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  • Monthly Archives: August 2012

    Public Diplomacy Mission: Defining America as a Resilient Nation Built on Individual Dreams

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    In a recent speech to the American Security Project, Tara Sonenshine, Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy, laid out her vision for her tenure in office. “I always begin with, well, what is this nation about?” she said. Most people hesitate to go there, presumably for fear of offending this … More

    Administration Jeopardizes Export Control Reform Through Ill-Timed Waiver

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    An ongoing sale of communications satellites to a Hong Kong–based company is attracting a great deal of attention at the moment. Space Systems/Loral, a major U.S. satellite manufacturer, contracted in 2011 to manufacture two communications satellites, AsiaSat-6 and AsiaSat-8, for Asia Satellite Telecommunications (AsiaSat). The contract was initialed soon after … More

    Operation Fast and Furious: The Buck Stops…Well…Somewhere Else

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    Senator Charles Grassley (R–IA) and Representative Darrell Issa (R–CA), the ranking members on the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, respectively, have issued the first part of a promised three-part report entitled “Fast and Furious: The Anatomy of a Failed Operation.” … More

    The Future of Marriage: Who Decides?

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      “Who gets to make the decision about restructuring and redefining the basic cell of the civil order?” asked University of St. Thomas law professor Teresa Collett on a panel discussing the institution of marriage at The Heritage Foundation Tuesday. Is it the courts? Or under our concept of ordered … More

    TSA Collective Bargaining Could Endanger Americans

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    Over Thanksgiving weekend of 2006, airport screeners in Toronto began meticulously searching every carry-on bag by hand. The delays caused security lines to pile up. Passengers began missing their flights en masse. To break the bottleneck, supervisors allowed 250,000 passengers to board their flights with “minimal or no screening.” One … More

    The President Shouldn't Override the Congress on Cybersecurity

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    The attempt to pass a comprehensive cybersecurity bill before the summer recess failed today in the Senate, 52–46. The Cybersecurity Act of 2012 was still not ready for prime time, despite several tries at moderating its more objectionable aspects. With this vote, cybersecurity legislation is not likely to move any … More

    Book: Obama Had Ulterior Motive for Economic Stimulus

    President Obama speaks on the one-year anniversary of his stimulus bill

    A new book out later this month paints a vastly different picture of President Obama’s economic stimulus than the one he sold to the American people upon taking office in 2009. Time senior correspondent Mike Grunwald, a self-proclaimed “Recovery Act cheerleader,” argues in “The NEW New Deal: The Hidden Story of Change in … More

    Rise in Food Stamps Part of Growing Dependence on Washington

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    America was supposed to be the land of self-government. Citizens were to govern themselves politically and morally. But such an independent citizen is proving to be less common every year. Now, more people than ever before depend on the federal government for housing, food, income, student aid, or other assistance. … More

    Employers Caught Between a ROC and a Hard Place

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    Chef Daniel Boulud got one of his first tastes of the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) when they inflated a gigantic cockroach outside of his upscale New York restaurant. The cockroach, used in conjunction with chants of “racist” to decry alleged differences in promotion by race, led to decreased business. Predictably, … More

    Women's Gymnastics and the Fairness Olympics

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    Today, 24 young women will defy gravity on vault, uneven bars, beam, and floor, vying for the gold medal in the women’s all around artistic gymnastics finals. But a few of the best gymnasts are missing from the lineup. Anastasia Grishina of Russia, Jennifer Pinches of Great Britain, Jinnan Yao … More