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    CHART: Paul Ryan Lays Out a Vision for Reforming Welfare, Fighting Poverty

    In his speech today at Cleveland State University, Representative Paul Ryan (R–WI) laid out a vision for reforming the nation’s approach to poverty. “With few exceptions, government’s approach has been to spend lots of money on centralized, bureaucratic, top-down anti-poverty programs,” Ryan stated. “The mindset behind this approach is that … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Fathers' Involvement Helps Teens Delay Sexual Activity

    A new study published in the journal Pediatrics adds to a body of research showing the importance of fathers in protecting children against negative outcomes, from lower academic achievement to poverty. The study found that teens who have close emotional relationships with their fathers are more likely to put off … More

    Guest Post: State Legislators Unite to Defend American Religious Freedom

    Last Tuesday, a bipartisan group of more than 120 legislators in nine states announced the formation of the nation’s first state religious freedom caucuses. The announcement comes amid increasing evidence that social hostility and government restrictions against religion are on the rise in the United States, an observation underscored by … More

    Must-Read Research: Obama Gutting Welfare Reform, Setting Spending Records

    Welfare spending is at a staggering, all-time high. A new government report confirms that the U.S. now spends roughly $1 trillion a year on what has become a behemoth welfare system consisting of more than 80 federal programs. Robert Rector explains more in congressional testimony from earlier this year: “Examining … More

    Is Marriage the Key to Prosperity?

    What’s the number one antidote to child poverty in America? Marriage. The truth is that children born to married-parent families are 82 percent less likely to live in poverty. The most effective weapon against child poverty is within our reach. Last week during the second presidential debate, former Governor Mitt … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Why Values Matter

    A recent Gallup poll found that, for the first time, a majority of Americans think that the government should not promote traditional values. This opinion regarding the government’s role reflects a general rise in relativism and a social environment in which upholding clear standards is characterized as being judgmental and … More

    Morning Bell: Welfare Spending Shattering All-Time Highs

    It’s been a pretty big year for welfare—and a new report shows welfare is bigger than ever. The Obama Administration turned a giant spotlight on the welfare system in July when the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proclaimed it had the authority to gut the work requirements from … More

    Summer of Intolerance Regarding Same-Sex Marriage Bleeds into Fall

    Gallaudet University put its chief diversity officer, Angela McCaskill, on paid leave last week for the offense of joining 200,000 other Marylanders in signing a petition supporting a ballot referendum over Maryland’s recently adopted same-sex marriage law. “I thought it was important that as a citizen of the state of … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Religious Practice Still Alive and Well in U.S.

    A new report by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life shows an increase in religiously unaffiliated Americans. The survey shows that almost 20 percent of respondents claim they are “religiously unaffiliated”—a four-percentage-point increase from five years ago. This category of “nones” has been steadily increasing over the past four … More

    Religious Freedom Restrictions on the Rise—Even in the U.S.

    The Pew Forum recently released a noteworthy report demonstrating that religious restrictions worldwide are on the rise. Pew found that between mid-2009 and mid-2010, religious restrictions increased in every major region of the world. Because of this increase, in 2010, 75 percent of people worldwide lived in countries that have … More