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    Things That Aren't Inevitable: The Farm Bill

    Don’t you love it when the conventional wisdom gets turned on its head? What was supposed to happen in Washington a couple of weeks ago—passing the pork-laden food stamp bill known as the “farm” bill—didn’t happen. The special interests expected it to happen. Most of official Washington expected it to … More

    A Fourth-Generation Farmer Makes His Case for Splitting the "Farm" Bill

    Nearly a year ago, Heritage Action CEO Michael Needham and Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) wrote in the Wall Street Journal that the unholy alliance between food stamps and agriculture policy — known in Washington as the farm bill — must come to an end. Congress failed to take that advice, … More

    7 Ugly Truths About the House Farm Bill

    The recently defeated House farm bill was fundamentally flawed. The House can now fix these flaws by going back to the drawing board and developing real reforms. To adopt necessary reforms, the House needs to separate food stamps from the farm programs and consider each on its own merit in … More

    Jason Everman: Smells Like American Spirit

    Fans of “Grunge” rock know the names of bands like Nirvana and Soundgarden and people like Kurt Cobain and Chris Cornell all too well. Chances are, they don’t know a whole lot about Jason Everman, but he has a story worth telling, and The New York Times did just that. … More

    A Key Voice on Immigration Reform Says No to Amnesty-First Approach

    The Gang of Eight’s amnesty bill passed the Senate by a 68-32 vote, but House Republicans have already declared the nearly 1,200-page bill dead upon arrival. Advocates for the bill say House members will face pressure to follow the Senate’s lead. But conservatives appear ready to stand firm against an … More

    How Presidents Carter and Obama Both Missed the Mark on Defense

    As Congress enters its final review of the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act, the U.S. is once again facing the threat of a hollow military. Although the characteristics of President Obama’s drawdown might differ from President Carter’s mishandling of the issue in the late 1970s, the two presidencies share some … More

    Morning Bell: 5 Immigration Questions for Members of Congress

    It’s July 4 week, which means Members of Congress are at home in their districts. As you head to your nearest town hall meeting, take these questions for your Representative. Below, we also provide the real answers you should be listening for. 1. Since the Senate-passed bill doesn’t require the … More

    Two Video Clips of Jim DeMint on "Meet the Press"

    Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint joined NBC News’ “Meet the Press” roundtable Sunday morning. DeMint shared his thoughts on the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage rulings and the debate sparked by Texas lawmaker Wendy Davis’ filibuster of a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks. Here are two clips from … More

    The Farm Bill Failed. Now What? House Conservatives Weigh In

    The U.S. House’s rejection of the nearly trillion-dollar “farm” bill has prompted talk on Capitol Hill of separating the legislation into two parts: agriculture programs and food stamps. But will members of Congress support the split? It’s a decision Heritage policy experts Daren Bakst and Rachel Sheffield put at the … More

    D.C. Metro to “Phantom Planter”: Stop Planting Flowers, Or Else!

    “It’s sort of beyond the scope of what you would imagine some private citizen would do,” said Washington, D.C., Metro spokesman Dan Stessel of Henry Docter’s activities. Indeed. It’s not often that a husband, father of two, part-time lawyer, children’s book author, and collage artist finds time to plant flowers … More