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    Morning Bell: 10 Facts on the Fiscal Cliff, Debt, and Spending

    Budget policy in 2012 was characterized by deficit spending, major increases in the national debt, and a heated debate over the “fiscal cliff.” With just days left for President Obama and lawmakers in Congress to avert a major tax hike, sequestration, and other major policy changes, today we bring you … More

    Defense Budget Priorities: Opting for American Decline

    Last week North Korea successfully launched an Unha-3 rocket, thereby demonstrating an alarming capability to target U.S. territory with ballistic missiles. China is rapidly expanding its fleets and arsenals in an unprecedented military build-up, while intimidating other countries in East Asia—including U.S. allies. The Middle East is a conflagration of … More

    The Eleventh Hour: Still Time Left to Stop Massive Defense Cuts

    The threat of sequestration—the half-trillion dollar cut to defense set to occur January 2, 2013—has been debated and prevention plans have been discussed since before it was even written into law. The budgetary measure was written to be so unpalatable that Congress and the Administration would have to find a … More

    The Heritage Foundation Bids Farewell to Retiring Senator Jon Kyl

    This month, Congress will lose one of the foremost champions of freedom and a strong national defense: Senator Jon Kyl (R–AZ). Senator Kyl has served three terms in the U.S. Senate after eight years in the U.S. House of Representatives. In his farewell speech, Kyl focused on economics, family values, … More

    Happy Birthday to the Minutemen

    Today marks the birthday of the National Guard, our nation’s oldest force. The brave men and women of the Army and Air Force National Guard are the descendants of the men and boys who rallied to Lexington and Concord to fire “the shot heard ’round the world.” They are every … More

    Survey: Americans Do Not Believe Defense Spending Is Too High

    According to the Foreign Policy Initiative’s (FPI) national survey, a majority of Americans support America’s role in world affairs and do not believe that we spend too much on defense. Therefore, action must be taken to change the current plan to haphazardly slash defense spending. After surveying 1,000 likely voters … More

    Debate Prep: America's Role in the World

    The final presidential debate, on foreign policy, is scheduled for Monday, October 22. Moderator Bob Schieffer announced that the topics will be: “America’s Role in the World,” “Our Longest War—Afghanistan and Pakistan,” “Red Lines—Israel and Iran,” “The Changing Middle East and the New Face of Terrorism,” and “The Rise of … More

    Flawed Sequestration Report Reinforces Need to Reverse Damaging Defense Cuts

    The Obama Administration’s recent report on how it would slash nearly $500 billion more from national defense over the next decade leaves lawmakers, the military, the defense industry, and the American public largely in the dark about the consequences of these massive spending cuts. Nevertheless, the report—which was submitted to … More

    VIDEO: House Conservatives Answer Your Questions

    House conservatives gather this morning to take your questions about taxes, sequestration and a range of other issues facing Congress in the coming weeks and months. It’s your opportunity to be heard on Capitol Hill. Submit a question in the comments below. Conversations with Conservatives runs from 11:30 a.m. to … More

    VIDEO: Navy Faces Readiness Crisis as More Ships Unprepared for Combat

    The year was 1979. America’s military had emerged from the Vietnam War earlier in the decade and was now facing sizable and significant budget cuts. Capt. Tom Shanahan, commanding officer of the USS Canisteo, had just returned from the Mediterranean Sea and was now leading an overhaul of his fleet … More