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  • Monthly Archives: March 2012

    KORUS FTA—Finally!

    South-Korea-flag

    March 15 marked the official start of the landmark Korea–U.S. Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA). Yes, it’s been a long journey. Almost six years ago, Washington and Seoul announced their intention to negotiate a free-trade pact. Critics were skeptical, yet the announcement was greeted as a welcome surprise. Despite their … More

    School Choice Momentum Continues Across the Country

    Students at Milwaukee's private Urban Day School compete for the teacher's attention

    The positive momentum from the “Year of School Choice” in 2011 is being carried over into 2012, with several states primed to implement major reforms. Louisiana, already a pioneer in the school choice movement, is poised to make its New Orleans voucher program available statewide, allowing low-income students attending “C”-rated … More

    Bahrain vs. the Media

    Bahraini pro-reform protesters march during a rally in Maksha village west of the Bahraini capital Manama on December 30, 2011.

    Since the uprising erupted last year, Bahrain has continued to experience unrest. Despite continuing reforms by the government, the opposition movement has steadily hardened its stance against the al-Khalifa monarchy. Last weekend, protests in Bahrain escalated in one of the most violent confrontations between the opposition movement and police. Tens … More

    Senators Urge IRS to Leave Politics Out of Tea Party Inquiries

    Tea Party Rally in Columbus, Ohio

    A dozen U.S. senators sent a stern warning to the Internal Revenue Service yesterday: Don’t let politics play a role in recent inquiries of Tea Party organizations. In the past few months, the IRS sent detailed questionnaires to organizations in Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and Texas asking about their political activities. Many … More

    New Crime, More Time: Are You A Foreign Outlaw?

    Photo: Getty Images

    As part of an ongoing series, Heritage’s Center for Legal and Judicial Studies identifies a “Bill of the Week” which impacts overcriminalization in America. Not every Bill of the Week represents an unwise policy judgment.  This week we celebrate a bill entitled “The Freedom from Over-Criminalization and Unjust Seizures Act … More

    Getting TSA out of Our Luggage

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    Members of Congress have said it before, and they are saying it again: It’s time for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to allow new members into the Security Partnership Program (SPP), the nearly eight-year-old program allowing U.S. airports to opt out of federal screening and instead privatize their security forces. … More

    Morning Bell: A Budget to Save the American Dream

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    America’s fiscal condition is dauntingly dismal. The national debt is well on its way to $17 trillion, 13 million Americans are out of work, and the country is stuck in the slowest recovery in the post-war era. Despite Washington bleeding taxpayers dry with reckless overspending, the U.S. Senate has not … More

    Harry Reid Reverses Course on Judges; Political Stunt Backfires

    Senator Harry Reid (D-NV)

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) decided his political stunt on judicial nominees wasn’t working. He abandoned the plan Wednesday, agreeing to a deal with Republicans to schedule votes for 12 district-court nominees and two circuit-court nominees before May 7. The deal ensures President Obama’s nominees will received an up-or-down … More

    Following a Big Week in North Carolina, Bus Tour Heads to Arkansas

    Now heading for state number 12 after nearly two months on the road, The Heritage Foundation/Family Research Council tour Your Money, Your Values, Your Vote continues rolling across America. Following a successful week in North Carolina—reaching thousands of people over 11 events—this weekend we head southwest to Arkansas. Why are … More

    Take Terrorists at Their Word

    Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

    In the fight against terrorism, it is essential to know the enemy. In a recent presentation about his new book Battle for Our Minds, Michael Widlanski spoke about a collective “Islamyopia,” fueled by academia, elite media, and many government officials, that is blind to the political ideology of Islamism. Widlanski … More