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    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

    Lawmaker on Liberals’ View of Government: ‘Of, by, for Bureaucrats’

    Conservative members of Congress yesterday highlighted the impact that public perception and popular myths about conservative ideals have on the outcome of elections. “The biggest lie in American politics is that the Republican Party is the party of the rich or the wealthy,” Rep. John Duncan (R–Tenn.) said at “Conversations … More

    School Lunch Program Results Show Why Government Shouldn’t Dictate What Kids Eat

    Maybe this is crazy, but the number one dietary concern when it comes to school lunches should be that kids actually eat lunch. For all the pep talks from Michelle Obama about her Let’s Move campaign and regulations from the USDA, it seems that this basic concern has been sacrificed … More

    How Harry Reid Is Trying to End Debate in the Senate

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    The latest salvo in the Senate’s procedural war was fired yesterday when Senator Chuck Grassley (R—Iowa) introduced a resolution to limit abuse of the cloture rule—a practice frequently employed by Sen. Harry Reid (D–Nev.). Grassley was joined by at least 25 other GOP senators in sponsoring the “Stop Cloture Abuse … More

    Breaking the Revolving Door

    The chattering class loves to say Washington is broken. It’s not; this town is a well-oiled machine for special interests. Indeed, if you’re part of the corrupt nexus that encircles big government and special interests, Washington is your best friend. But there is some evidence that things are changing, and … More

    Rep. Marlin Stutzman: 'Common Core Not the Answer' on Education (VIDEO)

    The national standards known as Common Core are moving education in America in the opposite direction from solutions, Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R–Ind.) told The Foundry in an exclusive interview today. “We need to get the federal government out of the education business,” Stutzman said during Conversations with Conservatives, a monthly gathering … More

    Senate Plan to Replace Fannie, Freddie Faces Skepticism from House Critic

    The chairman of the House Financial Services Committee said he is skeptical of a forthcoming Senate proposal that would replace mortgage lenders Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac with a new government regulator. In an exclusive interview with The Foundry today, Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) said the Senate plan, announced yesterday, … More

    Lerner Likely Waived the Fifth and Can Be Held in Contempt

    While Lois Lerner’s reassertion of the Fifth Amendment, as well as the confrontation between Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R–Calif.) and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D–Md.), soaked up all of the media coverage of the  IRS scandal last week, one interesting news item did not get much attention: the revelation by Lerner’s attorney, … More

    HAMP: Focusing on Mortgage Relief Programs Misses the Big Picture

    The Washington Post has an article detailing the ups and downs of the Obama Administration’s Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP). Heritage previously pointed out several flaws with HAMP, and it’s no surprise that nearly 30 percent of those who qualified for the program have re-defaulted on their mortgages. The Post … More

    The Flawed SGR Replacement Bill: A Missed Opportunity

    This Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on HR 4015, a bill that would replace the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR)—the formula used to update Medicare payment for doctors. A Missed Opportunity By stabilizing physician payments and preventing a 24 percent payment cut, this new bill is … More