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  • Monthly Archives: January 2012

    To Tweet or Not to Tweet: The State Department's Digital Revolution

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    The U.S. State Department has jumped into the world of online communication with a vengeance. January 2012 has been designated 21st Century Statecraft month, and Administration officials have been busy tweeting, blogging, doing online Facebook chats, streaming video, and just about every other social media platform imaginable. As a public … More

    Economic Inequality and Justice

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    In his State of the Union Address, President Obama placed economic inequality center stage.  He framed this issue in terms of fairness or justice to the poor.  If our goal is to help people escape poverty, though, we need to ask some more urgent and personal questions. A debate about … More

    Iran: Fair Question or NSC Admission of Failure?

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    Did the Obama Administration miss a golden opportunity in the summer of 2009 to support the demonstrations of the Iranian Green Movement and maybe even once and for all get rid of the toxic government of Iran? A lot of people around this town think so, and certainly so do … More

    The Fracking Truth on Government's Role in Natural Gas Production

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    President Obama has been on a kick to promote natural gas production. He said in his State of the Union address, “And by the way, it was public research dollars, over the course of 30 years, that helped develop the technologies to extract all this natural gas out of shale … More

    CBO Sets the Record Straight on Federal Pay

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    The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report yesterday showing that federal employees receive substantially more compensation than similarly skilled workers in the private sector. National media, from The New York Times to National Public Radio, reported this “news.” The CBO report was spurred in part by two years of … More

    Live at Noon: Senator Jim DeMint at Heritage

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    Join us live at Noon Eastern as U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) speaks at The Heritage Foundation Bloggers’ Briefing. Senator DeMint will discuss his book, “Now or Never: Saving America from Economic Collapse.” Watch live streaming video from heritagefoundation at livestream.com

    U.S. Special Forces Will Be Weakened by Defense Budget Cuts

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    Since the May 2, 2011, Navy SEAL raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound, President Obama has lauded the mission’s success and championed U.S. Special Forces as a major component of future military operations. Both Obama and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta have stressed that, as conventional forces draw down in … More

    Defending Defense: FY 2013 Budget Based on Wishful Thinking, Not Reality

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    The Department of Defense’s recently released budget is based on a hope that the international environment has structurally changed and that the United States will never again face the obligation of fighting two major wars simultaneously, according to the most recent publication by the Defending Defense Coalition of the American … More

    Morning Bell: A Higher Education Revolution

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    Speaking on Friday at the University of Michigan, President Obama declared, “I want this to be a big, bold, generous country where everybody gets a fair shot, everybody is doing their fair share, everybody is playing by the same set of rules. That’s the America I know. That’s the American … More

    Education Secretary Duncan Wants to Overpay Teachers Even More

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    Education Secretary Arne Duncan called for dramatically raising teacher pay last Friday on MSNBC, declaring that the current average salary (about $55,000) should be doubled to improve teacher quality. It’s a familiar refrain for Duncan, who in the same interview declared himself a “radical” when it comes to paying teachers … More