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  • Yearly Archives: 2011

    EPA to Raise Electricity Prices, Risk Blackouts

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    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), seemingly undeterred by the slow economic recovery, is marching ahead with air pollution regulations that would increase electricity prices, raise costs for businesses and consumers, and risk power outages. The EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) and the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) are … More

    U.S. Should Encourage Strong Japan-India Relations

    Newscom

    India is steadily emerging to be one of the world’s top economic players but still faces development challenges and infrastructure bottlenecks that hinder growth. Heritage’s Lisa Curtis has been arguing that the U.S. needs to acknowledge India’s growing global role and the changing Asian strategic landscape. With new relationships emerging … More

    Consumers Need Protection from Consumer Protection Bureau

    President Obama with Sen. Chris Dodd and Rep. Barney Frank

    The Senate is slated to vote this week on the nomination of Richard Cordray as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). If confirmed, the former Ohio attorney general would become the envy of regulatory zealots far and wide—wielding unparalleled powers with virtually no accountability. President Obama, of course, … More

    VIDEO: Former Governor and Ambassador Jon Huntsman

    Today at Noon ET, Heritage will host former governor and ambassador Jon Huntsman at its weekly Bloggers Briefing. Watch it here live! Huntsman served as Utah’s governor from 2004 until 2009, when he was appointed by President Obama to be ambassador to China. He’s served three other presidents in various … More

    Morning Bell: Illegal Aliens, In-State Tuition and the Law

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    Consider it an illegal fringe benefit for illegal immigrants. Today, 12 states allow individuals who are in the United States illegally to pay the same in-state tuition rates as legal residents of the state without providing the same rates to others in the country who are here legally. And those … More

    Meet the Staff of Occupy Wall Street's Downtown Manhattan Offices

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    CNN had an interesting look last week at the “Occupy Wall Street” offices in downtown Manhattan. The fact that they have offices seemed noteworthy in itself, given that Occupiers frequently bill their protests as leaderless and completely decentralized. We decided to look into some of the names that popped up … More

    Whoa There! Time to REIN in Runaway Bureaucrats

    Environmental Protection Agency

    America’s out-of-control administrative state can best be compared to a runaway stage coach—trampling American workers and careening away with their money. Next week, Congress will have an opportunity to bring much-needed oversight to America’s regulatory process by voting for the aptly named REINS Act (Regulations from the Executive in Need … More

    Ghost Savings: Spectrum or Spectral?

    Newscom

    The federal government owns vast assets that would be better managed and more productive in the hands of the private sector.  Selling some of these makes sense to reduce debt, reduce the deficit, and help shrink our bloated government. However, selling assets is often abused as another Washington ploy that … More

    After the Super Committee: 'Massive' Education Cuts? Think Again

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    The “super committee’s” failure to reach an agreement to reduce federal spending is supposed to trigger automatic spending cuts—some of which could decrease funding for the Department of Education beginning in 2013. This has the education unions and Secretary Arne Duncan up in arms. Randi Weingarten, president of the American … More

    Infographic: Weak Job Growth in the Obama Economy

    New Jobs Remain Scarce - December 2, 2011

    Yesterday on Meet the Press, host David Gregory confronted Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod with the grim reality of America’s employment picture, the still-high unemployment rate, and the fact that 315,000 people dropped out of the work force last month, asking “Do the new numbers change the way the president looks … More