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  • Yearly Archives: 2013

    Morning Bell: Jim DeMint's First Day As Heritage President

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    Dear patriots, Today is my first full day as president of The Heritage Foundation, and the first thing I want to do is thank my predecessor Ed Feulner for the institution he has built over the past 36 years. The second thing I will do is tell you that we … More

    VIDEO: North Korea Is Capable of "Incredible Destruction"

    North Korea’s threats should be countered with reassuring signals of resolve, said Heritage’s Bruce Klingner on PBS “NewsHour.” “We’re sending a signal to North Korea that we will defend our South Korean allies, we have the capabilities to do so, and we have the resolve to do so,” said Klingner. … More

    U.S. Calls for Investigation of Cuban Opposition Leader’s Death

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    Recent remarks by Spanish official Ángel Carromero in The Washington Post are shedding new light on the events that resulted in the death of Cuban dissident and human rights activist Oswaldo Payá. Carromero was driving the vehicle in which Payá was traveling along with two other passengers in July 2012 … More

    Medicare Advantage Survives—for Now

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    There seems to be much confusion surrounding the recent drama of Medicare Advantage’s (MA) 2014 payment rate. Here’s what happened: In February, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its advance notice of estimates of the national per capita Medicare Advantage (MA) growth percentage, which is a key … More

    Administration Rules Out "Deals" on Medicaid Expansion

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    Last Friday afternoon, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a short frequently asked questions (FAQ) document that should remove any remaining belief that the federal government will give state lawmakers flexibility on the Obamacare Medicaid expansion. The message is clear: The only thing a state that agrees … More

    Kansas Legislators Take on the Teachers Unions

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    Union contracts often pick winners and losers in the workplace. However, teachers unions may soon lose the power to pick losers—at least in Kansas. Legislators there are considering giving unionized teachers the option of negotiating for themselves. The pain of union control is illustrated by Bria Klotz, a former sixth-grade … More

    Expected Run on High-Skilled Visas Another Reminder of Needed Reform

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    The fate of many high-skilled workers seeking to come and work in the U.S. may be left up to luck of the draw this year. On Monday, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began accepting applications for a popular high-skilled worker visa, known as the H-1B. By Friday, the agency … More

    Kristol and Gillespie: Time to Get Serious on Missile Defense

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    On Fox News Sunday’s panel discussion on the North Korean situation, Republican strategist Ed Gillespie voiced concerns over the Obama Administration’s having “flipped on missile defense,” citing its 2009 reversal of the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) program President Bush initiated. Gillespie commended the Administration’s recommitment to 14 GMD interceptors in … More

    National Financial Capability Month: Is President Obama Setting a Good Example?

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    Last week, the President declared April 2013 National Financial Capability Month in an effort to encourage Americans to budget responsibly. This is a commendable goal. However, with the President’s budget more than two months late, it’s worth considering how the President is managing the nation’s finances: He grew the national … More

    Loose Language in Reid’s Gun Control Bill Allows the Beginnings of a National Gun Registry

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    As Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) must know, Americans who own firearms have a special sensitivity to a “Big Brother” federal government that wants to keep centralized records on who owns what guns and where in America. Loose language in his gun control bill (S. 649) could start America … More