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    Deep Distrust of the Government is American Norm

    No one tests the historic optimism of the American people quite like your  average politician. Poll after poll finds a deep distrust of government, with more than two-thirds saying they can’t believe what they hear from  Washington. You don’t have to look far for examples of why they feel this … More

    Foreign Affairs in Syria are Rough for US

    In a now widely reported private meeting with U.S. lawmakers at a Munich security conference last weekend, Secretary of State John Kerry told them the administration’s policies toward the bloody Syrian civil war weren’t cutting it. That’s a striking admission on the part of our chief diplomat. I agree with … More

    US Continues to Turn a Blind Eye to Chinese Aggression

    China’s rise has the Obama administration looking as uncertain as the proverbial deer in the headlights. Caught between the unappealing alternatives of embracing or containing China, it largely chooses inaction. Its famous “pivot” to Asia has stalled — a casualty of Secretary of State John F. Kerry’s near obsession with … More

    Toomey Urges Rejection of Obama Justice Nominee Over Links to Cop Killer

    Update:  The Judiciary Committee, in a 10-8 party-line vote,  approved Debo Adegbile as head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division – a pick protested by the National Fraternal Order of Police as “a thumb in the eye” of law enforcement officers. The nomination next goes to the Senate floor. Senator Pat … More

    Obama Changes His Rhetoric, Not His Liberal Prescriptions

    In terms of substantive policy, President Barack Obama’s latest State of the Union Address contained little of interest. The President offered up more of the same, tired “concrete, practical proposals” we’ve been hearing for years: raising the minimum wage, creating manufacturing hubs, improving job training, and investing more in early … More

    5 Ways Congress Can Help the Military Keep America Safe

    Washington’s annual appropriations circus will start soon, and there’s lots  of work to be done — especially in the realm of defense. Two rounds of automatic cuts arising from budget sequestration, compounded by earlier cuts requested by President Obama, have taken a toll at the Pentagon. Army Chief of Staff … More

    It's Time for Welfare Programs to Require Work, Not Subsidize Idleness

    For a half century, Washington has endlessly enlarged the welfare state, piling one program on top of another, adding layer after layer of spending. In his State of the Union address Jan. 28, President Obama proposed yet another round of welfare spending. Since the beginning of the War on Poverty … More

    Obama Disregards What Hispanics and All Americans Need to Achieve American Dream

    As expected, President Obama spoke about mobility and illegal immigration at his State of the Union speech Tuesday night. Disappointingly, he ignored growing academic agreement on what it takes for Americans, including those of Hispanic origin, to have a shot at the American Dream. Basically, a child’s mobility—his or her … More

    Heritage Experts Analyze President Obama's State of the Union Speech

    We’ll be updating this page with live takes from The Heritage Foundation’s experts on the State of the Union speech throughout the night. – Katrina Trinko Corporate Tax Reform Needed But Not the Tax Hike Let the Market Promote Energy Efficiency Obama Is The Anti-Opportunity President President Obama and Federal … More

    The Tired State of the Union Redux

    Will this be the most anti-climactic State of the Union speech ever? Quite possibly, yes. At least in previous iterations, there was an element of suspense regarding the speech’s actual content. Not this time. For weeks, if not months, the President and his surrogates have telegraphed how the State of … More