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  • Yearly Archives: 2013

    Booze, Pole Dancing, and Luxurious Hotels: Top 10 Examples of Government Waste in 2013

    The latest budget deal, passed by a bipartisan majority in both the House and the Senate, suggests that Washington agrees with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) when she said that “the cupboard is bare. There’s no more cuts to make.” The cupboard, however, is overflowing with liquor, crystal glassware, … More

    The United States Should Lead with Power and Purpose on China

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    Recently I posted here on China’s unprecedented military buildup and the reasons for it. The Chinese Communist leaders are pursuing a “coercive but non-kinetic” policy – essentially bullying the smaller countries in the region with the threat of armed conflict – and rapidly developing the means to deny the American military access to … More

    Bangladesh Crisis is a Chance to Right the Fight Against Islamism

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    In 1971, “George Harrison and Friends” took the stage at Madison Square Garden to raise funds for Bangladesh — a new nation plagued by disease, famine and unrest. Most Americans had not even heard of Bangladesh, but they responded to the need. On the night of the Concert for Bangladesh … More

    Time to Arrest Downward Spiral with India

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    US Secretary of State John Kerry’s expression of regret over the US arrest of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade is not enough to get relations back on an even keel. For the sake of the partnership, which Secretary Kerry himself has referred to as one of the most important for the … More

    The 10 Worst Regulations of 2013

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    There are many things 2013 will be remembered for, not least the miles of red tape that were imposed on Americans. It has been a very busy year indeed for regulators, who imposed new dictates on everything from the food we eat to the loans we obtain and the health … More

    The Research Papers You Relied on the Most in 2013

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    The Heritage Foundation is dedicated to policy research of the utmost intellectual integrity. This year featured debates on a wide range of policy issues, and Heritage’s research played an important role on Capitol Hill and throughout America. Here are the five most popular research papers from 2013. How Will You … More

    A&E Reverses Duck Dynasty Decision, Welcomes Phil Robertson Back

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    Fans of Duck Dynasty can breathe a sigh of relief. Phil Robertson, who was suspended indefinitely last week for saying he believed homosexuality was sinful, has been reinstated by A&E. After Robertson was suspended for comments made in a GQ interview, the public responded with outrage that the TV network … More

    Awaiting a Season for Civility

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    Do you think it’s too late for a Christmas gift idea? Not for the one I have in mind. It’s something you can give right now to anyone you like. It’s something that’s sorely needed in policy circles and political debates; namely, civility. Alas, what we’re seeing in the marketplace … More

    5 Posts That Inspired You This Year

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    2013 was a great year for The Foundry. Here are the top five posts that inspired you the most. 13 Tax Increases in 2013 New Year’s Day [2013] was tough for taxpayers. Thirteen tax increases kicked in. The deal that Congress and President Obama struck that finally—but only partially—avoided the fiscal cliff … More

    Your Money in Pictures: The Top 5 Charts of 2013

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    As part of our countdown to the new year, here are Heritage’s top five must-see charts of 2013. 5. What If a Typical Family Spent Money Like the Federal Government? While middle-class families are still plagued by a sluggish recovery in the Obama economy, this is what their finances would … More