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  • Monthly Archives: May 2013

    Congress Takes a Positive First Step to Address Overcriminalization

    Newscom

    On Tuesday, Congress took a definite step in the right direction toward addressing the serious problem of overcriminalization by announcing the creation of a bipartisan House Committee on the Judiciary Over-Criminalization Task Force of 2013. The task force, which will be chaired by Representative James Sensenbrenner (R–WI), will consist of … More

    WATCH: The Bloggers Briefing on the $6.3 Trillion Cost of Amnesty

    Michael Sandoval

    Robert Rector, author of Heritage’s new study projecting a $6.3 trillion cost for amnesty, will speak at The Bloggers Briefing today at noon ET. The event will be webcast. In addition, Representative Richard Hudson (R-NC) will provide an update of goings-on in the House. Hudson was elected last November to represent … More

    Tomorrow’s Army Shouldn’t Have to Rely on Yesterday’s Technology

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    A recent report illustrates how miles of red tape are hindering the nation’s ability to properly fund and equip the military. The Army Science Board’s report on the strategic direction of the U.S. Army’s science and technology (S&T) efforts warned that the Army’s 2012 S&T Master Plan “lacks an S&T … More

    To Prevent Another Factory Tragedy, Bangladesh Should Embrace Economic Freedom

    Sumon Yusuf/Polaris/Newscom

    Over the past two weeks, the world has looked on in shock and horror as the mangled bodies of Bangladeshi garment workers were pulled from the rubble of their collapsed factory. To date, over 600 people have been killed. So far, much of the blame has been directed at the … More

    GUEST POST: Defending American Interests Through a Strong Navy and Air Force

    Randy-Forbes

    After more than a decade of intensive ground combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. military is facing a security environment very different from that which defined the first years of the 21st century. The threats facing the United States abroad are increasingly maritime in nature, whether it’s China’s aggressive … More

    Debt Limit and Tax Reform: Both Important, But On Their Own

    Newscom

      Press reports link the coming debt limit debate with the building effort for tax reform. The debt limit and tax reform are both important, but the connection ends there, as it should. Suggestions that some sort of fast-track procedure for tax reform might be the conservative “ask” in exchange … More

    Morning Bell: Amnesty Would Cost Taxpayers $6.3 Trillion

    What is the goal of immigration reform? As Heritage President Jim DeMint put it yesterday, “Any immigration reform should improve the lives, the incomes, and the opportunities” of those who are lawfully in America. The Gang of Eight’s amnesty proposal does the opposite by burdening taxpayers with supporting unlawful immigrants. … More

    U.S. Military Communications Should Not Be Running over Chinese Satellites

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    News has leaked that U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) uses China’s APSTAR-7 satellite for transmitting some of its communications, which means some American military communications are passing through Chinese satellites. There are probably two reasons for this. In the first place, the U.S. military is a massive bandwidth user. The various … More

    Critics Looking at Old Data Instead of New Heritage Research on Amnesty

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    Some proponents of comprehensive immigration reform (including amnesty) are trying to find support for their position in Heritage Foundation papers from long ago. In the first paper they point to, from March 2006, Heritage rejected amnesty but also considered the economic effects of immigration. Since that time, there are two … More

    Amnesty and the Welfare State Don’t Mix

    Heritage’s highly anticipated report on the cost of amnesty, released earlier today, puts the price tag at $6.3 trillion—a figure that becomes available as the Senate prepares for a May 9 markup of the “comprehensive” immigration reform bill proposed by the “Gang of Eight.” Heritage, the only organization that has … More