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  • Senate Fails to Stop Obamacare from Fining the Good Samaritan

    Today the U.S. Senate failed to save religious liberty from Obamacare’s collision course with freedom. The Senate blocked, by a vote of 51-48, a bipartisan amendment introduced by Senator Roy Blunt (R-Missouri) that would have preserved the religious liberty American individuals and institutions have enjoyed until this latest Obamacare mandate … More

    The War on Women's Freedom

    Isn’t religious freedom for women too? So why did Representative Carolyn Maloney (D–NY) and Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D–DC) walk out of a committee hearing on the subject, claiming it was disregarding women? On Thursday, House Oversight and Government Reform chairman Darrell Issa (R–CA) held a hearing on a topic … More

    Nothing Has Changed: Obamacare's Anti-Conscience Mandate

    The commotion surrounding President Obama’s press conference Friday on the latest Obamacare mandate caused plenty of confusion over the weekend. But let there be no doubt: Obamacare’s anti-conscience mandate did not change. While everyone was busy trying to figure out what the convoluted midday proposal actually meant, the Obama Administration … More

    Heritage Reacts to White House "Accommodation" to Religious Liberty

    After two weeks of increasingly intense criticism over Obamacare’s disregard for religious liberty, the White House woke up this morning in a mood to “accommodate” its critics. Perhaps White House officials should have signaled that to Senate Democrats yesterday before Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid blocked an amendment sponsored by … More

    What They’re Saying: Obamacare's Contraception Mandate Tramples Religious Liberty

    On January 20, U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius finalized regulations for preventive services under Obamacare that require religious institutions beyond churches to provide and pay for contraceptives, abortion-inducing drugs, and sterilization in their health coverage. The mandate violates the teachings and beliefs of many religious institutions … More

    A Decade After No Child Left Behind, Time for a Right Turn in Education

    No Child Left Behind (NCLB) turned 10 yesterday, and the anniversary is a good time to assess the toll of federal education intervention and to identify steps Congress can take now toward restoring constitutional governance in education. Eight legislative generations before NCLB, Washington first ventured into local school policy with … More

    Morning Bell: Our Christmas Wish - The Gift of Gratitude

    Gratitude, it’s been observed, is a hallmark conservative virtue. We prize the heritage passed down to us through the generations. We look beyond ourselves to the wisdom of the ages to shape our outlook and to the enduring principles of America’s founding to ground our decisions today. Gratitude for what … More

    Why Handel's 'Messiah' Endures

    It’s one of the most famous and widely shared pieces of music in history. Handel intended his oratorio “Messiah” for Lent, and it was first performed just after Easter 1742. But over the centuries, public performances of the masterwork became a rite of Christmas. It is 270 years since Handel … More

    Why Tim Tebow Keeps Smiling

    When Pam Tebow was counseled to abort her baby to save her own life, the doctor referred to him as a “mass of fetal tissue.” “(M)aybe she just called me that to toughen us up for the names I would be called the first time I played at LSU,” Tim … More

    What Limited Government Looks Like: Adopting a Foster Child

    Many of us will give thanks for family this week. Sadly, more than one hundred thousand children awaiting adoption from the foster care system don’t have a family to be thankful for. More than 400,000 children are in the foster care system, and about a quarter are in circumstances that … More