Heritage Action CEO Calls on Congress to Audit the IRS

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Mike Needham, CEO of Heritage’s sister organization, Heritage Action for America, recently called on Congress to investigate the IRS for its targeting of conservative groups for audits.

Watch the full clip from Fox News Survey above and let us know if you think Congress should audit the IRS.

The Supreme Court Blocks the Obama Administration’s Attack on Religious Liberty

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The media wait for the Hobby Lobby lawyers to make their first public statement in front of the Supreme Court. Photo credit: Kayla Toth

In their ruling Monday in the Hobby Lobby case, the Supreme Court struck a blow against Obamacare’s coercive contraceptive mandate.

“The government can’t compel a ‘closely held’  business such as the Hobby Lobby chain to cover abortion-inducing drugs or devices in employee health plans if doing so would violate the employer’s moral and religious beliefs,” Heritage’s Kelsey Harkness explains.

Heritage experts Sarah Torre and Elizabeth Slattery explain what this ruling means:

To be clear, the decision today applies only to the Obamacare rule that was threatening the religious freedom of the Greens’ and Hahns’ family businesses. Other claims for religious exemptions by closely held family businesses from other laws will have to be litigated on a case-by-case basis. RFRA doesn’t provide a blank check for religious believers to do whatever they want in the name of religion and neither does today’s decision.

With today’s ruling, the Greens’ and Hahns’ family businesses will be able to continue offering their employees generous healthcare plans (which cover most forms of contraception) without fear of government penalties. And the women who work for Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood remain free – like all women – to make their own decisions about these four drugs and devices (as well as other birth control) and to purchase or find insurance coverage for them. But the government cannot coerce these family businesses to participate in those decisions in violation of their beliefs.

Do you think the court made the right call in the Hobby Lobby case?

Once Again, the Liberal Media Is Unfairly Characterizing Conservatives

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An event about the Benghazi attacks held at The Heritage Foundation on Monday sparked intense, but respectful, debate about the 2012 terrorist assault on the American consulate that left four dead.

But once again, the liberal media took the opportunity to unfairly characterize conservatives. The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank completely misrepresented what happened during a question-and-answer session during the event. He said the panelists rudely “attacked” and “pounced” on the questioner.

Milbank’s account was so incredible that others in the media leapt to Heritage’s defense. Politico, for example, pointed out that the video shows the panelists not mocking the questioner but thanking her. The facts just don’t support Milbank’s wild claims.

Watch video of the Q&A and see for yourself:

It’s precisely because the mainstream media has such bias that The Heritage Foundation started the Daily Signal: to expose the truth about what’s happening in America.

Coordinating Heritage’s Research Firepower

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Heritage’s new institutes will help build a stronger economy, a stronger society, and a stronger America.

The Heritage Foundation seeks to build a better life for all Americans––and a better life requires a stronger economy, a stronger society, and a stronger national defense.

Heritage serves our members as the only major think tank focused on all three of these important objectives.

To further sharpen that focus––and to continue to unite conservatives behind powerful policy solutions for a strong America––Heritage is coordinating all of our research firepower into three institutes that will help our experts work even more effectively to advance the conservative policy solutions our members support.

  • The Institute for Economic Freedom and Opportunity seeks to bring about a stronger economy. Through this Institute, Heritage will continue the groundbreaking research that highlights the disastrous impact of “progressive” left-wing ideas and explains the need for lower taxes, less spending and limited government.
  • The Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity seeks to bring about a strong society. The work of this Institute will include advancing religious freedom, marriage, and life, promoting child-centered education reform through parental choice, advocating work-based welfare reform, and developing patient-centered health care proposals to protect America from Obamacare.
  • The Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy seeks to bring about a stronger national defense. This Institute’s work will educate lawmakers and citizens on the numerous global threats to America’s freedom and explore the right and wrong ways to protect our national interests.

Heritage used feedback from our members to name each Institute, ensuring that the words we are using speak to the concerns and values of a vast majority of Americans while reflecting Heritage’s conservative principles.

Each Institute is now home to dozens of researchers and policy experts, whom Heritage members can trust to offer sound conservative solutions for key issues of debate in Congress, with research that drives news coverage and policy consensus toward conservative, common-sense ideas.

According to Heritage President Jim DeMint, “Each of these institutes, combined with the work of Heritage Action for America, will help Heritage pursue the key elements necessary to achieve conservative policy successes––effective research, superb communications, and first-rate advocacy.”

 

Jim DeMint Travels to Asia to Push Economic Freedom

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Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint is in Asia this week to promote Heritage’s 2014 Agenda for Economic Freedom, which makes the case for lowering government barriers to commerce, strengthening property rights, and limiting corruption.

During a stop in Taiwain, he took in the sights:

Be sure to follow @JimDeMint on Twitter.

Heritage Trustee Admitted to Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame

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Heritage Trustee Ambassador Bill Middendorf, left, with Heritage's Jim Carafano at the Rhode Island Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Heritage Trustee Ambassador Bill Middendorf, left, with Heritage’s Jim Carafano at the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Ambassador Bill Middendorf, a Heritage Foundation trustee and former Secretary of the Navy, was inducted into the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame earlier this month.

The Providence Journal cited Middendorf’s career as a “business leader, author, artist and composer who has served as Secretary of the Navy, ambassador to the Netherlands, the Organization of American States and the European Union.”

The Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame honors “any individual who has brought credit to Rhode Island, brought Rhode Island into prominence, and contributed to the history and heritage of the state.”

The Heritage Foundation congratulates Middendorf on his well-deserved achievement. And we agree with Carafano, who said:

Ambassador Middendorf is an extraordinary national leader who has led an extraordinary life. It was an honor to represent Heritage at the induction ceremony. That he has chosen to affiliate himself with Heritage is a great validation of our mission and real sense of obligation to us to carry on in his life’s work of fighting for the freedom, prosperity and security of all Americans.

See Your Photos in the 2015 Heritage Calendar

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2014 Heritage Foundation calendarThe Heritage Foundation is looking for photographs from our members and supporters for use in our 2015 calendar.

Photos in the calendar, which will be distributed to more than half a million Heritage members and supporters this fall, celebrate what you love about about America.

In our 2015 calendar, we want to show pictures that tell the story of what we love about America, the things we do outside of government in the cities and towns and countryside where we live, the things that make us the people we are.

Submit your photos here–the deadline is May 9.

Heritage Is at CPAC 2014

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Heritage Foundation experts are playing a major role in this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference:

  • Legal expert Hans von Spakovsky is moderating a panel at 12:50 p.m. Eastern on “Obama’s IRS:  Political Arm of the Left?”
  • Foreign policy scholar Ted Bromund is moderating a panel at 3:30 p.m. on “American Leadership in Europe:  What’s the Future of Reagan/Thatcher-style Conservatism?”
  • Heritage Vice President Becky Norton Dunlop is moderating a separate panel at 3:30 p.m. to answer the question, “Can America Survive Obama’s War on Fossil Fuel?”
  • Genevieve Wood is moderating a panel on “Solutions 2014:  Ideas to Unite America” at 3:30 p.m. with Heritage policy experts Derrick Morgan, Jennifer Marshall, Terry Miller and Steve Bucci
  • And Heritage President Jim DeMint will sign copies of Falling in Love with America Again tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. followed by an address at 1:10 p.m. on the main stage.

Read the full schedule of events.

Watch Jim DeMint at CPAC on Saturday

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Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint will deliver remarks at CPAC 2014 this Saturday at 1:00 p.m. Eastern. Watch a live-stream of his remarks here.

Before his remarks, he will be signing copies of his new book, Falling in Love with America Again. Buy your copy today.

Get Your Personally-Signed Copy of Jim DeMint’s New Book at These Events in South Carolina

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Falling in Love with America AgainHeritage Foundation President Jim DeMint will visit five cities in South Carolina next month to sign copies of his new book about getting America back on course.

Falling in Love with America Again, which features contributions from Heritage experts, explains how individuals and community groups—not central planners in Washington—have the solutions to our nation’s problems.

The book comes out in stores everywhere on March 4. But you can pre-order your copy today from Amazon.com.

Ben Carson says the book is “compelling, enlightening, and thought-provoking” while Oliver North calls it “a must read for every American who cares about our future.”

Join DeMint at one of these events in South Carolina to get a personally-signed copy of his new book and meet other citizen leaders like you. Continue Reading »

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