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  • Monthly Archives: September 2012

    Watchdog Recommends Revocation of $9 Million EPA Stimulus Award

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    The chief watchdog for the Environmental Protection Agency has recommended that the agency recoup $9 million in grant funds given to an Oregon non-profit – the entirety of the award – citing uncompetitive procurement costs, shoddy financial management, and inadequate reporting of information to the federal government. EPA awarded the … More

    Hobby Lobby Files Suit over HHS Mandate, Could Face $1.3 Million in Fines

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    Another family-owned business joined the fray over the Health and Human Services (HHS) anti-conscience mandate this morning. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., an arts and crafts supply retailer, filed a lawsuit against the Obamacare anti-conscience mandate, demanding that the government respect the business’s desire to operate in accordance with Christian principles. … More

    Do We Still Live in a Federal Republic?

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    The Center for Legal & Judicial Studies at The Heritage Foundation kicks off its “Preserve the Constitution” series on Friday, September 14, at 11:00 a.m. The attorneys general of four important states that have been leading the fight against an intrusive federal government—in areas ranging from immigration to health care … More

    China’s Next Leader Is Missing—and That’s Not Even the Big Story

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    Where is China’s incoming Communist Party chief, Xi Jinping? When he canceled a meeting with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, it was attributed to a back injury or perhaps unhappiness with the U.S. But as he has canceled meetings with other visitors, including the Singaporean prime minister, rumors have arisen … More

    WATCH LIVE: House Conservatives Answer Your Questions

    House conservatives will gather this morning to take your questions about taxes, the Farm Bill, an expected continuing resolution and a range of other issues facing Congress this fall, including the lame duck agenda. It’s your opportunity to be heard on Capitol Hill. Discussion will not be limited to these … More

    TSA’s Bloated Bureaucracy: House Calls for Much-Needed Reform

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    Yesterday, the House Homeland Security Committee held a hearing on the state of the Transportation Security Administration 11 years after 9/11. Appearing before the committee, my colleague James Jay Carafano explained: It is certainly fitting that we pause to reflect on the state of transportation security on the anniversary of … More

    Morning Bell: America's Debt to Its Diplomatic, Military, and Intelligence Personnel

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    The deaths in Benghazi, Libya, of the U.S. Ambassador to Libya and others in the service of the United States provides a tragic reminder of the great sacrifices that U.S. diplomatic, military, and intelligence personnel serving abroad make to defend America and its interests around the globe. In a dangerous … More

    Islamists Storm U.S. Embassy Grounds in Cairo

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    A crowd of Salafi Islamists swarmed over the walls of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo today, tore down the American flag and replaced it with black banners proclaiming the Muslim declaration of faith: “There is no god but God and Muhammad is his prophet.” This hostile action, coming on the … More

    Coast Guard's Latest Battle: Underwater Drug Trafficking

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    The U.S. Coast Guard is facing a growing threat in the Caribbean: undersea drug trafficking. The New York Times recently recounted an incident where the sea service interdicted an illegal semisubmersible vessel smuggling cocaine from Colombia. U.S. security forces have long combated smugglers bringing drugs and other contraband into the … More

    U.N. "Programme of Action" Does Little Damage, So Far

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    The 2012 Review Conference for the U.N.’s “Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat, and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects” (PoA) concluded with a consensus agreement on Friday. The agreement continued the PoA’s track record of over-promising and under-delivering, but, in the … More