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  • Monthly Archives: December 2012

    Morning Bell: Conservatives Stand Their Ground

    U.S. Capitol

    “When you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat.” President Ronald Reagan’s sound advice rang true yesterday. Grassroots activists and conservative groups, led by Heritage Action for America, derailed a plan to raise taxes on some Americans and small businesses. Lacking votes from his own party, … More

    Finally, the Right Mascot for Radical Environmentalists

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    Grizzly bears, sea turtles, and sandhill cranes—these kinds of critters most likely come to mind when endangered species are mentioned. In the endangered species business they are known as “charismatic megafauna” and are often plastered across fundraising appeals. However, as the federal list of regulated species swells, fewer of its … More

    Departing Depardieu: French Icon Says “Non” to Taxes, Gives D.C. a Lesson

    Gerard Depardieu

    It’s not often that a Frenchman becomes a hero to conservatives, and extremely rare when he happens to be an actor. But even some Frenchmen have a threshold of pain when it comes to the confiscatory state. In this case it has been Gerard Depardieu, France’s best known thespian, who … More

    The Heritage Foundation Bids Farewell to Retiring Senator Jon Kyl

    Sen. John Kyl (R-AZ)

    This month, Congress will lose one of the foremost champions of freedom and a strong national defense: Senator Jon Kyl (R–AZ). Senator Kyl has served three terms in the U.S. Senate after eight years in the U.S. House of Representatives. In his farewell speech, Kyl focused on economics, family values, … More

    12 Days of Obamacare Surprises: Loss of Employer-Sponsored Insurance

    Applebee's owner Zane Tankel, who has spoken about Obamacare's cost to businesses/employer mandate

    Not all surprises are good. When it comes to Obamacare, the original projections are turning into unfortunately different realities. For the next six days, Heritage is going to highlight one of the various changes in Obamacare projections (e.g., cost, enrollment, etc.) from when the law first passed until now. Under … More

    VIDEO: Bob Ehrlich on Federalism, Immigration, and Executive Pardons

    Heritage sat down with former Maryland Governor Bob Ehrlich (R) earlier this month to discuss some of the issues he’s focused on since leaving the governor’s mansion in 2006, and his advice for conservative reforms going forward. Ehrlich addressed what has become his cause célèbre in recent years: the clemency … More

    Amendment Cuts Pork from Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill

    The East River crests the promenade between the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges. (Photo: ZUMA Press)

    An example of fiscal responsibility turned up yesterday in an unexpected place: the U.S. Senate. Senator Dan Coats (R–IN) offered an amendment to President Obama’s $60.4 billion Hurricane Sandy relief bill that would be far less costly and much better focused on the storm’s victims. Maybe common sense in budgeting … More

    House Leaders Dangerously Close to Leaving Ethics Panel Inoperable

    Nancy Pelosi Says Democrats Could Take Back House

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who has faced allegations of financial conflicts-of-interest, is slow-walking the extension of a key congressional panel charged with rooting out official wrongdoing. The Washington Examiner reports that Pelosi has not said when she will nominate members for the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE). Four … More

    Report on Benghazi Attack Falls Short on Investigation

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    Today, State Department officials testify before the Senate and House of Representatives’ respective foreign affairs committees on the findings of the Accountability Review Board’s (ARB) report on the September 11 terrorist attack against the U.S. Special Mission in Benghazi. Released yesterday, the report demonstrates the State Department’s profound failure to … More

    Court Rebukes Obama Administration’s “Trust Us” Revision of the HHS Mandate

    Ave Maria University

    The influential D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has issued a short procedural order rebuking the Obama Administration in a lawsuit that was filed by Wheaton College and Belmont Abbey College. The two religiously affiliated organizations had challenged the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) anti-conscience mandate that requires them … More