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  • Monthly Archives: September 2012

    Can China’s Social Media Break the Chains of Censorship?

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    Social media in China are pushing the envelope of government control, but China’s censors are demonstrating that they still have the stuff. For instance, where to turn for news if one of your country’s top officials has mysteriously disappeared? If you are Chinese and the official is vice president and … More

    President MIA on Daily Intelligence Briefings

    Newscom

    According to an article in The Washington Post by opinion writer Marc Thiessen, President Obama isn’t attending his daily intelligence briefings all that often. In fact, Thiessen asserts that the President is missing more than half his daily intelligence briefings, attending only around 38 percent of his Presidential Daily Brief … More

    Congressional Hearing: Raise EMP Awareness Now

    Newscom

    On Wednesday, the House Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies will hold a hearing on the consequences of an Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) attack. This is a good first step to raise awareness about the issue. An EMP, a high-intensity burst of electromagnetic energy caused by a rapid acceleration … More

    Somalia: New President, Same Challenges

    Somalia's newly elected President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud (C) delivers a speech on September 10, 2012 in Mogadishu. (Photo: AFP)

    Yesterday, Somalia’s newly appointed parliament voted Hassan Sheikh Mohamud into office as the country’s new president. A political amateur and academic from central Somalia, Mohamud is considered to be a moderate. As such, he contrasts greatly with the former president of the Transitional Federal Government, Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Mohammed. A … More

    U.S. Budget Deficit for Fiscal Year 2012 Already at $1 Trillion

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    The federal budget is reaching benchmarks of astronomical proportions. Hold your applause, though; the budget trends are increasingly headed in the wrong direction. Yesterday, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reported that the deficit for fiscal year 2012 has surpassed the $1 trillion mark, and it anticipates the Treasury Department will … More

    VIDEO: FRC's Tony Perkins Previews the Values Voter Summit

    Tony Perkins

    This week’s Values Voter Summit will bring together conservatives from across the country to Washington, DC. Speakers include Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI), Senators Jim DeMint (R-SC) and Rand Paul (R-KY), and Governor Bob McDonnell (R-VA). Heritage is a proud sponsor. Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, will preview the annual conference … More

    Freeloaders on Safety Net Programs Double Dip to Get Thousands in Taxpayer Dollars

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    In July, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report showing that, as many Americans suspect, there are places where government safety net programs are abused and ripe for reform. GAO focuses on two programs, unemployment insurance (UI) and disability insurance (DI), and the “double dippers” who collect payments from … More

    Morning Bell: Remembering 9/11 in a Volatile World

    The 9/11 Memorial can be seen from the 90th story of One World Trade Center in New York, which was built to replace the destroyed Twin Towers. (Photo: AFP)

    Eleven years ago today, terrorists shattered America’s sense of safety. Generations who did not remember Pearl Harbor suddenly knew the shock of an attack on U.S. soil. Brothers, fathers, cousins, wives, and daughters were lost. And more sisters, mothers, husbands and sons would give their lives in the years that … More

    President Obama's Dangerous Dream of a Nuclear-Free World

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    One of the attention-grabbing scenes in the movie 2016: Obama’s America shows the President’s nuclear summit in 2009. The idea behind the summit was that if the United States led the world in cutting its nuclear arsenal, others would follow. We would be leveling the nuclear playing field, creating a … More

    Executive Orders in Cybersecurity Result in Incomplete and Empty Solutions

    Newscom

    Over the weekend, a draft of a cybersecurity executive order was shown to members of the press. Leaked reports of secretive decision making are what the U.S. gets when the President decides to ignore the democratic process and implement rules by executive fiat. The U.S. also gets policies that are … More