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    This Is Not a Ranking We Should Be Proud Of

    Would you want to live in a country that is losing freedom? How about a country that has lost ground in property rights and become more corrupt? If you’re an American, you’re living there. The 20th anniversary edition of the Index of Economic Freedom reveals that the United States has … More

    Heritage Experts Weigh In On Massive Omnibus Spending Bill

    The following is a running tally of some of the pork projects, ineffective government programs, and giveaways for corporate cronies included in the massive, 1,582-page spending bill. We will update this post with reaction from Heritage experts as they examine the $1.012 trillion bill. Click on a link below for … More

    Read the Bill: Congress Releases Massive Omnibus Spending Bill

    Washington appropriators today dropped a massive, 1,582-page spending bill that will fund the entire federal government for FY 2014. The omnibus works off a budget deal that set spending at $1.012 trillion, $45 billion more than previous spending caps were agreed upon by a bipartisan majority in 2011. The omnibus … More

    Paul Ryan: Government Traps the Poor

    How to boost the poor out of the “poverty trap?” Stop letting the government keep them there, Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) says. In comments today at the Brookings Institution’s Social Mobility Summit, Ryan outlined why the War on Poverty, launched 50 years ago by President Lyndon B. Johnson, “missed the … More

    License, Registration—and All Your Valuables, Please

    Between 2006 and 2008, Tenaha, Texas, established itself as a hotbed for civil forfeiture abuse. Tenaha police executed dozens of traffic stops in which vast sums of money and property were seized, though no criminal charges were filed against drivers or passengers. Tenaha’s antics were so egregious that Texas lawmakers … More

    Four Conservative Principles to Guide Immigration Reform

    Speaker Boehner is reportedly preparing his list of principles for immigration reform. Here are four conservative principles for immigration reform—based on Heritage’s “Advancing the Immigration Nation: Heritage’s Positive Path to Immigration and Border Security Reform”—that Speaker Boehner and the House should keep in mind. Enhance security and enforcement efforts. Perhaps … More

    Young Adults Spurn Obamacare

    Young adults just aren’t that into Obamacare. Only 24 percent of enrollees in the Obamacare exchanges are young adults aged 18 to 34, according to a report released today by the Department of Health and Human Services.  That’s far fewer than the 38 percent of enrollees the Obama administration said … More

    Obamacare Young Adult Outreach Now Has Its Own Day

    In the latest of a string of promotional tactics to get young adults enrolled in Obamacare’s health exchange, the White House recently declared February 15 as National Youth Enrollment Day. The so-called “young invincibles,” young adults from ages 18 to 34, are critical for Obamacare’s success because these typically healthy … More

    One Month After Being Fired by RSC, Paul Teller Will Join Ted Cruz's Office

    A month after being dismissed by the Republican Study Committee, longtime congressional staffer Paul Teller has been hired as deputy chief of staff by Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX). Cruz said in a statement: Paul’s many years of experience working in Congress and his tireless work to advance conservative principles make … More

    Pope Francis Unquestionably Condemns Abortion As Wrong

    Pope Francis is making news this morning after he suggested that abortion “kills children who will never see the light of day.” The popular Pope, who has consistently spoken against abortion, raises the issue just 10 days before the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. He noted that abortion is part … More