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  • Backgrounder posted January 30, 2015 by Diem Nguyen Salmon A Proposal for the FY 2016 Defense Budget

    U.S. foreign and defense policy has reached a critical juncture. In an astonishingly brief period of time, the world—and America’s place in it—has changed dramatically. During this period, presidential elections, the financial crisis, and government shutdown politics largely supplanted overseas engagements and foreign affairs in the minds of the White House and Congress.…

  • Issue Brief posted January 30, 2015 by James L. Gattuso Net Neutrality: Internet Regulation Debate Far from Over

    The countdown has begun. On February 26, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plans to vote to place massive “net neutrality” restrictions on Internet service providers (ISPs) such as Comcast and Verizon. The details are not yet known—the FCC does not release the text of its rules until they are adopted—but all signs point to a “reclassification” of the providers…

  • Backgrounder posted January 29, 2015 by Edmund F. Haislmaier, Drew Gonshorowski Q3 2014 Health Insurance Enrollment: Employer Coverage Continues to Decline, Medicaid Keeps Growing

    During the third quarter (Q3) of 2014, enrollment in employer-sponsored coverage continued to decline, while Medicaid enrollment continued to grow. However, enrollment in individual-market plans—which substantially increased in both of the first two quarters—also declined by 357,000 during the third quarter. The net result was that total enrollment decreased by 160,000…

  • Issue Brief posted January 29, 2015 by Ana Quintana Congressional Oversight Needed as Obama Administration Moves to Remove Cuba from State Sponsors of Terrorism List

    The Obama Administration has recently chosen to normalize relations with Cuba. In addition to establishing embassies and expanding commercial transactions, the White House has also declared that Cuba will be removed from the State Department’s State Sponsors of Terrorism list. To remove Cuba from the list would be to ignore both the Cuban government’s inherently…

  • Issue Brief posted January 28, 2015 by Heath Hansen Lessons for Conservatives: From Goldwater to the Tea Party

    In 2014, the conservative movement marked the 50th anniversary of Barry Goldwater’s presidential campaign, the 30th anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s presidential re-election, the 20th anniversary of Newt Gingrich’s Contract with America and the consequent Republican Revolution, and the fifth anniversary of the modern Tea Party movement. To commemorate these milestones, The…

  • Legal Memorandum posted January 28, 2015 by Thomas A Lambert Respecting the Limits of Antitrust: The Roberts Court Versus the Enforcement Agencies

    The Basic Structure of American Antitrust Law When it comes to assuring low prices, high-quality goods and services, and product variety, there is no better regulator than market competition. Accordingly, the federal antitrust laws—chiefly, the Sherman and Clayton Acts—aim to promote vigorous competition among providers of goods and services. They do so by policing the…

  • News Releases on January 27, 2015 2015 Index of Economic Freedom: Global Economic Freedom Expands, Only Two Regions Decline

    WASHINGTON, JAN. 27, 2015—The world economy is “moderately free,” with a slight rise in economic liberty leading to a third annual global increase, according to the editors of the 2015 Index of Economic Freedom, released today by The Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal. The world average score of 60.4 is only one-tenth of a point above the 2014 average, but…

  • News Releases on January 27, 2015 Economic Freedom Declines in Central, South America, 2015 Index Shows

    Venezuela slides most in region; Chile remains 7th in world ranking   WASHINGTON,  JAN. 27, 2015—The South and Central America/Caribbean region became less economically free last year, reversing some of its latest gains and making it one of two regions to decline in the 2015 Index of Economic Freedom, published by The Wall Street Journal and The Heritage Foundation.…

  • News Releases on January 27, 2015 Index: Economic Freedom Expands in Europe, but Mounting “Policy Barriers” to Growth Persist

    WASHINGTON, JAN. 27, 2015—Europe became more economically free last year, but factors such as costly labor regulations and high tax burdens are stifling its progress, according to the 2015 Index of Economic Freedom, published by The Wall Street Journal and The Heritage Foundation. The vast majority of the region’s economies are at least “moderately free” by Index…

  • News Releases on January 27, 2015 Hong Kong Declines, but Remains the World's Freest Economy, 2015 Index of Economic Freedom Shows

    WASHINGTON, JAN. 27, 2015—Hong Kong is the world’s freest economy in the 2015 Index of Economic Freedom, though “a higher level of perceived corruption” pulled its score to within two-tenths of a point of runner-up Singapore. The Index—published annually by The Wall Street Journal and The Heritage Foundation—this year shows significant improvement in the Asia-Pacific…

  • News Releases on January 27, 2015 Index: Economic Freedom Declines Slightly in North America

    WASHINGTON, JAN. 27, 2015—The United States finally halted its five-year slide in the rankings of the annual Index of Economic Freedom, rising by 0.7 points in the 2015 edition, but retaining its No. 12 ranking among the world’s economies. North America is still the world’s freest region. Yet Canada, which has led the region since 2010, lost 1.1 points last year and slid…

  • News Releases on January 27, 2015 Index: Economic Freedom Expands in Many Parts of Sub-Saharan Africa

    WASHINGTON, JAN. 27, 2015—Sub-Saharan Africa’s overall level of economic freedom remains low, yet the region experienced the most widespread improvement over the last year, according to the 2015 Index of Economic Freedom, published by The Wall Street Journal and The Heritage Foundation. Sub-Saharan Africa lacks a “free” economy, and is home to only one classified as…

  • News Releases on January 27, 2015 2015 Index: Economic Freedom Rises Slightly in Middle East/North Africa

    WASHINGTON, JAN. 27, 2015—The average level of economic freedom in the Middle East and North Africa remains about the same as last year, with economic and political policies that hamper development prevalent in the region, according to the 2015 Index of Economic Freedom, published by The Wall Street Journal and The Heritage Foundation. Structural and institutional…

  • Backgrounder posted January 26, 2015 by James Sherk Unions Charge Higher Dues and Pay Their Officers Larger Salaries in Non–Right-to-Work States

    Businesses with monopolies charge higher prices and operate less efficiently than they would facing competition. Labor unions operate no differently. Unions charge workers more and spend their money less carefully in states where they can compel workers to purchase their services. Union financial reports reveal that they charge workers roughly 10 percent higher dues and…

  • Issue Brief posted January 26, 2015 by Steven P. Bucci, Ph.D., Paul Rosenzweig, David Inserra Reforming DHS: Missed Opportunity Calls for Congress to Intervene

    Late last year, President Barack Obama announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would provide work authorization and protection from deportation to as many as 5 million unlawful immigrants. One of the side effects of that announcement is the distraction syndrome. In government, senior leadership focus on, at most, two or three issues at a time. When…