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    Yes, the Founding Fathers Have Foreign Policy First Principles

    James Downie, standing in for Jonathan Chait at The New Republic, believes that The Heritage Foundation’s view of the relationship between first principles and foreign policy is wrong, and contrary to George Washington’s vision. Inevitably, he seeks to prove his point by quoting Washington’s Farewell Address. His case would be … More

    Whatever Happened to Advice and Consent?

    The Senate floor may be empty, but debate over the New START Treaty continues. Dismissing calls for debate as petty partisanship, many on the left urge a quick vote on the treaty. The treaty’s proponents fail to appreciate the Senate’s constitutional role in the treaty-making process. In Article II, Section … More

    Obamacare vs. Limited Government

    Even as Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA) was telling constituents that the federal government has unlimited power to do whatever it wants, U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson was saying, “Not so fast!” What President Obama considers his crowning achievement illustrates the great divide in American politics — between those who see … More

    Alan Gura and Robert McNamara on McDonald and More

    Last week in McDonald vs the City of Chicago, the US Supreme Court held that the right of an individual to possess firearms is protected by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, is incorporated by the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, and therefore applies to the … More

    McDonald v. Chicago: An Exclusive Interview

    After helping to strike down the Chicago handgun ban, the winners in today’s Supreme Court decision promised, in an exclusive interview with the Heritage Foundation, that more such cases would be coming in the next few weeks. Alan Gura, lead attorney for the plaintiffs, promised, “There will be future cases, … More

    Sessions' Opening Statement on Elena Kagan

    As the confirmation hearings of Elena Kagan got underway at 12:30, the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Jeff Sessions (R-AL), lost no time getting to the heart of the concerns that are raised by Elena Kagan’s nomination by President Obama to the Supreme Court: Ms. Kagan has less … More

    The Next Chicago Gun Rights Case . . . And Why It Is Important to the Kagan Confirmation

    Moments ago, the Supreme Court announced that, Yes Virginia, the Second Amendment does in fact apply to the states, and thereby struck down Chicago’s complete ban on handgun possession. But this decision (and the Court’s prior decision in Heller) raises still other questions which will likely have a substantial impact … More

    Protecting the Second Amendment (But Just Barely)

    In what is probably the most important Second Amendment case in Supreme Court history, the Court today held that the “right of the people to keep and bear Arms” cannot be infringed by the states. In 2008 in District of Columbia v. Heller, the Court for the first time held … More

    DISCLOSing Contempt for Liberty and the Constitution

    You’d think that members of Congress would have a keen knowledge of and appreciation for congressional history; you’d think they would know better than to repeat the mistakes made by their legislative body in the past. But if partisanship guides your actions and winning elections at all costs is your … More

    Morning Bell: The Buck Stops Nowhere

    According to best estimates, the collapsed Deepwater Horizon oil rig is pumping about 210,000 gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico every day. But don’t worry, President Barack Obama has appointed an “independent” commission to investigate the spill. Our federal government will post an estimated $1.5 trillion budget deficit … More