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  • Monthly Archives: May 2012

    Chart of the Week: Taxes Soaring Past Highest Level Ever

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    Americans are facing an unprecedented $494 billion tax hike on Jan. 1, 2013. It’s been dubbed “Taxmageddon” given the economic devastation it would cause. Conventional wisdom suggests lawmakers in Washington will wait until the 11th hour to come up with a solution. Fortunately, Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) announced last week … More

    NATO to Declare Interim European Missile Defense Capability

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    During the NATO meeting in Chicago, the alliance will declare that it has an interim operational capability to defend itself against ballistic missile attacks. This is a major step forward for NATO and U.S. leadership within the alliance. The declaration marks the achievement of the first phase in the Obama … More

    Chen Guangcheng: The Value of One Voice

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    Activist Chen Guangcheng and his immediate family are out of China. This is a good thing, and the Obama Administration deserves credit for making it happen. There will be plenty of opportunity for the American political system to assess the Administration’s initial handling of the matter and what it says about its … More

    Liberals Say Public Broadcasting's $445 Million Federal Subsidy Is 'Tiny'

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    NPR, PBS and other public broadcasting outlets are asking taxpayers to fork over $445 million in funding for the next fiscal year. But not if Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) and Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) have anything to say about it. The conservative lawmakers want to defund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the steward … More

    NATO and Missile Defense: Words in a Summit Declaration Will Not Be Enough

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    When NATO leaders meet this weekend in Chicago, they are expected to announce an Interim Missile Defense Capability in Europe. This announcement might read well in the summit’s declaration, but a lot more will need to be done before the members of the alliance will be protected from the ever-increasing … More

    NATO Summit 2012: Without New Investment by Europeans, NATO's Future Is in Doubt

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    At the NATO Summit in Chicago this weekend, leaders will gather to discuss a number of issues facing the alliance. Top of the agenda will be Afghanistan, improving NATO’s military capabilities, and extending NATO’s partnerships with regional and global partners. However, nothing agreed at the summit will matter if America’s … More

    Iran’s Queasiness with Western Values Continues

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    In case anyone was unconvinced about Iran’s hostility toward everything associated with Western values, recent provocations leave no doubt. After blocking the Olympics website, refusing to admit a Davis Cup tennis player, and slandering the Olympic logo for being “racist,” Iran’s latest flaunt is its threat to sue Google. Why? … More

    Pawlenty and Boehner Agree: Stop Taxmageddon Now

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    Former Governor Tim Pawlenty (R–MN), national co-chair of the Romney for President campaign, appeared on CNBC yesterday and chastised President Obama for failing to lead on stopping Taxmageddon before the November election. Pawlenty is right: Washington should stop Taxmageddon now. Heritage has been saying just that for weeks. Speaker of … More

    HSAs Could Bring Health Costs Down; Too Bad Obamacare Destroys Them

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    Consumer-directed health plans have become increasing popular because of their ability to save consumers money. Breaking research published by Health Affairs shows that if consumer-directed health plans increased as a share of employer-sponsored plans from 12.4 percent to 50 percent, it could save $57.1 billion annually in national health expenditures. … More

    Left-Wing Environmentalists Solicit 'Conservative and Libertarian' Policies

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    An effort funded by a major left-wing environmentalist group is looking to appeal to conservative and libertarian thinkers through an initiative that proposes center-right solutions to environmental problems. The Meridian Institute’s “Twelve Big Ideas for 2012″ is funded by the Environmental Defense Fund, a group that uses its massive lobbying … More