. on watch for a possible future downgrade. America is hemorrhaging debt, and bold steps are needed now to get spending … More