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  • Monthly Archives: December 2012

    Flawed Violence Against Women Act Could Become Next Lame-Duck Fight

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    As the lame-duck session of Congress grinds to a close, policymakers are feeling the pressure to rush passage of a number of expansive, potentially faulty pieces of legislation before the year’s end. Recent rumors swirling around Washington suggest the House may consider anew language in a Senate-passed version of the … More

    Morning Bell: GOP Leaders Capitulate on Core Conservative Principles

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    House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Republican leaders have done it once again. Their latest fiscal cliff proposal capitulates on core conservative principles, yielding woefully inadequate concessions from President Obama in the process. Will they ever learn? The latest GOP offer essentially ignores Washington’s real problem — spending — and … More

    Kerry in Spotlight; Hot Issues Remain for Next Secretary of State

    Senator John Kerry

    Last week, embattled U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice took herself out of the running for Secretary of State as Hillary Clinton’s successor. It did not take long for the rumor mill to pick up that President Obama is leaning toward Senator John Kerry (D-MA) for the post. Though Rice did not … More

    Soot, Soot Riot: EPA's New Rule Costly and Unnecessary

    Environmental Protection Agency

    Faced with a court-ordered deadline, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized more stringent rules for National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Particulate Pollution (PM2.5), more commonly known as soot. The new standard lowers the standard from 15 micrograms per cubic meter of air down to 12 micrograms, and counties must … More

    Fiscal Cliff Solutions: Soar Over the Cliff or Kick the Can

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    Kicking the can is the least repugnant remaining resolution to the fiscal cliff. The only alternatives appear to be the Republicans’ unconditional surrender on income tax rates (and conceding their principles) or simply going over the cliff. The story is now a familiar one. Congress and the President conspire to … More

    12 Days of Obamacare Surprises: Exchange Subsidies

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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 9 days, Heritage is going to highlight one of the various changes in Obamacare projections (i.e. cost, enrollment, etc.) from when the law first passed until now. The … More

    Too Eager for a Fiscal Cliff Deal: Republican Leadership's $1 Trillion Tax Hike

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    The latest fiscal cliff proposal by Speaker of the House John Boehner (R–OH) is infuriatingly frustrating to conservatives, again. In exchange for $1 trillion in tax hikes—including the President’s immediate tax rate hike on the wealthy—Boehner asked for just $1 trillion in spending cuts. And, to sweeten the pot for … More

    Chavez's Authoritarian Regime Sweeps Governorships

    Hugo Chavez

    One week after Hugo Chavez stunned his nation with news of new cancer surgery and anointed Vice President and Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro as his heir, Venezuelans went to the polls to elect 23 governors and members of state legislatures. Initial electoral results indicate that Chavez’s candidates won in 20 … More

    Hurricane Sandy Relief: Billions Spent on Transportation

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    Transportation agencies and programs including the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Amtrak, and other transit stand to benefit handsomely from the Senate’s $60.4 billion Hurricane Sandy spending bill, which it will consider this week. Though cast as disaster relief, much of the bill’s spending would not reach … More

    Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill: More Spending Than Disaster Aid

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    The Hurricane Sandy relief bill racing through the U.S. Senate is a perfect example of the spend-now-save-later practices that are driving the government deeper in debt. Lawmakers cannot seem to find $55 billion in offsets to prevent a devastating cut in national defense, but they can easily whip up $60.4 … More