Last Monday night, President Trump announced that he had chosen Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee for the Supreme Court following Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement. Heritage is very excited about Kavanaugh’s nomination, and believe that he is an outstanding selection. Kavanaugh’s credentials are so strong that he has been on Heritage’s list of recommended appointees since 2016—and even more importantly, he is exactly what America needs: a fair, impartial, and faithful Constitutionalist.

Soon after President Trump nominated Kavanaugh, Heritage president Kay Coles James published an opinion piece voicing her support of his nomination. Heritage experts John Malcolm and Elizabeth Slattery also released a commentary praising the selection and analyzing how Kavanaugh’s statements and past rulings suggest he will be a faithful textualist.

The Daily Signal has published several stories about Kavanaugh’s track record as a judge. Reporter Kelsey Harkness interviewed some of Kavanaugh’s former female clerks on what it was like to work with him. The Daily Signal’s White House correspondent Fred Lucas ran an article on how Kavanaugh is no stranger to difficult nomination processes, and can hold his own against hostile liberal narratives. Lucas also released another article recounting how, as a young lawyer, Kavanaugh played a key role in the impeachment of President Bill Clinton.

The White House circulated a lecture that Kavanaugh gave last year at The Heritage Foundation as an introduction to his approach to judging. In the lecture, Kavanaugh talks about his perspective on the Constitution, how he thinks the court should interpret and apply legislation, the separation of powers, and more.

Hear what Kavanaugh has to say in the video below:

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What do you think about Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh?

On Tuesday, the Heritage Foundation hosted three distinguished Supreme Court litigators. John Elwood from Vinson & Elkins, Willy Jay from Goodwin Procter, and Neal Katyal from Hogan Lovells came to discuss the Supreme Court’s rulings during their 2017-2018 term.

Each attorney provided their critical analysis on the Supreme Court’s final rulings on Masterpiece Cakeshop, Janus v. AFSCME, and President Trump’s travel ban.

The panel noticed that there is currently no unanimity in the court during this historic season of rulings. The final 5-4 outcomes of Masterpiece Cakeshop, Janus, and the travel ban clearly demonstrated the extent of that division, which the litigators thoroughly expose in their talk.

Your support makes these critical conversations possible. With American jurisprudence on the line, together we will continue to spread conservatism across the country.

Watch the event here:

What are your thoughts about SCOTUS’ latest rulings?

On July 11, former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott visited Heritage to discuss his perspective on President Trump’s first year and a half in office. In his talk, he address how the President’s foreign, defense, and trade policies are affecting the relationship between the United States and our close Australian allies, and where he sees the alliance going in the future.

Abbott has been a longtime ally to conservative values, and to the Heritage Foundation. He last visited The Heritage Foundation in 2012 when he was Leader of the Opposition in Australia’s House of Parliament, when he spoke to Heritage expert Kim Holmes about the relationship between America and the U.S. and its importance for maintaining security in the Asia-Pacific.

We are glad to maintain strong ties to the international conservative movement, and look forward to continuing to work with Australian leaders to strengthen conservative values around the world.

Watch the event here:

What foreign policy issues do you think President Trump should focus on with our allies?

With the NATO summit happening in Brussels last week, Heritage experts and analysts paid close attention to the discussions that took place there, and to what President Trump did while he was there. Overall, it was a great success for conservative policies, and emphasized many of the recommendations that Heritage has been making in the past weeks.

Heritage analysts Luke Coffey and Daniel Kochis have published several articles this week touching on issues that they wanted NATO to focus on. Last Monday, they released a report encouraging NATO to maintain its open-door policy for qualifying countries, which they see as a key component to the security of Europe. They also spoke explicitly against giving Russia veto power over any country’s potential membership in NATO. In a later report, Kochis emphasized that the NATO summit needed to speak openly and frankly to the continuing threat from Russia, especially for Eastern and Central Europe, and also needed to make sure its member countries continued to increase their defense spending in order to have a unified front against potential Russian aggression. Coffey and Kochis continued to elaborate on where NATO countries should focus their defensive efforts in another report released last Thursday, where they pointed to the Black Sea, the Baltics, and the Ukraine as key locations to bolster defensively.

Many of Kochis’s and Coffey’s recommendations were realized during the summit. NATO’s open-door policy remains and we could see both Macedonia and Georgia joining the alliance at a later date, which would be a great boon to Europe’s security. The allied nations also recommitted to greater defense spending, and are unified against any potential Russian threats, which puts President Trump in a strong position for his meeting with Putin on July 16.

President Trump also spoke strongly against the proposed Nord Stream II pipeline that could run between Germany and Russia, calling it a threat both to Europe’s security and their energy independence. Kochis had also referenced the dangers of the pipeline in his brief, where he had recommended that the U.S. needed to push back against the project.

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What do you think are Europe’s best next steps for handling outside threats?

The Farm Bill that just went through the Senate is a legislative disaster, but Heritage experts have recommendations as to how to make it better.

Last week, Heritage’s Agricultural Policy Expert Darren Bakst argued that “in its current form, the Senate farm bill is many things, but conservative is not one of them.” He upheld Heritage’s stance on the matter, which is to reform the work requirements that allow the poor food stamp benefits.

Bakst maintained that the farm bill does nothing to decrease wasteful spending, reduce our dependence on the federal government, or help both the taxpayers and food stamp beneficiaries.

In another review, Bakst pointed out that the bill funnels “more taxpayer money to special interests,” which produces wasteful subsidy programs. If the bill does pass, he warned, then Congress is squandering billions of dollars on agricultural businesses that have no need for government assistance.

Americans are also unhappy that their voices are not being heard in Congress. Bakst notes that despite the fact that most Americans feel that work requirements are very reasonable for able-bodied adults who apply for welfare, the bill does not strengthen work requirements at all to qualify for food stamps.

Despite it all, the experts at Heritage continue their efforts to help reform the bad policies that are put forth by leaders in Washington. Thank you for your consistent support. You’re the one bringing the conservative message to the decisionmakers who need to hear it most as the Farm Bill goes into committee.

What do you think are the best ways to manage welfare in America?

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