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    The future of liberty depends on reclaiming America’s first principles.

    Ryan and Rubio on the Promise of American Opportunity

    At Tuesday night’s Kemp Foundation Leadership Award Dinner, Representative Paul Ryan (R–WI) and Senator Marco Rubio (R–FL) talked about ways to promote opportunity, battle poverty, and get the country back on track. Both men aim to further successful reforms triggered by former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and longtime … More

    Life Behind the Iron Curtain: The Ultimate Exercise in Big Government (VIDEO)

    More than 20 years have passed since the Soviet empire collapsed. Telling its history to new generations here and in the countries of Eastern and Central Europe—generations who have at best dim personal memories of this tragic era in world history—has become an important task. Iron Curtain: The Crushing of … More

    How to Make Harry Reid's Power Grab Work for Conservatives

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D–NV) is expected to try to change the rules of the Senate to shut out the voices of the minority party in the new Congress. He calls it “filibuster reform,” but it is nothing more than a power grab by Senator Reid and the majority … More

    Morning Bell: Reasons for Conservatives to Be Thankful

    There are plenty of things to be thankful for this week, and this year as well. Yes, after our country’s recent elections, big government remains the rule here in the United States and throughout the West. Yet the language used by the candidates (both talked of reducing federal spending and … More

    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

    Filibuster Reform Just the Latest Senate Power Grab

    Senator Harry Reid (D–NV) wants to limit the filibuster now that he has retained his position as majority leader. In July of this year, The Washington Post reported that Reid “is now openly promising to pass filibuster reform in the beginning of the next Congress if Democrats manage to hold … More

    Lincoln: The Movie, the Man

    Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln debuts in Washington, D.C., this week. It features a stellar cast: Tommy Lee Jones, David Strathairn, Sally Field, and Daniel Day-Lewis as our nation’s 16th President. Day-Lewis is known for method acting. But which Lincoln will he portray? Will he play into the liberal myth of Lincoln … More

    On an Earlier Election Day…

    If the final polls are to be believed, the 2012 election will be decided by a narrow margin. But despite a seemingly endless string of negative ads, this year’s contest is nowhere near as contentious as the one that ended 152 years ago today. On November 6, 1860, Abraham Lincoln … More

    Morning Bell: Today Is Your Day—Vote, America

    In urging the delegates to a New York convention to ratify the U.S. Constitution in 1788, Alexander Hamilton emphasized the principal strength of the new Constitution: “Here, sir, the people govern.” The federal government gets its mandate from the American people. You are in charge. Express your will: Vote. You … More

    The Heritage Guide to the Electoral College

    Abigael Evans should be happy. She’s the four-year-old who’s so sick of the election that she cried. Her tears went viral. It should all be over soon, although we’ll have to wait a bit for the official tabulation of the Electoral College. Here’s how it works: Each state has a … More