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"The radical left is bent on demonizing the police—an institution made up of Americans like you and me, many of whom would lay down their lives to keep communities across this nation safe. Let's #BackTheBlue and #DefendThePolice!" - Kay C. James

Kay C. James, President of the Heritage Foundation, joined the Rush Limbaugh Show on June 10, 2020, to discuss how conservatives can respond to the race issues our nation faces with solutions that will actually help us heal.

Kay C. James joined The Rush Limbaugh show on June 10, 2020 to share how Heritage’s National Coronavirus Recovery Commission has detailed over 200 recommendations to save both lives and livelihoods.

Kay Coles James talks about her incredible upbringing dealing with real racism, and how conservatives can and should seize the mantle of civil rights from the left.

Amidst times of tension and difficulty, Americans are looking for solutions—something Kay C. James, President of the Heritage Foundation, joined Hugh Hewitt to talk about. She also shares a bit of her own story and a glimpse at the work the National Coronavirus Recovery Commission is doing to protect both American lives and livelihoods.

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Heritage Unveils Plan to Rebuild After Riots in American Cities
This set of recommendations is a clarion call for those who still care about restoring peace in our streets, holding accountable those bent on causing anarchy, and reviving our economy. Read the news release.

Politicians Need a Refresher Course in How Government Works
The two biggest events of 2020 have exposed a frightening fact: A passing grade in civics class wasn’t a prerequisite for many of our political leaders to get elected to public office. Read the commentary.

Heritage Foundation Releases ‘Mandate for Leadership’ and ‘Solutions 2020’
The Reagan administration adopted nearly half of ‘Mandate for Leadership’ recommendations in its first year and the Trump administration embraced nearly two-thirds in 2017. The Heritage Foundation is committed to ensuring these policy proposals and well-considered recommendations continue to shape our federal government. Read the statement.

Even With Removing Margaret Sanger’s Name, Planned Parenthood Is Still Influenced by Racist Founder
One of Planned Parenthood’s largest abortion affiliates has finally disavowed Planned Parenthood’s founder for “her racist legacy” and her “connections to the eugenics movement.” However, this symbolic bowing to the far left’s “cancel culture” doesn’t change the fact that the organization is still influenced by her inhumane beliefs. Read the commentary.

Coronavirus Commission Highlights 15 Steps Individuals Can Take to Combat COVID-19, Bolster Recovery
We are beginning to see the early signs of America’s recovery from this pandemic, but there’s more work to be done—to save lives and restore livelihoods. I remain hopeful that our nation will conquer this disease and that together, all Americans will emerge from this chapter in our history stronger than before. Read the statement.

Heritage Mourns Loss of James Gattuso
The Heritage Foundation is mourning the loss of our longtime colleague and our dear friend James Gattuso. He was a brilliant policy expert, kind human being, and witty coworker. Read the statement.

Remembering Pro-Life Trailblazer Mildred Jefferson
As the nation prepares to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and looks back on the impact of women throughout the last century, we should remember one woman who broke not just gender barriers but racial barriers, and influenced the course of the nation: Mildred Jefferson. Read the commentary.

Russ Vought Is a Fearless Advocate for American Taxpayers
Russ has been a fearless advocate for the American taxpayer, and his unwavering fiscally conservative principles make him an outstanding choice to head the Office of Management and Budget. Read the statement.

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Russ Vought to Lead OMB
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Applauding Choice of Mark Meadows as White House Chief of Staff
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On Heritage Action
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On the State of the Union
Conservatives Want to Hear About New Success in 2019 State of the Union
2020: The State of Our Union Has Never Been Better

Congratulating Edwin Meese III on Receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom
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Honoring the Memories of Those We Lost on 9/11
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On Mark Esper's Confirmation as Secretary of Defense
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On Independence Day
2019: A Nation Worth Lauding
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On The Heritage Foundation’s Salvatori Prize for American Citizenship
2019: Journalist Mollie Hemingway

On Celebrating the Centennial of the 19th Amendment's Passage in the House
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On Receiving Legacy Award from U.S. Dream Academy
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On the 70th Anniversary of NATO
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On Nomination of Stephen Moore to the Federal Reserve Board
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On Neomi Rao’s Confirmation to Federal Bench
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On Andrew Wheeler Confirmation to Lead EPA
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On President Reagan's Birthday
Happy Birthday, President Ronald Reagan – Your Legacy Is With Us, Even Today

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Our Nation Is Not Yet Cleansed of Racism. Here’s What We Should Do.

On Veterans Day
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On the Resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions
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On the 2018 Midterm Elections
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Conservatives Will Keep Fighting for Solutions That Are Good for America

On the 73rdAnniversary of V-J Day
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On Dr. Kiron Skinner
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Ambassador Nikki Haley: A Profile in Courage
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On Brett Kavanaugh
On Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court Nomination
Brett Kavanaugh Has Proven that He’s Faithful to the Constitution
On Brett Kavanaugh’s Confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court

ADAPT Protest and Meeting
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Virginia Library’s Women in History Program
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Women’s History Month
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On 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage


On the Death of George H.W. Bush
On the Death of Richard DeVos
On the Death of John McCain
On the Death of Rev. Billy Graham
On the Death of Barbara Bush
On the Death of Charles Krauthammer
On the Death of David Koch

Kay Coles James

Kay Coles James

May 22, 2018