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    Cruz Warns of ‘Receding’ Global Power of U.S.

    Russia’s geopolitical power has expanded “because the United States is globally receding from leadership,” according to Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), who spoke at a Heritage Foundation panel on U.S.-Russia relations Tuesday. “In the geopolitical stage, it is almost as if the Russians have a renowned grandmaster playing chess, and the … More

    Obama to Impose Higher Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors

    President Obama’s unilateral move to give bigger paychecks to employees of federal contractors will drain more money from taxpayers without pressuring the government to cut spending, a Heritage Foundation economist predicts. The likely result will be “a transfer of wealth from taxpayers to the employees of government contractors,” James Sherk, … More

    You Won’t Believe What’s in the $1 Trillion Farm Bill Disaster

    The farm bill isn’t getting the attention it deserves.  Congress is likely very aware of this fact and is pouncing on a chance to get its farm bill through.  Tonight’s State of the Union address further provides cover for what Congress is about to do to the American public this … More

    Conservatives to House Republicans: Do Nothing on Immigration Reform

    An influential conservative news outlet is warning House Republicans to abandon their plans on immigration reform this year because President Obama cannot be trusted. The editors of National Review put it bluntly: “Do nothing.” “This is legislative strategy as unforced error,” they wrote. House GOP leaders are on the verge … More

    Time for Obama to Go on an Apology Tour

    President Obama should use his State of the Union speech tonight to launch a much-needed “apology tour” to the American people. As shown by the fact that viewership of SOTU speeches has declined over the last three presidencies, Americans know that no president is going to use the speech as … More

    7 Things It's Not Too Late For

    Presidents offer pie-in-the-sky visions in their State of the Union addresses. But if President Obama—and Congress—were willing to “roll up their sleeves” (another common State of the Union phrase) and work on some tangible good for Americans, Heritage experts have a few ideas. The President is calling this his “year … More

    The Foundry & The Franklin Center's Pre-State of the Union Twitter Chat

    Join The Foundry and The Franklin Center for a Twitter chat on predictions and hopes for Tuesday night’s State of the Union address. What do you hope President Obama will cover? Will the President sufficiently cover education, foreign policy and religious liberty issues? What issues matter to you most? We’ll … More

    Big Bank Account? No Problem. You May Still Qualify for Food Stamps

    Under existing federal policy, it doesn’t matter how much money you have in your bank account: you can still be eligible for food stamps. A policy known as “broad-based categorical eligibility” allows applicants to bypass asset tests, meaning  food stamp recipients could have an unlimited amount of assets, but if … More

    Why Does Pop Culture Pretend Dads Don’t Exist?

    Where are the dads? Take the January issue of Washington Family magazine, which features a photo of a mother and daughter getting ready to ski (down Capitol Hill, perhaps?), and highlights three stories, all aimed at mothers. What’s missing, from the cover and the magazine as a whole, is fathers. … More