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  • Monthly Archives: June 2012

    USS Essex Captain Loses Job After Aging Ship Collides With Tanker

    The USS Essex keeps making news for all the wrong reasons. The amphibious assault ship was unable to complete two missions because of mechanical or maintenance issues. Last month the aging warship’s steering failed, causing it to collide with the tanker. Now the Navy has removed the ship’s commanding officer. … More

    Heritage Cyber Chart: Cyber Legislation Compared

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    Cybersecurity is a vital national security and economic issue. To better inform Congress, Heritage has assembled a cybersecurity chart that seeks to lay bare many of the details of the competing cybersecurity bills, including CISPA, the Cybersecurity Act of 2012, and SECURE IT. While these bills contain many similarities, the … More

    Powering America Vignette: What is a Cooling Tower?

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    Nuclear power plants produce almost 80 percent of the emission-free energy in the nation, and cooling towers—though often misunderstood—are an essential part of what makes that possible. Despite their being perfectly safe and far removed from anything radioactive, for many people cooling towers conjure up images of toxic waste, environmental … More

    Congressional Hearing Highlights the Need to Pass Magnitsky, PNTR to Russia

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    Yesterday and today, the House Ways and Means Committee and Senate Finance Committee held hearings on Russia’s abysmal human rights record and its looming accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO). The Obama Administration wants Congress to provide permanent normal trade relations (PNTR) to Russia and scrap the 1974 Cold … More

    Morning Bell: Imperial Presidency

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    The United States was born when rebellious colonists declared their independence from an imperial ruler who had vastly overstepped his bounds. “The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over … More

    The U.N. Speaks: The Arms Trade Treaty Will Affect "Legally Owned Weapons"

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    Yesterday, the U.N. released its press kit for the July conference that will finalize the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). The most interesting item in the kit is a lengthy paper by the U.N.’s Coordinating Action on Small Arms (CASA) program titled “The Impact of Poorly Regulated Arms Transfers on … More

    Wind PTC: There's No Free Lunch

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    Real men wear pink. Real women wear fur. And real market-based policy doesn’t include special interest subsidies. Sadly, lots of legislation fails the real free market test. So it is with one of Washington’s favorite energy sources du jour: energy production tax credits (PTC). Sadly, anti-market policies like the expansion … More

    Global Disappointment in Obama Tracked by Pew

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    President Obama came into office globally hailed as the savior of America’s standing in the world. Now, three-and-a-half years into the Obama presidency, international disappointment has set in. In its recent release of the 2012 report, the Pew Global Attitudes Project stressed that global public opinion is still so much … More

    Senator Moran Speaks at Heritage on the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty

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    Yesterday, Senator Jerry Moran (R–KS) gave an important speech at The Heritage Foundation on the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), negotiations on which will open on July 2 in New York. Through letters to the Administration, legislation, and amendments, Moran has played the leading role in seeking to ensure, with … More

    Military Madness Matinee

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    Whether in Washington, D.C., or Wichita Falls, Texas, people are wondering nervously how the automatic defense cuts of sequestration will impact the U.S. military. While varied groups and individuals struggle to find solutions to preserve national security, one organization with significant influence in the matter—the Obama Administration—has refused to seriously … More