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  • Monthly Archives: December 2012

    Congress Limps Out of Town with a Fractured Budget Process

    Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) at press conference

    Happily, the world did not end on December 21, as some interpreters of the Mayan Long-Count Calendar predicted. Earth did not get sucked into the black hole at the center of the galaxy; it did not crash into the planet Nibiru; its core did not heat up, causing earthquakes and … More

    Lawsuit Claiming Filibuster Unconstitutional Dismissed

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    Today, District of Columbia federal Judge Emmett Sullivan dismissed the frivolous lawsuit filed by Common Cause and Representatives Mike Michaud (D–ME), Hank Johnson (D–GA), John Lewis (D–GA), and Keith Ellison (D–MN) claiming that the Senate’s rule on filibustering is somehow unconstitutional. They were also joined by three illegal aliens who … More

    Don’t Pull U.S. Troops Out of Europe

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    Throughout recent federal budget discussions, strategies to pull America out of recession, and the potential for massive cuts to national security, one cost cutting idea has been to withdraw U.S. military forces from Europe. The primary arguments behind such proposals are that this will save money immediately and that these … More

    12 Days of Obamacare Surprises: More Medicare Cuts

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    Not all surprises are good. When it comes to Obamacare, the original projections are turning into unfortunately different realities. For the next five days, Heritage is going to highlight one of the various changes in Obamacare projections (e.g. cost, enrollment, etc.) from when the law first passed until now. Obamacare … More

    U.S. Policy for Cuba: Libertad

    Cuban President Fidel Castro (L) and his brother Raul, chat on December 23, 2003 in Havana, during a meeting of the Cuban Parliament. Raul Castro succeeded his brother Fidel Castro as the president of Cuba on February 24, 2008, in a historic power shift expected to keep Havana firmly on its communist path, officials said.

    Speaking in Miami in May 2008, then-presidential candidate Barack Obama outlined his proposed Cuba policy: “My policy toward Cuba will be guided by one word: Libertad [Liberty]. And the road to freedom for all Cubans must begin with justice for Cuba’s political prisoners, the rights of free speech, a free … More

    Defense Budget Priorities: Opting for American Decline

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    Last week North Korea successfully launched an Unha-3 rocket, thereby demonstrating an alarming capability to target U.S. territory with ballistic missiles. China is rapidly expanding its fleets and arsenals in an unprecedented military build-up, while intimidating other countries in East Asia—including U.S. allies. The Middle East is a conflagration of … More

    Restoring Marriage Requires Knowing What It Is

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    “The President’s Marriage Agenda for the Forgotten Sixty Percent,” despite the impression its title might give, was released earlier this week not by the Obama Administration but by the Institute for American Values and the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia. It is a timely, compelling, and important … More

    Firsthand Account of Palestinian Attack on Tel Aviv, Israel

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    I am an American Master of Arts (MA) student living in Israel. Appropriately enough, I am studying for an MA in Middle Eastern Studies, and, a month ago, I received an education that can’t be taught in the classroom. For one week, I shared an experience that makes up a … More

    The Eleventh Hour: Still Time Left to Stop Massive Defense Cuts

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    The threat of sequestration—the half-trillion dollar cut to defense set to occur January 2, 2013—has been debated and prevention plans have been discussed since before it was even written into law. The budgetary measure was written to be so unpalatable that Congress and the Administration would have to find a … More

    HHS Dusts Off Head Start Evaluation, Finally Publishes Results

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    What’s the best way to make sure nobody sees the results of a scientifically rigorous evaluation? Release your findings on the Friday afternoon before Christmas. Today the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will release the findings of its long overdue (four years overdue to be exact) third-grade follow-up … More