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  • Monthly Archives: January 2013

    Taxpayers Sink Deeper in Solyndra Saga: Part One

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    Bankrupt or not, Solyndra continues to dig deeper into taxpayers’ wallets. Over the past year, the Departments of Energy (DOE) and Justice (DOJ) have doled out approximately $2.5 million in taxpayer money to clean up the aftereffects of the failed Solyndra experiment. Apparently in the midst of all the paperwork, … More

    Obamacare Exchanges: State of the States

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    Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) gave seven more states “conditional approval” to operate state-run Obamacare exchanges. The announcement came two days after the deadline for HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to determine which states will be ready to run their own exchanges in 2014. So it … More

    Message to Obama Council: Economic Freedom Leads to Global Development

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    The new crop of nominees for President Obama’s Global Development Council need look no further than The Heritage Foundation’s just-published 2013 Index of Economic Freedom for inspiration. When the President announced the creation of the council last year, its stated purpose was to provide guidance on new developments and ideas … More

    Celebrating Margaret Thatcher Day in the Falkland Islands

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    Today the Falkland Islands are observing Margaret Thatcher Day. Thirty years ago today, during her first visit to the Falkland Islands since its liberation, Thatcher said: Today again the Union Jack flies over Port Stanley, and may it ever fly there. So we in the Falkland Islands and in Great … More

    Don't Open the Door to Law of the Sea Litigation

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    Doug Bandow of the Cato Institute warns of the dangers of litigation if the United States joins the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea, more commonly known as the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST). Some of the litigation “greatest hits” highlighted by Bandow include: The recent intrusion … More

    New York’s Fracking Opportunity

    Some would say there is only one choice between energy or the environment. But energy and environmental interests are often not the archenemies people make them out to be. This has been the case with hydraulic fracturing (fracking), where state and local governments have effectively regulated the process and have … More

    VIDEO: Facing the Big Questions on Marriage

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    What is marriage? Why is government in the marriage business? And what’s the harm in redefining marriage? Those are the questions with which Jennifer A. Marshall, Heritage’s director of domestic policy studies, opened a panel discussion featuring the three authors of a provocative new book, What Is Marriage? Man and … More

    Morning Bell: See America's Ranking in the 2013 Index of Economic Freedom

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    When we talk about “economic freedom,” what do we mean—and why does it matter? Economic freedom is the fundamental right of every human to control his or her own labor and property. In an economically free society, individuals are free to work, produce, consume, and invest in any way they … More

    Planned Parenthood Sets Record for Abortions and Government Funding

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    Planned Parenthood reported receiving record taxpayer funding in the last reporting year, while also performing a record number of abortions, according to the organization’s new annual report released this week. The nation’s largest abortion provider maintained its infamous title, performing 333,964 abortions—a record for the organization that received 45 percent … More

    The Washington Post Agrees: It’s Time to Make a Down Payment on Medicare Reform

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    The editorial board of The Washington Post, no organ of conservative opinion, is absolutely right: “Medicare as we know it is not sustainable,” and the “ultimate solution” is structural reform. Bingo. The right structural reform is to expand Medicare’s defined-contribution financing (routinely called “premium support”) as it broadly exists today … More