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    "Violence Against Women Act" Violates the Constitution

    The Senate-passed version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) violates Articles II and III of the Constitution. The bill would authorize Indian tribal courts to adjudicate certain domestic violence criminal charges against non-Indians and to enter a final judgment authorizing the confinement of convicted offenders. At present, tribal courts … 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

    Morning Bell: Getting a Meddling Government Out of Our Lives

    The next time a cashier asks “paper or plastic?” think of Abbie Schoenwetter. He spent more than six years in federal confinement for shipping lobster in plastic instead of cardboard. There’s no American law against doing so. But thanks to a vague, overly broad, and otherwise unjust federal criminal law, … More

    Morning Bell: Stop Apologizing for America and Start Promoting Liberty

    In some families, a father will proudly pass a car he’s driven for many years along to his son. But Air Force pilot David A. Deptula has gone even further. He earned his wings and flew an F-15 for the first time in 1977. Thirty years later his son, Lt. … More

    Rand Paul on Restoring the Founders' Vision of Foreign Policy

    Since his upset victory in 2010, Senator Rand Paul has made headlines with his independent views. Heritage’s Jackie Anderson recently sat down with the Kentucky Republican to discuss his views. Paul said the U.S. Constitution is the basis of his political philosophy, a lesson he took from his father, former … More

    Morning Bell: What Ideas Are Conservatives FOR?

    Many looked at the results on Election Day and saw disaster. At The Heritage Foundation, however, we see opportunity. Americans are asking: “What do conservatives stand for?” This is the opportunity to tell them. There are important lessons to be learned from the recent election and the current trends in … More

    The Income Tax Turns 100 Years Old

    The federal income tax is now a centenarian. On February 3, 1913, the 16th amendment to the Constitution was ratified. The revenue the income tax raises allowed Congress to greatly expand the size of the federal government. We will likely never return to a federal government the size we had … More

    Senator Orrin Hatch on Robert Bork's Legacy and Role of the Supreme Court

    Everyone ascending the steps of the National Archives building sees these words chiseled in stone: “Eternal Vigilance is the Price of Liberty.” No one was more vigilant than Judge Robert Bork, who passed away in December, in courageously defending principles that make our liberty possible. In 1968, then a Yale … More

    Obama's Recess Appointments Struck Down

    On Friday morning, a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously struck down President Obama’s alleged “recess” appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The appointments were made over a year ago, so the ruling potentially invalidates a number of actions taken by the NLRB since … More

    Filibuster Deal Restricts Senators' Rights to Debate Judicial Nominees

    This afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced a potential filibuster deal that, among other problematic provisions, limits post-cloture debate on federal district court nominees (and non-Cabinet-level officials). Senators currently have up to 30 hours of post-cloture debate on the merits of … More