Heritage Action CEO Calls on Congress to Audit the IRS


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Mike Needham, CEO of Heritage’s sister organization, Heritage Action for America, recently called on Congress to investigate the IRS for its targeting of conservative groups for audits.

Watch the full clip from Fox News Survey above and let us know if you think Congress should audit the IRS.

The Crisis at the Border Is Not ‘Sudden, Unforeseen, or Temporary’


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Earlier this week President Obama announced a plan for combating the crisis at the border. To fund this plan, he asked Congress for more money — $3.7 billion in “emergency” funding, to be precise.

Ultimately, additional funding is not the solution to the U.S.’s immigration woes. Instead, the Obama Administration should rescind its anti-enforcement policies that are contributing to this crisis in the first place,” Heritage Foundation experts Romina Boccia and David Inserra argue.

Moreover, Boccia and Inserra point out, Obama’s request violates the emergency spending provisions in the Budget Control Act of 2011. While illegal immigration is a crisis, it’s not an emergency. Here’s why: Continue Reading »

DeMint Is First Person Asked to Comment on President Obama’s Request for Billions


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“We know the human traffickers throughout Central America are using the president’s pledge of amnesty to actually get these payments to bring these kids here,” Heritage President Jim DeMint said last night on Fox News’s On the Record with Greta Van Susteren.

DeMint was the first person Van Susteren asked to comment about President Obama’s announcement that he will ask for $3.7 billion in deficit spending to fix the illegal immigration crisis.

A better plan would prioritize existing spending to fix the border crisis. Heritage experts recommend that the administration “stop its anti-enforcement policies that are encouraging the increase in illegal immigration, thus making it more difficult and costly to secure U.S. borders.”

Watch the full clip above and let us know in the comments what you think about the President’s plans for your tax dollars.

A Peek at the Behind-the-Scenes Work Heritage’s Meese Center Does on Supreme Court Cases


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The Heritage Foundation’s Edwin Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies played a behind-the-scenes supporting role in twelve significant Supreme Court cases this term advancing limited government, religious freedom, and property rights—and the parties Heritage worked with won in all 12 cases.

Heritage assisted in several ways, including helping the litigants solicit amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) briefs from other interested parties or hosting moot court practice sessions for the oral advocates prior to their Supreme Court arguments.

Jordan Lorence, the Senior Counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom, recently explained Heritage’s crucial role: Continue Reading »

Your Questions About the Turmoil in Iraq, Answered


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Heritage Foundation Middle East expert James Phillips sat down with Kelsey Harkness of Heritage’s Daily Signal to give some background on ISIS and the crisis in Iraq:

Daily Signal: First off, who and what is ISIS?

Phillips: The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is an al-Qaeda offshoot that seeks to overthrow the governments of Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan, and establish an Islamic state governed by a harsh and brutal interpretation of Islamic law. Its long-term goals are to launch a jihad (holy war) to drive Western influence out of the Middle East, destroy Israel and become the nucleus of a global Islamic empire.

It is composed of Sunni Muslims drawn to radical Islamist ideology. Most of its members are Iraqi and Syrian Arabs, although it has attracted a wide range of foreign militants, especially Arabs from Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Libya, Yemen, and Egypt.

D.S.: How long has ISIS been around and why are they just now on the move?

Phillips: The group initially was established in Iraq in 2004 by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a Palestinian Islamist extremist born in Jordan, who formerly was one of the estimated 25,000 foreign Muslims who flocked to Afghanistan after 1979 to fight the Soviets. He was a close associate of Osama bin Laden, although he did not formally join al-Qaeda until 2004 when he was recognized as the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq.

Zarqawi was killed in a U.S. airstrike in 2006 and his organization was decimated by a U.S.-led counterterrorism campaign. But the group made a comeback in Iraq after the withdrawal of U.S. troops in 2011, which took the pressure off it. Also, Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki’s Shia-dominated government alienated Sunni Iraqis, driving many of them to see ISIS as the lesser evil.

D.S.: So what exactly is ISIS trying to accomplish?

Phillips: ISIS is a violent Islamist extremist group that is determined to impose its harsh totalitarian Islamist ideology on all Muslims, kill off apostates (defined as all Muslims that do not accept its brand of Islam), subjugate all non-Muslims and build a radical Islamic state that will launch an unending jihad until it has created a global Islamic empire. It is a revolutionary movement that uses terrorism to impose its will.

D.S.: What about these reports of ISIS beheading and crucifying their fellow Muslims?

Phillips: ISIS proudly videotapes and broadcasts its brutal treatment of its enemies and those who violate its radical interpretation of Islamic law. It has cited the Koran to justify beheading and crucifixion. Its victims reportedly are usually killed first before being strung up for display on a cross.

Want to know more? Read the rest of the questions and answers on the Daily Signal.

How do you think the Obama administration should respond to the situation in Iraq? Tell us in the comments.

North Korea Is a Good Reminder of the Importance of Freedom

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Last month, Heritage Foundation president Jim DeMint visited the demilitarized zone on the border between North Korea and South Korea. While he was there, something happened that reminded him of how grateful he is for the liberties we as Americans enjoy.

Writing for the Daily Signal, DeMint explains what he saw: Continue Reading »

Heritage Expert Answers Questions About Bowe Bergdahl on CSPAN


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Heritage Foundation expert Cully Stimson appeared on C-SPAN this morning to discuss the legality of the administration’s decision to negotiate Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s release from Taliban captivity and to free five Guantanamo Bay detainees in exchange.

Stimson, who was the deputy assistant secretary in the Defense Department’s Office of Detainee Affairs before he joined Heritage, discussed who the prisoners are and gave some background on prior releases of Guantanamo detainees. Continue Reading »

Heritage’s Daily Signal Will Tell You the Stories the Mainstream Media Won’t


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The media aren’t giving Americans the full picture of what’s going on, says Sharyl Attkisson, a former CBS News investigative reporter. The mainstream media tend “to censor or block stories that don’t fall in line with the message they want sent to the viewers,” Attkisson explains.

To fill this void, The Heritage Foundation launched The Daily Signal today as our multimedia news site.

In addition to news coverage that is fair, accurate, and trustworthy, The Daily Signal showcases and promotes the conservative commentary and policy analysis of The Heritage Foundation.  The Daily Signal establishes direct access to a broad audience, allowing our message to reach everyday Americans unfiltered. Continue Reading »

Heritage Expert Discusses Immigration Reform on C-SPAN

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America needs to reform its immigration system, Heritage Foundation vice president Derrick Morgan said today on C-SPAN, but should do so in a way that strengthens the economy and rejects amnesty.

Amnesty violates the rule of law by rewarding lawmakers and hurting those who followed the law, Morgan said during a 40-minute interview that included questions from around the country.

Read all Heritage research on immigration.

Watch the whole video above then tell us in the comments: Do you think amnesty is the right way to deal with immigration reform?

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