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  • Monthly Archives: August 2012

    Morning Bell: Media "Fact Checkers" Promote Obama's Gutting of Welfare Reform

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    Since Heritage’s Robert Rector and Kiki Bradley broke the story on July 12 that the Obama Administration had gutted the work requirements from the 1996 welfare reform law, the Administration has denied it. In recent weeks, media “fact checks” have popped up all over declaring The Heritage Foundation’s scoop “False.” … More

    Back to School: How Can We Truly Help Minority Students?

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    Last month President Obama signed an executive order to form the new White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans. According to the White House, the new initiative, which will work across federal agencies, “aims to ensure that all African American students receive an education that fully prepares them … More

    Online Chat on Education Spending

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    With back to school right around the corner for some schools and other schools just starting, it is a good time to talk about education spending. Public school spending has reached nearly $12,000 per pupil per year. Are we using that money as best as we can? Join us right … More

    Conflict Minerals: Another of Dodd–Frank's Hidden Costs

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    On Wednesday, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted a little-known section (and there are many) of the Dodd–Frank financial regulation bill that will end up doing the most harm to the people in the Congo that it purports to help. The Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, Title … More

    Debunking Medicare Reform Myths

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    In a recent paper, Heritage expert Bob Moffit responds to the critics of the premium-support model for Medicare. This type of reform would give seniors a defined government contribution toward the cost of a Medicare plan of their choice. All plans would compete against each other to deliver market-based prices … More

    State Department Website Morphs into the World According to Obama

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    The State Department is continuing to edit its website into a more Obama-centric story of the world. As reported by The Heritage Foundation’s Jim Roberts, the State Department three months ago changed the format of one of its better products, the country-by-country Background Notes to a format allegedly more in … More

    Introducing the All-New Heritage Mobile App

    The Heritage Foundation is excited to announce the launch of our brand new app for the iPhone, iPad, Droid, and Droid Tablets. The Heritage Mobile App is the easiest way to keep up with issues that matter most to you. It also puts the Foundry, our latest videos, and infographics … More

    Morning Bell: Another Recession Is Imminent

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    Yesterday, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reported that without a doubt, America will have a fresh recession next year unless Congress and the President prevent it. We are facing the largest tax increase in history—Taxmageddon, scheduled to take effect January 1—and what experts are calling a “fiscal cliff” of sharp … More

    Waiting for North Korean Reform...and Waiting...

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    In recent weeks, Pyongyang has begun yet another charm offensive by reaching out to Beijing, Washington, and Tokyo. The diplomatic initiative follows the anointing of the more dynamic and charismatic Kim Jong-un as leader, leading pundits to perceive subtle new signs of impending North Korean economic reform and a less … More

    The Conservationist's Case for Ending the Reign of Ethanol

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    This past year, the USDA produced a couple of lengthy research reports (here and here) concluding what others have also documented: The federal government’s drive to increase ethanol use has created an environmentally hazardous production cycle in the name of renewable energy that is neither affordable nor clean. The Renewable … More