Should an Increasingly Belligerent Russia Be Allowed More Nukes Than America?

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While America’s arsenal of nuclear weapons is declining under the 2011 New START agreement, Russia’s stockpile is not. If anything, Russia’s nuclear arsenal is increasing.

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Did the CIA Cherry-Pick Benghazi Intelligence for Political Reasons?

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Heritage Foundation expert Helle Dale reports on compelling new details about the Obama administration’s manipulation of the facts about the attack on America’s consulate in Benghazi, Libya:

The original CIA talking points on Benghazi were quite comprehensive and included information on al-Qaeda activity in the Benghazi area. In the interagency vetting process, however, this paragraph raised red flags at Hillary Clinton’s State Department, which had failed miserably at providing adequate protection against terrorists for U.S. diplomats stationed in Libya. Morell took it upon himself to edit out any reference to al-Qaeda, and blamed the attack on an anti-American demonstration. The remainder of the talking points was toothless pabulum.

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Why Tax Day Is a Somber Reminder that Our Economic Freedom Is Slipping Away

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Tax day is less than a week away. To many Americans, this means surrendering a portion of their paycheck to a government that does not spend it wisely.

But that’s not the only problem with high taxes: they’re increasingly eroding our freedom.

According to The Heritage Foundation’s 2014 Index of Economic Freedom the United States is the only country in the world whose economic freedom has declined for the past seven years. Much of the blame can be placed on big government and the high taxes that fund it.

“There is a real risk that the economic sclerosis we are currently suffering could turn into a full-blown permanent economic health crisis,” Heritage expert Anthony Kim warns.

Lawmakers should look to policies like Heritage’s Saving the American Dream plan, which would reform the tax code by simplifying and reducing taxes.

“As Americans look to their future more than ever, 2014 should be the year of action to reverse the startling decline of America’s economic freedom and revitalize its entrepreneurial pulse,” Kim concludes.

Do you think our complicated and burdensome tax system strangles our economy and our freedom?

Heritage’s Genevieve Wood Explains Liberals’ Misleading Rhetoric on Women on CNN

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In a CNN debate with former Obama White House press secretary Anita Dunn, The Heritage Foundation’s Genevieve Wood said that the Obama administration is doling out bad rhetoric that discourages young women.

The White House must stop promoting the myth that women are paid significantly less than men because of their sex, Wood explained. Pay discrepancies instead reflect life and career choices, she said.

“We ought to be celebrating where women are,” Wood continued.

Watch the whole debate in the video above.

Do you think liberals’ “war on women” rhetoric goes too far?

Heritage Experts Break Down Paul Ryan’s Budget Proposal

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A budget proposal released yesterday by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) would balance balance the budget and reduce the debt by cutting spending, reforming poverty programs, repealing Obamacare, and reforming health care entitlement programs, which are the largest drivers of deficit spending and debt.

Heritage Foundation expert Romina Boccia looked closely into Ryan’s budget and found many other good elements, including its tax reforms and proposals on defense, energy, education, and transporation policy. She did identify several areas for improvement, such as the long delay before critical Medicare reforms are implemented.

Read her full analysis of Ryan’s budget on the Foundry.

How would you improve Paul Ryan’s budget proposal?

Heritage Expert Calls Out the New York Times on Voter ID

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The New York Times condemned a Kansas judge last week for upholding state requirements that voters show proof of citizenship when they register. The Times went on to call the identification requirement a means by which “to keep eligible voters from the polls.”

This is nonsense, Heritage Foundation legal expert Hans Von Spakovsky counters in National Review Online:

[T]he intent of these laws is to keep ineligible voters from the polls, like the thousands of noncitizens who are illegally registered to vote all over the country.

The Times further calls the push for voter ID a “ruse” to keep people from voting. Von Spakovsky reminds us, though, that “there is more than enough evidence by now to demonstrate that the Times is totally wrong in its judgment on election-integrity issues.”

Do you back voter ID laws?

How Misleading Government Accounting Leaves Taxpayers on the Hook

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The federal government reports hundreds of billions of dollars in revenue from mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac off the federal budget. In what might be considered creative accounting, Washington subtracts this revenue from spending and subsequently undereports federal spending. Even worse, trillions in taxpayer liabilities are completely off the books.

“Profits paid to the Treasury in 2013 alone have resulted in federal spending and deficits being underreported by more than $100 billion,” Heritage Foundation expert Romina Boccia explains.

Since they were taken over by the federal government in 2008, Fannie and Freddie have paid more than $203 billion in profits to the U.S. Treasury — all of which is the Treasury is keeping off the federal budget. Continue Reading »

Heritage Expert on ‘Meet the Press’ This Weekend

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The Heritage Foundation’ Israel Ortega will make his debut on NBC’s “Meet the Press” this Sunday. Ortega joined The Heritage Foundation in 2007, and recently took a new role as contributor to The Foundry. He founded and continues to edit Libertad, a Spanish-language media site featuring conservative policy news and analysis.

Ortega will join the show’s roundtable to discuss and debate breaking news on Ukraine, the missing Malaysian plane, 2014 midterm elections, 2016 prospects and the Keystone XL pipeline. Check for your local listings for times.

Video: ‘No Government Should Control the Lives of the People It Serves’

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“To understand where we’re going, we have to understand who we are as individuals and as a society,” Jim DeMint says in a new video about why The Heritage Foundation is so important.

America needs leadership from an organization devoted to America’s First Principles, DeMint says. That means “an organization that’s not afraid to proclaim that truth is truth, that conservatism is alive, and that no government should control the lives of the people it serves.”

Watch the video above and tell us in the comments why Heritage is important to you.

Heritage Experts Cross the Pond to Discuss Conservative Principles

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Two Heritage Foundation experts have been invited to speak this weekend at the Freedom Association’s inaugural Freedom Festival in Bournemouth, UK.

Heritage’s Ted Bromund and Bryan Riley will explain the importance of free markets and free enterprise. Bromund is a scholar in Heritage’s Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom, while Riley serves as the Jay Van Andel Senior Policy Analyst in Trade Policy.

“Heritage is glad to support the friends of freedom abroad as it does at home,” Bromund said. The Freedom Association works to promote a free society in Britain.

“The Heritage Foundation is considered to be one of the world’s leading conservative think tanks,” Freedom Association director Rory Broomfield said. “To have them participating in the inaugural Freedom Festival is extremely exciting.”

Learn more about the Freedom Festival here.

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