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  • Monthly Archives: September 2012

    Panetta's Asia Visit Should Sort Friends from (Potential) Foes

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    Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is in Asia trying to prevent further escalations in tensions over several territorial disputes. National elections in South Korea and Japan and a leadership transition in China’s Communist Party have fueled a resurgence of nationalism and historical animosities. Although the rhetoric and political posturing is coming … More

    VIDEO: "Atlas Shrugged" Producers Speak at The Bloggers Briefing

    In just a few weeks, “Atlas Shrugged: Part II” will make its big-screen debut. Today the film’s producers visit The Heritage Foundation for a sneak preview. John Aglialoro and Harmon Kaslow are in Washington, D.C., to promote the movie’s theatrical release on Oct. 12. They will speak at The Bloggers … More

    Not-So-Happy Hour: 52nd Thwarted Terror Plot Targets Chicago Bar

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    For patrons at an unnamed Chicago bar this past Friday, happy hour could have had a less than happy ending, as the FBI arrested 18-year-old  in an attempt to detonate a car bomb right outside. Thankfully, the FBI had been tracking Daoud for months and had disabled the bomb, ensuring … More

    Morning Bell: Shocking News! Trade with China Supports U.S. Jobs

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    The presidential debate yesterday moved to trade with China, with the usual rhetorical suspects—including “outsourcing” and the “trade deficit”—taking center stage. President Obama announced that his Administration had filed a complaint against China with the World Trade Organization. But a groundbreaking new report from Heritage proves that importing goods from … More

    Preserve the Constitution: 2012 Event Series

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    Today we celebrate Constitution Day—the 225th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution at the Constitutional Convention. The U.S. Constitution remains the object of reverence for nearly all Americans, and an object of admiration by people around the world. Sadly, the assault by 20th century liberal theorists and activist judges … More

    The Death of U.S. Public Diplomacy and Lessons on How to Resurrect It

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    “The death of U.S. public diplomacy” was how one Twitter user last Tuesday described the now-infamous apology from the U.S. embassy in Cairo for the ill-conceived movie Innocence of Muslims. Strong words, but there is no doubt about it: The need for American public diplomacy in the Middle East needs … More

    VIDEO: Teachers' Unions in Their Own Words

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    You may have heard: Chicago teachers are on strike. Some facts you may not have seen (unless, of course, you’ve been reading the Foundry): the average Chicago teacher makes $71,000 a year before benefits. That’s $24,000 more than the average Chicago resident, and second only to New York City in teachers’ … More

    Chinese Auto Subsidies: Hypocrisy from the Obama Administration

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    The Obama Administration recently filed a case with the World Trade Organization, alleging that China provided at least $1 billion in subsidies to Chinese carmakers from 2009 to 2011. On the same day, The Wall Street Journal reported that if the government sold its 26.5 percent stake in General Motors, … More

    The Forgotten Constitution

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    Today is Constitution Day. It’s not a federal holiday, and that’s fitting. After all, for 225 years now, the Constitution has not taken a day off. Ours is the longest lasting, most successful constitution in history. But, even this relatively short document contains a few clauses that even seasoned experts … More

    Congressional Research Service Wrongly Implies Lower Tax Rates Don't Strengthen Economy

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    The Congressional Research Service (CRS) set out to make a convincing case that lower income tax rates do not strengthen the economy. It failed, but in so doing, it called into question the quality of CRS analysis and the institution’s credibility as non-partisan. The CRS is supposed to provide expert, … More