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  • News Releases on January 17, 2017 Charles Stimson on Commutation of Chelsea Manning Sentence

    On Tuesday, the Obama administration announced it would commute the sentence of former Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, who was sentenced to 35 years in prison for illegally obtaining and sharing classified information with Wikileaks.  Heritage Foundation Senior Legal Fellow Cully Stimson released the following statement regarding the news of Manning’s commutation:  “Although…

  • News Releases posted January 15, 2017 by John Cooper Nile Gardiner on New Trade Deal with United Kingdom

    On Sunday, The Times of London published an interview with President-elect Donald Trump, in which he expressed support for establishing a new trade agreement between the United States and United Kingdom. Nile Gardiner, director of the Heritage Foundation’s Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom, had the following statement regarding President-elect Trump’s…

  • Backgrounder posted January 13, 2017 by Salim Furth, Ph.D. Economic Outlook for 2017

    As 2017 begins, the U.S. economy is in its eighth consecutive year of expansion, one of the longest periods of economic expansion in U.S. history, but the recession that took place when Slumdog Millionaire was best picture and Just Dance topped the charts still casts a shadow over the economy. Economists may debate what made the Great Recession of 2008–2009 so different…

  • Legal Memorandum posted January 13, 2017 by Jason Snead, John-Michael Seibler Redefining “Aircraft,” Defining “Drone”: A Job for the 115th Congress

    The scope of the aviation revolution that began in 1903 when the Wright brothers shocked the world with their first flight cannot be overstated: Since then, a host of engineers, entrepreneurs, and innovators have advanced the techniques of manned aviation, allowing pilots, passengers, and freight to move faster and more efficiently than ever before. Today, a century…

  • Issue Brief posted January 12, 2017 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D., Luke Coffey, Daniel Kochis Recommitting the United States to European Security and Prosperity: Five Steps for the Incoming Administration

    Europe is less secure, and less securely prosperous, today than it was when President Obama entered office in 2009. The responsibilities for these failures do not rest only with the United States: Washington cannot help Europe if Europe does not help itself. Nevertheless, U.S. policy towards Europe since 2009—and in increasing measure, since 1991—has been fundamentally…

  • Issue Brief posted January 12, 2017 by Daniel Kochis Support for Montenegro’s Accession to NATO Would Send a Message of Strength

    The Senate will likely soon consider whether or not to approve the accession of the Balkan nation of Montenegro to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). While small, Montenegro sits in a geographically important region and has proven itself a worthy partner to the U.S. Furthermore, it has carried out essential reforms and contributed to NATO-led missions.…

  • Issue Brief posted January 6, 2017 by Dean Cheng Responding to the Chinese Space Challenge

    As 2016 drew to a close, China published its third space white paper, sustaining the pattern of publishing one every five years.[1] This is consistent with the cycle of Five Year Plans that are central to Chinese economic and social planning efforts. China’s Space Activities in 2016 provides both an overview of China’s space achievements over the past five years and an…

  • News Releases on January 5, 2017 Trump Appoints Heritage’s Paul Winfree to White House Posts

    Today Pres.-elect Trump announced that he has appointed The Heritage Foundation’s Paul Winfree as Director of Budget Policy and Deputy Director of the Domestic Policy Council for The White House. Heritage President Jim DeMint and Vice President of Research James Wallner released the following statements:   “We are delighted to hear of President-elect Trump’s decision to…

  • Issue Brief posted January 4, 2017 by Rachel Zissimos, Katie Tubb The New Administration’s Policy Should Reflect that Biofuels Cannot Meet Military Needs

    While serving as Commanding General of the First Marine Division during the invasion of Iraq, retired General James Mattis called on Department of Defense (DOD) planners to “unleash” the Marine Corps from “the tether of fuel.”[1] Throughout the Iraq conflict, restricted access to fuel had slowed the advance of U.S. forces and dictated operational capabilities, prompting…

  • Issue Brief posted January 4, 2017 by Norbert J. Michel, Ph.D. Repealing the Durbin Amendment: A Vote for the Rule of Law

    Section 1075 of the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, known as the Durbin Amendment, requires the Federal Reserve Board of Governors to cap the debit card interchange fees that large banks charge.[1] These fees, charged to merchants every time consumers swipe their debit cards, have long been a source of controversy. Since the 1980s, as the volume…

  • Special Report posted January 3, 2017 by David Inserra Congress Must Re-Set Department of Homeland Security Priorities: American Lives Depend on It

    Executive Summary The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) needs substantial reform and improvement in order to fulfill its important roles in the areas of security, emergency preparedness and response, and enforcement of immigration laws. This will require changes in nearly every part of DHS, as well as a better prioritization of resources within each of the components…

  • News Releases posted December 27, 2016 by John Cooper Israel Needs a Strong Ally in the United States

    On Friday, the United Nations Security Council passed a resolution condemning Israeli settlement activity, with the United States abstaining from the vote. With its veto power, the Obama administration would have been able to stop the resolution, but in a departure from common practice, it allowed the resolution to pass unanimously.  Heritage Foundation Senior Research…

  • Backgrounder posted December 22, 2016 by Robert Rector, Jamie Bryan Hall National Academy of Sciences Report Indicates Amnesty for Unlawful Immigrants Would Cost Trillions of Dollars

    Estimates indicate that there are at least 10 million adult illegal immigrants in the U.S. If granted amnesty or earned citizenship, these illegal immigrants would gain access to benefits under Social Security, Medicare, the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”), and over 90 federal means-tested welfare programs. The value of the benefits that amnesty recipients would receive…

  • News Releases on December 21, 2016 Obama Attempts to Ban Offshore Drilling by Executive Fiat

    Yesterday, the Obama administration issued an executive action effectively banning offshore drilling in parts of the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans. Heritage's energy expert Nick Loris had this to say: “Obama’s executive action is taking economic opportunity away from American families and decisions away from states which have a strong incentive to ensure natural resource…

  • Backgrounder posted December 21, 2016 by John L. Ligon A Pathway to Shutting Down the Federal Housing Finance Enterprises

    Over the past 80 years, Congress has assembled a system of federal housing finance enterprises (FHFEs), which have led to the long-term deterioration of credit underwriting standards, created moral hazard, and encouraged imprudent risk-taking in the housing finance system. Indeed, beginning with the New Deal–era housing policies of the 1930s, Congress has created an…