Political correctness is a growing epidemic that’s stifling free speech on America’s college campuses, Heritage President Jim DeMint said in a talk at Yale University:

Whether it happens in the Ivy League or state colleges or even high schools, it affects the rest of the nation. The surrender of one institution sets precedent for the surrender of the next, and eventually most of academia.

Along with it, hundreds of thousands of bright minds will only hear one side of the debate—one that teaches them to despise their national heritage, to rebel for the sake of rebellion, and to profane the sacred on the belief that nothing is sacred, except for the idols that the elites themselves create.

You can read or watch DeMint’s remarks here. 

Do you think university-style political correctness will spread beyond academia?

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl–the captured soldier Obama infamously swapped for five Taliban leaders in Guantanamo Bay last year–has been charged with desertion. Heritage expert of military law, Cully Stimson, weighs in on the charges in a new Daily Signal article:

This case may take a long time to get to trial, or it may end up resulting in a guilty plea in short order. It is way too early to predict what will happen. What is clear is that now that felony charges have been preferred against Sgt Bergdahl, the process will proceed in some fashion until the case is resolved.

You can read Stimson’s full analysis here. 

Heritage’s Daily Signal produced this short video explaining the Senate’s “vote-a-rama” marathon voting session, which begins Thursday.

Potentially on the docket are votes about Obamacare and the Keystone pipeline.

What do you think lawmakers should consider during vote-a-rama?

Obamacare is back at the Supreme Court, this time to decide whether the Obama administration expanded the health care takeover beyond what the plain text of the law allows.

At question, Heritage Foundation experts Andrew Kloster and Andrew Abbott explain, is whether Americans who purchase health insurance on the federally-run exchanges are eligible for subsidies:

To help offset the cost of insurance, the Obamacare statute specifically states that lower-income individuals whose incomes fall within a set range are eligible for premium assistance tax credits to purchase health insurance “through an Exchange established by [a] State.”The text of the statute, however, does not say that such credits are available for purchases made through exchanges established by the federal government.

Nevertheless, in 2012, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued a rule saying that the tax credits are available for purchases not just under state exchanges, but also in the (currently 34) states in which the federal government operates the exchange.

Kloster and Abbott explain what may happen if the high court rules in favor of the plaintiffs and against the Obama administration:

  1. Individuals for whom insurance coverage became a greater out-of-pocket expense (exceeding 8 percent of their income in any given month) without the premium support tax credit would become exempt from the individual mandate.
  2. Employers in states that refused to set up Obamacare exchanges would be exempt from the employer mandate because no federal outlays would be made to trigger the penalty.

Removing the individual and employer mandates from the already shaky foundation will inevitably lead to the law’s collapse.

Do you think SCOTUS will rule in favor of the plaintiffs and lead to Obamacare’s dismantling?

The U.S. military is only marginally prepared to fulfill its constitutional obligation to provide for the common defense.

The Heritage Foundation’s 2015 Index of U.S. Military Strength, the first-of-its-kind evaluation of military preparedness, identifies the four key areas the Department of Defense ought to improve in order to reestablish a robust defense.

Heritage defense expert Jim Carafano explains:

Since the DOD has the most authority and capacity to address wasteful defense practices. By addressing four critical obstacles to improving operations in a systematic and integrated manner over the first months and years of the next Administration, the next leadership team in the Pentagon can lay the best foundation for a better-performing defense enterprise.

These are the four critical areas for improvement: Continue Reading »

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