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    10 Things Americans Spend More on Than Elections

    The $6 billion tab of 2011-12 election cycle political expenditures had barely been tallied before anti-free speech groups began calling for additional campaign finance reforms. With all the hyperventilating over the supposedly outsized spending on American elections, we thought it would be insightful to examine some of the things on … More

    Obamacare May Hike Your Pet's Health Care Bills

    American health care consumers aren’t the only ones who will be hit by slated Obamacare tax hikes. Medical bills for their pets may go up as well. According to a rule published Friday by the Internal Revenue Service, some medical devices used in veterinary practices will be hit by Obamacare’s … More

    County to Boost Security After Anti-Fracking Activist Threats, Intimidation

    The Boulder, CO, County Commission has been forced to revise its security plan in the wake of disruptive and threatening actions by environmental activists at a recent Commission hearing on the use of public land for natural gas extraction. At a hearing on Tuesday, a group of activists shouted down speakers and … More

    Huelskamp, Amash Say House Leadership "Punished" Dissent

    A pair of the House of Representatives’ most conservative members said Tuesday that they were blindsided by news that they would be removed from key committees during the upcoming Congress. Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) said House leadership didn’t even inform him of the decision. “I had to read it in … More

    WATCH: Reps. Huelskamp and Amash at Heritage's Bloggers Briefing

    A pair of House conservatives will speak at the Heritage Foundation Tuesday afternoon, at our weekly Bloggers Briefing. The event will begin at noon. You can it live above. Reps. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) and Justin Amash (R-MI) will discuss ongoing fiscal cliff negotiations, including Speaker John Boehner’s recent proposal, which … More

    Uber Gives Taxi Regulators an Economics Lesson

    Regulators around the country are looking to shut down an innovative startup that provides on-demand taxi and limousine services at the push of a button. The fight may seem novel, given the technologies at hand, but there are some bedrock economic principles at play. On one side of the fight … More

    Beware the Zombie Congress

    With a whopping 92 members of Congress retiring or defeated in November’s elections, the new lame duck session will feature a host of members who no longer have to answer to their constituents. That makes the lame duck session, during which Congress will consider a host of controversial measures including … More

    Union Corruption 2012: Big Labor's Federal Rap Sheet

    America’s labor unions have amassed quite a federal rap sheet in 2012. According to the Justice Department, union officials nationwide have been arrested for or convicted of embezzlement, extortion, bribery, racketeering, money laundering, fraud, and witness tampering so far this year. Below are summaries of criminal actions taken against union … More

    The Wrong Technology: Evidence of Faulty Panels Continues to Mount at Abound Solar

    Claims that Chinese solar subsidies killed Abound Solar—and not faulty solar panels made by the company itself—are beginning to wear as thin as the solar panels they produced. A Denver news channel’s documents characterized the company’s solar panels as “low performance” and suffering from “catastrophic failures.” A Daily Caller report … More

    Ron Wyden's Revisionist Solyndra History

    In a recent interview with Platts Energy Week TV, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), incoming chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, discussed his plans to revise government loan programs that he claimed don’t do enough to boost innovative green energy projects. “Right now they’re not doing enough to encourage … More