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  • Monthly Archives: September 2012

    Obama Should Assert Resolve the World Can Believe In

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    With his address to the United Nations this week, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stated, “I do believe the system of empires has reached the end of the road. The world can no longer see an emperor commanding it.” The very real threat of hostilities continues to rise as Iranian posturing … More

    Heritage's Opposition to National Education Standards Advances Public Debate

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    Federal intervention into education has been a growing problem over the past four-and-a-half decades and is being supersized by the Obama Administration’s current efforts to push states to nationalize their standards, tests, and, ultimately, curriculum. Heritage has been sounding the warning bell about the Common Core national standards push and … More

    FY 2013 Appropriations Tracker Update: Continuing Resolution Spends Even More

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    Members of Congress left plenty of unfinished business as they hustled out of town last weekend, but they did manage to boost spending through another half-baked legislative measure. The fiscal year (FY) 2013 Continuing Resolution (CR), H.J. Res.117, now on the way to the President’s desk, funds the federal government … More

    Another Downward GDP Revision Shows Economy Still Not Recovering

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    On Thursday, the Department of Commerce revised its second quarter estimate of economic growth (in terms of real gross domestic product, or GDP) down to 1.3 percent from 1.7 percent. Anything less than a 2 percent rate of growth is more typical of an economy wilting toward recession than an … More

    INTERVIEW: Heritage's Robert Alt on Overcriminalization

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    Robert Alt is director of the Rule of Law Programs and senior legal fellow at The Heritage Foundation’s Center for Legal and Judicial Studies. He sat down with us to discuss Heritage’s Overcriminalization project. Q: How long have you been working on the Overcriminalization project? A: Five years. Overcriminalization was … More

    Morning Bell: Hollywood Steps Up in "Won't Back Down"

    A new movie opens in theaters today that couldn’t be more timely. The school year is hitting its stride, and the teachers union in Chicago just captured the national spotlight by strong-arming that city to meet its demands—at the expense of students and taxpayers. The time is ripe for a … More

    Matt Damon's Anti-Fracking Movie Financed by Oil-Rich Arab Nation

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    A new film starring Matt Damon presents American oil and natural gas producers as money-grubbing villains purportedly poisoning rural American towns. It is therefore of particular note that it is financed in part by the royal family of the oil-rich United Arab Emirates. The creators of Promised Land have gone … More

    Public Diplomacy as Apology

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    Judging by President Obama’s speech to the U.N. General Assembly yesterday, U.S. public diplomacy messaging on the Middle East crisis is stuck perpetually on a setting of “apology.” It has been this way since the much-criticized September 11 statement from the U.S. embassy in Cairo, which apologized to the threatening … More

    Online Chat on Education Reform

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    Hollywood is tackling real-life problems with the new movie Won’t Back Down opening nationwide on Friday. The film is about parents who have had enough of the status quo in their children’s education and want to make a change. Click here to join us right now for our “Lunch with … More

    "Won't Back Down" Message: Empower Parents

    Stories like the Chicago Teachers Union strike or SAT scores hitting a 40-year low have brought the urgency of educational underperformance to the fore this fall. Walden Media’s new movie Won’t Back Down is certain to further a much-needed discussion about education reform that couldn’t come soon enough. At The … More