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    Senate Investigation Uncovers Waste, Duplication in Job-Training Programs

    Job training programs created by Congress have resulted in overlap and duplication, according to a new report from Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) that focuses on workforce development initiatives in Oklahoma. Coburn used his home state as a case study for the effectiveness of federal job training efforts. His office found numerous … More

    'A Political Beast': DOE-Backed Ecotality's Extensive Political Muscle

    As a congressional panel looks into federal support for a major electric vehicle charging station manufacturer, more questions about the company’s political connections are surfacing. They speak to a virtual constant among recipients of federal “green energy” money: beneficiaries enjoy significant political connections. The company in question, Ecotality, has received … More

    Navy Pushes Biofuel Fleet Despite Concerns About Damage to Equipment

    The U.S. military is touting biofuels as a way to sever itself from diesel and other fossil fuels. While the high cost of biofuel purchases is a major roadblock to the Navy’s “Green Fleet” plans, as Scribe documented on Monday, some observers have noted a more fundamental — and troubling — … More

    Conservatism vs. Libertarianism: Heritage, Cato Square Off in Debate

    Which is the preferable philosophy, conservatism or libertarianism? Last Wednesday, interns from The Cato Institute (Matthew Cavedon and Jack Solowey) and The Heritage Foundation (Maura Cremin and Keith Neely) participated in the annual intern debate held in Cato’s F.A. Hayek Auditorium to sharpen their understanding of the differences between traditional conservatism and … More

    VIDEO: Rep. Larry Bucshon and Phyllis Schlafly at Bloggers Briefing

    Before he was elected to represent Indiana’s 8th congressional district, freshman Republican Rep. Larry Bucshon earned his medical degree and specialized in cardiothoracic (heart) surgery for more than a decade. His experience as a doctor gives him a clear insight into the impact of the Affordable Care Act legislation upheld … More

    Great Green Fleece: Air Force Spends $59 Per Gallon for Biofuel

    The U.S. Air Force spent $59 per gallon on biofuels for a demonstration last month intended to show the promise of the alternative energy source. That’s more than double what the U.S. Navy spent as part of its so-called Great Green Fleet demonstration. The total cost for the 11,000 gallons of … More

    Study Shows ROI on Solar Energy Tax Credit, But Ignores Bankruptcies

    Proponents of taxpayer support for green energy are touting a new study claiming that tax credits for solar companies will pay for themselves over the long run. The problem: the study, conducted by the U.S. Partnership for Renewable Energy Finance, assumes that solar companies that enjoy the tax breaks in … More

    Obama Supported Work Requirements Before He Was Against Them (VIDEO)

    During his run for the presidency in 2008, Barack Obama praised the work requirements that were the centerpiece of welfare reform — the very requirements his administration just gutted. During a discussion with pastor Rick Warren at Saddleback Church, Obama declared: “[O]ne of the things that I am absolutely convinced … More

    IRS, Labor Department Audit Businessman on Obama's Enemies List

    Frank VanderSloot grew up a poor kid in rural Idaho. His father made $300 a month. His clothes came from the Salvation Army. Yet through determination and hard work — and with the help of America’s free-enterprise system — today he’s the successful CEO of a global supplier of wellness … More

    Economically Significant Regulations On the Rise Under Obama

    President Obama claims he’s overseen the creation fewer regulations than his predecessors. But his administration has actually issued far more expensive and economically costly regulations, adding billions of dollars in compliance costs for businesses and job creators. The red tape is documented in a new report by the House Oversight … More