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    North Dakota's Oil Boom in Pictures

    The combination of energy production and job creation is potent force. It’s one reason a bipartisan majority in the U.S. House today approved the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act, legislation that would increase access to America’s resources and spur job creation. With the national unemployment rate still stuck above 8 … More

    USDA Backed $7.5 Million Stimulus Loan for Convicted Financial Felon

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture guaranteed a $7.45 million loan to a company owned by a convicted financial felon as part of the president’s stimulus package. The loan guarantee, one of 515 given out by the USDA as part of the stimulus to fund rural development projects, helped David Myers … More

    While Obama Stonewalled Congress, His Campaign Called for Transparency

    President Obama invoked executive privilege to prevent further congressional oversight of the Justice Department’s Fast and Furious operation on the same day it bemoaned the supposed lack of transparency among some conservative non-profits. Jim Messina, Obama’s 2012 campaign manager, touted efforts on the campaign’s website to get Crossroads GPS, a … More

    VIDEO: Former Democrat Explains Why He Abandoned Obama

    A former Democratic congressman who recently switched political parties said millions of Americans are abandoning President Obama because of the liberal policies being pursued by the White House. In remarks at Heritage’s Bloggers Briefing and during a sitdown interview, former Rep. Artur Davis of Alabama discussed his political transformation. “If … More

    Conversations with Conservatives: Congressmen Answer Your Questions

    Ten conservative members of Congress will gather on Capitol Hill today at 11:30 a.m. to take your questions about a range of policy issues confronting lawmakers. The monthly event, Conversations with Conservatives, will feature Reps. Raúl Labrador (R-ID), Jeff Landry (R-LA), Tim Huelskamp (R-KS), Jim Jordan (R-OH), Tom Graves (R-GA), … More

    Rep. Jim Jordan: Don't Tinker With Obamacare, Repeal the Whole Law

    Days before the U.S. Supreme Court is set to rule on the constitutionality of Obamacare, liberals in Congress are laying the groundwork to preserve some of the law’s badly flawed provisions that happen to poll well with voters. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), chairman of the Republican Study Committee, said conservatives … More

    Left-Wing Religious Group Circulating Pro-HHS Mandate Talking Points

    A left-wing religious organization is running a public-relations campaign in opposition to major Catholic groups as part of its ongoing efforts to promote President Obama’s health-care law. The group, Faith in Public Life, circulated a memo, embedded below, to members of the news media on June 7 offering a range … More

    DOE Sent Confidential Information to Loan Guarantee Applicant

    Emails uncovered by congressional investigators show that a top Energy Department adviser sent confidential government information to representatives of a company vying for federal financing. The company, which is tied to multiple politically connected green-energy firms, eventually received a $1.4 billion partial loan guarantee from DOE. “[P]lease do not sent … More

    Movie Mocks Lawmakers Who Don't Read Legislation Before Voting

    House Speaker John Boehner famously dropped a copy of President Obama’s stimulus bill on the House floor during the debate over its passage, calling it a 1,100-page bill “that not one member of this body has read.” But the stimulus is only one example highlighted in Jerrol LeBaron’s documentary “Fools … More

    McConnell Describes Political Left's Efforts to Restrict Free Speech

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said Friday that the Obama administration is pursuing restrictions on political speech through whatever means possible, including bypassing Congress and the federal judiciary. “What they haven’t been able to achieve through the courts or Congress, they’re already attempting to achieve through regulations,” McConnell said in a … More