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    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

    Majority of Americans Support Sanctions on Russia

    A solid majority of Republicans and Democrats agree that imposing sanctions on Russia is a good idea, according to a recent Washington Post poll. Among the findings: “in an unheard of alignment of the far left and far right, 68 percent of liberal Democrats support sanctions, as do 69 percent … More

    Holding Aid for Ukraine Hostage

    In one of this year’s more cynical foreign policy moves, the Obama Administration is holding aid for Ukraine hostage to its longstanding goal of reducing U.S. influence at the International Monetary Fund. Yes, you read that right: Reducing U.S. influence is the Administration’s goal. Believing that the U.S. wielded too … More

    Why These Senators Talked About Climate Change All Night

    Ask most Americans these days what’s keeping them up at night, and you’re likely to hear that it’s the economy and the lack of jobs. What’s not on their minds? Well, climate change for one. But for two dozen senators, climate change was reason enough to stay up all night. … More

    The Obama Administration's About-Face on Medicare

    The Obama administration seems determined not to rock the boat before the midterm congressional election this fall. It’s already delayed Obamacare mandates that could cause outrage. Now it has stopped proposed Medicare changes that weren’t even part of Obamacare—and with good reason. The administration had proposed new rules for seniors’ … More