Too Fast, Too Furious

Congress demands answers on Operation Fearless Distributing
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Several Congressmen sent another letter to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) Wednesday, months after requesting information about a failed undercover operation with similarities to Operation Fast and Furious.

The High Cost of Nation Building

IG for Iraqi reconstruction says better planning will help avoid waste
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Major changes are required at the Department of Defense and State Department before taxpayer money is spent on future reconstruction projects in nations such as Syria and Yemen, according to a new report.

Syrian Aid Slow in Coming

Humanitarian crisis grows in war-torn nation
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Government officials and policy experts gathered at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Tuesday to discuss the humanitarian crisis in Syria, which they said is rapidly reaching a tipping point.

Obama’s Two Mideast Agendas

Former administration officials discuss president’s upcoming trip to Israel
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Former Middle East ambassadors and regional experts discussed President Barack Obama’s real agenda of his first visit to Israel as commander in chief at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy on Monday.

Big Labor, Big Costs

Union-backed initiatives increase costs for government by requiring union labor
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Government-mandated and union-backed project labor agreements (PLAs) are increasing costs on taxpayer-funded projects across the country even as local, state, and federal governments face a budget crunch.

Caught in the Double Bind

Republicans debate future of party at AEI
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Former White House officials Tevi Troy and Peter Wehner debated the future of the GOP Wednesday at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) as thousands of conservatives and Republicans traveled to Washington to attend the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

Securing State from Cyber Attack

Security experts criticize little-known State Department IG report
AP

Cyber security experts criticized a recent, little-known report by the State Department’s inspector general on the department’s information security program, warning the report fails to test major vulnerabilities within the system.

Cyber Cold War

Author: Increased capabilities lead to tension between U.S. and China, Iran
AP

Increases in the cyber capabilities of Iran and China have caused not only cyber espionage but “silent wars” between those countries and the United States, former Department of Homeland Security Assistant Secretary for International Affairs Paul Rosenzweig said on Tuesday.

Meals on Wheels

Food truck owners, local farmers discuss anti-competitive regulations
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Food truck owners, local farming advocates, and anti-regulation activists criticized food safety regulations Thursday at a panel at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), saying the regulations limit competition by placing impossible obstacles on local farmers and food trucks.

Al Qaeda on the Warpath

Terrorist affiliates spread after decapitation of central organization
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Al Qaeda affiliations have spread and strengthened throughout the Middle East and Africa, transforming al Qaeda into an increasingly dangerous global network, research analysts at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) said during a panel Wednesday.