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  • Monthly Archives: August 2013

    Is Congress Too Good for Obamacare?

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    For the past few months, members of Congress and their staffs have been discussing behind closed doors the worrying proposition that they will be forced off their popular health insurance program and onto the federal insurance exchanges set up under Obamacare. Those concerns reached a fevered pitch this week as … More

    Mali Needs More Than Imperfect Elections

    Former Malian Prime Minister and presidential candidate Ibrahim Bboubacar Keita (C) (HABIBOU KOUYATE/AFP/Getty Images/Newscom)

    The first round of elections held over the weekend in Mali were hastily declared free and fair by the French and the international community quickly followed suit. Thankfully, they were also largely peaceful. However, substantial electoral irregularities could undermine future stability and raise questions about the legitimacy of the new … More

    Critics Resort to Canned Rhetoric in Goldman Sachs Attack

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    Goldman Sachs and other big banks have been accused of costing American consumers more than $5 billion over the past three years through its dealings in the obscure business of warehousing aluminum. These dealings were the subject of a Senate hearing on July 23. The rhetoric level was high, exemplified … More

    China Maritime Challenge Not Going Away

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      Chinese news reports today indicate that Chinese Communist Party (CCP) General Secretary Xi Jinping (who is also the president of China), at a study session of the CCP Politburo (the Party’s top leadership), emphasized the importance of maritime power. This is not a newfound interest but instead reflects a … More

    Expiration of Trade Preference Program Means Higher Prices

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    On July 31, the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) expired. GSP is a program that waives tariffs on thousands of products that Americans import from developing countries. In 2012, the program reduced tariffs by $742 million. As House Ways and Means chairman Dave Camp (R–MI) observed, “GSP provides important benefits … More

    Sustaining the Navy Surface Fleet

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    The House Armed Services Readiness and Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittees are holding a joint hearing today to discuss the future of the Navy’s surface fleet. The Navy is currently juggling sequestration, the pivot to the Asia–Pacific, and unforeseen requirements in the Persian Gulf. Meanwhile, the sea service is also … More

    Déjà Vu? How Senate Immigration Bill Is Obamacare All Over Again

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    It has been said those who refuse to learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Will that be the case with the immigration debate playing out on Capitol Hill? Take Senator Chuck Schumer (D–NY): When people see what is in this bill and when people see what it does, … More

    NYC Soda Ban Shot Down Again: Bad Day for the Food Police

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    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other self-appointed nutrition czars are probably very upset. The New York Supreme Court Appellate Division, First Department, unanimously upheld a lower court’s decision that the New York City soda ban is unconstitutional. The Ban In the words of the court, “The Sugary Drinks … More

    Rubio on Defunding Obamacare: "We Have to Do This" (VIDEO)

    Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) appeared on Fox News’ “Hannity” last night to urge conservatives to defund Obamacare. “This is the last, best chance,” he warned. “We have to do this.” Rubio said no issue is a bigger threat to the U.S. economy than the President’s unpopular and unworkable health-care law. The … More

    Heritage Book Fair Raises $2,726 for Wounded Warriors

    The Heritage Foundation's Wounded Warrior Book Fair

    While cleaning out her office of old materials, Heritage’s Becky Norton Dunlop noticed the extensive collection of books for which she no longer had any room. They covered a wide range of topics—economics, foreign policy, political theory, and more. Many were written by prominent authors, some were signed, and others … More