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  • Monthly Archives: July 2012

    Sequestration's Shadow on the Defense Industrial Base

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    Unless the President and Congress change current law, the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces will soon face an indiscriminate, across-the-board cut of more than $500 billion over the next decade. Known as “sequestration,” this massive reduction in defense spending comes in addition to the $487 billion in … More

    Powering America Vignette: Uranium Mining and Milling

    While nuclear energy is unique, uranium, its primary fuel, occurs naturally within the earth much like other, better understood energy sources such as coal, oil, and natural gas.  In each case, extracting the fuel is an essential first step in the production of power. Despite the similarities, uranium mining can … More

    Can the U.N. Grab Americans' Guns?

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    For much of the past two weeks, I’ve been attending the U.N.’s Arms Trade Treaty conference in New York and blogging on the craziness of Turtle Bay. A number of comments on my blogs—and many external commentators—have raised the question of whether the ATT is, pure and simple, a “gun … More

    Indonesia Could Teach U.S. Some Fiscal Responsibility

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    On July 11, German Chancellor Angela Merkel praised Indonesia as a model of government debt management. In absolute terms, though, Indonesia’s government spending and government debt has steadily increased. Indonesia’s robust fiscal standing comes first from economic growth with some help from controlling fuel subsidies. Indonesia’s government debt declined from … More

    U.N.'s Arms Trade Treaty: "Why on Earth Would We Sign?"

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    Opposition to a proposed United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) is growing over concerns about its possible implications for America’s sovereignty and interests. As Heritage’s Kim Holmes explains in the Washington Times, the language in the draft circulated at the U.N. this week would harm law-abiding nations like the United … More

    OAS and State Department Make Right Call on Paraguay

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    In his report to the permanent council of the Organization of American States (OAS), Secretary General Miguel Insulza made the correct call. After traveling to Paraguay with a group of experts and meeting with all involved parties, Insulza urged OAS member states on July 10 not to suspend or expel … More

    Obama's Small-Business Tax Could Average $25,000

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    President Obama has made raising taxes on “the rich” a central plank of his re-election campaign. Yet even many Democrats are questioning the wisdom of hiking taxing on job creators while the economy is still struggling and unemployment is still lingering at over 8 percent. They are right to be … More

    Morning Bell: Obama's Imperial Presidency Guts Welfare Reform

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    The imperial Presidency has overturned Congress and the law again. Not content to stop at rewriting immigration policy, education policy and energy policy, yesterday, President Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released an official policy directive rewriting the welfare reform law of 1996. The new policy guts the … More

    How the Party Says China's Economy Is Doing

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    Those interested in whether China tells the truth about its economy should hold tightly to one fact: The State Statistical Bureau publishes what the Communist Party allows it to publish. That the entire government is a tool of the Party is the foundation of the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) … More

    Supreme Court and Obamacare: Judicial Activism or Judicial Review?

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    The deeper meaning and implications of the Obamacare case for the Supreme Court’s reputation and constitutional law will be debated for years to come. In its annual Supreme Court review event at Heritage yesterday, an all-star cast of scholars, advocates (including Solicitor General Donald Verrilli), and journalists tackled those topics. … More