The Supreme Court returns October 3 for its 2022-2023 Term, and the justices will hear cases on a number of important issues: affirmative action, race, elections, administrative law, immigration, and more.

For instance, in Students for Fair Admissions Inc. v. President & Fellows of Harvard College and Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. University of North Carolina, the Court will determine whether institutions of higher education cannot use race as a factor in admissions. In Moore v. Harper, the Court will determine if state legislatures have the authority from the Constitution to regulate federal elections without oversight from state courts. In Sackett v. Environmental Protection Agency, the Court will establish if the 9th Circuit set forth the proper test to determine whether wetlands are “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act. In United States v. Texas, the Court will decide if the state plaintiffs have Article III standing to challenge the Department of Homeland Security’s Guidelines for the Enforcement of Civil Immigration Law.

In this Defining Conservatism podcast, Richard Reinsch interviews Daniel Mahoney about his new book, The Statesman as Thinker, to understand the unbroken line of political leadership stretching from Cicero to George Washington to Winston Churchill. These statesmen could lead their people through turbulent times with prudence and courage, which drew from their learning in classical philosophy and histories of other great leaders and episodes in classic and modern times. If we find ourselves wondering where our statesman have gone, we should read deeply this work to understand the criteria for excellence in political leadership and how we might recover it.


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Harriet Hageman has spent a lifetime upholding the values of the Constitution in the legal and political arenas. To celebrate Constitution Day, she joins Heritage’s Tommy Binion to think through the gravest threats to the Constitution and help prepare the conservative movement for the fight to protect it.


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In the face of an increasingly progressive left, starting your career in the public policy arena can seem daunting. Yet it’s never been more critical for talented conservatives to serve and thrive in key positions on Capitol Hill and in the conservative movement.

Why is your career success in conservative public policy essential to the future of the country? How do you advance conservative values while working in DC without becoming part of the problem?

One of the most controversial and long-standing environmental issues deals with which waters are regulated under the Clean Water Act. For decades, the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers have tried major federal power grabs by defining “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) in a vague and overbroad manner, seeking to regulate almost every water imaginable, and arguably regulating what most people would consider to be land. These power grabs have led to wide opposition from farmers and homebuilders to local governments. There is also significant confusion for property owners as to what is even regulated.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s first case of the new term, Sackett v. EPA, may provide clear and workable answers that are consistent with the Clean Water Act and the proper role of the federal government. Damien Schiff, lead counsel for the Sacketts, joins Heritage’s Daren Bakst in the leadup to oral arguments to discuss why this case is not only a critical environmental law case but also a critical case about private property rights and federalism.

For decades, many conservatives have warned that environmental extremists are trying to use the government to dictate, among other things, how you live, where you live, what you eat, and what you drive. Recent developments have certainly shown they want to dictate what you want to drive. From the so-called Inflation Reduction Act and its push for electric vehicles, California’s efforts to ban new gas-fueled cars, to the extreme federal fuel efficiency standards, the far left wants Americans to stop driving gas-powered cars, with little to no regard for the harm such policies will impose upon Americans.  In this latest edition of the Center for Energy, Climate, and Environment’s PowerCast, leading experts discuss these recent developments, the harmful impact of these efforts, and the elitism and arrogance of some who think they know better than Americans themselves as to what they should drive.


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Where is the U.S. Navy heading? Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Michael Gilday sits down with Heritage’s Brent Sadler to lay out his path for the Navy amidst a host of peer competitors and institutional challenges.

Gilday’s recently updated Navigation Plan provides key insights into how the Navy must operate, with goals that are reasonable. But are they achievable given inflation and budget pressures? Is the Navy equipped to provide sufficient deterrence, or are resources too slim? Join us to learn more about the future of the U.S. Navy.

 

The so-called “Inflation Reduction Act” has now become law, with the House and Senate passing the legislation on purely partisan lines. No Republican voted in favor of the bill, which includes a Green New Deal wish list, spending $369 billion on energy and climate programs. What does the left get wrong with this bill and its energy and climate agenda? What should conservatives do to have a bold and proactive agenda that gets things right? In this latest edition of the Center for Energy, Climate, and Environment’s PowerCast, leading energy experts answer these questions and help to lay out key principles that should inform conservative energy policy.

There are two competing factions in K-12 education right now: those special interest groups and government officials who are working to limit parents’ interactions with schools, and those in power who want to increase parent agency and voice within their children’s schools. As back to school season approaches, how do we ensure it is parents who win-out in the fight for education freedom?

>>> Heritage Explains: School Choice Is Defeating Woke Agendas

The U.S. is Taiwan’s lifeline, not least because it is the only nation in the world that dares to sell it arms. In the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and concern about Taiwan’s central node in global supply chains, these sales have assumed renewed and intense attention. Virtually everyone in Washington agrees Taiwan’s security is important to the U.S. Differences, however, have peaked over how best to protect it. Join us as we discuss the best way forward.


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Elected officials, shareholders, and the American people are uniting against the undemocratic “Environmental, Social and Governance” (ESG) investment framework the elite left has weaponized against them. Federal legislation has been introduced that would require investment advisers to prioritize financial returns over non-pecuniary interests. State treasurers are challenging the financial institutions that discriminate against vital industries in their states. Customers are pushing back on “Woke Corporations.” Shareholders are engaging CEOs directly to ask why investment firms are pouring billions of American pension dollars into China’s economy and propping up communist leaders. And thousands of Americans are taking to the arcane process of submitting comments in opposition to the SEC’s Climate Disclosure Rule—the latest attempt by the Biden administration to compel corporate America to advance an agenda they could never pass with the support of the American people.


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Every day, conservative students across our country face oppressive and discriminatory policies that inhibit their rights to freedom of speech. Your rights don’t end where the campus grounds begin. Join us for an educational and engaging conversation with free speech experts to learn your First Amendment rights on campus and what you can do to protect them.


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The Senate is expected to consider a reconciliation bill misleadingly named the Inflation Reduction Act. The overall spending for the climate and energy provisions of the bill is a whopping $369 billion. The legislation, which is an effort to centrally plan energy use and production, promotes a Green New Deal wish list for far-left extremists, from their favored electricity generation, vehicles, to agricultural practices. In this latest edition of the Center for Energy, Climate, and Environment’s PowerCast, leading experts discuss what’s in the bill, its harmful policies, and why the bill wouldn’t help with inflation but would in fact make matters worse.


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Almost six months have passed since Russian forces invaded their former Soviet allies with the nearly universal expectation that they would quickly overrun the meager defenses that Ukraine could muster. The ebbs and flows of the war have revealed strengths and weaknesses of the combatants, as well as a few misconceptions about modern warfare.

Join us as experts explore the operational lessons learned to date in the air, land, and domains in and around Ukraine and what we can expect over the months to come.

Parents have the basic right to direct the upbringing, education, and care of their children. The Constitution protects this right. But today, government overreach and destructive ideologies threaten children and the rights of American moms and dads.

Government officials have broken the trust of parents. Schools are using toxic ideas about race and gender, rooted in Critical Theory, to define students’ identities. Teachers and administrators are treating students as members of the opposite sex behind their parents’ backs. Counselors and doctors are fast-tracking children to undergo experimental and irreversible cross-sex interventions on their bodies.

The Captagon drug trade is turning Syria into a narco-state. In 2020 alone, authorities outside Syria seized a combined total of at least $3.4 billion worth of Captagon.

In Syria, the drug empire is run by businessmen tied to the Assad regime, close associates of Syrian strongman Bashar Assad, and even family members. A widespread drug epidemic in Syria is not only creating a drug crisis along Jordan’s borders and throughout the region, but it is also fueling instability by empowering the illicit activities of the Assad regime, a close client of Russia, Iran, and China.

The legitimacy of lawmaking by unelected regulatory officials is a controversial subject in any democratic republic, including ours. That is particularly true given that agency rules govern virtually every aspect of American life. Historically, the U.S. Supreme Court was willing to defer to agencies on the ground that regulatory officials were experts in their respective fields. Over the last decade, however, the Supreme Court has reined in agency lawmaking. In particular, the Court has questioned whether federal courts may defer to their interpretations of the law. Columbia Law School Professor Tom Merrill, an expert on administrative law, will discuss this trend and a book that he recently published on this subject. Please join us as he, along with two other experts, analyzes the future of the administrative state.


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Major costs and obstacles impacting the entire oil supply chain, from oil producers, refiners, to gas stations, are driving up gas prices. Understanding the oil supply chain and its challenges helps to better understand the causes of high gas prices. In the latest edition of the Center for Energy, Climate, and Environment’s PowerCast, leading experts discuss issues such as onshore and offshore leasing, pipelines, refining, and basic economics affecting prices. They dispel harmful myths about gas prices, such as alleged price gouging, and also identify some of the Biden administration policies driving up gas prices.


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Creating better educational opportunities for all Americans—regardless of race or socioeconomic status—is crucial work in this country, and it’s been ongoing for decades. On July 13, America recognizes an early pioneer in education and voting rights for black Americans and women, Mary McLeod Bethune, with a statue in the U.S. Capitol. Bethune, the daughter of former slaves, became an advisor to President Franklin D. Roosevelt and dedicated her life to bettering American education.

Following this significant statue unveiling, education experts reflect on how Bethune’s vision can serve us today, especially looking at educational opportunities for all students, including African-American students.

The Chinese Communist Party is notorious for its policies of repression, especially against persons of faith. From Uyghur Muslims to Christians to Tibetan Buddhists, people of all religious traditions are subject to draconian regulations of the practice of their most closely held beliefs. International Christian Concern’s latest report on persecution around the globe identified China as one of the worst violators of religious freedom. In light of this, the world cannot have a passive response when a fundamental freedom is under such dire threat.

Join us on the heels of the International Religious Freedom Summit for a conversation on what the U.S. government and the international community can do to safeguard religious liberty in China.