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  • VIDEO: Voter ID 'Sting' Targets Eric Holder

    A new undercover video by conservative filmmaker James O’Keefe shows a man being offered Attorney General Eric Holder’s District of Columbia ballot. The poll worker caught on film tells the cameraman that he doesn’t need to see identification. The video, released Monday, contrasts clips from the “sting” with quotes from … More

    Ecotality Examined: Big Executive Bonuses as DOE Keeps Company Afloat

    The final part of a three-part series. As Scribe noted in part two of our series on Ecotality, a company spokeswoman claimed in 2010 that federal support for the company was indicative of the success of the stimulus package. But was Ecotality really a good bet for taxpayers? In addition … More

    House Investigators Probe FEC Dismissal of Union Corruption Case

    Congressional investigators are probing a decision by the Federal Elections Commission to drop a case against a major teachers’ union that allegedly violated federal law by forcing union members to donate to its political action committee. Claire Waites, an eighth grade science teacher and member of the National Education Association, … More

    NOAA Primer Dispels Rush to Blame Texas Tornadoes on Global Warming

    A sudden spate of tornadoes in Texas on Tuesday destroyed an estimated 650 homes. Seventeen people were injured, though thankfully no fatalities have been reported. (If you’re feeling charitable, the American Red Cross is accepting donations to assist the in the relief effort.) As severe weather events often do, the … More

    DOE Rushed Treasury on Solyndra to Accommodate Press Release

    Energy Secretary Steven Chu may want the country to stop discussing the Solyndra scandal, but information continues to come to light that confirms the worst suspicions of the critics of DOE’s $535 million loan guarantee. According to a Treasury Department audit of the Solyndra loan, DOE pushed Treasury officials to expedite their … More

    House Committee Subpoenas Interior Department on Gulf Coast Report

    A House committee issued a subpoena on Wednesday, demanding documents related to the administration’s Gulf Coast drilling permatorium. Republicans on the panel say the administration’s refusal to turn over documents made the action necessary. At issue is a controversial report issued by the Interior Department to justify its 2010 ban on new … More

    Ecotality Examined: For Electric Vehicle Company, Politics is Business

    Part two of a three-part series. Ecotality “is a great example of the stimulus act doing what it was supposed to do,” explained company spokeswoman Jeanine L’Ecuyer in May of 2010. “ETEC was teetering. It was a company trying very hard to stay in business. This grant has created jobs … More

    Ecotality Examined: SEC Subpoena for Stimulus-Backed Company Revealed

    Part one of a three-part series. Scribe has obtained a copy of a Securities and Exchange Commission subpoena sent to Donald Karner, former CEO of Ecotality North America (formerly called eTec), the subsidiary of a company that recieved roughly $115 million in stimulus grants to manufacture charging stations for electric … More

    Audio and Transcript: Obamacare at the Supreme Court, Day Three

    On Wednesday, the Supreme Court heard the third day of oral arguments for and against Obamacare’s individual mandate. The day’s discussion mostly revolved around the issue of severability: is the mandate so closely tied with the rest of the law that the court cannot strike it down without invalidating the … More

    Congressman Seeks Answers on Stimulus-Backed Company Ecotality

    Congress is asking questions about a stimulus-backed electric vehicle company that received millions in taxpayer dollars even after the Securities and Exchange Commission opened an investigation into the company for insider trading. Ecotality, which manufactures charging stations for electric vehicles, was hit with an SEC subpoena in October 2010, a … More