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  • Monthly Archives: September 2012

    Obama's Next Executive Order: Planning for the Sake of Planning Not the Answer

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    In the world of cybersecurity, all eyes are on the White House as experts speculate on President Obama’s plans to issue an executive order to secure the cyber sector by administrative fiat. Yet, according to drafts circulating Washington, Obama’s executive order wouldn’t be focused on cybersecurity alone. Instead, the Administration’s … More

    Voter Fraud: Who's Counting in the Upcoming Election?

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    On Friday at noon, The Heritage Foundation will hold its second event in the Preserve the Constitution series when it hosts John Fund and me talking about our new book Who’s Counting? How Fraudsters and Bureaucrats Put Your Vote at Risk. With the pundits and pollsters predicting that the upcoming … More

    The EPA’s 4 Gallon Minimum Fuel Requirement

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    Drive an older car or own a moped, motorcycle or lawnmower? Depending on which fuel pump you use, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is requiring that you buy at least four gallons of fuel—although some vehicles that require the minimum four gallon requirement don’t even have a four gallon fuel … More

    Russian Reset Roulette: Putin Throws Obama's Foreign Aid Under the Bus

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    The State Department announced yesterday that Russian President Vladimir Putin has informed the United States he will not permit any further activities by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in the Russian Federation. State officials tried to put the best face on this humiliating rejection, saying they are “extremely … More

    Serve Your Country by Working at the Polls in November

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    I am often asked what an ordinary citizen can do in the upcoming election to make sure we have a fair, secure process. My number one recommendation: Work the polls in your city or county as an election officer. As John Fund and I outline in our book Who’s Counting? … More

    Congress to Evaluate Flawed Chemical Security Program

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    Tomorrow, the House Appropriations subcommittee for Homeland Security will delve into the problems surrounding the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program. The program has been beset by difficulties: a lack of transparency, confusing standards, and the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) failure to finalize security plans. Though widely considered a … More

    Morning Bell: Government Dependency Rises As Number of Taxpayers Declines

    Job seekers line up for a job fair in midtown in New York on Monday, August 15, 2011. (Frances M. Roberts)

    The leak of a video featuring former Governor Mitt Romney (R-MA) has sparked debate about government dependency and the number of people in the United States who do not pay federal income tax. In the video, Romney refers to “47 percent” of Americans and says that they are “dependent upon … More

    VIDEO: Checking the Facts on Obama Administration's Welfare Waivers

    Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), a leading critic of the Obama Administration’s decision to gut welfare reform, visited Heritage to ”fact check the fact checkers” on the controversial directive from the Department of Health and Human Services. He detailed areas in which self-appointed arbiters have gotten their facts wrong. Following Hatch’s remarks, … More

    Don't Play Politics with the Nation's Security

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    The political grandstanding around sequestration is shameful. As Bob Woodward described in his book The Price of Politics, the present crisis was not the product of ineptitude or misplaced priorities (who would have thought those would be considered lesser evils?). It has been caused by the conscious decisions of political … More

    Let States Oversee the Energy Revolution

    Dismal jobs reports and high unemployment continue to weigh down the U.S. economy, but there are a few bright spots. Most notable among them: energy production, particularly the shale oil and shale gas revolution. The technological one-two punch of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing has created a remarkable energy boom … More