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  • Monthly Archives: July 2012

    Filibuster Reform Is a Bad Idea

    The Washington Post reports that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D–NV) has pledged to reform the filibuster—if and only if he retains his position as Majority Leader in the next Congress and President Obama wins a second term. This shows that Reid has no ideological commitment to “filibuster reform”; he … More

    Arms Trade Treaty: Media Need an Advanced Class on Treaties

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    In answering media questions on the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), I have found that hosts frequently state, as a matter of fact, that treaties require a two-thirds Senate majority, and if they don’t get it, they have no legal effect. Like all things, it’s not that simple. Here’s a … More

    CBO: Obamacare to Cover Millions Fewer Than Before Supreme Court Decision

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    Earlier today, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released an updated cost estimate for Obamacare that showed that the law will cost less over 10 years than last predicted—because fewer people will be covered. Now, although Obamacare spends more than $1 trillion, CBO predicts it will leave 30 million Americans uninsured, … More

    Conservatism vs. Libertarianism: Heritage, Cato Square Off in Debate

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    Which is the preferable philosophy, conservatism or libertarianism? Last Wednesday, interns from The Cato Institute (Matthew Cavedon and Jack Solowey) and The Heritage Foundation (Maura Cremin and Keith Neely) participated in the annual intern debate held in Cato’s F.A. Hayek Auditorium to sharpen their understanding of the differences between traditional conservatism and … More

    Mandated Cuts Will Create "National Security Nightmare"

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    Constituents at a Great Falls, Montana, town hall meeting understand what many in Congress do not seem to understand: Cuts mandated by budget sequestration will erode the defense industrial base to the point where irreversible damage may be done to military readiness. Recounting a town hall meeting with Congressman Denny … More

    Reaction to the Latest Draft of the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty

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    In early July, I spent two weeks at the U.N. conference on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). The conference ends on July 27, and I’m back for this final week. The president of the U.N. conference on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) has just released a draft treaty text. Here … More

    House Acts Preemptively to Preserve Nuclear Force

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    The House of Representatives has taken one step toward preventing the deterioration of America’s nuclear forces. It approved an amendment to the defense appropriations bill for fiscal year 2013 last Thursday that would prohibit the Obama Administration from using the funds provided in the bill to reduce the nuclear forces … More

    Hugo Chavez Endorses Obama: Will the White House Strike Back?

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    On two recent occasions, Hugo Chavez, Venezuela’s populist authoritarian president, expressed warm support for President Obama. In Chavez’s book, the President is the “good guy” among American political figures in what he calls “the empire.” This was the dubious sort of offhand endorsement from a schizophrenic tyrant that even the … More

    Application of Title IX Guidance to Math and Science Education

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    Last week, Heritage published a blog post entitled “Obama Administration Broadens Gender Quotas in Higher Ed,” detailing the Administration’s expansion of Title IX enforcement to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. The Department of Education (DOE) has taken exception to the post and sent the following via e-mail: The … More

    VIDEO: Rep. Larry Bucshon and Phyllis Schlafly at Bloggers Briefing

    Before he was elected to represent Indiana’s 8th congressional district, freshman Republican Rep. Larry Bucshon earned his medical degree and specialized in cardiothoracic (heart) surgery for more than a decade. His experience as a doctor gives him a clear insight into the impact of the Affordable Care Act legislation upheld … More