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  • Monthly Archives: April 2012

    Chairman Conrad's Embarrassing Quasi-Budget

    Senate Budget Committee chairman Kent Conrad, D-N. Dak., holds a news conference on Tuesday, April 17, 2012, to preview the Budget Committee's budget resolution markup. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

    The Senate Budget Committee stretched a few definitions in announcing yesterday’s “Mark-Up of the Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2013.” Turns out it’s not really a budget resolution, per se, and there will be no formal committee action on it—no amendments, no vote, no real committee-adopted fiscal … More

    Enlargement: No Longer a NATO Priority?

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    Next month NATO leaders will meet in Chicago for the heads of state and government summit.  The agenda will primarily focus on Afghanistan but also include discussions on smart defense, Deterrence and Defence Posture Review as well as missile defense.  Noticeably absent is enlargement. Since President Obama took office, Albania … More

    Online Chat on the Constitution

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    How well do you think you know the Constitution? If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about it, now is your chance. Heritage just launched www.ConstitutionOnline.com: a comprehensive and authoritative analysis of every single clause in the Constitution. Click here to join us right now for our “Lunch with Heritage” … More

    All Workers--Including Union Workers--Should Be Able to Achieve Rewards

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    The Brooklyn Hospital Center wanted to reward its best nurses, so it honored high-performing nurses with a breakfast and gave them $100 gift cards. Unfortunately, the nurses’ union did not approve. They filed charges with the National Labor Relations Board, and the board forbid the hospital from giving such bonuses … More

    Morning Bell: The Governing Class and Us

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    In a speech yesterday in Elyria, Ohio — a small town just outside Cleveland sitting at the forks of the Black River — President Barack Obama delivered a politically charged speech in which he hearkened back to the country’s roots, saying that his opponents “don’t seem to remember how America … More

    U.S. Embassy in Nigeria Issues Security Alert on Boko Haram Threat

    A screen grab made on October 21, 2010 in Kano from a video allegedly released by the Nigerian Islamist sect Boko Haram in northern Nigeria reportedly shows two alleged sect members standing against a background of a Google Earth shot of the northern Nigerian city of Bauchi with the triangular city prison visible. Boko Haram 'spokesman' claims responsibility for the attack on the UN building in Abuja that killed 18 on August 26, 2011.

    On Wednesday, the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria warned that the northern Nigerian insurgent group Boko Haram may be planning attacks against the capital city of Abuja. However, the Nigerian government continues to downplay the Boko Haram threat. When the United States issued a similar security alert last November, Nigerian national … More

    An SOS for the Coast Guard

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    The Coast Guard needs to call more attention to its undersized fleet, according to Congressional Research Service expert Ron O’Rourke. While the sea service has publicized its requirement list, “the other part [of the discussion] is the extent to which that program of record will permit the Coast Guard to … More

    Democrat Senate Candidate Wants to Repeal (Part of) Obamacare

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    There are millions of Americans who want to see Obamacare repealed, and with good reason. But it’s a rare day indeed when a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate (and former adviser to President Obama) calls for part of the president’s health care law to be eliminated. But that’s just … More

    Obama Administration Courts the Muslim Brotherhood

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    Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood has a long history of deception, promotion of Sharia law, anti-Semitism, and anti-Western values. Yet this does not seem to concern the Obama White House. Recently the Obama Administration wholeheartedly welcomed a delegation from the Muslim Brotherhood to Washington. It even suspended normal screening processes for them, … More

    VIDEO: 10 Years Ago Today, Dems Say ANWR Won't Yield Oil for 10 Years

    On April 17 and 18, 2002, a number of Senators took to the floor of the upper chamber to decry efforts to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to fossil fuel exploration and development. Their objections voiced a common concern: ANWR wouldn’t begin to produce oil for up to ten … More