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  • Monthly Archives: August 2013

    Eric Holder’s Mounting War Against Texas

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    In its mounting war against commonsense election integrity efforts, Eric Holder’s Justice Department announced today that it will be filing a new lawsuit against Texas, claiming that the state’s voter ID law “violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, as well as the voting guarantees of the Fourteenth and … More

    Fighting New Terror Threats Requires Defining Them

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    The way the U.S. President talks about terrorism matters. As chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, Representative Michael McCaul (R–TX), recently put it, “Great leaders do not tell their constituency what they want to hear; they tell them what they need to know.… The American people deserve to make … More

    Time to Transform the African Growth and Opportunity Act

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    U.S. trade with Africa is estimated to have generated about 100,000 jobs in the United States in the past 13 years, due to the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) of 2000. American and African officials recently met at the annual AGOA Forum in Ethiopia’s capital of Addis Ababa to … More

    When You Can't Actually Keep Your Health Care Plan

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    President Obama has said that his health care law largely doesn’t impact anyone who already has coverage. Tell that to all the people who are being dropped from their health plans. UPS made a news splash yesterday when it announced it is dropping coverage for spouses of employees if they … More

    U.S. Fleet Shrinks as China and India Build New Aircraft Carriers

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    India launched its new aircraft carrier last week, the 37,500-ton INS Vikrant. In response, a state-run Chinese newspaper called for more carriers in the People’s Liberation Army Navy fleet. Meanwhile, U.S. carriers—and the entire U.S. Navy—are struggling to meet fleet size requirements due to a chronically underfunded shipbuilding account and … More

    Doctors Without Borders: Unprecedented Departure from Somalia

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    Violent attacks against humanitarian aid workers in Somalia—and tolerance of the violence by Somali civilian leadership—is forcing Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières—MSF) to end its programs in the country. MSF has been serving continuously on a medical humanitarian mission in Somalia for over 22 years enduring tremendously high levels … More

    Emerging Markets Have Caught a “Fed Cold”

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    Stock prices and exchange rates in emerging markets such as India and Indonesia are taking a beating this week. The immediate cause is that the Federal Reserve just might reduce the gigantic amount of stimulus it’s been applying to the world economy. What’s really on display is the failure of … More

    Bradley Manning: A Disappointing Sentence

    Army Pfc. Bradley Manning (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images/Newscom)

    Well, that was disappointing. Military Judge Denise Lind, an Army colonel, sentenced 25-year-old Army Pfc. Bradley Manning to 35 years in prison, which was more than the 25 years his defense counsel asked for but less than the 60 years urged by the prosecutor—and much less than the 90-year sentence … More

    Defund Obamacare Tour Takes Dallas by Storm (PHOTOS)

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    Last night in Dallas, Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint spoke to a crowd of more than 1,000 about the movement to Defund Obamacare. He was joined by Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), the Senator’s father Rafael Cruz, and Heritage Action CEO Michael A. Needham.   The event was the second stop … More

    North Korea’s Crimes Against Humanity

    Statue of late North Korean President Kim Il Sung at Mansu Hill in Pyongyang

    The United Nations commission of inquiry on human rights abuses in North Korea began taking testimony from defectors in South Korea yesterday. It is the first U.N. commission to investigate whether North Korea’s human rights abuses could be classified as crimes against humanity. “Crimes against humanity” are legally defined as … More