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    Protecting Educational Freedom This Independence Day: Cracks in the Common Core

    Just in time for Independence Day, the foundations of the Common Core initiative are showing some cracks. Common Core is an effort to establish national standards and tests to define what every child in public school will learn. It has been heavily incentivized by the Obama Administration and is an … More

    Pelosi: July 4 Is Health Independence Day

    As Americans celebrate a long holiday weekend, we should take at least a moment to ponder the idea, advanced recently by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D–CA), that Obamacare “captures the spirit of our Founders.” “As we observe the Fourth of July, [we remember that] our Founders talked about the … More

    Morning Bell: The Words That Started It All

    In celebration of Independence Day, we are rereading the Declaration of Independence. You can find Heritage experts’ introduction to the document in our First Principles primary sources series. Happy 4th! The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America In Congress, July 4, 1776 When in the Course of … More

    Celebrating Self-Government

    Every Fourth of July, Americans celebrate with fireworks and barbeques and John Philip Sousa. Then we return to our regularly scheduled lives. But this Independence Day is different. Last week, the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare, an unprecedented expansion of government’s power into one-sixth of the economy and a tremendous loss … More

    Millennials Embrace American Exceptionalism

    In the wake of last week’s Independence Day celebrations, millions of young Americans are embracing their freedom. While Generation Yers may have the stereotype of being self-centered, many of them not only view themselves as exceptional — they hold the same view of America as well. A recent poll commissioned … More

    Top 10 Reads: July 5, 2011

    Catching you up on clips, commentary and news of the day. Sign up for the daily email update from Scribe. A decent military takes cash – Ed Feulner The Year of School Choice – Wall Street Journal Game on, not over, for parents – Charles A. Donovan Know Your Enemy: Meet … More

    Washington in a Flash: Fireworks

    The nation’s capital was treated to a beautiful fireworks display last night. You can expect more of the same this week in Washington as the clock ticks toward the Obama administration’s Aug. 2 deadline for a deal on the debt limit. The House returns from a weeklong district work period … More

    London Celebrates Ronald Reagan's Legacy on Independence Day

    London today celebrated Ronald Reagan’s 100th birthday and his role in bringing down the Iron Curtain with the unveiling of a 10-foot bronze statue of the former President at the U.S. Embassy in England. British Foreign Secretary William Hague and former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice spoke at the event, which drew a crowd of 2,000. Reagan’s statue will stand … More

    Morning Bell: Celebrating America's Enduring Principles

    America was born on July 4, 1776, with the passage of the Declaration of Independence. Today, as we celebrate our great country 235 years later, we reflect upon its meaning. The Declaration announced to the world that the American colonies were free and independent states. But this alone does not … More

    VIDEO: Public Opinion on Debt Ceiling and Government Spending

    Bankrupting America is out with a new video today running though recent polling data on the debt ceiling and government spending. As lawmakers in Congress continue to debate the issue — the Senate will skip its Independence Day recess for the first time since 1974 — it’s worth reflecting on … More