Why would a successful, twelve-year Secret Service agent resign his position in the prime of his career to run for political office against all the odds? Why is it that the Washington DC "Bubble" – a haze of lobbyists, cronies, staff, acolytes, consultants and bureaucrats surrounding those in power – creates a "bubble" that distorts their view of the world and detaches them from the tragic results of poor policy choices?
Based on 20 years of research, including an examination of the papers of eight of the nine Justices who voted in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, Abuse of Discretion is a critical review of the behind-the-scenes deliberations that went into the Supreme Court’s abortion decisions and how the mistakes made by the Justices in 1971-1973 have led to the turmoil we see today in legislation, politics, and public health.
A Conspiracy Against Obamacare details how legal bloggers at the Volokh Conspiracy engaged in a spirited, erudite, and accessible discussion of the legal issues involved in the debate over the Affordable Care Act. This debate was one of the most important and public examinations of the Constitution in our history. Several of the Volokh bloggers played key roles in developing the constitutional arguments against the Act, and their blogs had a significant impact on both the public debate and the arguments made in court. It was perhaps the first time that a blog affected arguments submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court on a major issue. The bloggers at the Volokh Conspiracy helped legitimize a new type of legal discourse. A Conspiracy Against Obamacare compiles the discussion that unfolded at the Volokh Conspiracy blog into a readable narrative, enhanced with new context and analysis, as the contributors reflect on the Obamacare litigation with the advantage of hindsight. The different bloggers certainly did not always agree with each other, but the back-and-forth debates provide momentum as the reader follows the development of the arguments over time. A Conspiracy Against Obamacare exemplifies an important new form of legal discourse and public intellectualism. As Paul Clement, counsel to 26 states in the challenge to the Affordable Care Act, said, “The Constitution had its Federalist Papers, and the challenge to the Affordable Care Act had the Volokh Conspiracy.”
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Several of the country’s top conservative lawmakers, policy experts, and pollsters joined Heritage Foundation members for our Annual Leadership Conference in San Diego, CA. Senator Ted Cruz, Governor Scott Walker, and New York Times Best-Seller Scott Rasmussen spoke about reconnecting with America and the conservative plan to set the country back on track.
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Jim DeMint and other Heritage experts traveled to Chicago for a Panel Discussion and Luncheon on Wednesday, November 20, 2013. The Panel featured Genevieve Wood, Virginia Walden Ford, Israel Ortega, and Heather Pfitzenmaier who spoke about “Taking a Conservative Message to More Americans.”
On Tuesday, October 8, Heritage hosted a panel discussion and luncheon in Houston. During the panel, Heritage expert Bob Moffit and Dr. Ori Hampel delivered remarks about why conservatives must continue to fight Obamacare. Heritage President Jim DeMint delivered the keynote address at the luncheon.
On Monday, Septermber 3o, The Heritage Foundation hosted an event at Glen Oaks Country Club in West Des Moines, Iowa. The event began with a reception and was followed by a dinner featuring keynote speaker Jim DeMint.
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The Heritage Foundation opened its doors in 1973. Forty years later, it is one of America’s most important think tanks. The lion’s share of the credit for Heritage’s extraordinary impact goes to Dr. Edwin J. Feulner, who steps down this April, after 36 years of devoted service. Today, as Senator Jim DeMint prepares to take the helm, our movement faces some of its gravest challenges ever – and Heritage’s role will be more important than ever.
At our President’s Club meeting and 40th Anniversary Leadership Celebration, we celebrated our history and laid the groundwork for future victories. The event featured panels and discussions with some of America’s top conservative policy experts, commentators, lawmakers, and journalists, including Senator Ted Cruz and Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist and commentator Charles Krauthammer.
The first leg of The Heritage Foundation’s Presidents’ Tour concluded on January 25 after events in New York, Chicago, Denver, San Francisco and Los Angeles. The second leg concluded on February 15 after events in Dallas, Atlanta, Palm Beach, Naples, and Washington, DC.
Heritage President Ed Feulner and President-Elect Jim DeMint visited these ten cities to meet Heritage members and explain their vision for the future of the conservative movement.
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The Heritage Foundation hosted a Reception and Panel Discussion in Phoenix, Arizona. The event began with a reception, followed by a panel discussion featuring Michael A. Needham, The Honorable David Schweikert, and The Honorable John B. Shadegg, who discussed the Conservative agenda for 2013.
The Heritage Foundation hosted a breakfast with the 43rd Governor of Florida, The Honorable Jeb Bush, on Tuesday, November 13, 2012. A former member of The Heritage Foundation’s Board of Trustees, Bush shared his take on the election and what policies should be implemented in order to jump start the American economy.
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The Heritage Foundation hosted a Seminar, Panel Discussion, and Luncheon featuring The Honorable Edwin Meese III in Houston. The panel discussion featured Heritage experts, as well as The Honorable Kathleen Hartnett White from Texas Public Policy Foundation, who spoke about environmental policy. Afterwards, there was a reception followed by a luncheon with a keynote address from The Honorable Edwin Meese III.
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The Heritage Foundation hosted a Panel Discussion and Luncheon featuring Stephen Moore on Tuesday, November 20, 2012. The panel featured Heritage experts Romina Boccia, Peter Brookes, and Robert Moffit, Ph.D., who spoke about policy priorities following the election. Following the panel, there was a reception followed by a luncheon with a keynote address from Stephen Moore.