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    Is Our Government Still "Of the People"?

    Seven score and 10 years ago today, Abraham Lincoln delivered the greatest speech in American history. Standing on the bloodied battlefield of Gettysburg, Lincoln urged the fractured nation to dedicate itself to the “unfinished work” of the battle. In only 10 sentences—272 words in all—he made clear the far-reaching implications of … More

    Morning Bell: What to Do in Syria

    Reports are rampant that the Obama Administration will call for U.S. missile strikes against the regime in Syria at any time now. That country is embroiled in a civil war, with opposition forces fighting dictator Bashar al-Assad. The U.S. has interests to protect in the region, but becoming directly involved … More

    Ghosts of Obama’s Failed Iraq Policy Continue to Haunt

    While the world’s attention has been focused on violent clashes in Egypt and reports of chemical weapons use in Syria, Iraq has been sliding back to the brink of civil war. Sectarian violence in the country has returned to levels not seen since the U.S. troop surge and the Anbar … More

    Morning Bell: Gettysburg and the Future of Freedom

    Freedom’s future can turn on the actions of one. One hundred and fifty years ago, the fate of America was decided at Gettysburg. For three days, Union and Confederate armies fought the decisive battle of the Civil War. On the second day of the struggle, General Robert E. Lee ordered … More

    Why We Pay the Income Tax

    As millions of Americans scrambled this week to get their taxes filed on time, they probably didn’t spend much time wondering how we got here. But the modern income tax, with the federal government drawing most of its money from payments by citizens, is relatively new. The American Revolution, of … More

    The Legend of Abraham Lincoln: Fact or Fiction?

    Representative Joe Courtney (D–CT) recently penned an open letter to the man who wrote the movie Lincoln. The film depicts a divided Connecticut state congressional delegation, with three members voting to uphold slavery. Courtney declares that cannot stand. He clarifies that, in 1865, Connecticut’s representatives voted unanimously to abolish slavery. … More

    Will the "Day the World Shook" Be This Weekend?

    Quick—rush to Vegas and lay down a bet on this weekend’s headlines. Here is a short list of what we all might be talking about by Monday. Arab Spring Part II The president of Egypt showed his true colors last week—which look an awful lot like a Muslim Brotherhood banner—by … More

    Morning Bell: Abraham Lincoln's Thanksgiving Proclamation

    Happy Thanksgiving from The Heritage Foundation! As we celebrate and give thanks today, we invite you to read President Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Thanksgiving Proclamation below. The year that is drawing toward its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are … More

    Lincoln: The Movie, the Man

    Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln debuts in Washington, D.C., this week. It features a stellar cast: Tommy Lee Jones, David Strathairn, Sally Field, and Daniel Day-Lewis as our nation’s 16th President. Day-Lewis is known for method acting. But which Lincoln will he portray? Will he play into the liberal myth of Lincoln … More

    Scribecast: John Fund Explains Why Voter ID Laws Benefit Minorities

    Former President Bill Clinton recently compared voter identification laws to Jim Crow-era statutes that suppressed the black vote after the Civil War. “There has never been in my lifetime, since we got rid of the poll tax and all the Jim Crow burdens on voting, the determined effort to limit … More