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    Reporting and news analysis on policy issues from The Heritage Foundation.

    Middle-Class Families Struggle to Overcome Regulatory Recession

    Government policies have made life difficult for middle-class families like Thomas and Melissa Clements. Their business in Broussard, LA, has suffered from the Obama administration’s offshore drilling moratorium and subsequent permitorium. Tomorrow morning Thomas is coming to Capitol Hill to talk about his struggles at a congressional hearing. Clements recently … More

    How the Debt and Economy Are Reshaping Millennials’ Life Choices

    America’s sluggish economy and mounting debt threaten to change the very fabric of our country as young people delay major life changes. New polling released by the upstart Generation Opportunity reveals the dramatic consequences facing America as the Millennials grow older. A staggering 77 percent of Americans age 18–29 say … More

    Daily Notes

    It’s a big day in Washington for domestic and foreign news. This morning the Congressional Budget Office releases its annual Long-Term Budget Outlook. Then in the evening President Obama outlines his Afghanistan withdrawal plan in a primetime address beginning at 8. There are two noteworthy events happening at Heritage today: … More

    Nightly Notes

    Clips, commentary and news from the day. Send us your tips at scribe@heritage.org. How to reform entitlements and save the American dream – without raising taxes Obama vs. Congress Over Libya — Will Qaddafi Be the Ultimate Winner In This Showdown? Paul Ryan’s use of Part D as a model … More

    Upton Expects Bipartisan House Vote to Reaffirm Support for Yucca Project

    House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) said there is bipartisan support in Congress to move forward with the nuclear-waste repository at Yucca Mountain, noting that lawmakers could reaffirm that decision in a vote this summer. Upton, speaking at The Bloggers Briefing this afternoon, criticized the actions of Nuclear … More

    Watch Live: Rep. Fred Upton Speaks at The Bloggers Briefing

    Video chat rooms at Ustream Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, visits Heritage today for The Bloggers Briefing at noon. Watch it live here on Scribe or click through to Ustream.tv. You can also listen at BlogTalkRadio.

    Daily Notes

    Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), left, visits Heritage today at 10 a.m. to talk about her plan to save Social Security, which faces $6.5 trillion in unfunded obligations over the next 75 years. She’ll sit down afterward with me to talk about why Social Security reform should be part of … More

    Taxpayer-Funded Program Puts Criminals on America's Streets

    At a time when the White House and Congress debate solutions for the country’s mounting debt, the Department of Justice is preparing to dole out millions for a taxpayer-subsidized program that puts violent criminals, like Chandra Levy’s killer, on the streets of American cities. States and localities have until mid-July … More

    Welcome to Scribe, Think Tank Journalism

    Today’s launch of the redesigned Foundry also brings with it exciting changes for the Center for Media and Public Policy, Heritage’s investigative reporting operation. More than a year after refocusing our mission on journalism, we now have a prominent place to showcase that work. Welcome to Scribe, a blog that … More

    100,000 Cribs Face Disposal After Safety Commission Refuses to Extend Deadline

    Retailers have 11 days to sell any cribs that don’t meet the government’s new safety standard. Anything that’s left in stores on June 28 must be trashed. At least 100,000 cribs — a figure significantly larger than first anticipated — could be destined for the garbage dump, according to new … More