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  • Death Tax and Democracy

    The fate of small, family-owned businesses hangs in the balance as Congress decides whether or not to finally put the crippling 55% death tax in a coffin. The toll the death tax takes on family-owned businesses has been clearly documented as has its infeasibility as a federal budgetary tool. But … More

    Giving Thanks for Freedom

    Between football and pumpkin pie, take a few minutes today to learn about the history of Thanksgiving in America. In this week’s Heritage in Focus podcast, Assistant Director of the Center for American Studies David Azerrad discusses the history and meaning of Thanksgiving in America’s uniquely free and religious society. … More

    Nobel Struggle in China

    This week, Chinese government censors tried their best to stop the spread of the news jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Liu is serving 11 years in a Chinese prison for signing a document called “Charter 08,” a declaration of human rights that any American … More

    Heritage in Focus: Matt Spalding on American Exceptionalism

    At an event in Florida last week, former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives Marco Rubio told a crowd: This race is not your traditional race. It is a referendum on our identity. This race forces us to answer a very simple question: Do we want our country to … More

    Schools Need a Hero

    National attention has been focused on education reform at unheard-of levels in the last weeks, with the release of the new documentary “Waiting for Superman” and the launch of NBC’s week-long Education Nation series. Education reformers from across the political spectrum are calling even louder than ever for much-needed measures … More

    AUDIO: What is Iran Up To?

    From John Bolton to Jeffrey Goldberg, commentators, journalists and policy movers have been trying to read the tea leaves on Iran’s next nuclear move, Israel’s potential response, and what it means for the rest of the world. Heritage analyst Peter Brookes lays out the facts of the case and a … More

    Heritage in Focus: The Bush Tax Cuts and the Deficit Myth

    The leftist majority in Congress likes to blame their trillion-dollar budget deficits on the

    Alan Gura and Robert McNamara on McDonald and More

    Last week in McDonald vs the City of Chicago, the US Supreme Court held that the right of an individual to possess firearms is protected by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, is incorporated by the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, and therefore applies to the … More

    Heritage Podcast: Jonesing for Action to Clean Up the Oil

    Why is an act from the 1920s hindering a more efficient effort to clean up the Gulf coast? And why are politicians refusing to budge on a common-sense measure to bring more aid and technology into the area that needs as much help as it can get? Listen to Rob … More

    Podcast: Your Tax Dollars and Congress' Spending Spree

    Runaway government spending has been a vocal concern of the burgeoning Tea Party movement since its inception. But many average voters don’t know a lot about the federal budget and how it works, outside of the fact that it’s out of control. In this week’s Heritage in Focus podcast, Brian … More