News Releases posted September 23, 2016
Obama's Misguided National Security Climate Directive
This week, the Obama administration issued a policy memo directing the Defense Department and others to “ensure that climate change-related impacts are fully considered in the development of national security doctrine, policies, and plans.” Heritage Foundation defense policy expert Dakota Wood criticized the directive as “misguided.”
“The President's emphasis on climate…
Backgrounder posted September 23, 2016
Financial Privacy in a Free Society
Privacy, both financial and personal, is a key component of life in a free society. Unlike in totalitarian or authoritarian regimes, individuals in free societies have a private sphere free of government involvement, surveillance, and control. The United States Constitution’s Bill of Rights, particularly the Fourth, Fifth, and Ninth Amendments, together with structural…
First Principles Series Report posted September 22, 2016
The Hidden Influence of John Rawls on the American Mind
Few Americans outside of the academy have heard of John Rawls, yet his influence on the American mind is astounding. His two major books, A Theory of Justice and Political Liberalism, have altered how many Americans discuss and understand justice, equality, individual liberty, and constitutionalism. Though by all accounts he was a mild-mannered person, the utopian…
News Releases posted September 22, 2016
Heritage Experts Pan Senate Continuing Resolution
The Senate’s proposed continuing resolution (CR) trades bad policy and ballooning debt for a dangerous Zombie Congress during the lame-duck session.
On the Lame Duck Congress:
“The lame-duck session is the most unaccountable period of legislating, resulting in shady, backroom deals and undermining the fundamental nature of representative democracy by weakening the…
Issue Brief posted September 21, 2016
After Attack on Indian Army, U.S. Response to Crisis Must Focus on Pakistani Support of Terror
On Sunday, four militants attacked an Indian army post in Uri near the Line of Control (LoC) that divides Pakistani and Indian Kashmir, killing 18 Indian soldiers and provoking a crisis between the two nuclear-armed states. The U.S. must pressure Pakistan to take concrete steps to rein in terrorist groups, such as the Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT) and the Jaish-e-Mohammed…
Executive Summary posted September 21, 2016
Farms and Free Enterprise: A Blueprint for Agricultural Policy
The farm bill, which comes before Congress every five years or so, continues to provide costly and harmful subsidies to agricultural producers. Farms and Free Enterprise gives legislators a clear choice before the next farm bill is debated, likely in 2018: Support a free-enterprise alternative to the farm bill or maintain the status quo. This major report proposes…
Legal Memorandum posted September 21, 2016
Miranda at 50
Some people are born into fame or notoriety. Others just get lucky. Ernesto Miranda belongs in the second category.
Miranda v. Arizona
In 1963, Phoenix, Arizona, police officers arrested Miranda for kidnapping and rape and took him to a local police station. After the complaining witness identified him, two officers questioned Miranda for two hours without informing him…
Legal Memorandum posted September 20, 2016
Overview of the Supreme Court’s October 2016 Term
October 3, 2016, marks the beginning of a new Supreme Court term. The 2015 term included challenges to the use of racial preferences in college admissions, the Obama Administration’s immigration “executive action,” Texas’s law requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a local hospital, the Obamacare contraception mandate, and former Virginia Governor Bob…
News Releases posted September 20, 2016
New Zika Funding in CR is Raise to Planned Parenthood
As the Senate nears a deal to fund the government, Heritage Foundation’s Roger Severino, director of the DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society, argues the proposed funding plan for fighting the Zika virus is “essentially a raise” to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider.
“It’s shameful that Planned Parenthood and its congressional allies were…
News Releases on September 20, 2016
Obama's speech fails to address refugee crisis
President Obama addressed the U.N. General Assembly today, defending his foreign policy of selective engagement. He also hosted a refugee summit with U.N. leaders, bypassing Congress, to discuss commitments to admitting hundreds of thousands of refugees to the U.S. through resettlement or other legal pathways.
“This continues a pattern of President Obama using the U.N. to…
News Releases posted September 20, 2016
Short-Term Spending Bill Will Only Make Matters Worse
As Congressional leaders near a deal on a short-term spending resolution, The Heritage Foundation’s Michael Sargent issued this warning:
“Lawmakers have us mired in almost $20 trillion in debt — nearly double what it was when President Obama took office. And a continuing resolution only makes matters worse.
“A short-term measure, like what is being proposed in the…
News Releases on September 19, 2016
Three Heritage Experts Testify Before Congress in One Day
Lawmakers frequently call on Heritage Foundation scholars to testify before congressional committees to share their knowledge on specific issues. On Sept. 14, three Heritage experts from the Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy testified on some of today’s most pressing issues.
David Inserra, a policy analyst in homeland security and cybersecurity…
Backgrounder posted September 15, 2016
President Obama’s Missile Defense Policy: A Misguided Legacy
As a candidate, Barack Obama called ballistic missile defense programs “unproven” and vowed to cut them. As President, Barack Obama eventually had to appreciate the value that missile defense brings to the U.S. strategic posture and allied relationships. The Obama Administration initially cancelled some of the most important missile defense programs that were started…
Backgrounder posted September 14, 2016
Postal Service Health Benefits and the FEHBP: The Urgent Case for Getting Reform Right
The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform recently considered the Postal Service Reform Act (H.R. 5714). The bill proposes shifting postal retirees’ primary health care coverage from the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) to Medicare. Proponents call this a consensus proposal for integrating the FEHBP with Medicare. It is not. The proposal’s…
News Releases posted September 14, 2016
Senate to Approve More Obama Judges
Republicans currently hold the majority but that has not stopped liberals from gaining control of 70% of US appeals courts. This marks a significant shift as liberals only controlled 1 of 13 circuit courts when Obama took office.
And soon, the Senate may approve even more liberal judges, even though the practice has been to stop nominee approvals in the final months of…