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    In the Green Room: Virginia Walden-Ford Schools Obama and Education Secretary Duncan

    Congress is expected to soon approve legislation that threatens to end the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship program—the federal school voucher program that has helped thousands of disadvantaged children attend a safe and effective school of their parents’ choice. The D.C. Opportunity Scholarship program has proven to be highly popular and effective. … More

    In the Green Room: GOP Whip Eric Cantor's 7 Point Job Plan

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVhVxJyFPRY[/youtube] Yesterday, House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) outlined a seven point common sense plan for job creation here at the Heritage Foundation. Item number 1: “Halt Any Proposed Rule or Regulation Expected to Have an Economic Cost, Result in Job Loss, or Have a Disparate Impact on Small Businesses.” … More

    In the Green Room: Jeff Kemp on How Free Enterprise and Strong Families Fix Social Problems

    “Optimism is important for anything in life-to realize that our condition is never final.” [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLEJ-HyIMcM[/youtube] With unbridled and infectious optimism, Jack Kemp (1935-2009) championed hope, growth, and enterprise to overcome poverty and social breakdown in America and around the world. In his roles as U.S. Congressman, Secretary of Housing and … More

    In the Green Room: Michael Barone & Ramesh Ponnuru on the Rising Tide of Conservatism

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HObnP87eWw[/youtube] For Michael Barone and Ramesh Ponnuru, conservative principles remain empirically true despite elections. The growing revolt against tired tax-and-spend policies embodied in the Tea Party movement and recent electoral wins for conservative candidates seem to indicate Americans are remembering their conservative heritage, the one that understands the growth of … More

    In the Green Room: China Aid President Bob Fu

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8KQnFVuoqQ[/youtube], In his disappointing debut in Shanghai, China, President Obama made every effort to avoid offending those who practice an offensive system that actively represses dissent. Now, as the president visits Beijing, it is even more important that he strongly assert the importance of adhering to the universal principles essential … More

    In the Green Room: Utah's Gov. Herbert on DC 'Freezing Out the States' Over Health Reform

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFMLzi2CBII[/youtube] It’s simple: “Our approach in Utah is to give consumers more choice,” said Governor Herbert during a Heritage Foundation visit earlier this week. “If we can put them in the control position where they’re spending dollars that are their own, they’re going to make better choices.” Similarly, the Governor … More

    In the Green Room: Rep. Paul Ryan on the 'Paternalism' of the House Health Bill

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkPiJayiuUA[/youtube] “The most outrageous detail in the current House bill is the philosophy on which it is premised. It is premised on the philosophy that the government knows best how to organize 1/6th of our economy,” said Rep. Ryan (R-WI) today before visiting Heritage’s Bloggers Briefing. Ryan was speaking about … More

    In the Green Room: Bill Kristol On the Big Story of Obamacare

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPlzV8BZdlw[/youtube] A poll released today by the Washington Post appears to indicate support for a public option is rising. They claim a 2% bump in the last month means the public option has therefore “rebounded from its summertime lows and wins clear majority support from the public.” Inventive headlines aside, this poll actually indicates that … More

    In the Green Room: FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell on Neutering the Net

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DhabZ2N8U8[/youtube] FCC Commissioner McDowell recently spoke at Heritage’s Blogger Briefing and then sat down with the Foundry to discuss the ongoing process to add unnecessary regulation across the entire internet. The complicated proposed rules for the new medium are an old story of regulation: It does put government in the … More

    In the Green Room: Prof. James Tooley on Education Reform for the World's Poor and the US

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cqWuVb7FNc[/youtube] “Be bold,” says James Tooley when you want education reform. He’d know. For the last decade the Newcastle University Professor has been traveling throughout the world’s poorest regions studying systems of education. What he’s discovered may be surprising. In the poorest countries on earth, parents are choosing private schools because … More