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  • New Daisy vs 33 Minutes on New START

    Posted November 5th, 2010 at 4:00pm in American Leadership, Protect America 0 Print This Post Print This Post

    The American Values Network has released a new online ad aimed at pressuring the Senate to pass the New START nuclear arms agreement with Russia in the upcoming lame duck session of Congress. The ad is a carbon copy of President Lyndon Johnson’s 1964 “Daisy” ad, which equated a vote for Barry Goldwater with a vote for nuclear Armageddon. The new Daisy ad is no more based in reality. It claims, “Now no one watches nuclear weapons” and urges ratification of New START since “the stakes are too high for anything else.”

    The truth is that the U.S. has never relied on treaty-based verification measures alone for insight into Russian strategic forces. Instead, it employs a variety of reconnaissance for gaining insight into Russian strategic forces. Roaches are often looking for water and food and consequently, you will discover most of them in your kitchen and bathroom region, especially the basin or the bathtubs since water is almost always present there. You may find that the typical insecticides for other bugs are inadequate against roaches mainly because there is a higher level of resistance against moderate poison. If you're looking for the best ways to get rid of roaches, read this guide. As mentioned, the ideal roach killers will be poison that are exclusively made for them or even traps that could entice a lot of them at one time. Roaches are drawn to moist and dim areas, so you may want to have any tiniest breaks within the ground and wall structure closed appropriately. Furthermore, the verification regime in New START provides little value. New START has fewer on-site inspections, and Russia may declare certain locations to be maintenance areas, which are not subject to warhead inspection. And so long as the Russians continue to deny inspectors the ability to confirm the true number of warheads on a missile, such inspections are of little value. Continue reading...

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  • Net Neutrality Goes 0 for 95

    Posted November 5th, 2010 at 2:00pm in Enterprise and Free Markets 0 Print This Post Print This Post

    For years, supporters of Internet regulation have argued that it is a political winner—that voters would flock to candidates who promised to impose so-called neutrality rules on the Web.

    Last week, that proposition was put to the test, as a group called the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) released a statement signed by 95 candidates for Congress pledging to support net neutrality regulation if elected. At the time, a spokesman for the PCCC predicted that “the announcement would help generate enthusiasm for net-neutrality legislation in the next Congress.”

    The test did not go well. As Scott Cleland of the Precursor Group reported, of the 95 candidates, exactly zero won. None. Nada. Nichts. That’s a record that would be hard to duplicate if they had picked 95 names from a hat. Rather than lead to political enthusiasm, the pledge led to political euthanasia.

    Of course, it’s hard to say that the candidates lost because of the pledge. But it sure doesn’t look like it helped anyone. Net neutrality, it seems, makes no more political sense than it does economic sense.

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  • This week, two seemingly unconnected events took place in Moscow. Yet, considered together, they have are of tremendous importance and serve to weaken the rule of law in Russia.

    Last Tuesday, imprisoned former Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky delivered a passionate speech at the end of his kangeroo court proceedings about the corroding lawlessness plaguing his country. As Khodorkovsky addressed the court, masked Russian police SWAT teams armed with Kalashnikovs raided the National Reserve Bank in Moscow. The bank belongs to Alexander Lebedev, another billionaire political opponent of the Putin-Medvedev “tandemocracy.”

    According to international media reports, the businessman left Russia right after the raid. He may have done the right thing: when Khodorkovsky refused to leave, he ended up with two prosecutions for a combined requested sentence of 23 years in the GULAG. Other businessmen targeted by the state left the country—and also kept their freedom. Continue reading...

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  • Morning Bell: Get to Work Repealing Obamacare

    Posted November 5th, 2010 at 9:24am in Health Care 16 Print This Post Print This Post

    During his post-election press conference Wednesday, President Barack Obama was asked: “As you’re well aware, obviously, a lot of Republicans ran against your health care law. Some have called for repealing the law. I’m wondering, sir, if you believe that health care reform that you worked so hard on is in danger at this point, and whether there’s a threat, as a result of this election.” The President replied:

    Well, I know that there’s some Republican candidates who won last night who feel very strongly about it. I’m sure that this will be an issue that comes up in discussions with the Republican leadership. As I said before, though, I think we’d be misreading the election if we thought that the American people want to see us for the next two years relitigate arguments that we had over the last two years.

    The President just doesn’t get it. According to the national exit poll just 16% of voters want to leave Obamacare as is. A full 48% of voters want to see it outright repealed and another 31% want to see it changed in some way. Americans do want to relitigate Obamacare. Yesterday, here at The Heritage Foundation, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell promised to do just that:

    On health care, that means we can — and should — propose and vote on straight repeal, repeatedly. But we can’t expect the president to sign it. So we’ll also have to work, in the House, on denying funds for implementation, and, in the Senate, on votes against its most egregious provisions. At the same time, we’ll need to continue educating the public about the ill-effects of this bill on individuals young and old, families, and small businesses.

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  • Almost two years ago, after President Obama’s obsequious bow before a Saudi prince, many Americans began to wonder whether this “citizen of the world” knew what he was doing with America’s foreign policy. The passage of time has revealed a stunning lack of diplomatic sophistication and a dangerous misunderstanding of America’s role in the world.

    In a new issue of Foreign Policy magazine, foreign policy experts offer President Obama a “Plan B” to supplement the White House’s incoherent and ineffective foreign policy agenda – in their words, to help the president “find his mojo again.” But has Barack Obama ever had this certain je ne sais quoi when it comes to American diplomacy?

    As a presidential candidate, Obama so resolutely criticized American foreign policy and expressed such confidence in his persuasive abilities that many people came to expect that he held the secret to global harmony, a secret that had eluded so many of America’s past statesmen. But two years of apology-based diplomacy have revealed the failures of a foreign policy that refuses to see the world as it is.

    President Obama and his closest White House advisors also fundamentally misunderstand America, so it is no surprise that they misunderstand the role of American diplomacy in the world. According to Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell’s remarks at the Heritage Foundation on Thursday, the biggest foreign policy difference between Congressional Republicans and the Obama administration hinges on a basic question: “Whether or not America is an exceptional country.” Continue reading...

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  • Lunch With Heritage Chat

    Posted November 4th, 2010 at 6:00pm in Ongoing Priorities 1 Print This Post Print This Post

    The American people spoke loud and clear on Tuesday. They do not want to continue on the path that the Obama Administration was taking us on. The Heritage Foundation released a checklist of five things the new Congress MUST do. Brian Darling, Director of Government Relations for The Heritage Foundation  will take your questions concerning what the elections mean for conservative policies.

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  • Tuesday’s election results aren’t the only outcomes this week likely to impact the future of school choice across the country. Yesterday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization v. Winn to determine whether the Grand Canyon State’s scholarship tax credit program violates the establishment clause. The Wall Street Journal writes today:

    As ever, the American Civil Liberties Union and other rigid secularists argue that this is unconstitutional support for religion because most parents seek out religiously affiliated programs. A three-judge panel on the oft-overturned Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals bought that argument, reversing a lower court that had upheld the state tax credits.

    However, even the Arizona program’s critics concede that every element is religiously neutral and a matter of private parental choice. The state plays only a minor role in administering the tax credits, no role in selecting the donors. While the tax credits reduce state tax revenue, the resulting scholarships also reduce the state’s expense on public education.

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  • Why Defense Matters to Conservatives

    Posted November 4th, 2010 at 3:00pm in Protect America 2 Print This Post Print This Post

    Professor Colin Dueck argues in Hard Line that dedication to a strong national defense is the most enduring theme of conservative and Republican foreign policy since World War II. In spite of “apparent oscillations between internationalism and isolationism,” conservatives have demonstrated “a hawkish and intense American nationalism … committed to building strong national defenses, determined to maintain a free hand for the United States internationally.”

    There’s a reason for this. Though skeptical of government’s domestic ambitions, conservatives instinctively understand it has a special role — spelled out in the preamble to the Constitution — “to provide for the common defense.” According to a recent poll in 10 battleground congressional districts, 60 percent of likely Republican voters won’t accept any cuts to defense and homeland security. Continue reading...


  • Florida’s Dubious Class-Size Caps

    Posted November 4th, 2010 at 2:00pm in Education 0 Print This Post Print This Post

    Lost amid the national election coverage Tuesday night was the defeat of an important ballot initiative in Florida. Amendment 8 would have relaxed the state’s strict caps on class size, adding three to five students per class depending on grade level. A poor potty training experience will leave your kids with dislike and fear of making use of the rest room later on. Setting up a prize chart on a wall that your child can keep track of for each potty session is a wise thing to do. Independent employment of the rest room would grant him a sticker which he is able to paste on the chart. This is a trick that always works when it comes to potty training boys. Click here for more potty training tips for boys. If you have a little girl, check out Down To Five's potty training tips for girls for everything you need to know on getting your baby girl to use the potty. (The amendment received about 55 percent of the vote, but it needed 60 percent to become law.) The current caps have proven costly to implement. The Orlando Sentinel described some of the struggles:

    To free up money for smaller classes, districts cut electives, combined classes, shifted student schedules, and packed students into elective courses. The Seminole County school district even closed some schools to students in certain grades and bused kids to nearby campuses that had room.

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  • As American children spent last weekend trick-or-treating, many bringing home donations for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) along with their hauls of candy, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice congratulated the organization’s 60-year Halloween fundraising campaign.

    Parents who were worried about how much sugar their little ones consumed would surely be even more concerned if they were aware of the mischief and nonsense that has become run of the mill at UNICEF and its sister U.N. entities. The past several decades have brought a transition away from UNICEF’s founding focus on children’s health and survival to that of the radical feminists, usually under the guise of children’s rights. Now, UNICEF programs and policies tend to emphasize the rights of “the girl-child” and advocate for children’s sexual and reproductive rights. Unfortunately, this trend creates an artificial tension between children and their parents, and the importance of the family is relegated to the sidelines. Continue reading...

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  • Morning Bell: Get To Work On Spending Cuts

    Posted November 4th, 2010 at 9:43am in Entitlements 33 Print This Post Print This Post

    On October 15, 2008, well after the financial collapse had begun, President Barack Obama promised the American people during the third presidential debate: “What I’ve done throughout this campaign is to propose a net spending cut.” The verdict is out on how many Americans believed President Obama then, but the verdict is in on his first two years in office: instead of a net spending cut, federal spending has exploded. Since 2008, federal spending has surged from $25,000 to $30,000 per household. And under President Obama’s budget it would reach $36,000 per household by 2020. Even if Congress allowed President Obama’s preferred tax hikes to become law, his budget would double the national debt to more than $20 trillion by 2020.

    With these facts in mind, CBS News’ Chip Reid asked the President yesterday: “Republicans say more than anything else what this election was about was spending. … Do you accept the fact that any kind of spending to create jobs is dead at this point?” The President responded: “I think the American people are absolutely concerned about spending and debt — and deficits.” Good for the President for acknowledging these concerns. But after providing lip service to concerns about spending the President then went on to talk about all the “investments” he wanted to make in supertrains, supercomputers, and Singapore’s airport. The President just can’t help himself: he is addicted to federal spending. And it is the next Congress’ job to make him stop.

    Congress must craft a solution for our nation’s long term entitlement spending problems. But our nation’s economy also needs a strong signal that this Congress is serious about cutting spending now. That will let job creators know that their taxes are not destined to be higher. Specifically, Congress must Get to Work immediately: Continue reading...

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  • VIDEO: It’s Time To Get To Work

    Posted November 4th, 2010 at 9:41am in Ongoing Priorities 2 Print This Post Print This Post

    As Heritage Foundation President Ed Feulner explained yesterday, the American people sent a strong message on Tuesday. They clearly rejected the wasteful spending and growing government that has so far defined the Obama Administration and insisted that our country return to fiscal sanity.

    As we explain in our new web video, this new Congress was elected on a mandate to lead and the American people are demanding that they live up to its promises.

    They must immediately 1) Cut and Freeze Spending; 2) Repeal Obamacare; 3) Stop the Obama Tax Hikes; 4) Protect America; and 5) Get Control of Government. It’s time to get to work.

    To download and print our “Get to Work” fact sheets and checklist, so you can help hold Congress accountable, click here.

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  • Since 2003, the Associated Press, ABC News, CBS News, CNN, Fox News and NBC News have cooperated in the form of the National Election Pool (NEP) to produce one set of nationwide exit poll data. First, representatives from each news organizations form a committee that comes up with the specific question for that cycle’s poll. Then the NEP contracts with Edison Research to conduct the actual polling on Election Day.

    In 2008, as they had done in previous cycles, the NEP asked respondents “Are you currently married?” and “Do you have any children under 18 living in your household?” The exit polling found that 51% of those “married with children” voted for Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) while only 48% voted for President Barack Obama.

    This year, however, the NEP did not ask respondents if they were married. Continue reading...

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