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    Opportunity vs. Cronyism

    President Obama’s hour-long lecture to the American people Tuesday was notable for what was not included: the assertion a new progressive wave had swept over our country.  Last year, many in the consulting class warned America had turned a corner, and they urged conservatives to moderate their principles in pursuit … More

    Obama Gives House GOP Room on Immigration

    President Obama didn’t get into specifics in his State of the Union address on immigration reform this year, apparently not wanting to antagonize conservatives as House Republicans gather today in their annual retreat to consider Speaker John Boehner’s proposed “principles” for related legislation. “I think it’s time to deal with … More

    Does Obama Secretly Want Republicans Debating Immigration? This Conservative Thinks So

    Opponents of amnesty are turning up the pressure on House Republican leaders as they discuss potential next steps on immigration reform at their annual retreat today. “Every day we discuss immigration,” said Representative Steve King (R-IA), “that helps Barack Obama change the topic from Obamacare.” King and Representative Michele Bachmann … More

    Obama Silent on Reforming Medicare Payments

    In his optimistic State of the Union assessment of health care challenges, President Obama failed to mention one dire prospect: the 24-percent pay cut Medicare physicians will face March 31 if Congress doesn’t act.  The sharp decrease in reimbursement is set to be imposed by a complicated formula called the … More

    This Once-Prosperous American City Went Bankrupt. Who's to Blame?

    Detroit, once a booming metropolis with a strong economy and strong society, declared bankruptcy last July. After 50 years of electing Democratic mayors, the city now has a state-appointed emergency manager overseeing its financial operations. What happened to this once-great American city? Detroit’s problems stem from years of failed liberal … More

    What Congress Did While You Were Talking About the State of the Union

    Congress is very fond of two things: throwing a bunch of stuff into one bill and rushing bills through while Americans are focused on other news. While people were talking about the State of the Union, they’ve done it again with the $1 trillion farm bill. The “farm bill” passed … More

    Cruz Blasts Obama's Use of Executive Orders

    During last night’s State of the Union address, President Barack Obama stated that he would try to work with Congress, but would go around lawmakers if he needed to. It was a constant theme of his speech, mentioning it several times throughout the night, such as when he said: We’ll … More

    Q&A: What Is This “myRA” Retirement Account Obama Announced?

    In his State of the Union address, President Obama announced a new type of retirement savings account he wanted the Treasury to create. He signed the executive order today. We asked Romina Boccia, Heritage’s Grover M. Hermann Fellow in Federal Budgetary Affairs, what this is all about. — Amy Payne … More