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    EVENT: Defending the Filibuster, the Soul of the Senate

    On Tuesday, December 11, at 11:00 a.m., Heritage will host a book event and a discussion with two well-known experts on the importance of maintaining the current rule governing the use of the filibuster in the Senate. In Defending the Filibuster, Richard A. Arenberg and Robert B. Dove argue that … More

    Can the President Raise the Debt Ceiling by Himself?

    As the federal government once again approaches the debt ceiling, partisans are again pulling out the heavy artillery: Don’t bother negotiating with Republicans on taxes and spending, they tell the President, just declare the debt ceiling in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment and ignore it. As a matter of law, … More

    Morning Bell: The Next President and the Supreme Court

    Every vote counts. And this year, it could count double. One vote could decide both the immediate election and the course of constitutional law for decades to come. Just ask the senior federal officials responsible for our security immediately after 9/11 who were sued years later by Javaid Iqbal. During … More

    DOJ's Startling Argument Seeking Dismissal of Fast and Furious Lawsuit

    On Monday night, the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a brief asking a federal court to dismiss the lawsuit the House of Representatives filed challenging the President’s invocation of executive privilege in the Operation Fast and Furious case. The House suit seeks to force the Administration to release documents that … More

    Morning Bell: Imperial Presidency

    The United States was born when rebellious colonists declared their independence from an imperial ruler who had vastly overstepped his bounds. “The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over … More

    What Is the Separation of Powers?

    This week, President Obama made several recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. But here’s the catch: The Senate was in session, not in recess. As Heritage’s Todd Gaziano and Edwin Meese argue, President Obama’s unilateral determination that the Senate’s pro forma sessions … More

    Morning Bell: The Obama Experts vs. the Rule of Law

    Last week President Barack Obama’s most recently minted czar, Special Advisor to the President for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Elizabeth Warren, spoke to 400 bankers at the swanky Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, DC. Her message, according to The Washington Post: “Behave, play nice, and we’ll get along just … More

    Morning Bell: The Obama Czar State

    Late this Saturday night President Barack Obama’s Special Advisor for Green Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Van Jones, resigned amid what the Washington Post calls another “lapse in the administration’s vetting procedures.” That’s putting it mildly. Jones is an admitted former communist and black nationalist. His Ella Baker Center for Human … More