How Heritage Builds Respect for America’s Founding Principles on Capitol Hill

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One of Heritage’s key missions is to educate lawmakers and Capitol Hill staff about your conservative principles and how they apply to today’s most critical debates.

Fifty-nine Senate and House staffers graduated last week from Heritage’s Congressional Fellowship program, which equips staffers with a solid grounding in America’s First Principles and knowledge of critical issues like cutting spending, protecting America, and restoring constitutional government.

The Congressional Fellowship is a weekly educational program for legislative and communications staff which runs from January to September. This year, Heritage held 24 luncheons on Capitol Hill featuring Heritage policy experts and leading conservative thinkers.

By educating these Capitol Hill staffers, we can pave the way for future conservative victories and change America’s course.

Do you think it’s important to communicate the principles of America’s Founding to Congressional staffers?

Should Conservative Groups Be Shut Down for Questioning Environmentalism?

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In a recent op-ed for EcoWatch, activist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. called for all companies and organizations, including The Heritage Foundation, that don’t support a radical environmental agenda to be given a corporate “death penalty.”

Here’s what he argues:

I do, however, believe that corporations which deliberately, purposefully, maliciously and systematically sponsor climate lies should be given the death penalty. This can be accomplished through an existing legal proceeding known as “charter revocation.” State Attorneys General can invoke this remedy whenever corporations put their profit-making before the “public welfare.” . . .

Any state attorney general with the will, resolve and viscera to stand to up to the dangerous and duplicitous corporate propagandists, has authority to annul the charters of each of these mercenary merchants of deceit.

You know we’re making a difference when liberals question our motives, accuse us of being “mercenary merchants of deceit,” and call on the government to shutter us.

At Heritage, we’re in nobody’s pocket. Instead, we stand on principle, advancing policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense. Moreover, with 600,000 members, we’re the most broadly supported policy organization in America–and just 5 percent of our revenue comes from corporate donors.

Do you agree with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.? Should Heritage and other groups be disbanded for supporting conservative policy solutions?

227 Years of the United States Constitution, Explained in One Must-Have Book

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Last week, America marked the 227th anniversary of the ratification of the United States Constitution.

To commemorate this milestone, The Heritage Foundation released the second edition of The Heritage Guide to the Constitution. This new edition includes updates to reflect new laws and court decisions that affect how the nation’s highest law impacts Americans.

The first edition of the Guide, which features clause-by-clause analysis of the entire Constitution from leading scholars, was published in 2005 to critical acclaim. It has sold more than 50,000 copies.

In 2012, Heritage published the full text online. Since then, The Heritage Guide to the Constitution Online has been visited over 1.3 million times. The hard copy of the book has sold over 50,000 copies.

The enormous popularity of our guide is proof of how relevant and revered the Constitution still remains.

Purchase your copy of the Guide‘s second edition, or read the full text online.

Did you celebrate Constitution Day? Tell us what makes you proud to carry on the mantle of liberty.

Defeating ISIS Requires a Strategy. Congressional Approval Would Help Too.

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The Obama administration needs to develop a comprehensive coordinated strategy for defeating ISIS terrorists. Congress must closely analyze whether ISIS, as a legal matter, falls under the 2001 AUMF (authorization for use of military force) given the historical ties between ISIS and al Qaeda.  And if ISIS does not fall under the 2001 AUMF then Congress and the administration must craft an ISIS-specific authorization for use of military force, Heritage Foundation expert Cully Stimson writes in a new report.

The administration “must develop a comprehensive, overarching strategy to confront and ultimately defeat this enemy,” Stimson argues. “Working with our partners and allies and the countries in the region that are most affected by ISIS, the United States must do what it traditionally has done: lead.”

He continues:

The vibrant debate among legal scholars regarding the domestic and international law basis for U.S. military action against ISIS is partly due to the fact that the Administration has yet to provide the public with a clear, comprehensive legal analysis of its power to use military force against ISIS. As a general principle, when a President puts our troops in harm’s way for a sustained period of time, it is advisable for him to propose, consult with, and obtain express authorization from Congress. That consultation and debate should be public, not buried in a continuing resolution or other must-pass legislation. Sending our troops into war requires a sober, deliberate debate that is not influenced by electoral politics.

Do you think the administration needs explicit authorization from Congress to fight ISIS?

Here’s What the U.S. Should Focus Its U.N. Agenda Around

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The 69th United Nations General Assembly is underway. And while the body is discussing some matters of huge importance to the United States, like fighting ISIS and controlling Ebola, the U.S. could do more to drive the agenda.

“The U.S. seems to be ignoring most of the key matters that the UNGA actually has within its authority,” Heritage Foundation expert Brett Schaefer explains, “such as blocking the election of Venezuela to the U.N. Security Council (UNSC) or seeking budgetary restraint and improved whistleblower protections.”

Since most “UNGA resolutions are non-binding and offer little more than rhetorical support,” Schaefer argues it would be beneficial to discuss matters that actually fall under UNGA authority.

Schaefer recommends that the General Assembly focus instead on: Continue Reading »

Infographic: Every Baby Born Today Has a $39,500 Debt

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Thanks to our government’s inability to spend within its means, a baby born today will shoulder $39,500 worth of debt. And by the time that child is graduated from college, his share of the U.S. debt will be a sickening $142,000.

See more charts like this at Heritage’s 2014 Federal Budget in Pictures. 

Do you think it’s time for the government to cut spending and rein in the debt?

Heritage’s Daily Signal Drives Fox News Story on the Benghazi Coverup

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Fox News’ Doug McKelway credits both The Heritage Foundation’s Daily Signal and investigative reporter Sharyl Atkisson for breaking the news about a Benghazi coverup.

A former State Department official told lawmakers that Hillary Clinton’s chief of staff ordered politically damaging documents to be scrubbed before turning over files to the investigation of the Benghazi terror attack, Atkisson reported this morning.

This is just one way that Heritage’s Daily Signal is driving the debate. It’s where the news goes to gets its news.

How ISIS Makes $100 Million Every Month from Oil

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ISIS’s control of oil fields in Iraq and Syria is making it difficult for those countries to work with the United States to “degrade and ultimately destroy”  ISIS. Not only does their grip on oil production affect U.S. strategy, the brutal terrorist organization uses that oil wealth to help finance its terror operations.

And the profit margin isn’t small. The Daily Signal’s Kelsey Harkness writes:

According to the Iraq Energy Institute, an independent, nonprofit policy organization focused on Iraq’s energy sector, the army of radical Islamists controls production of 30,000 barrels of oil a day in Iraq and 50,000 barrels in Syria.

By selling the oil on the black market at a discounted price of $40 per barrel (compared to about $93 per barrel in the free market), ISIS takes in $3.2 million a day.

This amounts to nearly $100 million each month allowing ISIS to, as Heritage expert James Phillips explains, have a “solid economic base that sustains its continued expansion.” In order to succeed in destroying ISIS, the U.S. and its allies need to work “intently on cutting the oil revenues that make up a large portion of that funding,” Phillips concludes.

Do you think the President Obama’s top priority in stopping ISIS should be to cut its cash flow from the oil production?

Liberals Admit Conservatives Have Them Beat In Cultivating Future Leaders

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In a recent post for the blog, “The Fix,” the Washington Post’s Aaron Blake commented on Mark Riddle’s lament of the liberals’ “depth problem” noting by comparison how conservatives’ long-term investment plan for the leaders of tomorrow will pay off:

For more than 60 years, the conservative movement has heavily invested in building an organized and long-term pipeline to turn promising young leaders into election-winning candidates. They have done this through groups like the Leadership Institute, GOPAC and the Heritage Foundation, and they have invested countless millions of dollars in this effort….

Conservatives run their training and leadership development operations like a blue-chip business on the NYSE, reliably paying steady dividends.

Heritage’s Young Leaders Program helps guide young conservatives as they start their careers. This program  has proven impact, in fact two former Heritage interns were elected to Congress in 2012.

Do you think investing in young people is the right way to ensure conservative principles prevail?

 

An Exclusive First Look at a Heritage Expert’s Newest Book

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Heritage Foundation expert Mike Gonzalez’s newest book, “A Race for the Future: How Conservatives Can Break the Liberal Monopoly on Hispanic Americans,” hits bookstores today.

Here’s the Daily Signal’s exclusive first look at his book, including an excerpt.

The early reviews are positive. Here’s what William McGurn has to say in the New York Post:

Now he has put his thoughts together in an extraordinary book called “A Race for the Future,” which goes on sale Tuesday. It’s Paul Ryan’s economics and Charles Murray’s sociology applied to the Hispanic experience.

His argument? That the American future conservatives hope for will largely depend on the future of Hispanic America.

Gonzalez comes out swinging. The whole concept of “Hispanic,” he points out, didn’t even exist before the 1970s.

It is an artificial identity, created by the federal government to paper over the huge differences among Cubans, Puerto Ricans, Salvadorans, Mexicans, Guatemalans and lump them into one category.

Be sure to order your copy today!

 

 

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