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    Chart of the Week: Entitlement Spending Will Nearly Double by 2050

    President Obama has called Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget “an attempt to impose a radical vision on our country,” but as this week’s chart illustrates, if something radical doesn’t happen, entitlement spending will nearly double by 2050. The amount of spending on Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and Obamacare subsidies will soar … More

    Scribecast: Katie Pavlich on the Scandal of Operation Fast and Furious

    Katie Pavlich’s new book, “Fast and Furious,” assembles the devastating evidence that implicates the Obama administration for its ill-advised gun-walking operation and ensuing scandal to mislead Congress and the American people. Few journalists have devoted as much time reporting on Fast and Furious as Pavlich. As the news editor of … More

    After Massive Losses, Stimulus-Backed Company Asks for More Taxpayer Cash

    A financially troubled green energy company has seen its stock prices plummet to below a dollar per share (UPDATE: see below) since receiving a nearly $250 million federal grant in 2009. The company lost $257.7 million last year. Two of its clients make up half of its business, and one is … More

    Video of EPA Official's 'Crucify' Remarks, Removed by Environmental Activist, Reappears Online

    Explosive video of a top official at the Environmental Protection Agency comparing his enforcement philosophy against oil and gas companies to Roman crucifixions was removed on Thursday by the environmental activist who had uploaded it. “This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by David McFatridge,” reads … More

    HHS Investigating Welfare Spending at Casinos, Liquor Stores, Strip Clubs

    The Administration for Children and Families, a division of the Department of Health and Human Services, is investigating whether, and how, federal welfare funds have been used at liquor stores, casinos, and strip clubs – all prohibited under federal law. Under legislation that extended a payroll tax holiday, passed by … More

    Congress Uses Commemorative Coins to Circumvent Earmark Ban

    Congress may have halted all official earmarks, but lawmakers have found other ways to steer pork to pet projects in their districts. One of the more creative methods is the authorization of commemorative coins. The use of commemorative coins to steer money to pet projects is nothing new, as Heritage … More

    VIDEO: EPA Official Compares Agency Enforcement to Roman Crucifixions

    A video surfaced on Wednesday showing a regional administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency comparing his agency’s philosophy with respect to regulation of oil and gas companies to brutal tactics employed by the ancient Roman army to intimidate its foes into submission. EPA’s “philosophy of enforcement,” said EPA’s Region VI … More

    Taxpayer-Backed Green Energy Firms Struggle, But Hike Executive Pay

    When insurance giant AIG paid lucrative bonuses to top executives after receiving federal support, President Obama asked, “How do they justify this outrage to the taxpayers who are keeping the company afloat?” But three years later, numerous green energy companies backed financially by the administration are paying out large salaries … More

    VIDEO: Rep. Justin Amash and Author Katie Pavlich at The Bloggers Briefing

    Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) swore to support and defend the U.S. Constitution upon taking office. The founding document weighs heavily on him with each vote, and it’s the reason Amash is the only member of Congress to justify each of those votes on his popular Facebook page. He’ll speak today … More

    The Arizona Model: Five Questions for Former AZ Speaker Kirk Adams

    Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis described the states as “laboratories for democracy.” Policies enacted at the state level can offer insight into their likely efficacy on the federal level. Kirk Adams, the former Republican speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives, has authored legislation that pulled the state’s budget from … More