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  • Morning Bell: Abraham Lincoln's Thanksgiving Proclamation

    Happy Thanksgiving from The Heritage Foundation! As we celebrate and give thanks today, we invite you to read President Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Thanksgiving Proclamation below. The year that is drawing toward its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are … More

    Morning Bell: Should We Pay Government Employees More?

    Federal employees—who work on average a month less than private-sector workers and get paid more—are lobbying for higher pay. Government unions know that Congress is looking for ways to nip and tuck the federal budget, and they’re counting on being left out of the deal. “The Federal-Postal Coalition—a group representing … More

    Morning Bell: Can Hostess Save the Twinkies from the Union?

    Taking down the Twinkie. Clogging Wal-Mart parking lots on Black Friday. Messing with a major airport on the day before Thanksgiving. If unions are trying to be more popular with the American people, they’re doing it wrong. Americans have gone crazy over the possible loss of Twinkies, Ho Ho’s, Ding … More

    Morning Bell: The Fiscal Cliff and Beyond

    In Washington, there is one issue on everyone’s minds: the “fiscal cliff.” With time running out before a massive tax hike strikes on January 1, and wide-ranging budget cuts scheduled to hit at the same time, the economy is bracing for another storm. Today, five public policy organizations including The … More

    Morning Bell: Benghazi Hearings Begin on Capitol Hill

    Today, hearings begin in the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the House and Senate Intelligence Committees on the terrorist attack that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11. In a new Issue Brief, Heritage’s James Jay Carafano and Morgan Lorraine Roach write: Understanding … More

    Morning Bell: Do You Trust the Government with Your Computer?

    Do you trust the federal government to keep your personal data safe? What about your business’s records and trade secrets? If you answered “no,” you have good reason—the federal government has had 13 breaches and failures of its own cybersecurity just in the last six months. Yet the President and … More

    Morning Bell: The Threats of a Lame Duck Congress

    The lame-duck session begins today, with retiring and defeated Members of Congress coming back to Washington to make their last legislative decisions. Because of the lack of accountability to voters, the lame-duck period brings heightened scrutiny. Congress has 16 working days scheduled between now and the end of the year, … More

    Morning Bell: The President's Top 5 Immediate Problems

    Now that President Obama will never face re-election again, it is time for the campaigning to end. Perpetual political rhetoric and promises do not matter any more. Action—and leadership—are sorely needed on pressing issues that threaten the United States. America’s people are under threats to their livelihoods, their protection, and … More

    Morning Bell: Unemployment Rate Inches Back Up

    The October jobs report essentially agrees with the rest of the current data on the economy—the economy is growing slowly, too slowly to bring down unemployment rapidly. In fact, the unemployment rate rose to 7.9 percent in October and the economy created about 171,000 jobs, roughly equal to the usual … More

    Morning Bell: The Specter of Taxmageddon Rises

    On this Halloween, a truly frightening specter is looming. No amount of garlic, crosses, or exorcists can help us—only Congress and the President can chase this ghoul away. It’s Taxmageddon. A horrifying combination of expiring pro-growth tax policies from 2001 and 2003, the end of the once-temporary payroll tax cut, … More