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  • Monthly Archives: January 2013

    Algeria Hostage Crisis: Why U.S. Bases in Europe Are Vital

    The gas field in Algeria where hostages have been held. (Photo: Kjetil Alsvik/AFP/Getty Images/Newscom)

    Yesterday, Islamist militants seized a foreign-owned gas field in Algeria and took dozens of Western hostages, including several Americans. This attack was allegedly in response to Algeria allowing French warplanes to transit Algerian airspace to strike militants in neighboring Mali. Even though U.S. citizens are being held at gunpoint in … More

    Note to President Hollande: Investors Say "Oui" to Economic Freedom

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    French President Francois Hollande and his marketing gurus are on the offensive with their “Say Oui to France” campaign, meant to convince investors that the French economy is worthy of their money. Among the selling points: France’s large population; thriving nuclear, aerospace, and chemical sectors; and good location. According to … More

    Military Readiness at a Tipping Point

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    “The readiness of our Armed Forces is at a tipping point.” That’s how General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, began a letter to the Senate Armed Services Committee while discussing the Department of Defense’s (DOD) budget woes. He cites “budget conditions unfolding right now” as the … More

    Morning Bell: Obama's Religious Freedom Proclamation

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    Did you know that yesterday was Religious Freedom Day in America? It didn’t get a lot of attention, since President Obama was busy signing executive orders, but he also put out a proclamation on religious freedom. “Because of the protections guaranteed by our Constitution, each of us has the right … More

    Al Gore, Al Jazeera, and the Remaking of Current TV

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    The sale of Al Gore’s Current TV network to the Qatar-based Al Jazeera network comes as no surprise. These networks may be odd bedfellows, but there is no law on the books to prevent a foreign entity from buying an American cable network. Still, the move has caused considerable concern … More

    Will Obamacare Go the Way of Prohibition?

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    Steve Benen on MSNBC’s “The Maddow Blog” dismisses congressional efforts to repeal all or parts of Obamacare and admonishes conservatives to get with the program. Why? He says Obamacare “is here to stay.” What makes Obamacare untouchable? Congress considers countless pieces of legislation “to amend” this legislation or that statute. … More

    French Protest in Favor of Marriage

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    French leaders, once poised to pass a same-sex marriage bill, are meeting opposition to their efforts. An estimated 350,000 proponents of marriage rallied near the Eiffel Tower last Sunday, urging the government to retain marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The protest was one of France’s … More

    VIDEO: Dick DeVos on Unions and Michigan's New Right-to-Work Law

    Late last year, while conservatives were still coming to terms with the re-election of President Obama, something remarkable happened in Michigan. A state that is synonymous with Big Labor enacted a right-to-work law. Governor Rick Snyder (R-MI) and Republican lawmakers had just witnessed the overwhelming rejection of a union-backed measure … More

    Clinton and Kerry Play Musical Chairs with U.S. Foreign Policy, Benghazi

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    Senator John Kerry (D–MA) has announced that he will bow out of chairing the expected Benghazi hearing featuring Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on January 22. Given that President Obama has chosen Kerry to succeed Clinton, and given that Kerry’s own confirmation hearings might take place the following day, his … More

    Obama’s Budget to Be Late Again

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    President Obama’s budget will be late again. When the President and Congress failed to close the fiscal cliff deal until January 2, it was predictable enough that the Administration would once again submit its budget a bit late. The fiscal cliff changed both revenues and spending, and so all the … More