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  • Monthly Archives: September 2012

    The Second Coming of Cap and Trade?

    Environmental Protection Agency

    The Obama Administration, at this sensitive time, is playing down its expansive regulatory agenda, but some insiders are predicting a new onslaught of costly rules—including the imposition of cap-and-trade schemes on industry. Although Congress rejected cap-and-trade legislation in 2009, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) remains intent on effectively rationing the … More

    Laying the Keel for National Security Cutter: The Framework for Maritime Security

    National Security Cutter ship

    Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Robert Papp recently oversaw the keel laying ceremony of the newest National Security Cutter (NSC), the Hamilton. Fittingly, this vessel is one of the fleet of NSCs to replace the outgoing Hamilton-class cutters, which have been in service since the 1960s. Yet while the outgoing geriatric … More

    U.S. Falls in World Economic Competitiveness Rankings

    Globe, Earth, sits on pile of cash, money

    The United States’ competitive edge in the global economy is not what it used to be. The World Economic Forum (WEF) reported that the U.S. dropped from fifth to seventh place—the fourth consecutive year it has fallen in the rankings. Chief among the reasons is the one-two punch of skyrocketing … More

    Auto Bailout Success? For Union Workers, Maybe

    President Obama’s auto bailout is being touted as a great success of his Administration. Speaking in Detroit at a Labor Day rally, Vice President Joe Biden used it to explain how Americans were better off. “Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive,” Biden boasted. In Charlotte, former … More

    A Cybersecurity Executive Fiat Is a Very Bad Idea

    Obama-pointing

    There are reports circulating that the White House has drafted an executive order to implement cybersecurity regulations. Congress—the representatives of the people— could not come to a sufficient level of agreement needed by the Constitution to pass the Cybersecurity Act of 2012. Now, a few Senators say they know better … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Marriage Is the Greatest Weapon Against Child Poverty

    Newscom

    New research shows that marriage is the nation’s best antidote to child poverty. This holds true in every state across the country. On Wednesday, The Heritage Foundation introduced a new web page illustrating how marriage protects against child poverty. The new web page features 14 charts, a new Special Report … More

    Two Huge Flaws in the Legend of the Clinton Economy

    Obama-Clinton-DNC2

    Two inescapable flaws mar the Clinton economic legend. One is conveniently papered over; the other conveniently forgotten. Even so, a flawed legend is better than the economic reality President Obama’s policies have produced, so it is no surprise the sitting President has outsourced his economic messaging to the former President. … More

    Iraq's Refusal to Block Iran's Resupply of Syrian Regime Reflects Declining U.S. Influence

    Iran's First Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi (L) and visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki review the Honour Guards in Tehran in April.

    Iraq’s government is resisting a request by the U.S. government to block Iranian planes from traversing Iraqi air space to resupply Syria’s repressive ruling regime, according to The Washington Post. Despite the certainty of U.S. officials that Iranian planes are transporting arms and other military equipment to Syria in violation … More

    Crane Number One: Putin's Bizarre Flight

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    Vladimir Putin donned a white cloak, helmet and a crane’s beak and climbed into an ultra-light plane to lead a flock of endangered red cranes in the Arctic Yamal peninsula in their maiden flight south. The cranes, raised in captivity, were supposed to get imprinted by Putin as their flock … More

    China's Leadership Succession: From Bad to Worse

    China Flag_feature

    In the wake of the Beidaihe leadership conference, Chinese leaders almost certainly expected to return to their posts, pending the 18th Party Congress this fall, having resolved the shape of the new leadership of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Only it doesn’t seem to be quite working out that way. … More