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    Liberal Welfare State in Decline

    Even as the country deals with the crisis of the “fiscal cliff,” there’s another crisis waiting in the wings. “The second act will occur early in 2013 when the federal government will exhaust its ability to issue debt legally,” writes Heritage’s J. D. Foster. As computer programmers would say, the … More

    Morning Bell: Reasons for Conservatives to Be Thankful

    There are plenty of things to be thankful for this week, and this year as well. Yes, after our country’s recent elections, big government remains the rule here in the United States and throughout the West. Yet the language used by the candidates (both talked of reducing federal spending and … More

    Morning Bell: Now Is a Time for Commitment

    Dear friends, I write to tell you to take heart. Yes, conservatives are disappointed that a President who recklessly spent trillions, expanded government and put many of our values and institutions at risk has won a second term. But many of us have been here before. In Washington, there are … More

    Barack Obama and the Crisis of Liberalism

    Barack Obama calls himself a “progressive” or “liberal,” and we should take him at his word. He had the distinction of being the most liberal member of the United States Senate when he ran for President in 2008. The title had been conferred by National Journal, an inside-the-Beltway watchdog that … More

    Heritage Congressional Fellows Program Boasts Largest Graduating Class Ever

    The Heritage Foundation proudly congratulates the largest graduating class of the Heritage Congressional Fellows program (HCF) to date. The Class of 2012 consists of 61 Capitol Hill staffers, 29 from Senate offices and 31 from House offices. HCF is a year-long program dedicated to educating junior-level Capitol Hill staffers on … More

    Morning Bell: Political Convention Drama Begins

    This week’s Republican National Convention is already experiencing its own drama thanks to Tropical Storm Isaac, which has postponed most of the events until tomorrow. But this year marks the 100th anniversary of another Republican Convention embroiled in political drama of a different nature. Unlike today’s conventions, which are little … More

    VIDEO: Ed Meese Is Optimistic About America's Future

    Edwin Meese III was one of President Ronald Reagan’s most trusted confidants, serving the conservative icon during his governorship of California and his presidency in Washington. And just like the former president, Meese shares the unbridled optimism that drew so many Americans to adore Reagan. That can-do spirit is still … More

    Heritage Intern Award Winners: Our American Heritage

    Each semester, we bring together more than 60 young leaders from across the country to participate in our internship program in D.C. They are given the opportunity of practical experience working on policy research, marketing, and business, and training in communication skills like blogging and public speaking. They learn about America’s … More

    From "Yes We Can" to "No, You Didn't"

    In 2008, Barack Obama promised hope and change. “Yes We Can,” he and his supporters shouted. Now we learn that “we” meant government. The American people, apparently, aren’t capable of anything. “If you’ve got a business—you didn’t build that,” President Obama said last week in Roanoke, Virginia. “Somebody else made … More

    Will Nebraska Students Get to Learn About America's Founding Fathers?

    The state capital of Nebraska is named for Abraham Lincoln. Oddly, students may have to look outside the state’s school system if they hope to learn about him, and other exceptional American leaders, in the decades ahead. A committee of 45 educators there is rewriting the state’s standards for teaching … More