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    Simple Steps for Super Committee Transparency

    Roll Call carries op-eds today from the Ripon Society and Heritage debating the merits of Super Committee transparency. Ripon’s Lou Zickar thinks the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction would benefit from privacy. I argue that’s exactly the wrong approach for the most powerful committee in congressional history. As the … More

    Presidents Obama and Bush Invoke America's Religious Heritage at Ground Zero 9/11 Memorial

    Last week, Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City made headlines when he expressly excluded clergy-led prayer from the planned 10th anniversary 9/11 Memorial Service at Ground Zero. It troubled many Americans that a prominent public official would ignore the profound role the faith community played in the aftermath of … More

    Total’s Caspian Gas Discovery

    Total, Europe’s third largest oil company, announced last Friday that they have made a major gas discovery in the Caspian Sea. The discovery, made in the Absheron block off the coast of Azerbaijan, is thought to have large pockets of gas spread over a 270-square-kilometer field and holds about 350 … More

    A Nightmare That Could Be Worse than 9/11

    After 9/11, an event that Americans and their allies will never forget, the United States focused on a war on terrorism. There is, however, a threat that has been largely ignored—the threat of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP), noted by Investor’s Business Daily. In 2004 and 2008, the Commission to Assess … More

    10 Years After 9/11, God Bless America

    On the 10th anniversary of the tragic 9/11 attacks, we must remain vigilant and avoid losing the advances we have made in the long war to keep America safe and secure. Today, as we remember the nearly 3,000 fellow citizens who lost their lives in the attack, Heritage offers tributes … More

    Chart of the Week: How Social Security Is Contributing to the Spending Crisis

    Last week’s presidential debate at the Reagan Library elevated Social Security as a national issue that could reshape the 2012 campaign. Candidates spent the week trading blows about the role of the 76-year-old social insurance program. Leaving aside the political rhetoric, one thing is certain: Social Security needs to be … More

    Illegal Immigration: Fixing the Entire System

    Will securing our US-Mexico border solve our country’s entire illegal immigration problem?  Of course not, but neither will turning a blind eye by a providing a pathway to citizenship for everyone who broke the law by immigrating to our country illegally. Unfortunately at a time when politicians are expected to … More

    More 'Stimulus' Spending on Failed Public Safety Grant Programs

    President Obama’s plan for turning America around is big on new spending, with insincere promises of budget cuts to come later. In particular, the President called on Congress to spend an additional $5 billion on federal subsidies for the salaries of local police officers and firefighters. The additional $5 billion … More

    Michigan Takes on Welfare Reform

    In the national effort to overcome dependence on government, Michigan has just moved one step forward toward ensuring that welfare promotes self-reliance. On Tuesday, Governor Rick Snyder (R) signed legislation to place a four-year time limit on cash assistance benefits for welfare recipients. In 2006, Michigan passed similar legislation under … More

    Remembering 9/11: Rep. Mike Pence -- From Tragedy to Triumph

    This is a guest post by Rep. Mike Pence  (R-IN) for our special blog series on 9/11. Like every American, I will never forget where I was on the morning of September 11, 2001. As a Member of Congress from Indiana, that day my duties took me to Capitol Hill … More