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  • Monthly Archives: January 2012

    Defense Strategic Guidance Lacks Strategic Thinking on Nuclear Weapons

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    The Obama Administration just rolled out its Defense Strategic Guidance (DSG), which outlines priorities of the U.S. military after the Budget Control Act of 2011. While it will have significant negative impact for the entire U.S. force structure, readiness, and training, the DSG mentions nuclear weapons to state that “it … More

    Libyan Islamists Gaining Strength

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    Although Libya has rid itself of the Muammar Qadhafi regime, it faces an uncertain future endangered by radical Islamist factions, warring militia commanders, tribal rivalries, a lack of democratic traditions, and a civil society ravaged by decades of authoritarian rule. Last week, two militias clashed violently in a turf war … More

    PODCAST: Economic Resolutions for 2012

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    In this week’s Heritage in Focus, economist Bill Beach discusses 2011′s economic misteps and how to readjust economic principles to guide policy in 2012. Click here to listen. What is the fundamental economic concept that led to so many policy mistakes? What’s the proper concept to guide policy moving forward? … More

    VIDEO: The Reality of America's National Debt

    America’s total debt now tops $15.2 trillion—the size of the entire economy. While this is a real concern, the greater problem is the growth of spending and debt in the future. Spending on entitlements is the real driver of future debt. In this clip from the documentary film “I Want … More

    NFL Players' Union Opposes Right-to-Work

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    The NFL Players Association just came out against Indiana’s proposed right-to-work law. This is not too surprising: Even the poorest NFL player makes $390,000 a year. The average NFL player makes $1.9 million. NFL players make enough to barely notice union dues. They also have jobs. Right-to-work makes little difference … More

    Three New Year's "Edu-lutions" for Policymakers

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    Like the rest of us, state and local policymakers across the country probably made New Year’s resolutions to eat healthier, exercise more, and finish those languishing projects around the house. Here’s hoping they’ll also add three education resolutions to their list. The year 2012 will be pivotal for education policy. … More

    Heritage Mourns Loss of Tony Blankley

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    Heritage Foundation President Edwin J. Feulner today issued the following statement on the death of former Heritage Fellow Tony Blankley: Tony Blankley was a man of principle and passion. A penetrating analyst and compelling commentator, he was a straight shooter who never missed his mark. As press secretary and advisor … More

    A Decade After No Child Left Behind, Time for a Right Turn in Education

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    No Child Left Behind (NCLB) turned 10 yesterday, and the anniversary is a good time to assess the toll of federal education intervention and to identify steps Congress can take now toward restoring constitutional governance in education. Eight legislative generations before NCLB, Washington first ventured into local school policy with … More

    Sackett v. EPA: Supreme Court Takes Up Property Rights Case

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    Today the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Sackett v. EPA, one of the most important property rights cases to reach the Court in recent history.  The case involves a complicated statutory scheme created by the Clean Water Act (CWA), which (as relevant here) is enforced by the EPA. … More

    Morning Bell: Can America Defend Itself?

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    The Iranian threat yet again finds itself on the front page of America’s newspapers this morning, this time with news that the rogue regime has sentenced a U.S. citizen to death for working for the CIA and that it has started refining uranium deep inside a mountain bunker. Meanwhile, Iranian … More