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    Libya and the Obama Administration: To Strike or Not to Strike?

    The Associated Press reports that the White House is weighing the wisdom of striking at terrorist targets in Libya in retaliation for the September 11 attack on the U.S. consulate. According to the AP, the Administration is balancing “whether the short-term payoff of exacting retribution on al-Qaeda is worth the … More

    VP Debate: Not Enough Attention to Defense Cuts

    Foreign policy played a key role in the vice presidential debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Representative Paul Ryan (R–WI), and while there is a large cache of foreign policy issues that are up for serious discussion in this election, one of the most important is the imminent threat … More

    Why Big Bird’s Federal Subsides Need to Go

    The call to eliminate federal subsidies to the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), such as Governor Mitt Romney’s recent statement, shouldn’t ruffle the famous fowl. After all, not only does PBS not need taxpayer support, but because it inevitably entangles Big Bird in politics, it does him more harm than good. … More

    Debunked: Biden Claims HHS Mandate Not an Assault on Religious Liberty

    When the vice presidential debate last night turned to the issue of religious liberty and Obamacare’s Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate, the discussion didn’t get all the facts straight. Vice President Joe Biden explained his view of the mandate, saying: With regard to the assault on the Catholic church, … More

    Unraveling the Libya Debacle: Biden's Disregard for the Facts

    Vice President Biden’s assertions during the debate last night showed either a lack of information or a willful disregard for the facts. Biden stated in relation to the September 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi—which killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens—that “We weren’t told they wanted more … More

    Medicare Roundup 10/12: Setting the Record Straight

    In recent weeks, liberal politicians, editorialists, and policy analysts have vigorously attacked reform of Medicare based on a defined contribution financing. In fact, this approach to reforming Medicare has a long bipartisan tradition, going back to the 1980s and Representatives Richard Gephardt (D–MO) and David Stockman (R–MI). In fact, much … More

    Biden Is Wrong on Defense Spending

    Philip Ewing, in an article on Politico Pro about the vice presidential debate, asserts that comments about defense spending by Representative Paul Ryan (R–WI) signal that Governor Mitt Romney could abandon his pledge to maintain the defense budget at 4 percent of gross domestic product (GDP). Ewing is jumping to … More

    Vice Presidential Debate: True/False Quiz on Taxes and Entitlements

    Taxes and entitlements were two important domestic policy topics discussed during the debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Representative Paul Ryan. Among the many claims made were some that were true and some that were false. Can you guess which ones are true or false? Medicare and Social Security … More

    Vice Presidential Debate: True/False Quiz on Medicare

    During the debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Representative Paul Ryan, several claims were made about Medicare. Some of these were true, others false. See which ones you can guess right: Biden: “We saved $716 billion and put it back, applied it to Medicare.” False. According to the Congressional … More

    VP Debate: Joe Biden's Three Most Misleading Foreign Policy Statements

    During Thursday night’s vice presidential debate, Vice President Joe Biden made numerous misleading or outright inaccurate claims regarding American foreign policy and the Obama administration’s performance on that front. Attacks against Americans and American diplomatic facilities in North Africa – most notably Libya, where U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens and three … More