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    VIDEO: FRC's Tony Perkins Previews the Values Voter Summit

    This week’s Values Voter Summit will bring together conservatives from across the country to Washington, DC. Speakers include Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI), Senators Jim DeMint (R-SC) and Rand Paul (R-KY), and Governor Bob McDonnell (R-VA). Heritage is a proud sponsor. Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, will preview the annual conference … More

    Inspector General to Investigate Lavish Commerce Department Conferences

    The Commerce Department’s inspector general will investigate whether an obscure agency within the department spent millions of dollars on an annual conference near Disney World in Florida. The agency has disputed those allegations, first brought by congressional Republicans on behalf of a whistleblower. If the whistleblowers’ numbers — contained in … More

    FACT CHECK: Have 4.5 Million New Jobs Been Created Under Obama?

    It’s no secret that employment is the top concern for Americans. It stands to reason, then, that politicians will be hyping their proposals for job creation, and touting their respective records on that front. This week in Charlotte, NC, a number of speakers — including the keynote, San Antonio Mayor … More

    FACT CHECK: Salazar Exaggerates Obama's Record on Energy Production

    Interior Secretary Ken Salazar touted President Obama’s record on reducing oil dependence in a speech delivered in Charlotte, NC, this week. Salazar pointed to a decrease in oil imports and an increase in oil production — especially on federal lands — as evidence of the efficacy of Obama’s policies. But, contrary to … More

    Major Obama Bundler Steve Westly Rewarded With Convention Speech

    Venture corporatist Steve Westly benefitted personally and financially from President Obama’s push for green energy after supporting the president with major campaign contributions. Tonight he’ll take the stage in Charlotte, NC, for a high-profile speech. Westly heads up the California-based venture capital firm the Westly Group. He bundled more than $500,000 for Obama’s … More

    GM Shuts Down Chevy Volt Production

    General Motors is halting production of the poorly selling Chevy Volt to accommodate a redesigned Chevy Impala. The impending four-week shutdown of the electric car represents yet another setback following news of disappointing sales for the second year in a row: General Motors Co. (GM), the largest U.S. automaker, is … More

    VIDEO: Heritage's Robert Rector Sets the Record Straight on Welfare Reform

    The so-called “fact checkers” are acting more like President Obama’s surrogates than independent analysts. On issue after issue, they’re simply ignoring the facts. And when it comes to the Obama administration’s changes to welfare reform, they’re getting it wrong over and over again. Ever since July 12, when the Department … More

    Chart of the Week: Medicare Spending Is Main Cause of Runaway Deficits

    Medicare is getting quite a bit of attention lately. And rightly so. Out-of-control entitlement spending contributes directly to long-term federal deficits, which will accelerate over the course of the next few decades, according to Heritage’s Federal Budget in Pictures and figures provided by the Congressional Budget Office. By 2030, Medicare … More

    Teachers Union Claims Black School Choice Group Supports KKK

    A major state-level teachers union accused a group promoting school choice for African-American families of supporting the notorious white supremacist group the Ku Klux Klan in a series of statements on Thursday. The Louisiana Federation of Teachers accused the Louisiana Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO) of advancing a “pro-KKK … More

    An Affinity for Free Markets Among Anti-Capitalist RNC Protesters

    Brian has a tough job. He’s a socialist trying to sell a commodity. Wandering around Tuesday’s protest near the Republican convention in Tampa, FL, he asked for donations in exchange for the newspaper of his organization, the Socialist Alternative. His offer was a bit jarring, so I asked him whether … More