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  • Monthly Archives: February 2012

    Debt Ceiling, the Sequel: Coming to a Theater Near You


    Remember last year’s titanic struggle over increasing the debt ceiling? A mighty contest that threatened to leave the nation in default, lasted for much of the year, and resulted in a $2.1 trillion increase in the national debt—papered over in part by the cover of the not-so-super committee? Well, this … More

    Ike-Like Resolve Needed to Ensure Indonesian Religious Liberty


    Indonesians are proud of the respect for pluralism and tolerance embedded in their constitution. Indeed, Indonesia is largely tolerant of religious differences. Unfortunately, it is not yet fully governed by its constitution. Case in point: the continuing saga of GKI Yasmin church in Bogor, West Java. In the early 2000s, … More

    VIDEO: Months After Federal Raid, Gibson Guitar Still Faces No Charges

    Armed federal agents raided Gibson Guitar’s Nashville headquarters in August, creating a national outcry over the high-profile persecution. But today, six months after the raid, the Department of Justice has yet to file any charges against the company. Why did the government go after Gibson? A new video from Reason.tv … More

    Defense Cuts Ignore Threats, Increase Risks

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    President Obama’s cuts to defense put America’s national security at risk, argues Heritage’s James Carafano. As the U.S. draws out of two foreign wars, the President assumes that America will no longer require a capable global force. However, these cuts do not account for growing threats throughout the world. U.S … More

    Market Reform in China: Should We Believe It?


    The first step in solving a problem is admitting it. For years, the Chinese government and their defenders overseas insisted first that China was still reforming, then that state-led economic development was superior to market-led development. Evidence to the contrary came as news to many. There has always been a … More

    Mississippi Charter Law Closes a Door for Online Schools

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    Mississippi legislators are considering a proposal to strengthen the state’s charter school law. This is great news for a state with the weakest charter school policy among the 41 states (and D.C.) that have them. However, because the state Senate Education Committee has moved to ban virtual charter schools, the … More

    Quieting the Voice of America


    More than 30 years have passed since Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn wrote about the “Soft Voice of America” in an article that first appeared in National Review on April 30, 1982. Incredibly, today we appear again to be headed in the direction bemoaned by Solzhenitsyn all those years ago. While the budget … More

    Moscow Warns Israel Against Attacking Iran’s Nuclear Sites

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    Russia, which has contributed substantially to Iran’s nuclear ambitions by selling it billions of dollars of nuclear technology and obstructing international efforts to halt Iran’s nuclear weapons program by acting as Iran’s “diplomatic godfather, is now cynically criticizing Israel for contemplating military options to defuse the threat that Moscow helped … More

    Morning Bell: Obama's Crony Capitalist Trap Door


    The Obama White House says it hates tax “loopholes,” and the American people abhor them with good reason. They’re the ultimate in unfairness, allowing those in the know to wiggle their way out of playing by the same rules that apply to the rest of us. That’s why, at first glance, … More

    Beware the Nullification Temptation


    With state legislatures back in session, legislators are looking for options to reassert their legitimate role in the constitutional structure of federalism. Sadly, a few otherwise well-intentioned legislators are once again turning to the discredited and unconstitutional doctrine of nullification—the claim that an individual state legislature has the authority to … More