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  • Monthly Archives: October 2011

    No Breakthrough with North Korea

    Statue of late North Korean President Kim Il Sung at Mansu Hill in Pyongyang

    Ambassador Stephen Bosworth was typically cryptic in his remarks after concluding two days of meetings last week with North Korean counterparts. Bosworth stated that the bilateral talks were “moving in the right direction [since] we have made some progress.” He added that the tone of the meetings was “positive and … More

    We Hold This Truth to Be Self-Evident: All Men and Whales Are Created Equal

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    To the surprise of a San Diego court, five orca whales are suing Sea World for holding them in slavery. No wait, that’s not quite right. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) brought the suit on behalf of the five whales. The folks at PETA allege that Sea … More

    American Sovereignty Under Attack: The Threat of Global Governance

    The conflict between global governance and U.S. constitutional democracy is the subject of a new book by John Fonte, who visited Heritage last week to talk about the numerous and well-funded efforts to undermine American sovereignty. The book, “Sovereignty or Submission,” chronicles in details the global governance movement. Fonte, a … More

    Education Union Lobbyists Game the System in Illinois

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    No such thing as a free lunch? Not if you’re a union lobbyist in Illinois. As the Chicago Tribune reported: Two lobbyists with no prior teaching experience were allowed to count their years as union employees toward a state teacher pension once they served a single day of subbing in … More

    Morning Bell: Uncle Sam Is No Venture Capitalist

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    It’s yet another inauspicious announcement the Obama Administration didn’t want you to hear. Late on Friday, the White House announced that it ordered an independent review of loans made by the Department of Energy to energy companies after months of weathering criticism for its $528 million loan to the now-bankrupt … More

    White House Won't Say If It Will Comply With Solyndra Subpoena

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    The White House will not say whether it will comply with a subpoena from a House committee related to its involvement in the Solyndra scandal. Instead, the administration has opted to open its own investigation into the loan program that backed the defunct solar company – though that investigation will … More

    A View from the Border

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    How goes the battle for the border? Heritage Foundation Latin American specialist Ray Walser and I spent some time on the border at Laredo, Texas, with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the U.S. Border Patrol. Laredo is America’s largest inland port of entry. Last year, 1.64 million trucks passed through … More

    Chart of the Week: Taxing the Wealthy to Cover Future Deficits Won't Work

    Taxing the Wealthy to Cover Future Deficits Won't Work

    Democrats on the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction last week floated a proposal that includes massive tax increases on wealthy Americans. While their plan would also include some cuts to entitlement programs, the tax-code changes make up a significant portion, according to press reports. The Los Angeles Times reported: … More

    Job Creators Call for Bold Solutions on Tax Reform, Deficit Reduction

    Washington politicians talk a good game when it comes to job creation. But when it comes to actually doing something, they’ve been unable to provide long-term stability on tax policy and reassure business leaders they’re serious about deficit reduction. The result is a cloudy economic climate that has left businesses … More

    House and Senate Cloakroom: October 31 - November 4

    Unofficial Seal of the US House of Representatives

    House Cloakroom: October 31 – November 4 Analysis: This week the House will take up two bills to reduce regulations on capital.  Additionally, the House will vote on legislation relating to wireless taxes as well as protecting Peace Corp workers from sexual assault. Major Floor Action: HR 2940 – Access … More