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

    The Latest Obama Threat to U.S. Sovereignty

    Ceding control of financial regulations to the European Union is just the beginning of the Obama Administration war on the sovereignty of the United States of America. Just last week, President Barack Obama nominated former Clinton administration official Harold Koh to become the State Department’s legal adviser. Koh describes himself … More

    Morning Bell: The G20 Threat to Economic Recovery

    The official G-20 talks that President Barack Obama is in London for today do not begin until tomorrow. But outlines of the deal President Obama and other world leaders will agree to have been noticeable for weeks … and it is not good news for the American people. From the beginning, the … More

    The Left's Case Against Charitable Giving

    President Barack Obama’s FY 2010 budget proposal to cut the tax deductions that wealthy Americans can claim for their charitable donations has been roundly criticized, including by us here and by Harvard University economic professor Martin Feldstein here. But Obama does have his leftist defenders, including New York City Coalition … More

    The Government as Economic Developer: A Kelo Update

    On June 23, 2005, the United States Supreme Court handed down a 5-4 decision affirming the state of Connecticut’s right to evict U.S. citizens from their homes for purposes of “economic development.” In Kelo v. City of New London, plaintiff Suzette Kelo, who had recently bought her dream home on … More

    Serve America, Not the Government

    Yesterday the Senate passed the Serve America Act which broadly expanded government “service” programs like AmeriCorps, by over 300%. As we explained last week when the House voted, the legislation dramatically increases federal involvement in the realm of volunteerism, continuing the trend toward an America in which “public service” only … More

    Morning Bell: Protecting Freedom for Health Care Providers

    Religious institutions have long been an essential part of health care delivery in our nation. Long before government programs began monopolizing the health care industry, religious institutions were providing care to the poor and most vulnerable. Today, Catholic health care facilities alone make up a third of the nation’s hospitals. … More

    Obama Administration: Rolling Back Conscience Protections for Doctors, Nurses

    On March 9, 2009, the Obama Administration proposed to rescind a Bush Administration regulation protecting the conscience rights of health care professionals such as doctors, nurses, and medical students. This regulation implemented longstanding federal conscience protection laws, some of which have been on the books since the 1970s. These laws … More

    House Republicans Show the Search for Principles Goes On

    In Thursday’s outraged House debate on the AIG bonuses, House Republicans rallied around a different approach. Members of both parties in the House and Senate have taken the tack of proposing to tax these bonuses through targeted, retroactive taxation. This is the substance of the bill that passed the House … More

    The American Tea Party

    A grassroots movement gaining momentum across America, and refusing to be knocked down by administration hit jobs, is calling for President Obama to do something besides spend money. The furor, originally voiced by CNBC reporter Rick Santelli on the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade, is directed at government policies … More

    Morning Bell: The Durbin Doctrine's Assault on Free Speech

    Following a premeditated White House campaign to demonize Rush Limbaugh, Newsweek aided the left’s “Hush Rush” campaign with a cover story pushing for Rush to be silenced. Now Rush can handle criticism from the White House and Newsweek just fine. But there was also a little noticed vote in the … More