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  • Monthly Archives: June 2012

    The Greek Myth

    Policemen stand guard outside the entrance of Grande Bretagne hotel during riots at central Syntagma square in Athens

    How did Greece get into its fiscal situation? It’s best explained in a parable. Helen is an elegant, if somewhat faded, woman of a certain age. She has impeccable taste and indulges herself freely. She supports her debonair lifestyle with a cushy government job where she is paid for 14 … More

    North Dakota's Economic Boom Inspires Action on Energy Legislation

    Kenny LeBaron, left, and his brother Joshua moved to North Dakota from Minnesota to take advantage of higher salaries due to an oil boom there. Here they service a gas and oil well near Watford City, North Dakota, on September 27, 2011. (Glen Stubbe/Minneapolis Star Tribune/MCT)

    The U.S. House will vote next week on a package of energy and jobs bills Republican leaders say will help lower the price of energy and boost economic growth. The Domestic Energy and Jobs Act combines seven energy-related bills aimed at boosting energy production on federal land. House Majority Whip … More

    Justice Kennedy Issues Stay of Arizona Noncitizen Voting Case

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    On the heels of Florida filing suit against the Department of Homeland Security for trying to stop the state from removing noncitizens from its voting rolls, yesterday Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy issued a temporary stay in another noncitizen voting case. Arizona v. Gonzalez involves Arizona’s Proposition 200, which would … More

    Commemorating the ABM Treaty Withdrawal

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    This week, The Heritage Foundation hosted an eventto celebrate “The 10th Anniversary of the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty Withdrawal.” This 1972 treaty kept America at risk to a ballistic missile attack. Despite the withdrawal, the danger remains grave, because a missile launched anywhere in the world can reach the U.S. homeland … More

    Morning Bell: How Taxmageddon Will Impact You

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    “I’ve said that this is a make-or-break moment for the middle class, and I believe it,” President Obama told an Ohio crowd yesterday. Indeed it is—because in a sluggish economy, American taxpayers are about to be clobbered by the largest tax increase in history. Starting January 1, 2013, Americans will … More

    On Its 237th Birthday, U.S. Army Contemplates Its Future

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    The U.S. Army is the nation’s oldest military service. It was founded in 1775 by the Continental Congress with an allocation of $2 million. The tradition remains sound, but the costs have certainly gone up. Around the world, in environments both calm and hostile, the soldiers, sergeants, and officers of … More

    Egypt’s Slow-Motion Coup

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    Egypt’s rocky transition to democracy has been further complicated by a judicial ruling today that dissolved parliament and sets the stage for renewed public protests and intensifying political struggle. A presidential runoff election is scheduled to begin Saturday, but the next president is likely to inherit a country with few … More

    Lobbying Pays Off in Latest Batch of Energy Department Handouts

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    Green-energy lobbying firm Liebman & Associates is up front about the service it provides. “With Mr. Liebman’s strategic counsel,” explains the bio of President Murray Liebman, “L&A’s clients have secured well over one billion dollars ($1B) in federal government investment.” Liebman followed through on that claim this week. The former staffer … More

    Who Is John Powers?

    He graduated from Annapolis. He flew the Douglas SBD “Dauntless” dive bomber, a plane that had a reputation for being slow and outmoded even before World War II began. The SBD served as the mainstay of the Navy’s carrier strike force into 1943. On May 7, 1942, Powers led his … More

    Protecting the Grid: DOD Fortifies Itself Against Threat of Cyber Attacks

    Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta recently made the disturbing announcement that the U.S. military is currently unprepared for a well-executed cyber attack. His call to rapidly implement a transitional cyberwarfare intelligence framework—known as Joint Staff Transitional Cyberspace Operations Command and Control Concept of Operations—should be strongly considered. The Department of … More