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  • Commentary posted June 16, 2016 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. After Orlando, Obama Drops Most Partisan Speech Ever

    Tuesday, our president came to us live from the Treasury Department. Allegedly, the purpose was to update Americans on the horrific Islamist terrorist attack at an LGBT club in Florida, as well as offer an update in the war against ISIS. But Obama reserved the second half of the speech for a vicious partisan diatribe. It would be as if FDR, partway through his “Day of…

  • Commentary posted June 7, 2016 by Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D. Government Shouldn’t Impose Transgender Ideology on Nation

    You know gender-identity issues are getting lots of attention when it prompts one gay-rights activist to start a campaign called "Drop the T." Its goal: to kick transgender out of the standard LGBT acronym for being "ultimately regressive and actually hostile to the goals of women and gay men." Whatever happens within the LGBT community, one thing is clear: Government…

  • Commentary posted May 27, 2016 by Bruce Klingner Hiroshima Quest is Naïve

    In 2009, President Obama articulated his dream for a world free of nuclear weapons. But reality intruded on his utopian vision that day when North Korea launched a long-range missile designed to target the United States with nuclear weapons. Since then, Pyongyang has continued to augment its nuclear arsenal. As the end of his presidency approaches, Obama seeks to…

  • Commentary posted May 27, 2016 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. Obama's Hiroshima Trip Just More Of The Same

    On Friday, President Barack Obama will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit Hiroshima. His spokesmen have promised that he won’t apologize for the U.S. use of atomic bombs to end the Second World War. But Hiroshima’s meaning is more powerful than any words he may utter. Obama’s been contemplating a visit to Hiroshima for years. I first heard rumors of it in…

  • Commentary on May 25, 2016 Critics Of The New York Times' Ben Rhodes Profile Miss The Point

    In a sense, there was no news in the recent New York Times magazine exposé of Obama foreign policy guru Ben Rhodes. It reveals that President Obama’s inner circle lacks foreign experience, is insufferably condescending, and lies to the nation. All of this we knew, so why all the fuss? It is important for the historical record, however, that the Rhodes’s profile further…

  • 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 April 11, 2016 by Peter Brookes President Obama's Bad Bromances, Breakups

    He’d explained, calmly, that he was on the right side of history and they weren’t. He’d noted that the only alternative to doing what he wanted was doing the wrong thing, or nothing at all. And he’d pointed out that, when people disagreed with him, it was because of pressure from donors, or because they couldn’t tell fantasy from reality, or were like Iranian religious…

  • 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…

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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…

  • 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…

  • Commentary posted November 21, 2014 by Jim DeMint The Injustice of Amnesty

    President Obama looks set to embark on a power play that will usurp the legislative power of Congress. The lives of untold thousands rest on that decision as well;  if he opts to decree amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants already in this country, it will encourage millions more to risk a treacherous, unlawful journey across our borders for the same…

  • Commentary posted June 27, 2013 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. Obama Sets His Sights On the Enemies Within

    A FEW months ago, I compared President Obama to Richard Nixon: both big spenders, both seeking to disengage abroad, and both personally prickly. I said nothing about Watergate. Now Obama, like Nixon, is enmeshed in scandals that began before his re-election but only grabbed public notice after it. And what a set of scandals they are. The administration has seized the…

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  • Commentary posted May 27, 2016 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. Obama's Hiroshima Trip Just More Of The Same

    On Friday, President Barack Obama will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit Hiroshima. His spokesmen have promised that he won’t apologize for the U.S. use of atomic bombs to end the Second World War. But Hiroshima’s meaning is more powerful than any words he may utter. Obama’s been contemplating a visit to Hiroshima for years. I first heard rumors of it in…

  • Commentary on May 25, 2016 Critics Of The New York Times' Ben Rhodes Profile Miss The Point

    In a sense, there was no news in the recent New York Times magazine exposé of Obama foreign policy guru Ben Rhodes. It reveals that President Obama’s inner circle lacks foreign experience, is insufferably condescending, and lies to the nation. All of this we knew, so why all the fuss? It is important for the historical record, however, that the Rhodes’s profile further…

  • 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…

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