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    To Lead HHS, Obama Picks Overseer of Government Shutdown Decisions

    President Obama’s pick to head the Department of Health and Human Services led the federal government’s response during last year’s “shutdown”—which included officials erecting barricades around open-air monuments. Sylvia Mathews Burwell—who was deputy chief of staff to President Bill Clinton, among other roles—currently serves as Obama’s director of the Office of … More

    The Research Papers You Relied on the Most in 2013

    The Heritage Foundation is dedicated to policy research of the utmost intellectual integrity. This year featured debates on a wide range of policy issues, and Heritage’s research played an important role on Capitol Hill and throughout America. Here are the five most popular research papers from 2013. How Will You … More

    The Ryan–Murray Budget Deal: Unnecessary Pain for Americans

    The controversial budget deal reached by Representative Paul Ryan (R–WI) and Senator Patty Murray (D–WA) has been criticized by experts on both sides of the issue for delaying needed budget reforms. Romina Boccia, Heritage’s Grover M. Hermann Fellow in Federal Budgetary Affairs, discussed the deal with Obama’s car czar Steven … More

    State Department Waste: Booze, Crystal, and a Million-Dollar Stack of Rocks

    On the eve of the government shutdown, the State Department was consumed with a very different budget crisis of its own: purchasing vast amounts of booze for American embassies around the globe. According to Jim McElhatton of The Washington Times, the embassy in Moscow splurged on $15,900 in bourbon and … More

    Debt: Seven out of 10 Voters Think the U.S. Is on the Wrong Track

    A recent Peterson Foundation poll showed that 70 percent of registered voters believe that the country is on the wrong path when it comes to addressing the debt. This is just the latest indication that Americans are increasingly pessimistic about the nation’s financial future. The poll, which also shows that … More

    I Solemnly Swear to Support the Government?

    When lawmakers were debating how to end the federal government shutdown and whether they should authorize Washington to borrow even more money by raising the debt ceiling, Representative David Scott (D–GA) took to the floor of the House of Representatives and asked for a minute to speak. The legislation was … More

    Economy Still Growing Too Slowly

    The Bureau of Economic Analysis’s (BEA) first estimate of economic growth for the third quarter of this year shows an economy that continues to grow at a plodding pace. According to BEA, the economy grew at 2.8 percent from July 1 through September 30. This was slightly faster than the … More

    Chinese Call for “De-Americanization” Is an Empty Suggestion

    A recent editorial in the Chinese newspaper Global Times called for “de-Americanization.” Concerned with the American government shutdown and the prospect of the debt ceiling not being raised, the editorial argued that the United States is too irresponsible to be allowed to remain the dominant power. “Such alarming days when … More

    8 Things You Might Have Missed at Conversations with Conservatives

    As the Senate discussed a deal to end the government shutdown, House conservatives on the other side of Capitol Hill tackled the issues under debate at Conversations with Conservatives. Panelists included Representatives Raúl Labrador (R-ID), Tim Huelskamp (R-KS), Jim Jordan (R-OH), Ron DeSantis (R-FL), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Thomas Massie (R-KY), … More

    Exploiting Our National Monuments

    Even as the government he led was building a city named for him, General Washington knew that monuments are for citizens, not governments. He wrote that building them is accomplished “not through the organ of government, as a political act; but in a mode which will best testify the sentiments … More