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Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History

November 7, 2015 Brian Kilmeade and his co-author Don Yaeger return with another fascinating historical narrative. Like their bestseller George Washington's Secret Six, Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates sheds light on a vitally important episode forgotten by most Americans. Only weeks after President Jefferson's 1801 inauguration, he decided to confront the Tripoli pirates who had been kidnapping American ships and sailors, among other outrageous acts. Though inclined toward diplomacy, Jefferson sent warships to blockade Tripoli and protect American shipping, and then escalated to all-out war against the Barbary states. Read more

Resolved: The Supreme Court Should Revisit the Privileges or Immunities Clause

October 31, 2015 The Privileges or Immunities Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment provides as follows: “No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States.” Like other constitutional guarantees, the clause’s Delphic terms invite multiple interpretations. Some read it to empower courts to create previously-unrecognized “privileges or immunities.” Others limit it to a narrow category of rights, like the ones found in the Bill of Rights, a set that courts cannot enlarge. In 1872 the Supreme Court in the Slaughter-House Cases read the clause very narrowly, limiting it to a small category of rights, such as the right to travel interstate. Read more

The Joseph Story Distinguished Lecture

October 22, 2015 The Heritage Foundation’s Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies is honored to announce that Judge Carlos T. Bea of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit will deliver our eighth Joseph Story Distinguished Lecture. Read more

Last Act: The Final Years and Emerging Legacy of Ronald Reagan

October 20, 2015 Read more

Does the Fourteenth Amendment Require Birthright Citizenship?

October 16, 2015 The Fourteenth Amendment states that “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.” Many believe that this means being born on U.S. soil is sufficient to confer citizenship. Some scholars, however, argue that the Constitution does not confer citizenship on children born in the United States to parents who are illegal aliens because they owe allegiance to another government. Others maintain that the drafters of the Fourteenth Amendment sought to restore the common law doctrine of jus soli—right of the soil—which had been abrogated by the Supreme Court’s Dred Scott decision and that subsequent Supreme Court decisions support this interpretation. Does the Citizenship Clause mandate birthright citizenship? Legal experts John Eastman and James Ho will explore this hotly debated question that has important legal and political consequences. Read more

Takedown: From Communists to Progressives, How the Left Has Sabotaged Family and Marriage

October 16, 2015 America is witnessing a watershed moment in its cultural history: the sabotaging of family and marriage. Extreme-left radicals have made their arguments and tried different tactics for decades, but at long last they have the vehicle to make it happen: gay marriage. Now, as the legal definition of marriage rapidly changes, the floodgates are open, and the fundamental transformation of the American family will take on new speed and new dimensions. Efforts to redefine the family structure have been long at work, and there have been some influential forces on the far left and communist left that cannot and should not be ignored in that process. Read more

Baroness Margaret Thatcher: Leader, Inspiration and Example

October 14, 2015 Read more

The Future of European Civilization: Lessons for America

October 14, 2015 Read more

Making the Grade: State and Local Innovations in Education

October 9, 2015 Read more

Due Process Goes to School: How to Handle Campus Sexual Assault Cases

October 9, 2015 America’s universities are much more than classrooms: they are four-year residences for many students. Unfortunately, crimes do take place on college campuses, including sexual assault. In response, colleges and federal bureaucrats have developed various laws and regulations designed to protect students. While this impulse is laudable, sometimes the results are not. Some college administrators have adopted questionable procedures that appear to favor the accused and have put political correctness above the rights and interests of the accused and the need to engage in a legitimate search for the truth. Read more

The Cost of U.S. Nuclear Forces: From BCA to Bow Wave and Beyond

October 8, 2015 Read more

Our Debt to Society: The Conservative Case for Criminal Justice Reform

October 8, 2015 A generation ago, conservatives met an unprecedented crime wave with innovative policy reforms that turned back a rising tide of violence. The results of that historic achievement are still around us – safer streets, stronger communities, and more economic opportunity. But even successful policies have tradeoff costs. And today, America’s most vulnerable families and neighborhoods are paying them. So it falls to a new generation to once again reform our criminal justice laws, with an eye not only to prevention and punishment, but also to rehabilitation and recovery for the Americans the current system is leaving behind. And once again, it is conservatives who must lead this effort. Read more

Nuclear Deterrence in the Context of the European Security Crisis and Beyond

October 7, 2015 Read more

Influence Operations: Chinese Political Warfare in East Asia and Beyond

October 7, 2015 Read more

The Pivotal Moment: How the Iran Deal Frames America’s Foreign Policy Choices

October 7, 2015 At the core of the debate over the Iran deal are two distinct visions of what American foreign policy should be. In contrast to the cartoonish and politicized efforts to frame foreign affairs as a choice between isolationism, regime change, or some nebulous choice in between, the controversy over the efficacy of the Vienna Agreement represents the real difference between the alternatives being offered to the American people. This discussion aims to frame the key distinctions between progressive and conservative foreign policy and the choice they represent for the nation as it considers what kind of statecraft to expect from the next administration. Read more

Twelve Syrian Martyrs

October 6, 2015 Why is the US not taking in Syrian and Iraqi Christians? Read more

The 2015 Index of Culture and Opportunity: Sound Solutions Begin with Accurate Assessment of the Challenges

October 6, 2015 Read more

A Summit on Workers’ Empowerment

October 6, 2015 Workers today face many economic challenges. The White House has announced a Summit on Worker Voice to be held on October 7 to advance the misguided notion that the decline in union membership represents a major problem for employees. However, 21st Century workers are choosing not to join unions because they see little benefit from union dues. In reality, the government itself often creates more significant barriers for workers trying to get ahead. Read more

Among the Liberal Fascists

October 6, 2015 The Corbynized Labour movement heads for the anti-democratic fringe Read more

A Syrian No-Fly Zone Means War

October 6, 2015 Hawks rush to challenge Russia to an unconstitutional conflict over the skies of Damascus Read more

What “Organic” Means

October 6, 2015 Have big government and big agribusiness "hijacked" the label? Read more

The Republican Revival of Romney’s Foreign Policy

October 6, 2015 The Hay Initiative encourages GOP candidates to sing from Mitt's old hymnal. Read more

Florida Man!

October 6, 2015 'Yes, I drank the goat's blood," says US Senate candidate from You Know Where Read more

New Monasticism & the Benedict Option

October 6, 2015 An online dialogue between Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove and Rod Dreher Read more

Rubio’s Disqualifying Recklessness on Syria

October 6, 2015 Putting the U.S. on a collision course with Russia over Syria is one of the most irresponsible things that a presidential candidate could promise to do. Read more

Human Fallibility a Historical Constant

October 6, 2015 The bad and the ugly our ancestors wrought does not negate the good and the beautiful that they accomplished Read more

Innovation and the Defense Industrial Base

October 5, 2015 Read more

Does the Pope Fear God?

October 5, 2015 A near-apocalyptic view of the Synod on the Family Read more

Benedict Option and Balance

October 5, 2015 Navigating the middle course between fundamentalism and liberalism Read more

Massacre Plot Foiled

October 5, 2015 Four California boys planned a bloodbath at their high school, say cops Read more

Yemen and the Destructive Habit of Taking Sides

October 5, 2015 The U.S. is assisting ugly client regimes as they lay waste to an impoverished country. Read more

A Syria “No-Fly Zone” Is Madness, So Naturally It Has Bipartisan Support

October 5, 2015 The calls for a "no-fly zone" in Syria should be flatly rejected. Read more

How Red Was My Hollywood

October 5, 2015 In an age grappling with class, race, identity, and the Great Depression, many artists flirted with the left. Read more

Taiwan in the South China Sea

October 2, 2015 Read more

Jack Kemp: The Bleeding-Heart Conservative Who Changed America

October 2, 2015 The late 1970s were miserable for America. In the 1980s, it all turned around. Ronald Reagan’s policies sparked an American renaissance, but the Gipper’s leadership is only part of the story. The economic theory that underpinned America’s success was pioneered by a star professional quarterback turned self-taught intellectual and "bleeding-heart conservative" – Jack Kemp. Read more