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  • Monthly Archives: January 2013

    WATCH: "The Liberal War on Transparency" at Bloggers Briefing

    Today’s Bloggers Briefing features the authors of two recent books. Watch it live on The Foundry from noon to 1 p.m. today. The Heritage Foundation’s Ryan Anderson has co-written “What Is Marriage?” along with Sherif Girgis and Robert George. Anderson will speak at the Bloggers Briefing, and will follow up with a separate … More

    Iran Uses Strait of Hormuz as Backdrop for Missile Tests

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    In yet another move that hovered somewhere between provocative and pestilent, Iran has again engaged in a series of naval and missile exercises in the Persian Gulf. The battery of tests, conducted last week and centered on the Strait of Hormuz—the highly important passageway through which one-fifth of the world’s … More

    Hunkering Down for the Confirmation Hearings

    Chuck Hagel (L) and John Brennan. (Photo: Fang Zhe/Xinhua/Photoshot/Newscom)

    Yesterday, President Obama pretty much told the world what to expect from the White House for national security and foreign policy for the second term: more of what it gave the globe in the first term. The President nominated former Senator Chuck Hagel (R–NE) for Secretary of Defense. He picked … More

    Morning Bell: 13 Tax Increases in 2013

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    New Year’s Day was tough for taxpayers. Thirteen tax increases kicked in. The deal that Congress and President Obama struck that finally—but only partially—avoided the fiscal cliff resulted in seven tax increases. Those hikes combined with six tax increases from Obamacare that also began on New Year’s Day. 13 Tax … More

    By Banning U.S. Adoption of Russian Orphans, Russia Shot Itself in the Foot

    Children play in their bedroom at a Russian orphanage. (Photo: Reuters/Vladimir Konstantinov/Newscom)

    Last week, the U.S. Senate unanimously condemned Russia’s new draconian law—whose victims are Russian orphans and Russian democracy. Around Christmas last year, the Russian Duma hastily passed, and President Vladimir Putin signed, The Dima Yakovlev Law, named after an adopted child from Russia who died in 2008 after being abandoned … More

    South Carolina Beats DOJ (Again) Over Voter ID Law

    Photo: Newscom

    South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson has beaten U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder once again in the voter ID litigation bowl, this time in a dispute over costs. On Friday, January 4, a three-judge panel of the District of Columbia federal court declared that South Carolina was the “prevailing party” … More

    Morning Bell: The Slow Dismantling of Obamacare

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    Things aren’t going so well for Obamacare. Even Democrats in Congress aren’t huge fans any more. It seems after passing the law and finding out what’s in it, the allure has faded—so much so that Congress actually repealed part of Obamacare in the fiscal cliff deal last week. That’s right—part … More

    Chart of the Week: Government Spending Drives Debt Limit Higher

    Increases to US Debt Limit

    Even though Congress and President Obama reached a fiscal cliff deal, the fallout will continue to be felt by individuals, investors, married couples, and small businesses earning $400,000 and above (for couples, $450,000 and above). And that does not include the impact on all workers hit by the payroll tax … More

    VIDEO: Interview with Jim DeMint on Family and Work (Part 3)

    Senator Jim DeMint joined The Heritage Foundation this week, leaving his job in Congress to prepare to become the think tank’s next president in April. This is the third and final part of our interview with DeMint. He talks about growing up in Greenville, SC, his single mother, and the importance … More

    Google and the FTC: Searching (in Vain) for a Violation

    Microsoft complaint against Google

    Sure, you’re smart enough to use the Internet. That’s how you found this post. But are you smart enough to be trusted with the power to select your own Internet search engine? Some—mostly competitors of Google—aren’t so sure. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has decided (after an almost two-year-long investigation) … More