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  • Monthly Archives: July 2012

    Minnesota: The Latest Shameful Attack on Voter ID

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    The latest attack on voter ID is occurring in Minnesota, where on Tuesday, the state Supreme Court will hear a case filed by the League of Women Voters (LWV). In League of Women Voters Minnesota v. Ritchie, the LWV is trying to convince the court to remove a referendum question … More

    Push to Inform the Public on Disastrous Defense Cuts Continues

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    House Armed Services Committee member Randy Forbes (R–VA) continues to educate the general public about the potentially dangerous defense cuts mandated by sequestration under the Budget Control Act. Following up on events in Virginia, California, and Florida, Forbes held a Defending Our Defenders meeting in Great Falls, Montana, on July … More

    Obama Administration Broadens Gender Quotas in Higher Ed

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    Last week, the Obama Administration issued new regulations broadening Title IX of the Higher Education Act—the part of law barring sex-based discrimination in education programs typically associated with high school and college sports—to explicitly include science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. As many commentators have noted, this new policy … More

    Red Tape Exacerbates Wildfire Trouble

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    Fighting wildfires on federal land involves navigating a maze of regulations and differences in government agency approval, according to a Washington Times report. The decision of whether to drop hundreds of gallons of water—or other fire mitigation substances—on a raging wildfire could come down to which federal agency manages the land where … More

    Morning Bell: Obama Tells Entrepreneurs "You Didn't Build" Your Business

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    That sound you hear is silence—as millions of small business owners and entrepreneurs were left speechless this weekend from President Obama’s latest insult. The slap in the face to hard-working Americans conveyed Obama’s belief that it takes a village—a heavily subsidized village—to create that venture you’re profiting from: Somebody helped … More

    Cloakroom: July 16 – July 20

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    House Cloakroom Analysis: This week the House will turn its attention to defense funding. The major bill on the floor this week will be the Defense appropriations bill, which provides the funding for the nation’s military. Additionally, the House will take up a bill to establish strict transparency requirements for … More

    Syrian Fighting Worsens as Regime Moves Chemical Weapons

    A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on March 17, 2012, shows fire fighters at the scene following a two bomb attacks on security buildings in the heart of the Syrian capital Damascus which killed several people, state television said. AFP PHOTO/HO

    The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday that Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad’s embattled regime is moving chemical munitions out of storage depots. It remains unclear whether the regime is deploying these weapons in the field or is trying to keep them from falling into the hands of rebels, who have … More

    State Department Still Balking on Calling Out Terrorists in Nigeria

    A screengrab taken from a video purportedly from Islamist group Boko Haram released on Youtube on May 1, 2012 shows a man holding an AK-47 assault rifle.

    There is some confusion in Foggy Bottom as to how the United States ought to define Boko Haram, an Islamic militant group based in northern Nigeria. Last week, Assistant Secretary of State Johnnie Carson testified in front of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, calling Boko Haram a “terrorist organization.” Yet … More

    Another U.N. Convention That Poses Threats to U.S. Sovereignty

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    Yesterday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing on the U.N.’s Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). As multiple experts—including The Heritage Foundation’s Steven Groves—testified, it is both unnecessary and unwise for the United States to become a party to the Disabilities Convention. The rights of … More

    Dutch Parliament Votes to Ditch the Joint Strike Fighter

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    The bad news: This week the Dutch parliament voted to scrap Dutch participation in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program. The good news: Since the Dutch government dissolved back in April, and there will be a general election later in the year, the vote is non-binding. Nevertheless, this should … More