Video: Will the Government Undermine a Small Town’s Fracking Success?

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It used to be that when students graduated from high school in the small town of Tioga, North Dakota, they would leave and never look back.

That is, until recently. Tioga has been sitting on top of oil stores forever, but it was inaccessible until the advent of new technology.

Fracking has allowed these oil stores to be harvested, driving Tioga’s rejuvenation. The formerly sleeply town is now flourishing.

In a new Heritage Foundation video, a mother and daughter explain that they left California and moved to Tioga to open a successful restaurant. They knew the restaurant would have never survived in California, but it has thrived in this small town.  Tioga is one of the few towns in the country that is actually building houses, not foreclosing on them. This is all thanks to fracking. If the oil were still buried deep beneath the shale, Tioga would not be enjoying this population boom.

But this rejuvenation could come to an end. The town’s mayor says his biggest fear is that Congress will impose a moratorium on fracking. He worries the government is more concerned with unproven environmental theories than with economic growth.

What do you think? Should we utilize new technologies to extract oil?

Video: Setting Biden Straight on Obamacare’s Anti-Conscience Mandate

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As the Obama administration reels from the backlash against the anti-conscience mandate packaged inside Obamacare, Vice President Joe Biden told a crowd last week at the University of Iowa that the Administration has a “new” version of the mandate that respects religion. Unfortunately, that version is neither “new” nor respectful of religious liberty.

To set the record straight, The Heritage Foundation’s Sarah Torre and Brandon Stewart have put together a point-counterpoint response to the Vice President’s remarks.

Watch the video above, and click here to learn more about the anti-conscience mandate.

Video: The Real Iron Lady

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As moviegoers hit the theaters this weekend to watch Meryl Streep portray former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, many will want to compare Streep’s portrayal to the real Iron Lady.

As Heritage’s Ted Bromund explained in Wednesday’s Morning Bell, there is no better resource than Lady Thachter’s own words.

A new video produced by Heritage’s Brandon Stewart highlights her important legacy.

As Stewart writes,

Like President Ronald Reagan, her political soulmate, she came to power at a desperate time in her country’s history, when real leadership and bold ideas were most needed. And by applying conservative principles to the challenges she faced, she was able to achieve real and lasting success. Then, as today, she faced an extraordinary set of challenges and a chorus of voices saying her country’s best days were behind it. Thatcher’s successes are a comforting reminder of the power of a bold, conservative vision at work.

Lady Thatcher is the Patron of The Heritage Foundation and helped establish the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom at Heritage in 2005.

Video: An Exclusive, Behind-the-Scenes Look at Tonight’s Debate

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Check out this exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the making of tonight’s GOP presidential debate on national security and foreign policy, which The Heritage Foundation is co-hosting with CNN and the American Enterprise Institute.

The video features interviews with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, who will moderate tonight’s debate; Kate Lunger, senior executive producer for CNN Special Events; Sam Feist, CNN’s Washington bureau chief; Keith Thornhill, debate project manager; and Heritage President Ed Feulner.

Tune into the debate tonight at 8:00 p.m. Eastern on CNN.

The video runs about 3:30. Produced by Brandon Stewart with the help of Rob Bluey. For more videos from Heritage, subscribe to our YouTube channel.

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