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

    California Gun Case Sets Stage for Second Amendment Showdown at Supreme Court

    The overturning of a San Diego law restricting residents’ right to carry a firearm outside their homes for self-defense is a clear win for gun-rights advocates and sets up a showdown on the issue before the U.S. Supreme Court, a Heritage Foundation legal analyst says. “This is the fifth federal … More

    We Heart Douglass

    Valentine’s Day is always a celebration of love. But this year, instead of simply focusing on candy hearts and Hallmark cards, let’s talk about love of country, and a man who grew to love our Constitution even before it had been amended to treat him properly. Frederick Douglass was born … More

    7 Times Obama Did 'Do Whatever I Want' During His Presidency

    It’s called a “Freudian slip,” and it’s one of the few pieces of Sigmund’s theory that has survived into the modern day. It happens when you “accidentally” say something that’s true, but that you didn’t mean to say. “I’m sure I’m not supposed to, but we’re breaking protocol here,” President … More

    Obama's Rocky Second Term

    President Obama’s second term is off to a rocky start. The Congressional Budget Office says his signature Obamacare legislation will cost millions their employer-provided health insurance in the years ahead. A series of scandals involving the Internal Revenue Service, the National Security Agency and the Justice Department kept the administration … More

    George Will: Media Should Regard IRS Scandal Like Watergate, Iran-Contra

    Commentator George F. Will thinks the targeting of conservative groups by the IRS joins Watergate and Iran-Contra as one of the three most serious presidential scandals of the past 40 years. The difference, Will said last night on Fox News’s “Special Report,” is that Republican presidents were part of those … More

    The President Won't Be Needing You

    President Obama says this is a “year of action”—and last night he made it very clear whose action he was talking about. After noting recently that he has a pen and a phone and can use those to make changes without the help of Congress, Obama charged forward with promises … More

    How MLK's Faith Influenced His Public Life

    Across the country today, speakers will honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. They will likely quote the resounding “I Have a Dream” speech and the stirring “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” But what made it possible for King to accomplish so much? Let’s go deeper into the origins of … More

    What You Need to Know About the Left's Big Issue for 2014

    Do a Google News search for “income inequality” and it will remove any doubt that this is already the political issue of 2014. The left has been gearing up for months. The liberal Center for American Progress launched a new center devoted to the subject, and President Obama has been … More

    A Young Conservative Makes the Case for Preserving America’s Heritage

    Jordan Long, a Heritage Foundation intern this fall, delivered the following remarks at a graduation ceremony this month. The Foundry is republishing his short speech to recognize the work of our interns—the future conservative leaders of America. Fellow interns, our time here has come to an end. May we wear … More

    Humility: An Unlikely Biography of America’s Greatest Virtue

    If you want to assess the state of humility among politicians today, just think about how often you hear leaders admit that they are wrong and then change course. This is how Dr. David J. Bobb of Hillsdale College, speaking at a Heritage event, framed the topic of his new … More