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    Common Core Standards: How States Are Roped In (VIDEO)

    What happens when the federal government extends its overreach into America’s classrooms? Should all states be forced to teach kids the same thing? Heritage’s Lindsey Burke, the Will Skillman Fellow in Education, debated the repercussions of the Obama Administration’s push for national education standards on “Stossel” Thursday night. Kathleen Porter-Magee … More

    Morning Bell: Beware the Internet Sales Tax

    The Internet sales tax is back, and it could be the next big vote in the Senate. The proposed law would enable states to force businesses to collect sales tax from customers who live in their state—even when the businesses have no connection to that state. As Heritage President Jim … More

    Morning Bell: Revealing What States Are Hiding

    How much are we spending on education? Actually, far more than we know—because as it turns out, states are hiding some of the teachers’ benefits. In a new paper, Heritage expert Jason Richwine reveals that “Proper accounting would reveal tens of billions of dollars in extra teacher pension costs, equivalent … More

    Morning Bell: Obamacare's Medicaid Trap

    While Members of Congress are arguing about defunding parts of Obamacare, the rubber is meeting the road in the states. Governors and state legislatures are sweating decisions about setting up government health care exchanges and expanding the Medicaid program. While the offer of additional federal money for Medicaid is tempting … More

    Obamacare and the Medicaid Expansion: How Does Your State Fare?

    The Medicaid expansion is touted by proponents of Obamacare as a “no-brainer.” While it is true that some states may see projected savings, it is erroneous to claim that this experience applies to every state. Proponents predict that by expanding Medicaid states will be able to reduce payments to health … More

    Morning Bell: Voting Rights at the Supreme Court Today

    To understand what’s going on in the Supreme Court today, we have to go back in time. The year was 1965. Hundreds of people gathered in Selma, Alabama, to march for black Americans’ right to vote. Some states, especially in the South, had set up obstacles to voting, such as … More

    Morning Bell: Responding to Newtown

    When confronted with the murder of children, the only reaction is anger, shock, and grief. Since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, America has been reeling. We want to protect our fellow Americans, our families, and ourselves. We want to understand the causes of violence and … More

    Response to Newtown: Addressing a Complex Issue

    Americans of all political and philosophical convictions have grieved over the killing of innocent schoolchildren and adults in Newtown, Connecticut. In responding to this attack, we must consider with great care how to proceed to protect precious lives in a way that is consistent with our laws and traditions. “The … More

    Morning Bell: Don't Raise Debt Ceiling Without Balancing the Budget

    All across America, families are balancing their budgets and even paying off debt. Since the financial panic of 2008, personal debt has fallen as Americans tighten their belts and pay back loans. Some, unfortunately, had to declare bankruptcy because their debts got too big. Washington cannot declare bankruptcy; it must … More

    Obamacare Exchanges: State of the States

    Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) gave seven more states “conditional approval” to operate state-run Obamacare exchanges. The announcement came two days after the deadline for HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to determine which states will be ready to run their own exchanges in 2014. So it … More