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  • Monthly Archives: January 2012

    Turkey Gets It, Acquires F-35s. Obama Administration Doesn't.

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    The Turkish government understands what the Obama Administration does not: Acquiring the American-made F-35 fighter jet is the most effective way to claim supremacy of the skies. Yesterday, Turkey’s Defense Industry Implementation Committee announced the purchase of two Lockheed Martin F-35s. Turkey had put its F-35 order on hold in … More

    Morning Bell: Beneath Growth, a Sea of Poison

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    Today’s jobs report from the Department of Labor was encouraging news for the U.S. economy. It shows that 200,000 jobs were created and the unemployment rate ticked down from 8.7 percent to 8.5 percent. Jobs were created in every sector of the economy save one — government! This report is … More

    Obama's NLRB 'Recess' Appointees Circumvent Background Checks

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    Two of President Obama’s “recess” appointments will begin their tenure at the National Labor Relations Board without having undergone background checks required of all nominees to the board, which are used to determine any past impropriety or conflicts of interest. The Senate committee handling the nominations of Democrats Sharon Block … More

    What the New Obama Labor Board Means for Workers and Employers

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    The framers of the Constitution required the President to get the consent of the Senate before appointing senior government officials. They wanted to prevent the President from appointing those who would abuse the public trust. President Obama’s purported appointment of Richard Griffin to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) yesterday … More

    Online Chat on SOPA

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    The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), along with the companion legislation in the Senate, IP Protect, is still in front of Congress. The bill has good intentions, but many more uninteded consequences Click here to join us right now for our “Lunch with Heritage” chat. We are taking your questions about the … More

    Ethnic Violence in South Sudan Threatens Stability

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    Internal ethnic strife, a deep-rooted but often overlooked challenge facing newly independent South Sudan, has recently emerged as a threat to the country’s stability. Last month, the South Sudanese army and United Nations reinforcements were sent to the town of Pibor in Jonglei state to prevent attacks by members of … More

    Obama’s New Defense Strategy: Less of the Same

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    The President traveled across the river to the Pentagon today to preview a new defense strategy to chase down falling defense budgets. Obama was quick to declare that the “tide of war” is receding for the United States and our military. But what he left out is that it is … More

    GM Recalling Volts, White House Headed to Detroit to Celebrate?

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    There’s more bad news in the continuing saga of the Chevy Volt. The Associated Press is reporting today that General Motors will recall 8,000 Volts in order to make modifications to keep them safe during crashes, all on the eve of the North American International Auto Show kicking off in … More

    Even Obama Agrees that the Senate Was Not in Recess

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    Defenders of President Obama’s unprecedented “recess” appointments of Richard Cordray to the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and three members to the National Labor Relations Board argue that the Constitution is vague on when Congress is in session and that the President can therefore take a “functionalist” approach that considers … More

    Occupy D.C. Protesters Flee Camps Amid Cold Weather, Rat Sightings

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    The tents still occupy two parks in Washington, D.C., but there are fewer people living in them as protesters with the Occupy movement flee for warmer quarters. The desertion of the Occupy D.C. is fueling class divisions within the movement among “those who can’t go home again and those who … More