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  • Monthly Archives: April 2009

    What Happens When the First Amendment Meets Criminalization of Speech?

    As we pointed out on Monday, State Department Legal Advisor nominee Harold Koh’s praise for the “Inter-American Convention Against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives, and Other Related Materials” is misguided in several respects. One of these is that the Convention requires all signatories to criminalize … More

    Secretary Duncan’s Lost Moral Authority

    Writing in the Wall Street Journal this morning, Education Secretary Arne Duncan argued that the focus of school reform efforts should be doing what’s best for kids: “We must close the achievement gap by pursuing what works best for kids, regardless of ideology. In the path to a better education … More

    Earth Day Update: Life, Liberty and Property

    Before Thomas Jefferson penned in The Declaration of Independence, writing that we are endowed with “certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” it was philosopher John Locke who believed “no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty or possessions.” Indeed, … More

    Why is the President Smiling?

    Shmuley Boteach asks some brilliant questions in his article today in the Jerusalem Post that examined President Obama’s handshake diplomacy, like: ALL THIS LEADS to one important question. Suppose Obama succeeds in building friendships with Chavez, Castro, Ahmadinejad and the Taliban. What then? Does America still get to feel that it … More

    Earth Day Update: The Left Does Understand

    Then-Senator Obama: “Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.” [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydqg7ThZB04[/youtube]

    Questions for Secretary Napolitano

    DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano is tentatively scheduled to testify before the United States Senate Judiciary Committee about DHS immigration enforcement policies on May 6, 2009. Given Secretary Napolitano’s novel interpretations of federal law, the Heritage Foundation will be posting a series of questions (and suggested answers) for the Secretary. Questions … More

    Earth Day Update: Making People Suffer is Not Good Stewardship

    Heritage Foundation Religion and a Free Society fellow Ryan Messmore comments on Earth Day at crosswalk.com: The concept of stewardship involves taking care of something that belongs to somebody else. For Christians, stewardship of the environment recognizes that “the earth is the Lord’s and the fulness thereof” (Psalm 24:1). … … More

    Hope for Free Trade

    Throughout last year’s campaign, President Barack Obama expressed skepticism about the value of free trade, sending signals that America’s commitment to free markets would die with his administration. These fears were only worsened when the Obama administration passed an Omnibus spending bill that has already caused a job killing trade … More

    Earth Day Update: Economic Growth is the Answer

    Great post by the New York Times John Tierney titled Use Energy, Get Rich and Save the Planet: When the first Earth Day took place in 1970, American environmentalists had good reason to feel guilty. The nation’s affluence and advanced technology seemed so obviously bad for the planet that they … More

    The Big Labor Threat to Charter School Success

    Last week we helped detail how teachers unions were trying to kill the charter school movement in New York. Yesterday the New York Times profiled one teacher’s involvement in the big labor/school choice war: After months of soul-searching, Kashi Nelson left her career as an assistant principal in North Carolina … More