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  • Issue Brief posted September 4, 2015 by David Inserra, Paul Rosenzweig, Charles "Cully" Stimson, David Shedd, Steven P. Bucci, Ph.D. Encryption and Law Enforcement Special Access: The U.S. Should Err on the Side of Stronger Encryption

    A debate is currently raging between FBI Director James Comey and much of the technology community over whether law enforcement should have some sort of special access, which has been called a backdoor, into encrypted communications and data.[1] In this “Crypto War,” the FBI contends that special access is needed to access the communications and data of criminals and…

  • Backgrounder posted September 2, 2015 by Paul Winfree, Romina Boccia, Curtis S. Dubay, Michael Sargent Blueprint for Congressional Fiscal Action in the Remainder of 2015

    Congress has set the federal government budget on a dangerous trajectory and must take corrective action now. Taxpayers pay enormous amounts of money to the government, and the government borrows additional huge amounts of money. The government uses the taxes that it collects and the money that it borrows to pay for excessive spending, including spending for…

  • News Releases on September 2, 2015 Heritage Foundation’s “Blueprint for Congressional Fiscal Action” Greets Lawmakers Returning from Recess

    Washington, DC, September 2, 2015 - The Heritage Foundation today unveiled a budget strategy for the last three months of the year that would set Congress on a 10-year course toward a balanced budget. The “Blueprint for Congressional Fiscal Action in the Remainder of 2015” calls on lawmakers to extend Budget Control Act caps on non-defense discretionary spending for a…

  • News Releases on September 2, 2015 Heritage Foundation Statement on Unauthorized Data Breach

    WASHINGTON, DC, September 2, 2015 - Heritage Foundation spokesman Wesley Denton today issued the following statement:   We experienced a malicious, unauthorized data breach of six-year-old documents on an external server that appear to contain personal information of private donors, who we are notifying. We are unable to verify the authenticity of files circulated…

  • Issue Brief posted September 1, 2015 by James Sherk Right-to-Work Laws Don’t Lower Private-Sector Pay

    Advocates for compulsory unionization have argued that right-to-work (RTW) laws reduce wages by 3 percent. A forthcoming Heritage Foundation Backgrounder finds instead that, when living costs are fully taken into account, private-sector workers in RTW states enjoy real wages equivalent to those in non-RTW states. Policymakers considering RTW legislation may do so…

  • Legal Memorandum posted September 1, 2015 by John Malcolm The Pressing Need for Mens Rea Reform

    A number of criminal justice reform proposals have been introduced and are being actively discussed and debated on Capitol Hill these days. Most[1] (but not all[2]) of these proposals involve reforming criminal sentencing practices and prison reform. Notably absent, at least so far, have been any proposals to address mens rea (Latin for a “guilty mind”) reform. This is…

  • News Releases on September 1, 2015 Clearwater Philanthropist Pledges $2.7 Million Gift to The Heritage Foundation

    WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 1, 2015 – Betty A. Anderlik of Clearwater, Fl. has made a $2.7 million gift to The Heritage Foundation, the prominent Washington, D.C., think tank announced today. The gift is being made to support Heritage's efforts to design and promote public policies that "place marriage and the family at the center of civil society," as Heritage describes its…

  • News Releases on September 1, 2015 Clearwater Philanthropist Pledges $2.7 Million Gift to The Heritage Foundation

    WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 1, 2015 – Betty A. Anderlik of Clearwater, Fl. has made a $2.7 million gift to The Heritage Foundation, the prominent Washington, D.C., think tank announced today. The gift is being made to support Heritage's efforts to design and promote public policies that "place marriage and the family at the center of civil society," as Heritage describes its…

  • News Releases on August 31, 2015 DeMint Gives Keynote Address at Jackson Hole Summit

    On Friday, August 28th, Jim DeMint gave this speech to a group of economists and monetary policy experts at the American Principles Project Summit in Jackson Hole, Wyoming: Listening to our experts talk about the challenges and potential solutions for our monetary system reminded me of an old pastor in our church who would read a profound Bible verse from the pulpit on…

  • Special Report posted August 31, 2015 by Gail Heriot A "Dubious Expediency": How Race-Preferential Admissions Policies on Campus Hurt Minority Students

    Executive Summary Mounting empirical research shows that race-preferential admissions policies are doing more harm than good. Instead of increasing the numbers of African Americans entering high-status careers, these policies reduce those numbers relative to what we would have had if colleges and universities had followed race-neutral policies. We have…

  • Special Report posted August 26, 2015 by James M. Roberts, William T. Wilson, Ph.D. 2015 Global Agenda for Economic Freedom

    Introduction The Index of Economic Freedom, published annually by The Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal, is entering its third decade with the publication of the 21st edition. Since the first edition the world has witnessed profound advances in the cause of freedom. Open economies have led the world in a startling burst of innovation and economic growth,…

  • Issue Brief posted August 21, 2015 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. The U.S. Must Uphold the Arms Trade Treaty’s Limits at the First Conference of States Parties

    The first Conference of States Parties (CSP) to the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) will be held in Cancun, Mexico, on August 24–27, 2015. This CSP will establish the rules of procedure for this and all future CSPs, decide how to organize and fund the treaty secretariat, adopt procedures for the reporting mandated by the treaty, and perhaps begin the campaign to amend the treaty.…

  • News Releases on August 20, 2015 Heritage Mourns Loss of Whitney Ball and Peter Schramm

    WASHINGTON, August 20, 2015 - Heritage President Jim DeMint and Founder Edwin Feulner issued the following statement yesterday regarding the deaths of Whitney Ball and Peter Schramm. It is a day of deep mourning at the Heritage Foundation. America has lost two dedicated patriots, and the Liberty Movement has lost two of its great visionary builders. It’s hard to think…

  • Issue Brief posted August 20, 2015 by Lisa Curtis Sri Lankan Poll Results Augur Well for Relations with the U.S.

    Monday’s parliamentary elections in Sri Lanka will bring to power a coalition government headed by Ranil Wickremesinghe’s United National Party (UNP), which is expected to continue democratic reforms and efforts toward ethnic reconciliation that were started six months ago. This is welcome news for the U.S., which has been pressing Colombo to improve the human rights of…

  • Backgrounder posted August 20, 2015 by Nicolas Loris Why Congress Should Pull the Plug on the Strategic Petroleum Reserve

    After the Arab oil embargo and the creation of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in the 1970s, the United States and countries around the world felt a need to hold more oil inventories for emergencies. The U.S. joined the International Energy Agency (IEA) in November 1974 to coordinate a multi-lateral response to oil supply shocks. As part of that…