Your support helps grow the rising generation of young conservative leaders.

Forbes Magazine recently released their “30 Under 30” list, which featured an impressive number of Heritage alumni and staff in both the “law & policy” and “energy” categories.

James Braid, an alumnus of Heritage Action, is the Deputy Chief of Staff at the Office of the Honorable Ted Budd and one of the House Freedom Caucus’ top policy minds at only 27 years old.

Forbes recognized him in the “law and policy” category.

Ann Conant, an alumnus of The Heritage Foundation, is the Assistant to the Deputy Director at the White House Domestic Policy Council and manages the operations of President Trump’s key policy arm at only 27 years old.

Forbes recognized her in the “law and policy” category.

Jeet Guram, an alumnus of our Health Fellows program, is the Senior Adviser to the Administrator at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, subsidizing health coverage for over 100 million Americans at only 29 years old.

Forbes recognized him in the “law and policy” category.

Jacob Reses, an alumnus of our Health Fellows program, is the Director of Strategic Initiatives and Advisor to the CEO at Heritage Action for America, one of the most influential conservative organizations in the country, at only 26 years old.

Forbes recognized him in the “law and policy” category.

Jordan Richardson, an alumnus of our Young Leaders internship program, is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Charles Koch Institute and a leading voice in the criminal justice reform movement at only 28 years old.

Forbes recognized him in the “law and policy” category.

Lauren Salz, an alumnus of our Young Leaders internship program, is the Cofounder of sealed.com, which takes an actuarial approach to calculating energy savings and originates contracts with 20 years of cashflows at only 29 years old.

Forbes recognized her in the “energy” category.

With young leaders like this on our side we have hope for a brighter future.

Thank you for all you’ve done to help support these young men and women.

To the left-leaning media, North Korea’s aggression is breaking news.

But experts at the Heritage Foundation have seen this coming for a long time.

Bruce Klinger, a Senior Research Fellow on Northeast Asia and expert in arms control and mission defense, has been warning media and government about North Korea for years.

Last week, President Donald Trump announced that the U.S. will add North Korea to the State Department’s list of states sponsoring of terrorism.

It will join Iran, Sudan, and Syria. You can read the State Department’s list here.

In a Cabinet meeting at the White House, President Trump said of this decision:

“Should have happened a long time ago. Should have happened years ago.”

Indeed, it should have. Back in February, Klingner wrote a report titled “North Korea Should Be Put Back on the Terrorist List”.

In that report, he wrote:

It is long past time for Washington to do the right thing and belatedly acknowledge that North Korea’s repeated deadly acts legally constitute terrorist acts and justify returning the regime to the State Sponsors of Terrorism List.

Even before President Trump came to office, Klingner had been pushing for this exact move to occur.

In 2014, Klingner appeared on “Morning Joe” to ask the government to face the ugly reality of North Korea. You can watch his segment here:

Your support allows Heritage experts to get the facts out about terrorism so that our nation’s leaders can better protect us.

What should we do about North Korea?

Heritage is continuing the fight forward for tax reform this week.

Even though the complete details of the bill have yet to be finalized, both the House and Senate versions have enough in common to reasonably estimate its effect on the economy.

Last Wednesday, Rachel Greszler, a senior policy analyst in economics and entitlements at the Center for Data Analysis, published a report titled “In Charts, How These 7 Taxpayers’ Bills Would Change If Tax Reform Were Enacted” in the Daily Signal.

Each chart shows how different American families would fare under the proposed tax reform.

This is part of Heritage’s continual effort to make Congressional policies transparent to American citizens.

Read how your family would be impacted by the current tax reform plan >>

Even though the plan for tax reform isn’t as pro-growth as it could be, it significantly jump-starts America’s economy, and will lead to long-term growth.

How would you improve Congress’ tax reform plan? Do you think it will pass before Christmas?

Editor’s note: Thanks to everyone who has commented on this post. Some of those comments were initially not visible due to a delay in our system. We value your opinion and apologize for any confusion.

At Heritage, we bring the best and the brightest minds together to boldly address refugee policy.

This summer, Heritage experts Olivia Enos, David Inserra, and Joshua Meservey wrote a report titled “The U.S. Refugee Admissions Program: A Roadmap for Reform”.

Their report asserts that the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program should be used neither as a service to mass distribute global migration rights, nor to solve international conflict.

Rather, it should be reformed to assert American leadership, tangibly help partners and allies, and rescue some of the world’s most vulnerable people.

Last Thursday, they briefed Admiral Hall on their report at the National Security Council. He was very receptive and promised to pass it to the new Senior Adviser for Refugees.

James Jay Carafano, the Vice President for the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy and E. W. Richardson Fellow, said of their work:

“While others have obsessed about the numbers and bans, we have focused on substantive reforms to actually make the program better—reduce abuse, enhance security and promote assimilation. Our work has not gone unnoticed. I have gotten constructive feedback from NGOs on all sides of this issue.”

Plans to make their roadmap to reform a reality are in the works.

What do you think should be done about America’s refugee program?

On college campuses, the fight between political correctness and the truth rages on.

Scott Yenor, a tenured political science professor at Boise State University, was a visiting fellow at Heritage for the 2015-2016 academic year. While at Heritage, he wrote a series of essays on the principles that make America great and now he is under attack by the Left.

Controversy began in August 2017 when Yenor, now back at Boise State, published an op-ed in the Daily Signal on how “Transgender Activists Are Seeking to Undermine Parental Rights” (viewed 42,500 times) which linked to one of those essays, titled Sex, Gender, and the Origin of the Culture Wars: An Intellectual History.

In his essay, Yenor wrote:

“Transgender theories [include] … the abolition of male supremacy and traditional socialization toward gender scripts, cultivation of androgyny, elimination of the proprietary family and the dependence of women and children on that family, and celebration of non-monogamous, non-marital sexual experiences.

Whether this new world will prove to be fit for human flourishing remains to be seen.”

When the Boise State University caught wind of Yenor’s essay, a merciless smear campaign was launched:

  • The Director of Student Diversity and Inclusion issued a statement in which he claimed that Yenor’s ideas are “the root of genocide.” He concluded that: “Not every person who agrees with Yenor’s piece is likely to become an espoused Neo-Nazi, but likely every Neo-Nazi would agree with the substance of Yenor’s piece.”
  • Yenor’s fellow faculty attempted to officially censure him, calling his research “hate speech” and a threat to women’s and transgender rights.
  • The entire faculty of the BSU School of Social Work authored a letter indicting Yenor.
  • A student group raised 2,100 signatures to fire him.
  • An op-ed was published in BSU’s student newspaper entitled “Yes, Yenor should absolutely be fired.”
  • BSU College Republicans and Democrats debated the controversy.

Heritage experts worked with Yenor to coordinate a national response which led to several essays and op-eds being published in support of Yenor and his research.

Most notably, Yenor was interviewed by Tucker Carlson on November 3. You can watch that interview below:

Yenor’s case has piqued the interest of state legislators:

  • The two leading Idaho gubernatorial candidates, Rep. Raul Labrador and Tommy Ahlquist, have personally met with Yenor, with a view to understanding the climate on campuses, and to ultimately reforming and defunding BSU in particular.
  • Labrador, who was put in touch with Yenor by Heritage Action, has also asked Yenor for policy suggestions on how to reform BSU.
  • Additionally, Yenor has held several meetings with leaders in Idaho’s state legislature. State legislators are interested in defunding BSU’s budget allocations for diversity bureaucrats. Should this effort be successful, it could readily be replicated in other states.

Your support encourages brave people like Yenor to stand up to the intellectual bullies on college campuses.

Do you think political correctness has gone too far?

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