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  • Monthly Archives: February 2013

    In Congress, a Welcome Desire for "Regular Order"

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    As Members of Congress left town last week for the Presidents’ Day break, a refreshing and commendable sentiment followed them: nostalgia for the “regular order” of lawmaking. “Tired of watching as flailing leadership negotiations fail to produce any key legislation,” wrote The Washington Post, “senior lawmakers hope that a return … More

    School Choice in the Time of Calvin Coolidge

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    Some may think school choice is a new idea. Not so. In fact, the nation’s first voucher program began back in 1869 in the state of Vermont. Former U.S. President Calvin Coolidge attended an exceptional example of one of the state’s “voucher schools.” Amity Shlaes of the George W. Bush … More

    Chinese Hackers Identified as Part of the Military

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    An American computer forensics firm has tracked a Chinese cyber group, according to The New York Times. The firm, Mandiant, has concluded that this hacker group is, in fact, a Chinese military unit, with the Military Unit Cover Designator (MUCD) 61398. This major revelation confirms what has long been suspected … More

    Global Zero is NOT the Way Forward

    Global Zero, Nuclear Disarmament push

    Lieutenant General James Kowalski, chief of Global Strike Command, stated that there was “head room” for safe cuts to the American nuclear arsenal, according to a recent article by Politico. He contended, however, that reductions could not be made to the level supported by the Global Zero Report, from which … More

    Morning Bell: Top 3 Reasons Chuck Hagel Is Wrong for Secretary of Defense

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    President Obama’s pick as the next Secretary of Defense is the wrong one. Heritage’s defense and foreign policy experts have examined the record of Chuck Hagel, the Republican former Senator from Nebraska, and concluded he simply does not have the experience and skills for the job. What’s more, his vision … More

    Chavez’s Return to Caracas Answers Few Questions

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    In the early morning of February 18, Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez tweeted that he was back in Caracas, after spending over two months in a Havana hospital. On December 11, Chavez underwent a fourth round of surgery for an undisclosed cancer. Chavez was immediately moved to a military hospital under … More

    Russia: Putin Loyalist Going Down in Flames

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    Vladimir Pekhtin, chairman of the Duma Ethics Committee, hid undisclosed luxury properties in Florida valued at nearly $2 million while proclaiming his anti-American credentials, according to Russian anti-corruption crusader Alexei Navalny. As early as 2007, Pekhtin and his son bought an oceanfront luxury apartment in Miami. Navalny’s staff searched Miami-Dade … More

    Simpson–Bowles Redux: Another $600 Billion Tax Increase

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    Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson, former co-chairs of the 2010 White House deficit-reduction panel whose plan failed, released an outline for a new proposal on their own today. A Bipartisan Path Forward to Securing America’s Future lacks any significant details but does include a $600 billion tax increase in addition … More

    Room for Improvement When It Comes to Services Trade

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    The Obama Administration recently announced its intention to begin negotiations on an agreement to expand international trade in the services industry, such as the telecommunications, banking, and insurance sectors. According to a letter from U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk to Speaker of the House John Boehner (R–OH), the White House … More

    The Hagel Confirmation Battle Is About One Thing: Competence

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    The battle over the confirmation of former Senator Chuck Hagel (R–NE) for Secretary of Defense boils down to one thing and one thing only: competence. On this one all-important criterion, Hagel flatly fails the test. A variety of arguments have been made in favor of Hagel that have nothing to … More