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  • Commentary posted April 22, 2016 by Jim DeMint Obama Sidesteps Senate Approval of Paris Agreement

    This Friday is “Earth Day” and by all indications the Obama administration intends to celebrate it by traveling to the United Nations in New York and signing the Paris Agreement on climate change. Despite the pomp and circumstance of a U.N. Headquarters signing ceremony, President Obama claims that the Paris Agreement is not a treaty. Since he claims it is not a treaty,…

  • Commentary posted March 29, 2016 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. Freedom Is in Retreat Under Obama Presidency

    President Barack Obama’s speech in Cuba last week is one of the best he’s made in his seven years in office. Unfortunately, he’s got a terrible record of following through on his words. I don’t think Obama should have gone to Cuba. The U.S. has nothing to gain from an opening to the Castro regime: this isn’t Nixon’s trip to China at the height of the Cold War. Most…

  • Commentary posted March 22, 2016 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Encouraging Real Change in Cuba

    It’s been over a year since the United States “normalized” relations with Cuba, making concessions that, supposedly, would encourage the island nation to become freer and more open. In light of President Obama’s visit, however, it’s clear that this policy has proven to be a failure. You would think that only by making concrete improvements in the lives of ordinary Cubans…

  • Commentary posted February 26, 2016 by Dakota Wood Saturday Q&A: Military Analyst Takes Aim at Climate Change Directive

    Dakota Wood is The Heritage Foundation's senior research fellow for defense programs. Wood, who spent two decades in the U.S. Marine Corps, spoke to the Trib regarding the Pentagon recently ordering commanders to prioritize climate change in military actions. Q: What prompted this directive? A: It's important to keep in mind that senior civilian officials are political…

  • Commentary posted February 26, 2016 by Nile Gardiner, Ph.D. O Americans, Embrace Brexit

    President Obama is no supporter of Brexit. Just as David Cameron is warning of grave consequences for Britain if it leaves the European Union – floods of migrants crossing the English Channel, economic isolation, heightened terrorism risks – the American president has told the British people that Brexit is against US interests and will weaken the transatlantic alliance.…

  • Commentary posted February 25, 2016 by Hans A. von Spakovsky, Elizabeth Slattery Obama and Juan Williams Need a Lesson on the Constitution and the Facts on Judicial Nominations

    Someone should remind President Obama and Juan Williams what the Constitution actually says about confirming nominees. They seem unaware of how the process works. They also appear ignorant of the facts regarding the many judicial nominees the president has had confirmed over the past seven years. First of all, the claim by Juan Williams that race “has something to do”…

  • Commentary posted February 25, 2016 by Peter Brookes Obama Trip Rewards Cuba for Failing Its People

    In the continuing saga — going back almost seven years now — of Team Obama’s quest to end the “Cold War” with Cuba, the White House trumpeted last week that the president is heading for Havana next month. Just another bad idea whose time has come, I guess. Obama will be the first U.S. president to go to Cuba since Calvin Coolidge in 1928 — and with the trip coming in…

  • Commentary posted February 25, 2016 by Stephen Moore Hey President Obama, for Most Americans the Economy Is Still Weak

    Bernie Sanders says this is an economy that has been rigged with only the gains of the last decade going to the richest one percent. Hillary Clinton admits the middle class is falling behind. In fact, about the only person in America who is happy with the economy is Obama himself. Every new statistic documents what American voters keep saying: they are sick of slow…

  • Commentary posted February 25, 2016 by Ana Quintana Obama in Havana: Turn Back to Human Rights

    Earlier this week, President Obama announced plans to visit Cuba in March. Logically—and more importantly—strategically, the visit makes no sense. Mr. Obama and General Raul Castro have already met. Their famous handshake occurred last year, at the Summit of the Americas. Today, a little over year after the president’s radical shift in Cuba policy, conditions have…

  • Commentary posted February 25, 2016 by Hans A. von Spakovsky The Obama Administration Wants to Make Sure Non-Citizens Vote in the Upcoming Election

    Several well-funded organizations — including the League of Women Voters and the NAACP — are fighting efforts to prevent non-citizens from voting illegally in the upcoming presidential election. And the United States Department of Justice, under the direction of Attorney General Loretta Lynch, is helping them. On February 12, these groups filed a lawsuit in D.C. federal…

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  • Commentary posted November 17, 2014 by Diane Katz, James L. Gattuso Obama's Final Two Years: A Sprint on Regulation?

    The election results were a crushing political blow for the Obama administration, giving Republicans firm control of both houses of Congress for the final two years of his term. But this in no way signals the end of the president's policy agenda. It simply shifts the action to regulatory agencies. In the days since the vote, this has already begun. Obama is moving…

  • Lecture posted May 8, 2012 by Kim R. Holmes, Ph.D., Marc A. Thiessen, Clifford D. May, Helle C. Dale The Obama Doctrine at Year Three: An Assessment

    Abstract: Even before taking office, President Obama began laying out the tenets of a doctrine that would enable his Administration to remake America as one nation among many, with no singular claim to responsibility or exceptionalism. These tenets include a more humble engagement with the world and more reliance on others, as well as treaties and international…

  • Backgrounder posted July 25, 2011 by James L. Gattuso, Diane Katz Red Tape Rising: A 2011 Mid-Year Report

    Abstract: Following a record year of rulemaking, the Obama Administration is continuing to unleash more costly red tape. In the first six months of the 2011 fiscal year, 15 major regulations were issued, with annual costs exceeding $5.8 billion and one-time implementation costs approaching $6.5 billion. No major rulemaking actions were taken to reduce regulatory…

  • Commentary posted July 8, 2014 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. Prez Sticks to His Global Mistakes

    Secretary of State John Kerry recently floated a mind-boggling idea: To help turn back ISIS, the Islamic terrorist group that has seized control of more than a third of Iraq, the U.S. could enter a cooperative arrangement with the mullahs of Iran.  Yes, the administration still clings to the notion that it can advance American interests by cutting a deal with Tehran. No…

  • Commentary posted July 26, 2013 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Harry Reid, Obama Sell Myth of GOP Obstructing Judicial Nominations

    The rush by Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) to push through President Obama’s latest judicial nominees before their records can be thoroughly reviewed is underway. On June 4, while announcing his nomination of three more judges to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, President Obama repeated what has become a Democratic mantra: Republican senators are…

  • Commentary posted December 16, 2013 by Kim R. Holmes, Ph.D. Inequality and the Knock Out Game

    The “knock out game,” where defenseless people are brutally and randomly attacked, is a shocker. It’s hard to imagine why teenagers, apparently bored out of their minds, would get a thrill out of beating up an old man or woman. We are all outraged. But we are also divided on the causes. Some charge racism. Others cry a sick culture. Still others blame rising inequality…

  • Commentary posted April 8, 2014 by Lisa Curtis Afghan election: After encouraging turnout, Obama must stick with support for war-torn country

    Afghans went to the polls Saturday, but results won’t be in for at least another two weeks. If none of the candidates wins a majority of votes (the most likely scenario), a run-off election will have to be held probably in late May or early June. The Taliban did their best to deter voting and undermine the electoral process in Afghanistan. In the weeks running up to…

  • Commentary posted May 11, 2014 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. Use the Cold War playbook to keep Russia in line

    George Kennan was the State Department's top hand on Moscow. As the U.S.-Soviet alliance unraveled after World War II, no one seemed to understand the Kremlin better than Kennan. One of his most insightful observations was cautionary: Do not think about the standoff with the Soviet Union as principally a military confrontation. "[Y]ou didn't always have to occupy…

  • Commentary posted December 5, 2014 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Obama's Ferguson Misstep

    Perhaps the biggest problem with the reaction of President Obama and his attorney general, Eric Holder, to the grand jury verdict in Ferguson is their non-support for the difficult work of the grand jury. That and their support for the mistaken proposition that the administration of justice is unfair, biased, and prejudiced towards “communities of color” undermine our…

  • Commentary posted January 6, 2014 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. Why a U.S.-China "G2" Won't Work

    Back in 2009, it seemed that all the White House had to do to demonstrate wisdom was to declare that the solution—whatever the problem—was "Anything But Bush" (ABB). Those were heady days for the Obama administration. How to deal with China? The ABB solution was the G-2, or Group of Two. It was quite the hot idea—before it flamed out. The logic behind the G-2 was pretty…

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  • Issue Brief posted October 11, 2012 by J.D. Foster, Ph.D., Curtis S. Dubay Attacks on Tax Reform Miss the Mark

    Tax reform proposals like Heritage’s New Flat Tax, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp’s plan, and Governor Mitt Romney’s plan are susceptible to unfair attacks by the media, think tanks, and politicians. President Obama, for example, completely misstates the facts regarding Governor Mitt Romney’s tax reform proposal by citing an unfair think tank analysis.[1]…

  • WebMemo posted September 6, 2011 by J.D. Foster, Ph.D. Three Paths for Obama’s Jobs Speech

    President Obama will soon make yet another “major jobs speech.” Small wonder—the Department of Labor announced last Friday that the economy created a net of zero new jobs in August following two months of near-zero growth. Two years after the President signed his first major jobs bill into law, the unemployment rate continues to hover at 9.1 percent. Unfortunately,…

  • Backgrounder posted July 25, 2011 by James L. Gattuso, Diane Katz Red Tape Rising: A 2011 Mid-Year Report

    Abstract: Following a record year of rulemaking, the Obama Administration is continuing to unleash more costly red tape. In the first six months of the 2011 fiscal year, 15 major regulations were issued, with annual costs exceeding $5.8 billion and one-time implementation costs approaching $6.5 billion. No major rulemaking actions were taken to reduce regulatory…

  • WebMemo posted May 20, 2011 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. What President Obama Should Tell Prime Minister Cameron About Britain’s Defense Cuts

    During his state visit to the United Kingdom on May 24–26, President Barack Obama should speak clearly to Prime Minister David Cameron about the serious damage that the latest round of British defense cuts is doing to Britain’s armed forces. The Special Relationship between the U.S. and Great Britain rests in part on the desire of each nation to play a leading role in the…

  • Backgrounder posted May 19, 2011 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. Preserving the Special Relationship: A Conservative Agenda for President Obama’s State Visit to Great Britain

    Abstract: The summit meeting in May between President Barack Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron comes at an important moment in the Special Relationship between the United States and Great Britain. The two powers lead NATO, which has again proved that it is the only European and Atlantic institution capable of creating consensus and responding in a crisis. However,…

  • WebMemo posted March 21, 2011 by James M. Roberts, Ray Walser, Ph.D. President Obama in El Salvador: Facing the Central American Challenge

    President Obama’s visit to El Salvador on March 22 concludes his first presidential trip to South and Central America. In El Salvador, he will meet with leftist President Mauricio Funes, visit the tomb of Archbishop Romero, and tour a Mayan ruin. The visit to El Salvador is designed to shore up relations with a country highly representative of the challenges and dilemmas…

  • WebMemo posted March 2, 2011 by Ray Walser, Ph.D. Mexico’s Calderon and Obama Meet: Time for a Ronald Reagan Moment

    When Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon meets President Obama in Washington on March 3, the atmosphere will be tense. Even White House media management cannot camouflage gathering tensions in the U.S.–Mexican relationship. Mexico’s bloody battle with drug cartels and criminal violence dominates media headlines and fuels growing uncertainty about Mexico’s future…

  • WebMemo posted November 9, 2010 by Bruce Klingner, Dean Cheng Do Not Expect Much from Japan During Obama Visit

    Any Japanese hopes that hosting the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit would highlight Tokyo’s regional leadership abilities or reverse Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s plummeting approval ratings have been dashed. Instead, the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) is buffeted by escalating domestic criticism for its timorous foreign policies, which encouraged…

  • WebMemo posted September 22, 2010 by Walter Lohman Not the Time to Go Wobbly: Press U.S. Advantage on South China Sea

    A few days ago, the Associated Press quoted Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Kurt Campbell and White House Asia Adviser Jeffrey Bader telling ambassadors from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) that the Administration’s toughness regarding China’s claims in the South China Sea is having the desired effect, “clearly [moving…

  • Backgrounder posted September 1, 2010 by Kim R. Holmes, Ph.D., James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. Defining the Obama Doctrine, Its Pitfalls, and How to Avoid Them

    Abstract: President Barack Obama has said that America would reach out to other countries as “an equal partner” rather than as the “exceptional” nation that many before him had embraced; that “any world order that elevates one nation or group of people over another will inevitably fail”; and that “[o]ur problems must be dealt with through partnership” and…

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