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  • Monthly Archives: August 2013

    Q&A on Benghazi Criminal Charges

    AFP PHOTOSTR/AFP/GettyImages/Newscom

    Heritage’s Charlotte Florance sat down with us to answer questions about the criminal charges filed in the terrorist attack on Americans in Benghazi, Libya. Q. Who are the criminal charges filed against? A. We don’t know all the suspects’ names, but the one confirmed is Ahmed Abu Khattalah, founder of … More

    Administration Disregards the Law and Gives Special Obamacare Deal to Congress

    Pat Benic/UPI/Newscom

    This morning, the Obama Administration released a proposed rule by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) that has the effect of allowing Members of Congress and their staffs to buy health insurance coverage in the new exchanges (as required by Obamacare) and use the large, tax-free subsidy that they receive … More

    Visiting Yasukuni War Memorial Stirs Controversy in Asia–Pacific

    People visit the Yasukuni Shrine during the annual Mitama festival in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo: FRANCK ROBICHON/EPA/Newscom)

    August 15 marks the 68th anniversary of Japan’s surrender in World War II. It is also a day when some Japanese politicians pay respect to those who have died fighting in the service of Japan and whose souls they believe are housed at Yasukuni Shrine (literally translated “Shrine of a … More

    Q&A on Embassy Closings and Terrorist Threats

    Egyptian protesters tear down the US flag at the US embassy in Cairo (Newscom)

    James Carafano, Heritage’s vice president for foreign and defense policy and the E. W. Richardson Fellow, sat down with us to answer some frequently asked questions about the recent terrorist threats, embassy closures, and National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance programs. Q. Is the threat against U.S. embassies credible? A. Yes. … More

    Family Fact of the Week: The Transforming Power of Fatherhood


    In their new book Gender and Parenthood, Brad Wilcox and Kathleen Kovner Kline squarely face a current cultural trend that portrays the father as an optional family figure and heralds the concept of gender-neutral parenting. Gleaning the results from the latest research, the authors document the unique role that fathers … More

    How Are We Losing the War on Poverty?

    August 22, 1996 Surrounded by bipartisan members of Congress, Governors, administrative officials and former welfare recipients, President Bill Clinton signs welfare reform legislation Thursday at the White House. Known as the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, the bill ends 60 years of guaranteed monetary assistance to the poor. The three former welfare recipients are (from left, all women, standing around the President): Lillie Harden from Arkansas, Penelope Howard from Deleware and Janet Ferrel from West Virginia.

    After trillions of dollars in welfare spending, “we’re losing the War on Poverty,” said Representative Paul Ryan (R–WI) last week. In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson launched the famous “War on Poverty,” putting into place a multitude of government means-tested welfare programs and kicking off what has come to a … More

    5 Immigration Questions


    During the August congressional recess, a pro-amnesty coalition of business and union interests is putting the squeeze on members of the House of Representatives to pass a “comprehensive immigration reform” bill similar to the Senate-passed monstrosity. But hard-working Americans also have a voice and can speak up in town halls … More

    Obama: End Fannie and Freddie, but Keep Government in Housing Business

    Camilla Zenz/Zuma Press/Newscom

    President Obama lent his voice today to the growing consensus in Washington that federally sponsored housing giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac must go. While this is a welcome stance, he also called for new government guarantees for the housing finance market, which would only perpetuate the dangerous taxpayer subsidy … More

    Senate Majority Leader: “We’re Through” Making Defense a Priority

    Lauren Victoria Burke/WDCPIX.COM

    Senator Harry Reid (D–NV) made it quite clear that he no longer views defense as a priority: “We are not going to be gamed by having the military programs funded at a much higher level than Head Start program, or the National Institute of Health. We’re not going to do … More

    Zero Dark Giggles: Baby Deer Gets the SWAT Team Treatment

    A Deer (Solent News / Splash News/Newscom)

    An otherwise quiet day in Kenosha, Wisconsin, was interrupted by the shrill sound of police sirens. Thirteen armed law enforcement personnel surrounded a barn on the outskirts of town, prepared to confront a wanted fugitive. Equipped with aerial recon photos, armed agents entered the premises, found their target, and hauled … More