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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

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

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

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 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

Advocacy and the First Amendment: Should Nonprofits Disclose Their Donors?

September 30, 2015 Critics of the current campaign process for state and federal offices are urging states and Congress to require nonprofit advocacy organizations to disclose the identity of their donors to the government, and thus the public, when they engage in political speech and discussion of issues that may affect candidates for political office. Does this violate associational and free speech rights under the First Amendment? Is this a necessary requirement for transparency in the election process? Does mandatory disclosure violate the right to privacy and can it negatively affect the ability of nonprofits to operate on behalf of their members? Does disclosure benefit the public and inform their ability to make choices in the election process? Read more

Iran’s Deadly Ambition: The Islamic Republic’s Quest for Global Power

September 26, 2015 Conventional wisdom certainly seems to believe we are on the cusp of détente with Iran. In the aftermath of the interim nuclear deal struck in November 2013 hopes are now running high for a historic reconciliation between Iran's clerical regime and the West. Yet there is ample reason for skepticism that the United States and Europe can truly curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions by diplomatic means. Moreover, the current focus on Iran’s nuclear program on the part of the Western governments is deeply dangerous, because it fails to recognize – let alone address – Iran’s other international activities or its foreign policy ambitions. Those objectives, argues Ilan Berman, are global in scope and growing. Read more

Supreme Court Preview of the 2015 Term

September 23, 2015 Last term, the Supreme Court addressed hot button issues including same-sex marriage, President Obama’s signature healthcare law, religious liberty, the regulatory authority of the Environmental Protection Agency, and free speech. The next term is shaping up to a blockbuster as well. Already on the docket are cases involving racial preferences in college admissions, legislative redistricting, public sector unions, as well as several cases looking at sentencing in capital punishment cases. The Supreme Court will add even more to the docket in the coming months. Read more

A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War: How J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis Rediscovered Faith, Friendship, and Heroism in the Cataclysm of 1914-1918

September 18, 2015 The First World War laid waste to a continent and permanently altered the political and religious landscape of the West. For a generation of men and women, it brought the end of innocence – and the end of faith. Yet for J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis, the Great War deepened their spiritual quest. Both men served as soldiers on the Western Front, survived the trenches, and used the experience of that conflict to ignite their Christian imagination. Had there been no Great War, there would have been no Hobbit, no Lord of the Rings, no Narnia, and perhaps no conversion to Christianity by C. S. Lewis. Read more

God and Mrs. Thatcher: The Battle for Britain’s Soul

September 16, 2015 A woman demonized by the left and sanctified by the right, there has always been a religious undercurrent to discussions of Margaret Thatcher. While her Methodist roots are well known, the impact of her faith on her politics is often overlooked. In an attempt to source the origins of Margaret Thatcher’s “conviction politics,” Eliza Filby explores how Thatcher’s worldview was shaped and guided by the lessons of piety, thrift and the Protestant work ethic learned in Finkin Street Methodist Church, Grantham, from her lay-preacher father. Read more

Evenwel v. Abbott: What Does One Person, One Vote Really Mean?

September 16, 2015 This fall, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in Evenwel v. Abbott, which could turn out to be the most significant redistricting case the Court has heard in decades. In Evenwel, two Texas voters claim that state legislative districts violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment because the Texas legislature included large numbers of noncitizens, who are ineligible to vote, in the population it used to draw the districts. The plaintiffs reside in districts whose voting populations deviate anywhere from 31 to 49 percent from the “ideal” population of a Texas Senate District. As a result, their votes have only about half the value of voters in other districts. The Supreme Court has never decided what population states should use to meet the one person, one vote standard it established almost sixty years ago under the Equal Protection Clause. Should this issue be left up to the states to decide? Or does one person, one vote require that only eligible voters be considered? Read more

Relentless Strike: The Secret History of Joint Special Operations Command

September 12, 2015 Since the attacks of September 11, one organization has been at the forefront of America's military response. Its efforts turned the tide against al-Qaida in Iraq, killed Bin Laden and Zarqawi, rescued Captain Phillips and captured Saddam Hussein. Its commander can direct cruise missile strikes from nuclear submarines and conduct special operations raids anywhere in the world. Read more

Women as Victims of Terrorism

September 11, 2015 ISIS barbarity against women, particularly those from religious minorities, is well-documented. Media reports about a codified system of sex slavery that involves ISIS fighters regularly raping pre-teen girls and young women from the minority Yazidi community has shocked the West. ISIS relies on acts of extreme violence, particularly the brutalization of women, to consolidate control over populations and as a recruitment tool. What should the U.S. do to end the ISIS atrocities against women and girls? Come view an acclaimed documentary and hear a panel of experts discuss this disturbing yet critical issue. Read more

The 10th Anniversary of ''Winning the Long War''

September 11, 2015 In "Winning the Long War", experts on security, civil liberty, and economics examined post-9/11 policies and mapped out a long-term national strategy for the war on terrorism. This strategy balances prudent military and security measures with the need to protect civil liberties and maintain continued economic growth. How far have we come since? Are we better off than we were 10 years ago? This panel will discuss whether or not America has improved in its ability to provide a strong national security, ensure economic prosperity, protect individual liberty, and win the war of ideas. Read more

The Vienna Iran Deal: Triumph for Diplomacy or Tomorrow’s Disaster?

September 3, 2015 Nothing in the past 35 years has shown that Iran can be a credible and trustworthy member of the international community. Tehran is the world’s largest exporter of state sponsored terrorism. The blood of hundreds of American and British soldiers fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan is on the hands of the regime’s top military officials. As a result of the Vienna deal between the P5+1 and Iran, the Middle-East could be on the brink of a new nuclear arms race. After winning the Cold War, an arms race in one of the world’s most dangerous regions is not a legacy we should pass on to the next generation. Join Member of Parliament and former British Defence Secretary, Dr. Liam Fox MP for a talk about the consequences of the Vienna deal and what it means for regional and global security. Read more

How Trump Is Like David Duke

September 2, 2015 For one, he's smarter than the media who believe he's a bad joke Read more

Donald Trump’s Nuclear Test

September 2, 2015 He wins by defying the GOP establishment at every turn. But will he fall into line on Iran? Read more

‘Resident Aliens’ & the Benedict Option

September 2, 2015 The continuing relevance of the 1980s classic by Stanley Hauerwas and William Willimon Read more

Kim Davis to SCOTUS: ‘Drop Dead’

September 2, 2015 The Christian resister should modify her stance or resign her state job Read more

Nothing “Happened” to Walker, He’s Just a Weak Candidate

September 2, 2015 Walker's decline isn't really all that puzzling. Read more

Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom

September 2, 2015 The Supreme Court has issued a decision on marriage, but that doesn't end the debate. Now that the court has ruled, Americans face momentous debates about the nature of marriage and religious liberty. In Truth Overruled, the first book to respond to the Supreme Court's decision on same-sex marriage, Ryan Anderson draws on the best philosophy and social science to explain what marriage is, why it matters for public policy, and the consequences of its legal redefinition. Read more

Do Right-to-Work Laws Really Reduce Wages? Examining the Evidence

September 2, 2015 Polls show that Americans overwhelmingly believe that workers should not be forced to pay union dues. Three new states have recently passed right-to-work laws that make paying union dues voluntary. Several more states are considering doing the same. Unions and their allies argue that such laws lower wages. They contend the economic benefits of greater union membership justify forcing workers to pay union dues. Read more

Why Democrats Ignore Clinton’s Terrible Foreign Policy Record

September 1, 2015 Most Democrats should find Clinton's foreign policy record to be unacceptable and disqualifying, but that isn't how they have reacted. Read more

The Saudis Are Trying to Drag the U.S. Deeper into Yemen

September 1, 2015 The Saudis expect the U.S. to do more for them as they pursue their own goals at the expense of our interests. Read more

Dear Evangelicals: It’s Not So Bad

September 1, 2015 An Orthodox rabbi on how to be a creative minority Read more

Can the GOP Deal With Iran?

September 1, 2015 Republicans' foreign-policy credibility will ride on whether they can accept and enforce a deal the world considers done. Read more

How to Keep the Millennials

September 1, 2015 A city built for millennials now struggles to make them stay. Read more

Why America Isn’t Socialist

September 1, 2015 Jeffersonian populism and Bolshevik statism fractured a movement that could not overcome the two-party system. Read more

Petraeus: Side with Al Qaeda Against ISIS

September 1, 2015 Once someone starts referring to members of an Al Qaeda affiliate as "moderates," it's safe to say that he has lost the plot. Read more

Van Morrison is 70 Today

September 1, 2015 He accomplished more by age 25 than almost any musician ever does Read more

Yes to Denali, No to McKinley

September 1, 2015 A long-overdue name change Read more

Walker the Untested and Unready

September 1, 2015 Promising to strain relations with major allies isn't proof of boldness or "resolve." Read more

The 2015 Global Agenda for Economic Freedom: Making Sense of the Recent Global Economic Turmoil

August 27, 2015 The promotion of economic freedom at home and abroad is essential not only for a genuine and sustained revi-talization of the U.S. economy, but to America’s global leadership. The Heritage Foundation’s 2015 Global Agenda for Economic Freedom describes in detail concrete plans to promote global economic freedom, and offers Washington a blueprint for a practical and effective global strategy. Please join us for a discussion of global economic freedom. Read more