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  • Scribecast: Rep. Darrell Issa Discusses Operation Fast and Furious

    Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) says the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is finally “beginning to break down the walls of silence and refusal” from the Obama administration about the Operation Fast and Furious scandal. As its chairman, Issa has doggedly pursued answers on the illegal gun trafficking operation run by the Bureau … More

    'Quit Lying': Conservatives Criticize Obama's Social Security Threat

    Congressional Republicans are outraged at President Obama’s suggestion that Social Security beneficiaries might not get their checks in the event that the federal debt ceiling is not raised by Aug. 2. “Have you no shame, sir?” asked Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) in a short video posted to his website on … More

    Sen. Gillibrand Accidentally Makes the Case for Bush Tax Rates

    Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, is determined to convince Americans that the Bush-era tax rates have directly resulted in job losses for New Yorkers. To that end, she recently published a series of bullet points purporting to show the effect of those tax rates on employment in nine regions of New … More

    In Australia's Misguided Carbon Tax, a Warning for the U.S.

    On Sunday, the government of Australia announced that it will implement a US$24.74 per-metric-ton tax on carbon emissions. The damage the tax is expected to do to the energy sector there, and to the Australian economy generally, offers insight into what the effects of a carbon tax could look like … More

    Obama vs. the Evidence: Infrastructure Spending Is No Job Creator

    The latest unemployment numbers, released Friday, showed that the economy created a net 18,000 jobs in June, far below the roughly 150,000 needed to keep pace with new job market entrants. The unemployment rate ticked up to 9.2 percent. Since President Obama had not yet been asked directly about June’s … More

    Senate Committee to Hold Field Hearing on Gulf Spill Recovery

    The April 20, 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico devastated the Gulf economy, which, more than a year later, has yet to fully recover from the disaster. In en effort to explore relief efforts and “lessons learned” from the spill, the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship … More

    EPA Set to Implement Economically Ruinous Regulations on Power Plants

    The Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday that it has finalized a pair of new regulations on power plants expected to produce massive economic damage and unemployment in coming years. The regulations aim to reduce pollution in down-wind states, and replace similar regulations created by George Bush’s EPA in 2005 and … More

    Scribecast: DeMint Says Obama Trying to 'Run Out the Clock' on Debt Talks

    In a Thursday interview with Scribe, Sen. Jim DeMint, R-SC, claimed that President Obama has no real intention of striking a deal with Republicans on the debt ceiling. Rather, he said, the talks between congressional leaders and the White House have been efforts to “run out the clock up against … More

    Former NLRB Chief Warns Against Board's 'Radical' Snap Elections Rule

    A former chairman of the National Labor Relations Board on Thursday blasted a proposed rule that would expedite elections for workplace unionization, insisting the proposed rule represents a “radical manipulation of the board’s election process” and an attempt to “tilt the process in favor of organized labor.” “The proposed rule … More

    Obama Touts Federal Worker Pay Freeze That Isn't

    President Obama offered few concrete proposals for promoting fiscal responsibility during his “Twitter town hall” on Wednesday. One that he did mention was his drive to freeze federal employee salaries, though he offered the measure as an example of an effort to “make these adjustments that are necessary during these … More