Best in the Press: July 12 -19

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Mike Gonzalez: “Unfortunate Retreat” By Pres. Trump on Census Citizenship Question

Nile Gardiner: Europe Needs “To Wake Up to the Reality” of the Iranian Threat

Nile Gardiner: America’s Partners Must Increase Pressure, Sanctions on Iran

Nile Gardiner: “The Trump Administration’s Policies on Iran Are Working”

Robin Simcox’s Work Featured on NBC’s “Meet the Press”

Dean Cheng: North Korea Spinning Threats Against U.S. As Successful

Commentary and Quoteables of the Week:

79 total print mentions and op-eds

Op-Eds:

Kay Coles James, “The high cost of ‘free’ college tuition,” Washington Times

There’s an inherent unfairness to forcing many working-class Americans who couldn’t afford to go to college themselves to pay off the loans of those who could.

 

Tom Jipping, “Is This the “New Normal” for the Confirmation Process?” National Review

Thirty months into the Trump administration, the Senate’s new normal for considering judicial nominations seems to be raw, partisan politics. This unprecedented opposition has nothing to do with the nominees’ qualifications.

 

Lee Edwards, “Barry Goldwater: The Most Consequential Loser Of The 20th Century,” Daily Caller

Barry Goldwater’s lasting impact can be readily seen on national issues like nuclear weapons and Social Security, direct-mail fund raising, the previously one-party South, the role of negative political advertising, and the transformation of the Republican Party into the conservative party. He was the most consequential loser of 20th century politics.

 

Rob Bluey, “Trump’s social media summit spotlights widespread anti-conservative bias by tech giants,” FOXNews.com

The overwhelming majority of summit participants – about 250 digital leaders, social media influencers, and members of Congress – aren’t trolls and certainly aren’t extremists. But branding us as such serves a purpose: to undermine our credibility.

 

Rachel Greszler, “Would a $15 minimum wage help or hurt low income workers?” The Hill

Politicians who embrace a $15 federal minimum wage are effectively telling people that, if you can’t produce at least $35,000 per year (the payroll cost of employing one full-time worker), you have no place in the U.S. labor market.

 

Steve Moore, “Ending the unfairest tax of all,” Washington Times  

It’s official. President Trump wants to index capital gains taxes for inflation. This would be a big stimulus boost for the U.S. economy immediately and over time and could get us back to 3 percent to 4 percent growth by liberating potentially hundreds of billions of dollars for new capital investment.

 

Jonathan Butcher, “Freedom of speech? Not allowed at politically correct liberal Williams College,” FOXNews.com

Civil society – life in the office, in your neighborhood, at your child’s soccer game – depends on people tolerating those who do not share their beliefs, not trying to silence them through intimidation or violence. The American Dream dies if we live in fear of persecution.

 

Ted Bromund, “U.S. fighting an old trade tussle,” Newsday

The U.S. is more sinned against than sinning in this particular tussle. But that doesn’t make imposing tariffs the right response. It’s U.S. consumers, not the foreign exporters, who pay the price when the U.S. imposes tariffs.

 

Hans von Spakovsky, “Is Texas Dem exploiting loophole by coaching migrants to lie?,” FOXNews.com

Members of Congress don’t have the power to pick and choose which laws they want to obey and which they want to ignore, like someone making selections in a cafeteria.

 

Rachel Greszler, “Why the pay gap between women’s and men’s soccer?” Chicago Tribune

U.S. women’s soccer players chose, through their union’s collectively bargained agreements, higher base pay and benefits such as maternity-leave pay in exchange for lower performance-based pay that dominates the male players’ compensation agreements. (The men have essentially no base pay or benefits and get paid only if they’re called in to play). U.S. Soccer has no choice but to pay the players according to their contract. Across the U.S., choices that men and women make explain almost the entirety of the alleged 20-cent pay gap.

 

John York, “Bring everyone who works for the federal government under the microscope,” Washington Times

Conservatives have focused on the waste, fraud, and abuse of public sector employees for decades, and for good reason. But it’s time to widen the focus to include others doing the federal government’s work: private companies, nonprofits, and state and local governments.

 

Norbert Michel, “The Best Housing Finance Reform Options For The Trump Administration,” Forbes

Housing finance was at the center of the 2008 financial crisis, yet Congress has done virtually nothing to fix it. The basic structure is pretty much unchanged from the pre-crisis era, and the federal government is even more entangled – with the private sector even more sidelined – than it was prior to the crash.

 

Jim Carafano, “Iran’s leaders expect Trump will be reelected—That could prompt them to make a new deal,” FOXNews.com

The leaders of Iran are developing a strategy to accommodate different electoral outcomes: one that will put them in a great place if Trump loses, but also leave them in a stronger negotiating spot than they occupy now if Trump should win.

Hans von Spakovsky and GianCarlo Canaparo, “Trump Wins Big in Emoluments Lawsuits: Two Down and One to Go,” National Review

President Trump has won the second of three lawsuits alleging he violated the Constitution because foreigners and state officials patronize his businesses, such as the Trump Hotel in Washington, D.C. In throwing out this latest suit, the Fourth Circuit chastised the plaintiffs for wasting the court’s time with a plainly meritless case.

 

Jessica Anderson and Lindsey Burke, “Teachers union has become an arm of the abortion-rights left. Conservatives should quit,” USA Today

Remember when labor unions used to fight for higher wages and better working conditions? Today, they seem more interested in advancing a political agenda than their member’s interests. The latest in a series of leftward leaps by unions came last week with the National Education Association’s full-throated endorsement of abortion.

 

Quoteables:

Kay Coles James, Google VP: Thousands of Employees Calling Black Woman Unworthy of ‘Inclusion’ Are Statistically Insignificant, Breitbart

At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) asked Google VP Karan Bhatia why the company’s Artificial Intelligence advisory counsel dissolved rather than include Kay Coles James, president of the Heritage Foundation. According to Cruz, 2,500 Google employees signed a petition supporting James’ removal, stating that her opinion views are “not valid” and “not worthy of inclusion.” Bhatia dismissed that fact by saying those thousands of people are only “two percent” of Google’s workforce — though he did not state what percentage it is more specifically within its U.S.-based workforce.

Cruz asked Bhatia: “Senator Blackburn asked about the advisory council that you put together on artificial intelligence. One of the people on that advisory channel was Kay Cole James who is the head of the Heritage Foundation. You worked at the Heritage Foundation I believe you said, do you consider the Heritage Foundation to be some fringe organization?”

 

Kay Coles James, Silicon Valley’s Right Wing Is Angry And Punching Back, BuzzFeed

Protests contributed to the end of the company’s Project Maven contract, which provided machine learning technology to the Pentagon’s drones, and torpedoed an external advisory council meant to consult on AI ethics that included Kay Coles James, president of the conservative Heritage Foundation.

 

Kay Coles James, Google employee who helped lead protests leaves company, The Verge

When it was revealed that the company was building AI tools for military drones, she spoke out against the work, with fellow Googlers praising her “ethical leadership.” She also criticized the company’s decision to hire Heritage Foundation president Kay Coles James to sit on an external AI ethics board, which the company shut down following protests a week after its launch.

 

Charmaine Yoest, Mulvaney builds ‘an empire for the right wing’ as Trump’s chief of staff, The Washington Post

“You have a chief of staff with a professional commitment to ensuring that a real policy agenda gets enacted,” said Charmaine Yoest, who served in senior roles in the Trump White House and at Health and Human Services before moving to the Heritage Foundation. “You’ve got to dig in, chart a path forward and stay committed to it, and we welcome his serious approach to policymaking.”

 

James Carafano, Why Democrats Are Casting Trump as a Threat to Democracy, The Atlantic

The claims made by Biden and others are “typical partisan cherry-picking,” James Jay Carafano of the conservative Heritage Foundation, who is mostly supportive of the Trump administration’s foreign-policy record, told me. They “ignore things that countervail the narrative”—like Barack Obama’s resistance to supporting pro-democracy protests in Iran as he pursued a nuclear deal with Tehran, or Trump’s efforts to push for a democratic transition in Venezuela.

 

James Carafano, ‘Vaseline after the burn wound’: How Mike Pence plays Trump’s opposite with foreign leaders, USA Today 

Yet that turned out to be a one-time turn for Pence at negotiating and driving foreign policy, said James Jay Carafano, a foreign policy and national security expert at the Heritage Foundation.

 

James Carafano, Democrats Have Found Their Battle Cry, The Atlantic

The claims made by Biden and others are “typical partisan cherry-picking,” James Jay Carafano of the conservative Heritage Foundation, who is mostly supportive of the Trump administration’s foreign-policy record, told me. They “ignore things that countervail the narrative”—such as Barack Obama’s resistance to supporting pro-democracy protests in Iran as he pursued a nuclear deal with Tehran, or Trump’s efforts to push for a democratic transition in Venezuela.

 

James Carafano, 2020 Democrats Have Found Their Foreign- Policy Battle Cry, Defense One

The claims made by Biden and others are “typical partisan cherry-picking,” James Jay Carafano of the conservative Heritage Foundation, who is mostly supportive of the Trump administration’s foreign-policy record, told me. They “ignore things that countervail the narrative”—such as Barack Obama’s resistance to supporting pro-democracy protests in Iran as he pursued a nuclear deal with Tehran, or Trump’s efforts to push for a democratic transition in Venezuela.

 

James Carafano, Pompeo Latin American Trip to Focus on Immigration, Terrorism, Venezuela, Voice of America

“So I think the criticism of just, ‘Oh, the president is just making things worse.’ Well, honestly, really? Because how worse can things get?” asked James Carafano of the Heritage Foundation. “People are flooding north. It is obvious that money is not achieving anything.”So if we’re going to give them money, I think we have to come up with programs that are actually going to have impact,” he added.

 

Nile Gardiner, British P.M. front-runner leverages good relationship with Trump to win votes, Washington Times

Nile Gardiner, director of The Heritage Foundation’s Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom, said in an interview that he expected a “strong and robust partnership” between Mr. Johnson and Mr. Trump. “They’re both very charismatic figures, they’re both leaders who have broken the political mold,” he said. “They’re both figures who challenge conventional wisdom and are big-picture politicians.”

 

Nile Gardiner, Outgoing UK Ambassador Kim Darroch tells staff Boris Johnson will appoint his successor, Washington Examiner

“I think the next ambassador who comes in is going to be, quite possibly, someone who has been very much involved in Brexit,” the Heritage Foundation’s Nile Gardiner, a former adviser to the late Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, told the Washington Examiner.

 

David Inserra, ICE Raids Fail to Materialize, Cheddar

The ICE raids threatened by the Trump Administration last week did not materialize this past weekend. Policy analyst for homeland security with The Heritage Foundation, David Inserra, joined us to discuss.

 

David Inserra, ICE Raids Planned for This Weekend, Cheddar

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency is planning nationwide raids targeting migrants this weekend. Policy analyst for homeland security with The Heritage Foundation, David Inserra, joined us to discuss.

 

John Malcolm, The Clarence Thomas Effect, The Atlantic

“It happens that a lot of the people in the White House counsel’s office are Federalist Society members, and as a result of having been Federalist Society members, they have their own set of contacts,” said John Malcolm, who works on judicial issues at the Heritage Foundation and is chairman of the Federalist Society’s criminal-law practice group.

 

John Malcolm, DOJ Lawyers try new tricks to undo Obamacare. Will it work? Las Vegas Sun

Behind the argument may well be an ongoing dispute in the legal community about whether lower-court judges should make decisions that have nationwide implications, said John Malcolm, director of the conservative Heritage Foundation’s Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies. Still, it would be difficult, he said, for the ACA to be declared unconstitutional in some states, but remain in effect elsewhere.

 

Hans von Spakovsky, Expect Long Lines Come Election Day 2020, Daily Sparks Tribune

Hans von Spakovsky, a senior legal fellow at the Heritage Foundation, calls same-day voter registration a prescription for fraud and says it does almost nothing to increase voter participation. “Allowing a voter to both register and vote on Election Day makes it nearly impossible to prevent duplicate votes in different areas or to verify the accuracy of any information provided by a voter,” von Spakovsky writes.

 

Joel Griffith, NAREB Takes Fight for Black Homeownership to Congressional Hearing, Minority Reporter

The other four witnesses were Joseph Nery, president, National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals; Carmen Castro, managing housing counselor, Housing Initiative Partnership; Joanne Poole, liaison for the National Association of Realtors and Joel Griffith, research fellow, Financial Regulations, The Heritage Foundation.

 

Adam Michel, Time Runs Out for Proposed Louisiana Fantasy Sports Tax, Heartland Institute

Taxing fantasy sports is a misguided policy, says Adam Michel, a senior policy analyst at the Institute for Economic Freedom at The Heritage Foundation. “New excise taxes are the antithesis of good policymaking,” Michel said. “They are an unstable tax base. High taxes on one good or activity tend to produce revenue in the early years, and then as people switch to other alternatives the revenue declines quickly.” The bill would have raised an estimated $2 million over five years.

 

Bruce Klingner, Does Korea-Japan dispute put trilateral cooperation with US at risk?, Korea Herald

It would be best for the US to play the role of a behind-the-scenes facilitator to help the two allies reach a compromise, Bruce Klingner, a senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation, told The Korea Herald via email. “Washington would not want to be perceived as an arbiter on contentious historical issues,” he said. 

 

Rachel Greszler, US Senator: No Pension Bailouts for States, Alton Daily News

Rachel Greszler, a research fellow with the Heritage Foundation, said states are carrying trillions of dollars in estimated future debt. “Some of those obligations are so large in states like Illinois, California, and Connecticut that it seems nearly impossible that they would be able to come up with this money,” she said. “They have anywhere between $28,000 and $48,000 per person in unfunded pension liabilities.”

 

Melanie Israel, New Trump rules prompt Planned Parenthood to forgo federal funds, The Hill

“Organizations who are already receiving Title X funding, they don’t have to stop receiving that funding if they come into compliance with these rules,” said Melanie Israel, a research associate at the DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society at the conservative Heritage Foundation.

 

Emilie Kao, New commission will give ‘critical attention’ to human rights, experts say, Catholic News Agency

Emilie Kao, Director of the Richard and Helen DeVos Center for Religion & Civil Society at The Heritage Foundation, told CNA that abusive regimes hide behind the expanded language of rights. “What often happens is governments which are the worst abusers will say” that “we’ve protected economic and social rights” as a means to “deflect criticism away from their failure to protect unalienable human rights” like freedom of religion and association.

 

Diane Katz, The Trouble With Regulating Big Tech, Fortune

“Bureaucracies are neither unbiased nor altruistic,” warned Diane Katz, a senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation, who added that more regulation could perversely favor tech giants like Facebook and Google, which have the legal resources to handle new compliance burdens in ways that smaller competitors do not.

 

Tom Spoehr, Defense Secretary Nominee Slams Turkey’s S-400 Deal as ‘Wrong’, Voice of America

“Everyone’s worried about Iran and the tensions over there,” Tom Spoehr, retired lieutenant general of the U.S. Army and current director of The Heritage Foundation’s Center for National Defense, told VOA. “I don’t think war or even conflict is imminent, but I think a steady hand at the tiller at the Pentagon will be very useful in that regard.”

 

Tom Spoehr, Trump’s defense pick calls for US-led pact to deter Iran, AL Monitor

Patrick Shanahan, when he was acting defense secretary, “was never really placed in a situation where he had to come out forcefully and defend the administration’s policies,” said Thomas Spoehr, a retired Army lieutenant general with the conservative Heritage Foundation. “Esper I think believes in the strategy and sees it as the right way to go.”

 

Nicolas Loris, Colorado lawmakers debate oil and gas drilling on public lands, The Gazette

“That’s simply going to drive up prices,” said economist Nicolas Loris, a policy analyst for the conservative Heritage Foundation.

 

Nicolas Loris, Representatives just debated drilling on federal lands and things got … strange, Grist

What was noteworthy about this hearing was the testimony from Nicolas Loris, the senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation. Instead of questioning humanity’s contribution to rising temperatures as he has done in the past, Loris tried a two-pronged approach.

 

Nicolas Loris, Few see near-term fix as study flags CO2 emissions, E&E News

Nicolas Loris, deputy director of the Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies at the Heritage Foundation, noted that limits on fossil fuel development on public lands would only shift drilling and extraction to private tracts. The development reduction would have impacts, Loris said, such as reducing jobs and increasing energy prices for consumers. In any case, fossil fuels will be in place for some time globally, and the United States should engage in policy that works with that reality, he said. Fossil fuels, he said, “are going to dominate the energy pie for a very long time.”

 

Brett Schaefer, Chinese influence surges at UN, as US warns of ‘concerted push’ to advance agenda, Fox News

Brett Schaefer, a leading expert on the U.N. at The Heritage Foundation told Fox News that the Chinese have been trying to expand their influence at the U.N. and other international organizations for a while, noting that the first Chinese national to head a specialized U.N. agency was at the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2007. “China uses ICAO – as it did with WHO – to block Taiwanese participation and priorities,” Schaefer said. “China has used the ITU to legitimize its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and advance its Internet goals….It is very clear China has a plan and they are targeting individual organizations to realize it.”

 

Katie Tubb, Trump backs away from uranium trade war, E&E News

In a recent editorial for The Daily Signal, Heritage Foundation policy analyst Katie Tubb said Russia cannot cut off uranium supply like it did with Ukraine’s natural gas supply.

 

Rob Bluey, Google-Funded Heritage Foundation Decries ‘Heavy-Handed’ Tech Regulations, Breitbart

Robert Bluey, the vice president of communications and executive director of the Heritage Foundation’s the Daily Signal, decried “heavy-handed government regulation. The Heritage Foundation provided a statement to Breitbart News regarding the organization’s donations from Google, whether Google’s donations to the foundation skews its policies against regulating tech companies, and whether the Heritage Foundation can be viewed as credible given this relationship. Bluey added, suggesting “there’s evidence the market is working and social media companies are responding.”

 

Rob Bluey, Trump Vows to Fight Censorship of Conservatives on Social Media: Here Are Some Top Examples, CBN News

Rob Bluey with The Heritage Foundation also attended the summit. “The Daily Signal published a video last year with a pediatrician talking about the dangers of giving puberty blockers to kids. The video went viral on Facebook, in fact, it reached 70 million views when all of a sudden it disappeared and we took our case to Facebook. We said, ‘Why did you take this down off your platform?’ It took Facebook a little while to get back to us but eventually they did restore the video and apologize for doing that,” he told CBN News.

 

Rob Bluey, Trump hosts conservative online voices at ‘Social Media Summit’, WWLP

Robert Bluey with the Heritage Foundation attended the summit. “I’ve had a colleague of mine temporarily suspended from Twitter and Twitter later on apologized to him,” Bluey said.

 

Rob Bluey, Conservatives Turn Out For Bozell-Graham Book on Trump and Media, Newsmax

Among those at the book party were Acting Director of the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ken Cuccinelli, Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton, Reagan biographer Craig Shirley, Daily Signal Editor Rob Bluey, former Sen. Jim DeMint, R.-S.C., and former publisher Alfred Regnery.

 

Rob Bluey, Attendees Shoot Down SPLC Smear Calling Trump Social Media Confab a ‘Hate Summit’, PJ Media

“There were over 250 people in the room for the summit,” Rob Bluey, vice president of communications at the Heritage Foundation and another attendee, told Fox News on Thursday evening. “The media is picking out a handful of people who they might disagree with, but the fact of the matter is there are mainstream groups in that room today and I think that the conversation was productive because we talked broadly about all of the concerns.”

 

Walter Lohman, US answers Taiwan’s plea for tanks despite Beijing’s anger, Washington Examiner

“They need to be able to hold out for a while until we can mobilize and we can get in there, we and our allies, and repel the Chinese,” Walter Lohman, director of the Heritage Foundation’s Asian Studies Center, told the Washington Examiner. “You’re looking for an ability to complicate their plans and by complicating therefore deter them from ever attempting something like that.”

 

Lyndsey Fifield, Afternoon Mirror, The Daily Caller

Lyndsey Fifield, digital, Heritage Foundation: “You realize there is no need to distort or caricature this right? So why do it? The team has behaved shamefully as representatives of this country. They made the event a political spectacle, not the many Americans (many of whom aren’t conservatives) who are repulsed by it.”

 

Heritage Foundation, Morning Defense, Politico

The Heritage Foundation is out with a new report laying out the fault lines in the House and Senate versions of the annual defense policy bill. The conservative think tank recommends lawmakers adopt the higher $750 billion defense topline recommended by the Pentagon and the Senate, lay off reporting requirements and drop limits on low-yield nuclear warheads, among other suggestions.

 

Heritage Foundation, Trump’s New Top Labor Official Is Expected to Advance an Anti-Labor Agenda, The New York Times

Soon after Mr. Acosta took office, his aides were presented with a detailed to-do list by James Sherk, who coordinates labor policy for the White House’s Domestic Policy Council and joined the administration from the conservative Heritage Foundation.

 

Heritage Foundation, Trump defense secretary nominee fully prepared for Senate showdown, Washington Times

Mr. Esper later served as national security adviser to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, a Tennessee Republican, and policy director for the House Armed Services Committee, along with stints at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the conservative Heritage Foundation, and elsewhere across Washington. 

 

Heritage Foundation, Esper faces the Senate, Politico

The Heritage Foundation is out with a new report laying out the fault lines in the House and Senate versions of the annual defense policy bill. The conservative think tank recommends lawmakers adopt the higher $750 billion defense topline recommended by the Pentagon and the Senate, lay off reporting requirements and drop limits on low-yield nuclear warheads, among other suggestions.

 

Heritage Foundation, Defense secretary nominee Mark Esper faces Senate confirmation grilling, Washington Times

Mr. Esper later served as national security adviser to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, Tennessee Republican, and policy director for the House Armed Services Committee, along with stints at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the conservative Heritage Foundation and elsewhere across Washington.

 

Heritage Foundation, Trump’s nominee for defense secretary face questions about defense lobbyist past, Washington Post

Esper, 55, has served in the Trump administration since November 2017, when he was confirmed as the top civilian in the U.S. Army with an 89-to-6 vote. Warren voted against him. He has had a long and varied career in Washington that includes years on Capitol Hill as a senior staff member advising Republican lawmakers, employment as a top official at the conservative Heritage Foundation, stints in top roles at the Pentagon and seven years at Raytheon as a lobbyist.”

 

Heritage Foundation, Three Obamacare Myths That Refuse To Die, The Federalist

And no Republican could vote for Obamacare, because there’s wasn’t a single genuine conservative proposal that made it palatable (even if Democrats insist that an idea hatched in the Heritage Foundation in the late 1980s is consecrated GOP policy.) Not even moderate senators from Maine, not John McCain, not one Republican, would go for it. And these were politicians who would often cross party lines.

 

Heritage Foundation, Ted Cruz: Google has ‘a staggering amount of power’ to shape culture, Washington Examiner

Bhatia, a member of George W. Bush’s administration who has also worked for at right-leaning institutions like the Heritage Foundation and the Claremont Institute, said Google’s 100,000 employees have a wide range of views, nationalities, and backgrounds.

 

Heritage Foundation, There’s One Heresy That Sets Bernie Apart From All Other Dem Contenders to Unseat Trumpation, The Nation  

The adoption of social rights would be “foolish,” the Heritage Foundation wrote a few years later, since “abundant health care, housing, and food are byproducts of wealth created by private individuals pursuing a profit”—not by a redistributive state confiscating the fruits of individually produced wealth.

 

Heritage Foundation, Progressive Democrats seek to take control of the electorate, warns AMAC, Kankakee Valley Post-News

Legal immigration is the backbone of U.S. democracy. Indeed, the immigration process can be complex because as much as we welcome immigrants, it is imperative that the procedure for entering the country “must prevent unlawful immigration,” according to a report by the Heritage Foundation.

 

Heritage Foundation, Franklin Graham warns Equality Act would be ‘catastrophic’ for Christians if it becomes law, Christian Post

The Equality Act, The Heritage Foundation says, “would ultimately lead to the erasure of women by dismantling sex-specific facilities, sports, and other female-only spaces.” Many faith-based charities, volunteers, and the populations they serve would also end up suffering.

 

Heritage Foundation, “This Is Outrageous”: Elizabeth Warren Unloads on Trump’s Pentagon Nominee, Mother Jones

Esper graduated from West Point as a classmate of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and served for more than two decades in the Army. After leaving active duty, he worked for three years as chief of staff at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, and advised then-Sen. Chuck Hagel. The Senate confirmed him as secretary of the Army in November 2017. Only six lawmakers, including Warren, voted against him.

 

Heritage Foundation, Can Scott Walker Save the Future of Conservatism?, The Bulwark

But maybe that’s not fair to Walker who, after all, isn’t a media whore. He’s a serious public servant. The better parallel might be Jim DeMint, the former Senator who took over the Heritage Foundation from its founding president, Ed Feulner. Like Keene and Robinson, Feulner was never a household name (unless you’re deeply involved in Washington conservatism). But while DeMint was a successful fundraiser, his tenure was a tumultuous one for Heritage and he lasted only four years in the job.

 

Heritage Foundation, Which College Major Loves Socialism The Most? The Daily Caller

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics suggests that academic work may not have all that much influence, as college students spend an average of less than three hours a day on academic work, according to the Heritage Foundation.

 

 Heritage Foundation, Three Obamacare Myths That Refuse To Die, The Federalist

And no Republican could vote for Obamacare, because there’s wasn’t a single genuine conservative proposal that made it palatable (even if Democrats insist that an idea hatched in the Heritage Foundation in the late 1980s is consecrated GOP policy.)

 

Heritage Foundation, A $15 Minimum Wage Would be an Economic Disaster, Daily Magazine

A 2011 Heritage Foundation estimate was even bleaker. It estimated a $15 minimum wage would lead to 7 million lost jobs.

 

Heritage Foundation, Donald Trump and the Plot to Take Over the Courts, The Nation

Still, McConnell and Trump would not have been able to capitalize on this obstruction if they hadn’t had help from a network of far-right legal arsonists who have spent the better part of the last decades working to change the federal courts from the protectors of last resort for minority rights to the enforcement arm of the Republican Party. These include organizations like the Heritage Foundation, the Alliance Defending Freedom, the Judicial Crisis Network, and above all the Federalist Society.

 

Heritage Foundation, Bitcoin Ban in the U.S. is Feasible, Says Analyst Following Trump’s Tweet, All Crypto Media

If a new executive order signed by the White House could ram into a decade of bitcoin’s infrastructural development in the US, then banks could stop doing business with regional crypto startups and firms. But democracy can overturn orders of even the most influential politician, says the Heritage Foundation, an American think tank.

 

Heritage Foundation, Democratic Socialism Better Than Other Types Of Socialism?, Townhall Magazine

The Nordic nations actually come close to the United States (and occasionally even outscore it) on standard measures of economic liberty. Iceland (slightly ahead of the US) and Denmark (slightly behind) were statistically indistinguishable from the US in the latest Index of Economic Freedom ranking put out by the conservative Heritage Foundation. Finland and Sweden were only slightly lower.

 

Heritage Foundation, Jay Ambrose: Here’s why there’s minimal help through minimum wages, Winona Daily News

The Heritage Foundation, for instance, says that a wage boost to $15 would affect a third of those earning wages and salaries and could put a devastating 7 million of them on the streets. The chief beneficiaries would be suburban teens and, some economists say, entrepreneurs would be made more timid.

 

Heritage Foundation, Is there a global future for unions?, Salon

The foundations sponsored conservative professors at universities and right-wing “non-profits” such as the Heritage Foundation, the Cato Institute, Americans for Prosperity, and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which provides junkets for right-wing lawmakers at which it encourages them to champion anti-union and anti-worker legislation.

 

Heritage Foundation, Why Congress’ Plan to Fix Gerrymandering Falls Short, Harvard Crimson

For example, the Heritage Foundation has already made it clear in congressional testimony that conservatives will challenge the constitutionality of H.R. 

 

Heritage Foundation, Sri Lankan prime minister promotes US defense agreement, The World Socialist Website

In March this year, a report by the Heritage Foundation, a right-wing US think tank, listed all the US-Sri Lankan military agreements and joint exercises since 2015 and declared that “since late 2018, the country has been serving as a new Indian Ocean logistics hub for the US Navy.”

 

Daily Signal, Pro-Family Advocates: Opposition to California’s Graphic Sex-Ed Curriculum Grows, Breitbart

“California parent John Andrews of the Murrieta School District said that schools in his district are using Positive Prevention Plus Sex Ed Curriculum, a curriculum that contains explicit photos and drawings of sexual activity,” the Daily Signal reported.

 

Daily Signal, Amazon Sells How-To Suicide Books But Yanks Gay Reparative Therapy Guides, Church Militant

In an essay published by The Heritage Foundation’s The Daily Signal, Nicolosi’s son, Joseph Nicolosi Jr., wrote:

This week’s book ban by Amazon and radical LGBT activists reveals the blatant hypocrisy of today’s leaders of the LGBT movement: They celebrate exploration of every kind of sexuality they can imagine, unless that exploration happens to lead an individual toward a traditional, heterosexual lifestyle. That sort of exploration, of course, must be banned.

 

Daily Signal, The Self-Appointed Arbiters of Digital Truth, USA News Hub

The Daily Signal and National Review, two solidly conservative sites, receive all green checkmarks, so, to be fair, NewsGuard doesn’t reflexively downgrade right-leaning websites. But, predictably, it appears to tilt left.

 

Jessica Anderson, Who was who at Trump’s social media summit, The Washington Post

Jessica Anderson — vice president of Heritage Action for America, which is part of the conservative think tank Heritage Foundation — was there, as was Christian Ziegler, the vice chairman of the Republican Party of Florida.

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