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  • Monthly Archives: January 2013

    Cloakroom: The Second Term Edition

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    House Cloakroom Analysis: This week on Capitol Hill will begin with the inauguration of President Barack Obama to a second term in office. He will be sworn in on the west front of the Capitol at noon today with the House and Senate in attendance. It appears that the major … More

    Morning Bell: MLK, Obama and Opportunity

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    Fifty years ago in Washington, D.C., Martin Luther King Jr. shared his dream for America. It was a vision that gave “all of God’s children” an opportunity to flourish. Today, as we remember and honor King’s legacy, it’s quite evident that millions of Americans are struggling mightily to grasp the … More

    A Housing Finance Market Without Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

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    What would the potential impact on the economy be if Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac—the housing finance government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs)—were eliminated? Our research indicates that winding down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from the mortgage market would have a minimal and predictable effect on the economy. Since 2008, Fannie Mae … More

    DHS Oversight Reforms: The Latest Casualty of Congressional Turf Wars

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    On January 13 the new Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee Mike McCaul (R–TX) announced to The Hill that he had no plans to strip homeland security oversight responsibilities from his fellow Representatives. With over 100 panels and committees having oversight over the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. … More

    Will Debt Ceiling Baby Step Lead Toward a Balanced Budget?

    President Obama with Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell

    The debt ceiling is bearing down on Washington. As with most such momentous occasions, plenty of partisan potshots have been exchanged, like this whopper from the White House: that House Republicans who are demanding spending reductions in exchange for increasing the debt limit would compromise the full faith and credit … More

    A Year Later, Keystone XL Still a Good Decision

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    After being sworn-in this weekend, President Obama will soon receive a second shot at approving the Keystone XL pipeline that will bring oil down from Canada to Gulf Coast refineries. Last year the President rejected the permit application at a time when America desperately needed jobs, and when his own … More

    The United States of Argentina?

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    Is President Obama channeling Juan Perón? The President does seem to have a few things in common with the political descendants of the late Argentine dictator. For example, due to ongoing lawsuits stemming from Argentina’s still unresolved $100 billion sovereign debt default in 2001, Argentina’s current president, Peronist Cristina Fernández … More

    National School Choice Week to Host Cross-Country Train Tour

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    The third annual National School Choice Week is around the corner. And so is “the first-ever nationwide, whistle-stop train tour” to commemorate the week. The Whistle-Stop Train Tour will make a cross-country trek, with “14 very special events along the tour’s route” in support of school choice; hosted by “[p]arents, … More

    Financial Freedom: The Solution to Ailing India Economy

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    India’s consumers might have been jealous of King Midas’s touch. The country’s historical affinity for gold has reached new extremes thanks to a weak economy, a falling rupee, and poor financial alternatives. In the past year, India’s economy has been beleaguered by poor performance. Corruption, a lack of competitiveness, and … More

    Algeria Crisis Confirms Al-Qaeda Not “On the Run”

    Files of In Amenas Gas Facility - Algeria

    Remember President Obama’s campaign stump speech line that “al-Qaeda is on the run“? Well, the terrorist raid on Benghazi, Libya, on September 11 forced him to eat those words—or at least drop them in October from his litany of accomplishments of how he had supposedly made the world a safer … More