A Billion Here, a Billion There: The State Department’s Wacky Budget Process

Even by U.S. government standards (not a high one these days), the State Department’s budget process is a mess. In almost every budget cycle, billions and billions of hard-earned taxpayer dollars get allocated to the State Department in the last minute without proper congressional debate or substantive hearings. As a consequence, opaqueness and bureaucratic confusion […]

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Congress Doesn’t Get Homeland Security

Last week, Congressmen Jerrold Nadler (D–NY), Edward Markey (D–MA), and Bennie Thompson (D–MS) publicly chastised the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in a New York Times op-ed, claiming that DHS has done little to counter the terrorist threat to maritime cargo security in recent years. While this couldn’t be much further from the truth, through […]

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Empowering Communities To Fight Poverty & Violence

It’s been nearly 50 years since Lyndon B. Johnson launched his War on Poverty, and much has been debated about the appropriate role of government in poverty and social welfare.  However well-intentioned these federal fix-alls might have been, recent statistics prove that the liberal model of Big Government handouts and nanny-state dependency simply isn’t working.  […]

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Religious Liberty Victory for NYC Churches

On Friday, a district court issued a permanent injunction against New York City’s ban on the use of the schools for worship services, permitting city churches to continue renting space in public schools on weekends. “Churches that have been helping communities for years can continue to offer the hope that empty buildings can’t,” explained Alliance […]

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China, Iran’s Biggest Oil Customer, Gets Last-Minute Sanctions Exemption From Obama

(CNSNews.com) – In an announcement largely overshadowed by the Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Thursday the administration was exempting China from imminent sanctions relating to Iran’s oil trade — on the grounds, she said, that it had significantly reduced imports of Iranian oil. China’s imports of Iranian oil did […]

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IMF To Palestinian Authority: Loan Request Denied; PA Hates Israel Despite Needing Its Financial Support

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Monday denied a Palestinian Authority request for a $100 million bridging loan via Israel. Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad approached Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer in search of Israeli assistance with obtaining the loan earlier this year. Israeli assistance in seeking the loan – approved by Prime […]

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