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  • Yearly Archives: 2012

    Mexico's New President Takes Office

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    With enormous fanfare, Mexico inaugurated its new president on Saturday. Outgoing President Felipe Calderon of the National Action Party will pass the keys of the executive to Enrique Peña Nieto of the Revolutionary Institutional Party (RIP), who will begin a six-year term. President Peña Nieto won the election on July … More

    Morning Bell: What IS the Fiscal Cliff?

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    With just a few weeks left in 2012, all eyes in Washington are on Capitol Hill and the “fiscal cliff” negotiations. As usual, Congress and the President are taking highly contentious issues down to the wire before cutting a deal—never a situation that ends well for taxpayers. Federal Reserve Chairman … More

    Helping the Poor and Addicted Turn Their Lives Around (VIDEO)

    Strong marriage and family relationships are crucial to fighting poverty. This was the message shared by grassroots leaders at an anti-poverty conference sponsored by The Heritage Foundation and the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise this past September. These leaders shared firsthand experience and common-sense intuition about poverty reduction. They explained what … More

    Cloakroom: Hurry Up and Wait

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    House Cloakroom: December 3 – December 7 Analysis: The House has returned from its Thanksgiving vacation, when Members undoubtedly ate well and enjoyed numerous football games, to do… more of the same. They spent the most of the past week naming post offices until they finally got around to an … More

    Ethanol: List of Mandate's Victims Keeps Growing

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    Bring a rancher, a motorcyclist, a governor, a poultry producer, a gas station manager, and a restaurant owner together around a table, and they probably wouldn’t have much in common regarding their day-to-day lives. But they have all joined the growing ranks of people dissatisfied with the renewable fuel standard. … More

    United Nations Declares Contraception Access a "Human Right"

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    In the United Nations Population Fund’s (UNFPA) recent State of World Population report, access to contraception is described as a “universal human right.” While the report has no legal force, it declares that cultural and financial barriers to accessing contraception are an infringement on women’s rights. While access to contraceptives … More

    Life Behind the Iron Curtain: The Ultimate Exercise in Big Government (VIDEO)

    More than 20 years have passed since the Soviet empire collapsed. Telling its history to new generations here and in the countries of Eastern and Central Europe—generations who have at best dim personal memories of this tragic era in world history—has become an important task. Iron Curtain: The Crushing of … More

    Farm Subsidies Hurt the Poor Worldwide

    Dairy farmers spray milk at a European Parliament building. (Photo: Xinhua/Newscom)

    Got milk? The European Parliament sure does. European dairy farmers were in Brussels this week to protest proposed changes in dairy regulations. Protestors doused the parliament building with milk and capped off a rough 10 days for the European Union (EU) capital following a failed summit last week over the … More

    Defense Budget: Military "Experts" Seem to Have Short Memories

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    A recently released report from the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, “Strategic Choices: Navigating Austerity,” argues that allowing some hollowing out of our military forces is acceptable. The report is raising eyebrows around Washington, mainly because it is so at odds with what Pentagon leadership is saying. The individuals … More

    Virginia's Uranium Working Group Releases Report

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    The Uranium Working Group (UWG)—established by Governor Bob McDonnell (R–VA) to help Virginia state legislators determine the regulatory requirements for uranium mining—released its final report today. Though we are still reviewing the 125-page report, some cursory conclusions are appropriate. The most obvious takeaway is the comprehensive nature of the report. … More