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    California to Use Popular TV Shows to Market Obamacare Exchanges

    Officials in California plan to use popular network television shows to market the state’s new health care exchange, established as part of Obamacare, according to a marketing plan drafted in June. “Individuals from California’s robust entertainment industry will be approached at the most senior levels to engage in California’s effort, … More

    VIDEO: "Atlas Shrugged" Producers Speak at The Bloggers Briefing

    In just a few weeks, “Atlas Shrugged: Part II” will make its big-screen debut. Today the film’s producers visit The Heritage Foundation for a sneak preview. John Aglialoro and Harmon Kaslow are in Washington, D.C., to promote the movie’s theatrical release on Oct. 12. They will speak at The Bloggers … More

    VIDEO: Teachers' Unions in Their Own Words

    You may have heard: Chicago teachers are on strike. Some facts you may not have seen (unless, of course, you’ve been reading the Foundry): the average Chicago teacher makes $71,000 a year before benefits. That’s $24,000 more than the average Chicago resident, and second only to New York City in teachers’ … More

    Chart of the Week: Sequestration Reduces Defense as Budget Priority

    The Obama Administration released its sequestration report more than a week late, but other than a 9.4 percent reduction in discretionary national defense funding, there are few other details, according to The Heritage Foundation’s Brian Slattery. He describes President Obama’s own budget request as one that would “dramatically shrink” the … More

    Plagiarized EPA 'Hispanic Heritage Month' E-Mail Features Che Guevara

    The Environmental Protection Agency sent out an official email on Thursday recognizing Hispanic Heritage Month. The email included plagiarized work from an obscure website on Hispanic culture and featured a photo of notorious Cuban communist Ernesto “Che” Guevara. The email was sent by EPA management analyst Susie Goldring. The agency … More

    Energy Department Touts Solar Power That Generates 0.14% of Electricity

    The U.S. Department of Energy this week touted the growth of solar power, complete with an impressive chart that boasts, “Solar Generation Has a Bright Future.” Yet a closer look at solar’s overall role reveals that it represented just 0.14 percent of the total electric power generated and consumed in June. The … More

    Paul Ryan: HHS Welfare Work Waiver Will Undermine 1996 Reforms

    The U.S. House is preparing to vote on a measure that would prevent the Obama administration from waiving work requirements that are the centerpiece of the 1996 welfare reform. The measure won approval today from the House Education and Workforce Committee. The legislation (H.J.Res. 118) expresses disapproval with the July … More

    Investigators: Sebelius Illegally Campaigned on Taxpayer's Dime

    Independent federal legal officials have concluded that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius violated federal law by conducting political activity “in an official capacity,” according to a statement released on Wednesday. “Sebelius violated the Hatch Act when she made extemporaneous partisan remarks in a speech delivered in her official … More

    Watchdog Recommends Revocation of $9 Million EPA Stimulus Award

    The chief watchdog for the Environmental Protection Agency has recommended that the agency recoup $9 million in grant funds given to an Oregon non-profit – the entirety of the award – citing uncompetitive procurement costs, shoddy financial management, and inadequate reporting of information to the federal government. EPA awarded the … More

    WATCH LIVE: House Conservatives Answer Your Questions

    House conservatives will gather this morning to take your questions about taxes, the Farm Bill, an expected continuing resolution and a range of other issues facing Congress this fall, including the lame duck agenda. It’s your opportunity to be heard on Capitol Hill. Discussion will not be limited to these … More