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  • Monthly Archives: June 2011

    Free Dinners with President Obama!


    Millions of Americans probably received this week’s email from President Obama, inviting them to send money and be registered to win a free dinner with the President. Heritage’s Ernest Istook took it as a personal invitation to be one of four people to be chosen.  And upon reading the fine print, … More

    The Statue of Liberty Turns 126 Years Old


    126 years ago today, on June 17, 1885, the Statue of Liberty arrived in New York Harbor.  A gift from the French people, the statue recalls our alliance with France during the Revolutionary War.  Historian Edouard de Laboulaye conceived the idea of the statue as a visible symbol of America’s … More

    100,000 Cribs Face Disposal After Safety Commission Refuses to Extend Deadline

    Life with baby

    Retailers have 11 days to sell any cribs that don’t meet the government’s new safety standard. Anything that’s left in stores on June 28 must be trashed. At least 100,000 cribs — a figure significantly larger than first anticipated — could be destined for the garbage dump, according to new … More

    Smoot–Hawley Anniversary Serves as Reminder of Protectionism's Damage

    Today marks the 81st anniversary of the passage of the Smoot–Hawley Tariff Act. Actor and economist Ben Stein famously explained this legislation in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, the classic John Hughes movie that was released 25 years ago this month: In 1930, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, in an effort … More

    Morning Bell: Father's Day and the Importance of Marriage

    Father and son

    For many Americans, poverty is hidden from view, and its reality is conveniently tucked out of sight and out of mind in places like inner cities or across rural landscapes. The effects of poverty, though, are all too real for those suffering in the shadows. Consider one startling fact: Children … More

    Al Zawahiri as Leader of Al Qaeda Does Little to Alter Its Waning Influence


    The announcement that Osama bin Laden’s longtime second in command, Ayman al Zawahiri, will lead the fractured terrorist group came as no surprise to pundits and observers. Since joining forces with bin Laden in 1998, al Zawahiri had jointly pursued a series of dramatic assaults on the United States and … More

    Slay the Beast: How You Can Save Us From the Massive Debt


    RALEIGH, NC — There’s a lot of talk in Washington these days about debt — and for good reason. The federal government reached the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling one month ago today. And the Obama administration has set a date of Aug. 2 for Congress to raise that limit. Why … More

    Why Does Obama Want to Destroy 265,000 Jobs?


    Just how many jobs does President Barack Obama want to destroy in the name of going green? According to a new report by The Center for Automotive Research, the number could be as high as 264,500 jobs lost just from new automobile fuel efficiency standards being considered by the Environmental … More

    The Costs of the New Sexual Economy

    As more Americans delay or forego the benefits of marriage, one social scientist is suggesting that young adults’ reluctance to tie the knot may stem from faulty market mechanisms in the “sexual economy.” At a recent presentation at The Heritage Foundation, Mark Regnerus discussed the concept of sexual economics and … More

    Guest Blog: Did the Raid Against Bin Laden Violate Our Own Principles?

    Newspaper headlines mark bin Ladens' death on May 1, 2011

    Ever since the raid last month that killed Osama Bin Laden, the question of whether the US violated Pakistani sovereignty keeps on coming up. Heritage asked renowned international law scholar Jeremy Rabkin to address the matter. Did the United States violate Pakistan’s sovereignty when it raided Osama bin Laden’s lair in … More