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  • Monthly Archives: October 2013

    This Obamacare Call-Center Operator Was Fired for Being Honest

    President Obama urged Americans to call the Obamacare phone hotline as a substitute for the non-functioning website during a speech in the Rose Garden this week. “You can talk to somebody directly and they can walk you through the application process,” Obama said. “Once you get on the phone with … More

    Lady Gaga and “The Walking Dead”? What Are College Students Learning These Days?

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    “The Fame Monster: The Cultural Politics of Lady Gaga”; “Blame It on the Bossa Nova: The Historical Transnational Phenomenon”; “The Sociology of the Living Dead: Zombie Films”; “Fairytales: Russia and the World.” No, these aren’t the names of the newest hit cable show—these are courses offered at accredited U.S. colleges … More

    American Blackout: What an EMP Would Look Like

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    “What would you do if the whole country went dark and you didn’t know if or when the power would be coming back?” National Geographic will explore this question on Sunday, October 27 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time in “American Blackout.” An “American Blackout” may occur due to a … More

    Remembering the Liberation of Grenada, 30 Years Later

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    On this day 30 years ago, the Reagan Administration launched the successful liberation of the tiny Caribbean island of Grenada. The military action was prompted by the coup and assassination of Grenada’s prime minister by Soviet- and Cuban-supported factions in his administration. A former British colony, Grenada had only recently … More

    Facebook Friends, Thanks a Million!

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    The Heritage Foundation just hit a major milestone on Facebook. Today, our page topped 1 million likes. Thanks to the support of so many of our Foundry readers, we were able to reach this goal. It took a dedicated effort over several years to get us to this point, but it … More

    Syria: Social Media Step in Where Journalists Must Fear to Tread

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    Informing the world about the atrocities of the civil war raging in Syria is deadly dangerous business. On October 15, yet another two reporters and their driver from the Abu Dhabi–based Sky News Arabia who had been sent out to cover Syria’s humanitarian crisis went missing near Aleppo. And last … More

    Competitive Federalism Forces States to Improve

    Where you live matters—in more than one way. As Time magazine reports, some states are known for being laid back, while others are more intense. The beauty of competitive federalism is that it creates a system where this range of emotions is possible. Economically, too, the states are in direct … More

    U.S. Allies Voice Alarm over Obama’s Middle East Policies

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    Saudi Arabia and Israel, two key U.S. allies, have publicly challenged the Obama Administration’s Middle East policies this week and expressed alarm over the unraveling of America’s reputation as a dependable ally. Both are understandably concerned that the Administration is succumbing to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s charm offensive and is … More

    The Story on November’s Food Stamps “Cuts”

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    The latest buzz about food stamps is that benefit amounts will be “cut” beginning November 1. But what is this “cut”? Basically, it’s the benefit amount returning to the level it would have otherwise been if not for the 2009 stimulus. In 2009, President Obama’s stimulus package temporarily pumped extra … More

    New Report on Why Social + Economic Conservatism Succeeds

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    Politico is highlighting a new report released yesterday by the American Principles Project (APP) that shows a majority of Americans support social conservatism. APP argues that a unified social and economic conservative platform is a winning electoral strategy. In the 2012 election, for example, in all four states that had … More