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  • Government Regulations, Spending Erode America's Economic Freedom

    Congressional passage of three free-trade agreements yesterday marked a rare victory for economic freedom in America. But the United States has a long way to go before it regains its status as a leader in economic freedom, according to a new video from the Charles Koch Institute. Government regulations and … More

    VIDEO: Senator Says Confirming Consumer Czar Would Be 'Devastating'

    Richard Cordray, President Obama’s pick to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, won approval from the Senate Banking Committee last week on a party-line vote. His confirmation to run the new agency faces fierce opposition from Republicans, who have vowed to block Senate approval until reforms are made to the agency. Sen. … More

    The Postal Crisis Easily Explained: How to Avoid a Taxpayer Bailout

    The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee meets Thursday to consider the most substantive postal reform plan under consideration in Congress. The debate in Washington triggered a spending spree from postal unions opposed to the reforms, including a national TV ad campaign launched last month. Now the Oversight Committee is … More

    Lack of Offshore Drilling Lease Sales Makes America's Debt Problem Worse

    Offshore oil and gas leases produced $10 billion in federal revenue only a few years ago. Today that number is zero, a consequence of the Obama administration’s reaction to last year’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill and the resulting moratorium on production in the region. Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) says … More

    Charities, Businesses Lead Recovery Efforts After Pennsylvania Flooding

    Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee may have ravaged northeastern Pennsylvania with floodwaters, but displaced people have found aid and comfort in the relief provided by private charities and businesses. A recent New York Times story described affected people’s disillusionment with the federal government’s ability to dispense disaster relief aid … More

    Chart of the Week: Cutting All Defense Spending Would Not Solve Debt Crisis

    House Armed Services Chairman Buck McKeon (R-CA) is a man on a mission. He’s making the rounds on Capitol Hill to convince his colleagues, particularly those on the 12-member Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, that they should avoid cutting defense spending. McKeon has a point — and it’s one … More

    Scribecast: John Fund Explains Why Voter ID Laws Benefit Minorities

    Former President Bill Clinton recently compared voter identification laws to Jim Crow-era statutes that suppressed the black vote after the Civil War. “There has never been in my lifetime, since we got rid of the poll tax and all the Jim Crow burdens on voting, the determined effort to limit … More

    Congressman Asks Holder to Resign Amid New Fast and Furious Details

    A conservative congressman today called on Attorney General Eric Holder to resign after new revelations surfaced about his knowledge of the botched Fast and Furious gun-running operation. Beginning in July 2010, Holder received at least five memos about the flawed operation, but told Congress this May he had just learned … More

    VIDEO: How Rep. Darrell Issa Would Save the U.S. Postal Service

    The U.S. Postal Service faces a bleak future without reform. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), a successful businessman before coming to Congress, has just the plan to save it from financial collapse. Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, spoke at Heritage yesterday about the Postal Service’s problems … More

    Watch Live: Rep. Randy Hultgren and FRC's Tony Perkins at The Bloggers Briefing

    Heritage welcomes Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-IL) and Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, for today’s Bloggers Briefing at noon ET. The event is available on Ustream.tv. Follow the action live on Twitter using the #TBB hashtag. Hultgren is a freshman from Illinois’ 14th District in the northern part … More