Cloakroom: July 16 – July 20

House Cloakroom Analysis: This week the House will turn its attention to defense funding. The major bill on the floor this week will be the Defense appropriations bill, which provides the funding for the nation’s military. Additionally, the House will take up a bill to establish strict transparency requirements for the Obama Administration’s process of […]

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State Department Still Balking on Calling Out Terrorists in Nigeria

There is some confusion in Foggy Bottom as to how the United States ought to define Boko Haram, an Islamic militant group based in northern Nigeria. Last week, Assistant Secretary of State Johnnie Carson testified in front of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, calling Boko Haram a “terrorist organization.” Yet he defended the Obama Administration’s […]

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California Sparks Municipal-Bankruptcy Wave

While three cities in California have filed for bankruptcy in the past few weeks, more filings are expected, according to CNNMoney. San Bernadino became the latest city in the state to file for bankruptcy protection, following Stockton and Mammoth Lakes. Many cities around the country, not just in the State of California, are struggling to […]

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Another U.N. Convention That Poses Threats to U.S. Sovereignty

Yesterday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing on the U.N.’s Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). As multiple experts—including The Heritage Foundation’s Steven Groves—testified, it is both unnecessary and unwise for the United States to become a party to the Disabilities Convention. The rights of Americans with disabilities are already […]

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A “Conservative Carbon Tax” Is $0

Instead of rallying together to fight the Obama Administration’s backdoor environmental regulations, which have exorbitant costs and minimal benefit, some conservative organizations are working with liberal groups to push costs higher by piling on a carbon tax. This would be nothing more than an enormously high, regressive energy tax that would needlessly destroy jobs and […]

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Supreme Court and Obamacare: Judicial Activism or Judicial Review?

The deeper meaning and implications of the Obamacare case for the Supreme Court’s reputation and constitutional law will be debated for years to come. In its annual Supreme Court review event at Heritage yesterday, an all-star cast of scholars, advocates (including Solicitor General Donald Verrilli), and journalists tackled those topics. The Court did rule that […]

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American Muslim Communities Becoming Radicalized

WASHINGTON — A report, based on a series of House committee hearings, said the radicalization American Muslim community was not being impeded by community leaders. The report by the House Homeland Security Committee said Islamist leaders have obstructed law enforcement. In at least two U.S. cities, mosque preachers were said to have helped in recruitment […]

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Scientists Blame Global Warming for Heat Wave, But Fail to Back It Up

Global-warming alarmists have reemerged with a vengeance following the recent heat wave featuring record temperatures across the nation and dozens of wildfires throughout the West. But how much has global warming contributed? At least two climate change scientists refused to identify any possible threshold, with one declaring, “I honestly don’t think you can really put […]

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