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  • Monthly Archives: August 2013

    Parents, Not Government, Know How to Feed Their Children

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    Some Members of Congress think they are better parents than you are. Under the tax code, companies are able to take deductions for business expenses, including marketing. Recently, however, Representative Rosa DeLauro (D–CT) introduced H.R. 2831, which would prohibit businesses from taking tax deductions for marketing “food of poor nutritional … More

    Left Claims 80 Percent of Americans "Economically Insecure"

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    Eighty percent of U.S. adults are “economically insecure,” according to media reports of a new study. But just what is “economic insecurity”? Are most Americans experiencing severe hardship? The measure of “economic insecurity” used by the researcher, Mark Rank of Washington University in Missouri, gives no understanding of a household’s … More

    What Everybody Ought to Know About Obamacare

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    Obamacare: It’s unfair, unaffordable, and unworkable. So it’s no surprise that Organizing for Action, President Obama’s campaign group, is aggressively posting on all of its media outlets to try to hide the truth about Obamacare. Just last week, the group blasted out emails and tweets to activists encouraging them to … More

    Subsidies and Taxes Complicate the Future of Nuclear Power

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    Rising maintenance costs and a sharp decrease in natural gas prices have put the future of some nuclear power plants into question. But other plants face retirement under the burden of specific taxes and anti-competitive green energy subsidies. Mark Cooper, a senior fellow at the Vermont Law School, recently published … More

    The West Condemns Flawed Elections in Zimbabwe

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    Sadly, history has a tendency of repeating itself in Zimbabwe. Once again, while Robert Mugabe’s regional friends have accepted the Zimbabwean elections, the West has deemed them deeply flawed. Unlike the violent 2008 election, last week’s balloting in Zimbabwe was largely peaceful. This led many African governments—in addition to the … More

    U.S. Embassies Remain Closed: 5 Heritage Must-Reads on Counterterrorism

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    Twenty U.S. embassies and consulates remain closed throughout the Middle East, Africa, and Asia this week. The State Department says that “current information suggests that al-Qaida and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks both in the region and beyond, and that they may focus efforts to conduct attacks in … More

    Murkowski Pushes for Natural Gas Exports

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    The Department of Energy (DOE) approved its third application to export natural gas a day after Senator Lisa Murkowski (R–AK) released a white paper calling for the Administration and the DOE to quit stalling on permits. As Senator Murkowski said in her press release: We’ve carefully examined the issue of … More

    Iran's Covert Cyber War

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    Over the weekend, Hassan Rowhani, a former top nuclear negotiator, was officially sworn in as Iran’s new president. Unfortunately, there are no indications that he will curtail Iran’s nuclear or cyber activities. While most are concerned with the military implications of Tehran’s expanding nuclear program, there is little focus on … More

    Al-Qaeda Hub: East Africa

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    Four U.S. embassies in sub-Saharan Africa—in Burundi, Madagascar, Mauritius, and Rwanda—remain closed this week in addition to the embassy closures in the Middle East and North Africa. Concerns over terrorist plots in east Africa are not new to the region: 15 years ago today—August 7, 1998—the U.S. embassies in Kenya … More

    Government Watchdog to Investigate Planned Parenthood Funding

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    The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has agreed to investigate the use of federal funds by Planned Parenthood. The probe was announced by Representatives Diane Black (R–TN), Pete Olson (R–TX), Chris Smith (R–NJ), and Senator David Vitter (R–LA). The announcement comes as Planned Parenthood, which received more than half a billion … More