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    Four Words to Watch in the Immigration Debate

    The Senate Judiciary Committee works on the immigration bill. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/Newscom)

    The Senate will begin debate on the Gang of Eight’s immigration proposal next week. Here are four words to watch out for as the Senators make their case—and warnings about what they might mean. 1. COST “Cost” is one word that should come up in the immigration debate, because the … More

    Turkey: Erdogan’s Reality Check

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    Has Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan finally worn out his welcome? The anti-government protests that began last Friday in Taksim Square against Erdogan’s increasingly authoritarian leadership could become the start of a “Turkish Spring.” At the very least, if Erdogan does not implement serious reforms and address the widespread … More

    Burma: Drawing the Line on Military Relations

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    Late last night, the House Armed Services Committee drew a line on American military relations with Burma. The committee passed an amendment to the annual National Defense Authorization Act offered by Representative Trent Franks (R–AZ) expressing the sense of Congress that “the Department of Defense should fully consider and assess … More

    Offshore Wind: The New Math

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    The Bureau of Ocean Energy and Management (BOEM) recently provided some statistics on NRG’s Bluewater Wind project off the coast of New Jersey that show what a bad deal this project will be for taxpayers and consumers. NRG paid about $24,000 to lease 96,000 acres, which works out to about … More

    Treasury Employs Extraordinary Measures to Spend Beyond Debt Limit

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    After hitting the debt limit on March 19, the Treasury Department under Secretary Jack Lew is now employing its toolset of “extraordinary measures” to continue deficit spending without legally breaching the debt limit. It will provide about $260 billion in borrowing capacity, which should last beyond at least Labor Day, … More

    On Marriage, Inevitability Is a Choice We Can Reject

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    A new Pew opinion poll shows that a majority of Americans believe the redefinition of marriage is “inevitable.” We’ve heard “inevitable” language before, particularly from statists of all stripes. History is filled with supposedly “inevitable” causes that turned out not to be so. Nothing in life is inevitable except death … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Family and Religious Practice

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    Religious practice and the family are intricately intertwined, according to Mary Eberstadt, a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. Eberstadt studied the relationship between family and religious practice and describes their inter-dependence in her new book How the West Really Lost God. Eberstadt explains their relationship as “the … More

    WATCH: Update on Women in Afghanistan

    Today, Representatives Donna F. Edwards (D-MD) and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), the co-chairs of the Afghan Women’s Caucus, will address colleagues and friends at an event co-hosted by The Heritage Foundation and the United States Institute of Peace to discuss how important it is that the gains Afghan women have … More

    Deflating Hospitals’ Arguments for Obamacare Medicaid Expansion

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    The Obamacare Medicaid expansion debate continues in the states, and many hospitals are lobbying their state lawmakers to accept the expansion. The hospitals argue that because Obamacare cut their payments for charity care—so-called disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments—they need their states to expand Medicaid coverage so as to increase the … More

    National Organization for Marriage Chairman Testifies on IRS Abuses (VIDEO)

    Adding to the list of complaints involving the IRS, this week, John Eastman, chairman of the board for the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), testified before the House Committee on Ways and Means regarding last year’s illegal disclosure of the organization’s donors. The testimony comes at a time when the … More