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    Big Bird vs. Budget Cuts That Matter

    America is headed toward a fiscal cliff, the U.S. military is being gutted by budget cuts, and the President has been focused on…Big Bird. After Governor Mitt Romney mentioned in the first presidential debate that he liked Big Bird, but might want to make cuts to taxpayer funding of PBS, … More

    Presidential Debate Schedule: Watch with Heritage

    One down, three more to go! Heritage has a page dedicated to Debate 2012, where you can watch video of the first presidential debate and follow all our blogs on topics that might come up in the debates. On debate nights, just as we did with the first debate, you … More

    First Presidential Debate 2012: Top 10 True/False Quiz

    During last night’s presidential debate, claims were flying fast and furious. Some of these claims were true, others false. Here are the top 10—see which ones you can guess as either true or false. 1.      Governor Mitt Romney’s tax plan would burden the middle class. President Obama: “[I]ndependent studies looking … More

    Morning Bell: Heritage Experts React to First Presidential Debate

    During last night’s debate between President Obama and former Governor Mitt Romney, Heritage’s domestic policy experts were live-blogging their analysis of the ideas discussed. Below are some of the highlights of our experts’ reactions to the major points made. We will be discussing the debate in a live Twitter chat … More

    WORD CLOUD: Obama and Romney at the First Presidential Debate

    President Obama and former Governor Mitt Romney were in the spotlight Wednesday night as they challenged one another in their first debate at the University of Denver in Colorado. The debate format covered several different subjects, all of which focused on domestic matters: the economy, health care, the role of … More

    SLIDESHOW: Photos from the First Presidential Debate

    Words played an important role at the first presidential debate, but images mattered as well. Body language and eye contact were two factors that swayed opinion about the performances of President Obama and former Governor Mitt Romney. Here are some of the highlights. RELATED: Complete Analysis and Video of the … More

    Debate 2012: Obama Cites Debunked Study on Romney's Tax Plan

    During tonight’s debate, President Obama touted an analysis of Governor Mitt Romney’s tax plan that is fatally flawed and has been debunked by a policy expert at Heritage. The analysis, conducted by the Tax Policy Center — a joint venture of the urban institute and Brookings Institution – concluded that to … More

    Morning Bell: 10 Questions for the First Presidential Debate

    Tonight’s debate between President Barack Obama and former Governor Mitt Romney is supposed to focus on domestic policy, with a major concentration on the economy. Health care, the role of government, and philosophy of governing are also on the agenda. The Heritage Foundation’s policy experts have submitted 10 questions they … More

    Washington Post Misses on Romney Tax Plan and Step-Up Basis

    The debate about former Governor Mitt Romney’s (R-MA) tax plan has reached a fevered pitch. In fact, The Washington Post published two articles (here and here) about it. The second repeated the confusion surrounding a poorly understood policy known as “step-up.” Recently, I weighed in to correct the false statement … More

    Heritage's Opposition to National Education Standards Advances Public Debate

    Federal intervention into education has been a growing problem over the past four-and-a-half decades and is being supersized by the Obama Administration’s current efforts to push states to nationalize their standards, tests, and, ultimately, curriculum. Heritage has been sounding the warning bell about the Common Core national standards push and … More