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    Iran in Latin America: State Department Ignores Allies

    The State Department recently released a report to Congress assessing the threat posed by Iran in the Western Hemisphere. Regrettably, it seems that the State Department neglected to consult with U.S. allies in Latin America and ignored research that contradicted their assertions. Indeed, the report paints a rosy picture, suggesting … More

    Congress Showing Initiative to Investigate Benghazi

    Last week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s congressional testimony (here and here) failed to deliver new information regarding the September 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya. If anything, the hearings before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee more or less offered … More

    Congress Still Using Commemorative Coins to Get Around Earmark Ban

    House and Senate Republicans have introduced legislation that would prevent Congress from using commemorative coins to fund pet projects as a creative workaround to the earmark ban. In April, The Heritage Foundation’s sister organization, Heritage Action, first wrote about the commemorative coin process. Currently, Congressmen can introduce commemorative coin bills … More

    EXPANDing to a Market Driven Energy Policy

    Typically, comprehensive pieces of energy legislation expand the government’s authority over the energy economy rather than minimize it. The 2005 and 2007 energy bills are good examples, and probably the most expansive was the failed cap-and-trade in 2009. And most recently the House-proposed water and energy appropriations bill continues to … More