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    Economic Freedom Key to Unlocking a Prosperous Arab Future

    In the latest issue of the journal Democracy, Michael Wahid Hanna identifies Seven Pillars of the Arab Future. First on his list: economic growth and equality. Among the troubling Middle East economic indicators highlighted by Hanna are low economic growth, inequality, and high unemployment, especially for youth. He identifies five … More

    Waiting for Hugo Chavez: Theatrics and a Languishing Economy

    It has now been two months since Venezuela President Hugo Chavez departed Miraflores Palace (Venezuela’s White House) to undergo cancer surgery in Havana, Cuba. Very little is known about Chavez’s health. So far the only proof of life presented by senior officials are reported visits to the hospital where Chavez … More

    Wall Street Journal Profiles Heritage Scholar Hans von Spakovsky

    A stalwart advocate of election integrity and a formidable opponent of those seeking to subvert our nation’s electoral process, Hans von Spakovsky sat down with The Wall Street Journal’s James Taranto to share his experiences fighting to protect every citizen’s right to vote. In his capacity as a senior legal … More

    Unions Insult Taxpayers with Obamacare Subsidy Request

    Labor union leaders, who are big supporters of President Obama and were big proponents of his health care reform law, want taxpayer dollars to help pay for the increase in their health care costs due to Obamacare. There are many provisions in Obamacare that will raise the cost of insurance … More

    Morning Bell: John Kerry, President Obama's Ideological Twin

    Senator John Kerry (D-MA) is likely to be confirmed today as the next Secretary of State after sailing through a Senate hearing last week. What does this mean for America and its foreign policy? As Heritage’s Helle Dale wrote after last week’s hearing: The bad news for the United States … More

    Economic Freedom in Europe: Changing of the Guard

    According to the 2013 Index of Economic Freedom, just released by The Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal, a significant realignment of European countries is underway. Eight countries recorded their highest economic freedom scores ever in the 2013 Index, while five others have scores equal to or below their … More

    Morning Bell: 13 Tax Increases in 2013

    New Year’s Day was tough for taxpayers. Thirteen tax increases kicked in. The deal that Congress and President Obama struck that finally—but only partially—avoided the fiscal cliff resulted in seven tax increases. Those hikes combined with six tax increases from Obamacare that also began on New Year’s Day. 13 Tax … More

    Google and the FTC: Searching (in Vain) for a Violation

    Sure, you’re smart enough to use the Internet. That’s how you found this post. But are you smart enough to be trusted with the power to select your own Internet search engine? Some—mostly competitors of Google—aren’t so sure. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has decided (after an almost two-year-long investigation) … More

    A New Year's Resolution for Conservatives

    ‘Tis the season for hope—though you couldn’t tell from listening to conservatives. Two months after the election, the mood remains grim among many on the right. It’s not just that the American people have re-elected one of the most liberal presidents ever, or that the Supreme Court upheld the individual … More

    Chinese Investment: Stop Complaining

    The Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times had front-page stories yesterday on the Securities and Exchange Commission suing the China subsidiaries of major accounting firms for not cooperating with investigations into possible fraud at Chinese clients. The famous multinational auditors are complaining, the Chinese firms are complaining, the Chinese … More