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  • Yearly Archives: 2013

    Ecuador: Chevron Trial Illustrates Poor Investment Climate

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    Press coverage of the just-concluded testimony phase of a racketeering trial in a New York federal court provides an excellent recent illustration of the behind-the-scenes maneuvering by President Rafael Correa of Ecuador and his government that has created disillusionment and a climate of mistrust among international investors. Two years ago … More

    How the EPA Plans to Kill Jobs and Reduce Your Income

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    How’s your heating bill? If you feel like you’re not paying enough, you’re in luck. President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pushing new regulations on power plants—regulations that will kill jobs, jack up your energy costs, and even end up reducing families’ income because of the impact on the … More

    Don’t Look to Hollywood for the Truth About Interpol

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    This week on the big screen, martial arts master Jason Statham tangles with James Franco in Homefront. Statham’s on-screen backstory? He’s a British Interpol agent who retires to rural Louisiana, where he runs afoul of Franco and his gang. As a story, it’s not bad. But as a depiction of … More

    WATCH: Bloggers Briefing Featuring Katz, Howe, Maher

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    For this week’s Bloggers Briefing, we’ve invited some of our favorite people to talk about finding a niche audience that will enthusiastically share your work. How do you create content for a specific audience? These three do it all the time — and know how to market their work. Please … More

    Obamacare Navigators Encourage Fraud, Not Safe with Private Information, Report Warns

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    Some Obamacare navigators—taxpayer-funded workers who were meant to help Americans wade through the insurance exchanges and buy health insurance—have been giving Americans misinformation and in some instances encouraging Americans to commit fraud, according to a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that was released today. The new report is based … More

    NDAA Detainee Provisions Road Map to Closing Gitmo?

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    The combined House/Senate agreement on the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) has two key terrorist-detainee-related provisions worth highlighting. Section 1039 requires the Attorney General, in consultation with the Secretary of Defense, to prepare a report on the “legal rights, if any” for any Gitmo detainee transferred to the United … More

    The Ryan–Murray Budget Deal: Unnecessary Pain for Americans

    The controversial budget deal reached by Representative Paul Ryan (R–WI) and Senator Patty Murray (D–WA) has been criticized by experts on both sides of the issue for delaying needed budget reforms. Romina Boccia, Heritage’s Grover M. Hermann Fellow in Federal Budgetary Affairs, discussed the deal with Obama’s car czar Steven … More

    China’s Growing Navy

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    China’s declaration of an air defense identification zone over Japanese-administered waters in the East China Sea and confrontation with an American guided missile cruiser is a useful reminder of China’s growing naval strength. In a recently released report, The Heritage Foundation noted that China’s navy is by far the largest … More

    Some Good, Some Bad in FY2014 National Defense Authorization Act

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    The FY2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which specifies the budget for the Department of Defense, does address some of the top 10 issues that Heritage raised in May, but falls short on the others. The NDAA is an important piece of legislation, and one of the few that continues … More

    Russian “Spy Stations”: A Clear and Present Danger?

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    CIA and Pentagon officials have expressed concern that Russia’s efforts to place satellite positioning monitors throughout America pose a direct threat to U.S. national security, according to a recent report. Russia’s satellite system, known as the Global Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS), is currently the only major alternative to the U.S.’s … More