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    Chart of the Week: Crony Capitalism Leads to Higher Sugar Prices

    Sugar producers contribute only a small percentage of value to overall U.S. crop production, yet the industry continues to reap the rewards from government thanks to a significant lobbying presence and sizable campaign donations. The result is government interference in the sugar market, which dates to the 1930s Depression. American … More

    Scribecast: Neal Boortz Reflects on Life in Talk Radio

    Talk-radio host Neal Boortz is no fan of the nation’s capital. “The place gives me the creeps,” he said on this week’s Scribecast. Boortz, a self-described libertarian who first visited Washington, D.C., in the 1950s, said federal bureaucrats have given the city a bad reputation. “I came to know Washington … More

    Congressman May Subpoena DOE on Stimulus Funding for Ecotality

    The Energy Department has yet to comply with a congressional request for information on a stimulus-backed company under investigation for insider trading and facing serious financial difficulties. Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD), who chairs the House Energy and Environment Subcommittee on Science, Space, and Technology, asked Energy Secretary Steven Chu for … More

    VIDEO: 10 Years Ago Today, Dems Say ANWR Won't Yield Oil for 10 Years

    On April 17 and 18, 2002, a number of Senators took to the floor of the upper chamber to decry efforts to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to fossil fuel exploration and development. Their objections voiced a common concern: ANWR wouldn’t begin to produce oil for up to ten … More

    Chart of the Week: The Tax Burden on American Households

    Americans who are scrambling to pay their taxes by Tuesday’s deadline are in store for more depressing news: The tax burden on American families has risen dramatically and will continue to climb into the future without action from Congress. This week’s chart outlines the growth of taxes over the past … More

    Scribecast: How Kony 2012 Went Viral

    Invisible Children brought worldwide attention to Joseph Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army with a wildly popular documentary called “Kony 2012.” The 30-minute film depicted Kony’s violent militia in Central Africa. It currently has more than 87 million views on YouTube. The film’s success raised awareness about Kony and also … More

    Exclusive Video: Condoleezza Rice Implores U.S. to Leave 'Military Option' on the Table in Iran Talks

    Former United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice implored U.S. negotiators to leave the option of a military strike on the table when they meet with Iranian officials in Istanbul this weekend to attempt to convince Tehran to abandon its nuclear weapons program. The negotiations will involve the United States, … More

    Exclusive Interview: John Stossel Says Government Can't Solve Our Problems

    John Stossel’s skepticism of government and his storytelling approach about free-market economics have made him a rock star in conservative and libertarian circles. He spoke at The Heritage Foundation on Wednesday about his new book, “No, They Can’t: Why Government Fails—But Individuals Succeed.” It is Stossel’s latest attempt to debunk the myths … More

    City Council Election Decided by Five Voters After Fraud Investigation

    Can safeguards against voter fraud sway an election? In Vernon, California, it looks like they just did. In response to allegations by the area’s Chamber of Commerce that at least 30 percent of votes in a tight city council race were fraudulent, the city discarded six ballots on Tuesday – … More

    Acupuncturists Lobby HHS to Be Included in 'Essential Health Benefits'

    A trade group representing acupuncturists and practitioners of “oriental medicine” is attempting to convince the Department of Health and Human Services to classify acupuncture as an “essential health benefit” under Obamacare. The American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine established a task force to spearhead the effort, which organized a … More