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    Top 10 Reads: July 1, 2011

    Catching you up on clips, commentary and news of the day. Sign up for the daily email update from Scribe. It Won’t Be Pretty, as the Post-Gates Era Begins at the Defense Department – Jim Carafano Coolidge only president born on the Fourth of July – Julia Shaw U.N. Budget Cuts: … More

    Rumsfeld: Cutting Defense 'A Grievous Mistake'

    As the White House and Congress continue to work toward a debt-ceiling deal, it appears that opposition to defense cuts is dwindling, even among House Republicans. The Hill reported Thursday that “As few as 30 House Republicans would likely consider voting against a debt-ceiling deal that cuts $300 billion from security … More

    Lunch with Heritage Online Chat on the Debt

    Click here to join the chat! We are joined by Heritage’s Senior Fellow in Government Studies, Brian Darling and he is taking your questions about the next steps Congress and the President can take to reach a deal and what the best options to take are. Use the form to … More

    CBO Report Shows, Without Reform, the Future of Medicare Ain’t Pretty

    The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) recently released its annual Long-Term Budget Outlook, which highlights the effects of existing policy on the federal budget. The verdict: The current trajectory is “unsustainable.” Growing federal health care spending is a major driver of future deficits. As CBO explains, “Spending for health care in … More

    Morning Bell: Time For Congress to Lead on the Debt Ceiling

    As we saw at yesterday’s press conference, President Obama is not going to lead on the debt ceiling issue. Nor is he going to compromise or play a mediating role. He is more interested in blaming others for his troubles, demagoguing other solutions and running for re-election. This is why … More

    Senator Ron Johnson Objects To “Business As Usual”

    Yesterday, Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) took to the Senate floor to fight against secrecy in budget talks and out of control spending.  Transparency may be dead in debt limit talks, but if heroes like Senator Johnson pledge to use the two most important words in the Senate dictionary–“I Object”–to shut … More

    Anti-war Mayors and Obama's Illusory "Peace Dividend"

    In his speech last week on the war in Afghanistan, President Barack Obama uttered some magic words that sent a few of America’s anti-war mayors into a big-spending tizzy. The Heritage Foundation’s President Ed Feulner explains in today’s Washington Times: “For most of us, it’s the season of sun, sand and backyard … More

    PODCAST: Heritage 2011 Budget Chart Book

    In a new Heritage in Focus, Heritage research assistant Emily Goff discusses our 2011 Budget Chart Book which shows in vivid detail the severity of America’s spending crisis. Listen to the full interview here. In this podcast, Goff offers solutions to prevent us from worsening our fiscal situation. In addition, … More

    CBO Long-Term Budget Report: Our Dire Fiscal Situation

    Today’s release of the 2011 Long-Term Budget Outlook by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) yet again confirms what we already know: America’s budget is continuing down an unsustainable path, and the longer we wait to address this problem, the more painful the policy fixes will have to be. The CBO … More

    Morning Bell: Pictures of America's Fiscal Nightmare

    There’s urgency in Washington to fix a problem that’s been a long time coming: America’s fast track to fiscal implosion. In The Heritage Foundation’s just-released, expanded 2011 Budget Chart Book, you can see just how bad the country’s spending problem is and how America racked up so much debt. Congress … More