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  • Monthly Archives: November 2011

    'Smart Grid' Manufacturers the Next 'Green' Sector Under Fire

    Toyama City Environment Initiative: ENERDEL Lithium Ion Battery Powered Public Transport

    Government-backed solar companies have taken a beating over the last few months, with Solyndra garnering most of the attention. But since the solar company’s bankruptcy in late August, another sector of the “green economy” has moved to the edge of a financial cliff: the renewable electricity grid. Like Solyndra, a … More

    A Twisted View of Nuclear Parity

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    The United States should cut its nuclear weapons capabilities to contribute to deficit reduction, writes Michael O’Hanlon, director of research in foreign policy at the Brookings Institution. O’Hanlon qualifies this opinion by stating that “our strategic forces should remain as large as Russia’s.” Yet these two statements are mutually exclusive, … More

    Australia's Reversal of Uranium Ban to India Could Spur Trilateral Engagement

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    In a November 15 op-ed in The Age, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced that she would push her Labor Party to overturn its ban on selling uranium to India when the party meets next month. The unexpected announcement is a testament to the growing importance that Australia attaches to … More

    "Right to Work" Headed to New Hampshire, Indiana?

    Detroit Auto Workers

    Tuesday in South Bend, Indiana, Governor Mitch Daniels (R) faced a question that’s been bubbling to the surface in the Hoosier State: Is making Indiana a “right to work” state a priority for his last year in office? It’s an issue that came to the fore in New Hampshire this … More

    Morning Bell: The Debate Over China

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    Want to hear something disturbing? China has increased its defense budget by double digits every year for the last 20 years. Just as China seems to be gearing up for some undefined enterprise, the U.S. is winding down its defense budget at a similarly rapid pace. Despite the obvious contrast, … More

    How Not to Advance a Balanced Budget Amendment

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    Congress this week finds itself in a predicament of its own making. To show how serious they are about solving America’s deepening fiscal crisis, Republicans insisted that the 2011 Budget Control Act require the House and the Senate to vote on a balanced budget amendment (BBA) before the end of … More

    New U.S.–Australia Military Arrangement Must Be Backed by Real Commitment

    President Barack Obama addresses Australian troops and U.S. Marines as Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard watches on at the Royal Air Force Base in Darwin, northern Australia, November 17, 2011. REUTERS/Jason Reed

    On November 16, President Barack Obama and Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced their intention to increase U.S. Marine Corps and Air Force training in Australia. The expanded U.S. military presence is meant to enhance allied interoperability and reassure friends and allies in the region worried over an increasingly assertive … More

    Online Chat on the Foreign Policy Debate

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    On Tuesday November 22, The Heritage Foundation will co-host a GOP primary debate on foreign policy and national security along with the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and CNN. There are several ways you can interact with Heritage on the night of the debate. Click here to join our live “Lunch with … More

    New Mobile App Makes U.S. House Even More Accessible

    Republican leaders this week unveiled a new mobile app that helps Americans follow the action of the House of Representatives from the palm of their hand. The app is available on the iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, and Android phone and tablet. The app, called WhipCast, is the first government app to … More

    Exclusive Interview: Sen. Cornyn Says Obama Has 'Given Up on Governing'

    The debt-limit deal this summer guaranteed a vote on a Balanced Budget Amendment this year. As the House and Senate prepare to vote, there is concern among conservatives that lawmakers will act on a proposal that includes weaker language than others. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) spoke at Heritage today about … More