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  • House Committee Seeks Answers on Operation Fast and Furious

    The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hear testimony from six current and former Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms agents regarding the bureau’s botched “Fast and Furious” operation. The hearing will focus specifically on the effect the operation had in Mexico. Operation Fast and Furious involved the sale of thousands … More

    Scribecast: Iain Murray Exposes the Bureaucratic Masters of the Universe

    Government bureaucrats are living the good life. Salaries and benefits are 30 percent to 40 percent higher for federal workers than their private-sector counterparts. They enjoy great benefits, such as early retirement with generous pensions. And now, the rest of America is starting to take notice. This week on Scribecast, … More

    CNN Poll: Two-Thirds of Americans Support 'Cut, Cap and Balance' Plan

    Senate Democrats are on the warpath against the House-passed Cut, Cap and Balance Act. They have taken to calling it the “Cut, Cap, and Kill Medicare Act.” At a press conference on Wednesday, Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) aptly summed up the left’s characterizations of the legislation, calling it “cruel, dangerous, … More

    Study: Marcellus Shale an Economic Godsend for Pennsylvania

    A study released Wednesday, commissioned by the Marcellus Shale Coalition and conducted by three Penn State University energy policy experts, offers a striking view of the massive economic benefits produced by the Marcellus natural gas fields, which stretch from Western New York, through much of Pennsylvania, and into parts of … More

    Business Leaders: Liberal Economic Policies Are Preventing Recovery

    News on Thursday that there were more new jobless claims last week than initially expected gives new weight to the words of a pair of business leaders who recently singled out President Obama and his big-government approach to economic policy as key impediments to economic recovery. Stephen Wynn, CEO of … More

    At 15 Federal Agencies, Death More Common Than Job Loss

    How secure are federal workers’ jobs? According to a recent USA Today study, death is the leading cause of job loss in 15 federal agencies. The federal government laid off or fired 0.55 percent of its workforce, according to USA Today – about one sixth of the firing/layoff rate in … More

    Ezra Klein Offers Dubious Statistics in Attacks on 'Cut, Cap, and Balance'

    [Klein responded in a post Wednesday afternoon. See below for our reply.] Ezra Klein, the Washington Post’s liberal political blogger, has been pushing a pair of questionable assertions in his posts on congressional Republicans’ plan to, as they say, “cut, cap, and balance” the federal budget. Klein has claimed, falsely, … More

    Rep. Dave Schweikert: Tax Increases Won't Solve Debt Crisis

    Rep. Dave Schweikert (R-AZ) attempted on Tuesday to explain the debt debate — how the budget gap should be closed — in terms everyone can understand. Schweikert noted on the House floor that proposals to deal with the deficit from President Obama and other liberals — such as ending tax … More

    Congressional Staffers to Hold Pay-for-Access Fundraiser on Tuesday

    From a March 16, 2006, DCCC press release: Today, it became clear that Republicans will never support meaningful lobbying reform because playing by the rules simply does not compute. Jessica Simpson’s rejection of an invitation to an NRCC fundraiser because she thought it was wrong to lobby for her Operation … More

    SEIU Tells Workers to 'Disobey Laws' In Effort to Undermine Employers

    A Service Employees International Union “contract campaign manual,” recently released as part of an ongoing lawsuit against the union, reveals a host of unseemly tactics the SEIU recommends using against employers who resist unionization efforts. Those include efforts to undermine a business financially, intimidate individual managers, and use political pressure … More