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  • Monthly Archives: May 2013

    Secretary Kerry Fumbles at the African Union

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    Boko Haram, the Islamist insurgency in Nigeria, was called a terrorist organization by Secretary of State John Kerry last week. At the 50th anniversary Summit for the African Union celebrations, Secretary Kerry referred to Boko Haram not as a “terrorist group” in typical State Department–approved terms but as an outright … More

    U.S. International Broadcasting and Public Diplomacy Should Be Bipartisan

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    The news that the White House has sought to replace the only Republican currently serving on the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), former U.S. ambassador to Poland Victor Ashe, has made many sit up and pay attention. It is rare that Americans get passionate about the BBG, which oversees all … More

    Medicare Trustees Report Gives Seniors, Taxpayers a Bleak Future

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    The 2013 Medicare trustees report reconfirms a basic fact: Seniors and taxpayers face a bleak future. The trustees project that Medicare’s share of the economy will almost triple over the next 75 years, forcing higher taxes to pay for an ever growing program. The recent slowdown in health care spending … More

    The IRS, Obamacare, and You: The Government Is Coming for Your Health Insurance Records

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    Thanks to Obamacare, all Americans will now have to submit their health insurance information to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Sadly, this new requirement comes at the same time that serious questions have been raised about the IRS’s ability to manage personal health records competently. As American Enterprise Institute scholar … More

    Arrest Made in Attack on French Soldier Suggests Homegrown Radicalization

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    Shortly before 6 p.m. last Saturday, French soldier Cedric Cordier was patrolling the underground arcade of bustling shops beneath the famed La Grande Arche de la Defense in Paris when he was approached by an unidentified assailant. Without provocation, the assailant plunged a short blade into Cordier’s neck, narrowly missing … More

    The National Guard, Supporting Local Efforts in Tornado Relief

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    In response to the tornado that struck the Moore, Oklahoma, area last week, the National Guard mobilized 250 personnel to assist state and local response forces. The Guard brought unique capabilities critical to restoring security and safety in the devastated area. The people of Oklahoma—and the United States—owe a great … More

    Heritage Briefing: Internet Sales Tax

    With talk heating up for Congress to create an Internet sales tax, Heritage pulled in leading telecommunication and tax experts yesterday for a Capitol Hill briefing on the potential fallout that the misnamed Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA) could have on e-commerce. Katie McAuliffe, federal affairs manager for Americans for Tax … More

    Amnesty Insanity: Doing the Same Thing and Expecting a Better Result

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    While debating the amnesty provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986, then-Senator Alan Simpson (R–WY) stated on the floor of the Senate that “this is it. This is a generous Nation responding; instead of going hunting for you and going through the anguish of that in … More

    Congressional Budget Office Should Forecast Long-Term Cost of Amnesty

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    With the Congressional Budget Office preparing to release a cost estimate for the Senate’s Gang of Eight bill in the coming days, a key Republican lawmaker yesterday insisted that any projection look beyond the 10-year budget window to fully understand the magnitude of granting amnesty to 11 million illegal immigrants. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), ranking member … More

    Morning Bell: Q&A on Scandals and Eric Holder

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    Attorney General Eric Holder is head of the Department of Justice—in charge of enforcing the nation’s laws. So what happens when the head law enforcer gets caught up in questionable conduct? The Obama Administration is under scrutiny for the scandals of the IRS targeting conservative groups and the Justice Department … More