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  • Executive Summary posted August 26, 2016 by The Heritage Foundation Mandate for Leadership: A Comprehensive Policy Agenda for a New Administration

    The Heritage Foundation is publishing a three-part Mandate for Leadership Series of documents over the course of 2016. Each document educates the American public, specifically including Congress, the new American President, and the new President’s team. All three parts deliver a clear, unified policy vision for Congress and the President to preserve and create…

  • News Releases on August 25, 2016 Heritage Foundation Ideas Play Key Role in Shaping Republican Platform

    Conservative policy solutions proposed by The Heritage Foundation helped shape this year’s Republican Party platform. While not affiliated with any political party, Heritage advances public policy ideas to solve the nation’s most difficult problems. The 2016 GOP platform, which serves as the guiding policy document for Republican leaders, includes recommendations to…

  • News Releases posted August 25, 2016 by Justin Posey National Park's Centennial: $12 billion reasons to celebrate

    Today the National Park Service (NPS) is celebrating their centennial. Created on this day in 1916, the NPS was founded with the mission to care for the nation’s national parks and other conservation lands that are property of the federal government. Heritage expert Nick Loris says President Obama’s present for the service’s centennial is a whopper - “increased control…

  • News Releases posted August 24, 2016 by Harold Kazianis North Korea’s Submarine Launched Missile Test: What You Need to Know

    Yesterday North Korea conducted another weapons test, a highly escalatory firing of its new submarine-launched ballistic missile, or SLBM. The missile traveled 500 kilometers (300 miles), far exceeding the 30 km distance of the previous launch, and landed within Japan’s exclusive economic zone. The Heritage Foundation’s Bruce Klingner, a veteran North Korea watcher…

  • Backgrounder posted August 23, 2016 by Jason Snead An Overview of Recent State-Level Forfeiture Reforms

    Civil asset forfeiture is a law enforcement tool that enables the seizure and eventual forfeiture of real and personal property that may have been involved in criminal activity. States are beginning to scale back their civil forfeiture laws, and with good reason. Today’s expansive forfeiture laws, rather than relieving drug kingpins and criminal organizations of their…

  • News Releases posted August 22, 2016 by Marguerite Bowling U.S. Judge’s Order Stops Obama’s Bathroom Guidance in Its Tracks

    A United States District Judge ordered a halt to the Obama administration’s recent actions requiring transgender access to showers, bathrooms, and lockers in our nation’s schools and in other public contexts. “This is great news out of Texas,” Roger Severino, director of the DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society at The Heritage Foundation, said. “This judgment…

  • Issue Brief posted August 22, 2016 by Anthony B. Kim, Ambassador Terry Miller Three Promising Areas for Greater U.S.–South Korean Economic Cooperation

    The United States and South Korea have put into place a framework for fruitful economic partnerships that are delivering measurable, concrete benefits for Americans and Koreans alike. Dynamic trade and investment activities have deepened and broadened the economic relationship, and the two longtime allies have much to gain if their governments work together to reinforce…

  • Issue Brief posted August 21, 2016 by Robert Rector, Jamie Bryan Hall Did Welfare Reform Increase Extreme Poverty in the United States?

    Two decades ago, on August 22, 1996, President Bill Clinton signed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act, popularly known as welfare reform, into law. At the time, liberals proclaimed that the bill would slash the incomes of one in five families with children and push 2.6 million people into poverty.[1] Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan famously predicted…

  • News Releases posted August 19, 2016 by Harold Kazianis The $400,000,000 Cash Payment to Iran: What You Need to Know

    Various media outlets today are reporting some disturbing news: that the U.S. State Department has confirmed a $400 million cash payment to Iran was linked to the release of multiple Americans that were held by Tehran. Heritage Foundation experts have been tracking this issue—as well as the challenges with the Iran nuclear deal overall—for some time now. Luke Coffey,…

  • Backgrounder posted August 19, 2016 by Bryan Riley Trade and Prosperity in the States: The Case of Iowa

    Hundreds of thousands of Iowans rely on international trade and investment for their jobs. The benefits of international commerce used to be reflected in the voting record of the state’s congressional delegation, which overwhelmingly supported the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the Uruguay Round trade agreement. However, support was split for more recent…

  • Issue Brief posted August 19, 2016 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. The Goals the U.S. Should Pursue at the 2016 Conference of States Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty

    From August 22 to 26, the second Conference of States Parties (CSP2) to the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) will be held in Geneva. The United States is a signatory of the ATT, in force since December 2014—but as the Obama Administration has not transmitted this treaty to the Senate for its advice and consent, the U.S. is not party to the ATT, which purportedly seeks to regulate…

  • Issue Brief posted August 19, 2016 by Joshua Meservey Somalia’s Milestone Electoral Process Requires U.S. Scrutiny

    The East African country of Somalia is approaching a milestone in its efforts to emerge from more than two decades of conflict. It is in the midst of an electoral process that will culminate in October with members of the Somali parliament electing a president, the country’s first electoral process since the United States recognized the Federal Republic of Somalia in…

  • Backgrounder posted August 17, 2016 by Katie Tubb, Nicolas Loris, Paul Larkin The Energy Efficiency Free Market Act: A Step Toward Real Energy Efficiency

    The federal government has embarked on a troubling regulatory path, with the goal of making energy use and lifestyle choices on behalf of American families and businesses. Since the 1970s, Congress has empowered agencies to micromanage Americans’ energy use and override personal preferences through energy-efficiency mandates. With ever-shifting goals to forestall…

  • News Releases posted August 17, 2016 by Justin Posey Obama Regulations Keep On Rolling

    Yesterday, the Obama administration unveiled even more costly regulations: one from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the other from the Environmental Protection Agency. The target of both agencies is trucks—and that includes school buses, garbage trucks, delivery vans and similar vehicles. The NHTSA focusing on the fuel economy standards of these…

  • Issue Brief posted August 17, 2016 by James Sherk How $15-per-Hour Minimum Starting Wages Would Affect Each State

    Researchers have paid little attention to the state-by-state impact of a $15-per-hour minimum wage. Such a measure was so far from the policy mainstream that few economists bothered considering it. Now, several cities and states have required $15-per-hour starting wages, prompting the need to consider the policy’s effects on jobs and the economy at large. This Issue…