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  • Yearly Archives: 2013

    Farm Bill: Taxpayers and Consumers Are Getting Catfished

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    As lawmakers look for ways to cut spending from the farm bill, they should go hunting for catfish—the new, not-so-pretty face of government waste. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates seafood. However, there will now be a special exception just for catfish, which will soon be inspected by the … More

    Syria: Obama’s Policy Implosion

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    The White House has become increasingly defensive about the supposed benefits of its policy zigzags regarding the deepening crisis in Syria. Syria’s humanitarian crisis is worsening; the Bashar al-Assad regime continues to get away with murder, supported by Russia, Iran, and Hezbollah; and Washington remains committed to a diplomatic solution … More

    See the Map: Obamacare Exchanges Have Reduced Insurance Competition Nationally

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    A recent Heritage analysis found significantly less insurer competition in the Obamacare exchanges relative to the prior individual health insurance market. Heritage Foundation senior fellow Ed Haislmaier examined insurer participation in the exchanges and found that nationally there will be “29 percent less insurer competition in the exchanges relative to … More

    Yucca Mountain: NRC Takes First Step to Follow the Law

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    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) took a constructive step toward finishing the job on Yucca Mountain. Yesterday, the NRC announced its plan of action to complete the safety evaluation review of the site, calling it “an agency priority.” This comes three years after then-NRC chairman Gregory Jaczko controversially halted the … More

    Trending Terrorism in Asia

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    A recent survey of indicators compiled and presented by The Heritage Foundation found that Asian countries comprise three out of the top four countries with the most domestic terrorist attacks. Pakistan, Afghanistan, and India make it into the top five for domestic terrorist attacks, and Thailand, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, … More

    Obama's Legacy: More Americans than Ever Reject Government Role in Health Care

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    In a stunning reversal, a new Gallup poll shows that a majority of Americans (56 percent) do not think it is the federal government’s responsibility to make sure all Americans have health coverage. The new poll reports that just seven years earlier, the American majority (69 percent) had the opposite … More

    Overuse of U.S. Special Operations Forces Makes Them Less “Special”

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    President Obama’s love for America’s unconventional warriors is taking the “special” out of U.S. special operations forces (SOF), according to a recent article by Richard Russell in Foreign Policy’s national security section. Russell quotes former head of Joint Special Operations Command General Stanley McChrystal that Presidents get the idea that … More

    States or Feds Running Obamacare Exchanges Made Little Difference to Insurers

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    After three years of preparation and much anticipation, Americans can finally see whether Obamacare’s state or federally operated insurance exchanges will provide more competition for consumers’ business. As the table shows, the results are in, and there seems to be no correlation. Heritage Foundation senior fellow Ed Haislmaier recently examined … More

    North Korea Offers Lessons for Iran Nuclear Talks

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    Recent negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program failed to reach a comprehensive agreement. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, however, remains determined to move forward despite congressional misgivings. These nuclear negotiations with Iran are reminiscent of North Korea and the Six-Party Talks. It has been 10 years since the U.S., North … More

    Is Our Government Still "Of the People"?

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    Seven score and 10 years ago today, Abraham Lincoln delivered the greatest speech in American history. Standing on the bloodied battlefield of Gettysburg, Lincoln urged the fractured nation to dedicate itself to the “unfinished work” of the battle. In only 10 sentences—272 words in all—he made clear the far-reaching implications of … More