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  • Monthly Archives: January 2013

    Best of the Morning Bell in 2012

    President Barack Obama

    Continuing our series highlighting the best of 2012, we wanted to bring you the most popular Morning Bells of the past year. The Morning Bell started five years ago and has grown to be Heritage’s signature e-newsletter. If you have not subscribed to it, you can do that today. 1. Obama … More

    Jail Time for Offensive Facebook Postings?

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    How many people would be in jail if annoying or offending a person were against the law? The answer: pretty much everyone. If you think that you might be one of these people and you like to send information electronically, there are a few places you should probably avoid. Vernon … More

    Fiscal Cliff Deal Undoes Part of Obamacare

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    Though the government’s entitlement spending is still spiraling out of control, taxpayers have finally caught a break: The recently passed “fiscal cliff” deal included the repeal of one of Obamacare’s worst provisions, the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act. The CLASS Act was a new entitlement program included … More

    State Department Board Recommendation: Ignore the Constitution, Break the Law

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    On November 27, a State Department advisory board, the International Security Advisory Board (ISAB), recommended that the Obama Administration ignore the Constitution and break the law to unilaterally reduce the number of nuclear arms in the U.S. nuclear stockpile. Set aside the fact that such unilateral arms control measures would … More

    Hobby Lobby Appreciation Day: Stand Up for Religious Freedom

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    Saturday, January 5, is Hobby Lobby Appreciation Day—an opportunity for individuals and communities to support the company and its owners’ brave stand against the anti-conscience mandate’s assault on religious freedom. Unless the Green family, which founded and runs the company, violates its deeply held beliefs and gets in line with … More

    VIDEO: Interview with Jim DeMint on Success and Failure (Part 2)

    Senator Jim DeMint joined The Heritage Foundation this week, leaving his job in Congress to prepare to become the think tank’s next president in April. This is the second part of our interview with DeMint, which covers his greatest accomplishment in Congress and biggest failure. Part 1: DeMint on the Future … More

    In Illinois, Redefining Marriage Threatens Marriage and Religious Freedom

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    Lawmakers in Illinois are considering a bill to redefine marriage. This comes a little over a year after the state created civil unions for those in same-sex relationships by passing the Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act. Shortly thereafter, Catholic Charities was forced out of foster care and adoption … More

    Top Wind Utility: Wind Subsidy Benefits Industry, Not Consumers

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    The biggest wind energy purchaser in the country may sever ties with the industry’s largest trade group in the wake of a bitter fight to sustain subsidies for wind energy producers that, the company says, benefit producers at the expense of utilities and electricity consumers. Xcel Energy, which had the … More

    Morning Bell: Will the Senate Minority Be Silenced?

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    Life is good when you’re in the majority—and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) seems to believe he’ll be there forever. Reid has already effectively shut down the opportunity for minority Senators to offer amendments to bills. Now he is angling to change the Senate’s rules so that minority members … More

    DHS Fails Again to Implement ID Card Protections

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    Lost amid the scuffle of fiscal cliff negotiations and holiday preparations was the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) December 20 statement confirming that only 13 states were deemed REAL ID compliant and that the remaining states would receive another extension. Unfortunately, that means DHS isn’t sure whether 37 states are … More