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    Senator Reid’s Gun Control Bill Helps Criminals Get Guns

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-NV) gun control bill helps criminals figure out where it is easier to buy guns. Under Senator Reid’s legislation (S. 649), states must continue to submit criminal records to the federal government for the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Firearms-selling businesses use the … More

    Arbitration Bill in PA Keeps Costs Down, as Evidenced by Special Interest, Trial Lawyer Opposition

    As reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pennsylvania is considering a bill to reorganize arbitration law in the state. The bill has the support of the Pennsylvania Bar Association but is opposed by the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, the trial lawyer lobbying group. As I explain in my recent Heritage Backgrounder, … More

    Today at the Supreme Court: Same-Sex Marriage and the Defense of Marriage Act

    This morning, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in United States v. Windsor, a constitutional challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defined marriage as the union of a man and woman for purposes of federal benefits. In this case, the issue was an estate tax bill faced … More

    Morning Bell: The Marriage Debate Through a Child's Eyes

    Earlier this month, 11-year-old Grace Evans appeared before a panel of Minnesota lawmakers considering a redefinition of marriage in that state. She testified to the significance of her mother and father and the different contributions each makes to her life. Then she ended with a simple question: “Which parent do … More

    Marriage and Faux Federalism

    George Will opens his recent column criticizing the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) on federalism grounds by quoting from a 1948 Supreme Court case: “[U]nder the Constitution, the regulation and control of marital and family relationships are reserved to the States.” What he doesn’t point out is that the citation … More

    Hurricane Sandy Relief: An Early Opportunity for Budgeting

    A good test of whether the 113th Congress is likely to take budgeting seriously will come early this week, when the House considers the remainder of its Hurricane Sandy relief legislation. House conservatives are proposing several amendments that would cut enough spending to offset the $17 billion base bill (H.R. … More

    Supreme Court to Hear Defense of Marriage Act Challenges: Legal Analysis

    It’s official: The Supreme Court announced today that it will take up the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) this term. This was hardly unexpected. As we previously noted, the High Court was almost certain to hear one or more of these cases after two federal circuit courts struck down DOMA … More

    National Education Standards: Been There, Didn't Do That

    While 46 states have jumped on the national education standards bandwagon, it’s not too late to hit the brakes. We’ve been down this road before. During the 1990s, the push to nationalize standards and testing reached a fever pitch. There were the infamous national history standards, which were so poor … More

    The Heritage Guide to the Electoral College

    Abigael Evans should be happy. She’s the four-year-old who’s so sick of the election that she cried. Her tears went viral. It should all be over soon, although we’ll have to wait a bit for the official tabulation of the Electoral College. Here’s how it works: Each state has a … More

    Debate over FEMA Disaster Aid: Federal vs. State and Local

    A New York Times editorial published in the midst of Hurricane Sandy’s devastation has received a good deal of attention. The article argued that “A Big Storm Requires Big Government,” politicizing and distorting calls for reform of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). A response by The Wall Street Journal, … More