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  • Monthly Archives: January 2012

    Online Chat on Obama's Appointments

    President Barack Obama shakes hands with Richard Cordray (R) after announcing that he has appointed Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau during a trip to Cleveland, Ohio January 4, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

    Obama made a big splash last week when he appointed a new head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and three appointments to the National Labor Relations Board without confirmation of the Senate even though they were technically in session. These appointments were an abuse of presidential power. Click … More

    Markey’s Misguided View of Energy Exports

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    Last week, Representative Ed Markey (D–CA) sent a letter to Secretary of Energy Stephen Chu questioning whether exporting natural gas would benefit American businesses and consumers. He wrote, “I am worried that exporting America’s natural gas would raise energy costs for American consumers, reduce the global competitiveness of U.S. businesses, … More

    Grassley Not Buying DOJ's Non-Recess Appointment Apologia

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    Calling the president’s illegal non-recess appointments “an escalation in a pattern of contempt for the elected representatives of the American people,” Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee, dismissed a Justice Department memo on Thursday that sought to lend retroactive constitutional weight to the president’s move. Grassley … More

    Illegally Appointed NLRB Official Helped Block Reform at Corrupt Union

    One of the officials President Obama illegally appointed to the National Labor Relations Board advanced policies in his position at a major labor union that hindered efforts to reform corrupt union locals. Incoming NLRB member Richard Griffin, formerly the general counsel for the International Union of Operating Engineers, pushed a … More

    "Modern Art" Memorial to Eisenhower a Slap in the Face to a Great Leader

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    President Dwight D. Eisenhower lived a life full of public service for the country that he loved. His accomplishments rival that of some of the greatest American heroes. He was Supreme Commander of the troops invading France on D-Day, Supreme Commander of the NATO forces in 1951, and served two … More

    Whitewash on Illegal Appointments Won't Work

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    The Obama Administration’s 23-page Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) opinion rationalizing illegal appointments the President made last week, released this morning, falls far short of its intended goal. The opinion makes claims that are demonstrably false and is at times, frankly, embarrassing. Apart from failing to prove that President Obama’s … More

    The 2012 Index of Economic Freedom: Latin America’s Underperformers

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    Today, the 2012 Index of Economic Freedom launches. For 17 years, The Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal have reported on the status of economic freedom around the world, measuring 184 nations across the globe according to rule of law, limited government, regulatory efficiency, and open markets. Globally, the … More

    PODCAST: How Economically Free is America?

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    In this week’s Heritage in Focus, Heritage’s Kim Holmes, co-author of the annual Index of Economic Freedom, discusses this year’s index. Click here to listen. How does the U.S. rank in economic freedom this year? How does economic freedom fare worldwide? Is there any big surprise in this year’s index? … More

    Obama Administration Airbrushes Britain out of Europe

    President Barak Obama leaves 10 Downing street after breakfast talkes with Prime Minister Gordon Brown on the morning of the G20 Summit in London 1st April 2009

    Philip H Gordon, US Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs, has just delivered a speech in Berlin outlining “the state of transatlantic relations”. His remarks, given at the Korber Foundation on January 11, are a scene-setter for the Obama administration’s European policy in “its final year in office before elections … More

    Morning Bell: Guantanamo Ten Years Later

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    His plan was to rip apart nightclubs with explosives, unleash a wave of destruction on bridges, and open fire on police officers–all in sunny Florida. This was the murderous intent of Sami Osmakac, 25, an American citizen from the former Yugoslavia who was determined to spill blood, foment destruction, and … More