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    Morning Bell: The Energy Revolution and Its Discontents

    With all the gloomy economic news coming out of late, one bright spot flew under the radar last week: the United States is poised to be the proverbial center of the energy universe. A recent study by Harvard Research Fellow Leonardo Maugeri found that the United States’ incredible shale reserves represent “the … More

    White House Protesters Decry 'Fast and Furious' Opacity

    Several protesters rallied outside the White House Monday morning demanding answers from the White House regarding Operation Fast and Furious.  The crowd grew as curious tourists paused to glimpse at the gathering of people chanting “Holder lied!  Terry died!” The chant referred to the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian … More

    Uncle Sam Simultaneously Attacks and Subsidizes Soda Consumption

    The federal government has financed a multi-million dollar ad campaign in New York City and elsewhere attacking sugary soft drinks. But legislation passed last week continues subsidizing sugar producers, and allows food stamp recipients to buy soda and other supposedly unhealthy foods with taxpayer money. Uncle Sam is fighting soda … More

    Chart of the Week: Household Income Soars In Energy-Producing States

    North Dakota’s energy boom helped the state surpass California and Alaska to become the No. 2 oil-producing state in America. But oil isn’t the only thing that’s booming. Household income rose faster in North Dakota than any other state between 2005 and 2010. Only the District of Columbia — home … More

    Obamacare Mandate Forces EWTN to Pay 'Fine on Faith'

    The leading Catholic media organization in the world, Eternal Word Television Network, is prepared to pay a “financial fine on faith” likely to exceed at least $600,000 per year rather than comply with Obamacare’s anti-conscience mandate. EWTN is suing the federal government over the anti-conscience mandate, which requires religious institutions … More

    VIDEO: Sen. Jim DeMint's Rallying Cry to Repeal Obamacare

    Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) was determined to repeal Obamacare before the Supreme Court handed down its ruling yesterday. Now he’s confident he will have a motivated army working alongside him. “All of us had hoped and maybe been teased into the thought that maybe the Supreme Court would come in … More

    Rep. McKeon Warns of Sequestration's Dire Consequences for Military

    Regardless of who wins the November presidential election, current law dictates that massive cuts in defense spending will take affect on Jan. 2, 2013. It’s a policy known as sequestration, and it will take $492 billion out of the defense budget. Speaking at Heritage’s Bloggers Briefing this week, House Armed … More

    The Victims of Obamacare's Disregard for Freedom

    Amber McGrath was 9 years old and living with her drug-addicted mother at the Queen of Peace Center in St. Louis when police showed up to remove her and her brother. While her mother spent nights on the street doing drugs, Amber resorted to stealing food to feed her family. … More

    Another Stimulus Backed 'Green Energy' Company Goes Bankrupt

    Another stimulus-backed green energy company has filed for bankruptcy, further fueling criticism of Energy Department programs that backed highly-risky investments on the taxpayer dime. Like Solyndra and a number of other green energy investments made under this administration, Abound Solar had a very poor credit rating, but enjoyed a wealth … More

    Senate GOP Will Use Reconciliation in Attempt to Repeal Obamacare

    Now that the Supreme Court has ruled that Obamacare’s health insurance mandate is in fact a tax levied on those who do not purchase insurance, Senate Republicans will look to repeal the full law through the budget reconciliation process. Reconciliation was used to push Obamacare through the Senate in 2009. … More