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  • Monthly Archives: February 2013

    Media Aid Obama on Sequestration; Huffington Post Seeks Sob Stories

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    We’ve gotten used to the Obama White House and the nation’s news media working hand in glove on most issues, but the sequester is quickly becoming a case study worthy of Harvard. Soon, if this collaboration persists, it will start to feel like the Mayans were off by only a few … More

    Kosovo’s Independence Welcome, but Work Still to Be Done

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    Republic of Kosovo’s Prime Minister Hashim Thaci, in his February 17 speech commemorating the 5th anniversary of the country’s independence, expressed pride in his country’s visible accomplishments, but noted appropriately his awareness that “we need to do much more.” Indeed. Despite notable reforms since independence, the foundations of economic freedom … More

    Iran Nuclear Program Advances Amid Terrorism Reports

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    Iran defiantly continues to expand its uranium enrichment program despite international sanctions and multiple U.N. Security Council resolutions, according to a report from the International Atomic Energy Agency. Iran has begun installing advanced centrifuges that will increase the rate of enrichment and reduce the amount of time it needs to … More

    The "Buffett Rule" Returns

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    President Obama’s so-called Buffett Rule just won’t go away. It is back in its latest iteration because Senate Democrats proposed it to partially offset the soon-to-begin sequestration spending cuts. In the Senate Democrats’ version, the Buffett Rule, named after famed investor and vocal advocate for (and benefactor of) liberal policy … More

    High Debt Threatens Economic Growth

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    Economic scholars have recently shown how high government debt has a negative effect on long-term economic growth. Government debt crowds out private investment, slowing the growth of gross domestic product (GDP) and wages. The consensus is that “debt drag” gets worse as debt rises. Like piling bricks on a sled, … More

    Morning Bell: Obama Administration vs. the Law on Same-Sex Marriage

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    President Obama has so many flip-flops in his policy positions that it’s hard to keep track. After running for President supporting traditional marriage, he “evolved” to support same-sex marriage—and now his Justice Department has officially urged the Supreme Court to overthrow the law of the land. The Defense of Marriage … More

    Cloakroom: The Sequester and Hagel Nomination

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    House Cloakroom: February 25 – March 1 Analysis: Sequester week begins in Washington! The House returns from a recess week to take up the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization. The Senate has passed a flawed reauthorization bill. The Senate version contains an unconstitutional expansion of tribal sovereignty, not to mention … More

    Heritage's Feulner in South Korea to Welcome Its New President

    Dr. Edwin Feulner with President Park Geun-hye, the Republic of Korea.

    Heritage Foundation President Dr. Edwin Feulner is in South Korea on Monday attending the inauguration of Park Geun-hye as that nation’s new president and successor to Lee Myung-bak. Feulner has remained a stalwart advocate for Korea-U.S. relations for more than 40 years, and in that time has met with every … More

    Chart of the Week: Sequestration Cuts 2.4 Percent out of Total Spending

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    Federal spending will explode from $3.6 trillion to $6 trillion over the next 10 years, but the much-maligned sequester will cut only 2.4 percent of this spending. Sequestration represents a relatively small cut in projected spending. So why are so many in Washington wringing their hands over a two-and-a-half percent … More

    Inhofe to Senate: Don't Confirm Hagel

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    Senator James Inhofe (R–OK) has sent a letter urging members to vote against confirming former Senator Chuck Hagel (R–NE) for Defense Secretary. This letter follows on the heels of the letter from a group of 14 Senators urging President Obama to withdraw the nomination. The Senate returns from recess Monday, … More