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  • Yearly Archives: 2013

    Falkland Islands Vote to Remain British: Will Obama Listen?

    Yesterday, the Falkland Islanders went to the polls and voted in a historic referendum to remain a part of the United Kingdom as a British Overseas Territory. The vote was not even close. With a 92 percent voter turnout, 99.8 percent voted to stay British—only three residents voted otherwise. This … More

    WATCH: The Bloggers Briefing on Obamacare's 3rd Anniversary with Rep. Steve King

    Rep. Steve King (R-IA) joins us today for the Bloggers Briefing as we prepare to mark the third anniversary of Obamacare. He’s led the charge against the law in the U.S. House. He’ll also answer any other questions on your mind. Following his presentation, we’ll hear from the team from Breitbart News … More

    D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program: Opportunity and Return on Investment

    Joseph Kelley said his son Rashawn

    Very few government programs can claim a positive return on taxpayer investment. The D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (DCOSP) is one of them. Launched in 2004, the DCOSP provides scholarships of approximately $8,500 for K–8 students or $12,000 for high school students from low-income families to attend private schools of their … More

    Morning Bell: First Look at the 2014 Ryan Budget

    Paul Ryan

    At first look, the budget unveiled today by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul D. Ryan (R-WI) advances much-needed reforms and importantly accomplishes the crucial goal of balancing the budget within the decade, though this is partially on the coattails of Obama’s tax increases. Not a silver bullet, it is more … More

    Keystone XL: Parallels to the Alaska Pipeline

    Jim West/ZUMA Press/Newscom

    As the U.S. commemorates the 40th anniversary of passage of the Trans-Alaskan Pipeline Authorization Act of 1973, it is worth remembering the challenges the project overcame and how they mirror the challenges facing the Keystone XL Pipeline today. An 800-mile engineering marvel, the Alaska Pipeline was completed in two years … More

    Subway’s “Footlong” Accused of Coming Up Short

    RICHARD B. LEVINE/Newscom

    In what most would consider a foolish class action lawsuit and a glaring example of what is broken in our tort system, Subway was recently accused of fraudulent marketing practices related to its well-known “footlong” sandwiches. The plaintiff, Barry Gross, filed suit against the Doctor’s Associates-owned chain of Subway in … More

    Obamacare's Burden on Businesses

    Obamacare at 3 years

    Obamacare is approaching its three-year anniversary next week. And while it’s having an impact on nearly all Americans in one way or another, businesses are facing some of the biggest challenges related to the law. Heritage hosted a panel Monday to examine the implications of the Affordable Care Act. Robert … More

    Bloomberg Soda Ban Fizzles

    JUSTIN LANE/EPA/Newscom

    New York City Mayor Nanny Michael Bloomberg got a well-deserved legal spanking of his own today from a state court judge ruling against his imperial ban on the sale of large-size sodas and other sweetened drinks. The prohibition was due to take effect on Tuesday. New York Supreme Court Judge Milton … More

    FY 2014 Budget Should Keep Defense Fully Funded

    John Albright/Icon SMI/Newscom

    Heritage’s newly released Issue Brief “What the FY 2014 Budget Should Do” provides a blueprint for turning back Washington’s unsustainable spending and keeping national defense fully funded. Modernizing the U.S. military is critical. After all, “to provide for the common defense” is one of the primary constitutional responsibilities of the … More

    It’s About Time: Nearly Half of All States Now Deemed Compliant with REAL ID

    Zhang Yan/ZUMA Press/Newscom

    At the end of February, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) certified that another six states are REAL ID compliant. Nearly eight years after Congress first passed the REAL ID Act—which calls on the states to implement minimum security standards in issuing driver’s licenses and state IDs—progress is finally being … More