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    Morning Bell: The Best Part of the Oscars 2013

    America has been buzzing about the dresses, the stars, the winners, and the hit films all week. But the most important part of the Oscars is a real-life drama that is still playing out. It is not unusual for Hollywood actors to use their stardom to bring attention to human … More

    Morning Bell: Obama Administration vs. the Law on Same-Sex Marriage

    President Obama has so many flip-flops in his policy positions that it’s hard to keep track. After running for President supporting traditional marriage, he “evolved” to support same-sex marriage—and now his Justice Department has officially urged the Supreme Court to overthrow the law of the land. The Defense of Marriage … More

    Morning Bell: Top 3 Reasons Chuck Hagel Is Wrong for Secretary of Defense

    President Obama’s pick as the next Secretary of Defense is the wrong one. Heritage’s defense and foreign policy experts have examined the record of Chuck Hagel, the Republican former Senator from Nebraska, and concluded he simply does not have the experience and skills for the job. What’s more, his vision … More

    Morning Bell: Spending Cuts Are Happening, One Way or Another

    Federal budget cuts called “sequestration” are scheduled to hit in just 10 days. The sequestration cuts are not perfect—they’re a blunt instrument to cut spending, rather than a deliberative plan that sets priorities, trims entitlements, and cuts other spending. But they are law. It would be better to replace them … More

    Morning Bell: George Washington's Example on Religious Liberty

    Instead of celebrating George Washington’s birthday, today we’ve lumped him in together with no-names including Millard Fillmore and William Henry Harrison as we celebrate a generic “Presidents’ Day.” But George Washington was not simply a President. He was the indispensible man of the American Founding. Washington’s words, thoughts, and deeds … More

    Senate Deserves Answers on Hagel

    A multitude of questions loom over former Senator Chuck Hagel’s (R–NE) nomination process. It is now up to the Obama Administration to ensure that Senators get the answers comprehensively and not in drips and drabs. For one thing, Hagel’s performance during his confirmation hearing in the Senate Armed Services Committee … More

    Morning Bell: Taking Terrorism and the Arab Spring Seriously

    In his State of the Union address, President Obama showed a stunning lack of reality on terrorism and the Arab Spring. The President’s statement saluting “the courage and sacrifice of those who serve in dangerous places at great personal risk” unfortunately rings hollow when one considers the Administration’s treatment of the … More

    Morning Bell: Heritage Experts Analyze the State of the Union

    President Barack Obama laid out an ambitious agenda last night. Here are some highlights of our experts’ analysis of his claims, his plans, and his promises. Responding to Newtown All Americans, no matter what our backgrounds or political perspectives, abhor the death of innocent human beings. We were shocked by … More

    Hagel’s Dialectic on Iran: Confusion and Illusion

    Former Senator Chuck Hagel (R–NE) repeatedly fumbled his responses on important Middle East security questions at his confirmation hearing this week. He sought to sidestep Senator John McCain’s (R–AZ) question about whether the surge of U.S.troops in Iraq succeeded. Although he had opposed the troop surge and denounced it at … More

    Congress Showing Initiative to Investigate Benghazi

    Last week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s congressional testimony (here and here) failed to deliver new information regarding the September 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya. If anything, the hearings before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee more or less offered … More