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    Slay the Beast: How You Can Save Us From the Massive Debt

    RALEIGH, NC — There’s a lot of talk in Washington these days about debt — and for good reason. The federal government reached the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling one month ago today. And the Obama administration has set a date of Aug. 2 for Congress to raise that limit. Why … More

    VIDEO: Sen. Orrin Hatch Outlines Comprehensive Plan to Reform Medicaid

    Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), ranking member on the Senate Finance Committee, outlined a comprehensive plan for reforming Medicaid yesterday at Heritage. Medicaid is a program for low-income Americans, one of the big three entitlements. Hatch’s vision corresponds with the wishes of more than two dozen Republican governors, who wrote him … More

    Thousands of Cribs Headed to the Dump Unless Federal Agency Delays Regulation

    Upwards of 20,000 cribs are destined for the garbage dump later this month unless a federal consumer safety agency moves the deadline for selling the merchandise at a meeting today. The Consumer Product Safety Commission gave retailers six months to sell their inventory of cribs after new rules took effect … More

    Just How Big Is $1 Trillion?

    Billion used to be a big number in the United States, but today trillion is tossed around with increasing regularity. We could use your help communicating its significance. Whether it’s the $14.3 trillion public debt or the $62 trillion owed for the government’s unfunded liabilities, the number is so large … More

    NLRB Faces Backlash on Eve of Boeing Hearing

    An administrative law judge with the National Labor Relations Board takes up the agency’s dubious charges against Boeing tomorrow in Seattle. The hearing comes at a time when the NLRB, currently controlled by liberal appointees, is facing widespread backlash for its decision. The dispute between Boeing and the NLRB came … More

    Heritage Heads to New Hampshire for Presidential Debate

    Monday marks an important milestone in the 2012 presidential calendar. Republicans will gather in Manchester, N.H., for a presidential debate at Saint Anselm College — the opening debate in the Granite State, home of the first-in-the-nation primary. Heritage will be on hand for the event, reporting on the issues that … More

    Huge Oil Discovery in Gulf of Mexico Underscores Importance of Exploration

      President Obama’s decision to allow some deepwater drilling to resume in the Gulf of Mexico is already yielding impressive results. ExxonMobil announced yesterday it had discovered what amounts to 700 million barrels of oil in the Gulf — the largest find in 12 years. The discovery comes about two … More

    Why Isn't the National Debt a Sexy Story?

    Speaking at yesterday’s Bloggers Briefing, conservative filmmaker Stephen Bannon held up a copy of USA Today to demonstrate the challenge of getting Americans to take seriously this country’s debt crisis. On the front page was a banner headline, “U.S. owes $62 trillion.” Underneath the headline and above the fold was a … More

    Federal Government's Debt, Unfunded Obligations Grew Rapidly Last Year

    According to a new analysis from USA Today, American households are now on the hook for $534,000 to pay for the county’s debt and the unfunded obligations, or excess costs, for programs like Social Security and Medicare. USA Today reveals the eye-popping numbers for the federal government’s mounting fiscal problems. … More

    Lawmakers Press HHS for Information on Controversial Obamacare Waivers

    Wondering how all those businesses in House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s district ended up with Obamacare waivers? The story drew national attention last month, but there’s still little known about the process used by the Obama administration to grant the controversial waivers. That’s prompted more than 30 members of Congress … More