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  • Monthly Archives: April 2013

    North Korea's Smuggling Ring

    North Korea raises hundreds of millions of dollars through smuggling illegal drugs and counterfeit goods, accounting for 10 percent to 40 percent of the entire nation’s revenue and supporting the country’s nuclear program, according to a CNN report featuring Heritage expert Bruce Klingner. “Kim Jong-un really sits atop of a … More

    Syria: Al-Qaeda Consolidates Its Influence

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    The leader of al-Qaeda’s Iraq branch, the Islamic State of Iraq, announced on Tuesday the formal merger of his organization and Jabhat al-Nusra (“Victory Front”), an al-Qaeda-controlled front group that has played a growing role inside Syria. Sheikh Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared, “It’s now time to declare in front of … More

    The Outrageous Statements of Obama's EPA Nominee

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    Today the Senate held a confirmation hearing for Gina McCarthy, President Obama’s nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Heritage has provided its own questions for nominee McCarthy. If confirmed, and if her past statements are indicative of future actions, McCarthy’s tenure at the EPA will continue to lead … More

    Obama Budget Increases Taxpayer Funding of Abortion

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    President Obama’s fiscal year (FY) 2014 budget released yesterday persists in entangling taxpayer dollars in the abortion industry. Obama’s budget includes $327 million for Title X family planning programs, a more than $30 million increase over last year’s request. Title X is one of a number of sources of government … More

    Americans Continue to Oppose Obamacare’s HHS Mandate

    Health and Human Services Department (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

    On Monday, hundreds of thousands of public comments flooded the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), as individuals and groups expressed concern with the Obama Administration’s continued trampling on a fundamental freedom. Many public comments expressed continued opposition to the coercive HHS mandate that requires almost all employers to … More

    Morning Bell: 5 Things to Know About the Obama Budget

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    President Obama finally released his budget yesterday—more than two months late. Heritage experts immediately went to work analyzing the mounds of new spending on education, manufacturing, “clean energy,” infrastructure, and small business. But the President didn’t stop at more of the same failed stimulus and Solyndra-type policies. He also piled … More

    The Obama Budget in One Infographic

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    President Obama released his 2014 budget more than 60 days late. Heritage’s team of policy experts spent the better part of yesterday combing through it to discover proposals that impose new taxes on Americans, expand the size of the federal government, and further erode individual freedom and our national defense. … More

    Heritage Analysts: What We Saw in Venezuela

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    The situation encountered by Heritage analysts on the ground in Venezuela last week was of a country that has been looted and is falling apart—literally and figuratively. The once thriving nightlife of downtown Caracas is but a distant memory. These days the streets are deserted, surrendered to gangsters and narcotraffickers. … More

    China’s Egregious Human Rights Record

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    Human rights advocates stressed the importance of U.S. leadership in fighting violations of liberty in China in testimony before a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee in advance of Secretary of State John Kerry’s trip to Beijing. Chen Guangcheng, a renowned human rights advocate and former prisoner in China, told Congress the … More

    Conservative Chileans Appreciated Margaret Thatcher

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    The death of Margaret Thatcher received extensive media coverage in Chile, proving that the “Dama de Hierro” (“Iron Lady”) is still capable of stirring powerful emotions among Chileans—of irritation among her opponents and admiration from her supporters. Her passing occurred while Heritage economic experts were in Santiago to present results … More