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  • Monthly Archives: February 2013

    Sequestration Cuts the DHS Off at the Knees

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    Last week, Democrats on the House Appropriations Committee released a report outlining what they believe the consequences of sequestration will be if it goes into effect. Following its release, Homeland Security Today published an article highlighting the report’s findings on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) specifically. In short, the … More

    Morning Bell: Why a Car Commercial Can Make You Cry

    Is there a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces in your life? If so, tears likely came to your eyes when you saw Jeep’s Super Bowl commercial. Oprah Winfrey’s voice-over was a moving tribute to those who fight for us: “In your home, in our hearts—you’ve been missed. You’ve been … More

    Georgia and Oklahoma Provide Cautionary Tale About Universal Preschool

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    As the Obama Administration attempts to move toward universal, taxpayer-funded preschool, policymakers should examine the experiences of states that have offered such programs for more than a decade. Both Georgia and Oklahoma have done so, but there is little evidence that taxpayers and children are benefiting. Universal Preschool in Georgia. … More

    Climate Protestors Rally Against Keystone XL Pipeline

    Supporters of President Obama’s continued obstruction of the Keystone XL pipeline and more government controls to prevent climate change attended a “Forward on Climate” rally on February 17 in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the Sierra Club and other environmentalist groups. The pipeline would transport oil from Canada to the gulf … More

    Jesse Jackson Jr. and Wife Plead Guilty

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    The tale of financial wrongdoing by former Representative Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D–IL) and his wife and former campaign manager, Sandra Jackson, continued today when they both pled guilty in a Washington, D.C. courtroom to criminal violations of federal law. Jackson pled guilty this morning to one conspiracy count of filing … More

    Limiting Fracking Limits Affordable Energy and Jobs

    Controversial Hydro-Fracking Gas Drilling in Pennsylvania

    Europe is once again teaching America a lesson in what not to do on energy policy. A resolution Germany’s upper house passed last week makes it clear that despite the potential for massive and safe economic development, the nation is allowing unwarranted environmental fears to prevent the extraction of massive … More

    Protectionist Jones Act Harms Puerto Ricans

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    An obsolete U.S. law known as the Jones Act makes people in Puerto Rico poorer, according to a new report from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. The Jones Act, also known as the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, requires people transporting goods by ship between two points in … More

    Islamist Threat Spreads from Mali into Nigeria, Threatening U.S. Energy Security

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    French President Francois Hollande told reporters yesterday that Boko Haram, an Islamist terrorist group based in Nigeria, abducted a French family of seven, including four children, in northern Cameroon. Hollande noted the continuing role of France in the fight against Islamist radicals in Mali and said the French parents and … More

    Mr. President, Don’t Forget: Imports Create Jobs, Too

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    Trade is again on President Obama’s agenda thanks to some high-profile mentions in his State of the Union address last Tuesday. According to the President, the proposed Trans-Pacific and Transatlantic Partnerships should boost exports and create American jobs. Exports, however, are only one side of the coin. Free trade also … More

    Missile Defense Tests Successful, but Future of Program in Doubt

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    In an area of the Pacific Ocean near Hawaii on February 12, 2013, the Navy and Missile Defense Agency conducted a successful intercept test of a combined sea-based and space-based system against a medium-range ballistic missile. The sea-based component was the Aegis ballistic missile defense system and its already -deployed … More