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  • Yearly Archives: 2012

    Morning Bell: The Fiscal Cliff and Beyond

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    In Washington, there is one issue on everyone’s minds: the “fiscal cliff.” With time running out before a massive tax hike strikes on January 1, and wide-ranging budget cuts scheduled to hit at the same time, the economy is bracing for another storm. Today, five public policy organizations including The … More

    China's New Leadership: Not Encouraging, but Not Finished

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    After a nearly weeklong session, the new Chinese leadership has been unveiled. It isn’t a surprise, but it is a disappointment for anyone harboring hopes for a new, more positive trajectory in U.S.–China relations. There is no one in the emerging top Chinese leadership who could be counted on as … More

    Lunch with Heritage Google Hangout on the Fiscal Cliff

    Congress has a chance to deliver Americans a belated Christmas present shortly after Christmas if it can work to avoid running the country off the “fiscal cliff.” The term “fiscal cliff” refers to a combination of massive tax increases—including the expiration of the Bush tax cuts—and deep spending cuts that … More

    Post-Election, Refocusing on National Security

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    According to research by Politico, interest in the impending automatic defense cuts took a dive leading up to the election. But as the post-election polling and punditry subside, American citizens are returning their focus to pressing matters such as the so-called fiscal cliff and sequestration. Yet on Capitol Hill—where these … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Foster Care and the Future of Children

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    This week, nearly 100 policymakers, practitioners, and administrators met in Washington, D.C., to discuss new solutions for the complex issue of poverty. Among the topics discussed was the nation’s foster care and adoption system. Roughly 400,000 children languish in today’s system, in which they will likely experience multiple, periodic placements … More

    Gaza Rocket Terrorism Triggers Israeli Military Response

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    After several days of rocket salvos launched at Israeli civilians, Israel responded yesterday with air strikes that killed the leader of the Hamas terrorist wing and targeted rocket launching, storage, and manufacturing sites in the Gaza Strip. The air campaign began with a precision air strike that killed Ahmed Al-Jabaari, … More

    Pentagon More Active in 'Green' Energy than the Energy Department

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    According to a new report on financial waste in the Department of Defense, the Pentagon initiated more renewable energy projects in 2010 – the year measured – than any other federal agency, including the Energy Department and the Environmental Protection Agency. Those findings are detailed in a report (embedded below) released Thursday … More

    Cybersecurity Act of 2012 Defeated, but a Similarly Flawed Executive Order Is Around the Corner

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    Last night, the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 (CSA) failed to pass the U.S. Senate. The vote is already being portrayed as Republican obstructionism, even though five Democrats voted against the bill and four Republicans voted for it. Such rhetoric is being used to justify a cybersecurity executive order that mimics … More

    The Public Option: Alive and Well in Obamacare

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    Thought the “public option” was dead? Think again. Chief among the most dangerous provisions in Obamacare is the creation of government-sponsored national health plans, which are, in effect, another embodiment of the public option. Through its multi-year implementation, the law steadily evolves into a national single-payer health care system. Here’s … More

    Left-Wing Groups Misused More than $750,000 in Stimulus Housing Grants

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    A pair of left-wing groups misused hundreds of thousands of dollars in stimulus grant funds, according to federal investigators, who questioned the validity of every dollar the two groups received. In a report released Monday, Department of Housing and Urban Development’s inspector general raised concerns about $752,982 in stimulus disbursements … More