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  • Monthly Archives: November 2012

    For U.S. Navy Fleet, "Quantity Has a Quality of Its Own"

    Size does matter—when it comes to the U.S. Navy. Representative J. Randy Forbes (R–VA), chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness, and Senator Kelly Ayotte (R–NH), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness, are the latest officials to raise concern over the U.S. Navy’s shrinking … More

    Medicare Roundup 11/2: Setting the Record Straight

    In recent weeks, liberal politicians, editorialists, and policy analysts have vigorously attacked reform of Medicare based on defined-contribution financing. In fact, this approach to reforming Medicare has a long bipartisan tradition going back to the 1980s and Representatives Richard Gephardt (D–MO) and David Stockman (R–MI). In fact, much of this … More

    Unlike Hurricane Sandy, Energy Policy Blackouts Threatening Germany Could Be Avoided

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    A blackout occurred in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, as more than 8 million people in the northeast were left without power. Millions could remain without power for several more days. Hurricane Sandy was a natural disaster that people could prepare for but couldn’t avoid. Blackouts and brownouts caused by … More

    Government Waives Destructive Jones Act for 12 Days—Why Not Longer?

    oil tanker

    In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the federal government recently waived the Jones Act for 12 days to allow oil tankers to deliver fuel to northeastern ports. The Jones Act, which has been on the books since 1920, mandates that any goods shipped between two points in the United States … More

    U.S. Shed 9,000 Mining, Energy Jobs in October, 17,000 Since May

    Photo: Newscom

    Buried in Friday’s Bureau of Labor Statistics report on the country’s unemployment situation was this disheartening fact: 9,000 employees of the mining and resource extraction sector lost their jobs in October. That brings total job losses in that sector to 17,000 since May, according to BLS. The Bureau, which is … More

    Former Navy Chief: "Military Must Be Kept Strong"

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    Retired Admiral Gary Roughead, former chief of naval operations, recently expressed concerns over looming defense cuts caused by sequestration. He joins a chorus that includes the current service chiefs, the Secretary of Defense, and the former chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in urging political leaders to find a … More

    $14 Billion in Stimulus Spending Generates Just 1.2 Percent of Electricity

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    Despite more than $14 billion in cash payments to solar, wind, and other renewable energy project developers since 2009, just 48 terawatt hours of additional annual electricity generation were expected to be added through funds authorized by the stimulus, according to documents released by the Department of Treasury. The more … More

    5 Effects Obamacare Will Have on Working Americans

    Family finances

    Obamacare will certainly have a negative impact on every American, but here are five ways it will harm working Americans: Two-thirds of American employees’ wages will decrease as employers deal with increasing costs. Heritage’s Drew Gonshorowski explains the results of an Urban Institute study: “The Urban Institute claims that mid-size … More

    Algeria's Role in Northern Mali

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the Mouradia Palace in Algiers. (Photo: New Press/SIPA)

    On Monday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton traveled to Algeria to discuss the ongoing security crisis in Mali. Clinton’s visit not only revealed Washington’s increasing openness to military intervention in northern Mali, but it also highlighted Algeria’s regional influence and complicated relationships with its southern neighbors. Since Islamist militants occupied … More

    Benghazi: U.S. Counterterrorism Group Not Consulted

    (L to R) Lt. Col. Andrew Wood, Utah National Guard of the U.S. Army, Eric Nordstrom, Regional Security Officer of the U.S. Department of State, Charlene R. Lamb, Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Programs of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security of the U.S. Department of State, and Patrick Kennedy, Under Secretary for Management of the U.S. Department of State, testify on the security failures in Benghazi. (Photo: Xinhua)

    The outrage continues to mount over the lack of response at the highest levels of the U.S. government to the terrorist attack on Benghazi on September 11. While President Obama has repeatedly stated that he immediately gave instructions to secure Americans in harm’s way, it is still unclear to whom … More