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  • Monthly Archives: April 2013

    DeMint: Gang of Eight Immigration Plan Unfair, Costs Too Much (VIDEO)

    What’s wrong with the Gang of Eight’s immigration plan? Heritage President Jim DeMint said, “It’s unfair, it costs too much, and it’s going to make the problem worse.” On “The Kudlow Report” April 30, DeMint told host Larry Kudlow that it’s important to focus on what we know about the … More

    Afghanistan: "Zero Option" Has Zero Chance of Working

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    Senator John McCain (R–AZ) bombarded top U.S. commander in Afghanistan General Joseph Dunford at a recent Senate Armed Services Committee hearing with tough questions when he refused to give a concrete recommendation on the post-2014 U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan: Don’t you understand, general, that…one of the reasons why we’re … More

    Medicaid Expansion in Arkansas: A Fig Leaf, Not a Solution

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    As action to stop Obamacare languishes in Washington, the debate continues at the state level. Heritage is hosting a series of health care reports from our allies in the states to provide an up-close view of state-level action regarding Obamacare. The states play an important role in protecting citizens against … More

    The Way Ahead for Conservatives

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    Turning points matter, but not nearly as much as the direction one takes after reaching a turning point. So: In the aftermath of the 2012 election, where does the country go from here? That’s up to politicians to determine, of course. But in our democratic republic, “We, the people” must … More

    Boston Bombers Have Roots in the Ungovernable, Islamist North Caucasus

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    The North Caucasus has emerged as an ungovernable safe haven for terrorists, as the government of Russia is at the end of its wits as to how to stem the Islamist insurrection. The brothers who allegedly undertook the Boston Marathon bombing and reportedly planned to hit Times Square in New … More

    Heard the One About the Benghazi Whistleblowers? Obama Hasn’t

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    President Obama raised eyebrows today with his press conference statement that he was unaware of news stories about Benghazi whistleblowers being blocked and even threatened by the State Department. “I’m not familiar with this notion that anybody has been blocked from testifying,” said Obama to a question from Jessica Yellin … More

    Uncle Sam Wants You... on Food Stamps?

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    Across the country, states are courting participants for food stamps (now known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP). The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) even has a webpage dedicated to helping states create “SNAP Outreach Plans.” The argument from the USDA is that “Food Stamps Make America Stronger” … More

    Too Big to Fail: Brown–Vitter Swings and Misses

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    In an unusual left–right pairing, Senators Sherrod Brown (D–OH) and David Vitter (R–LA) last week introduced legislation to increase capital requirements on large banks. Calling it the “Terminating Bailouts for Taxpayer Fairness” or TBTF Act, the legislation is aimed at ending another TBTF: the doctrine of “too big to fail.” … More

    Internet Sales Tax Hits Fastest-Growing Industries

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    The Marketplace Fairness Act, also known as the Internet sales tax, would burden the fastest-growing industries in the United States with a tidal wave of new regulations, which is bad news for American consumers and entrepreneurs. It would slam these businesses with regulations because it would allow states to require … More

    Morning Bell: Remember the Economy? It's Still Bad

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    According to a poll earlier this year, voters have a higher opinion of cockroaches than Congressmen. President Obama’s personal popularity remains solid, but his job approval rating is going down. Why are our elected officials unpopular? It might just be because they are not listening. In poll after poll, the … More