Federal Flight Deck Officer Program: A Critical Safety Net for Aviation Security

The Federal Flight Deck Officer (FFDO) program, for less than $15 a flight, certifies firearms-trained volunteer pilots as a last line of defense against would-be hijackers and terrorists. On March 23, Heritage’s James Carafano hosted an event with a panel of pilots and Representative Chip Cravaack (R–MN) to discuss this important program. Unfortunately, the Department […]

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Representative Paul Ryan (R–WI)

Ryan for the Defense

On March 22, Representative Paul Ryan (R–WI), chairman of the House Budget Committee, sat down with Heritage’s David Addington, Michael Franc, and Stuart Butler to discuss his budget proposal The Path to Prosperity: Restoring America’s Promise and President Obama’s fiscal year (FY) 2013 budget. Ryan’s assessment of defense spending, in particular, was cogent. He voiced […]

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Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rallies: Oppose HHS Mandate

Today, thousands of Americans gathered peacefully at over 140 capitols, government buildings and historical sites across the United States to protest the government’s latest attempt to trample on religious freedom. The Stand up for Religious Freedom rallies seen around the nation today gave individuals in these communities the opportunity to express their opposition to the […]

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The Case for Newt Gingrich: How Easily His Great Conservative Achievements are Forgotten

By Peter Ferrara on 12.28.11 @ 6:08AM How easily his great and solid conservative achievements are forgotten. He led us to victory before. Spectacular, historic victory. The strategy and content of his 1994 Contract with America propelled the Republicans to a 54-seat gain in 1994 to win control of the House of Representatives, which had […]

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It Could Happen Here

Family members of victims of Monday’s shooting in Toulouse cry during a funeral in Jerusalem on March 21, 2012. A wannabe al-Qaeda went on a killing spree in France. Don’t breathe a sigh of relief because it happened over there. It can happen here. At least 45 plots aimed at the U.S. since 9/11 have […]

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Chu Uses Power Marketing Administrations to Implement Green Agenda

When it comes to finding alternate pathways to force their green agenda onto Americans, President Obama and his Administration know how to dream up creative solutions. In this latest installment, Energy Secretary Steven Chu is directing Power Marketing Administrations (PMAs) to invest in a smart electrical grid that also serves as test bed for cybersecurity […]

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Meet Pastor Gauck, the Anti-communist German President

Germany has elected its 11th president: Joachim Gauck (72), a Lutheran pastor and internationally renowned human rights activist. The position of President of the Federal Republic of Germany is merely ceremonial, but several German presidents have used it as a bully pulpit over the past decades. The new German president became known to the public […]

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Harry Reid

Harry Reid Reverses Course on Judges; Political Stunt Backfires

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) decided his political stunt on judicial nominees wasn’t working. He abandoned the plan Wednesday, agreeing to a deal with Republicans to schedule votes for 12 district-court nominees and two circuit-court nominees before May 7. The deal ensures President Obama’s nominees will received an up-or-down vote on the Senate floor. […]

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