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Candidate Obama Said $11.3-Trillion Debt Limit Was 'Unpatriotic.' Now The National Debt Is $18.1 Trillion.
Heritage Foundation • Friday, Nov 6

In October 2008, Congress raised the debt limit to $11.3 trillion. Then-presidential candidate Barack Obama denounced the action as “irresponsible” and “unpatriotic.” But those were the good ol’ days, when Congress actually put a statutory limit on the debt. Seven years later, Congress has become only more fiscally irresponsible. Today the national debt has climbed to $18.1 trillion—60 percent higher than the “unpatriotic” limit set just seven years ago. And it’s only...

KI News Highlights (June 27-July 2)
Hudson Institute • Friday, Jul 3

July 2, 2015 China’s Anti-Corruption Campaign Enters Phase Two The Diplomat While most ordinary Chinese focus their attention on the roller-coaster-like stock market in recent days, a quiet but fundamental reform is unfolding with regard to anti-corruption. On June 26, at the Politiburo collective study session, Chinese President Xi Jinping stressed the importance of laws and regulations in the anti-corruption campaign. According to Xi’s speech, though China has made...

Why President Obama Should Go to Hiroshima
Center for the National Interest • Thursday, Aug 6

The ghosts of World War II are persistent things; they linger even between the closest of friends. In April, a Pew Research poll found that almost 80 percent of Japanese believe the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki were not justified. More surprising, 44 percent of Americans agreed or said they were not sure. As the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II approaches, and with a new bilateral security agreement in tow, it is time for America and Japan to move...

What the Role of 'We the People' Is
Heritage Foundation • Saturday, Jul 4

“We the People.” We’ve heard that phrase so often it’s easy to overlook its significance. But as we mark our nation’s birthday, we should take a moment to ask ourselves: What is the role of the people? Our nation is unique because of its universal founding principles. At the heart of these principles is the belief that people are free by nature and possess inherent rights. The use each one of us makes of these rights will naturally be different, and the outcomes of those choices...

Court Rules Against Government In TSA Body Scanner Case
Competitive Enterprise Institute • Friday, Oct 23

Earlier today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled against the government in CEI’s challenge to the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) illegal body scanner policy. CEI, joined by the National Center for Transgender Equality and the Rutherford Institute, filed a mandamus petition in July asking the court to compel the TSA to produce its final rule on body scanners within 90 days. When the TSA began deploying body scanners as the primary screening method...

Set Judicial Terms to Balance Accountability and Independence
Cato Institute • Tuesday, Aug 4

The judiciary has been described as the least dangerous branch.  But that isn’t true.  The Supreme Court has become a continuing constitutional convention, in which just five votes often turns the Constitution inside out. The latest Supreme Court term was seen as a shift to the left. These decisions set off a flurry of promises from Republican Party presidential candidates to confront the judiciary. For instance, Jeb Bush said he would only appoint judges “with a...

Could India's Military Really Crush Pakistan?
Center for the National Interest • Thursday, Jul 2

Following a raid by Indian special forces into Myanmar early this month, increasing attention has been given to the prospect that India might use similar means against Pakistan to pressure it to end support for anti-Indian militant groups. India’s on-going military modernization and headline-grabbing increases in defense spending have already raised concerns that it threatens to upset the delicate conventional military balance in the region and make military action a more...

The Pitfalls Of Good Guy/Bad Guy Foreign Policy
Center for the National Interest • Monday, Nov 23

Americans have always loved the classic battles between good and evil: minutemen vs. Redcoats, the Greatest Generation vs. Hitler, Darth Vader vs. Luke Skywalker, Redskins vs. Cowboys (I won’t say who’s good and who’s evil). We like the clean lines that allow us to love and support the good guy while hating and opposing the bad guy. No complications, no difficult moral decisions to make. Such is the case in Syria today: we support the “moderate” rebels—the good guys; we oppose ISIS...

Poll Shows Americans Ready for Tougher Approach to ISIS, Al-Qaeda
Heritage Foundation • Tuesday, Sep 22

The cover of a new survey by Chicago Council of Global Affairs entitled “America Divided: Political Partisanship and US Foreign Policy” creates the impression that Americans are deeply divided over U.S. foreign policy. Yet, according to the research presented inside that is not consistently so. In some regards, opinion on foreign policy is converging, even though some areas of deep philosophical disagreement remain along party lines. In the interpretation of their own facts, the...

Editor's Corner Fall 2015
Foreign Policy Research Institute • Tuesday, Oct 13

In These Pages2015 marks the 60th anniversary of the Foreign Policy Research Institute. FPRI was founded by the influential strategic thinker, Robert Strausz-Hupé. This issue of Orbis is dedicated to the legacy of Strausz-Hupé, most notably his role in rehabilitating the study of geopolitics. To this end we begin the issue by republishing three essays, including Strausz-Hupé’s inaugural essay from Orbis in 1957, in which he provides a profound window into his conception of the role...

Beware of Autocrats Seeking International Cooperation
Freedom House • Wednesday, Sep 30

At the United Nations, the presidents of Russia and China urged global unity against the common threats of terrorism and instability. What they are really pitching is an alliance of rulers against the ruled.Almost exactly 200 years ago, the absolute monarchs who had joined with Britain to defeat Napoleon Bonaparte formed a “holy alliance.” Through this and subsequent agreements during the postwar period, they sought to suppress the ideological and political threats that emerged...

Conservatives to Boehner: Don't Delay Defunding Planned Parenthood
Heritage Foundation • Friday, Jul 24

Republicans are divided on how to best address the recent Planned Parenthood scandal, with House Speaker John Boehner suggesting Congress get “facts first” before defunding the organization, and conservatives arguing that there’s no time to wait. “We all want the facts and there’s no question that a full investigation is needed, but we already know more than enough information to defund Planned Parenthood today,” Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., told The Daily Signal in...

"Flypocalypse" Shows Air Traffic Control Too Important to Be Left to FAA
Competitive Enterprise Institute • Tuesday, Aug 18

This past Saturday, hundreds of flights were delayed or canceled due to an air traffic control software glitch in the Washington, D.C. area. Naturally, #flypocalypse began trending on Twitter. Initially, the Federal Aviation Administration denied reports that their brand-new En Route Automation Modernization (ERAM) system was responsible. Yesterday, FAA officials admitted ERAM was the culprit. ERAM is a critical component of the FAA’s NextGen air traffic control modernization...

A preliminary analysis of the Bangkok bombing
Brookings Institution • Wednesday, Aug 19

On August 17, the daily evening rush hour routine of Bangkok residents was tragically interrupted by a devastating bomb blast that tore through a segment of downtown Ratchaprasong junction, a major tourist thoroughfare. The improvised explosive device—a 3 kilogram pipe bomb—was detonated via a remote. At the time of writing, the blast has claimed the lives of 20 people and injured more than 100. It was, by all accounts, the worst single act of political violence in...

Habitación 382
Hudson Institute • Wednesday, Aug 5

Alexander Litvinenko fue un calificado oficial de la KGB que se asiló en Gran Bretaña, donde falleció en el 2006. Su muerte, a los 43 años, sobrevino tras reunirse para un tradicional té verde con dos excolegas rusos en un céntrico hotel londinense. Supuestamente, sus anfitriones también eran expatriados que escaparon de la muerte decretada contra ellos por el jefe ruso, Vladimir Putin. No obstante, horas después de la ocasión social, Litvinenko mostró síntomas de agonía y falleció...

California's Proposition 47, So Far
Hudson Institute • Monday, Oct 19

Congressional lawmakers and presidential candidates are currently debating criminal justice reform, offering to lessen the legal consequences for “non-violent drug offenders.” For most, the underlying motive is compassion for drug offenders, giving them the chance to avoid a criminal record. Yet such policy changes, recently made in California through the passage of Proposition 47 last November, demonstrate that these types of reforms may not be truly compassionate. Instead, fewer...

Where in the world is al-Qaida's leader?
Brookings Institution • Monday, Aug 10

The emir of al-Qaida, Ayman al-Zawahri, has not made any public statements since September 2014. His now 11-month long absence is unprecedented. Next month will be a key test for Zawahri: the anniversary of 9/11—a milestone he has spoken out on for years.Al-Zawahri was chosen by Osama bin Laden to be his successor. A veteran of 35 years of terrorist plotting, the Egyptian has legitimacy and experience. But he has a lot of other baggage too. He is a poor speaker, prone to...

Latin American Energy: Issues and Prospects
Tuesday, Jun 30

There is no doubt concerning the potential of Latin America’s vast energy resources. What is in doubt is whether the infrastructure and policies needed to maximize that potential within individual countries can be achieved. What are the prospects and what are the issues that must be addressed in order to move forward in a manner that is good for both the economies and environmental health of the region? That’s the focus of this edition of REWIND. SpeakersThomas Mack McLarty,...

Criminal Justice Reform And Drugs: Myths And Facts
Hudson Institute • Thursday, Oct 29

Few topics have been more distorted by politicians and media than claims about the criminal justice system in its various forms. When the offense involves illicit drugs (use, possession, or trafficking), the distortion becomes pronounced. In large measure, a complicated set of data have been made even more difficult to grasp because of tendentious (and often false) assertions forwarded by drug legalization and criminal justice reform advocates, who seek to advance their own...

Much To Be Thankful For
Competitive Enterprise Institute • Wednesday, Nov 25

Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and all of us have much to be thankful for. Over at Inside Sources, I have a Julian Simon-inspired take on the holiday: This Thursday is an opportunity to give thanks for a wonderful fact: In all of human history, there has never been a better time to be alive than right now. This might seem an odd thing to say at the moment. War, terrorism, poverty, political repression and hunger still plague many countries. The most recent wounds, inflicted in Paris,...


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