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  • News Releases posted September 30, 2016 by Justin Posey GAO Confirms: Administration Making Illegal Obamacare Payments

    Heritage Foundation budget expert, Paul Winfree, on the recent Government Accountability office report concerning illegal Obamacare payments being made by the Obama administration:  “Yesterday’s report from the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) confirms what many have warned – the administration has been illegally stiffing the American taxpayer in order…

  • Backgrounder posted September 28, 2016 by Salim Furth, Ph.D. Understanding the Data on Occupational Licensing

    The regulation of professionals by means of occupational licenses, certifications, and registration has spread over a large share of the U.S. workforce in recent decades. Even as policymakers are recommending a reduction in the extent of the regulations—a positive move overall—experts are recognizing how little is known about the extent of licensure in America. New data…

  • News Releases posted September 27, 2016 by Justin Posey Senate's Disastrous CR Fails Key Vote

    A vote to end debate on the Senate’s proposed continuing resolution (CR) failed this afternoon. Heritage's Tommy Binion, Director of Policy Outreach, had this to say:   “The Republican leadership in Congress have now been given yet another opportunity to do the right thing. The CR offered in the Senate was disastrous from the start – negotiated behind closed doors with…

  • Backgrounder posted September 27, 2016 by David B. Muhlhausen, Ph.D. Evidence-Based Fiscal Discipline: The Case for PART 2.0

    Given that the federal government’s debt is over $19.4 trillion—$14.0 trillion in debt held by the public and nearly $5.4 trillion in intergovernmental holdings—every American should be concerned about the nation’s extraordinary level of debt.[1] Congress, which in recent years has seemed incapable of curbing spending and allocating resources effectively, needs to relearn…

  • Special Report posted September 26, 2016 by Gregory S. Walden An Administration Worthy of Respect: Integrity, Competence, and Experience

    Every incoming presidential Administration promises that it will pursue excellence in the administration of foreign and domestic policy by appointing well-qualified candidates to key executive positions. Likewise, nearly every incoming Administration has pledged that its appointees will be subject to and will comply with the highest standards of ethical conduct. The Obama…

  • News Releases posted September 23, 2016 by Justin Posey 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 by David R. Burton, Norbert J. Michel, Ph.D. 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…

  • News Releases posted September 22, 2016 by Justin Posey 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…

  • First Principles Series Report posted September 22, 2016 by Jerome C. Foss, PhD 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.[1] Though by all accounts he was a mild-mannered person, the utopian…

  • Issue Brief posted September 21, 2016 by Lisa Curtis 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…

  • Legal Memorandum posted September 21, 2016 by Paul Larkin 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…

  • Executive Summary posted September 21, 2016 by Daren Bakst, Scott Lincicome, Nicolas Loris, Josh Sewell, Brian Wright 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 20, 2016 by Elizabeth Slattery, Tiffany Bates 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 by Marguerite Bowling 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 posted September 20, 2016 by Justin Posey 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…