Obama’s $4 Million Hawaii Vacation

President Obama had hoped to be in Hawaii today for the start of his 17-day Christmas vacation. Instead, he’s stuck in Washington until Congress finishes its work for the year. But in the Aloha State, residents are already abuzz about the first family’s trip — and its high price tag. Figures obtained by Hawaii Reporter […]

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Hizbullah Charged with Laundering Money in the U.S.

Several Lebanese financial institutions with alleged ties to the Hizbullah terror organization were part of a massive scheme that funneled hundreds of millions of dollars in criminal proceeds through the United States, prosecutors charged on Thursday. AFP reported that a criminal complaint in a New York federal court targeted the Lebanese Canadian Bank and two […]

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Half of Schools Don’t Meet Federal Achievement Standards; Duncan Blames ‘No Child Left Behind’

ATLANTA (AP) — Nearly half of America’s public schools didn’t meet federal achievement standards this year, marking the largest failure rate since the much-criticized No Child Left Behind Law took effect a decade ago, according to a national report released Thursday. The Center on Education Policy report shows more than 43,000 schools — or 48 […]

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Mega-Omni: Another Get-Out-of-Town Budget Debacle

The House mega-omni—the massive nine-bill appropriations package now moving toward a vote in the House—represents another disappointing failure to cut spending and prove Congress can instill some measure of fiscal discipline. Equally troubling: The procedure for considering the legislation allows everyone to vote for something he likes, while taxpayers pick up the tab. The main […]

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Peace on Earth—even on Capitol Hill

Perhaps it was only because ‘tis the season, but there was some rare harmony on Capitol Hill at the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security on Tuesday morning.  Edwin Meese, former attorney general and Chairman of the Center for Legal and Judicial Studies here at Heritage, gave testimony, which elicited many thanks from […]

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Canada First Country to Leave Kyoto Protocol – Believes Global Warming Talks Were a Fraud

Canada has become the first country to exit the Kyoto Protocol designed to lower greenhouse gas emissions. Canadian environment Minister Peter Kent explained that Kyoto, far from contributing to a reduction in greenhouse gas and tackling global warming, was actually functioning as an impediment, saying: “We believe that a new agreement with legally binding commitments […]

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