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  • Monthly Archives: January 2013

    WATCH: Friday Lunch Hangout on School Choice

    Friday concludes the 3rd annual National School Choice week. This year was the biggest year ever with over 3,600 events nationwide celebrating the benefits that school choice provides to children across the country. Join us on Friday, February 1, at Noon ET for our Google+ Hangout. We will be hosting … More

    Overcriminalization Ruins Lives

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    The story of the late Dr. Peter Gleason, a Maryland psychiatrist who devoted much of his practice to serving the poor and underserved populations, is a tragic reminder of the real-life impact that overcriminalization can have on individuals. Before a drug can be sold in the United States, it must … More

    Chiefs of Staff Highlight Military Readiness Concerns Caused by Budget Cuts

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    Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno claimed on January 24 that if there is not a legislative solution to the long-standing budget impasse soon, “we will create a hollow force,” drastically hampering military readiness even further. Chief Naval Officer Admiral Jonathan Greenert finally recognized on Friday that if sequestration … More

    Cyber Command Expansion Threatened by Budget Cuts

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    The Pentagon has approved a 500 percent personnel increase for Cyber Command—which protects the Pentagon’s information networks and engages in cyberspace operations—according to The Washington Post. In a world where cyber is becoming an increasingly important realm, few would disagree with the U.S. government’s desire for increased cyber capabilities. However, … More

    Coal Exports: Comprehensive Environmental Review Could Set Dangerous Precedent

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    Anti-coal politicians want to use the environmental process to more comprehensively analyze the greenhouse gas impact on coal exports. This would not only reduce coal production in the U.S. but it would also set a dangerous precedent for all exports. The Army Corps of Engineers is analyzing the environmental effects … More

    The Way Forward in Afghanistan

    The lack of a clear strategy for Afghanistan post-2014 endangers the gains that the United States and its Afghan allies have made in the past decade. As 2014 draws nearer and the troop drawdown continues, the U.S. is entering into a new era of strategic engagement with Afghanistan. A panel … More

    VIDEO: Jim DeMint Says Obama Is "Running Out of Excuses" on Debt

    Heritage Foundation President-Elect Jim DeMint told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren last night that President Obama is “running out of excuses” on America’s debt problem and liberals are in denial if they think Washington doesn’t have a spending addiction. Greta, the president is running out of excuses. He can’t blame … More

    Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill: Wasteful Spending Not Helpful

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    On Tuesday, President Obama signed into law a $50 billion recovery package for states hit by Hurricane Sandy. Much of the proposed spending in the law, however, is simply wasteful and will not go toward helping the immediate victims. This is unacceptable at a time when the U.S. is running … More

    GDP Fell in the Fourth Quarter of 2012

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    The Department of Commerce made news Wednesday by announcing the first quarterly decline in gross domestic product (GDP) since the recession ended in 2009. As always, GDP is only a summary measure, not the whole story. This GDP report continues the narrative of the past three years: We are making … More

    Hagel in the Senate Hot Seat

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    The Senate Armed Services Committee is holding hearings today on the nomination of former Senator Chuck Hagel (R–NE) to head the Department of Defense (DOD). The issues before the committee are both numerous and critically serious, such as the consequences for the defense budget of sequestration, nuclear zero, missile defense … More