President Trump replaces Kavanaugh with Heritage alumna


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Justice Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court leaves a vacancy on the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals, giving President Trump the opportunity to put another constitutionalist on one of the most important benches in America. The president has nominated Neomi Rao to fill that post.

At age 45, Neomi Rao is a rising star in the conservative movement. She clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas, then went on to distinguish herself as the founder of the Center for the Study of the Administrative State at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School. Currently she serves as the administrator of the Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. In her current role, Neomi has led the Trump administration’s tremendously successful effort to rein in the regulatory state, rolling back 20 regulations for every new regulation added to the books.

Neomi was recently honored with The Heritage Foundation’s 2018 Distinguished Intern Alumni Award for her remarkable achievements since interning at Heritage. The DC Circuit is known as “the farm team” for Supreme Court nominees, and if confirmed, Rao would surely be a future contender.

Your investment in Heritage empowers us to mentor gifted young people that impact their generation, as Neomi Rao is doing right now, and as so many in our Young Leaders Program will do in the future. Thank you for making Heritage the place where young leaders can rise and achieve great things for America.

If you were rating President Trump on his judicial nominees, what score would you give him and why?

Watch: How judges can rein in government regulations


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Federal agencies are acting like lawmakers, using authority granted to them by both the United States Congress and the President to make regulations of their own, without facing the voters. This has led to many abuses of power. If elected branches acted this radically, judges would have stepped in to stop them.

The Heritage Foundation held an event with author Peter Wallison to discuss his book, Judicial Fortitude: The Last Chance to Rein in the Administrative State. During his lecture, Peter urged the judiciary to defend the constitution by standing up to the federal bureaucracy.

Heritage is committed to restoring limited, constitutional government, and that starts by limiting federal bureaucracy. Thank you for allowing us to stand up for our founding principles.

Which branch of the government is best suited to rein in federal regulations?

Heritage Honors Jack Kemp with Clare Boothe Luce Award


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The late Jack Kemp is the most recent conservative icon to be honored with Heritage’s prestigious Clare Boothe Luce Award. A former member of Congress, Cabinet secretary, and candidate for vice president, Kemp was one of the conservative movement’s most innovative and inspiring political figures for decades.

The award, the highest honor bestowed by Heritage, was presented Tuesday at the 2018 Kemp Leadership Award Dinner. Kemp’s widow, Joanne, accepted the award in his name.

“My father was so proud of his role at the birth of The Heritage Foundation, and our family is honored to receive this award on his behalf,” said Jimmy Kemp, president of the Jack Kemp Foundation.

Heritage reserves the Clare Boothe Luce Award for the most dedicated conservatives, including President Ronald Reagan, Lady Margaret Thatcher, Sen. Jesse Helms, Attorney General Edwin Meese III, William F. Buckley Jr. and now, Jack Kemp. Thank you for letting us honor the heroes of our movement.

Who do you think the next recipient should be for the Clare Boothe Luce Award?

How to watch the judiciary change in real time


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Up until now, it’s been hard to find good information on judicial nominees as they make their way through the nomination process. The sources tend to be biased, offering faulty comparisons between current nominees and those selected by previous presidents. The legal minds of Heritage’s Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies have a solution.

Under the leadership of Deputy Director Thomas Jipping, the Meese Center has created the Judicial Tracker. It will provide both current and comparable data for six different components of the appointment process: vacancies, nominees, hearings, cloture votes, roll call votes, and confirmations. We believe activists and Senate staffers alike will find this tool useful.

John Malcom, Director of the Meese Center, had this to share about the Judicial Tracker: “President Trump can be expected to continue appointing constitutionalist judges to the federal bench, building upon his remarkable success over the first two years of his administration. Heritage’s new Judicial Appointment Tracker will enable the public to get current and accurate information on an ongoing basis about how President Trump is doing with respect to his judicial nominations—as well as the unprecedented procedural hurdles being thrown in his way—compared to past presidents dating back to President Reagan. It is a valuable tool that should bring attention to the critical role that the federal judiciary plays in upholding the rule of law in this country.”

Conservatives are making a lasting difference on the court, and now you can see how the nominees are doing on the road to confirmation. Thank you for making it all possible.

As a Heritage Member, you will be among the first to see this innovative new tool (in beta version) by going to

How do you think the conversation about Justice Kavanaugh and lower court nominees impacted the election?

Heritage keeping an eye on election fraud


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Liberal candidates won in races across the country this week, which is disappointing, but precedented, considering that the president’s party tends to lose seats in Congress during midterm elections. It’s too early to know the extent of voter fraud in this election, but The Heritage Foundation is on top of it, just like in previous elections where fraud occurred.

Heritage maintains a compilation of documented cases of voter fraud in all 50 states. As irregularities emerge, Heritage won’t let them go unreported. Instead we will take note, and add them to our database to inform lawmakers and citizens. In addition, this very important information will help us form new ideas to safeguard the integrity of our elections, and to discourage anyone who would undermine the legitimate will of the people in our constitutional republic.

At Heritage, we thank you for letting us serve in this capacity, to protect our elections from any interference, small or large. Thank you for empowering us to serve, and for doing your part to restore faith in the ballot box.

Is voter fraud a problem where you live, and if so, what should be done about it?

Heritage founder, experts weigh in on birthright citizenship


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There’s more to the 14th Amendment than meets the eye. The media isn’t accurately reporting on the birthright citizenship issue. Instead, they constantly jump to conclusions without discussing the facts. The Heritage Foundation is here to fix that.

Heritage Founder Ed Feulner wrote a brief overview explaining that the original interpretation of the 14th Amendment isn’t being applied properly. Dr. Feulner refuted the notion that limiting birthright citizenship is unconstitutional.

Heritage Senior Legal Fellow Hans Von Spakovsky has written on this subject for years. He argues that a president does have the power to direct the executive branch on how to interpret the Constitution, meaning that an executive order is appropriate. In the Daily Signal, Von Spakovsky and the Meese Center’s Amy Swearer distilled their comprehensive legal and historical analysis into bullet points that conclude: current law isn’t applying the Constitution, and the president has the right to execute the original intent of the 14th Amendment.

Because of your support, Heritage can cut through the media hype and bring you the truth. Thank you for standing with us in defense of the Constitution and support of sensible immigration policies.

What is the best option to clarify the 14th Amendment on birthright citizenship: an executive order, legislation, or a court ruling?

Broken immigration laws causing border chaos


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This week’s news reminds us we have a serious problem with immigration enforcement, and our current immigration laws encourage illegal immigrants to break them.

In a recent report, Heritage expert David Inserra explains how “loopholes and defects in U.S. immigration laws are among the largest problems contributing to illegal immigration and are fully within Congress’ power to fix.” Specifically, he points to federal asylum laws and policies dealing with families and children, which are at the heart of the border crisis.

The reason caravans of thousands of foreign nationals convoy through the Mexican desert to cross our southern border is that, under current law, even if they are caught, there is a high probability they will be released into the United States. Inserra’s report explains what lawmakers can do to stop incentivizing foreign nationals to break our laws.

Your trust and support have put Heritage in the right place at the right time, and allow us to offer conservative solutions that promise to fix our immigration challenges. Thank you for letting us represent you as we fight for America.

Read Inserra’s Immigration Law and Enforcement report here >>

What should Congress do to fix broken immigration laws?

Heritage President explains the failure of socialism


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Heritage President Kay Coles James prescribes a dose of common sense in her recent column: Don’t trade freedom for a “vapid slogan.” As she puts it, “Even if you can’t be guaranteed a perfect life, ask yourself: Who should make the decisions in your life? You, or the government?”

In an op-ed, published by the Chicago Tribune, the New York Daily News, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the Sacramento Bee and dozens more, President James warned against the rising popularity of socialism. “When people are free to make their own decisions and follow their dreams, it’s only natural that their everyday life is better than that experienced by people under the thumb of a dominating, all-controlling state.”

She also had a word of caution for those who naïvely glorify Scandinavian hybrids between socialism and capitalism: “The fact remains that wherever unalloyed socialism has been tried, the result has been disastrous for the citizens it’s inflicted on.” The proponents of pure socialism will never find what they seek: instead, they’ll find themselves living in societies that mirror Cuba, Venezuela or Vietnam.

Heritage stands firmly against socialism, and because of you, we’re in a unique position to debunk socialist lies wherever they appear. Thank you for uniting with us against the failed ideas of our time.

Read Kay Coles James’ op-ed here >>

 What is the most convincing argument against socialism?

Senator Orrin Hatch delivers annual Joseph Story Distinguished Lecture


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Heritage’s Joseph Story Distinguished Lecture is named for Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story, considered a father of the notion of judicial restraint. Previous lecturers have included Justice Clarence Thomas, Justice Anthony Kennedy, and Judge Robert Bork. Last year, then-Judge Brett Kavanaugh delivered the lecture.

This year, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, gave a lecture on the state of the judicial confirmation process in the wake of the Kavanaugh hearings. He details how America reached the state of politicization and obstruction that plagues today’s nomination process. The divide between the conservative and the liberal approach to nominations has caused friction between the two sides, and Sen. Hatch gives his take on what the future of the process will look like.

Watch the 2018 Joseph Story Distinguished Lecture >>

What changes should be made to avoid the liberal tricks that occurred during the Kavanaugh hearings?

Heritage President: America’s sons and daughters deserve better


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The 2019 Index of U.S. Military Strength carries a startling message: America is not ready to fight two regional wars at once. Conservatives believe in Ronald Reagan’s “peace through strength,” meaning that our lack of readiness makes us increasingly vulnerable to war. Last week Heritage’s President, Kay Coles James, had some powerful words to say about our vulnerability.

“The bottom line,” President James said, “is that our current military is too small, insufficiently equipped and inadequately trained to do the job.” The Index found that much of our equipment is outdated, our forces stretched thin, and that years of underfunding the armed forces is putting not only our military at an unnecessary risk, but America herself.

President James also detailed how every branch of our military is suffering from being over utilized and underfunded in recent years, and concluded that it’s immoral to put America’s best at risk without giving them the tools to prevail. On the contrary, “America’s sons and daughters deserve better.”

The Heritage Foundation, among its many beliefs, holds truth above all. Without your support, we couldn’t assemble the brightest minds to assess our nation’s strengths and weaknesses, and we wouldn’t be in the position to change things for the better. Thank you for letting us lend our voices in support of our military to provide the advocacy they so deserve.

Read President James’ op-ed at Fox News >>

With our high deficits and spending, how do you think we should approach America’s defense needs?

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