What Is the Fiscal Cliff and How Should We Deal With It?

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The “fiscal cliff” is coming. It’s a man-made disaster that’s ready to explode. But what exactly does it entail?

The fiscal cliff is a combination of tax increases and spending cuts that start to take effect January 1. President Obama and Congress will need to act quickly to avoid at least some parts of the fiscal cliff.

Heritage Foundation experts Romina Boccia, James Sherk, Katie Tubb offer more detail and specific recommendations on the four main parts of the fiscal cliff: Continue Reading »

19 Green Energy Companies Have Failed at Taxpayer Expense

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Back in July, President Obama said, “when I try something that doesn’t work, then I don’t try it again”

Yet the President continues to funnel taxpayer money to green energy companies that seem to fail month after month.

The Heritage Foundation’s Elinor Renner and Rachael Slobodien compiled a list of 19 green energy companies that received a total of $2.6 billion of taxpayer money–and failed anyway: Continue Reading »

Why Won’t President Obama Push Back Against Egypt’s Power Grab?

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Protests erupted across Egypt after its president decreed last Thursday that he was no longer subject to the law of his country — giving himself unchecked authority. This move has consequences for the security of both the United States and allies like Israel.

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, a loyal member of the anti-Western Muslim Brotherhood, has taken Egypt on a very disturbing course since his arrival to power back in June, The Heritage Foundation’s James Phillips explains. Under his leadership, Egypt has distanced itself from Washington while building a new relationship with China, engaging in close relations with Iran, and violating its peace treaty with Israel.

Morsi has restricted media freedom and announced a few months ago that Egyptian journalists will face harsh consequences for “insults” to the president. In addition, he has improved Egypt’s relationship with Hamas, the branch of the Muslim Brotherhood that governs Gaza and is still very committed to continuing its attacks on Israel.

With Morsi clearly abusing his powers by putting himself above the law, the Obama administration still continues to support Egypt as a partner, even planning to forgive $1 billion in debt. Continue Reading »

Why Didn’t CBS Release the President’s Benghazi Interview Earlier?

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Two days before the election, CBS finally decided to post additional segments of a September 12 60 Minutes interview with President Obama. As the Congressional hearings about the Benghazi attacks get underway, these excerpts provide a revealing look into the administration’s thinking. It’s not pretty.

According to the newly released excerpts of the interview, President Obama neglected to label the Benghazi consulate attack as an act or terrorism during the statement he made in the White House’s Rose Garden earlier on September 12.

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Election Day 2012: Ten State Ballot Measures to Watch

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Voters in 38 states will have the opportunity to vote today not just in federal elections but on 188 ballot initiatives and amendment questions.

The Heritage Foundation’s Lacklan Markay and Michael Sandoval have identified 10 ballot measures worth watching as returns start coming in this evening: Continue Reading »

This Week on Istook Live

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Heritage Foundation scholar Ernest Istook hosted several leading political commentators and Heritage experts on his program this week:

  • Town Hall’s Marita Noon discussed the sad truths of President Obama’s green energy jobs
  • Heritage’s Amy Payne spoke about the recent October jobs report and unemployment
  • Heritage’s Diane Katz explained how the current administration is ignoring laws and delaying announcing new regulations

Other guests included Heritage’s Jim Carafano and Heritage Action’s Dan Holler.

Be sure to tune in 9:00 a.m. to noon Eastern Monday through Friday. Find out more about the show, browse show archives, and listen live on istook.com

Heritage in the News 11/1/2012

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Word Cloud Analysis of the Second Presidential Debate

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After last night’s second presidential candidates’ debate, The Heritage Foundation generated two word clouds.

The word clouds illustrate the top 50 words that were used by President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney during the debate. The bigger the word appears on the cloud, the more often it was used by each candidate.

Tell us: what differences do you see in the word clouds?

Heritage Word Cloud Analysis of the VP Debate Shows Candidates’ Differences

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After last night’s vice presidential candidates’ debate, The Heritage Foundation generated two word clouds, one for Vice President Joe Biden and the other for Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI).

These word clouds illustrate the top 50 words used by both candidates during the debate. The bigger the word appears on the cloud, the more often it was used by each candidate. Continue Reading »

NATO Must Refocus on Afghanistan

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As NATO’s 28 defense ministers meet this week in Brussels, America’s top priority should be to encourage our allies to refocus on Afghanistan and ensure future stability in Central Asia.

The United States needs to stress three important points at the upcoming NATO meeting, Heritage Foundation expert Luke Coffey argues: Continue Reading »

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