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    The National Debt in One Picture

    Congress is beginning its new year with a budget deal that busts right through “caps” it was supposed to have on spending. At Heritage, we want to hold Congress accountable for its tax-and-spend ways, even as Members claim there’s no room to cut. A good place to start is understanding … 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

    Your Money in Pictures: The Top 5 Charts of 2013

    As part of our countdown to the new year, here are Heritage’s top five must-see charts of 2013. 5. What If a Typical Family Spent Money Like the Federal Government? While middle-class families are still plagued by a sluggish recovery in the Obama economy, this is what their finances would … More

    What the Government Got You This Year (in Pictures)

    Today, the Senate is set to pass the new U.S. budget deal in all its spend-tastic glory. Lawmakers have hemmed and hawed about making any cuts to spending, despite countless examples of ridiculous decisions that have wasted taxpayers’ money. So it’s timely that the office of Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) … More

    The Budget Deal's Sneaky Tax Increases

    The congressional budget deal includes some “user fees.” For the Washington establishment, that’s apparently the politically correct way of telling Americans they’ll be paying more to the federal government. For the rest of us, it’s a tax increase. The Ryan-Murray budget deal, which passed the House on a 332-94 vote, … More

    This Liberal and This Conservative Think the Ryan-Murray Budget Plan Is a Raw Deal for Americans

    Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle expressed skepticism about the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 as details emerged Tuesday night. Watch the clip to 0:45 to see what the liberal says and then stick around until 1:34 to hear from the conservative. Appearing on CNN’s “Crossfire,” Representatives … More

    An Unlimited Christmas Credit Card

    What if you had no spending limits this holiday season? You could take that dream ski vacation you’ve always wanted…and buy all new ski gear for your family to take on the trip…wait, why are you renting a cabin? Go ahead and buy that cabin! And don’t forget the private … More

    Proposed Cuts Would Barely Dent Massive Growth of Food Stamps

    Food stamp spending is at historic highs—it has doubled twice since 2000. Now some on Capitol Hill say the House is trying to make major cuts to the program, but they’re really making some much-needed policy reforms that would achieve modest savings. The House bill proposes a small 5 percent … More

    See Everything This Mom's Cutting to Pay for Obamacare

    The holiday season is looming, but this year Kate Joy and her husband aren’t budgeting for gifts or saving for a vacation. They’re figuring out how to afford the 150 percent premium increases they’ll face in the New Year, thanks to Obamacare. Joy and her husband live in Sonora, California, and … More

    European Central Bank Lowers Interest Rates, Trumping "Zero Lower Bound" Theory

    The European Central Bank (ECB) lowered a key interest rate to 0.25 percent on Thursday. This is a big deal, since it demonstrates that the ECB has the ability and the will to stabilize euro inflation, which has fallen below the ECB’s target and become a drag on real growth. … More