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    When Counting Electrical Grid Threats, Count EMP

    The North American Electric Power Reliability Corporation’s (NERC) latest test of the U.S. electrical grid left out an important component: testing the U.S.’s ability to withstand an electromagnetic pulse (EMP). The purpose of the two-day test was to gauge the response and recovery times from physical and cyber-attack scenarios. Although … More

    How 40 Congressmen Are Challenging Obamacare

    The Supreme Court may have ruled once on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, but the debate about the law’s constitutionality is far from settled. Forty members of the House of Representatives, led by Trent Franks (R–AZ), have filed an amicus brief in the latest … More

    Hill Concern over U.S.–Burma Military Engagement Grows

    First, the House of Representatives moved to draw a line on American engagement with the Burmese military. Now, the Senate is beginning to stir. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that passed the House a couple of weeks ago contains language expressing the sense of Congress that “the Department of … More

    Burma: Drawing the Line on Military Relations

    Late last night, the House Armed Services Committee drew a line on American military relations with Burma. The committee passed an amendment to the annual National Defense Authorization Act offered by Representative Trent Franks (R–AZ) expressing the sense of Congress that “the Department of Defense should fully consider and assess … More

    Administration Burma Policy: Lift Sanctions, Ask Questions Later

    President Obama’s meeting with Burma’s President Thein Sein at the White House today is a stark reminder of how far the Administration has come on Burma policy. In initiating the annual process for renewal of the ban on Burmese imports last week, Representative Joseph Crowley (D–NY) reiterated his desire that … More

    Missile Defense: Lamborn and Franks’s Four-Point Plan

    In a recent editorial piece in the Washington Examiner, Representatives Doug Lamborn (R–CO) and Trent Franks (R–AZ) propose a four-point plan to strengthen and advance America’s missile defense system. Their plan reflects what Heritage has always advocated: Missile defense is critical to national security. The plan’s four points outline a … More

    Burma: New Hill Leaders Step Up

    New leaders are emerging on Capitol Hill to draw a line on Congress’s acquiescence to the White House’s rush to lift comprehensive sanctions on Burma. Congressmen Trent Franks (R–AZ), Rush Holt (D–NJ), and Trey Gowdy (R–SC) are pressing for strict conditionality on the provision of military assistance to Burma. In … More

    The EMP Threat: Just a Scare?

    A recent National Journal article discussed the likelihood of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) over the United States with skepticism, asking whether such activists and politicians are “[d]oomsday preppers or congressional visionaries” and claiming that the “the debate over the urgency remains stuck in a theoretical realm.” But the EMP threat … More

    Isn't It Time to Outlaw Gendercide?

    Think sex-selective abortions—known as gendercide—happen only in China? Wrong. This week, Live Action films produced an undercover video of a Texas Planned Parenthood employee explaining to a patient how to easily obtain an abortion if her unborn child were a girl and not a boy. The employee also gave the … More

    Franks Amendment Underscores Congressional Restiveness on Administration’s Iran Policy

    The House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday approved an amendment to the defense appropriations bill offered by U.S. Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) that requires the Department of Defense to develop a National Military Strategic Plan to prevent Iran’s hostile regime from building a nuclear weapon. Franks stated, “For years, Iran … More