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  • Monthly Archives: January 2013

    Hagel Supports Nuclear Disarmament

    Global Zero, Nuclear Disarmament push

    Former Senator Chuck Hagel (R–NE) will begin his nomination hearings before the U.S. Senate today. The Associated Press reported that if the Senate approves him, he will be the first Secretary of Defense to have publicly advocated that the U.S. get rid of its nuclear weapons, possibly even unilaterally. In … More

    Morning Bell: A Blow to Obama's Imperial Presidency

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    President Obama has gone around Congress in as many ways as he can find. One way is by abusing the presidential power to make appointments to government positions during a supposed Senate recess—in an attempt to avoid having the Senate confirm the nominees. Last week, a three-judge panel of the … More

    Israel Signals Need for American Leadership in Addressing Iran’s Nuclear Threat

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    Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak recently made comments that have fueled speculation about the looming confrontation with Iran over its nuclear weapons program. In an interview published by the Daily Beast on Friday, Barak was asked if there was any way that Israel could launch a military strike at Iran’s … More

    Congress Showing Initiative to Investigate Benghazi

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    Last week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s congressional testimony (here and here) failed to deliver new information regarding the September 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya. If anything, the hearings before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee more or less offered … More

    Chuck Hagel Must Answer Chinese Challenge to U.S. Space Dominance

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    When Congress holds hearings on Chuck Hagel’s nomination for Secretary of Defense, they should pay close attention to his position on U.S. space capabilities. As Secretary of Defense, he would have responsibility for ensuring that the U.S. maintains the ability to access space as necessary, a position that is increasingly … More

    Coverdell Education Savings Accounts—Now Safe from Taxation—Could Still Be Improved

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    Congress and President Obama preserved the rules regarding Coverdell Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) when they passed the “fiscal cliff” deal. Coverdell ESAs are the lone tax break available to parents for kindergarten through twelfth grade education expenses. But beginning January 1, 2013, the accounts were going to be only useful … More

    National School Choice Week - Artur Davis: School Choice Is About "Basic Principles"

    The 7th grade class in Highland Park, Michigan’s school district was given an assignment: Write a one-paragraph essay on “what could make the school better.” Former Alabama congressman Artur Davis, who celebrated National School Choice Week at The Heritage Foundation’s event “Choosing to Succeed,” presented a particularly alarming response: [Y]ou … More

    Secretary Ray LaHood to Leave Department of Transportation

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    Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Ray LaHood is moving on. In an e-mail to DOT employees announcing his plans to leave, LaHood highlighted what he considers to be “remarkable accomplishments” during his four years leading the agency: We helped jumpstart the economy and put our fellow Americans back to work … More

    Couple Faces Jail Time for Saving Baby Deer's Life (VIDEO)

    An Indiana couple is facing up to 60 days in jail and $2,000 in fines for saving a deer from death. Jeff Counceller, a police officer, and his wife Jennifer spotted an injured baby deer on their neighbor’s porch. Instead of turning a blind eye to the dying fawn, the … More

    U.S. and EU Should Take a Firm Stand for Rule of Law in Latin America

    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez Frias (C) posing with Cuban former President Fidel Castro (L) and his brother and current President of Cuba, Raul Castro, on June 17, 2011. AFP PHOTO/www.cubadebate.cu

    In 2011, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez organized the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) in 2011 specifically to serve as a regional body that excludes the U.S. and Canada—one that might someday supplant the Organization of American States (OAS). News that the next Latin leader to assume CELAC’s … More