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    Breitbart Awards to Honor Individuals Carrying the Torch for Freedom

    Andrew Breitbart pioneered a new media revolution that transformed journalism and the political landscape. As Americans continue to mourn his tragic passing, we also seek to ensure that his legacy is honored and that the movement he spawned continues on with the army of citizen activists that he cultivated and … More

    Will the Anti-Koch Brigade Boycott MSNBC?

    Is cable news network MSNBC complicit in the death of Trayvon Martin? The suggestion, of course, is absurd. But under the same logic that liberals have used to tie Koch Industries to the Martin shooting, companies like General Electric and Comcast—owners of MSNBC—would be just as responsible. The issue arose … More

    VIDEO: Sen. Tom Coburn Discusses 'The Debt Bomb' at Bloggers Briefing

    Having spent nearly 30 years as a doctor in Oklahoma, Sen. Tom Coburn thinks like a physician even when he’s working in the nation’s capital. He identifies symptoms that manifest from a disease. And when it comes to our nation’s debt crisis, that disease is the political class in Washington. … More

    HHS Inks $20 Million Contract to Sell Obamacare to Skeptical Public

    The Department of Health and Human Services has inked a $20 million contract with a top public-relations firm to sell aspects of the Obamacare law to the American public. According to a report in PR Week, HHS’s Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services has awarded the contract to PR firm Porter … More

    Lobbyists Continue to Enjoy White House Access

    President Obama’s has repeatedly promised to rein in the influence industry’s role in federal policymaking and access to top federal officials. But the president’s actions consistently belie his rhetoric, as a recent review of White House visitor logs demonstrates. “[T]he lobbying industry Obama has vowed to constrain is a regular … More

    Chart of the Week: Taxes Soaring Past Highest Level Ever

    Americans are facing an unprecedented $494 billion tax hike on Jan. 1, 2013. It’s been dubbed “Taxmageddon” given the economic devastation it would cause. Conventional wisdom suggests lawmakers in Washington will wait until the 11th hour to come up with a solution. Fortunately, Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) announced last week … More

    Liberals Say Public Broadcasting's $445 Million Federal Subsidy Is 'Tiny'

    NPR, PBS and other public broadcasting outlets are asking taxpayers to fork over $445 million in funding for the next fiscal year. But not if Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) and Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) have anything to say about it. The conservative lawmakers want to defund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the steward … More

    Left-Wing Environmentalists Solicit 'Conservative and Libertarian' Policies

    An effort funded by a major left-wing environmentalist group is looking to appeal to conservative and libertarian thinkers through an initiative that proposes center-right solutions to environmental problems. The Meridian Institute’s “Twelve Big Ideas for 2012″ is funded by the Environmental Defense Fund, a group that uses its massive lobbying … More

    Rubio, Menendez, Ros-Lehtinen Blast Visa Award for Raul Castro's Daughter

    Three prominent members of Congress, all of Cuban descent, spoke out against the State Department on Thursday for its decision to grant a visa to Mariela Castro Espin, daughter of Cuban dictator Raul Castro, and herself a member of the Cuban dictatorship. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) called the decision “outrageous … More

    VIDEO: Military's Aging Aviation Force Puts America at Risk

    The youngest B-52 bomber rolled off the assembly line 50 years ago. Remarkably, it’s still flying. Like many of the aircraft still used by the U.S. military, the B-52 is telltale example of America’s geriatric aviation force. At a time when our military is asked to do more with less, … More