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May 21, 2018
Memorial Day weekend is right around the corner. Here is what conservatives need to know this week. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gives his first major policy speech at Heritage this morning. Watch it live at the link below. Also, another tragic school shooting has occurred at a high school in Texas. Heritage has solutions for common-sense reforms that will make schools safer. Plus, the farm bill unexpectedly failed in the House, giving the GOP a chance to get it right. It will now pivot to immigration reform. Heritage explains why. Take notes, we have your policy solutions right here. —Michelle Cordero
Pompeo gives his first speech as secretary of state this morning at Heritage.
Today at 9 a.m., Heritage will welcome Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for his first public address on the Trump administration’s Iran strategy. The speech comes less than two weeks after President Donald Trump’s May 8 announcement that the U.S. will withdraw from the flawed nuclear deal with “the world’s leading state sponsor of terror.” Following the speech, titled “After the Deal: A New Iran Strategy,” Pompeo will be joined on stage by Heritage President Kay Coles James for a brief discussion. Watch the event live.
Common-sense reforms that will make schools safe for everyone.
On Friday, a 17-year-old student in a trench coat, armed with three weapons, opened fire in an art class at Santa Fe High School. Nine students and one teacher were killed and multiple people were injured. “[The] attack in Texas reinforces that America must get serious about school safety and implement the common-sense reforms that will make schools safe for everyone,” tweetedHeritage President Kay Coles James. Heritage launched its School Safety Initiative earlier this year and is making real progress in developing solutions.Please read our latest research and stats.
Immigration reform is back on the table.
Last week the House failed to pass a farm bill that conservatives felt didn’t go far enough when it came to reforming welfare program work requirements and out-of-control farm subsidies. It appears now that the House will pivot to immigration reform after multiple members signed a discharge petition that would re-open debate. “The current effort in Congress is nothing more than an effort to expedite amnesty, rather than tackle the critical immigration reforms conservatives have long recommended and for which the Trump administration has asked,” says James Carafano, Heritage’s vice president of the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy and E.W. Richardson fellow. Read Carafano’s full statement and check out Heritage’s 2018 solutions on immigration.


Members of ADAPT—a leading grassroots disability rights organization—held a “Free Our People!” protest at The Heritage Foundation last week. Heritage President Kay Coles James, who has worked closely with the disability rights community for many years, invited leaders of the organization to her office. Learn more about what happened next.
This week on the “ Heritage Explains” podcast, John Malcolm, vice president of Heritage’s Institute for Constitutional Government and director of Heritage’s Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, explains some of the hostile narratives that have emerged in mainstream and social media about America’s law enforcement officers and why they are false and harmful. Listen to the podcast.
On Heritage’s “ SCOTUS 101” podcast, legal experts in Heritage’s Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, Elizabeth Slattery and Tiffany Bates, chat with SCOTUSblog’s Amy Howe. They also break down recent decisions on sports betting, shackling, and more. Listen to the podcast.
Tuesday at 10 a.m., Heritage will co-host an event on Ronald Reagan’s “peace through strength” Cold War strategy with the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies, the American Foreign Policy Council, and the Reagan Alumni Association. Learn more about the event.
Tuesday at 10:30 a.m., Heritage will host a panel on the Federal Reserve’s new capital rules proposal. Speakers include Thomas Hogan, a fellow in the Center for Public Finance at the Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University;Norbert J. Michel, director of Heritage’s Center for Data Analysis; Diego Zuluaga, a policy analyst in the Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives at the Cato Institute; and Alex J. Pollock, a distinguished senior fellow in financial markets at the R Street Institute. Watch the event live.
Tuesday at 2 p.m. Heritage President Kay Coles James will host an event withNewt Gingrich, former speaker of the House, to talk about his new book “Trump’s America: The Truth About Our Nation’s Great Comeback.” Watch the event live.
Wednesday at 7:30 a.m., Heritage and the Washington Examiner will interviewWilbur Ross, U.S. secretary of commerce, Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., on recent changes in trade policy. Learn more about the event.
Wednesday at 9 a.m., Heritage, the United States Institute of Peace, and the Embassy of Georgia, will hold their 2nd Annual U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Conference and explore the current state of regional affairs, focusing on the geopolitical interest of the United States and Georgia. Learn more about the speakers.
Wednesday at noon, author Martin Morse Wooster will discuss his book “How Great Philanthropists Failed and You Can Succeed at Protecting Your Legacy.”Watch the event live.
Wednesday at noon, Heritage will host a discussion on how to prioritize the needs of children in adoption and foster care. Speakers include Shannon Royce, director of the Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; mother and adopted son Karen and Martin Strachan; and Eric Teetsel, president of the Kansas Family Policy Alliance.Learn more about the event.


Ed Feulner, former president and founder of The Heritage Foundation, talked about the Senate gridlock on nominations and spending bills on Fox Business’ “Varney & Co.” Watch the interview.
Nile Gardiner, director of Heritage’s Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom and Bernard and Barbara Lomas fellow, explained the violent protests on the Gaza border and Hamas’ role on Fox News’ “Fox News @ Night.” Watch the interview.
Angela Sailor, chief of staff to the president at The Heritage Foundation, talked about raising strong children on “The Armstrong Williams Show.” Watch the interview.
Tom Spoehr, director of Heritage’s Center for National Defense, joined Fox News’ “America’s News HQ,” to talk about what the National Guard is doing at our southern border. Watch the interview.
Peter Brookes, senior fellow in Heritage’s Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy, talked about if the the North Koreans are getting cold feet when it comes to meeting with President Trump on Fox Business’ “ Cavuto: Coast to Coast.” Watch the interview.
James Jay Carafano, Heritage’s vice president of the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy and E.W. Richardson fellow, discussed the threat from North Korea to pull out from the summit with the United States on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends First” and Fox Business’ “FBN: am,” and the terror attack in Paris on Fox News’ “America’s News HQ.”
Bruce Klingner, a senior research fellow in Heritage’s Asian Studies Center, discussed the release of three Americans hostage held by North Korea onMSNBC, and President Trump’s upcoming U.S.-North Korea summit on CNN andFox Business’ “Mornings with Maria.”
Hans A. von Spakovsky, manager of Heritage’s Election Law Reform Initiative and senior legal fellow at the Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, talked about potential Supreme Court vacancies on Fox News’ “America’s News HQ.”Watch the interview.
Ginny Montalbano, a contributor to The Daily Signal, joined One America News Network’s “Tipping Point with Liz Wheeler” to discuss the aftermath of an attack on a Trump supporter and liberal news bias. Watch the interview.
Ed Haislmaier, Heritage’s Preston A. Wells Jr. senior research fellow in health policy, talked about President Trump’s prescription drug price reduction plan onFox Business’ “The Intelligence Report.” Watch the interview.


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