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  • Monthly Archives: May 2012

    Online Chat about the Different Budgets

    Newscom

    Click here to join us right now for our “Lunch with Heritage” live online chat. We are joined by the Director of Heritage’s Center for Data Analysis and he is taking your questions about the different budget proposals put forth by Congress on Wednesday. Lunch with Heritage feat. Bill Beach

    Boko Haram: FTO Designation in Sight?

    Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau (Newscom)

    Yesterday, the House Rules Committee posted an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would require the State Department to determine whether the Nigerian sect Boko Haram meets the criteria to be designated a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO). Sponsored by Representative Patrick Meehan (R–PA), the amendment states that if … More

    Morning Bell: A Glimmer of Hope for the American Dream

    washington-monument

    Yesterday in the Senate, America bore witness to the glaringly obvious division in Washington, as stark as the contrast between high noon in the desert and midnight in the mountains. On the one hand is Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-NV) failure to pass a budget over the past three years. … More

    U.K. Commitment to Joint Strike Fighter Vital for the Special Relationship

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    Last week, the British government made a decision to change from the Carrier Variant of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) back to the Short Take Off and Vertical Landing (STOVL) variant of the JSF—as was originally planned before its 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review. While this move was politically … More

    Protect America: Address the Entitlement Problem Now

    “Provide for common defense” is a core constitutional obligation of the federal government. Yet entitlement spending is putting unsustainable pressure on the defense budget. In 1965, Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security constituted 2.5 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) while defense made up 7.4 percent. The Office of Management and … More

    Side Effects: Obamacare's CO-OPs Put Taxpayer Dollars at Risk for No Good Reason

    Newscom

    Yet another provision of Obamacare is expected to cost taxpayers more than they expected. The House Energy and Commerce Committee recently sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) asking for details regarding the probable loss of $3.1 billion out of the $3.4 billion in Obamacare … More

    America's Necessary Loyalty to Human Freedom

    GeorgeWBush

    There aren’t many people who justify comparisons to Nelson Mandela, but longtime Burmese political dissident Aung San Suu Kyi is one of the few. For 20 years, Kyi incurred imprisonment, house arrest, and other forms of detention for attempting to bring democracy to the military-ruled Burma. This month, she is … More

    Kyl: "Obama May Be 'Flexible.' But the U.S. Owes Russia Nothing."

    Sen. John Kyl (R-AZ)

    In his recent piece in The Wall Street Journal, Senator Jon Kyl (R–AZ) makes the case that the United States should not give Russian President Vladimir Putin guarantees, political or legal, that a U.S. missile defense system will not be effective against Russian missiles. President Obama recently indicated he will … More

    Smith-Amash Detainee Amendment Is Dangerous Policy

    capitol-night-6-2011

    A few congressmen are now attempting to remove some longstanding lawful tools in the counterterrorism fight. The Smith–Amash amendment would force the government to send any al-Qaeda member captured in the United States directly to federal court. If this amendment becomes law, it would limit a President’s flexibility and take … More

    'I Cannot Be Silent': Chen Guangcheng Speaks on Abuse, Forced Abortion

    Chinese blind dissident leaves U.S embassy

    Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng called into a congressional hearing again yesterday, detailing reported abuse of his relatives and friends in the wake of his escape. When lauded for his courage and tireless advocacy for victims of forced abortion and involuntary sterilization, Chen simply remarked, through translation: “I am not a … More