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  • Monthly Archives: December 2011

    Cuban and Chinese Bloggers Speak on Havel's Greatness, Kim's Tyranny

    A picture of former Czech president Vaclav Havel lies among candles and floral tributes as people gather at Vaclavski square to pay their last respect to Havel in Prague, on December 22, 2011.

    The reaction of bloggers in two remaining communist dictatorships to the recent deaths of pro-freedom crusader Vaclav Havel and his polar opposite, North Korean tyrant Kim Jong Il, tells you all you need to know about why communists can’t hold elections. In the restricted cyberspace afforded to Chinese and Cubans … More

    Iraq Plunges into Chaos as Obama Administration Celebrates End of U.S. Military Presence

    Aftermath of a terrorist attack in Iraq in 2011. (AFP PHOTO/KHALIL AL-MURSHIDI/Newscom)

    The Obama Administration’s risky decision to seek the quickest possible exit from Iraq has contributed to a mushrooming political crisis there that is rapidly unraveling the hard-won gains of U.S. troops and threatens to plunge the country into a civil war that will greatly benefit Iran. Shortly after the December … More

    No Surprise this Christmas: Washington's Wasteful Spending Continues

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    Oregon cheese, IHOP pancakes, and a Hawaiian chocolate festival. Your mouth may be watering right now, but watch out—there’s a bitter aftertaste. These foodstuffs are just three of 100 items in Senator Tom Coburn’s (R–OK) Wastebook 2011, a report detailing Washington’s egregious use of $6.9 billion in taxpayer dollars this … More

    PODCAST: Kim Jong-Un and North Korea

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    In this week’s Heritage in Focus, expert Bruce Klingner discusses all the latest surrounding North Korea and the death of Kim Jong Il. Click here to listen. Will Kim Jong-Un, Kim Jong Il’s son, lead North Korea down the same path? How are relations with the U.S. and South Korea affected by Kim … More

    The Senate Takes a (Payroll Tax) Holiday

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    The political battle over extending the payroll tax holiday is understandably confusing for many Americans, so it is worthwhile to step back and see how we got into this mess. Americans have come to expect Washington’s lamentable dysfunction, but this instance is of a different sort than most. First, the … More

    North Dakota's Job Creation Formula

    Kenny LeBaron, left, and his brother Joshua moved to North Dakota from Minnesota to take advantage of higher salaries due to an oil boom there. Here they service a gas and oil well near Watford City, North Dakota, on September 27, 2011. (Glen Stubbe/Minneapolis Star Tribune/MCT)

    When it comes to creating jobs, North Dakota has found the right formula. The state has the largest percentage increase in employment over the past year and was the fastest of all 50 to recover from the recession. The reason is simple: energy production. “North Dakota has been the poster … More

    ADF Seeks Supreme Court Review for Christian Student Groups

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    Last week the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) requested review by the U.S. Supreme Court in Alpha Delta Chi v. Reed, a case involving two Christian student organizations at San Diego State University. According to ADF, San Diego State University denied official recognition to the two Christian organizations because they require … More

    Dealing with China-U.S. Tariff Law

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    A federal court this week barred the simultaneous application of anti-dumping and countervailing duties to imports from China, a practice begun by the Department of Commerce in 2007. Commerce has rightly classified China a “non-market economy” for purposes of applying anti-dumping duties against goods sold in the U.S. at below-market … More

    Why Handel's 'Messiah' Endures

    It’s one of the most famous and widely shared pieces of music in history. Handel intended his oratorio “Messiah” for Lent, and it was first performed just after Easter 1742. But over the centuries, public performances of the masterwork became a rite of Christmas. It is 270 years since Handel … More

    VIDEO: Season of Giving at Occupy DC? Not Quite.

    Amid all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, the Occupy Wall Street movement continues in Washington, DC’s Freedom Plaza encampment. Since it’s the season of giving, Accuracy in Media‘s Ben Johnson donned a Santa Claus hat and visited the site to ask for donations for the homeless. Was … More