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    Giving the Internet Over to the U.N. -- or Worse

    How has the Internet worked so well—and stayed as free as it is—for so long? One big reason is U.S. oversight, and the Obama administration has now said it’s giving that up. Absent oversight of the Department of Commerce, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) will likely … More

    Herman Cain on GOP Tax Plan: Force Harry Reid to Act

    Herman Cain, who ran for president on the 9-9-9 tax plan, challenged Republican leaders in the House of Representatives to pass a tax reform bill this year—and thereby force a debate on the issue. Cain spoke to The Foundry after hosting his radio show from The Heritage Foundation today. A … More

    9 Things Janet Yellen Tried to Say Carefully as the Dow Plunged

    Janet Yellen appeared to emerge with her confidence intact this afternoon after her first press conference as chairman of the Federal Reserve. However, stock markets dropped sharply when, as head of the nation’s central bank, she said the Fed may begin to raise interest rates “six months” after the final … More

    One Problem We Still Haven't Fixed

    You may not have heard much about the housing market lately…but that isn’t because it’s safe. Leaders in Washington were in denial about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s finances before the last housing crisis. We know how that turned out. And taxpayers are still on the hook for the loans … More

    Billions Wasted on “Improper” Food Stamp Payments

    According to a new report issued by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), $2.7 billion worth of improper food stamp payments were made in fiscal year (FY) 2012. That equals 3.8 percent of total food stamp benefit payouts for that year. The rate of improper food stamp payments has … More

    How to Hide Billions in Taxpayer Money and Get Away With It

    Spine-tingling TV shows and movies are always featuring spy capers that are “off-book.” Their existence is on a need-to-know basis, and sure, they’re being funded, but no one sees where that money’s going. There’s a very real, very expensive—and a lot less thrilling—off-book operation going on in Washington. The Treasury … More

    End Double-Dipping: An Easy, Bipartisan Step Toward Saving Disability Insurance

    A friend calls you and begs for cash to aid in his job search. A minute later, he calls you again and begs for more cash because he hurt his back and is unable to work. You, of course, realize that your friend is interested only in mooching off your … More

    Medicare: An Irresponsible "Doc Fix" Could Cost $2.3 Trillion—or More

    Flawed solutions to complex health policy problems can be very costly. Scrutinize, therefore, the congressional compromise legislation (H.R. 4015 and S. 2000) to repeal the unworkable Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula, which updates Medicare payments to physicians. The initial 10-year cost of the SGR repeal legislation would be $138 billion, … More

    WATCH: Cruz Explains in Under Two Minutes Why Ukraine Aid and IMF Changes Shouldn't Be in Same Bill

    In a speech on the Senate floor last night, Sen. Ted Cruz lambasted legislation that tied aid to Ukraine with changes to how much the United States gives to the International Monetary Fund. “These IMF provisions, if passed into law, would dramatically expand the financial exposure of the United States … More

    DHS Chief Jeh Johnson Confirms Inflation of Deportation Numbers

      Jeh Johnson, President Obama’s new secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, this week admitted that “a very large fraction” of deportations aren’t really that but instead “turn-backs” at the border.  During questioning on Capitol Hill, Johnson confirmed that his agency’s use of border security metrics inflate the reported … More