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    House Budget Puts Huge Burden on America's Children

    As the House prepares to vote on the Democrat budget resolution, let’s take another look at what the plan would mean for hard-working Americans: It raises taxes by $1.265 trillion over five years and $3.911 trillion over 10 years, or more than $3,135per household annually; It includes 17 reserve funds … More

    May Day Strike Reveals Sad State of Labor Movement

    The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) is famous for striking to prevent docks from using technologies that reduce the need for union labor. The last time the ILWU went on strike it cost the economy $2 billion a day. But for the union’s efforts, it negotiated an average wage-and-benefit … More

    Earmark Warriors Make Their Case on Eve of Senate Showdown

    The clock is ticking as the Senate prepares to vote on a one-year earmark moratorium. With appropriators and lobbyists mounting a last-ditch effort to save their pork-barrel projects, earmark warriors took the Senate floor to deliver passionate pleas for a temporary timeout. Sen. Claire McCaskill, a freshman from Missouri, was … More

    Combating Myths About Earmarks

    Appropriators and other opponents of a one-year earmark moratorium ratcheted up their defense of pork-barrel spending today, signaling that many in Congress were not ready to take a timeout from the corrupting practice of earmarking. With most of the attacks directed at Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), sponsor of the one-year … More

    Cheney Marks 25th Anniversary of Strategic Defense Initiative

    Vice President Cheney commemorated the 25th anniversary of President Ronald Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative in a speech tonight to The Heritage Foundation (video below). Reagan’s nationally televised address from the Oval Office on March 23, 1983, changed the course of history, challenging scientists to build a missile defense system to … More

    Senate Showdown on Earmarks Pits Presidential Candidates Against Leadership

    A bipartisan effort to put a one-year freeze on earmarks has attracted the support of at least 14 senators, including each party’s presidential contenders, setting the stage for a showdown Thursday over wasteful government spending. Despite the surge in support over the past 24 hours, however, Senate Democrat leaders are … More

    Heritage Lowers Flag to Half-Staff in Honor of Buckley

    In honor of the late William F. Buckley Jr., Heritage has lowered the U.S. flag at our Massachusetts Avenue building to half-staff. Buckley has been mourned by Americans of all stripes since his death Wednesday. At Heritage, we’ve assembled some special tributes to the founder of the modern conservative movement. … More

    Boehner Won't Give Up Earmark Reform Website

    House Republicans aren’t giving in to order from the chief administrative officer to remove a website devoted to earmark reform. The site, earmarkreform.house.gov, remained active today despite an order from Dan Beard last week to shut it down. House Minority Leader John Boehner is defying Beard’s order until he gets … More

    'We Have Lost Intelligence Information This Past Week'

    As lawmakers in Congress wrap up their week-long vacation, America’s intelligence agencies are beginning to suffer the consequences of Congress’ inaction on the Protect America Act. Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell and Attorney General Michael Mukasey confirmed today that the failure to renew the terrorist surveillance law has caused … More

    Assessing the Terrorist Threat in London

    The Heritage Foundation’s James Jay Carafano returned from London today after spending much of the week assessing the city’s counterterrorism efforts. Carafano blogged about his trip on RedState. His dispatches are below. The Terrorist Threat in London London’s Lessons in Counterterrorism The Visa Wave The Wrath of Khan Container Security … More