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    The Four Key Things Every Taxpayer Needs to Know About Fannie and Freddie

    Five years ago, Congress used nearly $200 billion to bail out the housing finance companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. These companies are still operating under the direct control of the federal government, and taxpayers are underwriting an even larger share of mortgages now than in 2008. Here are four … More

    How to Avoid Another Housing Crisis

    What’s one thing Congress could do to help the economy and American homeowners? Check out our infographic. Read the Morning Bell and more en español every day at Heritage Libertad. Quick Hits: White House to moms: Ask not what Obamacare does for you, but what you can do for Obamacare. … More

    More Than 500 Economists Agree with the CBO: $10.10 Minimum Wage Would Kill Jobs

    More than 500 economists—including three Nobel laureates—told Congress this week that President Obama’s proposal to hike the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour is a job killer. They explain in a letter how it could threaten the fragile economic recovery and destroy jobs. Economists who signed the letter include Nobel … 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

    Fed Nominee Brainard Needs Nuance on Austerity

    In her hearing before the Senate today, Federal Reserve Board nominee Lael Brainard reportedly said that “expansionary austerity is a contradiction and does not work.” This one-dimensional view of a complex set of policies ignores extensive academic research and lacks the nuance we expect from those who serve on the … More

    Overtime Pay: Why More Government Meddling Isn't Good for Workers

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    Making more money is a good thing. But having a job you like is even better. Which is why President Obama’s announcement this week that he wants to increase the number of Americans eligible for overtime pay is not as good a deal as it sounds. Who qualifies for overtime … 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

    Elizabeth Warren: Tax the Rich to Let Students Pay Off College Loans

    Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), a potential 2016 presidential candidate, says Congress should hike taxes on families and small businesses making more than $1 million, then use the tax revenue to let debt-ridden students refinance their college loans. Speaking at the Center for American Progress on Thursday, Warren outlined a plan which, … More

    Women’s Empowerment Starts with Economic Freedom

    Today is International Women’s Day, a celebration of women’s achievements and an opportunity to highlight the status of women around the world. International Women’s Day is not just about women, but it’s about the role men can and have played in championing gender equality. The role of men can be … More