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  • VIDEO: Freshman Lawmakers Make the Case for Government Spending Cuts

    Many of the freshmen serving in the 112th Congress were elected last November riding a wave of Tea Party activism, fueled in part by frustration over out-of-control government spending. This week they’ll have an opportunity to show the American people they’re living up to their promises as the House of … More

    VIDEO: National Academic Standards Pose Threat to Local Control of Education

    One by one, all but seven states have succumbed to pressure to adopt national academic standards. But in a recent bid to retain local control, members of a regional school board in Massachusetts asked state officials to reconsider that decision, according to Education Week. The Massachusetts school board expressed concerns … More

    Oil Spill Commission Ignored Mechanical Causes of Spill

    President Obama’s oil spill commission spent six months examining the “root causes” of the Gulf disaster, yet never inspected the failed blowout preventer — the part of the well that could have, as its name suggests, prevented the explosion. At a House Natural Resources Committee hearing this week, the co-chairmen … More

    House Conservatives Offer Bold Proposal to Cut $2.5 Trillion in Federal Spending

    House conservatives are holding firm on their promise to cut federal spending. Speaking this morning at Heritage, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) outlined $2.5 trillion worth of cuts between now and 2021 — a bold proposal called the Spending Reduction Act (SRA). Jordan, who serves as chairman of the Republican Study … More

    New Jersey Practice Struggles With Health Care Changes

    For the past 10 years, Joseph and Victoria Schwartz have owned a small endocrinology clinic in Englewood, N.J. Lately they’ve faced their share of challenges — some a result of Obamacare, the health care law that faces a crucial repeal vote in the House this week. As small-business owners, health … More

    Countdown to Repeal: Ken Cuccinelli's Court Battle Paved the Way for Congress

    Long before the House of Representatives considered the repeal of Obamacare, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli was leading the way to undo the law in the courtroom. Virginia’s lawsuit against Obamacare has been a rallying cry for opponents of the health care takeover from the beginning, and Cuccinelli has vowed … More

    Rep. Marsha Blackburn Files Internet Freedom Act

    Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) is keeping the promise she made last month. Today, she filed a bill to strike down the Federal Communications Commission’s recent move to enact net neutrality regulations. The Internet Freedom Act states Internet regulation is the sole prerogative of Congress, and is supported by more than … More

    Rep. Marsha Blackburn Promises to Undo FCC’s Internet Regulations

    Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), a longtime advocate of Internet freedom, said she’s undaunted by the Federal Communications Commission’s decision to adopt net neutrality rules. Instead, she thinks the FCC’s action will be a catalyst for renewed commitment on the issue in the 112th Congress. “What we will do is first … More

    UPDATED - Worst of the Waste: The 100 Outrageous Government Spending Projects of 2010

    Update – 10:30 a.m. Dec. 21 – MSNBC host Rachel Maddow yesterday defended Deadhead-related spending. “Sen. Coburn has picked a classic culture war target,” she wrote on her blog. “The Grateful Dead and their buckets of hallucinogens, etc., can be counted on to divide opinion, should anyone actually notice Mr. … More

    State Education Chiefs: Students Should Be Our Focus

    At least five state education chiefs — from across the country and from both political parties — agree: The focus of education should be the student. That’s why they banded together to form Chiefs for Change, a coalition of state education officials “committed to putting children first through bold, visionary … More