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    VIDEO: Sen. Mike Lee Outlines Budget Proposal at The Bloggers Briefing

    Later this week the U.S. Senate will consider a budget resolution introduced by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) that cuts the size of the federal government in half by 2025 and achieves a balanced budget by 2017. It’s among the boldest plans presented in Congress. Lee’s budget is based on the … More

    State Department to Grant Visa to Cuban Dictator Raul Castro's Daughter

    The U.S. State Department has decided to grant a visa to Mariela Castro Espin, daughter of Raul Castro, the country’s President and Premier, neice of notorious Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, despite laws precluding such visas from officials of the Cuban dictatorship. Castro Espin, who is the director of Cuba’s state-funded … More

    Exclusive Interview: Sen. Jon Kyl on the Need to Preserve Defense

    Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) has been among the Senate’s strongest proponents of a robust national defense. In his role as Republican Whip, he is now leading the charge against efforts to shortchange our Defense budget, and warning of potential dire consequences for national security. Kyl spoke at the Heritage Foundation … More

    VIDEO: Biden Claimed Coal Power Is More Dangerous Than Terrorism

    Video from 2007 shows then-Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) claiming that coal power and corn syrup are more deadly than terrorism. The remarks will likely prove a headache for an administration that is trying to distance itself from its anti-coal image. As Scribe reported on Friday, the Obama campaign adjusted its … More

    Obama Campaign Quietly Adds 'Clean Coal' to Energy Policy Website

    After coming under fire for its consistent hostility to the coal industry, the Obama campaign quietly adjusted its energy policy website to include “clean coal” among the president’s energy initiatives. The energy policy page of BarackObama.com now includes a section for “clean coal,” claiming the stimulus package “invested substantially in … More

    Panetta Credits Trent Lott With Advancing Push for LOST Ratification

    Scribe first reported that former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-MI) is now lobbying for corporate and environmental interests on behalf of the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea, also known as the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST). His lobbying efforts stand in stark contrast to his … More

    Interior Looks to Expand Permits for Killing Bald Eagles to Accommodate Wind Energy

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, a division of the Interior Department, is considering loosening regulations on the killing of bald eagles, the national bird of the United States, to accommodate the development of wind energy sources. A draft regulation first filed in April would allow businesses to apply for 30-year … More

    Legacy Lawsuit Strategy: Blame Natural Damages on Oil Companies

    Lawsuits against oil and gas companies in Louisiana have taken a toll on the industry and the state’s economy generally. But documents obtained by Scribe suggest plaintiffs’ attorneys in the lawsuits seek out litigation even when they know their claims are baseless. A presentation (embedded below) given by a major energy … More

    Congressman: Export-Import Bank Is a Case of Corporate Welfare

    House leaders have reportedly struck a deal to vote on reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank next week despite strident opposition from conservatives. Heritage’s Bryan Riley has called it the “Fannie Mae for exporters.” The Export-Import Bank provides taxpayer-subsidized loans to U.S. exporters. The bank’s charter will expire at the end … More

    Occupy Wall Street: Finding Common Ground Might Be Possible

    This is the last of our four-part series on Occupy Wall Street, transcribed from a recent Heritage Foundation event on the movement. In part four, Eric Teetsel, executive director of the Manhattan Declaration, explains why he’s hopeful about the Occupy movement. Teetsel believes some Occupiers, particularly young members of the … More