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  • Monthly Archives: February 2012

    Iranian Bloggers on the Frontline Against Oppression

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    Blogging in Iran is a high-risk activity, and it is getting ever more so by the day. As the Iranian regime feels the pressure from abroad growing and threatens to flex its muscles by closing the Strait if Hormuz, internal repression in Iran has intensified, and the Internet is a … More

    Beware the "Public Corruption" Amendment to the STOCK Act

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    Perhaps not so surprisingly, Washington politicians on both sides of the aisle are opposed to the recent change by Representative Eric Cantor (R–VA) and the House of Representatives in eliminating the so-called public corruption amendment that was proposed by Senators Patrick Leahy (D–VT) and John Cornyn (R–TX) and attached to … More

    Greek Drama Will Continue

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    The deal reportedly reached Thursday to release another 130 billion euro bailout for Greece is just one more temporary fix. Greece will get enough new cash to avoid the messy default it faced a few weeks hence, and the pain of adjustment will be shared by private bondholders, who are … More

    Obama Gets Hit with Another Religious Freedom Lawsuit

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    The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty has already filed two lawsuits challenging the Obamacare regulation that requires many religious employers to provide health insurance coverage for sterilization, contraception, and what many people believe are abortion-inducing drugs. Those lawsuits are on behalf of Belmont Abbey College (a Benedictine Catholic college in … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Closing the Marriage Gap Between Rich and Poor

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    While economic disparities between rich and poor are vehemently decried in stump speeches and the main stream media, value differences are often considered as a third-rail issue to be avoided in public discussion. In typical fashion, Charles Murray broaches this subject head-on in his newly released book Coming Apart, which … More

    No Child Left Behind Waivers Surrender Education Control to Washington

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    The Obama Administration will announce later today that it is awarding No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waivers to 10 states: Colorado, Georgia, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oklahoma, and Tennessee. New Mexico is the only state that applied for a waiver and will not receive one, although the … More

    No Transparency Regarding Russia’s Strategic Buildup

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    In the New Strategic Arm Reductions Treaty (New START), the United States agreed to a weak verification regime. An indication of this is that U.S. negotiators agreed to degrade the telemetry regime in the original START from verification to a transparency measure. Under New START, each party is required to … More

    Military Maintenance Critical to a Ready Force

    A picture released by Fars News Agency on December 29, 2011, shows a U.S aircraft carrier spotted in an area of the Iranian navy ongoing maneuver zone on the Sea of Oman, near the Strait of Hormuz in southern Iran. UPI/ Abdollah Arab Koohsar/Fars News

    In a recent report titled “A Historical Perspective on ‘Hollow Forces,’” the Congressional Research Service (CRS) surveyed past efforts to keep the military from going “hollow.” The CRS is spot on in bringing attention to the issue. We need to look for the warning signs that budget cuts are leaving … More

    Are We Leaving Afghanistan Too Soon?

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    In an interview with the Military Times, Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Davis, a veteran of two tours of duty in Afghanistan, said he believes that U.S. leaders should come clean about the “absence of success on virtually every level” in Afghanistan, the central battlefield of America’s global war against terrorists. After … More

    National Marriage Week: The Costs of Delaying Marriage

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    Starting a career, paying off student loans, and buying a house are all momentous occasions on the journey to American adulthood. While many young men and women still achieve these milestones, tying the knot and settling down are events increasingly avoided on young Americans’ path toward maturity. The increase in … More