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  • Monthly Archives: July 2012

    Faith: Part of the American Spirit

    In 1798, John Adams said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” The American Spirit, a new book coauthored by Dr. Ed Feulner, president of The Heritage Foundation, and Brian Tracy describes this common thread held … More

    Morning Bell: Does the Declaration of Independence Still Matter?

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    The Declaration of Independence was partly intended as a list of grievances against a distant monarch. And both George III and the colonists who disagreed with his rule are long dead. But so are many of those who’ve argued that the Declaration is obsolete. In fact, this is exactly what … More

    Guest Post: Empowering Communities To Fight Poverty and Violence

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    It’s been nearly 50 years since Lyndon B. Johnson launched his War on Poverty, and much has been debated about the appropriate role of government in poverty and social welfare.  However well-intentioned these federal fix-alls might have been, recent statistics prove that the liberal model of Big Government handouts and … More

    Congress Doesn't Get Homeland Security

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    Last week, Congressmen Jerrold Nadler (D–NY), Edward Markey (D–MA), and Bennie Thompson (D–MS) publicly chastised the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in a New York Times op-ed, claiming that DHS has done little to counter the terrorist threat to maritime cargo security in recent years. While this couldn’t be much … More

    A Billion Here, a Billion There: The State Department's Wacky Budget Process

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    Even by U.S. government standards (not a high one these days), the State Department’s budget process is a mess. In almost every budget cycle, billions and billions of hard-earned taxpayer dollars get allocated to the State Department in the last minute without proper congressional debate or substantive hearings. As a … More

    VIDEO: ObamaCare and the Future of Political Speech at The Blogger Briefing

    The Supreme Court’s landmark—and controversial—ruling on President Barack Obama’s signature health care legislation last week has expectedly stirred passions and inspired widely varying opinions concerning the court’s 5-4 decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act’s core mandates. Heritage’s Robert Alt and Nina Owcharenko offered their take on the Foundry last … More

    Day One: At Arms Trade Treaty Conference, U.S. Opposes Palestinian Inclusion

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    The much-heralded United Nations conference to negotiate the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) launched with a media and propaganda blitz, but the reality on the ground was less impressive. Not only did the conference achieve nothing in its first day, but it never got started. By closing time at 6 p.m.—U.N. … More

    Maliki Silences the Voice of America

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    This past week, the Iraqi Communications and Media Commission ordered the closure of 44 foreign and domestic media outlets in the country. Among them was the Voice of America, a U.S.-run news organization and quite possibly our biggest public diplomacy tool. This is a bold move by the Iraqis to … More

    Send Profits on Ahead

    Kevin “Seamus” Hasson (center), founder of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, receives the Salvatori Prize from Heritage’s Edwin Meese III (left) and Matthew Spalding. Photo:  Shealah Craighead/The Heritage Foundation

    Everyone knows you can’t take it with you. But you can use it to make the world a better place—both while you’re in it and after you die. That’s a key message from Kevin J. “Seamus” Hasson, the winner of this year’s Salvatori Prize, presented by The Heritage Foundation. Hasson … More

    Morning Bell: The Energy Revolution and Its Discontents

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    With all the gloomy economic news coming out of late, one bright spot flew under the radar last week: the United States is poised to be the proverbial center of the energy universe. A recent study by Harvard Research Fellow Leonardo Maugeri found that the United States’ incredible shale reserves represent “the … More