Heritage Will Cut Through the News Media Spin with The Daily Signal

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The Heritage Foundation will launch a new website next month to help spread the conservative message to more Americans and bypass mainstream media spin.

The Daily Signal launches June 3 to get “to the heart of key political and policy arguments,” Heritage’s Rob Bluey and Jeff Lysaught explain, “not spin reported as news.”

Bluey and Lysaught explain why we’re undertaking this project:

We believe that high-quality, credible news reporting on political and policy issues is of paramount importance to an informed and free society. This is a reflection of that Jeffersonian notion that the greatest defense of liberty is an informed citizenry.

The site will combine news with conservative opinion and analysis from Heritage analysts. Businessweek’s Joshua Green explains why this combination is important: Continue Reading »

WSJ’s Stephen Moore Returns to Heritage as Chief Economist

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Stephen Moore, a member of the Wall Street Journal’s editorial board and founder of the Club for Growth, is returning to The Heritage Foundation as chief economist.

Moore, who first worked at Heritage in the 1980s, returned because he believes in our ideas and because he wants to have a real impact on policy debates, he told The Foundry: Continue Reading »

‘This Attack Was Preventable,’ Says Senate Benghazi Report

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A Senate report released this week offers new evidence that the Obama administration had ample warnings that the security situation in Benghazi was going to escalate. “This attack was preventable,” argues the report, which includes new declassified testimony.

“This testimony indicates beyond any doubt that the narrative of the Benghazi tragedy was changed within the White House,” Heritage Foundation expert Helle Dale writes. “The question remains why and by whom.”

The Obama administration has been lambasted for misleading the public about what happened in Benghazi, and rightly so. They should have been truthful earlier, Heritage Foundation vice president James Carafano says:

“I suspected this when I first testified before Congress on the issue shortly after the attack — and listed it as one of the top issues that needed to be answered right away,” Carafano told The Foundry. “It’s tragic that it has taken this long to know the truth. We have to know what went wrong so shortfalls can be addressed. This is crucial information that folks need to thwart the next attack.

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Heritage Wins Award for Our Work to Promote Conservative Ideas On Social Media

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Twitter recognized Heritage’s digital team this week with a “Tweetie” for our work to promote conservative ideas on social media.

The prize for Best Use of Rich Media in a Promoted Tweet was awarded for a message that shared a Heritage video about Obamacare during the debate over defunding the law last fall.

This is not the first time Heritage has “hijacked” the liberal message with social media. In 2012, millions of people saw this Heritage message on the #My2K hashtag instead of President Obama’s push for tax hikes:

This disrupted the administration’s messaging and ensured millions were exposed to conservative ideas. Several major news outlets picked up on Heritage’s Twitter efforts: the Wall Street Journal; the AtlanticNational JournalReuters; the Chicago Tribune; and PBS.

This is an example of Heritage’s quick, creative and innovative ability to reach out to the general public and promote our principled conservative values. Heritage’s Ericka Andersen told the Wall Street Journal that our success is “a matter of getting on the trends as they emerge, rather than getting on them too late.”

Be sure to follow @Heritage on Twitter.

Watch Heritage Experts on TV Tonight

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At 6:00 p.m. on Fox News’ “Special Report with Bret Baier,” The Heritage Foundation’s Rob Bluey will discuss our exposé on HealthCare.gov security problems.

Also in the 6:00 p.m. hour on Fox Business’ “The Willis Report,” Heritage health care expert Bob Moffit will discuss Obamacare.

Be sure to tune in!

Is the Farm Bill’s Rejection Proof of a New Crop of Principled Politicians?

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The House of Representatives yesterday rejected a nearly trillion-dollar food stamp and farm bill. This is an important victory for taxpayers and a reaffirmation of fiscal responsibility. It is also a slap in the face for the Washington Establishment.

For some time now, The Heritage Foundation has been highlighting this bill and how it does not do what most people think it does. Our efforts have paid off. Congress will no doubt look to the farm bill debate as an indication of what can happen when the American people are informed and engaged.

Heritage’s Rob Bluey explains how the bill did not pass: Continue Reading »

Watch Online Today: Heritage’s Google+ Hangout on the Internet Sales Tax

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Google PlusEntrepreneur Catesby Jones will join The Heritage Foundation today at 11:00 a.m. Eastern for a webcast about the dangers of the Internet sales tax.

“Catesby Jones has declared war on  the Internet sales tax,” Heritage’s Rob Bluey explains. “As president of the 28-year-old clothing company Peace Frogs, his business relies on Internet purchases to stay profitable. Compliance with the so-called Marketplace Fairness Act could put him out of business — or at least create a regulatory compliance nightmare.”

Watch online on The Foundry today at 11:00 a.m. Eastern.

Heritage Brings Together the Conservative Movement at Resource Bank

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Resource BankAs Heritage Foundation Founder Ed Feulner has always said, it is better to add and multiply the conservative movement than it it to divide and subtract.

This is why for the last 36 years Heritage has hosted the annual Resource Bank meeting: to bring together conservative leaders and organizations from around the country and around the world. Attendees will talk strategy, share tactics and best practices, and work to strengthen the movement.

This year’s meeting kicks off next Wednesday in Orlando. Highlights include: Continue Reading »

Video: Heritage Member Dick DeVos Explains Unions and Michigan’s New Right-to-Work Law

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Late last year, while conservatives were still coming to terms with the re-election of President Obama, something remarkable happened in Michigan. A state that is synonymous with Big Labor enacted a right-to-work law.

Governor Rick Snyder (R-MI) and Republican lawmakers had just witnessed the overwhelming rejection of a union-backed measure at the ballot box in November. Fearing the state was losing jobs to states with more friendly business climates — and workers could also lose freedoms in the workplace — they moved swiftly to make Michigan the 24th right-to-work state in America.

Earlier this week, Heritage hosted Michigan businessman and entrepreneur Dick DeVos, a former candidate for governor and a Heritage member. I sat down with him to talk about how it happened and what lessons conservatives can take away from the victory as they make the case for freedom nationally and in states.

The interview runs about five minutes. It was produced and directed by Patrick Frank. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to watch more Heritage videos.

Cross-posted from The Foundry.

Video: Jim DeMint Explains the Value of Work and Family

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In a new video, Heritage Foundation President-Elect Jim DeMint explains the lessons he learned while growing up in Greenville, SC.

Raised by a single mother, DeMint says he learned that work is a blessing that teaches self-reliance. Through work, he explained, you learn that “I can do anything I want to do if I just work at it.”

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