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  • Big Bird and PBS Cuts - Ernest Istook on The Gov. Paterson Show Audio Recorded on October 10, 2012 Big Bird and PBS Cuts - Ernest Istook on The Gov. Paterson Show

    Distinguished Fellow Ernest Istook discusses possible cuts to PBS on The Governor Paterson Show.…

  • Heritage in Focus: Obama's Attacks on Big Bird Don't Fly Audio Recorded on October 10, 2012 Heritage in Focus: Obama's Attacks on Big Bird Don't Fly

    Distinguished Fellow and former Congressman Ernest Istook discusses Gov. Romney's comments about cutting funding to PBS during the first Presidential debate and the Administration's empty attack on the 43-year old resident of Sesame Street. Jackie Anderson hosts. To get regular updates on Heritage in Focus podcasts, visit our RSS feed or subscribe on iTunes.…

  • The Political Party Family Reunions Audio Recorded on August 28, 2012 The Political Party Family Reunions

    From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook. We're seeing the biggest family reunions that America has to offer, as the family Republican and the family Democrat gather for their party conventions. Like all families, they wondered if everyone would make it, what with weather problems and the…

  • Immigration Agents Sue To Do Their Jobs Audio Recorded on August 27, 2012 Immigration Agents Sue To Do Their Jobs

    From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook. Behind the scenes, the Obama Administration is welcoming about 1.7-million people here illegally to apply for permission to stay in the U.S. Immigration agents are being told not to do their jobs, because federal law charges them with arresting those…

  • Obamacare's Double-Counting of the Same Money Audio Recorded on August 21, 2012 Obamacare's Double-Counting of the Same Money

    From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook. Suppose you have money in the bank and you write a check to buy a house. You cannot say the money is still an asset in the bank AND count the house as an asset as well. Yet that's being done with $716-billion under Obamacare. In essence, the check has…

  • Obama Knows He's Supposed to Enforce Immigration Laws But He Isn't Audio Recorded on August 20, 2012 Obama Knows He's Supposed to Enforce Immigration Laws But He Isn't

    From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook. I just heard a speech President Obama gave last year. He said he is obligated to enforce laws even when he disagrees with them. He said it was tempting to do things on his own, bypassing Congress. But, the President said, that's not how our system…

  • Immigrants Aren't Supposed to Burden Taxpayers, But Audio Recorded on August 18, 2012 Immigrants Aren't Supposed to Burden Taxpayers, But

    From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook. They say that ignorance of the law is no excuse. Yet those in charge of immigration laws are acting like they're ignorant of their duty. First the Obama Administration skirts the law by telling a million-plus…

  • It's Time to End Those Phony "Hate Group" Labels Audio Recorded on August 17, 2012 It's Time to End Those Phony "Hate Group" Labels

    From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook. The label "hate group" is being hurled against those who support traditional values, like keeping marriage only between a man and a woman. Those reckless labels can be dangerous. This week an armed man--who volunteers on behalf of same-sex…

  • Group Complains That Security Leaks Could Cost Lives Audio Recorded on August 16, 2012 Group Complains That Security Leaks Could Cost Lives

    From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook. Former intelligence operatives have issued a video and also plan TV ads, complaining about national security leaks in the Obama Administration. As one of them says, "Mr. President, you did not kill Osama bin Laden. America did. The work that the…

  • You Can't Have It Both Ways Audio Recorded on August 16, 2012 You Can't Have It Both Ways

    From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook. Has Medicare been robbed to pay the huge costs of Obamacare? Absolutely yes, Obamacare takes hundreds of billions of dollars out of Medicare and spends it on Obamacare instead. That will hasten Medicare's bankruptcy by several years, perhaps happening…

  • Medicare in the Campaign Spotlight Audio Recorded on August 13, 2012 Medicare in the Campaign Spotlight

    From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook. Suddenly, Medicare is in the spotlight of the Presidential campaign. President Obama--and most politicians in Washington--try to avoid the issue because it's politically dangerous to propose any changes to Medicare. They tend to just throw rocks when…

  • Ryan Choice is a Generational Move Audio Recorded on August 11, 2012 Ryan Choice is a Generational Move

    From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook. Four years ago Barack Obama appealed to young voters, promising hope, change, vision--which turned out to be just fancy wrapping for a package of big-government liberalism. Now Mitt Romney's pick of 42-year-old Paul Ryan as a running mate is another…

  • Unraveling Welfare Reform Audio Recorded on August 10, 2012 Unraveling Welfare Reform

    From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook. Time after time, President Obama keeps bending the law and claiming that he has power to change things unilaterally, bypassing Congress. Civil rights, same-sex marriage, amnesty for illegal immigrants,. Now welfare reform has taken center stage. …

  • Welfare Reform Word Games Audio Recorded on August 9, 2012 Welfare Reform Word Games

    From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook. Mitt Romney says President Obama is dismantling the welfare reform law passed in 1996, by undercutting its requirements that recipients should work for what they receive. The White House says that work remains required. …

  • Teen-age Girls Set a Good Example for America Audio Recorded on August 9, 2012 Teen-age Girls Set a Good Example for America

    From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook. We can learn a lot from several teen-age girls. All of us can improve our behavior, including the politicians who are behaving so badly. But in the Olympics our teen-age gymnasts set an example that went far beyond athletic excellence. In winning they…