Donald Trump’s Supreme Court List Includes Five Heritage Recommendations

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In March, Heritage legal scholar John Malcolm identified eight highly qualified candidates for the United States Supreme Court to fill the vacancy left by the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia. These candidates all demonstrate a principled understanding of the Constitution and the role of the judiciary.

On Wednesday, presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump identified his list of candidates for the high court–and five of them were drawn from Heritage’s list.

The five judges on both lists were federal Judges William Pryor, Diane Sykes, Steven Colloton, Raymond Gruender, and Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett.

Heritage has also recently briefed the Trump campaign on Heritage’s conservative solutions to poverty and national security. We will share our conservative policy solutions–including our comprehensive Solutions 2016 guide–with any candidate who asks.

America’s Airports Should Be Allowed to Use Private Screeners

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“It is time for Congress to rethink airport screening for a long-term solution,” Heritage’s David Inserra writes on The Daily Signal:

It’s time to allow the private sector to manage the screening line through the expansion of the Screening Partnership Program.

The Screening Partnership Program was created by Congress so airports could take advantage of private sector efficiency in the screening lines while still remaining under TSA oversight and security rules. One estimate by the House Transportation Committee found that switching the largest 35 airports to the program would save $1 billion over five years. It should come as no surprise that the private sector is better able to manage a workforce at lower cost, which means better staffing at airports.

Private screeners can deliver better security and better customer experience than federally-run TSA screeners, Inserra writes.

Do you think private screeners can improve airport security and resolve problems like long lines?

DeMint to Meet with Facebook CEO Zuckerberg

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Heritage President Jim DeMint will be meeting this week with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to discuss allegations of anti-conservative bias at the social network, DeMint writes in a Facebook post:

Leaders of other conservative organizations are going to be there as well. We’ve been invited to Facebook HQ in California to discuss concerns that Facebook has been showing bias against conservative news outlets and subject matter.

Even before these recent allegations surfaced, for years there were questions of whether conservative stories and authors were suppressed in the Facebook newsfeed.

The truth is that conservatives have been the strongest advocates for keeping the government from interfering with technological innovators like Facebook. We believe that as a private organization, Facebook can manage its algorithms however it wants. The government can’t—and shouldn’t—dictate “fairness” to Facebook, any more than it can force TV and radio stations to air certain views.

But Mr. Zuckerberg has made a public dedication to equal treatment and fair play. Millions of Americans, myself included, depend on that guarantee to discuss important issues and share stories that affect our country.

Nor is it only limited to Americans, whether liberal or conservative. There are over 1 billion active Facebook users across the globe, living under both free and oppressive regimes. It’s important that they get all the information they need to tackle the challenges and controversies of their daily lives.

That’s why I’m hoping for a fruitful discussion at Facebook.

Stay tuned.

Heritage’s New Book Is ‘a Devastating Indictment’ of Dodd-Frank

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Rather than dealing with the causes of the crisis,the 2010 Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act exacerbated and compounded the economy’s existing ills.

That’s according to a new Heritage Foundation book, The Case Against Dodd-Frank, that includes analysis of the law and recommendations about how to repeal it from scholars across the conservative movement.

In an editorial, Investor’s Business Daily calls the book “a devastating indictment of the law”:

The book crushes the conventional media and liberal political narrative that deregulation was at the heart of the crisis. Based on that faulty notion, the 2007-2008 financial crisis was greeted with a chorus of big government types calling for more regulation. They got it, in the form of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

Dodd-Frank, writes Mollie McNeill, a Heritage Foundation researcher, “polices everything from derivatives markets to payday lending, and it has (so far) burdened the U.S. economy with thousands of pages of rules.”

Those rules aren’t free. Dodd-Frank’s restrictions are now costing the economy hundreds of billions of dollars in lost potential output, jobs and profits.

Get your free digital copy of the whole book.

There’s More to Foreign Policy than Overseas Travel

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President Obama’s high-profile overseas visits serve only to highlight the deficiencies of his administration’s foreign policy, Heritage’s James Carafano writes in the Boston Herald.

This administration thought it could bring peace and stability in the world by backing off and giving space to accommodate others. But the Obama doctrine has largely proved a dud. Our foes and competitors have taken every place where he has given — and then they’ve looked for more…

Obama has traveled widely, yet accomplished little. It takes more than a massive carbon footprint to make friends, influence people and advance American interests overseas.

Obama’s visit to Saudi Arabia was overshadowed by chaos in the Middle East, while he punctuated his trip to Britain by weighing in on the country’s upcoming European Union referendum.

Do you think the Obama administration’s foreign policy has been successful?

Video: Why Trade Doesn’t Cause Unemployment

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A new Heritage Foundation video debunks common myths about the consequences of free enterprise and trade:

Do you think government should limit the free exchange of goods and services through new taxes and regulations?

President Obama Overreached on the Paris Agreement. Here’s What to Do Now

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President Obama has “overreached or even abused his authority” when it comes to treaty-making, Heritage expert Steve Groves told lawmakers at a hearing today.

The Paris climate agreement is a particularly egregious example of this abuse, Groves argued:

Never before has an agreement of such international import been treated as a sole executive agreement. The President stated that the Paris Agreement will literally “save our planet” and yet the Agreement somehow does not rise to the level of a treaty.

Until the agreement is submitted to the Senate as treaty, he recommends that Congress:

  • Block funding for the Paris Agreement and other climate change funding streams;
  • Bar government agencies from spending their own budgets implementing the agreement;
  • Hold hearings on the Paris Agreement process; and
  • Clarify the treaty-making process to reinforce the Senate’s constitutional prerogatives.

Do you think the Obama administration overstepped its bounds with the Paris climate agreement?

Heritage Founder Ed Feulner Tells Shelby Cullom Davis’s Story

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Last month, OurAmericanNetwork.com and Hillsdale College told the remarkable life story of stalwart conservative, philanthropist, and former Heritage Foundation board chairman Shelby Cullom Davis.

“He had ancestors who came over on the Mayflower on his father’s side. He knew what American history was about and what the founding was about and why that was important to succeeding generations. He made no bones about his preference for the American system,” said Heritage Foundation Founder Ed Feulner, a close friend to Davis.

Listen to the interview with Feulner here.

Did Deregulation Cause the 2008 Financial Crisis? No.

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It’s a common refrain on the Left that deregulation caused the 2008 financial crisis.

This view “is completely erroneous,” Heritage’s Norbert Michel writes in a new report.

This myth “has only allowed Congress to further expand regulators’ authority to micromanage financial companies’ activities, and Americans are not better off because of it.

In fact, regulations have only increased over the last century. Many of the laws cited as decreasing regulations actually increased government micromanagement of financial firms.

This ever-expanding regulation hasn’t actually solved the problems they set out to address, Michel argues. “Financial regulators have increasingly micromanaged financial firms’ activities despite the fact that this approach has repeatedly failed to prevent financial market instability.”

In a separate report, Michel debunks liberal misconceptions about the Glass-Steagall Act. This New Deal-era banking regulation (which was modified in the late 1990s) aimed to separate commercial and investment banking. This was supposed to address a fundamental cause of the Depression, even though “the combination actually strengthened banks.”

What do you think? Will more government regulation of the financial industry benefit consumers and protect the economy?

These Principles Can Unify the Conservative Movement

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“Self-identified conservatives are at odds with each other,” Heritage scholar Bob Moffit writes:

What American conservatism means today, who defines it, and who is or is not a “true” conservative, is the flashpoint of bitter controversy. So, too, is the ever-shifting definition of that broadly despised thing called “The Establishment.”

But there is a North Star that should simultaneously guide and unify American conservatives: fidelity to the Constitution and a clear understanding of what Alexander Hamilton called the “new political science” undergirding it.

Moffit points to 19th century conservative Orestes Brownson as a model for thinking about today’s challenges. A defender of the Constitution, Brownson addressed many of the same issues we face 150 years later: debt and spending, career politicians, economic freedom, religious freedom, and marriage and family.

Restoring a focus on first principles can unite conservative principles, Moffit concludes: “fidelity to the Constitution and the transmission of the best of the past to future generations is the unending task of American conservatism.” Our movement, he says,

is characterized by the primacy of constitutionally protected personal and political liberty, a reverence for religion and tradition, gratitude for the many gifts of preceding generations, and deference to the nation’s organic communities, what the great Edmund Burke called the “little platoons” of society.

What do you think? Do you agree that conservatives should unify around America’s founding principles?

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