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  • Monthly Archives: June 2013

    Cloakroom: Immigration Hits the Senate Floor

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    House Cloakroom: June 10 – 14 Analysis: This week, the House will take up its annual authorization of the Department of Defense. This bill will lay out the programs and policies for the department for the 2014 fiscal year that Congress will later fund through the appropriations process. The Heritage … More

    Susan Rice to NSC: Obama Goes All In on Failed Policies

    Susan Rice

    President Obama’s jarring choice of former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice to be the Administration’s new National Security Adviser showcases the President’s willingness to ride off a foreign policy cliff hand in hand with his ideological soul mate. In choosing Rice, the President fired a political shot … More

    Buyer Beware: Secretary Kerry and Venezuela

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    On the margins of the general assembly of the Organization of American States in Guatemala, Secretary of State John Kerry met with Venezuela’s foreign minister, Elias Jaua, representing the democratically challenged and crisis-prone government of Nicolas Maduro, handpicked successor of the late Hugo Chavez and self-proclaimed victor of the April … More

    Maintain Resolve on Conditions for Engaging North Korea

    Korean Central News Agency via Korean News Service

    North Korea is in the news again and, surprisingly, it’s not because of yet another nuclear threat against the U.S. or its allies. North Korea will figure prominently in two sets of meetings: today’s U.S.–China summit between President Obama and Xi Jinping and resumed inter-Korean talks this weekend. The media … More

    Immigration: Getting No RESULTS

    Senator John Cornyn (Photo credit: Jay Mallin/ZUMA Press/Newscom)

    Senator John Cornyn (R–TX) will propose an amendment to the Senate immigration bill entitled “Requiring Enforcement, Security and safety, & Upgrading Legitimate Trade and travel Simultaneously” (RESULTS). It should really be called the “NO-RESULTS” amendment. The amendment raises constitutional concerns and fails to solve the enforcement problems in the bill. … More

    Austerity and Stimulus: A Response to The Washington Post

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    Journalists should check with both sides before committing pen to paper, especially those at respectable outlets like The Washington Post. It would have served Post reporter Dylan Matthews well if he had followed this dictum. In a blog post, Matthews attempted to refute testimony I gave before the Senate Budget … More

    House Committee's National Defense Authorization Act: A First Peek

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    Yesterday, the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) passed the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to fund U.S. forces. The Heritage Foundation recently set 10 issues that can improve U.S. security and advance its alliance relationships. While the HASC hasn’t released its full report yet, here are some of the … More

    Four Words to Watch in the Immigration Debate

    The Senate Judiciary Committee works on the immigration bill. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/Newscom)

    The Senate will begin debate on the Gang of Eight’s immigration proposal next week. Here are four words to watch out for as the Senators make their case—and warnings about what they might mean. 1. COST “Cost” is one word that should come up in the immigration debate, because the … More

    Turkey: Erdogan’s Reality Check

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    Has Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan finally worn out his welcome? The anti-government protests that began last Friday in Taksim Square against Erdogan’s increasingly authoritarian leadership could become the start of a “Turkish Spring.” At the very least, if Erdogan does not implement serious reforms and address the widespread … More

    Burma: Drawing the Line on Military Relations

    Strunin Anatoly Itar-Tass Photos/Newscom

    Late last night, the House Armed Services Committee drew a line on American military relations with Burma. The committee passed an amendment to the annual National Defense Authorization Act offered by Representative Trent Franks (R–AZ) expressing the sense of Congress that “the Department of Defense should fully consider and assess … More