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    New Red Tape Rising Report: Regulation in Obama’s First Term

    Congress and the White House have been focused for much of this year on the federal budget—rightfully so, given perennial deficits and unsustainable levels of U.S. debt. However, federal spending accounts for only a portion of the burden placed on Americans by the government. Regulations impose huge additional costs, hindering … More

    Senate Chaplain Barry Black: If There's One Place Prayer Is Needed, It's Capitol Hill (VIDEO)

    People of faith should serve an essential role in the secular world. The political sphere needs contact with the transcendent insights of religion. That’s according to Rev. Barry Black, Ph.D, a retired two-star admiral and 62nd Chaplain of the United States Senate, at an event hosted by Heritage President Jim … More

    What Conservatives Are For

    Politeness is engrained in civil society. But sometimes, in order to make progress, you’ve got to dare to ask the questions that make people uncomfortable. Do Federal Social Programs Work? is the provocative title of a new book by Heritage’s David Muhlhausen. He holds a magnifying glass to Washington’s vast … More

    Penalizing Religious Belief: No Bed of Roses

    A Washington state florist is facing a lawsuit by the state’s attorney general because she desires to conduct her business in accord with the principles of her faith. Barronelle Stutzman, owner of Arlene’s Flowers and Gifts, is being sued by the state of Washington for refusing to provide flowers for … More

    Margaret Thatcher Remembered Fondly in the Falkland Islands

    The recent passing of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was met across the globe with an outpouring of tributes, condolences, and celebrations of her life. Nowhere is Lady Thatcher more revered than in the Falklands Islands, where her courageous leadership following the 1982 Argentine invasion helped ensure the freedom … More

    Uniting Around the Constitution

    Budget cutters, cultural conservatives, and national defense hawks ought to be able to rally around a common standard. But what is that standard? In order to properly unite our forces, author Peter Berkowitz recommends that we must first temper our tempers. In his new book Constitutional Conservatism, Berkowitz writes that … More

    Morning Bell: Taking America from Welfare State to Opportunity Society

    “I must go to college!” insists eight-year-old Pierre William. Such planning may seem unusual in a second grader. But Pierre is lucky. He’s attending a private school in the District of Columbia using funds from the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program. That’s opened his eyes to the possibilities that only a … More

    Rand Paul on Restoring the Founders' Vision of Foreign Policy

    Since his upset victory in 2010, Senator Rand Paul has made headlines with his independent views. Heritage’s Jackie Anderson recently sat down with the Kentucky Republican to discuss his views. Paul said the U.S. Constitution is the basis of his political philosophy, a lesson he took from his father, former … More

    Beware Obamacare’s Looming Conscience Cliff (VIDEO)

    The fiscal cliff isn’t the only abyss that the Obama Administration and Congress have created for individuals and employers. The Obamacare mandate that forces employers to provide and pay for coverage of abortion-inducing drugs, contraception, and sterilization has created a cavernous void for religious liberty that will threaten the existence … More

    How Instagram Is Teaching Us About Big Government

    Instagram, the popular photo-sharing and social-networking service acquired this year by Facebook, faces a strong public backlash over a newly proposed terms of service agreement that allows your photos to be sold to outside businesses without either compensation or consent. This move, while certainly savvy from the profit perspective, caused … More