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  • Monthly Archives: August 2012

    The Price Every State Must Pay: The National Guard and Sequestration

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    During a visit to the Niagara Falls Air and Reserve Station, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta praised the soldiers and airmen of the Reserve and National Guard for their service safeguarding the nation. He warned, however, that the looming defense sequestration threatened to jeopardize the National Guard’s capacity to protect the … More

    Red Tape Tangles Aid to Iranian Victims

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    U.S. government red tape is preventing American Iranians from sending much-needed aid to the thousands of victims of Saturday’s two earthquakes in northern Iran, aid organizations say. The earthquake killed 300 people and injured thousands in northern Iran. Food and material aid are desperately needed, but aid organizations are telling … More

    Morning Bell: Obama Edits Official State Department Documents to Tout Himself

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    Inserting himself into the biographies of past presidents on the White House website apparently wasn’t enough for President Obama. His State Department is now editing its descriptions of foreign countries into yet another taxpayer-subsidized campaign commercial for the Obama Administration. The State Department has recently ended its long-running series of … More

    VIDEO: Ed Meese Is Optimistic About America's Future

    Edwin Meese III was one of President Ronald Reagan’s most trusted confidants, serving the conservative icon during his governorship of California and his presidency in Washington. And just like the former president, Meese shares the unbridled optimism that drew so many Americans to adore Reagan. That can-do spirit is still … More

    Toward a More Civil Union on Marriage

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    Yesterday’s shooting at the Washington, D.C., headquarters of the Family Research Council (FRC) stunned the nation. FRC’s long-time security guard, Leo Johnson, was shot in the arm by a gunman carrying a box of ammunition in his backpack trying to gain access to the building. Law enforcement hailed Leo a … More

    Can Asia’s Biggest, Baddest Economy Conquer the U.S.?

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    China (GDP: $5.9 trillion) overtook Japan ($5.5 trillion) as Asia’s largest economy in 2010. Despite its rapid growth and much larger population, however, China’s economy still remains less than half the size of the U.S. ($14.6 trillion). Recent reports indicate that China’s economy has been showing signs of slowing, further … More

    Obama Transforms State Department "Background Notes" Into Campaign Material

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    Production by U.S. embassies of the State Department’s long-running series of annual “Background Notes” covering every country in the world had long been considered a useful service for the American public. Now, however, they appear to have morphed into yet another taxpayer-subsidized campaign commercial for the Obama Administration. The old … More

    Sequestration Hits Close to Home: Defense Support to Civil Authorities in Danger

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    The Heritage Foundation hosted its Homeland Security 2012 Conference on Wednesday. Several distinguished speakers warned that defense disaster response support to civil authorities is threatened by sequestration. The conference contributors included the Honorable Paul N. Stockton, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Americas’ Security Affairs; Vice Admiral Harvey … More

    Britain Is Right: No Asylum for Assange

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    Early on August 16, Ecuador’s foreign minister, Ricardo Patino, announced that his country is granting WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange political asylum—that is, if he can get there. Since the end of the London Olympics, Patino and his boss, leftist President Rafael Correa, have been in a panic, warning that their … More

    Morning Bell: Wind Energy Subsidies Are As Useful As VHS Tape Subsidies

    The wind production tax credit is set to expire at the end of this year, which has the industry crying out for continued subsidies. Heritage’s Nicolas Loris has made the case that the wind energy tax credit makes as much sense as a VHS production tax credit. Can you imagine … More