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  • Monthly Archives: September 2011

    A $900 Million Mistake

    capitol-night-6-2011

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) made a $900,000,000 mistake on a measure to fund the federal government past this Friday. The government runs out of money on September 30. The House and Senate are engaged in public negotiations on competing measures to fund the government to November 18. The … More

    Palestinian Statehood Bid Shows Results of Obama's Peacemaking

    US President Barack Obama waves at the end of his highly-anticipated address to the Muslim world on June 4, 2009 in the Grand Hall of Cairo University in Cairo. Obama vowed to forge a "new beginning" for Islam and America in a landmark speech to the world's Muslims, evoking a vision of peace after a smouldering cycle of "suspicion and discord."

    As President Mahmoud Abbas presented his bid for a Palestinian state after his address to the U.N. General Assembly last Friday, members of the Palestinian Authority warned that “US President Barack Obama will be held responsible for the failure of the Middle East peace process.” Of the 15 member states … More

    With Waivers, National Standards Anything but Voluntary

    DeptEducation

    Supporters of the Common Core national standards push are becoming increasingly wary of Washington’s entanglement with what the Obama Administration has been trying to sell as “voluntary.” Writing in National Review Online last week, Checker Finn, president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, expressed his concern that the Administration’s No … More

    The Supreme Court’s Next Blockbuster Term

    Supreme Court

    Although the Court’s last term was generally regarded as pretty boring, the upcoming term that begins on Oct. 3 has the potential to be the term of the decade, or as some hope, the term of the century.  Yet the story of the Court’s 2011 term really began months, or … More

    Washington in a Flash: Shutdown Showdown

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announces that he has canceled the July 4 Senate recess. 6/30/2011

    Driving the conversation: The Senate will vote today on a continuing resolution that would fund the federal government through Nov. 18 and provide $3.65 billion in disaster aid funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. If Congress does not act, the government will partially shut down at the end of … More

    Morning Bell: Obama Circumvents Congress on Education Policy

    President Barack Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

    For the past few decades, the federal government has continuously increased its power over local schools, through funding with strings attached, with depressing results. Since the 1970′s federal spending on education has nearly tripled, yet student achievement has remained flat and graduation rates have not improved. However, that increased spending … More

    Chart of the Week: U.S. Rivals Japan for World's Highest Corporate Tax Rate

    U.S. Corporate Tax Rate

    Republicans and Democrats on the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction this week finally agreed on something substantive: The U.S. corporate tax rate is too high. It’s a point we’ve been making for years at Heritage. High federal and state corporate tax rates — a whopping 39.2 percent when combined … More

    House and Senate Cloakroom: September 26–September 30, 2011

    Unofficial Seal of the US Senate

    House Cloakroom: September 26 – September 30 Analysis: The House was scheduled to be in recess this week.  However, given the fight over the Continuing Resolution they may have to return at the beginning of the week to vote on an amended CR from the Senate. Major Floor Action: HR … More

    The Consequences of America's Confusing Middle East Policies

    United Nations Security Council

    The United States is scrambling to avoid a diplomatic crisis at the U.N. over a Palestinian statehood vote and a promised U.S. veto. As other countries try to find a way to defuse the crisis, Palestinian officials asked for U.N. recognition of Palestinian statehood yesterday. How did it come to … More

    Scribecast: Rep. Kevin Brady on Taxes, Free Trade and Why Texas Is Best

    Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX)

    Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) visited Heritage earlier this week for The Bloggers Briefing and stuck around to chat in our Robert H. Bruce Radio Studio. On this week’s Scribecast, we cover tax reform, Brady’s MAP ACT, free-trade agreements and what Texas can teach the rest of America. Listen to our … More