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  • Monthly Archives: November 2011

    Iran Talks Tough to Turkey

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    As international pressure on Iran has mounted due to its accelerating uranium enrichment, its foiled plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the U.S., and its systematic human rights abuses, the embattled regime in Tehran has lashed out verbally against Turkey, Britain, Israel, and the United States. On Saturday, General … More

    House and Senate Cloakroom: November 28 - December 2

    Unofficial Seal of the US House of Representatives

    This week the House will take up several regulatory reform bills. The Regulatory Accountability Act would increase the requirements an executive agency has to meet in the rule making process as well as expand judicial review of legislation. The House will also take up the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act that would prevent micro-unions. When the Senate returns from the Thanksgiving holiday this week they are expected to vote on an extension of the payroll tax cut. More

    PODCAST: Spain Votes Out Big Government

    Leader of the Spanish Popular Party (PP) Mariano Rajoy (C) waves to supporters from the balcony of the PP headquarters in Madrid on November 20, 2011, after the first results of the general elections were announced.

    Be sure to listen to a special Heritage Libertad podcast on the recent Spanish elections. Click here to listen. With 23 percent unemployment overall, and 46 percent unemployment among its youth, how does the new government in Spain increase employment going forward? Furthermore, what effect will this election have on U.S.-Spain relations? Do … More

    Supercommittee Failed, and Spending Is Still the Problem

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    Tax hikes were the focal point of the contentious, failed supercommittee negotiations designed to reduce the national debt by at least $1.2 trillion. Democrats wanted massive tax hikes. Republicans flirted with a tax reform deal lowering rates and closing loopholes. But the fact that tax hikes were at the center … More

    Correction, Senator Reid. Regulations Are Contributing to Poor Job Growth

    Last week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) took to the Senate floor and made a bold assertion–that there isn’t any evidence that regulations cost jobs, citing statistics from a Labor Department report that “last year, only three-tenths of 1 percent of people who lost their jobs were let go principally … More

    Infographic: How Many Emergencies Has FEMA Declared?

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    Over the summer, Hurricane Irene and the East Coast earthquake put national attention on America’s disaster response system, especially the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). And once again, the problems that The Heritage Foundation has been pointing out for years—the federalization of routine disasters, FEMA’s funding issues, and the condition of capabilities … More

    Morning Bell: President Lincoln's Thanksgiving Proclamation

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    We hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving yesterday and continue to enjoy spending time with friends and family today. While we at The Heritage Foundation enjoy our holiday, we invite you to read President Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Thanksgiving Proclamation below. The year that is drawing toward its close has been filled … More

    Obama Administration Approving Only 35 Percent of Gulf Drilling Plans

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    A new report from a New Orleans-based group reveals that the Obama administration is approving just 35 percent of the oil drilling plans for the Gulf of Mexico so far this year. It is also taking an average of 115 days — nearly four months — to secure approval from … More

    Morning Bell: A Day of 'Public Thanksgiving and Prayer'

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    Most of us have heard or read at least part of Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving proclamation at some point. But even those who have heard it many times can overlook two important aspects of this important document. The first is its timing: October 3, 1863. The nation had already endured two … More

    Slideshow from the Presidential Debate

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    The spirited CNN debate hosted by The Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute provided a fantastic opportunity for Americans to hear from the presidential candidates about critical national security and foreign policy issues. We have put together a Flickr gallery of photos from before, during, and after the debate … More