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    Filibuster or Not, the D.C. Circuit Still Doesn’t Need More Judges

    Today the Senate is scheduled to vote on the nomination of Patricia Millett to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Now that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D–NV) successfully deployed the “nuclear option” to eliminate Senate Republicans’ ability to filibuster appellate and district court nominees, he can … More

    Grand Theft Auto: D.C. Metro Edition

    Washington, D.C., is often described as being out of touch with the rest of the country. However, our nation’s capital and the rest of the country are in lockstep regarding civil forfeiture—the often-abused ability of the government to seize property involved in crimes. In May 2011, Frederick Simms was pulled … More

    The Road to a $12.50/Hour Minimum Wage in D.C. Is Paved with Good Intentions

    If only the D.C. city council understood good intentions do not ensure good results. Council members are debating four different proposals to raise the city’s minimum wage from $8.25 per hour ($1 above the federal minimum) to between $10.25 and $12.50 per hour. Proponents of the legislation want to help … More

    Heritage’s Spring Internship Deadline Extended

    The deadline for The Heritage Foundation’s Spring 2014 Internship Program has been extended to October 10. Get the word out to any young leaders you may know who want to get involved in formulating and promoting conservative public policy. Every year The Heritage Foundation offers internships for college students in … More

    Extra! Extra! D.C. City Council Submits to Reality

    “My Administration has worked tirelessly to create jobs, help our residents obtain, employment, and escape poverty. It is because of these very commitments, in fact, that I feel compelled to veto the bill.” —Washington, D.C., Mayor Vincent Gray on the Large Retail Accountability Act In a surprising turn, a Democratic … More

    Planned Parenthood to Receive Over $655,000 as “Navigators” for Obamacare

    This morning, the Obama Administration announced the award of over $655,000 in taxpayer grants to three Planned Parenthood affiliates to act as “navigators,” helping enroll Americans in federally facilitated insurance exchanges under Obamacare. Those grants are part of $67 million in federal funds that will go to over 100 organizations … More

    Wal-Mart and D.C.’s Minimum Wage Increases

    The D.C. city council recently approved legislation raising hourly minimum wages in retail stores to $12.50 an hour under the Large Retail Accountability Act (LRAA). On the surface, it looks like the bill would simply create a very high minimum wage. However, a closer look shows the LRAA targets a … More

    D.C. Taxis Fight Uber with Proposed Licensing Requirements

    In January, the Washington Taxicab Commission welcomed Uber, a smartphone-based car service, to the District with a sting operation. The charge: operating without a chauffer’s license. Uber won that fight, but its future in Washington remains uncertain. Uber lets users hail a limousine from their smartphones. A customer loads his … More

    National School Choice Week: Winning the Battle for School Choice in D.C.

    When the first National School Choice Week began just one year ago, the prospect of educational opportunity for hundreds of D.C. school children hung precariously in the balance. In January 2011, the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship (DCOSP)—a voucher program for low-income schoolchildren in the nation’s capital—had for two years been at … More

    Police Union Blames Occupy D.C. for City's Rising Crime Rate

    The violent crime rate in Washington, D.C., is up 13 percent since the Occupy D.C. protest began this fall as police officers have been pulled out of local neighborhoods and reassigned to the protest. The chairman of the local police union pinned the blame on the city’s redistribution of resources, … More