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  • Heritage in Focus: Presidents' Day - Fit for a Founder Audio Recorded on February 22, 2013 Heritage in Focus: Presidents' Day - Fit for a Founder

    Research Associate Julia Shaw discusses the myths surrounding Presidents Day and George Washington's birthday and highlights author Amity Shlaes' recent visit to The Heritage Foundation to discuss her latest book, 'Coolidge', on this week's Heritage in Focus. Jackie Anderson hosts. To get regular updates on Heritage in Focus podcasts, visit our RSS feed or subscribe on…

  • Commentary posted November 5, 2012 by Julia Shaw Electoral College Imperfect but Preserves Federalism Best

    Abigael Evans should be happy. She's the four-year-old who's so sick of the election that she cried. Her tears went viral. It should all be over soon, although we'll have to wait a bit for the official tabulation of the Electoral College. Here's how it works: Each state has a number of electoral votes equal to its number of representatives plus two senators.…

  • Commentary posted October 11, 2012 by Julia Shaw Does the Vice President Matter?

    It's clear that Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan want the No. 2 job. But why? After all, the vice presidency hasn't always been a coveted office. At the dawn of the republic, it was a constitutional consolation prize: the vice president was the person who finished second in the Electoral College. Few of the 47 vice presidents in American history are…

  • Commentary posted September 4, 2012 by Julia Shaw Conventions Have Lost Spark

    It’s political convention season, as Republicans and Democrats meet to nominate their candidates. These made-for-TV productions are planned from opening gavel to closing balloon drop. But don’t expect much in the way of suspense. No one expects rogue delegates to break ranks and nominate Rick Santorum or Hillary Clinton, for example. The primary winners are merely taking…

  • Commentary posted July 8, 2012 by Julia Shaw Nation Has Lost Its Principles Under President Obama

    Every Fourth of July, Americans celebrate with fireworks and barbecues and John Philip Sousa. Then we return to our regularly scheduled lives. But Independence Day should be more than just an excuse to fire up the grill and spend time with family. It’s about celebrating our nation’s first principles. It’s about remembering what it takes to be self-governing…

  • Julia Shaw on American Principles - Price of Business Audio Recorded on July 5, 2012 Julia Shaw on American Principles - Price of Business

    Julia Shaw discusses american principles on Price of Business radio.…

  • Commentary posted July 4, 2012 by Julia Shaw Let's Celebrate Self-Government

    Every Fourth of July, Americans celebrate with fireworks and barbeques and John Philip Sousa. Then we return to our regularly scheduled lives. But Independence Day should be more than just an excuse to fire up the grill and spend time with the family. It's about celebrating our nation's First Principles. It's about remembering what it takes to be self-governing…

  • Commentary posted December 7, 2011 by Julia Shaw Lessons from Prohibition: I’ll Drink to That

    Despite thousands of attempts, the Constitution has been amended only 27 times in 225 years. Two of those amendments dealt with the same topic: Prohibition. The 18th Amendment started it. And 78 years ago this week, the 21st Amendment ended it. The 18th Amendment illustrates the appeal — and pitfalls — of trying to use the amendment process as an easy way to…

  • Julia Shaw on Occupy Wall Street: Heritage in Focus Podcast Audio Recorded on November 10, 2011 Julia Shaw on Occupy Wall Street: Heritage in Focus Podcast

    In this week's Heritage in Focus podcast, Julia Shaw discusses the Occupy Wall Street movement and how it differs from the Tea Party. David Weinberger hosts. To get regular updates on Heritage in Focus podcasts, visit our RSS feed or subscribe on iTunes. To listen to more Heritage Foundation podcasts, visit our podcast page.…

  • Commentary posted July 1, 2011 by Julia Shaw Coolidge only President Born on the Fourth of July

    America's birthday is also that of Calvin Coolidge, the only president born on the Fourth of July. This is altogether fitting, as the man remembered as "Silent Cal" is one of the most eloquent voices for the great and enduring principles expressed in our Declaration of Independence. There are many half-truths about Coolidge. Despite his nickname, Coolidge was far…

  • Commentary posted April 29, 2011 by Julia Shaw The Royal Wedding: An American Affair

    If a prince can marry a commoner without losing his claim to the throne, this is no fairy tale. It’s an American love story. That’s a point that can easily be lost amid all the pomp and pageantry of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s nuptials — the most anticipated royal wedding since Charles married Diana in 1981. But William and Kate are not having a typical…

  • Commentary posted March 29, 2011 by Julia Shaw The Case for Taxation without Representation

    Fifty years ago today, residents of the District of Columbia became constitutionally able to vote for the president and vice president. The 23rdAmendment granted D.C. the same number of votes (three) in the Electoral College as those held by the least populous state. But voting for president isn’t enough for the 600,000 Americans living in the District of Columbia.…

  • WebMemo posted July 1, 2009 by Julia Shaw This Fourth of July, Keep Cool with Coolidge

    America's birthday is also that of Calvin Coolidge, the only President to be born on the Fourth of July. This is altogether fitting, as the man remembered as "Silent Cal" is one of the most eloquent voices for the great and enduring principles expressed in our Declaration of Independence. There are many half-truths about Coolidge. His official White House…

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