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    President Obama’s Budget Shows the Need for FEMA Reform

    In President Obama’s newly released budget request, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) receives a $941.5 million increase, largely driven by an $812 million increase to the Disaster Relief Fund. While responding to major disasters is an important government responsibility, regrettably, FEMA is responding not just to major catastrophes but … More

    Girding the Grid: Educating Leaders Is Key

    According to a recent report sponsored by the Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. power grid is under threat from nation-states, organized crime syndicates, hacktivists, and terrorists. More needs to be done to protect the nation’s power grid and mitigate these threats. A little more than ten years ago, a … More

    The National Guard, Supporting Local Efforts in Tornado Relief

    In response to the tornado that struck the Moore, Oklahoma, area last week, the National Guard mobilized 250 personnel to assist state and local response forces. The Guard brought unique capabilities critical to restoring security and safety in the devastated area. The people of Oklahoma—and the United States—owe a great … More

    Tornado Victims Get Help from Faith-Based Charities and Churches

    In the midst of the tragedy that ravaged Oklahoma earlier this week, there are also stories of Good Samaritans—particularly local churches and charities—that have displayed the best of the spirit and power of civil society to help those in need. “In the briefings today it was apparent there’s FEMA and … More

    Prayers and Assistance for Oklahoma Tornado Victims

    Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the Oklahoma tornado yesterday. The tornado, which touched down at 2:56 p.m. yesterday outside Oklahoma City, left massive destruction in its wake and took the lives of at least 24 people. On average, over a thousand tornadoes strike throughout the U.S. … More

    Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill: Wasteful Spending Not Helpful

    On Tuesday, President Obama signed into law a $50 billion recovery package for states hit by Hurricane Sandy. Much of the proposed spending in the law, however, is simply wasteful and will not go toward helping the immediate victims. This is unacceptable at a time when the U.S. is running … More

    Morning Bell: Sandy Slams East Coast

    Super-storm Sandy lived up to expectations yesterday and overnight, delivering a powerful punch with heavy rains, strong winds, and significant storm surge. After taking 69 lives in the Caribbean, Sandy hit the eastern United States, where at least 16 people have died. Our thoughts and prayers are with those impacted … More

    A Homeland Security View of Readiness

    In the past, readiness simply meant the status of U.S. military might. Today, however, national security readiness requires a much broader definition that includes not only conventional defense but also homeland security. If the U.S. persists in restricting the discussion only to the state of military readiness, it will present … More

    Setting the Record Straight on Federal Disaster Funding

    Liberals have spent the past two weeks asking Congress to write a blank check for federal disaster funding. They’ve concentrated their attacks on House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) for seeking offsets in other areas of the budget to cover the additional aid. They’ve portrayed Cantor as a callous conservative, … More

    Top 10 Reads: August 31, 2011

    Catching you up on clips, commentary and news of the day. Sign up for the daily email update from Scribe. How Washington pays Big Green to sue the government – Ron Arnold, Washington Examiner Solar company that received Obama administration backing closes its doors – Andrew Restuccia, The Hill Growing the … More