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  • Monthly Archives: March 2013

    Cyprus Bank Bailout: Russia Partly to Blame

    Tanya Talaga/ZUMA Press/Newscom

    As Cypriots come to grips with this week’s agreement to bail out its banks, Russian policymakers need to think about why their citizens are involved in this crisis. Around 40 percent of Cyprus bank deposits belong to Russian individuals or businesses, and accounts with more than 100,000 euros now face … More

    Major School Choice Victory in Indiana

    Stacy Revere/ZUMApress/Newscom

    It’s hard to overstate what an outstanding victory for school choice Indiana’s Supreme Court issued yesterday. Indiana’s highest court ruled unanimously in Meredith v. Pence that the Choice Scholarship Program (CSP), which provides vouchers to low-income and middle-income families in the Hoosier State, is constitutional. The suit, brought by the … More

    Morning Bell: Growing Risk of Another North Korean Attack

    North-Korea-missile

    North Korea never stops threatening its enemies. The belligerent dictatorship routinely threatens to turn Seoul, the capital of South Korea, into a “sea of fire.” Recent videos have threatened America with nuclear annihilation. Of course, after countless threats aren’t followed with action, the world wonders when to believe it. The … More

    Cyprus: Last-Minute Bailout Doesn’t Address Eurozone’s Underlying Systemic Issues

    Patrick Pleul/dpa/picture-alliance/Newscom

    A last-minute accord struck early Monday morning between Cypriot authorities and International Monetary Fund and European Union officials is being hailed in Brussels as a breakthrough. In reality, the agreement simply papers over serious structural fractures within the eurozone and is likely nothing more than a temporary solution to long-term … More

    The Arms Trade Treaty, Week Two: The Ways It Might Fail

    Arms Trade Treaty conference session (Photo by Ted Bromund)

    In New York, the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) conference is entering its final phase, and the ways in which the negotiations might fail are becoming clearer. A large number of nations—mainly the Middle East but also Bangladesh, Cuba, North Korea, Venezuela, Zimbabwe, and others—are not going to get much of … More

    The 30th Anniversary of SDI, President Reagan’s Visionary Idea

    Benjamin Myers Photography

    Ronald Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) speech in 1983 launched a program to eliminate the threat posed by a nuclear attack and set the groundwork for today’s missile defense system. On March 19, The Heritage Foundation and the George C. Marshall Institute co-hosted an event commemorating the 30th anniversary of … More

    Today at the Supreme Court: Same-Sex Marriage and the Defense of Marriage Act

    Benjamin Myers Photography

    This morning, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in United States v. Windsor, a constitutional challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defined marriage as the union of a man and woman for purposes of federal benefits. In this case, the issue was an estate tax bill faced … More

    Making Death Cost Less

    Mandi Wright/ZUMA Press/Newscom

    Some people bury themselves in their work. At Saint Joseph Abbey in southern Louisiana, burying is the work. Monks at Saint Joseph make inexpensive caskets—and would like to sell their handiwork to people who don’t want to throw money away on an item that’s just going to end up six … More

    State of Emergency Declared in Burma

    yangon/Xinhua/Photoshot/Newscom

    Burma’s president, Thein Sein, has declared a state of emergency in the town of Meikhtila and the surrounding region due to ongoing violence between the Muslim and Buddhist population in central Burma. The violence allegedly began when a Muslim owner of a gold shop got into a dispute with his … More

    Tweet Out: Actor Tweeting Every Word of 906-Page Obamacare Law

    Photo: Newscom

    Would you ever read a 906-page law? You’d be hard pressed to find anyone who would—but actor Jake McClain is, and he’s taking it to another level. On Friday, McClain began tweeting through every single word of the 906-page Obamacare law, which he opposes. McClain is using tweetpower to send … More