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    Morning Bell: A Nothing Burger, A Fig Leaf, and a Commission On the Side

    From the President who brought you unaccountable, constitutionally-questionable czars comes the latest innovation in pass-the-buck leadership: a White House executive commission designed to solve the behemoth of a spending problem plaguing the federal government.  Members of Congress have described the commission as a “nothing burger,” a “fig leaf” and “something … More

    Free Trade Essential for Economic Growth

    In his final State of the Union address, the President not only raised the politically contentious issue of making tangible progress on advancing pending free trade initiatives, but also highlighted the importance of freer trade in helping America weather today’s economic turbulence and in promoting American competitiveness in the future. … More

    Bush Promotes Progress in Iraq

    President Bush used the State of the Union speech to remind Americans about the progress made in Iraq during the last year under his new surge strategy, what remains at stake there, and the need to finish the job to protect American interests. A year ago Iraq was threatened by … More

    The President, the Presentment Clause, and Earmarks

    In addressing earmarks in the State of the Union, President Bush said, “I also asked you to stop slipping earmarks into committee reports that never even come to a vote. … [T]omorrow, I will issue an executive order that directs federal agencies to ignore any future earmark that is not … More

    Trade and Peace in Colombia

    The President made a good case for congressional approval of the three pending trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama and their nearly 100 million customers. It was smart to frame the issue in terms of the many benefits these agreements will give to American workers “to compete with … More

    Cold Comfort on Immigration and Border Security

    Once again the president said all the right words. Broken borders are no longer acceptable. Immigration laws have to be enforced. The sanctity of citizenship must be maintained. And America needs the right legal processes to get the workers it needs to fuel economic growth. The White House said the … More

    Missing in Action: Bush Fails to Set Standard for Defense Spending

    President Bush rightly reminded America that “cutting and running” in Iraq was a bad idea, and that renewed effort and a different strategy made all the difference. He was spot on when he said the United States must ramp-up its efforts in Afghanistan. The White House missed a real opportunity … More

    Time to Act on FISA Reform

    The clock is ticking. Congress has less than a week to pass legislation to extend the important intelligence surveillance authorities of the Protect America Act before they expire. President Bush declared “the time to act is now.” That was a reasonable request given that we know that terrorists are out … More

    Real Solutions on Energy: The Need for Nuclear Power

    President Bush should be commended for recognizing the need to expand nuclear energy in the United States. As a CO2-free, safe, affordable source of energy, nuclear power can help reduce atmospheric emissions while meeting America’s growing energy demands. His call to “trust in the creative genius of American researchers and … More

    Technology Not Part of Bush's Speech

    According to eWeek’s Roy Mark, the word “Internet” has never appeared in a State of the Union address by George W. Bush. Nor has the word “broadband.” Or “digital.” Or “spectrum.” “Technology” has only appeared about a dozen times in the seven previous speeches, reports the online journal. The President … More