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  • Monthly Archives: May 2012

    Cuban Solidarity Plus


    Cuban Solidarity Day should make us renew efforts to extend a little more freedom to the Cuban population, which is still effectively imprisoned under their creaky Communist autocracy. May 20 marks the 110th year of Cuba’s independence, of which 53 long years have been spent under the Castro brothers’ dictatorship. … More

    Opportunity to Showcase Long-Term Commitment to Afghanistan


    The long-awaited NATO Summit being held in Chicago next week with more than 60 heads of state and government in attendance will focus much of its deliberations on the future of Afghanistan. While “transition” has become a buzzword for the NATO mission in Afghanistan, the U.S and NATO Commander in … More

    Morning Bell: America's Antique Air Force


    America’s flying fortress, the Cold War-era B-52 bomber, has been in service for the last 50 years, running missions in Vietnam, Operation Desert Storm, Afghanistan and the war in Iraq. It’s a striking example of how America’s military is being forced to do more with less, relying on decades-old technology to … More

    PODCAST: Jonah Goldberg on 'The Tyranny of Cliches'


    In a special Heritage podcast, political commentator and author Jonah Goldberg discusses his new book, The Tyranny of Cliches, How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas. Click here to listen. How does one respond to the cliche that it’s better that 10 guilty men go free than one innocent … More

    Gay Marriage and the Golden Rule


    In his May 9 announcement that he supports same-sex marriage, President Obama linked his stance to the Christian faith. In particular, he cast his view as being consistent with the Bible by quoting Jesus’ words from Matthew 7:12, known as the “Golden Rule.” Obama said: [The First Lady and I] … More

    Policymakers Should Disregard “Global Zero” Report


    Yesterday the “Global Zero” report, chaired by retired Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General James Cartwright, unpersuasively argued that the U.S. should reduce its nuclear arms to the dangerously low number of 900, of which only half would be deployed. The report also recommends “de-alerting” the U.S. … More

    Arizona Gov. Brewer Expands USA's Most Innovative School Choice Model

    Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer greets elementary school students

    Imagine being a child trapped in a failing school in Arizona. Prior to 2011, being trapped in a failing school in Arizona meant being trapped in a failing school in a state that ranks among the worst performing in the country. But during 2011—the “Year of School Choice”—Arizona led the … More

    Regulatory Overreach: Obama Administration's Case Against Gibson Guitar Drags On


    Numerous Heritage research papers and postings on The Foundry in the past year have reported on the plight of Gibson Guitar, which has been accused by the Obama Administration of running afoul of the Lacey Act—one of the oldest U.S. environmental regulations. Gibson’s violations were deemed so severe that armed … More

    An Inconvenient Wisconsin Truth

    Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin

    A funny thing happened on the way to the recall. Government unions organized Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s (R) recall in retaliation for limiting their collective bargaining powers. But the Democratic candidate, Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett, barely mentions the collective bargaining law on the campaign trail. That is probably because—now that … More

    Why the U.S. Should Not Fund the Law of the Sea Bureaucracy

    South China Sea - Law of the Sea Treaty

    In the current economic environment, one would think that Congress could identify nonessential international programs to defund. That’s what Representatives Jeff Duncan (R–SC) and Jim Jordan (R–OH) are attempting to do in Amendment No. 200 to the fiscal year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act. Amendment No. 200 is pretty straightforward: None … More