On Fox Business Network, Heritage’s Edmund Haislmaier weights in on the latest failure of Obamacare.

How do you think Obamacare should be addressed by Congress?

In an interview with the BBC, Heritage’s Cully Stimson discusses the latest release of Guantanamo detainees.

What do you think the next administration should do about Guantanamo Bay?

Retired Gen. David Petraeus argues that it’s a “myth” that America faces a military readiness crisis.

Petraeus is wrong, Heritage’s Justin Johnson tells Breaking Defense:

Yes, the military’s budget has been cut by 25 percent in real terms since 2011—much of it coming from accounts used to maintain and build combat readiness. Yes, leaders from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps have all publicly expressed their deep concerns about readiness levels. And, yes, top brass are publicly discussing “Carter-era” readiness problems and even the prospect of a hollow military.

Still, Petraeus and the Brookings Institution’s Michael O’Hanlon took to the pages of the Wall Street Journal last week to bust the “myth” of a military readiness crisis. I deeply respect both men, but they got this one wrong.

Johnson gives four reasons why he disagrees with Petraeus’ analysis.  You can read the full story here.

Do you believe America’s military is properly prepared to engage America’s enemies?  Why or why not?

The Daily Signal, a publication started two years ago by The Heritage Foundation, uses a unique strategy to push conservatives ideas to people across multiple platforms.

Not content with the media status quo, and recognizing that traditional media are dying, The Daily Signal has become one of the most widely-read news sites after only two years of existence. And it’s achieved this by aggressively using new technologies to reach audiences where they are.

For example, The Daily Signal makes articles available through Facebook’s Instant Articles feature and Apple News. We’re also pioneers in the use of Facebook’s live video streaming and other tools that are disrupting the news industry. By getting in early on these rapidly-growing tools, more people will see our ideas — not just those who are already committed conservatives.

“With the way our operation works, we’re not in the business of driving traffic to a website,” Heritage’s Ory Rinat said in a NiemanLab profile on The Daily Signal. “We’re in the business of engaging our audience with content on all their platforms they use.”

The Daily Signal team has also developed sophisticated analytics to measure the effect of this approach. NiemanLab explains:

The Daily Signal, the news site run by conservative think tank the Heritage Foundation, also faces this dicey metrics issue. Like many other publishers, the site has made a big strategic push to publish its content on as many platforms and in as many formats as possible

The challenges of how to gauge performance on each of these platforms helped birth The Daily Signal’s “engagement index,” an approach to analytics that it uses to weigh and compare audience engagement.

Do you think the Daily Signal does a good job of spreading the conservative message?

Heritage expert Jason Snead writes in the Daily Signal about the latest abuse of civil asset forfeiture laws: the targeting of innocent travelers for their cash.

The Drug Enforcement Administration is pulling Americans’ travel data en masse from airline and Amtrak records, profiling individuals with “suspicious” travel habits, and targeting them for searches as part of the nation’s drug interdiction efforts. But, according to a damning article last week in USA Today, the goal of this massive operation is neither to confiscate drugs nor to make arrests—it’s to seize and forfeit cash via civil asset forfeiture laws.

Over a span of 10 years, DEA agents at 15 of the nation’s largest and busiest airports—including local law enforcement officers deputized as DEA agents—targeted individuals whose travel patterns were deemed “suspicious.” Something as innocuous as same-day round trip airfare, one-way airfare, paying cash for tickets, and checking a bag qualify as “suspicious” behavior.

The financial incentives inherent in civil forfeiture law are so powerful that the DEA is apparently willing to risk violating the constitutional protections of property owners in the relentless pursuit of cash forfeitures.

It’s time to change this paradigm, and realign civil forfeiture to its laudable, but narrow and ancillary place in the criminal justice system. Heritage has outlined nine crucial reforms to state and federal civil forfeiture laws in its report, “Arresting Your Property.” States have begun the process of reforming their forfeiture laws; it’s time for Congress to follow suit.

Has the government overstepped its bounds by seizing property from citizens who haven’t been convicted or even charged with a crime?

« Older Entries Newer Entries »