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    The Pope Talked to Obama Today About Religious Liberty. Will It Matter?

    During a meeting today, Pope Francis talked to President Obama about religious freedom, an issue that has come under heightened scrutiny in recent years as religious business owners have objected to Obamacare’s contraceptive and abortion-inducing drugs coverage mandates. According to the Vatican, Francis and Obama “discussed questions of particular relevance … More

    Heritage’s Salvatori Prize Goes to Families Fighting for Religious Freedom

    NEW ORLEANS — Two days after the Supreme Court heard arguments in defense of religious liberty against a controversial Obamacare mandate, The Heritage Foundation awarded its Salvatori Prize for American Citizenship to the two families who brought the suits—the Greens and the Hahns. The presentation was made during a luncheon at the Sheraton New … More

    Defense Cuts Leaving the U.S. Navy Toothless?

    Earlier this month, the Obama administration released the annual FY2015 budget request for the Department of Defense. As analysts pore over the several thousand pages detailing spending plans for each program in the U.S. military, a number of head-scratching decisions are coming to light. For example, the Navy has decided … More

    How to Avoid Another Housing Crisis, Explained in Under a Minute

    Should the government have a role in the housing market? Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac cost taxpayers billions of dollars, even in good economic times, write Heritage’s Norbert Michel and John Ligon. When the housing market collapsed in 2008, they note, the cost to taxpayers was even higher. The two … More

    How Obama Is Strangling the Economy in Red Tape

    Regulation: It’s a mostly hidden drain on the economy—and a favorite of the Obama administration. It affects all of our lives—and wallets—yet rarely makes headlines. Why? It’s complex; it’s constant; and the sheer volume of regulations is stunning. Heritage experts James Gattuso and Diane Katz have just updated their one-of-a-kind … More

    No to a United Nations for the Internet

    Here are three rules to live by for the Internet: Keep it regulation-free; Keep it tax-free; and Keep it censorship-free. All of these sensible guidelines could be jeopardized by a new Obama Administration proposal to hand over some control of Internet usage, as well as the assignation of domain names, … More

    Congress Could Take This One Step and Weaken Putin Significantly. So Why Won’t They?

    Now that Congress has wisely chosen not to include unrelated Internal Monetary Fund reform in the Ukrainian aid package, policymakers should focus on practical solutions that are a bit more relevant. How about lifting restrictions on American natural gas exports? An antiquated and unnecessary law stipulates that if a company … More