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    Medicare and Seniors: Answering the $6,400 Question

    Opponents to Medicare reform have been making plenty of erroneous claims about Medicare premium support lately, one of the worst being that Representative Paul Ryan’s (R–WI) premium-support model, co-authored by Senator Ron Wyden (D–OR), would cost future seniors an extra $6,400 a year. This claim is simply false. Buried beneath … More

    Big Bird vs. Budget Cuts That Matter

    America is headed toward a fiscal cliff, the U.S. military is being gutted by budget cuts, and the President has been focused on…Big Bird. After Governor Mitt Romney mentioned in the first presidential debate that he liked Big Bird, but might want to make cuts to taxpayer funding of PBS, … More

    Despite Arms Reduction Treaty, Russia Is Increasing Its Nuclear Capability

    About a year and a half ago, the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) entered into force. The Obama Administration ensured the American people and the Senate that the treaty would contribute to strategic stability between the United States and the Russian Federation. The treaty was touted as a … More

    WATCH: The Intelligence and Security Failure in Libya

    Nearly one month ago, on the anniversary of September 11, terrorists attacked the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, killing four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens. The Obama Administration’s failure to take bolster security in advance of the attack and its muddled response since then will be the … More

    Morning Bell: There Was No Protest, Only a Terrorist Attack, in Libya

    The Obama Administration’s story on the attack that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens has changed yet again. In advance of a hearing on diplomatic security in the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee today, more details have leaked out—and the State Department is now saying it never thought that the attack … More

    Presidential Debate Schedule: Watch with Heritage

    One down, three more to go! Heritage has a page dedicated to Debate 2012, where you can watch video of the first presidential debate and follow all our blogs on topics that might come up in the debates. On debate nights, just as we did with the first debate, you … More

    Medicare Roundup 10/5: Setting the Record Straight

    In recent weeks, liberal politicians, editorialists, and policy analysts have vigorously attacked reform of Medicare based on 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). Much of this criticism is … More

    Congressional Budget Office Confirms FY 2012 Deficit Exceeds $1 Trillion

    Fiscal year 2012 concluded with a $1.1 trillion deficit, according to the Congressional Budget Office’s monthly budget review released today. It marks the fourth year of trillion-dollar-plus deficits. Anyone can see that these massive, continued deficits are hardly sustainable. Despite claims that tax hikes are the solution to reduce the … More

    Morning Bell: Anemic Job Growth Continues

    Job growth continues to sputter—this morning’s jobs report shows that 12.1 million Americans are still out of work. Going against other economic indicators, the unemployment rate dropped to 7.8 percent. Economists are already looking into the drop, saying it seems to be a statistical fluke, because it doesn’t match up … More

    Will the Obama Administration Attack Libya Before the Foreign Policy Debate?

    Will the United States military strike targets in Libya before the October 22 presidential debate, which, coincidentally, will focus on foreign policy and national security? Probably. Would this attack fall into the “October Surprise” or “Wag the Dog” category? Probably not. The attack would certainly be no surprise. On September … More