Economic Freedom: Key to the 50 States’ Economic Recovery

Economic freedom, enhanced by limited government, is critical to economic dynamism and job creation, as documented in the Index of Economic Freedom, an annual cross-country policy analysis by The Heritage Foundation. The individual economies of our 50 states are no exception to that. The strongly positive linkage between economic freedom and economic dynamism holds true […]

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Europe Must Heed Defense Secretary Gates’ Warning on the Future of NATO

In his farewell address in Brussels, US Defence Secretary Robert Gates delivered a blunt warning to America’s European allies: there is the real possibility of “a dim, if not dismal future for the transatlantic alliance” unless NATO member states undertake a firm commitment to increase defence spending and make a bigger commitment to NATO operations. As […]

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Protect and Defend the U.S. Missile Defense

“The Obama administration continues to demonstrate its penchant for bargaining away missile defense,” write James Woolsey, chairman of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and a former director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, and Rebeccah Heinrichs, an adjunct fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and a former manager of the Congressional Missile […]

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Abbas Is ‘Trapped With September’; Call to Cut US Funding to UN if it Approves PA State

Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas wants to “climb down from the tree” and restart talks with Israel, but can’t due to widespread pressure, the Associated Press reported Thursday. According to PA sources several senior PA officials are advising Abbas to forgo plans to seek a unilateral declaration of PA statehood at the UN in September […]

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Twenty Muslim Terrorists Arrested in Minnesota

Twenty Somali Muslims have been charged in Minnesota with supporting a terrorist organization. STAR TRIBUNE–An Ohio man who once lived in Eden Prairie was arrested Thursday morning in Columbus, becoming the 20th person of Somali descent charged in Minnesota for allegedly supporting the terror group Al-Shabab. Ahmed Hussein Mahamud, 26, made his initial appearance Thursday […]

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White House Invites Gabonese Tyrant into the Oval Office

President Obama has kept at least one campaign promise: agreeing to meet with nefarious world leaders. Yesterday, President Ali Bongo Ondimba from Gabon added his name to the guest book at the White House. As director of Heritage’s Margaret Thatcher Center, Nile Gardiner, states, “In yet another display of extraordinarily bad judgment, the Obama Administration […]

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Guest Blog: Georgians Will Continue to Fight for School Choice Options

Better than 97 percent proficient in reading, 94 percent proficient in math, and a perfect 100 percent in writing: These are the most recent criterion-referenced competency test and 8th grade writing assessment scores for Ivy Preparatory Charter School located in Gwinnett County, a suburb of Atlanta. In a state where K–12 education results are not […]

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‘Blizzard’ of Words, but Panetta’s Actions Will Determine National Security

At his confirmation hearing today, Defense Secretary nominee Leon Panetta argued that the Cold War of the 20th century had been replaced by a “blizzard” of threats in the 21st. Remarking that “for our troops, there has been no shortage of war,” Panetta will likely concentrate on winding down American involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan, […]

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