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    HHS Withholding Findings on Head Start Effectiveness

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    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has once again failed to release a timely evaluation of the federally funded Head Start program. What exactly is taking so long? It may be that the study results will likely yield similarly poor results as the evaluation of two years ago. … More

    Media Scandal in the Making: CBS Posts Still More of President's Benghazi Interview

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    On Sunday night, a full 54 days after the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, CBS finally posted a critically important segment of the 60 Minutes interview with President Obama conducted on September 12. Unbelievably, it was left on the cutting room floor even as 60 Minutes aired a long segment … More

    Green Graveyard: 19 Taxpayer-Funded Failures

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    While there’s speculation over which federally supported green energy company may be the next to declare bankruptcy, plenty have already gone belly up. In one of the most extensive compilations to date, Heritage has identified 19 bankrupt green energy companies—unable to make it even with the $2.6 billion in financial … More

    India Helps U.S. Join Asian Maritime Grouping

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    Last week, India assisted the U.S. in securing dialogue-partner status in the Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation (IOR-ARC), a 20-member grouping of littoral nations of the Indian Ocean. India and the U.S.—as well as other Indo-Pacific nations such as Australia, Japan, Singapore, and Malaysia—share an interest in maintaining … More

    National Education Standards: Been There, Didn't Do That

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    While 46 states have jumped on the national education standards bandwagon, it’s not too late to hit the brakes. We’ve been down this road before. During the 1990s, the push to nationalize standards and testing reached a fever pitch. There were the infamous national history standards, which were so poor … More

    Russia Ramps Up Missile Tests

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    Russian President Vladimir Putin recently oversaw a strategic exercise—including a series of coordinated missile tests—that drew on Russia’s nuclear “triad” (bombers, intercontinental-range ballistic missiles [ICBMs], and submarine-launched ballistic missiles [SLBMs]). Both the ICBM and the SLBM reached their respective targets after having traveled distances of more than 6,000 kilometers. Less … More

    By the Numbers: Medicare Costs for Seniors to Rise Under President's Plan

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    Under current law, as amended by Obamacare, seniors enrolled in traditional Medicare can expect to face higher Part B and Part D premiums. Moreover, President Obama has planned in his 2013 budget proposal to increase income-related Part B and Part D premium coverage by 15 percent. As a result, out-of-pocket … More

    The Heritage Guide to the Electoral College

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    Abigael Evans should be happy. She’s the four-year-old who’s so sick of the election that she cried. Her tears went viral. It should all be over soon, although we’ll have to wait a bit for the official tabulation of the Electoral College. Here’s how it works: Each state has a … More

    How a Nuclear Power Plant Works

    The Fukushima nuclear reactor accident in March 2011 challenged the public’s perception of nuclear power. However, much of this disillusionment simply stems from a lack of understanding of how a nuclear power plant functions. Inside a Nuclear Reactor A nuclear power plant is a lot like most coal or natural … More

    U.S. Can Learn from Canadian Cybersecurity Shortcomings

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    In its recently released fall 2012 report, the Office of the Auditor General of Canada (AG) outlined several shortcomings in the country’s efforts to protect critical infrastructure from cyber threats. The report provides specific recommendations for information-sharing policies that the U.S .government should use as it tries to develop U.S. … More