Rob Bluey, vice president of communications and executive editor of The Daily Signal, spoke with Shannon Bream on “Fox News at Night” about the White House Social Media Summit he attended on Thursday

“Altogether, attendees at the summit have half a billion social media followers and are reaching people directly without a media filter. That’s why their concerns about the implications of bias and censorship are so important,” said Bluey. “Heavy-handed government regulation is not the answer. Everyone who cares about free speech, regardless of their political beliefs, should want social media companies to be responsive to their users, not government. There’s evidence the market is working and social media companies are responding.”

The Heritage Foundation, along with its multimedia news outlet The Daily Signal, has a significant presence on all of the major social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram. These platforms have helped Heritage reach millions of people across the globe with its timely policy research and analysis on public policy issues.

Listen: Rob Bluey on Social Media Bias: Government Can’t Solve This Problem

If you had been present at the summit, what issue would you have brought up regarding the current social media climate?

The Summer Conservative Hill Intern Program participants gathered for the first session of the series this morning.

This morning, The Heritage Foundation kicked off its Summer Conservative Hill Intern Program (CHIP).

CHIP was launched last year by Heritage’s Truluck Center for Leadership Development as a training initiative for Millennials and Generation Z interns on Capitol Hill. This multi-session series includes job skills workshops and briefings on First Principles. Topics covered include The Conservative Worldview, Job Search Fundamentals, and The Legislative Process.

Since last fall, we’ve introduced First Principles and Heritage’s ideas to more than 50 young people. That number is growing: today, we launched our summer session with 59 applicants.

Eight of those participants are from the office of a famous former Heritage intern, Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas. Overall, we’ve had participants from more than 70 different Hill offices take part in CHIP.

Programs like CHIP help Heritage’s Truluck Center identify up-and-coming talent and build ongoing relationships with people who have become part of our talent pipeline for placement in internships and jobs on Capitol Hill, in the Executive Branch, and with coalition partners.

How can we better create a culture of conservatism among future Capitol Hill staff?

This week, Heritage had 91 total print mentions and op-eds. Make sure you check out some of the best press clips of the week:

Kelsey Bolar on Mueller Hearing: Democrats Want to Avoid Talking about Good Economy

James Carafano: Iran’s Threats Show the Iran Nuclear Deal “Wasn’t Really A Restraint”

Joel Griffith: Middle Class Americans Are Better Off Than in Other Countries Worldwide

Check out the full list of media hits here.

As you look at our media hits this week, what outlets should we target to expand our reach and audience?

Fireworks explode over the National Mall as seen on July 4, 2017, in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)

By Kay Coles James

This week, as Americans commemorate Independence Day and the creation of the most free, most prosperous nation on earth, we will inevitably hear from those who say there’s no reason to celebrate a country where not everyone gained their freedom or their equality in 1776. They will say that a nation stained with the evil of slavery, a nation that once refused women and blacks the right to vote or hold property, isn’t a nation worth lauding.

As a woman and as a black person who lived through segregation, I have experienced both the inequality and the opportunity of this nation. As a student of history and as someone who works with governments around the world, I know how women and minorities are treated in other societies compared to the United States. Because of these experiences, I want to tell you exactly why America is worth celebrating.

Despite their flawed nature as human beings, our Founders laid out principles for forming a nation based on humanity’s highest ideals. Nowhere else on earth had that ever been done before. Those founding principles have guided this nation and created a framework that allows society to recognize the error of its ways.

The fact is, we abolished slavery. We even fought a war over it. We ultimately recognized women’s and minorities’ right to vote, to own property, and to have the full and equal rights of any other citizen. We have endeavored through our laws and our actions to eradicate the unequal treatment and marginalization of fellow Americans because of their ethnicity, religion, politics, or other characteristics.

July 4, 1776 — and the principles that day epitomized — began the foundation for a nation that would right its own wrongs.

The unfortunate reality is that we had to grow into our principles. The Founders knew what we aspired to be, but the country wasn’t there yet and even today, we still have a ways to go. In fact, every Founder admitted in his writings that slavery contradicted the equality principle of the Declaration of Independence. They knew that it would be a journey for us to fully realize our ideals, but they set a course for achieving them, and every generation since has been working to advance them. That’s what has made America the unique and wonderful nation that it is.

I love America not only because we’ve grown to rectify many of our wrongs, but also because we’ve been an incredibly positive force for good. We’ve built a free and prosperous nation where anyone has the opportunity to thrive and live out their dreams. We’ve also shared that gift with the world, helping others to achieve the same.

Despite that success, we continue to hear from the “America is irreparably flawed” crowd that our freedom and free market system only bring opportunity to the wealthy and well connected. They claim that the system just makes the rich richer and the poor poorer.

The reality is exactly the opposite: Capitalism has done more to lift people out of poverty than any other economic system in history. Plain and simple, over the last 25 years, it has been free markets that have cut the global poverty rate by two thirds. In the United States, every segment of the population — including women, minorities, and even the lowest income earners — have seen their incomes rise and their opportunities grow.

Realizing that people around the world deserve the same blessings of freedom and prosperity that we have, Americans work through our government, non-profits, and private charities to spread these blessings to other countries. We’ve even helped others fight for their very freedom — from both world wars to peacekeeping missions around the world. Despite the leftists who call our nation imperialist, when we help other countries defeat tyrants or repel invaders, we don’t use the opportunity to conquer them and build an empire. Rather, we help them to rebuild and become self-sufficient.

These are all proofs of a nation reaching for its highest ideals.

While it took too long to correct many of America’s early injustices, and while we will always be a work in progress, our founding principles themselves created the framework that has allowed us to solve some of our biggest issues. While not perfect, we are a great force for good that works to bring freedom, prosperity, and that problem-solving ability to our own land and to others that want to replicate them. This is all part of what we are celebrating on Independence Day.

Alexis de Tocqueville said admiringly of America, “The greatness of America lies not in being more enlightened than any other nation, but rather in her ability to repair her faults.” His words still ring true almost 200 years later.

So, on this Independence Day, I encourage you to join me in watching fireworks, eating hot dogs and apple pie, proudly celebrating America, and continuing to work toward the vision of the nation our Founders thought we could be.

Happy Independence Day!

This op-ed first appeared in The Washington Times on Monday, July 1, 2019.

What do you appreciate most about America?

A field of 20 Democratic presidential candidates was split into two groups of 10 for the first debate of the 2020 election, taking place over two nights at Knight Concert Hall in Miami, Fla., hosted by NBC News, MSNBC, and Telemundo. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

On Wednesday and Thursday, 20 Democratic candidates hoping to unseat President Trump in 2020 debated in two 10-person groups. They covered a range of topics, including immigration, health care, the economy, and education/student debt.

At The Heritage Foundation we have solutions, we know our proposals will work, and we are confident that they will expand liberty in this country. Outlined below are our solutions to each of the important topics mentioned.

  • Immigration – Immigration is one of the fundamental building blocks that help make America the unique nation that it is. But the debate over border security and immigration has become toxic. Learn about the principles that should guide thoughtful immigration reform here: America’s Biggest Issues: Immigration
  • Health care – Most Americans agree that the health care system in the United States is in need of an overhaul. But the solution is not to emulate the models found in Europe and Canada. Instead, health care should put patients and doctors in the driver’s seat: America’s Biggest Issues: Health Care
  • The economy – Despite what naysayers might tell you, the U.S. economy is booming. The way to expand wealth and prosperity to more Americans is not through more government programs, but by expanding the one thing that can achieve this: economic freedom.
  • Education/student debt – As stated by Heritage President Kay Coles James, “Colleges and universities are failing us. Students are often subject to socialist ideology, they’re not set up for career success, and they can’t pay off the debt they’ve accumulated.” Here is the solution to fix this broken system: America’s Biggest Issues: Education

What did you think about the policy proposals discussed during the debates?

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