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  • Monthly Archives: November 2012

    Pride Goeth Before a Fall

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    In an op-ed in The Washington Times, Heritage’s Kim Holmes voices concerns about how pride may prevent President Obama from reassessing or changing course on certain foreign policies, leaving him and the United States unprepared for the daunting challenges facing the country. Any student of history recognizes that concerns on … More

    Senator Mike Lee Argues to Restore Debate and Deliberation

    As Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D–NV) gathers ideas to limit the filibuster, he has not ceased abusing power to block amendments he does not like. Reid has used a parliamentary trick over the past few years to stop the minority party from participating in the amendment process called “filling … More

    Two More Stimulus-Backed Solar Companies Announce Layoffs

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    A pair of foreign-owned solar companies that benefited from a combined $84 million in Energy Department tax credits have announced they will lay off employees. One of the companies, German-owned SolarWorld, was integral in the fight for tariffs against the importation of Chinese photovoltaic solar panels. The other, Chinese company SunTech, blamed … More

    Morning Bell: The Fiscal Cliff and Beyond

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    In Washington, there is one issue on everyone’s minds: the “fiscal cliff.” With time running out before a massive tax hike strikes on January 1, and wide-ranging budget cuts scheduled to hit at the same time, the economy is bracing for another storm. Today, five public policy organizations including The … More

    China's New Leadership: Not Encouraging, but Not Finished

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    After a nearly weeklong session, the new Chinese leadership has been unveiled. It isn’t a surprise, but it is a disappointment for anyone harboring hopes for a new, more positive trajectory in U.S.–China relations. There is no one in the emerging top Chinese leadership who could be counted on as … More

    Lunch with Heritage Google Hangout on the Fiscal Cliff

    Congress has a chance to deliver Americans a belated Christmas present shortly after Christmas if it can work to avoid running the country off the “fiscal cliff.” The term “fiscal cliff” refers to a combination of massive tax increases—including the expiration of the Bush tax cuts—and deep spending cuts that … More

    Post-Election, Refocusing on National Security

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    According to research by Politico, interest in the impending automatic defense cuts took a dive leading up to the election. But as the post-election polling and punditry subside, American citizens are returning their focus to pressing matters such as the so-called fiscal cliff and sequestration. Yet on Capitol Hill—where these … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Foster Care and the Future of Children

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    This week, nearly 100 policymakers, practitioners, and administrators met in Washington, D.C., to discuss new solutions for the complex issue of poverty. Among the topics discussed was the nation’s foster care and adoption system. Roughly 400,000 children languish in today’s system, in which they will likely experience multiple, periodic placements … More

    Gaza Rocket Terrorism Triggers Israeli Military Response

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    After several days of rocket salvos launched at Israeli civilians, Israel responded yesterday with air strikes that killed the leader of the Hamas terrorist wing and targeted rocket launching, storage, and manufacturing sites in the Gaza Strip. The air campaign began with a precision air strike that killed Ahmed Al-Jabaari, … More

    Pentagon More Active in 'Green' Energy than the Energy Department

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    According to a new report on financial waste in the Department of Defense, the Pentagon initiated more renewable energy projects in 2010 – the year measured – than any other federal agency, including the Energy Department and the Environmental Protection Agency. Those findings are detailed in a report (embedded below) released Thursday … More