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  • Monthly Archives: April 2013

    How Heritage Is Studying the Costs of Immigration

    Heritage's Robert Rector, who helped write the 1996 welfare reform law.

    In discussing comprehensive immigration reform in recent days, some commentators have discussed The Heritage Foundation’s previous and anticipated work looking at the costs of unlawful immigration and amnesty. Heritage’s Robert Rector, who helped spearhead welfare reform in the 1990s and is one of the nation’s top experts on government assistance … More

    Asia’s Persistent Drug Problem Could Hit Home

    WAQAR HUSSEIN/EPA/Newscom

    Drug wars have plagued Asia for decades, and the drug problem continues to stem the tide of economic growth and development in the region. A recent study released by the United Nations noted that Afghanistan, the number one opium producer in the world, may soon be producing over 90 percent … More

    Alabama Should Lead on Rejecting National Standards

    Andre Jenny Stock Connection Worldwide/Newscom

    Alabama has the opportunity to reclaim its education decision-making authority. It took the first steps toward doing so last week, when the Senate Education Committee approved a measure that would withdraw the Yellowhammer State from the Common Core State Standards Initiative—a push to nationalize standards and assessments across the country. … More

    Morning Bell: Top 5 Problems with the "Comprehensive" Immigration Bill

    Kevin Dietsch/UPI/Newscom

    The good news is Congress cares about trying to fix our flawed immigration system and broken borders. The bad news is they want to do it with a solution that looks a lot like Obamacare—the “Gang of Eight” 844-page-plus “comprehensive” bill. The sad news is that such an “easy button” … More

    VIDEO: Sen. Mike Lee on Gun Control, Immigration and Internet Sales Tax

    Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) spoke at Heritage yesterday about winning public support for a conservative agenda for government. He joined Heritage’s Jackie Anderson afterward to talk about legislative battles in Congress: gun control, immigration reform, and the Internet sales tax. With two Senate immigration hearings having just concluded, Lee urged … More

    DeMint on Fox News: Gang of Eight Plan Won't Fix Immigration System

    On “Your World with Neil Cavuto” this afternoon, Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint talked about the Gang of Eight immigration bill and the cost of granting amnesty to illegal immigrants. DeMint called the plan a repeat of the failed 2007 comprehensive bill. “We shouldn’t do amnesty first because we cannot … More

    Venezuela: The Wrong President Takes Office

    EFE/David Fernandez/Newscom

    There is good reason to believe that Nicolas Maduro is not the legitimate president of Venezuela. Nonetheless Maduro was sworn into office on April 19 as Hugo Chavez’s handpicked successor after winning a tight presidential contest days before. In the April 14 election, Maduro claimed a narrow majority—235,000 votes out … More

    Internet Sales Tax Hits Consumers Online

    Newscom

    Opposition is rising against the Marketplace Fairness Act, which would allow states to impose sales taxes on online sales. Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), chairman of the Finance Committee, said it would violate the rights of citizens who choose to live in states without sales tax, like his home state of … More

    Earth Day: People Are Our Most Precious Resource

    Newscom

    Google is celebrating Earth Day with a doodle of sunny skies, mountain peaks, hills, and blue waters. Sure, it’s appropriate to celebrate this wonderful planet we call home. But Google—along with too many others—forgot the most important part of Earth Day: people. The best, most interested, and invested stewards of … More

    ATT Could Stymie Arms Export Control Reform

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    Reform of the U.S. arms export control took a major step forward this week when the Departments of State and Commerce released final rules governing aircraft and gas turbine engines. However, the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), which the Obama Administration voted to adopt at the United Nations earlier this month, … More