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

    A Thirst for Power: Liberal Health Initiatives

    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s large soda ban has received a lot of media coverage since he first proposed it as a step in his anti-obesity campaign. If only this thirst for health could be considered a sweet victory for all. Seth Goldman, an entrepreneur in the health drink … More

    Conservatism vs. Libertarianism: Heritage, Cato Square Off in Debate

    Which is the preferable philosophy, conservatism or libertarianism? Last Wednesday, interns from The Cato Institute (Matthew Cavedon and Jack Solowey) and The Heritage Foundation (Maura Cremin and Keith Neely) participated in the annual intern debate held in Cato’s F.A. Hayek Auditorium to sharpen their understanding of the differences between traditional conservatism and … More

    Competition Improves Cab Service for Riders

    It’s ironic that the front page of The Washington Post recently featured an obituary of long-time columnist William Raspberry on the same day it included a story warning that “D.C. cabbies fear being pushed out of business as earnings fall amid new rules, competition.” After all, Raspberry famously liked to … More

    From "Yes We Can" to "No, You Didn't"

    In 2008, Barack Obama promised hope and change. “Yes We Can,” he and his supporters shouted. Now we learn that “we” meant government. The American people, apparently, aren’t capable of anything. “If you’ve got a business—you didn’t build that,” President Obama said last week in Roanoke, Virginia. “Somebody else made … More

    Will Nebraska Students Get to Learn About America's Founding Fathers?

    The state capital of Nebraska is named for Abraham Lincoln. Oddly, students may have to look outside the state’s school system if they hope to learn about him, and other exceptional American leaders, in the decades ahead. A committee of 45 educators there is rewriting the state’s standards for teaching … More

    Reagan 32 Years Ago Today: Tax Cuts, Defense and Energy Policy (VIDEO)

    Many campaign slogans and speeches read more like museum pieces than modern calls to action. But Ronald Reagan’s 1980 acceptance speech to the Republican National Convention, given 32 years ago today, holds up surprisingly well. “Never before in our history have Americans been called upon to face three grave threats … More

    Supreme Court and Obamacare: Judicial Activism or Judicial Review?

    The deeper meaning and implications of the Obamacare case for the Supreme Court’s reputation and constitutional law will be debated for years to come. In its annual Supreme Court review event at Heritage yesterday, an all-star cast of scholars, advocates (including Solicitor General Donald Verrilli), and journalists tackled those topics. … More

    Reid's Unconstitutional Gambit on Small Business Taxes

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D–NV) is trying to use the Senate to message on tax issues. The problem is that this political ploy is unconstitutional. It is important to note that any big tax idea—whether it be comprehensive tax reform, the President’s idea to extend only certain aspects of … More

    IRS Gearing Up to Enforce Obamacare Tax

    For all our policy differences, there are a few economic ideas that liberals and conservatives can usually agree on. For example, we all tend to believe that lower prices are good. Everyone loves a sale, whether it’s on iPods or red delicious apples. So Washington Post columnist Fareed Zakaria is … More

    Celebrating Self-Government

    Every Fourth of July, Americans celebrate with fireworks and barbeques and John Philip Sousa. Then we return to our regularly scheduled lives. But this Independence Day is different. Last week, the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare, an unprecedented expansion of government’s power into one-sixth of the economy and a tremendous loss … More