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  • Monthly Archives: October 2012

    Russian Technology Espionage Exposed

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    On October 3, the FBI reported it had charged 11 people with running a military technology procurement network based in the United States and Russia that was allegedly illegally procuring and exporting high-tech microelectronics to the Russian military and intelligence services. Alexander Fishenko, the owner of the Houston-based Arc Electronics … More

    The Odd September Unemployment Rate: When Good Surveys Produce False Results

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    What’s behind the seemingly sudden drop in the unemployment rate? While the economy stumbles along, no one would expect a sudden jump in employment. Job growth has averaged about 100,000 per month over the past six months, roughly consistent with other economic indicators suggesting slow growth. But the Labor Department … More

    Morning Bell: Anemic Job Growth Continues

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    Job growth continues to sputter—this morning’s jobs report shows that 12.1 million Americans are still out of work. Going against other economic indicators, the unemployment rate dropped to 7.8 percent. Economists are already looking into the drop, saying it seems to be a statistical fluke, because it doesn’t match up … More

    CHAT: Friday Lunch with Heritage Chat on the Debate

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    The first of three presidential debates was held on Wednesday night. The debate, focused on domestic policy, covered many issues, and some issues were missed. Click here to join us right now for our “Lunch with Heritage” chat. We are joined by Heritage’s Senior Fellow in Government Studies, Brian Darling, … More

    Will the Obama Administration Attack Libya Before the Foreign Policy Debate?

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    Will the United States military strike targets in Libya before the October 22 presidential debate, which, coincidentally, will focus on foreign policy and national security? Probably. Would this attack fall into the “October Surprise” or “Wag the Dog” category? Probably not. The attack would certainly be no surprise. On September … More

    First Presidential Debate 2012: Top 10 True/False Quiz

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    During last night’s presidential debate, claims were flying fast and furious. Some of these claims were true, others false. Here are the top 10—see which ones you can guess as either true or false. 1.      Governor Mitt Romney’s tax plan would burden the middle class. President Obama: “[I]ndependent studies looking … More

    David vs. Goliath in Venezuela's Elections

    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez Frias (C) posing with Cuban former President Fidel Castro (L) and his brother and current President of Cuba, Raul Castro, on June 17, 2011. AFP PHOTO/www.cubadebate.cu

    On October 7, millions of Venezuelans will vote for the man who will lead their country for the next six years. Hugo Chavez, Venezuela’s populist, authoritarian Goliath, is confident of victory. Despite battling cancer and working overtime to hide the consequences of 13 years of mismanagement, incompetence, and corruption, he … More

    Debate 2012: Do We Need More Teachers?

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    “Governor [Mitt] Romney doesn’t think we need more teachers,” President Obama said last night. “I do.” The President’s confidence that “we need more teachers” to improve education is misplaced, and his proposal to subsidize teacher hiring using federal dollars would do more harm than good. Adding teachers is intended to … More

    Low Carbon Fuel Standards Will Drive Gas Prices Higher

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    The national average of gasoline is $3.78 per gallon, with some drivers experiencing a price of more than $4 per gallon. The price at the pump, up nearly 40 cents from a year ago, has faded out of the political limelight but remains a top concern for American families on … More

    HHS Awards Another Multi-Million-Dollar Obamacare PR Contract

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    As Congress probes expensive public-relations contracts to market the unpopular Obamacare law to the American public, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently announced that it has inked a deal worth more than $3 million to promote Obamacare’s “exchanges.” CMS, a division of the Department of Health and Human … More