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.

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?

 

Heritage’s Top News Articles of the Week

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Here are some of the top news stories featuring The Heritage Foundation from the last week.

50 Outlets Cover Heritage’s Immigration Event with Rick Perry

Twenty-two news cameras recorded our event with Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a new Heritage record. His remarks on immigration were featured in over 50 major outlets including The Wall Street JournalThe New York Times, and The Washington Post.

The New York Times on Heritage and Cronyism

Republicans who are pushing back say the agency is an example of corporate welfare and “crony capitalism,” a view held by conservative organizations like the Heritage Foundation, putting these groups at odds with business lobbies like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Did you see other Heritage experts in the news?

Heritage Experts Make the Case to the American People

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Top-notch policy research only goes so far. So to make the case for conservative policies to the American people, Heritage experts take to the news media. Here are some examples of articles by our experts this week.

Jim Carafano on Iraq in the McClatchy Tribune News Wire

The best way to start winning a war is to stop losing. That axiom certainly applies to what’s going on in Iraq. But, that said, there is no place for American brigades in this battle.

This article was republished in 12 news outlets.

Diane Katz on the Export-Import Bank in The Clarion-Ledger

Congress is debating the fate of the U.S. Export-Import Bank, and obscure government agency that funnels subsidies to foreign firms for the purchase of American exports. Proponents claim the bank aids small business, creates jobs and “levels the playing field” in global trade. In fat, Ex-Im does nothing of the kind, and Americans deserve to know the truth about what is little more than a conduit for corporate welfare.

Ryan Anderson on Marriage in The Philadelphia Inquirer

News about court cases that involve same-sex marriages usually travels fast. But when a judge in Tennessee recently upheld that state’s constitutional authority to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman, it went almost unnoticed.

 

How Heritage Is Influencing the Debate in the Media

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The Heritage Foundation uses the news media to advance conservative principles and shape the national debate. Here are some of the media outlets Heritage was mentioned in over the past week.

The Heritage Foundation in The Blaze

The Heritage Foundation is pushing to let Ex-Im expire, arguing that the bank will inevitably lose money (as it did in the 1980s) and saying that most of the bank’s financing goes to help mega-corporations, such as aerospace giant Boeing, not U.S. small businesses.

Steven Bucci in The Washington Times

Steven Bucci, a former Pentagon official and analyst at the Heritage Foundation, said the beheading and threats have proved to be “a wake-up call” that poses risks to the Islamic State.

The Index of Economic Freedom in Newsweek

Earlier this year, The Heritage Foundation ranked Estonia as the 11th best economy in the world. The country has the same population as Dallas.

How My Heritage Internship Convinced Me Conservatives Are Fighting the Good Fight

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Serving as an intern at The Heritage Foundation this summer has been an unforgettable experience.

I had the pleasure of working in the Development Office. It allowed me to talk to hundreds of people around the country and learn about national and local issues concerning them. I got to hear what mattered to them and realized that the conservative movement is stronger than ever.

As a student at a relatively conservative university, I had a firm understanding of our nation’s founding principles — and I was eager to spend time in Washington D.C. so that I could learn how to apply these principles to public policy.

While I expected to be informed, what I didn’t expect was to be inspired.

Heritage’s Young Leaders Program, which implements the internship program, invests in every intern. From one-on-one help preparing my resume, to policy discussions with leading experts, the program has gone above and beyond all of my expectations. No wonder it’s known as THE internship in Washington D.C.!

I truly believe we are fighting the good fight and I know that I want to work to further the conservative movement. The Heritage Foundation has given me the opportunity to challenge myself and refine my skills to be a stronger conservative and a better American.

Learn more about the Young Leaders’ Program here.

Heritage Work Leads to Two Wins on Energy Policy

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The House of Representatives rejected a big-government energy bill this week and approved an important reform to the Department of Energy’s national laboratories. Both conservative victories were inspired by Heritage Foundation research.

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) had proposed legislation to “create a number of taxpayer-supported government programs to extract and recycle domestic rare earth minerals,” Heritage expert Nicolas Loris explains. A better solution than subsidies, Loris argues, would be to limit government restrictions on production and trade.

Thanks in part to Loris’ work to draw public attention to this proposal, and a key-vote against the bill by Heritage Action for America, Swalwell’s bill failed in the House.

Meanwhile, House lawmakers approved a bill from Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-IL) that would pilot important reforms to the DOE’s national laboratories. Heritage experts have long been urging Congress to make these sorts of reforms (link in PDF) to enable the private sector to take advantage of basic research at these labs.

This is another example of how Heritage uses policy research and communications, as well as our partnership with the grassroots activists at Heritage Action, to win conservative victories.

Heritage Led the Charge that Stopped EPA Overreach

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This is a big win for conservatives.

Earlier this month, the Environmental Protection Agency tried to quietly put in place a regulation allowing the agency to garnish workers’ wages without first obtaining a court order. This was bad enough. But the EPA also tried to enact this rule without first going through the usual comment and review procedures.

Yesterday, the EPA withdrew the rule. And The Heritage Foundation played a big role in this victory.

Here’s how it happened, as Heritage President Jim DeMint explained in an e-mail to supporters: Continue Reading »

Heritage Expert Explains How Congress Can Help Women Retirees

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Policies that boost economic growth and strengthen savings will help women better prepare for retirement, Heritage Foundation expert Rachel Greszler told members of Congress’ Joint Economic Committee of Congress in testimony last month.

To improve women’s retirement security, policymakers must consider proposals that will help both current and future generations of women retirees. This includes reforming Social Security and encouraging personal retirement savings. The single greatest thing the government can do to improve both men’s and women’s retirement security, however, is to foster a strong and growing economy.

Read more of her suggestions.

What do you think is the most important thing that needs to be done to reduce the challenges women face in retirement?

DeMint Is First Person Asked to Comment on President Obama’s Request for Billions

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“We know the human traffickers throughout Central America are using the president’s pledge of amnesty to actually get these payments to bring these kids here,” Heritage President Jim DeMint said last night on Fox News’s On the Record with Greta Van Susteren.

DeMint was the first person Van Susteren asked to comment about President Obama’s announcement that he will ask for $3.7 billion in deficit spending to fix the illegal immigration crisis.

A better plan would prioritize existing spending to fix the border crisis. Heritage experts recommend that the administration “stop its anti-enforcement policies that are encouraging the increase in illegal immigration, thus making it more difficult and costly to secure U.S. borders.”

Watch the full clip above and let us know in the comments what you think about the President’s plans for your tax dollars.

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