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    Obamas, Bidens Pay About Same in 2013 Income Taxes, Returns Show

    Four days before the April 15 filing deadline, the White House today released 2013 income tax returns for President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden showing each man and his wife paid just under $100,000 in tax. The White House blog noted that the president and first lady reported … More

    Volunteerism in America Hits a 10-Year Low

    A report recently released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed that volunteerism in America is at a 10-year low. This decline in civic engagement puzzled some commentators who noted that the downward trend wasn’t related to the greying of America, since the only age cohort with an increase in … More

    Supreme Court Stays Obamacare Mandate for Little Sisters of the Poor

    Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor really knows how to ring in the New Year. Just hours before the countdown to 2014 in Times Square, she granted the Little Sisters of the Poor an eleventh-hour temporary halt to a coercive Obamacare mandate. The Obama Administration has until 10 a.m. Friday to … More

    Pope Francis and America’s Obligations to the Poor

    Americans are a generous and conscientious people, concerned with making sure that no one falls through the cracks and that everyone is given a fair shot at leading a thriving life. This is, perhaps, one reason why Pope Francis’s recent call for all of us to remember our obligations to … More

    VIDEO: Home Is Where Neighbors Help

    Ethel Parker had never had a bathroom in her home. She’d walk to the nearest convenience store when she needed to use the restroom, until Hearts for Homes—a locally supported nonprofit based in Denton, Texas—discovered her situation. “To go into a house that has never had a bathroom and put … More

    Private Charity Steps Up When Government Steps Out of Head Start

    Politico reported this week that the Laura and John Arnold Foundation is donating $10 million to pick up the cost of 7,000 Head Start seats that are currently vacant due to the government shutdown. According to Politico, the funds are a personal donation from the Arnolds and will enable affected … More

    California Bill Targeting Boy Scouts Illustrates Threats to Religious Freedom

    Legislation “cruising” through the California legislature would strip certain state-level tax exemptions from nonprofit youth groups that differentiate on “gender identity,” “sexual orientation,” and other bases. The bill names familiar youth organizations such as the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Little League. However, as one report observes, the bill “appears … More

    Does Your Religion Define How You Think About Economics?

    The authors of a new Brookings Institution survey believe the American Dream is dead—or at least in trouble. And who’s to blame? Religious conservatives. Progressives, on the other hand, want everyone to have equal opportunities in the name of social justice—but with a caveat: If you start out ahead in … More

    Heritage Book Fair Raises $2,726 for Wounded Warriors

    While cleaning out her office of old materials, Heritage’s Becky Norton Dunlop noticed the extensive collection of books for which she no longer had any room. They covered a wide range of topics—economics, foreign policy, political theory, and more. Many were written by prominent authors, some were signed, and others … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Americans Have Religious Liberty Every Day of the Week

    What days should Americans be able to live out their religious beliefs? Is religious liberty limited to church on Sunday or synagogue on Saturday? Or can deeply held beliefs influence the day-to-day lives of Americans? Regular religious observance can have a positive impact on adolescent behavior, teen academic achievement, and … More