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  • Monthly Archives: November 2012

    Cybersecurity Act of 2012 Defeated, but a Similarly Flawed Executive Order Is Around the Corner

    Newscom

    Last night, the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 (CSA) failed to pass the U.S. Senate. The vote is already being portrayed as Republican obstructionism, even though five Democrats voted against the bill and four Republicans voted for it. Such rhetoric is being used to justify a cybersecurity executive order that mimics … More

    The Public Option: Alive and Well in Obamacare

    Newscom

    Thought the “public option” was dead? Think again. Chief among the most dangerous provisions in Obamacare is the creation of government-sponsored national health plans, which are, in effect, another embodiment of the public option. Through its multi-year implementation, the law steadily evolves into a national single-payer health care system. Here’s … More

    Left-Wing Groups Misused More than $750,000 in Stimulus Housing Grants

    Newscom

    A pair of left-wing groups misused hundreds of thousands of dollars in stimulus grant funds, according to federal investigators, who questioned the validity of every dollar the two groups received. In a report released Monday, Department of Housing and Urban Development’s inspector general raised concerns about $752,982 in stimulus disbursements … More

    Was There Ever a Real "U.S. Consulate" in Benghazi?

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    In the many news reports published since the tragic and mysterious assassinations of four Americans in Libya on September 11, 2012, the scene of the terrorist attack is referred to variously as the “U.S. consulate” in Benghazi, the “U.S. mission” in Benghazi, or even as an American “embassy” in Benghazi. … More

    Morning Bell: Benghazi Hearings Begin on Capitol Hill

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    Today, hearings begin in the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the House and Senate Intelligence Committees on the terrorist attack that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11. In a new Issue Brief, Heritage’s James Jay Carafano and Morgan Lorraine Roach write: Understanding … More

    Congress Seeks Answers on Benghazi

    The laundry room at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. (Photo: MCT/Newscom)

    On Thursday, members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the House and Senate Intelligence Committees should bring us closer to an understanding of what went so disastrously wrong at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi during the terrorist attack on September 11 that left one U.S. ambassador and three CIA … More

    Benghazi: Implications for U.S. Public Diplomacy

    Obama Rose Garden-Libya Sept. 12, 2012

    An obvious conclusion from the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi is that whatever the Obama Administration’s effort has been to deprive al-Qaeda and its affiliates of oxygen, it is not working. Public diplomacy may not appear to be the immediate issue in Thursday’s Benghazi hearings in the House … More

    The Full Script for Matt Damon's UAE-Funded Anti-Fracking Film

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    In September, Scribe reported that Promised Land, a forthcoming film written by and starring Matt Damon, is financed in part by the oil-rich United Arab Emirates. The script for the film has now been leaked, and is embedded below. Journalists Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney obtained the script and posted … More

    The Carbon-Tax-Swap Fantasy

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    To its credit, the Obama Administration has yet to endorse a carbon tax. Such a tax is promised as the one-two punch that will put a significant dent in America’s fiscal crisis and the supposed impending doom from manmade global warming. This “market-based” approach will, supporters promise, bring new revenue … More

    American Enterprise Institute Teaches Defense Spending 101

    Marine FAST

    The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) has released a list of essential facts about the defense budget entitled “Defense Spending 101.” The list reminds readers of the truth about U.S. defense spending and should serve as the starting point for any debate in Congress over the future of the defense budget. … More