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    Seven Democrats on Line After Backing Obama's Rejected Nominee

    Senate Democrats who joined with Republicans to deliver an unexpected defeat Wednesday to President Obama’s pick for a key Justice Department post got much of the initial attention. An equal number of Democrats who supported nominee Debo Adegbile, however, now face potentially withering scrutiny. “The 30-second [attack] ads write themselves,” … More

    Paul Ryan: Give Leaders 'Benefit of the Doubt'?

    Google the words “Republican Surrender.” I stopped counting the number of relevant articles after page 10. Google “Democrat Surrender” and by page 3, fewer than half the articles are about congressional Democrats surrendering on anything. When your party has a large majority in the House of Representatives (the body in … More

    The Policy Solution That Could Help You Spend Less Time Stuck in Traffic

    States—not Washington—best understand their transportation problems and how to solve them. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R–WI) recently expressed this fact at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Describing Sen. Mike Lee (R–UT) and Rep. Tom Graves’ (R–GA) Transportation Empowerment Act (TEA) proposal, Ryan explained, “They want to … More

    Congress Needs More Selfless Sacrifice, Coburn Suggests

    Much of the ineffectiveness and unpopularity of Congress stems from the “laziness” and selfishness of career politicians, Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK)  said this morning during a CPAC discussion on what ails the legislative branch. Statesmanship and strong leadership require sacrifice, Coburn said. No wonder President Obama is emboldened to go … More

    Record 20 Percent of Households on Food Stamps

    Recent data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture indicates that more than 23 million households—a record 20 percent—are now on food stamps. This is a dramatic increase from 15 million households in 2009. Part of the growth is no doubt due to the weak economy. But problematic policies have also … More

    Noxious Regulations from the EPA

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this week finalized more stringent standards for automotive emissions and the sulfur level in gasoline. The agency claims that the new rules will prevent 2,000 premature deaths per year (!) and 50,000 cases of respiratory ailments in children. Don’t believe it. As is commonly the … More

    How Many Jobs Are Threatened by the EPA in YOUR District?

    The Obama Administration is trying to regulate Americans’ livelihoods away. Will Congress do anything to stop it? The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pushing regulation of “greenhouse gases”—something even its own officials have admitted would have no noticeable impact on the climate. New Heritage research shows the devastating impact it … More

    Lerner Asserts the Fifth—Again

    In an exciting, if unsurprising, hearing this morning before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, former IRS official Lois Lerner once again asserted her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. As part of her assertion, Lerner refused to answer any questions about the IRS targeting of Tea Party and … More

    5 Things to Know About Obama’s Budget

    The President’s Budget — 212 pages long — included a wide range of proposals and Heritage experts shed light on a number of these in a Live Analysis yesterday. Here are five things you should know about the President’s budget: Higher Spending and No Balanced Budget—Ever. President Obama’s budget would … More

    Social Security Disability Insurance Program Requires Immediate Reform

    The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) trust fund is projected to run dry in just two years. Absent legislation to address the disability program’s impending insolvency, benefits for all disability recipients will be cut by 21 percent beginning in 2016. For short-sighted policymakers, redirecting funds from the Old Age Social … More