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    Amtrak Records $834 Million Loss on Food Sales Over Past Decade

    Amtrak spent $1.70 for every dollar it earned on food and beverage sales last year, leading to a loss of $84.5 million on the service, according to information provided to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee this week. Committee Chairman John Mica (R-FL) blasted the “inefficient and wasteful” record of … More

    The 10 Most Revealing Solyndra Emails

    On Thursday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee released a bombshell report detailing its investigation into bankrupt solar company Solyndra. Along with the report, the committee released a trove of emails between Solyndra stakeholders and administration officials. They paint a troubling picture of efforts to prop up the company despite its … More

    Book: Obama Had Ulterior Motive for Economic Stimulus

    A new book out later this month paints a vastly different picture of President Obama’s economic stimulus than the one he sold to the American people upon taking office in 2009. Time senior correspondent Mike Grunwald, a self-proclaimed “Recovery Act cheerleader,” argues in “The NEW New Deal: The Hidden Story of Change in … More

    Solyndra CEO Called the Federal Government the 'Bank of Washington'

    From today’s House Energy and Commerce Committee report on the Department of Energy’s Solyndra loan guarantee comes this startling revelation: Chris Gronet, the CEO of Solyndra, referred to the federal government as the “Bank of Washington,” adding, “it continues to help us.” The report underscores the degree to which the … More

    White House Officials: DOE Concerned With 'Optics' in Solyndra Loan

    When the Energy Department set out to restructure the federal loan for now-bankrupt solar company Solyndra, White House budget staffers insisted that allowing the company to go bankrupt and liquidating its assets would provide greater returns for the taxpayer than the deal DOE had struck with the company’s private investors. … More

    Toll-Free Entitlements: States Make Food-Stamp Benefits Easily Available

    A new Government Accountability Office report reveals that in more than 40 states a growing number of households are able to collect food-stamp benefits simply by receiving a government-issued brochure or accessing a toll-free number. For example, in states like Alabama, Hawaii and Montana, a brochure automatically triggers eligibility in … More

    WATCH LIVE: Stephen K. Bannon, Kate Obenshain on 'The Conservatives'

    To counter the decades-long pursuit of “fairness” fostered by the nation’s left-leaning educators, producers of a new film believe that the educational process should be a “no-holds-barred” affair of thoughtful exchange, not one-sided dogma that stigmatizes success and prosperity. The Young America’s Foundation has teamed up with director Stephen K. … More

    Abound Solar: Doomed to Fail Because of Election-Year Politics, Investor Says

    One of Abound Solar’s venture capital investors blamed election-year political games for the collapse of the Colorado-based thin film solar panel manufacturer, according to a new interview. John Hill, discussing the demise of a company and technology he invested in both financially and emotionally, acknowledged that the company’s troubles could … More

    DOE Ignores Criminal Investigations When Considering Contract Applicants

    It is Department of Energy policy to ignore the federal government’s own criminal investigations into companies applying for taxpayer funding. The admission came from a DOE official who testified at a congressional hearing Thursday. The hearing focused on federal support for Ecotality, a company that manufactures electric vehicle charging stations. … More

    DOE Sent Millions to Solar Firm That Lacked 'Economically Viable' Product

    Amonix, the solar panel manufacturer whose Las Vegas plant ceased operations in May, managed to secure millions in federal grants and potential tax breaks even though its product had quality problems and was never really economically viable, according to sources. The politically connected company had the backing of Senate Majority … More