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  • Monthly Archives: September 2011

    Remembering 9/11: Senator Rob Portman

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    This is a guest post by Sen. Rob Portman  (R-OH) for our special blog series on 9/11. A decade has passed, but the memories of those lost remains strong today. It also is a time to remember the many Americans who showed extraordinary bravery in the face of adversity: the … More

    The Hidden Costs of the National Standards Push

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    “No Child Left Behind [NCLB] and the Race to the Top [RTTT] grants are likely to be the high water mark of federal involvement in schools,” says Jay Mathews in a Washington Post editorial this week on why the Obama Administration’s further overreach into national standards will fail. His argument? … More

    Raising Little Patriots

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    Learning about U.S. government is a basic, essential lesson for American children, but finding a way to make it stick isn’t always easy. Luckily, a new book is out to help solve that problem. One Nation Under God: A Book for Little Patriots is a delightfully poetic read to help … More

    Morning Bell: More 'Stimulus' from President Obama

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    By most accounts, President Obama’s $800 billion “stimulus” bill that was passed in February 2009 with the promise of keeping unemployment below 8 percent was an absolute failure. However, last night in a speech to a joint session of Congress, the President demanded that it spend another $450 billion on … More

    President Obama's Stimulus Speech – The Sequel

    President Barack Obama addresses a joint session of the United States Congress on the subject of job creation on Capitol Hill in Washington, September 8, 2011.

    President Obama tonight pitched Stimulus 2.0 to a reluctant Congress and an angry electorate. The President rolled out his “American Jobs Act” and demanded repeatedly for Congress to “pass right away.”  The President’s plan is very similar to his original Stimulus plan that has proven to be a total failure in … More

    Fourth Circuit Rules, but Challenge to Obamacare Still Stands

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    Today the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected two challenges to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)—better known as ObamaCare—on procedural grounds.  Because the court found procedural problems in both cases, it did not reach the constitutional question of whether the individual mandate is constitutional.  Importantly, the procedural … More

    Reaction Roundup: Heritage Responds to Obama's Jobs Speech

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    Heritage’s experts watched President Barack Obama’s jobs speech delivered to a joint session of Congress. Here are some of their immediate reactions: Jobs for Teachers? In his remarks tonight, President Obama argued that his jobs proposal would create more jobs for teachers. He went as far as to say laying … More

    Depends on What You Mean by 'Meeting': Super Committee Expected to Be Super Secret

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    The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (also known as the “super committee”) met for the first time today. This bipartisan, bicameral committee was created in the law increasing the debt limit and is tasked to find between $1.2 and $1.5 trillion in savings over the next 10 years. Membership … More

    Lunch with Heritage Online Chat on Jobs and the Super Committee

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    Click here to join us right now for our “Lunch with Heritage” online chat. We are joined by Senior Policy Analyst Curtis Dubay. He is taking your questions on what should be done about jobs, how tax rates effect job growth, and what the Super Committee should focus on. Lunch … More

    In Labor Dispute, 500 Union Members Storm Port, Take Six Hostages

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    Incidents of union violence rarely reach the level they did in Seattle, WA, Thursday morning. Upset the Port of Longview had hired contractors from a different union, 500 members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, brandishing baseball bats and crowbars, stormed the port and held six security guards hostage. … More