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  • Monthly Archives: December 2011

    Islamists Dominate First Round of Egyptian Elections

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    Egyptian Islamists are poised to emerge as the big winners in Egypt’s parliamentary elections, a complex electoral process that will be held in phases until March. The first round of voting, to fill one-third of the seats in the lower house of parliament, was held on November 28–29, with run-off … More

    And That’s Why You Don’t Give Subsidies

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    This past April, when Members of Congress introduced the New Alternative Transportation to Give Americans Solutions (NATGAS) Act that provides preferential tax treatment to subsidize the production, use, and purchase of natural-gas vehicles, the propane industry asked, “What about us?” Well, someone was listening, because a little over a month … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Do Religious People Volunteer More?

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    Amidst the bustle of shopping for gifts, baking cookies, and wrapping presents, many Americans will celebrate this holiday season at places of worship, expressing their thanks for the blessings of another year. The religious practice and belief of Americans at the holidays and year-round signal good news for civil society … More

    Morning Bell: Pearl Harbor, WWII, and a Lesson for Today

    On this day 70 years ago, President Franklin D. Roosevelt addressed a joint session of Congress and requested a declaration of war against Japan following the devastating attack on Pearl Harbor the day before. Roosevelt’s words carried forth across the nation via radio, and the consequences of the actions America would … More

    Why Tim Tebow Keeps Smiling

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    When Pam Tebow was counseled to abort her baby to save her own life, the doctor referred to him as a “mass of fetal tissue.” “(M)aybe she just called me that to toughen us up for the names I would be called the first time I played at LSU,” Tim … More

    Charging Fed Employees for Tenure Benefits a Better Way to Close Deficit

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    President Barack Obama wants to extend the temporary payroll tax cut into 2012, and congressional Democrats and Republicans agree. They disagree over how to pay for it. Democrats propose raising taxes on the financially successful. This would discourage potential entrepreneurs from starting new enterprises—not the best idea when job creation … More

    Senate Proposal Would Outlaw Solyndra-Style Loan Guarantees

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    A Senate appropriations panel will consider a measure that would prevent the Department of Energy from subordinating taxpayers to private investors in the repayment of federally guaranteed loans. The measure is the first legislative proposal created in response to the Solyndra scandal. Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Tom Coburn (R-OK) … More

    PODCAST: U.S. Postal Service to Cut $3 Billion

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    In this week’s Heritage in Focus, regulatory expert James Gattuso discussed the recent news that the U.S. Postal Service is cutting $3 billion in costs in order to stay afloat. Click here to listen. What services will change as a result of the cuts? How will these cuts affect the … More

    Pearl Harbor 70 Years Later - A Lesson for Today's Defense

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    Seventy years ago today, the Japanese shocked the American conscience and propelled the United States into World War II when it attacked Pearl Harbor. With 353 fighters, bombers and torpedo planes, Japan’s strike took the lives of 2,402 Americans and wounded 1,282 others. President Franklin Roosevelt accurately described it as … More

    President Obama's New Model: Teddy Roosevelt's New Nationalism Speech

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    Yesterday, Barack Obama became the second President to use a speech in Osawatomie, Kansas, as an opportunity to take on the mantle of a previous President. President Obama evoked the memory of Theodore Roosevelt, who gave his famous “New Nationalism” speech laced with the now-rote themes in political rhetoric: “special … More