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  • News Releases on July 24, 2014 Statement on the death of John Blundell

    WASHINGTON, D.C., July 24, 2014— Statement on the death of John Blundell, former executive director of the Institute of Economic Affairs in London, who died on Tuesday, July 22.  “All of us at Heritage were deeply saddened to learn of John Blundell’s passing,’ said Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint. “John was a tremendous believer in the Transatlantic Partnership,…

  • News Releases on July 24, 2014 Heritage Mourns Loss of John Blundell

    WASHINGTON, D.C., July 24, 2014— Statement on the death of John Blundell, former executive director of the Institute of Economic Affairs in London, who died on Tuesday, July 22.  “All of us at Heritage were deeply saddened to learn of John Blundell’s passing,’ said Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint. “John was a tremendous believer in the Transatlantic Partnership,…

  • Issue Brief posted July 24, 2014 by Norbert J. Michel, Ph.D. IMF Wants U.S. Taxpayers to Shoulder More Risk

    The International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) report on its 2014 Article IV consultation with the United States highlights the importance of securing a safer financial system. The IMF’s policy recommendations would, however, achieve the opposite while putting U.S. taxpayers at risk. IMF Report Gets Housing Finance Wrong For starters, the IMF report states the U.S. should…

  • Legal Memorandum posted July 24, 2014 by John Malcolm, Elizabeth Slattery Boehner v. Obama: Can the House of Representatives Force the President to Comply with the Law?

    A‌rticle I of the Constitution vests “All legislative powers herein ‌granted” in Congress, while Article II, section 3 requires that the President “shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.” But what happens when the President fails to execute the law? Time and again, President Barack Obama has pushed the limits of this duty, acting unilaterally to change or…

  • News Releases on July 23, 2014 Heritage Foundation Releases First Annual “Index of Culture and Opportunity”

    Washington, DC, July 23, 2014—Numerous social and economic trends are at work, shaping and re-shaping America.  And now they’re being tracked—in the 2014 Index of Culture and Opportunity, released today by The Heritage Foundation’s Institute for Family, Community and Opportunity. The Index tracks 31 cultural and economic indicators—from the marriage rate and religious…

  • Backgrounder posted July 23, 2014 by Nicolas Loris Energy Exports Promote Prosperity and Bolster National Security

    W‌ith the wealth of U.S. natural resources and the recent growth in domestic energy production, the United States is in a position to export more energy. Free trade is imperative to a free society because it fosters economic growth and improves human well-being. Policymakers should treat energy like any other good or service that is traded freely around the world by…

  • Issue Brief posted July 23, 2014 by Brett D. Schaefer, Ambassador Terry Miller U.N. Repeating Past Mistakes in New Sustainable Development Goals

    The United Nation General Assembly is poised to adopt a new set of development criteria called the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) this September.[1] The SDGs are intended to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that expire at the end of 2015. Like the MDGs, the SDGs will involve a number of objectives that will be used by the U.N. to guide and measure…

  • Issue Brief posted July 22, 2014 by Nile Gardiner, Ph.D., James Jay Carafano, Ph.D., Dakota Wood, Luke Coffey After the Malaysian Airlines Atrocity: 10 Ways the U.S. Should Respond to Russia’s Role in Ukraine

    Evidence is mounting that Russian-backed insurgents in eastern Ukraine were responsible for the shooting down of a Malaysian Airlines plane, with the loss of 298 lives. This was an act of barbarism by separatists who are armed, funded, and trained by Moscow. It follows from Russia’s illegal invasion, occupation, and annexation of Crimea and its attempts to dismember…

  • Backgrounder posted July 17, 2014 by Mario Loyola Sugar Shakedown: How Politicians Conspire with the Sugar Lobby to Defraud America’s Families

    Early in the 20th century, a way of life for most of America’s farmers came to an end. Industrialization was reaching the countryside, dramatically increasing farm productivity and putting downward pressure on prices. Against that backdrop, dramatically declining exports after World War I and during the Great Depression pushed American farms into bankruptcy by the…

  • Issue Brief posted July 15, 2014 by David Inserra Children Illegally Crossing the U.S. Border: Responding Requires Policy Changes

    In the past several months, the issue of immigration has been dominated by the influx of unaccompanied alien children (UAC) and families crossing the border. These unlawful immigrants are primarily from Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras. Immigration policies that are selectively enforced and not properly administered—together with high levels of crime and endemic rates…

  • Issue Brief posted July 15, 2014 by David Inserra Border Crisis: Emergency Budget Request Misses the Mark

    President Obama recently requested $4.3 billion in emergency funding, with $3.7 billion to deal with the immigration crisis at the border. While there may be a need for extra funding to handle the influx of unaccompanied minor children (UAC) and families, this does not mean that Congress needs to break the Budget Control Act (BCA) spending caps. Instead, Congress should…

  • Special Report posted July 11, 2014 by David Adesnik, George C. Marshall Fellows Class of 2012 Lessons in Foreign Policy and National Security

    Contributors 2012 George C. Marshall Fellows David Adesnik, Research Staff Member, Institute for Defense Analysis, Department of Defense Lindsey Alazaraki, Student/Researcher, Missouri State University Leslie Bolz, Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of Representative Doug Lamborn (R–CO) Peter Doran, Research Fellow, Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) Jonathan Hiler,…

  • Issue Brief posted July 10, 2014 by David Inserra, Romina Boccia Crisis at the Border: Throwing Money at the Problem Is Not the Solution

    President Obama has just made public the details of his $4.3 billion emergency request, including $3.7 billion in additional emergency funding to deal with the immigration crisis on the southwest border. While the federal government does need to take action to better protect U.S. borders and enforce immigration laws, throwing money at the problem is not the solution,…

  • Issue Brief posted July 10, 2014 by Daren Bakst FDA’s Artificial Trans Fat “Ban”: A Dangerous Step to Control Personal Dietary Choices

    In November 2013, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published its tentative determination[1] to revoke the Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) status for partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), which are the primary dietary source of artificial trans fat. As explained in a recent FDA update, “If FDA determines that PHOs are not GRAS, it could, in effect, mean the end of…

  • Backgrounder posted July 10, 2014 by Jonathan Crowe How Competitive Private Plans Can Improve Care for Dual-Eligible Beneficiaries of Medicare and Medicaid

    Competitive health plans provide high-quality care for some of America’s poorest and most challenging patients. Real Medicare reform based on expanded choice and competition can translate that achievement into better care for 9 million patients known as dual-eligible beneficiaries.[1] “Dual eligibles,” low-income patients covered under both Medicare and Medicaid, are an…