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  • Monthly Archives: April 2013

    The Boston Bombings and Immigration

    Newscom

    As tempting as it might be for anyone in Washington to find some way to spin the tragic events of the Boston bombings to advance their legislative agenda on Capitol Hill—they ought to think twice. That particularly goes for all sides in the immigration debate. We’re chagrined, therefore, that some … More

    DeMint on Immigration: "Incomprehensible, Comprehensive Bills" Not the Solution

    The Heritage Foundation

    Both the process and the content of the current immigration bill violate America’s core principles and legacy of immigration, according to Heritage President Jim DeMint. “This whole process is not really American, to take a few people and go behind closed doors and then come out and suddenly have it … More

    The Philippines, an American Ally, Requires Continued Support

    DENNIS M. SABANGAN/EPA/Newscom

    The armed forces of the United States and the Philippines conducted the 29th annual Balikatan joint military exercises April 5 through April 17. These military exercises are the largest and most significant joint military operations between the U.S. and Filipino militaries. The exercises are “a signature element” of the “two … More

    Top-Down Cybersecurity Regulations: An Outdated Solution

    Newscom

    Cybersecurity is a hot issue, and with the House of Representatives’s approval of the controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) this week it is likely to get hotter. As of last night, groups opposing the bill had collected over 100,000 signatures asking the President to make good on … More

    Keeping Judges Out of the Foreign Policy Arena

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    This week, the Supreme Court issued a historic decision that will help prevent U.S. courts (and activist judges) from interfering in foreign policy issues that are—and should be—the constitutional prerogative of the executive and legislative branches. Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum involved the Alien Tort Statute (ATS), which was passed … More

    Immigration Bill Is a Trojan Horse for Spending

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    The contentious immigration bill (S. 744) put together by the Senate Gang of Eight is a spending Trojan Horse with several provisions that simply declare open season on spending, allowing agencies to spend “as necessary.” The bill exploits a loophole in the Budget Control Act (BCA) that allows Congress to … More

    Hagel Announces Deployment of U.S. Troops to Jordan in Response to Worsening Syria Crisis

    Massimo Pizzotti Stock Connection Worldwide/Newscom

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Wednesday that he has ordered the deployment of U.S. troops to work with Jordan’s military to “improve readiness and prepare for a number of scenarios” related to Syria. The Army will send up to 200 personnel, including intelligence and communications specialists, from the headquarters of … More

    General Amos: Marine Corps “Will Be Very, Very Strained” by Sequestration

    Marines-Okinawa

    At a House Armed Services Committee hearing this week, U.S. Marine Corps Commandant General James Amos admitted that the Marines will be “very, very strained to be a one-MCO [major contingency operation] Marine Corps” under sequestration budget cuts. MCOs refer to the ability to engage in a major war or … More

    Electric Cars and Crony Federalism

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    Competition is good—but only when it encourages a “race to the top.” That’s true in business and among the states as well. Competition can encourage policy innovation. For example, Pennsylvania carefully (but reasonably) regulates hydraulic fracturing, and it is reaping the benefits as companies create jobs by safely extracting oil … More

    Chechnya: A Troubled Land

    News out of Boston today has focused attention on the increasing extremist violence in Russia’s North Caucasus region, as two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings have been identified as Chechnya natives. Russia’s Northern Caucasus is one of the most volatile, lawless regions in the world and a hotbed of … More