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  • Monthly Archives: May 2013

    Europe Must Confront Hezbollah’s Growing Threat

    MAZEN MAHDI/EPA/Newscom

    Hezbollah, a Lebanon-based Shia terrorist organization, engages in numerous illicit activities around the world, particularly in the Middle East, Europe, South America, and the United States. A close observer of Hezbollah, the Washington Institute’s Matthew Levitt, discussed how Hezbollah’s criminal network is expanding: An extensive 2011 Drug Enforcement Agency investigation … More

    Protect America Month 2013

    Protect America Month Series

    Even as the U.S. withdraws from Iraq and Afghanistan, the world has certainly not become a safer place. North Korea continues to advance its ballistic missile capabilities, the conflict in Syria has grown increasingly violent, and Iran threatens the U.S. constantly with its developing nuclear program and its daily barrage … More

    See Something, Say Nothing: Benghazi Accountability Report Under Scrutiny

    U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens. (Photo: Newscom)

    The State Department inspector general made news Thursday with the revelation that the office is looking into the report produced by the Benghazi Accountability Review Board (ARB) in December on the terrorist attack on a U.S. facility in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012. Most shocking is the allegation that … More

    Obama: There Will Be “Bumps” and “Glitches” in Obamacare

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    In light of negative comments made by Congressional Democrats, President Obama discussed the implementation of Obamacare at a press conference this week, explaining that “even if we do everything perfectly, there’ll still be, you know, glitches and bumps, and there’ll be stories that can be written that says, oh, look, … More

    Housing Finance Nominee: Expect Big Government Housing Policies Doomed to Fail

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    President Obama nominated Representative Mel Watt (D–NC) as new chief regulator to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), replacing the current acting director Edward DeMarco. Watt has strong support from liberals in both the House and the Senate as a longtime member of the House Financial Services Committee and advocate … More

    Missile Defense: Lamborn and Franks’s Four-Point Plan

    Visitors look at a SS-18 SATAN intercontinental ballistic missile at the Strategic Missile Forces museum near Pervomaysk

    In a recent editorial piece in the Washington Examiner, Representatives Doug Lamborn (R–CO) and Trent Franks (R–AZ) propose a four-point plan to strengthen and advance America’s missile defense system. Their plan reflects what Heritage has always advocated: Missile defense is critical to national security. The plan’s four points outline a … More

    The Gang of Eight Immigration Bill, Explained in One Infographic

    What's Wrong with the Gang of Eight's Bill?

    Senators return to Washington next week to debate the Gang of Eight’s comprehensive immigration bill. Heritage President Jim DeMint has said the bill is “unfair, it costs too much, and it’s going to make the problem worse.” We’ve put together an infographic that explains some of the major problems with … More

    WATCH: Google+ Hangout on What the Internet Sales Tax Means for You

    Catesby Jones has declared war on  the Internet sales tax. As president of the 28-year-old clothing company Peace Frogs, his business relies on Internet purchases to stay profitable. Compliance with the so-called Marketplace Fairness Act could put him out of business — or at least create a regulatory compliance nightmare. “This … More

    The Unknown Cost of Federal Student Loans

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    Starting July 1, interest rates on federal student loans are set to rise from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent. As Congress again considers preventing the interest rate on federal student loans from doubling, the cost to taxpayers should be a central issue. However, in a recent Issue Brief, Heritage analyst … More

    Solar Energy Embarrassingly Less Productive than Coal

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    A map recently released by the Solar Foundation highlights the industry’s claim that 119,000 Americans are now employed in the solar industry. Its authors exclaim, “The United States solar industry employs more workers than coal mining.” What the map doesn’t touch on is whether solar energy is the most economical … More