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    Senate Sequester Plan: They Can’t Be Serious

    The Hill newspaper demonstrated a keen knack for understatement today with its account of Senate Democrats’ $110 billion sequester replacement proposal: “The bill would appear to have little chance of reaching President Obama’s desk, however, given opposition from House and Senate Republicans to increasing any taxes to replace the sequester.” … More

    Japan’s Economy - What Really Matters

    Japanese gross domestic product (GDP) fell for the third straight quarter (October–December) and was essentially flat for 2012 as a whole. This continues two decades of stagnation in annual output—Japan’s annual GDP in 2012 is essentially the same as 20 years ago. Stagnation is part of what motivated new Prime … More

    Morning Bell: Heritage Experts Analyze the State of the Union

    President Barack Obama laid out an ambitious agenda last night. Here are some highlights of our experts’ analysis of his claims, his plans, and his promises. Responding to Newtown All Americans, no matter what our backgrounds or political perspectives, abhor the death of innocent human beings. We were shocked by … More

    Obama Jobs Council Disbanded - Despite Economy, Jobs as Top Priority for Americans

    President Obama has allowed his jobs council to expire - even though “strengthening [the] economy” and “improving [the] job situation” continue to be top priorities for the American people, according to the Pew Research Center. This action fits with the President’s pattern of ignoring job-creating recommendations that don’t align with his views. … More

    Morning Bell: Get the Federal Government Out of the Natural Gas Business

    In North Dakota, people have jobs. That state led the nation in job creation last year, and its unemployment rate is only 3.2 percent (compared to the national rate of 7.9 percent). Why? One word: energy. As Nicolas Loris, Heritage’s Herbert and Joyce Morgan Fellow, writes in a forthcoming paper: … More

    VIDEO: Gov. Rick Snyder's Customer-Service Approach to Government

    Michigan has added 14,000 new small-business jobs to become the sixth fastest growing economy in the nation, and even automakers are starting to hire again. Heritage visited with Gov. Rick Snyder (R-MI) to find out how the former president and COO of Gateway Computers has contributed to the turnaround. Snyder … More

    Eric Cantor Speaks on American Opportunity

    Fiscal cliffs, debt, and unbalanced budgets have made raising a family in America more difficult, but pursing opportunity-oriented policies centered on creating prosperity can turn uncertainty and struggle into hope again. That was the message House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) delivered in a speech at the American Enterprise Institute, … More

    Morning Bell: Fighting Government Cronyism with an Opportunity Agenda

    Would you like a raise? For some workers, cronyism prevents receiving raises in pay. In early 2011, a Giant Eagle supermarket in Edinboro, Pennsylvania, wanted to give wage increases and higher starting wages to 25 employees. But a union wouldn’t let it do so. Why would a union object to … 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

    A Year Later, Keystone XL Still a Good Decision

    After being sworn-in this weekend, President Obama will soon receive a second shot at approving the Keystone XL pipeline that will bring oil down from Canada to Gulf Coast refineries. Last year the President rejected the permit application at a time when America desperately needed jobs, and when his own … More