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    Do We Need a New Law to Make Stealing Illegal?

    Everyone agrees that stealing should be a crime. Theft has been an offense in every society that has recognized property rights. Theft was a crime under the English common law; every state outlaws theft today; and theft of federal property (or property in interstate commerce) is a crime under federal … More

    Surprise, Surprise: Report Finds Homeland Security Wasting Money

    In his oversight report, “Safety at Any Price: Assessing the Impact of Homeland Security Spending in U.S. Cities,” Senator Tom Coburn (R–OK) highlights several examples of cities using homeland security grants for ill-advised expenses. Senator Coburn’s report is an important one and a must read for the media and policymakers. … More

    Syrian Crisis Escalates Amid Renewed Concern over Chemical Weapons

    On Monday, President Obama warned the beleaguered Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad not to use chemical weapons against its own people. “Today I want to make it absolutely clear to Assad and those under his command: The world is watching,” Obama said in a speech at the National Defense … More

    Driver's License Insecurity: Your Identity (And America) May Be at Risk

    Today’s Jeff Rossen recently reported that a Texas kindergarten teacher received the surprise of her life when she was told that she had purchased a house and cars in a state she hadn’t even visited. When applying for a mortgage, Candida Guitierrez found out that another woman in Kansas, Benita … More

    Morning Bell: Benghazi Hearings Begin on Capitol Hill

    Today, hearings begin in the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the House and Senate Intelligence Committees on the terrorist attack that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11. In a new Issue Brief, Heritage’s James Jay Carafano and Morgan Lorraine Roach write: Understanding … More

    Cybersecurity Act of 2012 Is Back, but Same Problems and Questions Remain

    Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D–NV) has vowed to bring the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 (CSA) up for a vote in the lame-duck session, and it looks as though the vote could take place this week. The CSA uses a standards and regulatory approach to cybersecurity, but many troubling questions … More

    Government Waives Destructive Jones Act for 12 Days—Why Not Longer?

    In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the federal government recently waived the Jones Act for 12 days to allow oil tankers to deliver fuel to northeastern ports. The Jones Act, which has been on the books since 1920, mandates that any goods shipped between two points in the United States … More

    Cybersecurity Executive Order Touts More Regulation as the Solution

    As if the flood of regulations coming after the election weren’t bad enough, a draft of the newest cybersecurity executive order obtained by Heritage reveals that even more regulations are coming. This draft executive order is similar to the failed Cybersecurity Act of 2012 in that it proposes additional regulations … More

    State Defense Forces in Action After Hurricane Sandy

    As New Yorkers look out across the waters of New York City Harbor, disaster response ships can been seen assisting in the recovery after Hurricane Sandy. While most would assume these forces come from the Coast Guard or other federal forces, six of these patrol boats are actually part of … More

    The Media Kerfuffle over National Guard Troops in New York

    On Tuesday, Wired chastised the New York Army National Guard for its decision to continue to send 450 guardsmen to a training exercise in Missouri despite the events of Hurricane Sandy. The article writes: “It seemed like a good use of troops—until their fellow guardsmen were suddenly called in to … More