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  • Monthly Archives: February 2012

    Was Yesterday's Oversight Hearing Really 'All-Male'?


    No. It’s that simple. A number of House members and senators have been circulating this picture of the first panel from yesterday’s House Oversight Committee hearing, which featured five clergymen, decrying it as an “all-male hearing,” in the words of Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA). A number of Murray’s Senate colleagues, … More

    Health Care Expert Sally Pipes on Repealing, Replacing Obamacare

    The Future under Obamacare

    As a Canadian and firsthand witness of Canada’s government-run health care system, Sally Pipes is warning that Obamacare will exacerbate the existing problems of rising costs and lack of access in the American health care system. At a recent Heritage event, Pipes, president and CEO of the Pacific Research Institute, … More

    Takeaways from Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping's Visit to the U.S.


    Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping’s visit to the United States was extremely short on substance. It was really just a public relations exercise for both sides aimed at audiences back home. And as for building rapport between leaders, by nature, the visit was bound to come up short. President Obama … More

    Underwear Bomber Sentenced to Life in Prison


    On Christmas Day 2009, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab nearly succeeded in murdering almost 300 civilians aboard Northwest Flight 253. As the plane approached its final destination of Detroit, Michigan, Abdulmutallab was seen entering the lavatory, returning to his seat, and placing a blanket over his head. Moments later, passengers noticed a … More

    State Department Promotes Debunked 'Fracking' Propaganda


    The State Department is promoting a widely-debunked film about natural gas development as part of an effort at “smart power diplomacy.” The film, “Gasland,” is widely credited with spreading hysteria about the practice of hydraulic fracturing, a natural gas mining technique under fire from environmentalists nationwide. The film purports to … More

    Iran Trumpets Its Nuclear Progress and Calls for Talks


    Iran’s defiant regime boasted this week about the nuclear progress it claims to have made despite growing sanctions and international pressure to halt its nuclear weapons program. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad presided over a high-profile televised ceremony in which he inserted what was described as an Iranian-made fuel rod into a … More

    PODCAST: Presidents' Day or Washington's Birthday?


    In this week’s Heritage in Focus, Heritage Vice President and first principles scholar Matt Spalding discusses the importance of Presidents’ Day. Click here to listen. Should the holiday be designated as Presidents’ Day or George Washington’s Birthday? What principles did President Washington embody that are worth celebrating? What’s the most important thing … More

    Religious Leaders Testify for All Americans’ Liberty


    Since the Obamacare anti-conscience mandate was proposed in August, the Obama Administration has come under intense scrutiny for the rule’s violation of religious liberty. In the wake of the final rule’s publication in the Federal Register yesterday, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a full committee hearing yesterday … More

    Morning Bell: Obamanomics Has Failed


    Three years ago today, President Barack Obama signed into law his trillion-dollar stimulus plan, a measure that he promised would save or create 3 million jobs by the end of 2010 and would prevent unemployment from ever going above 8 percent. And though the President today will likely claim that … More

    The United States of America: Land of Overregulation?


    Echoing the findings of The Heritage Foundation’s 2012 Index of Economic Freedom, the latest edition of The Economist sums up well the current status of America’s business environment: The home of laissez-faire is being suffocated by excessive and badly written regulation.… The problem is not the rules that are self-evidently … More