President Obama Admits Welfare Encourages Dependency

During his Twitter Townhall on Wednesday, President Obama admitted that government welfare has created dependency. He noted: I think we should acknowledge that some welfare programs in the past were not well designed and in some cases did encourage dependency.… As somebody who worked in low-income neighborhoods, I’ve seen it where people weren’t encouraged to […]

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PODCAST: Southern Sudan Ready to Declare Independence

In this week’s Heritage in Focus, Research Associate Morgan Roach discusses Southern Sudan’s independence on July 9th. Click here to listen. Since Sudan’s independence, the North and South have been engaged in conflict.  After a decades-long civil war, and with the help of the international community, peace was brokered in 2005 .  Abyei, an area […]

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Washington in a Flash: Debt Talks

Yesterday’s debt-limit talks were “very constructive,” according to President Obama. But with party leaders still far apart on a number of issues, Obama will reconvene the group Sunday in hopes of reaching a deal before the administration’s Aug. 2 deadline. Rank-and-file lawmakers are growing impatient with the pace of progress. This weekend also marks the […]

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Washington in a Flash: Obama’s NLRB Comes Under the Microscope

The House Committee on Education and the Workforce holds a hearing today in response to the National Labor Relations Board’s recent proposal to dramatically alter union election procedures. “Rushing Union Elections: Protecting the Interests of Big Labor at the Expense of Workers’ Free Choice” begins at 10 a.m. Expect the hearing to reveal the potential […]

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Shame on Cuba: Blind Eye to Human Trafficking

“If the girls give me trouble I hurt them.” These are the words of human trafficker Aktham Zuhair Salem Madanat. Known for trafficking girls from Cuba to the United Kingom, Madanat had no qualms about openly discussing how he lured 10- and 11-year-old girls into the sex trade. In fact, Madanat is one of many […]

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Chicago-Style Politics on Twitter: How the White House Uses Social Media

President Obama takes questions later today at the first-ever Twitter town hall. This high-profile event is yet another example of the White House’s embrace of social media to communicate directly with Americans But behind the scenes, there’s another story unfolding about the Obama administration’s use of Twitter. For some White House staffers, it’s a way […]

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London Celebrates Ronald Reagan’s Legacy on Independence Day

London today celebrated Ronald Reagan’s 100th birthday and his role in bringing down the Iron Curtain with the unveiling of a 10-foot bronze statue of the former President at the U.S. Embassy in England. British Foreign Secretary William Hague and former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice spoke at the event, which drew a crowd of 2,000. Reagan’s statue will stand alongside those of former Presidents Dwight […]

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