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

    LIVE BLOG: Biden, Ryan Square Off in Vice Presidential Debate

    Tonight at Centre College in Danville, KY, Vice President Joe Biden squares off against Representative Paul Ryan in their one and only encounter on the national stage. Both domestic and foreign policy topics are on the agenda for the vice presidential debate. Heritage is streaming it live and has a … More

    VP Debate Moderator Has Close Obama Ties

    It’s a pretty big story that Barack Obama attended the wedding of Martha Raddatz, the ABC News senior foreign correspondent picked as the moderator for Thursday night’s vice presidential debate. It’s an especially good story since Obama was close enough to the groom, Julius “Jay” Genachowski, that he appointed him … More

    Christopher Columbus: American Icon?

    Columbus Day is an unusual American holiday. It doesn’t commemorate a President or a great American statesman. Christopher Columbus found North America, but he didn’t find, or found, the United States. As Columbus Day rolled around this year, President Obama tried to subtly change the focus of the holiday. Rather … More

    The Constitution: Model, Resource, or Outlier?

    The United States Constitution is the oldest written constitution still in use. A little more than 225 years ago, there was a meeting of the greatest political minds that had ever been assembled. Each American colony sent its brightest citizens to revise the failing Articles of Confederation. The Framers of … More

    Heritage Congressional Fellows Program Boasts Largest Graduating Class Ever

    The Heritage Foundation proudly congratulates the largest graduating class of the Heritage Congressional Fellows program (HCF) to date. The Class of 2012 consists of 61 Capitol Hill staffers, 29 from Senate offices and 31 from House offices. HCF is a year-long program dedicated to educating junior-level Capitol Hill staffers on … More

    The Constitution and Our Democracy...er, Republic

    It’s usually considered bad form to show up late for a party and then trash the guest of honor. But at a recent Constitution Day event (held two days after the actual Constitution Day), Harvard law professor Michael Klarman attempted not to praise our nation’s governing charter but to bury … More

    Echoes of 1980

    For those old enough to remember 1980, the current campaign can seem mighty familiar. Back then, for example, the presidency of Jimmy Carter was besieged by an ongoing recession and soaring energy costs. Carter’s reaction was to retreat to Camp David for 10 days of talks with political leaders and … More

    Morning Bell: Time for a True Opportunity Agenda

    Occupy Wall Street’s pathetic first birthday last week confirmed that the longstanding reports of the movement’s death have not, in fact, been exaggerated. So why are we keeping it alive by talking incessantly about income inequality instead of focusing on what really matters — opportunity and upward mobility? All this … More

    Fighting the Real Threats to the American Dream

    George Bernard Shaw supposedly said that England and America were “two nations divided by a common language.” A similar problem applies to progressives and conservatives today. Both the left and the right talk about rebuilding, saving, restoring, defending, or rescuing an American Dream that is said to be slipping, fading, … More

    Chicago Teachers' Strike Contradicts Principle of Public Service

    Students at Chicago schools are spending another day at home today, after a 700-page court filing against the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) was sidelined for later consideration. Teachers walked off the job soon after the school year began, frustrating Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) and thousands of Chicago parents. “This continued … More