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    Morning Bell: The Sun Sets on The Atlantic

    ST. PAUL — In the spring of 1857 a handful of men, including Ralph Waldo Emerson and Oliver Wendell Holmes, met at Boston’s Parker House Hotel to discuss the founding of a new magazine that would bill itself as a “journal of literature, politics, science, and the arts.” Later that … More

    Morning Bell: Obama's Speech vs. the Progressive Agenda

    DENVER — The Heritage Foundation is a conservative think tank. We are not experts on what the left wants. But after four full days spent listening to panels of progressive leaders describe what direction they want Barack Obama to take the country, we have to conclude that the left will, … More

    Conventional Wisdom on the Environment

    The Democratic National Convention in Denver endeavored to be “the most environmentally sustainable political convention in modern American history,” according to the convention’s Director of Greening (really) Andrea Robinson. But how much green will all that green end up costing the rest of us? From recycled tote bags and name … More

    What Does the Future Hold for Mandatory Public Service?

    Time magazine ran a story back in 2007 on “The Case for National Service.” The story described the positions of the candidates for president on expanding “public service” programs. Two of the Democrat candidates favored mandatory community service by all high school students. And two others — Hillary Clinton and … More

    Morning Bell: Empty Ethics Rhetoric Exposed

    DENVER — One of Barack Obama’s only legislative accomplishments in the U.S. Senate is the Legislative Transparency and Accountability Act, which passed in September 2007. When he announced his candidacy in Springfield, Ill., Obama called the bill “the most sweeping ethics reform since Watergate.” Critics from left and right, however, … More

    Bring Back the WPA!

    DENVER — One of the reasons Heritage came to Denver was to find out what the left expects out of its political leaders if it manages to gain full control of Washington after November’s elections. We are just a couple panels into a week’s worth of policy discussions, but a … More

    Maybe a Giant Government Mortgage Financing Duopoly is Not in the Interests of American Homeowners

    When liberals in Congress sold the American people on the need to risk $300 billion to bail out banks that made irresponsible loans to bad credit risks, they insisted big government was the answer to the housing crisis. For example, when defending the bill Barack Obama told Tom Brokaw: “What … More

    Morning Bell: Can Our Economy Afford More Union Corruption?

    The president of California’s largest union local, the 160,000-member Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in Los Angeles, yesterday announced he would take a leave of absence and the local would be placed in a temporary trusteeship. Tyrone Freeman’s departure comes after an in-depth series of Los Angeles Times articles detailing … More

    Morning Bell: The Road to Single Payer

    Yesterday in Albuquerque, N.M., Barack Obama told 1,800 adoring fans that, “If I were designing a system from scratch, I would probably go ahead with a single-payer system.” Obama was responding to a a voter who asked why he did not currently support single-payer health care. Obama explained: “Given that … More

    Morning Bell: The Left's Crony Capitalism Explodes

    Yesterday all three major financial indexes fell after an article in Barron’s reported the Bush Administration is planning to exercise the authority to recapitalize Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. A Treasury spokeswoman denied the report, but FusionIQ CEO and equity-research director Barry Ritholtz told the AP: “You don’t pass that … More