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    Transparency in Government: Finding Out How Much the Government’s Mistakes Are Costing Us

    One of the little known costs that taxpayers unwittingly pay is the Judgment Fund administered by the Treasury Department. This fund is used to pay “judicially and administratively ordered monetary awards against the United States” when it loses lawsuits, as well as settlements by the government of threatened or actual … More

    WATCH: Google+ Hangout with Ben Shapiro, Author of "Bullies"

    Join us today at noon ET for our weekly Google+ Hangout. This week we welcome Ben Shapiro, editor at large of Breitbart.com and author of the new book, “Bullies: How the Left’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences Americans.” Shapiro will answer questions about his book as well as his … More

    VIDEO: Jim DeMint on "Morning Joe"

    Heritage President-elect Jim DeMint appeared today on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” discussing everything from his decision to leave the Senate to how lawmakers should approach issues of gun violence in the wake of the Newtown, CT, shooting. DeMint urged the country to “step back and dig down” in response to the … More

    Cloakroom: It Begins Again…

    House Cloakroom: January 14 – January 18 Analysis: The 113th Congress begins its first full week in session on Monday as the House of Representatives returns to Washington after being officially sworn in on January 3. This week, the House will take up the Hurricane Sandy disaster relief bill. There … More

    Calif. Town Asks FEMA to Pay for New Chairs, Computers, Microwave

    A California town spent tens of thousands of dollars in taxpayer funds on miscellaneous office expenses and is attempting to bill the federal government for the costs, according to a federal watchdog’s report. In the wake of a damaging flood, the town of San Anselmo spent taxpayer funds ostensibly marked … More

    Jim DeMint in Washington Post: Conservatives Must Communicate Ideas More Effectively

    Last week Jim DeMint wrapped up work in the U.S. Senate and embarked on a new mission as president-elect of The Heritage Foundation. After spending his professional career in research, advertising and marketing, DeMint is now setting out to more effectively communicate conservative ideas to the American people. Today he … More

    VIDEO: Why Free Markets Are Moral and Big Government Isn't

    Steve Forbes believes the free market is getting a bum rap. Thanks in part to demagoguery from Washington’s political class and outright vilification from Hollywood, there seems to be little to like. The two-time presidential candidate and magazine executive wants to change that perception. Forbes, author of “Freedom Manifesto: Why Free Markets are Moral … More

    The Legacy of James M. Buchanan

    Today’s passing of Nobel Prize-winning economist James M. Buchanan is a sad milestone, but a good time to remember his impact on economics. Buchanan’s basic contribution to economic theory (and policy) was both simple and profound: Political decision makers, just like consumers and producers, are self-interested and subject to constraints. … More

    VIDEO: Interview with Jim DeMint on Family and Work (Part 3)

    Senator Jim DeMint joined The Heritage Foundation this week, leaving his job in Congress to prepare to become the think tank’s next president in April. This is the third and final part of our interview with DeMint. He talks about growing up in Greenville, SC, his single mother, and the importance … More

    Best of the Morning Bell in 2012

    Continuing our series highlighting the best of 2012, we wanted to bring you the most popular Morning Bells of the past year. The Morning Bell started five years ago and has grown to be Heritage’s signature e-newsletter. If you have not subscribed to it, you can do that today. 1. Obama … More