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  • 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 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 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 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 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…

  • Commentary posted July 22, 2014 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. American Diplomacy: Between a "Soft" and a "Hard" Place

    File it under “things you don’t see very often.” A press release from Republican Ed Royce, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, declaring, “I appreciate the efforts of Secretary Kerry….” Accolades from across the aisle have been few and far between for an administration that has suffered an almost endless string of foreign-policy reversals since 2008. Indeed,…

  • Commentary posted July 22, 2014 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17: Shooting Down Peace in Ukraine

    Yesterday, hundreds of innocents from all over the world lost their lives in the skies over Ukraine.  This horrible tragedy is a clear reminder of how very far from peace this part of the world remains. Only one capital can end the needless conflict. It's not Washington. It's Moscow. Before the downing of flight MH-17, many in DC had relegated the ongoing struggle in…

  • Commentary posted July 17, 2014 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Remembering Richard Scaife, a Man of Ideas

    Much has been written about Richard M. Scaife since his death on July 4. It isn’t surprising. Dick was a man of high ideals and great accomplishment. You’ll find his name prominently displayed when you walk in the front door of the Heritage Foundation, and with good reason. Dick was an early supporter of Heritage, yes. But he was also a man of ideas — personal liberty…

  • Commentary posted July 17, 2014 by Peter Brookes Al-Qaeda on Run? Try on the Hunt

    With sweltering summer heat and long lines, no one can be happy about the latest Transportation Security Administration edict on powering up cellphones (and other devices) before heading to the gate at some overseas airports. Sure, it’s another TSA “hassle,” but the new rule is for a deadly serious reason. The Department of Homeland Security believes — based on…

  • Commentary posted July 17, 2014 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Eric Holder's Animus Towards His Critics

    Were you aware that  your opposition to Attorney General Eric Holder and President Obama is due at least in part because of your “racial animus,” and not because you disagree with their policies and abuse of their constitutional authority? That, anyway, is Holder’s latest claim, which shows how disconnected the attorney general is from reality. It is also more evidence…

  • Commentary posted July 17, 2014 by Stephen Moore Nothing the Matter with Kansas' Tax Policy

    Paul Krugman of the New York Times took a shot at economist Arthur Laffer and others who advise governors around the country to cut taxes to boost economic growth and jobs, calling us “charlatans and cranks” (“ Kansas shows enduring power of bad ideas,” July 1 Opinion). Krugman said it went awry in Kansas, where Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is phasing down the top tax…