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  • Monthly Archives: February 2012

    Reducing Nuclear Arsenal Would Shift U.S. Target Options

    A military truck carries a long-range Shahab-3 ballistic missile during a military parade in Tehran on September 21, 2008 to commemorate the 28th anniversary of Iran's 1980-1988 war with Iraq. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said today the country's military will "break the hands" of invaders if attacked, amid its continuing nuclear standoff with the West.

    President Obama wants to reduce the nuclear arsenal to as little as 300 warheads. While this might seem like a lot, the targeting list is evolving more rapidly than at any point in history. The United States has more enemies than ever before and provides nuclear security guarantees to more … More

    A Case Study in How Localities Can Best Respond to Natural Disasters

    Pennsylvania Flooding

    Last week, a subcommittee of the House of Representatives Committee on Small Business held a hearing on the Disaster Loan Fairness Act (H.R. 3042). Sponsored by Representative Lou Barletta (R–PA), the bill does not provide the necessary reform to our nation’s disaster prevention and recovery programs. The bill would set … More

    Washington Takes Over School Lunches and Curriculum


    It used to be that children had to worry about the school bully stealing their lunch money. Now they also have to worry about the federal government taking their lunches away. A recent story about a North Carolina preschooler’s lunch being confiscated because it failed to meet federal requirements has … More

    Morning Bell: 'Buying' House Votes for Unpopular Legislation


    An examination of “administrative earmarks” around the time of congressional votes on key pieces of President Obama’s agenda suggests the White House used its power to fund local projects as a means to “buy” votes for major legislative efforts. Administrative earmarking refers to the federal government’s allocation of funds from … More

    How Would You Grade the Presidents?


    If we were to grade our presidents on an A-F scale, which ones would make the cut? While most contemporary books about presidents focus on leadership and personality, author Steven F. Hayward prefers a different approach – how closely each president adheres to the Constitution. He recently discussed this approach … More

    One Year Later: Myth vs. Fact Video on Wisconsin's Budget Reforms

    One year ago all eyes were on Wisconsin as labor unions stormed the Capitol building in Madison to protest Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s budget reforms. Heritage sent a team to cover the demonstrations. We’re showcasing our myth vs. fact video again today, one year later, given the ongoing debate over … More

    Coup in the Maldives: Small Country, Big Implications

    A supporter of former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed shouts slogans during a rally in Male, Maldives, Feb. 17, 2012. Some 10 thousand supporters of former Maldives President Nasheed took part in a mass rally calling for an early election. (/Che Hongliang)

    The wave of populist uprisings has now hit South Asia. This time, the democratically elected leader of the Maldives has been ousted by an intimidating combination of radical Islamists, police, and military dissenters. On February 7, dramatic protests broke out in the Maldives, an island nation just south of India. … More

    Turner Lays Out the Case Against Obamacare

    why obamacare wrong

    Grace-Marie Turner, president of the Galen Institute, was among a number of experts who recently convened at The Heritage Foundation on a panel entitled “Beyond the Individual Mandate: Why Obamacare Must Be Repealed.” Turner is one of the authors of Why Obamacare Is Wrong for America, along with James Capretta, … More

    Morning Bell: Washington, the Indispensable Man of the Revolution

    Rotunda at the U.S. Capitol on July 1, 2011

    Poor George Washington. His birthday, spontaneously celebrated since the Revolution and formally declared a holiday in 1879, has slowly morphed into the insipid Presidents Day you’ll hear about today. George Washington, the “indispensable man” of the Revolution who was rightly extolled for being “first in war, first in peace, and … More

    Chart of the Week: Nearly Half of All Americans Don't Pay Income Taxes


    This year’s Index of Dependence on Government presented startling findings about the sharp increase of Americans who rely on the federal government for housing, food, income, student aid or other assistance. (See last week’s chart.) Another eye-popping number was the percentage of Americans who don’t pay income taxes, which now … More