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    Iran Clamps Down on Dissidents Before Election

    In anticipation of Friday’s presidential election, Iran’s leadership has harshly cracked down on journalists, dissidents, and cyber activists, as well as members of their families. The regime is leaving nothing to chance, determined to avoid a replay of the surprise demonstrations that followed the 2009 presidential election and led to … More

    Colorado Teachers Now Paid for Performance, Not Years of Service

    Douglas County, Colorado is once again leading the state in education reform by adopting a teacher compensation plan that has school districts across the nation talking. Teachers in Douglas County are finally getting a pay system that could reflect their value: one that rewards hard work based on merit, not … More

    Morning Bell: Spread the Word About What the Senate Is Doing

    The Senate voted yesterday to move forward on the Gang of Eight’s immigration plan—which would grant amnesty to 11 million illegal immigrants. Insanity is often defined as doing the same thing over and over yet expecting a different result. As Heritage’s David Inserra points out, “Instead of new ideas, the … More

    VIDEO: IRS Targeted Hispanic Outreach Group

    VOCES Action received “special” attention from the IRS when it submitted its 501(c)4 application. But why? The non-profit doesn’t mention “tea party” or “patriot” in its mission statement and stays away from “political” endorsements. Adryana Boyne, VOCES Action founder and president, believes the group was targeted because of her personal … More

    Senator Ted Cruz Says Farm Bill "Does Considerably More Harm Than Good"

    The U.S. Senate voted 66 to 27 today for the farm bill, legislation that costs nearly $1 trillion and is composed mostly of food stamps. Heritage has highlighted the flaws of the “farm” bill, noting the “tangle of agriculture subsidies, welfare payments, and environmental patronage.” Today’s vote in the Senate … More

    How to Encourage Americans to Save Money Through Prize-Linked Savings

    A habit of saving money is one of the keys to moving up the economic ladder, alongside stable families and communities, and getting a good education. The problem is that about a third of Americans save nothing at all, especially those near the bottom of the economic ladder – meaning … More

    Morning Bell: Do You Trust This Administration?

    The Obama Administration has a few problems. From Benghazi to the IRS to the phone records of journalists and everyday Americans, it’s not difficult to call up a scandal with investigations pending in Washington. So immigration reform makes for a nice distraction. In his weekly address on Saturday, President Obama … More

    Cloakroom: Immigration Hits the Senate Floor

    House Cloakroom: June 10 – 14 Analysis: This week, the House will take up its annual authorization of the Department of Defense. This bill will lay out the programs and policies for the department for the 2014 fiscal year that Congress will later fund through the appropriations process. The Heritage … More

    Four Words to Watch in the Immigration Debate

    The Senate will begin debate on the Gang of Eight’s immigration proposal next week. Here are four words to watch out for as the Senators make their case—and warnings about what they might mean. 1. COST “Cost” is one word that should come up in the immigration debate, because the … More

    Turkey: Erdogan’s Reality Check

    Has Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan finally worn out his welcome? The anti-government protests that began last Friday in Taksim Square against Erdogan’s increasingly authoritarian leadership could become the start of a “Turkish Spring.” At the very least, if Erdogan does not implement serious reforms and address the widespread … More