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    Morning Bell: The Urgent Danger in the Senate

    Think your state has equal representation in the Senate? Well, that could be eliminated soon. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid—a Democrat from Nevada—is trying to ensure that he personally has the final say on all legislation. And under one plan being considered, only three other Senators would be allowed any … More

    Morning Bell: It's Time to Balance the Budget

    Today, the House will vote on a proposal that would suspend the debt ceiling until May 19, buying a bit more time for the overarching budget debate. This puts off the difficult decisions that are needed to get the country’s fiscal situation in order. Heritage’s vice president for domestic and … More

    Morning Bell: Obama's Second Inaugural Address, Translated

    Members of Congress—who are about to debate raising the debt ceiling tomorrow—should have paid attention yesterday. The President was very clear that he sees no urgency about reducing the debt and cutting the deficit. In fact, in his second inaugural address, President Barack Obama was honest about his intentions to … More

    Morning Bell: MLK, Obama and Opportunity

    Fifty years ago in Washington, D.C., Martin Luther King Jr. shared his dream for America. It was a vision that gave “all of God’s children” an opportunity to flourish. Today, as we remember and honor King’s legacy, it’s quite evident that millions of Americans are struggling mightily to grasp the … More

    Morning Bell: Responding to Newtown

    When confronted with the murder of children, the only reaction is anger, shock, and grief. Since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, America has been reeling. We want to protect our fellow Americans, our families, and ourselves. We want to understand the causes of violence and … More

    Morning Bell: Obama's Religious Freedom Proclamation

    Did you know that yesterday was Religious Freedom Day in America? It didn’t get a lot of attention, since President Obama was busy signing executive orders, but he also put out a proclamation on religious freedom. “Because of the protections guaranteed by our Constitution, each of us has the right … More

    Morning Bell: Don't Raise Debt Ceiling Without Balancing the Budget

    All across America, families are balancing their budgets and even paying off debt. Since the financial panic of 2008, personal debt has fallen as Americans tighten their belts and pay back loans. Some, unfortunately, had to declare bankruptcy because their debts got too big. Washington cannot declare bankruptcy; it must … More

    Morning Bell: "Default" Is a Red Herring in Debt Ceiling Debate

    Yesterday, President Obama accused his opposition in Congress of threatening to “default” on America’s loans in order to make a political point. I am not going to have a monthly or every three months conversation about whether or not we pay our bills because that in and of itself does … More

    Morning Bell: When the Government Fails Completely

    What happens when a government program simply does not do what it is supposed to do? Head Start, the federal preschool program, says it “promotes the school readiness of children ages birth to 5 from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social and emotional development.” But the government’s own evaluations … More

    Morning Bell: Chinese Investment in the U.S. Shatters Records

    China set a record with its investments around the world in 2012. And in the United States, China shattered its previous investment record. Before people start panicking, it’s important to know: This is not a bad thing. First, let’s put it in perspective. Chinese investment is still very, very small … More