Senator DeMint

What the Left Misunderstands about Poverty and Dependency

Jim DeMint kicked off his first day as President of the Heritage Foundation with a letter celebrating the American spirit and lamenting the damage done to our national character by the Left’s limitless welfare state: “Liberal policies have destroyed families and communities and created dependence on government. Putting our society back together will require work.” Not […]

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Heritage’s Response: Blueprint for a Sustainable and Strong Department of Defense

Polaris/Newscom Yesterday, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel gave his first major speech since he was confirmed for the job in February. “The Department must understand the challenges and uncertainties, plan for the risks, and, yes, recognize the opportunities inherent in budget constraints and more efficient and effective restructuring,” he said. Secretary Hagel listed three main […]

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Russia Conducts Unannounced Searches of Human Rights Groups

Newscom Russian law enforcement agents have conducted hundreds of unannounced searches of Russian non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Authorities have searched 600 organizations across the country since last week, according to media reports. An interagency law enforcement task force raided Amnesty International’s Moscow office in an unannounced inspection on Monday. Sergei Nikitin, the agency’s Russia director, called […]

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The Best Plan for Farmers and Ranchers: Free Trade

Newscom Congress is currently fighting over the future of U.S. farm programs. In 2011, taxpayers subsidized farmers to the tune of $10.4 billion in government payments. Imagine if the government had a way to increase payments to farmers while reducing taxpayer subsidies to zero. Such a policy exists. It’s called free trade. From 2004 to […]

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Obamacare at Three Years: Increasing Cost Estimates

Newscom Today marks three years since Obamacare was signed into law, and taxpayers probably aren’t celebrating. Over the last three years, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has revised its cost estimates for Obamacare’s new entitlements—the Medicaid expansion and exchange subsidies—many times, and they have more than doubled since 2010. The first estimate in 2010 pegged […]

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Israelis Experience Obama’s Charm Offensive

KOBI GIDEON/G.P.O./SIPA/Newscom President Obama wowed his youthful audience in Israel on Thursday. Having arrived on Wednesday with a mere 10 percent approval rating, Obama clearly hoped to win Israeli hearts and minds with his almost hour-long speech. He went straight to the Israeli people with his pitch, eschewing a more traditional and formal address toIsrael’s […]

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The Arms Trade Treaty, Day Four: As a New Draft Arrives, China Speaks and the EU Begs

Arms Trade Treaty conference session (Photo by Ted Bromund) The fireworks at the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) conference in New York started late on Wednesday. By Thursday afternoon, the atmosphere, which had in previous days been calm, felt like last July, when the last negotiating conference collapsed into failure. The fun began with an […]

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Academy of Pediatrics Endorses Same-Sex Marriage, but Science Not So Sure

Newscom The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released a policy statement yesterday indicating its support for same-sex marriage. Based on “extensive research,” this statement from a scientific organization may seem authoritative. In reality, however, the AAP’s position is based on ideology, not science. The AAP claims that children “receive similar parenting whether they are raised […]

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