Trump Taps Heritage Economist Stephen Moore for Federal Reserve Board

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Last Friday, President Trump announced that he intends to nominate Heritage Distinguished Visiting Fellow Stephen Moore to the Federal Reserve Board. Read more about the nomination on The Daily Signal.

“President Trump should be applauded for tapping Steve to serve in this important role,” said Heritage President Kay Coles James. “Steve will steer America’s monetary policy to make a strong economy even stronger.” Read her full statement here.

Please congratulate Steve on his nomination!

 

Best in the Press: Mar. 23 – Mar. 29

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Reaching more Americans with the conservative message is one of Heritage’s top priorities. That’s why Heritage experts are regularly advocating for conservative principles and policies in the media. Each week our Communications team assembles the “Best in the Press” of our television interviews, op-eds, and media mentions.

With the Mueller Investigation now over, partisan liberals attacked Attorney General Barr for following the process set forth by Congress. Read Heritage expert and Department of Justice veteran Hans Von Spakovsky’s breakdown of the Mueller Report’s release here.

View these and other top stories here:

Genevieve Wood on CNBC: People in Workforce Don’t Just Want More Money, but More Flexibility

Bruce Klingner on NBC: Trump’s sudden decision on North Korea sanctions undermined national security team

See all the media hits here.

If you were looking across the media landscape, where should Heritage be focusing their attention to spread the conservative message?

Heritage Welcomes Dr. Charmaine Yoest

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The Heritage Foundation Board of Trustees this week approved the appointment of Dr. Charmaine Yoest as vice president of the Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity. In this role, she will be responsible for providing strategic guidance in the domestic policy areas of health care, welfare, education, life, marriage, and religious liberty.

Yoest brings to Heritage years of experience in public policy and government. She most recently served in the Trump administration as an associate director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. Prior to her White House role, Yoest was assistant secretary for public affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“We are excited to welcome such a talented leader, dedicated conservative, and policy scholar to our best-in-class team at Heritage,” said President Kay Coles James. “Charmaine joins our leadership team at a critical time for America. As we confront challenges and formulate policy solutions, she will be at the forefront of helping us make a tremendous impact.”

Click here to read the full news release.

Comment to send a note to Dr. Yoest!

Heritage Expert: Medicare for All Bill is ‘Profoundly Authoritarian’

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Liberal House members just unveiled H.R. 1384 – The Medicare for All Act of 2019, which has 106 co-sponsors. This comprehensive bill threatens to abolish virtually all private health plans – including employer-sponsored coverage – and impose total federal government control over Americans’ health care.

Heritage health care expert Bob Moffit briefed Senate staff members this week as a guest of the Senate Republican Policy Committee. He explained to them why this bill is highly authoritarian, unrealistically expensive, and would surely replicate the pattern of long waiting lists, care delays, and denials that British and Canadian citizens struggle with in their own single-payer health care systems.

Bob has written extensively about Medicare for All, with recent op-eds appearing in the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Richmond Times-Dispatch, and Newsday, among other publications. Get up-to-date on his analysis of Medicare for All here:

House Democrats Unveil Plan to Bring Total Government Control Over American Health Care

‘Medicare for All’ Would Ruin the Care Americans Already Like

Why ‘Medicare for All’ Would Be Bad News for Everyone

Don’t forget to read Heritage’s new Explainer: The Right Way to Overhaul Our Health Care System

How do you think we should respond to Medicare for All?

Pack the Court? Lower the Voting Age? How to Respond to Far-Left Proposals

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Packing the Supreme Court, lowering the voter age, and scrapping the Electoral College are just a few of the proposals that have gained traction recently – and are being taken seriously.

If you hear friends and family talking about these issues and would like to rebut bad ideas with common sense solutions, read these three articles by Daily Signal contributor Jarrett Stepman, whose reporting on these topics is both persuasive and fact-based.

The Left Is Doubling Down on Schemes to Pack the Supreme Court

Young People’s Embrace of Socialism Shows Why We Shouldn’t Lower the Voting Age

Effort to Abandon Electoral College Gains Steam. Here’s What It Would Ruin for America.

Which leftist proposals are you most concerned about?

Women’s History Month

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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.

Watch our new Women’s History Month video here

Do you know any women that history has forgotten or ignored that deserve to be remembered?

Exposing a Rigged System in Higher Education

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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.

Read more from Mary Clare Amselem’s explanation of the problem with higher education today

Watch Mary Clare discuss the college admissions scandal on C-SPAN Washington Journal

How should lawmakers address the problems in the higher education system?

Senate Confirms Neomi Rao to Succeed Kavanaugh on the D.C. Circuit Court

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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.

Read more about Rao’s confirmation on The Daily Signal

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:

Elizabeth Slattery: 4 Key Issues in Neomi Rao’s Judicial Confirmation Hearing

Thomas Jipping: Neomi Rao’s Personal Views Aren’t Relevant. She Will Follow the Law.

Does your state’s Senator support unbiased, constitutionalist judges?

Power Players at Heritage: A Week in Review

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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?

Heritage responds to H.R. 1 – For the People Act

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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.

Read Heritage’s report on H.R. 1

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.

Read Hans’ remarks here.

How can conservatives fight to preserve election integrity?

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