Politicians Forget Why We Need A Strong Balanced Budget Amendment

The purpose of a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution (BBA) is to limit the size and scope of the federal government.  Some politicians seem to have forgotten that goal. According to USA Today there are 18 pending proposed amendments to the Constitution that purport to be balanced budget constitutional mandates.  The House will be […]

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Palestine Membership: More Trick Than Treat for UNESCO

As expected, “Palestine” succeeded in gaining membership in the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on October 31 with a vote of 107 in favor, 14 against, and 52 abstentions. The result was a foregone conclusion after UNESCO’s 58-member executive board voted 40–4 with 14 abstentions earlier this month to let the membership […]

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Cyprus on the World Stage

by Daniel Pipes National Review Online October 11, 2011 Cyprus, an island near Turkey and Syria of roughly 1.3 million inhabitants, finds itself on the cusp of momentous change. As it belatedly makes its grand debut on the world stage after domestic Greek-Turkish communal issues have consumed its first 51 years of independence, it faces […]

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Assad: Western Intervention Will Cause an Earthquake

Syrian President Bashar Assad has warned the West of an “earthquake” across the Middle East if Western powers intervene in Syria. Speaking to the British Sunday Telegraph newspaper, Assad said western countries “are going to ratchet up the pressure, definitely.” “But Syria is different in every respect from Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen,” he added. “The history […]

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Case Study: How Mainstream Media Whitewash Terror

U.S. headlines on Gaza missile attacks Saturday often made it appear that “militants” simply are responding to Israeli defensive measures. The violence began last Wednesday with a missile attack on southern Israel, but most American media implied that Israel’s counterterrorist retaliation was a provocation for Saturday’s multiple terrorist attacks on major urban centers. One of […]

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A View from the Border

How goes the battle for the border? Heritage Foundation Latin American specialist Ray Walser and I spent some time on the border at Laredo, Texas, with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the U.S. Border Patrol. Laredo is America’s largest inland port of entry. Last year, 1.64 million trucks passed through the port, representing about $70 […]

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Chart of the Week: Taxing the Wealthy to Cover Future Deficits Won’t Work

Democrats on the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction last week floated a proposal that includes massive tax increases on wealthy Americans. While their plan would also include some cuts to entitlement programs, the tax-code changes make up a significant portion, according to press reports. The Los Angeles Times reported: “Revenue would be raised mostly […]

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