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  • Monthly Archives: November 2012

    Requiem for Hu, Wu, and Wen

    (L-R) Chinese President Hu Jintao, Chairman and Party Secretary of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress Wu Bangguo, and Premier Wen Jiabao. (Photo: EPA/Newscom)

    Hu Jintao, Wu Bangguo, and Wen Jiabao will step down from the top of the Chinese Communist Party this week. In four months, or thereabouts, they will surrender their (less important) places at the top of the Chinese government. And not a moment too soon. Their decade leading the PRC … More

    U.S. Air Force in Poland: A Small Step in the Right Direction

    U.S. soldiers carry flags of both Poland and the United States during the opening ceremony of the first United States Air Force (USAF) aviation detachment in Poland. (Photo: Reuters/Newscom)

    Last week marked an important milestone for U.S.–Polish defense relations: A small detachment of U.S. airmen arrived at Lask air base in Poland and established the first permanent U.S. military presence in the country. While this modest increase in the U.S. Air Force’s presence in Europe is a step in … More

    Cybersecurity Act of 2012 Is Back, but Same Problems and Questions Remain

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    Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D–NV) has vowed to bring the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 (CSA) up for a vote in the lame-duck session, and it looks as though the vote could take place this week. The CSA uses a standards and regulatory approach to cybersecurity, but many troubling questions … More

    Honor Flight’s Powerful Message to Veterans

    World records don’t come easy, but a new one has been set by a very deserving film. Honor Flight, a documentary film about World War II veterans and their journeys to see the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC, premiered to a world record 28,400 people earlier this year … More

    VIDEO: The Bloggers Briefing featuring the Food Marketing Institute, and Ted Bromund

    Join us at noon ET for the Bloggers Briefing at The Heritage Foundation. Included in today’s discussion: A regulatory tsunami is about to hit. One of the most ridiculous regulations stemming from Obamacare requires restaurants, including franchised chains with 20 or more locations, to post calorie and nutritional information for … More

    The Arms Trade Treaty Moves Forward

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    Last Wednesday, the First Committee of the U.N. General Assembly approved a resolution to hold a final negotiating conference on the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) on March 18–28, using the treaty text from last July’s conference and under the rule of consensus (i.e., any nation can block the treaty … More

    Morning Bell: The Threats of a Lame Duck Congress

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    The lame-duck session begins today, with retiring and defeated Members of Congress coming back to Washington to make their last legislative decisions. Because of the lack of accountability to voters, the lame-duck period brings heightened scrutiny. Congress has 16 working days scheduled between now and the end of the year, … More

    Morning Bell: Hear a Veteran's Story

    For nearly 100 years, America has been celebrating on November 11. Originally it was to remember the end of the First World War that was supposed to be the one that would end them all. Sadly, this was not the case. In 1952, a small town in Kansas started to … More

    Cloakroom: November 12 – November 16

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    House Analysis: The House returns from the pre-election recess on Tuesday to confront the looming issues of the fiscal cliff. Negotiations will begin with President Obama and the congressional leadership on how best to resolve the issue of the automatic tax hikes and deep defense cuts. As a result, the … More