March is Women’s History Month. It’s a time we set aside to honor women’s contributions in science, business, sports, social movements, and so many other fields. For centuries in America, women’s contributions in these fields were often overlooked and omitted from history. That’s why we celebrate Women’s History Month and the opportunity to have a more complete picture of our American history.
On Tuesday, the FBI charged dozens of wealthy parents in an alleged cheating and bribery scheme to get their children admitted into elite colleges. Celebrities Lori Loughlin of Full House and Felicity Huffman of Desperate Housewives were allegedly among those involved in the scandal.
It is very unfortunate if wealthy celebrities have resorted to cheating and bribery to put their children into elite schools. Doing so potentially deprived less fortunate students of the chance to get into these schools based on merit.
According to Mary Clare Amselem, a Heritage policy analyst focused on education, Americans should not be surprised to learn that the higher education system is broken. While the student loan system has put students and taxpayers into $1.5 trillion of debt, many degree programs are failing to provide students with any marketable skills. New proposals from the left, such as loan forgiveness and “free college,” will only perpetuate this broken system.
Neomi Rao was nominated by President Trump to fill the vacancy on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit left by Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. She was confirmed by the Senate on Wednesday by a vote of 53-46, entirely along party lines.
Rao, 45, is an Indian-American who previously served as the administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, an office within the Office of Management and Budget focused on regulatory review. She is also a former intern at The Heritage Foundation.
The confirmation concluded a tense hearing process in which Rao faced staunch opposition from liberal Senators. Heritage legal experts followed the confirmation hearings closely and responded to the left’s objections. Read their commentary here:
Heritage hosted multiple world leaders and top U.S. legislators this week:
The Honorable Nayib Bukele, president-elect of El Salvador, spoke about a reform agenda for his country to an overflowing audience on Wednesday. Watch his remarks here.
Tom Cotton, R-Ark., discussed on Wednesday the future of the Indo-Pacific region in light of the United States’ withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. Watch his remarks here.
Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee, spoke on Thursday with Heritage’s John Malcom about their priorities for the House and Senate Judiciary Committees in the 116th Congress. Watch the event here.
The Honorable Kersti Kaljulaid, president of the Republic of Estonia and the country’s first female president, met with Heritage President Kay Coles James and Executive Vice President Kim R. Holmes on Thursday. They discussed transatlantic relations, America’s support for NATO, Estonia’s continued success in The Heritage Foundation’s Index of Economic Freedom, and Estonia’s strong relationship with the United State and Heritage’s commitment to their success.
What world leader or U.S. office holder would you like to see speak at Heritage?
On Friday, the House of Representatives voted to approve H.R. 1, also known as the For the People Act. “H.R. 1 is an attempt to federalize and micromanage the election process and impose unnecessary, unwise and in some cases unconstitutional mandates on the states,” said Heritage election integrity expert Hans A. von Spakovsky.
In January, Hans unpacked the harmful elements of H.R. 1 before the House Committee on the Judiciary, explaining how the bill would interfere with the states’ constitutional right to manage their own voting systems, protect incumbent office holders by transforming campaign finance rules, create an environment ripe for voter fraud, among other problems. The bill will now go to the Senate.
The Medicare for All plan, recently announced in the House of Representatives, “will result in care for none,” according to Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., an anesthesiologist by profession. “If you like the DMV, you’ll love Medicare for All.”
Rep. Harris was joined by two other physicians who serve in Congress, Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., and Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., for the March edition of Conversations with Conservatives, a monthly question-and-answer session hosted by The Heritage Foundation.
The three congressmen told Heritage’s Rob Bluey, who moderated the conversation, what they thought about the plan, which would leave patients with little or no choice, less access to care, and long wait times. It’s also estimated $32.6 trillion over 10 years. They shared their vision of what health care in America should look like instead.
Conversations with Conservatives is a group of free-market and liberty-minded members of Congress who meet regularly to discuss the most important issues of the day. The meetings are streamed live on Facebook and Twitter and promoted on Heritage and The Daily Signal’s social media channels to give you an unfiltered opportunity to hear directly from members of Congress.
On Thursday, Heritage President Kay Coles James spoke at the Women’s Center of Northwest Indiana 30th Anniversary Banquet, which helps pregnant moms get the care and counseling they need for happy, healthy births at five locations across the state.
In the wake of New York having passed a late-term abortion bill, as well as Virginia’s Governor Ralph Northam stating that an unwanted child that has already been delivered should be cared for only “if that’s what the mother and family desired,” a new poll shows that a growing number of Americans are embracing a pro-life stance. Last month, the Knights of Columbus released a poll from Marist that found “Americans are now as likely to identify as pro-life, 47 percent, as pro-choice, 47 percent,” according to the Knights’ website.
At times like this we remember the words of the late President Reagan, who said: “There is no cause more important for preserving freedom than affirming the transcendent right to life of all human beings, the right without which no other rights have any meaning.”
The Heritage Foundation is pleased to announce that Dr. Robert P. George of Princeton University has been elected to The Heritage Foundation Board of Trustees. George is Princeton’s McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and director of the university’s James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University.
“I couldn’t be happier with the Board’s selection,” said Heritage President Kay Coles James. “Robbie George is a wonderful person who just so happens to possess one of the most brilliant minds in America. He’s a world-class ethicist, political philosopher, and legal theorist.”
A graduate of Swarthmore College, Harvard Law School and Harvard Divinity School, George also holds a bachelor degree and two doctorate degrees (in civil law and philosophy) from Oxford University.
Long active in public service as well as academics, George has served as chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom and as a member of the President’s Council on Bioethics, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and UNESCO’s World Commission on the Ethics of Science and Technology.
President Trump met with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un for a second time this week. Olivia Enos, a Heritage Foundation policy analyst who focuses on human rights, was on the scene in Vietnam covering the summit and providing analysis via multiple media appearances, including Fox News Special Report with Bret Baier. You can watch that interview here.
In addition to Enos, our team of foreign policy experts blanketed the airwaves as guests on BBC News, Bloomberg TV, MSNBC, Fox News, Fox Business, and others. Bruce Klinger, Heritage’s senior research fellow and expert on northeast Asia appeared on Neil Cavuto’s show Thursday, explaining the pros and cons of the summit and why the president walking away was ultimately the right move. Watch Bruce’s interview here.
You can read more about the outcome of the summit on The Daily Signal here.
What do you think about President Trump’s summit with North Korea?
The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in a case challenging the constitutionality of a World War I memorial in Bladensburg, Maryland. In American Legion v. American Humanist Association, the Supreme Court will weigh in on whether a state’s maintenance of a 93-year-old World War I memorial that includes a 40-foot cross—known as the Peace Cross—is an “establishment of religion” in violation of the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause.
Emilie Kao, director of Heritage’s DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society, attended the oral argument. Defending the constitutionality of the Peace Cross, Kao said: “The Founders recognized that we are not a country of irreligious people. Nor are we a people who follow one religion. We are a people who follow many religions. And while the Establishment Clause prevents the government from elevating one religion above all others through coercion or exclusion, that’s not what the Peace Cross in Bladensburg does.”
Heritage legal fellow Elizabeth Slattery also attended the oral argument. According to Slattery, “It’s important to keep in mind that the Constitution does not mandate a ‘wall of separation between church and state,’ as Thomas Jefferson once wrote in a private letter. Using the symbol of the cross to honor those who gave their lives defending our nation and our freedom is consistent with the Constitution, and the Supreme Court should uphold this longstanding tradition.” You can read her key takeaways from the oral argument here and listen to her breakdown of the argument on the latest episode of Heritage’s SCOTUS101 podcast.
On Thursday, Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., spoke at Heritage about how this case is an opportunity for the Supreme Court to clarify Establishment Clause jurisprudence. You can watch that event here.
Do you think that religious liberty is prevailing over liberal attacks, or are secular liberals winning their war on religion?