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  • Monthly Archives: July 2012

    Death of Oswaldo Payá: A Loss in the Struggle for Cuban Freedom

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    Mourners gathered in Havana on Monday to honor the late Oswaldo Payá, a major Cuban dissident and head of the Christian Liberation Movement. The freedom fighter died in a car accident along with the vehicle’s driver in the eastern city of Bamayo on July 22. It’s believed another vehicle may … More

    Powering America Vignette: Living Near Nuclear Facilities

    What’s it like to live near a nuclear power plant?  To many, such a prospect might seem dangerous or scary.  But like with most things nuclear, perception is often very different from reality. The fact is, research shows that living near a nuclear power plant poses no particular safety or … More

    How Many Ways Can You Spell "Fraud"?

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    The Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act of 2013, introduced in the Senate last month, would make it a felony to make false statements on affidavits in order to receive federal funding. Sounds like a good idea, doesn’t it? Now there will finally be a law on the books … More

    Chinese Want U.S. to Stop Playing Defense While They Improve Their Offense

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    Last week, Chinese General Zhu Chenghu stated that China “will have to modernize its nuclear arsenal” as U.S. missile defense “may reduce the credibility of [China’s] nuclear deterrence.” Even if the statements reflected reality, it should encourage the U.S. to strengthen its defenses. U.S. missile defenses are still woefully inadequate … More

    Even More Bad News on Obama HHS Gutting Welfare Reform

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    The Obama Administration has created a firestorm by claiming the authority to waive the work requirements of the popular 1996 welfare reform law. But the damage doesn’t stop there. The same July 12 guidance from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) states that HHS will not approve policy … More

    Federal Regulation Strangles Chemical Security

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    On Thursday, the House Appropriations Committee will meet to discuss the much-debated Chemical Facility Anti Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program, which requires that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) establish security standards for facilities that produce, handle, or store potentially dangerous chemicals. Enacted in the aftermath of 9/11, the program was … More

    Morning Bell: Senate Votes to Raise Taxes on Small Businesses

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    Yesterday, the Senate narrowly voted (51-48) to raise taxes on 1.2 million small businesses, which will likely kill more than 700,000 jobs at a time when nearly 13 million Americans are out of work. Senators Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Jim Webb (D-VA) joined all Republicans in bipartisan opposition to the … More

    'A Political Beast': DOE-Backed Ecotality's Extensive Political Muscle

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    As a congressional panel looks into federal support for a major electric vehicle charging station manufacturer, more questions about the company’s political connections are surfacing. They speak to a virtual constant among recipients of federal “green energy” money: beneficiaries enjoy significant political connections. The company in question, Ecotality, has received … More

    WATCH LIVE at 2 p.m. Thursday: Ensuring Election Integrity

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    The Heritage Foundation and True the Vote, a nonpartisan grassroots organization in Houston, Texas, are sponsoring an important discussion on Thursday at 2:00 p.m. ET called “Ensuring Election Integrity: The Need for Election Reform.” It will be streamed live online here. Ensuring election integrity is a fundamental responsibility of government … More

    Nearly All Americans Favor Welfare Work Requirements

    Workers pour into the streets alone 1st street after their buildings where evacuated after a earthquake sent tremors from the nation?s capital to New York City and New England Tuesday afternoon, the result of what officials said was a 5.9 magnitude temblor based in Virginia. (Photo By Douglas Graham/Roll Call)

    The vast majority of Americans favor work requirements for welfare recipients, a new Rasmussen survey reveals. According to the survey data, released last Wednesday, “83% of American Adults favor a work requirement as a condition for receiving welfare assistance. Just seven percent (7%) oppose such a requirement, while 10% are … More