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    Immigration "Diversity Lottery" Is Long Overdue for Abolition

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    The House passed a bill on Friday that would abolish the immigrant “diversity lottery” and replace it with a new program that would give green cards (permanent legal residency) to certain foreign-born science and technology graduates of U.S. schools. An unwise policy since its inception in 1986, the diversity lottery—the … More

    Huelskamp, Amash Say House Leadership "Punished" Dissent

    A pair of the House of Representatives’ most conservative members said Tuesday that they were blindsided by news that they would be removed from key committees during the upcoming Congress. Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) said House leadership didn’t even inform him of the decision. “I had to read it in … More

    White House Speeds Toward Fiscal Cliff, Declining House Republicans' Request for Terms

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    Late Monday afternoon, the House Republican leadership lofted its latest offering to address the fiscal cliff. The kindest conservative response possible to this proposal is that it was “a dud.” It was much worse than a dud, however, as Heritage described in its initial response to the House proposal. Not … More

    7 Myths About the Wind Production Tax Credit

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    The wind production tax credit (PTC) has created an industry that produces overpriced, intermittent power, and it will continue to produce overpriced, intermittent power so as long as there is a PTC to pay for it. Here are the top seven myths associated with the PTC: Myth #1: Wind power … More

    Weapons Proliferation in Syria a Major Challenge to Regional Security

    An image grab taken from a video uploaded on YouTube on April 9, 2012 shows a Syrian soldier sitting atop a tank as troops deploy in Saqba on the outskirts of Damascus.

    During last year’s civil war in Libya, the Muammar Qadhafi regime’s weapon stockpiles were looted, and highly destructive arms quickly spread throughout Libya and the region. Twenty-one months into the revolution in Syria, the country is witnessing a similar experience. Though the United States officially opposes the provision of weapons … More

    WATCH: Reps. Huelskamp and Amash at Heritage's Bloggers Briefing

    A pair of House conservatives will speak at the Heritage Foundation Tuesday afternoon, at our weekly Bloggers Briefing. The event will begin at noon. You can it live above. Reps. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) and Justin Amash (R-MI) will discuss ongoing fiscal cliff negotiations, including Speaker John Boehner’s recent proposal, which … More

    Costco to Pay Out Big Dividend Before Obama Tax Hikes Hit

    Vice President Joe Biden with Costco co-founder Jim Sinegal at the Washington, D.C., store. (Photo: AFP/Newscom)

    Add Costco co-founder Jim Sinegal to the list of corporate allies of the Obama Administration whose rhetoric and actions contradict one another. Speaking at the Democratic National Convention back in September, Sinegal stated: And that’s why I am here tonight supporting President Obama, a President making an economy built to … More

    Normal Trade Relations with Russia: We're Almost There

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    On August 22, after almost 20 years of negotiations, Russia became the 156th member of World Trade Organization (WTO). Regrettably for the U.S., Russia has still not been granted permanent normal trade relations (PNTR) status, meaning that the U.S. cannot fully benefit from Russia’s new status in the WTO. As … More

    Morning Bell: House Republicans Cave on Tax Increases and Punt Entitlements

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    When President Obama put forth his first offer on the fiscal cliff, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said, “You can’t be serious.” We could say the same thing to the Speaker after his counteroffer yesterday. In a letter signed by House Republican leadership, including Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) and … More

    Fiscal Cliff: House Republican Proposal Abandons Core Principles, Gains Little

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    The House Republican leadership has offered a substantive counteroffer to President Obama’s frivolous fiscal cliff proposal of last week. At first blush, it appears little more than categorical, pre-emptive capitulation. To be fair, the details of the Republican proposal are extraordinarily vague. Nor is much clarity or comfort gained from … More