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  • Commentary posted July 6, 2015 by Peter Brookes Deal or no deal, Iran still a threat

    With the deadline pushed off until July 7, I’m betting that an Iran nuke deal actually will be trumpeted over the July 4 holiday weekend, since the best time to put out controversial news in Washington, D.C., is near or over a break. Why? Well, most Americans will be distracted by festivities of fireworks, food and family, giving Team Obama plenty of time to get…

  • Commentary posted July 2, 2015 by Mike Gonzalez Spain's Podemos Could Make Greece Look Like Child's Play

    Sick of what Greece is doing to your 401(k)? Well, there’s a bigger threat looming in the form of a far leftist movement in a larger Mediterranean country. Spain’s Podemos party has just taken over the country’s biggest cities. Oh, and it really doesn’t care about your capitalist savings. Podemos, or “We Can” in Spanish—one of its regional affiliates is actually called…

  • Issue Brief posted July 1, 2015 by Salim Furth, Ph.D., James M. Roberts, Mike Gonzalez, Norbert J. Michel, Ph.D. Puerto Rico Needs Economic Freedom, Not Bailouts

    Puerto Rico is in a debt crisis, and Governor Alejandro García Padilla (D) has announced that “the debt is not payable” given the commonwealth’s large deficits and collapsing economy.[1] Presenting a government-commissioned report, economist Anne Krueger explained that the origin of Puerto Rico’s debt is decades of stimulus spending and economic stagnation: Since 1996,…

  • Commentary posted June 25, 2015 by Peter Brookes Terror threat heats up as ISIS influence grows

    I hate to roust you from your well-deserved summer snooze, but I continue to get a sinking feeling about the threat of the Islamic State (aka ISIS, ISIL or Daesh) here in the homeland. Understandably reluctant to lift your head from the hammock in the heat, you ask, “Why?” Well, pass me your beach shovel and I’ll scribble some statistics here in the sand while you wipe…

  • Commentary posted June 18, 2015 by Mike Gonzalez Europe's Struggles With Multiculturalism Can Teach America Lessons

    Watching Europeans grapple with multiculturalism as they attempt to stem the growth of Islamist ideology at home can be instructive. It may even convince U.S. leaders of the wisdom of once again assimilating immigrants to a unique American culture and set of national principles. In Germany, one of the most controversial aspects of multiculturalism, granting different…

  • Commentary posted June 15, 2015 by Peter Brookes U.S. has power to stop train wreck in Iraq, Syria

    The unfolding political, humanitarian and security disaster involving Iraq, Syria and the Islamic State is like watching a slow-motion train wreck. You desperately want to look away, but you can’t. While President Obama has been tagged with not having a “complete strategy” for dealing with the Islamic State, based on his own G-7 summit comments this week, the fact is…

  • Commentary posted June 8, 2015 by Mike Gonzalez Burma Is A Bad Omen For Hopes Of Change In Cuba

    Cubans beware: President Obama thinks that his Burma policy is a success and of a piece with his approach to Havana. Burma and Cuba are half the world apart and couldn’t be more different. The first is Asian, mostly Buddhist but with a beleaguered Muslim minority, and has a population of 50 million. Cuba is in the Caribbean, mainly Catholic but with syncretic,…

  • Commentary posted June 5, 2015 by Peter Brookes Kim’s nukes, China’s ‘islands’ ominous signs in Asia

    The storm clouds of confrontation continue to form over East Asia — even since I scribbled about it in these pages last month (see my May 1 Herald column, “U.S. should up its game to protect Asian interests”). Like a threatening weather pattern stalled ominously over the region, the chances of the dark gray thunder clouds of conflict clearing out anytime soon isn’t…

  • Commentary posted May 28, 2015 by Charles "Cully" Stimson A way forward on the Patriot Act

    "We've got to figure some way out of this." That's Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, referring to congressional deadlock over key provisions of the Patriot Act that are about to expire. The question, amid concerns over government data-gathering and the dramatic uptick in terrorist attacks, is what that way should be. Like it or not, the United States is at war…

  • Commentary posted May 21, 2015 by Mike Gonzalez Why a spirited, moral defense of human rights overseas is in our national interest

    Two little-known bills in Congress—one on world press freedom, the other on Hong Kong—seek to reassert the idea that a moral defense of human rights overseas is in U.S. national interests. It’s a concept worthy of a full airing over the next 18 months as candidates of both parties seek the presidency. One of the bills is sponsored by Sen. Marco Rubio (R – Fla.), who…

  • Backgrounder posted May 21, 2015 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D., Charles "Cully" Stimson, Steven P. Bucci, Ph.D., John Malcolm, Paul Rosenzweig Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act and Metadata Collection: Responsible Options for the Way Forward

    Updated May 29, 2015 The Real and Growing Threat of Terrorism Any debate about America’s counterterrorism capabilities must be conducted in the context of the actual terrorist threat the U.S. faces. Since 9/11, The Heritage Foundation has tracked Islamist terrorist plots and attacks, which now, after the recent shooting in Garland, Texas, total 68.[1] This figure,…

  • Commentary posted May 14, 2015 by Peter Brookes Obama's party not at top of Gulf states’ popularity list

    One of the unhappy truths of life is that you can get a pretty good idea of your power and popularity by the number of invited — even more so, uninvited — guests who show up at your personal party. The same might be said of international diplomatic meetings. So you can imagine how Team Obama must feel about the news that this week’s U.S.-Gulf Cooperation Council summit…

  • Commentary posted May 1, 2015 by Mike Gonzalez What Are The Real Goals Of The White House’s Task Force On New Americans?

    When it comes to assimilating immigrants, the Obama administration appears to have drawn a line under the day the president first took office and forgotten much that came before it. That’s a pity, as the country had learned a thing or two about acculturating immigrants since the first German Mennonites and Pietists settled in colonial Pennsylvania in the 1680s and…

  • Testimony posted April 28, 2015 by Charles "Cully" Stimson Statutory, Policy, and Constitutional Defects of HB15-1114

    Testimony Before the State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee Colorado State Senate March 23, 2015 Charles D. Stimson Senior Legal Fellow and Manager National Security Law Program The Heritage Foundation Thank you, Chairman Scott and distinguished members of the Committee, for inviting me to share my views on HB15-1114. I am a Senior Legal Fellow and…

  • Issue Brief posted April 28, 2015 by Mike Gonzalez The Task Force on New Americans: Congress Must Examine the Federal Strategic Action Plan

    President Barack Obama’s belief that immigrants are creating a “hodgepodge” nation—and that this will make it more difficult for conservatives to promote their policies—is well documented.[1] The continuation of the American form of self-government depends, however, on successive surges of immigrants absorbing America’s civic culture, national identity, and sense of…