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    First Presidential Debate 2012: Top 10 True/False Quiz

    During last night’s presidential debate, claims were flying fast and furious. Some of these claims were true, others false. Here are the top 10—see which ones you can guess as either true or false. 1.      Governor Mitt Romney’s tax plan would burden the middle class. President Obama: “[I]ndependent studies looking … More

    Debate 2012: Do We Need More Teachers?

    “Governor [Mitt] Romney doesn’t think we need more teachers,” President Obama said last night. “I do.” The President’s confidence that “we need more teachers” to improve education is misplaced, and his proposal to subsidize teacher hiring using federal dollars would do more harm than good. Adding teachers is intended to … More

    Spending "War Savings" Is Still a Budget Gimmick

    During the first presidential debate, President Obama reiterated a policy proposal that barely holds water. His proposal to use so-called war savings from the troop drawdowns in Iraq and Afghanistan to pay for more domestic spending is nothing short of a budget gimmick. It would also justify continued federal spending … More

    Nice Try, But Lincoln Wasn’t the Father of Big Government

    There you go again, Mr. President: invoking Abraham Lincoln as the father of big government. “[A]s Abraham Lincoln understood, there are also some things we do better together,” President Obama said last night, attempting to justify his expansion of the federal government. “So, in the middle of the Civil War, … More

    National Education Standards, Title I Portability Shape First Presidential Debate

    Last night’s presidential debate included quite a few specifics on education policy from both President Obama and Governor Romney. President Obama’s call for more federal spending on education was no surprise. But his choice to highlight the Administration’s involvement in pushing states to adopt national standards and tests was remarkable. … More

    WATCH at 1 p.m.: Debunking Myths on Trade and Jobs

    Trade and job creation came up in the presidential debate last night. A longstanding argument for blocking trade is that imports hurt jobs. This argument is wrong, and we can prove it. A paper published by The Heritage Foundation documents that the process of importing—offloading from ships and planes, transporting … More

    Morning Bell: Heritage Experts React to First Presidential Debate

    During last night’s debate between President Obama and former Governor Mitt Romney, Heritage’s domestic policy experts were live-blogging their analysis of the ideas discussed. Below are some of the highlights of our experts’ reactions to the major points made. We will be discussing the debate in a live Twitter chat … More

    WORD CLOUD: Obama and Romney at the First Presidential Debate

    President Obama and former Governor Mitt Romney were in the spotlight Wednesday night as they challenged one another in their first debate at the University of Denver in Colorado. The debate format covered several different subjects, all of which focused on domestic matters: the economy, health care, the role of … More

    SLIDESHOW: Photos from the First Presidential Debate

    Words played an important role at the first presidential debate, but images mattered as well. Body language and eye contact were two factors that swayed opinion about the performances of President Obama and former Governor Mitt Romney. Here are some of the highlights. RELATED: Complete Analysis and Video of the … More

    Debate 2012: Obama's Dubious Medicare "Voucher" Claim

    President Obama made an oft-repeated claim on Medicare during Wednesday night’s presidential debate that distorts attempts to reform the program. The president accused Governor Mitt Romney of favoring a “voucher” program for Medicare, by citing, ironically, a plan previously supported by Romney’s running mate, Representative Paul Ryan. The voucher label … More