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    Washington Hits the $16.7 Trillion Debt Ceiling with $300 Billion in New Debt

    On May 19, the United States hit its debt ceiling after adding $300 billion in more debt since lawmakers suspended the ceiling in February. But the cash won’t run dry until at least Labor Day, according to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, whose department can employ a variety of cash management … More

    Honey, I Shrunk the Benghazi Talking Points

    The White House release of the e-mail chain regarding the Benghazi talking points on Wednesday has opened up a slew of new questions. Covering only two days—Friday, September 14 and Saturday, September 15—and focused only on the production of the hapless talking points, they raise the question: What communication took … More

    Food Stamps and Farm Programs: Some Things Just Don’t Go Together

    Sometimes things go better together than you’d think, such as bacon and chocolate, or Hall and Oates, however, not all combinations work. For years, some Members of Congress have thought that food stamps and farm programs—while very distinct from each other—are a great political fit. As Senator Thad Cochran (R–MS), … More

    Inside the Dysfunctional IRS

    As bad as the political persecution of conservatives by the IRS is—and it is really bad—if the IRS were to replace half of its workforce with tea party members, problems would remain. Let me explain how I know this. President Obama’s announcement that Acting Commissioner Steven T. Miller would take … More

    Another Obama Recess Appointment Smacked Down

    Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit vacated a decision of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on the basis that board member Craig Becker had been appointed in violation of the Constitution. In a 2–1 decision, Judge D. Brooks Smith determined that Becker’s appointment on March … More

    Congress Should Not Follow Illinois Example on Internet Sales Tax

    CHICAGO, IL—To see how the Internet sales tax would affect small businesses, we need only look at Illinois. The President’s home state tried its own “Amazon tax” and had negative results, yet Illinois is the driving force behind similar federal legislation. Imagine a small online retailer in Champaign-Urbana selling Illini … More

    IRS-Gate: The Potential Criminal Implications

    With the announcement by Attorney General Eric Holder of a criminal investigation of the IRS over the agency’s targeting of conservative Tea Party and other groups, a key question that has arisen is: What are the relevant federal criminal laws that might apply to the misconduct of IRS employees? There … More

    America's Veterans: Serving Those Who Serve

    As part of its fifth annual Protect America Month, Heritage will honor those who have bravely served our nation and kept us safe from innumerable threats and enemies with an event on “Serving Those Who Serve.” Our veterans are the finest the U.S. has to offer. They have been tested … More

    Obama Dismisses Benghazi Investigations as “Side Show”

    President Obama yesterday dismissed the House investigations into the Benghazi debacle as a political “side show.” In a news conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron, the President complained testily that nothing new had been uncovered in last week’s hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. “The whole … More

    IRS-Gate

    Over the weekend, the IRS scandal got even more bizarre. Various news organizations got a look at a still-unreleased report by the inspector general (IG) for tax administration at the Treasury Department. According to the report, IRS official Lois Lerner knew about the problem by June 2011; yet in March … More