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  • Monthly Archives: January 2013

    Colorado Energy Office Misspends Millions in Stimulus Funds

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    The Colorado Energy Office (CEO) misspent millions in stimulus funds and could not account for a variety of other financial statements, according to a new audit from the Colorado state auditor. The CEO, charged with administering energy funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and a host of other … More

    Morning Bell: Heritage Statement on Immigration

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    The Heritage Foundation has released the following statement: America’s heritage of immigration has fueled our nation’s strength and diversity, yet our immigration system has become so politicized and dysfunctional that it causes untold personal tragedies, strains the fiscal capacity of public services in many states, and prevents many from pursuing … More

    Kerry Confirmed by Senate

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    The Senate today confirmed John Kerry to be the next Secretary of State by a vote of 94-3. As expected, the former Senator and Foreign Relations Committee chairman had no trouble sailing through his confirmation process. The only three dissenters were Republicans Jim Inhofe (OK), John Cornyn (TX), and Ted … More

    Iran Tightens Screws on Its Journalists

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    The regime in Tehran has started tightened censorship beyond its customary draconian rule in anticipation of potential unrest caused by Iran’s upcoming elections in June. On Sunday, a mass arrest of at least 14 reporters for independent news media took place, the largest media crackdown since the presidential election of … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Promoting the Value of Life and Good Teen Choices

    For many, last week’s 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision was a time to reflect on the value and sanctity of life. In the decades since the Supreme Court’s decision, many civil society organizations have sprung up to meet the needs of women facing unplanned pregnancies and provide … More

    Dictator Castro Now In Charge of Latin American Pro-Democracy Group

    Raul Castro

    In Santiago, Chile, on January 28, the new regional body, the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), passed its rotating presidency to Cuba’s dictator General Raul Castro. CELAC, according to prime backer Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, is part of a historic project to build a Latin American/Caribbean union … More

    Sentimental Journey: Obama, Clinton and "60 Minutes"

    Obama Rose Garden-Libya Sept. 12, 2012

    There is no other way to say it: “60 Minutes” blew it. Steve Kroft’s interview with President Obama and outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, broadcast Sunday night, was mushy, sentimental, and oh so easy-going. As for news… it elicited practically no information about Hillary Clinton’s record as Secretary of … More

    Marriage Isn’t Just the "Old Ball and Chain"

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    Countless statistics show marriage is a good thing for people and society. The Heritage Foundation has numerous studies discussing the financial, health, and overall living benefits that come along with marriage versus cohabitation or the single life. That’s why marriage is an important part of a thriving civil society that … More

    Time for More Accountability for Unions—and the Department of Labor

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    Labor Secretary Hilda Solis resigned on January 22. It would be beneficial if President Obama’s next Labor Secretary would do more to protect workers from union corruption. An Office of Inspector General (OIG) audit released last year finds that the Office of Labor Management Standards (OLMS) is missing most violations … More

    Decoding the Constitutional Challenges to Traditional Marriage

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    The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the challenge to California’s Proposition 8 on March 26 and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) on March 27. With the arguments fast approaching, the parties’ briefs and amicus curiae briefs have started to trickle in—tackling the various issues raised in these … More