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    Reagan and the 1980s: Back to the Future

    Fans of pop culture and pop history are enjoying a documentary series on the National Geographic Channel: The ’80s, The Decade That Made Us. A recent installment focused on Ronald Reagan’s defense posture, including the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) or “Star Wars,” as its critics called it. Host Rob Lowe … More

    Stop Blaming the Victims for the Misdeeds of the IRS

    What’s more outrageous than the IRS scandal? Pointing the finger at the victims. That’s exactly what Representative Jim McDermott (D–WA) did last week. Leaders of six targeted groups testified before the House Ways and Means Committee to shine light on their interactions with the IRS. In response to testimony that … More

    National Organization for Marriage Chairman Testifies on IRS Abuses (VIDEO)

    Adding to the list of complaints involving the IRS, this week, John Eastman, chairman of the board for the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), testified before the House Committee on Ways and Means regarding last year’s illegal disclosure of the organization’s donors. The testimony comes at a time when the … More

    A Conservative Agenda for Trade: Eliminate the Threat of Tariffs

    When it comes to trade, the ultimate objective for conservatives should be to eliminate tariffs—not just reduce some or all, but take them completely off the table and make it as difficult as possible to impose or threaten to impose tariffs (or quotas). Many Americans believe that tariffs are a … More

    IRS-Gate

    Over the weekend, the IRS scandal got even more bizarre. Various news organizations got a look at a still-unreleased report by the inspector general (IG) for tax administration at the Treasury Department. According to the report, IRS official Lois Lerner knew about the problem by June 2011; yet in March … More

    IRS Admits It Targeted the Tea Party

    The admission by an official of the IRS that the tax agency was targeting conservative tea party groups comes as no surprise to those who work with tea party organizations and their leaders in the conservative grassroots arena. The Washington Post reports that Lois Lerner, the head of the IRS … More

    The Way Ahead for Conservatives

    Turning points matter, but not nearly as much as the direction one takes after reaching a turning point. So: In the aftermath of the 2012 election, where does the country go from here? That’s up to politicians to determine, of course. But in our democratic republic, “We, the people” must … More

    What Conservatives Are For

    Politeness is engrained in civil society. But sometimes, in order to make progress, you’ve got to dare to ask the questions that make people uncomfortable. Do Federal Social Programs Work? is the provocative title of a new book by Heritage’s David Muhlhausen. He holds a magnifying glass to Washington’s vast … More

    Conservative Chileans Appreciated Margaret Thatcher

    The death of Margaret Thatcher received extensive media coverage in Chile, proving that the “Dama de Hierro” (“Iron Lady”) is still capable of stirring powerful emotions among Chileans—of irritation among her opponents and admiration from her supporters. Her passing occurred while Heritage economic experts were in Santiago to present results … More

    Uniting Around the Constitution

    Budget cutters, cultural conservatives, and national defense hawks ought to be able to rally around a common standard. But what is that standard? In order to properly unite our forces, author Peter Berkowitz recommends that we must first temper our tempers. In his new book Constitutional Conservatism, Berkowitz writes that … More