Heritage Events Podcast
Supreme Court Preview of the 2018 Term
The Supreme Court returns October 1 for its 2018-2019 Term, and the justices will tackle of number of important issues. The Court will consider questions related to Congress’s ability to delegate legislative authority to executive branch officials or administrative agencies in Gundy v. United States, and the requirement that property owners seeking just compensation from the government for a “taking” must first exhaust all options in state court before applying to federal court in Knick v. Township of Scott, Pennsylvania. In Frank v. Gaos, the justices will look at the practice of courts issuing awards in class action lawsuits that line the pockets of third-party advocacy groups, rather than the individuals who were actually injured, and the scope of the federal government’s right to detain illegal immigrants who have committed crimes in Nielsen v. Preap. In Timbs v. Indiana, the Court will consider whether the Eighth Amendment’s “excessive fines” clause applies against the states. In addition to these and many others, what other cases on the horizon might the justices add to the docket? And how will the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy and the potential confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh shape the Court in the next term? Join us as two distinguished Supreme Court litigators discuss what is likely to unfold in the next Supreme Court term.
Why America Needs the Long Range Standoff Weapon
America has embarked on a long-overdue effort to modernize its nuclear deterrent, most of which is decades oldandbecoming obsolete.Acritical partofthis effort is theAir Force’sdevelopmentoftheLong Range Standoff weapon (LRSO), anew generation ofthe current nuclear-armed air-launched cruise missile (ALCM), which isquickly aging out.As argued in anewly-released Heritage Foundation report, the LRSO will be critical tomaintainingthe air leg of the nuclear triad, enablingbombers tohold at riskwell-defended targets for decades to come. Yet as with any major nuclear acquisition program, the LRSO facesroadblocks, including decreasingdefense budgets, acquisition challenges, and strident anti-nuclear opposition.Tomake LRSO a reality, we shouldbe prepared toanswer tough questions. Dobombersreally needcruisemissiles?Whatcapabilitieswill LRSO provide? How willthis weaponimpact strategic stability?Join us as ourexpertpanel takes onthese questionsand more.
One Year Later: Lessons from the Early COVID-19 Response
Secretary Azar reflects on the Trump Administration’s early actions on COVID-19 and what lessons can be drawn from the response, including travel restrictions that slowed the spread, pressure for transparency from China, bringing Americans home safely from abroad, rapidly formed partnerships with the private sector, and educating the American people with the best science available at the time.
State-Sponsored Human Trafficking and How to Fight It
Human trafficking in all forms is abhorrent, but when governments enslave and sell their own people, it takes on an even more pernicious edge. 2020 marked the first year that the State Department designated state sponsors of human trafficking, with ten nations earning the dubious distinction. These designations were an important step in raising awareness about how regimes exploit their own citizens for profit and serve as a vital mechanism to hold them accountable. Join us to commemorate National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, as we spotlight this concerning trend and identify solutions.