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  • Commentary posted July 29, 2014 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. Conservatives Need a Human Rights Agenda

    On Dec. 23, 2008, President George W. Bush signed the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act into law. White House Deputy Press Secretary Tony Fratto called the bill “a priority issue for the administration in preventing the trafficking of persons around the world,” adding, “So this is a piece of legislation we're very proud to sign.” the…

  • Commentary posted July 28, 2014 by Jim DeMint America, though challenged, still the land of opportunity

    The character of our culture has a lot to do with opportunity in America. I learned early on, from personal experience, that these two notions are intertwined. My two brothers, my sister and I were reared by our single mom with a work ethic that shaped who I am today. We struggled economically but my mother provided a model that showed us the importance of work and…

  • Commentary posted July 28, 2014 by Jennifer A. Marshall What It Takes to Have a Culture of Opportunity

    Opening the doors of opportunity to every American is an all-hands-on-deck effort. It requires policy reforms and community leadership. It means focusing on a range of issues from unwed childbearing to educational opportunity to economic indicators. The Index of Culture and Opportunity, a new annual publication by the Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity at…

  • Commentary posted July 28, 2014 by Alden Abbott Conditional Pricing Practices and the Limits of Antitrust

    The Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) June 23 Workshop on Conditional Pricing Practices featured a broad airing of views on loyalty discounts and bundled pricing, popular vertical business practices that recently have caused much ink to be spilled by the antitrust commentariat.  In addition to predictable academic analyses featuring alternative theoretical anticompetitive…

  • Commentary posted July 28, 2014 by John Malcolm The Case For the Smarter Sentencing Act

    [Mr. Malcolm’s article is adapted from his presentation on the Smarter Sentencing Act to the Senate Republican Policy Committee on March 31, 2014. Professor William Otis of Georgetown Law School took the opposing view. His adapted remarks are also published in this Issue at 26 FED.SENT’G REP. 302 (2014). —Editor] As a former Assistant United States Attorney and Deputy…

  • Commentary posted July 28, 2014 by Rebeccah Heinrichs An Iron Dome for America?

    The Israeli missile-defense system known as Iron Dome once again finds itself in the international spotlight, causing many Americans to wonder if the U.S. has anything comparable. Here are a few important points about Iron Dome and missile defense in general for Americans to consider. (1) Iron Dome is a missile-defense system that intercepts short- and medium-range…

  • Commentary posted July 24, 2014 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Obamacare’s Almost Surely Going Back to the Supreme Court

    And there you have it, ladies and gentlemen: two different federal courts of appeal, issuing completely contradictory rulings on the very same day, on the very same issue. That’s what happened Tuesday. If nothing else, the dueling rulings should hasten the day when the next phase of litigation involving the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act reaches the Supreme…

  • Commentary posted July 23, 2014 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Feds Stomping on our Stogies

    I’ll admit it. I enjoy an occasional cigar. So do a lot of other Americans. Some like to indulge in a pricier smoke, while others opt for a less-expensive brand. The ones made by the J.C. Newman Cigar Co. of Tampa, Fla., which retail for less than $10 apiece, fall into the latter category. J.C. Newman, which was founded by a Hungarian immigrant in 1895, uses 1930s…

  • Commentary posted July 23, 2014 by Norbert J. Michel, Ph.D. The Fed Is Not An Investment Manager

    “Buy low, sell high.”  It’s a sure-fire prescription for making money on Wall Street…if you can do it. The problem is that it’s difficult to know when a stock price will bottom out or peak. Also, there’s no objective measure against which you can compare a stock’s price. How high is “too high,” for instance? Well, fret no more. Apparently, the Federal Reserve has…

  • Commentary posted July 23, 2014 by James L. Gattuso Will FCC rules crash the Internet?

    The comment period on the FCC’s latest plan to regulate Internet traffic through so-called “net neutrality” rules was slated to end last Tuesday. But the agency had to extend the deadline. Because its website crashed. The irony was hard to miss. The agency has been beating the drum for Internet regulation for nearly a decade. The Federal Communications Commission has…

  • Commentary posted July 23, 2014 by Ryan T. Anderson Four Problems and a Response to Obama’s LGBT Executive Order

    Earlier Monday, President Obama issued an executive order barring federal contractors from what it describes as “discrimination” on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Employers should respect the intrinsic dignity of all of their employees, but as I explain in greater detail at the Heritage Foundation’s Daily Signal, today’s executive order undermines…

  • Commentary posted July 23, 2014 by Jordan Richardson Young Kansas Boy Scores Victory for Literacy

    Call it a victory for common sense. City officials in Leawood, Kan., have reversed course after ordering a 9-year-old boy to tear down the little free library he built in his front yard for Mother's Day. Late on July 7, after Spencer Collins had appeared before the Leawood City Council to advocate for permission to share his love of reading books with his neighbors, the…

  • Commentary posted July 22, 2014 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. A Healthy Blow to Labor Overreach

    The Service Employees International Union likes to present itself as the champion of the little guy. But officials of SEIU Healthcare — “the fastest-growing union of health care, child care, home care and nursing home workers in the Midwest” — aren’t averse to a little high living. For example, in fiscal 2013, officials of SEIU’s Illinois-Indiana health care division…

  • Commentary posted July 22, 2014 by Kim R. Holmes, Ph.D. Want to Solve the Border Crisis? Stop What's Causing it

    Want to solve the border crisis? Stop what’s causing it. Simply throwing money at programs to absorb illegal immigrants will not end the humanitarian crisis on our border. In fact, without tackling the root causes, more children will be brought by human traffickers to the U.S. What are the causes? An uptick in violence in Central America is partly to blame, but first and…

  • Commentary posted July 22, 2014 by Derrick Morgan Stand Up, Governors

    In Washington, the executive branch is overreaching as never before, and Congress seems disinclined to do much to stop the Leviathan. For those who believe in limited government, the last, best hope for resistance appears to be the nation’s governors. They could form a firm line of defense against the administration’s most recent attempted power grab: the Environmental…