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    Reporting and news analysis on policy issues from The Heritage Foundation.

    Ecotality Examined: SEC Subpoena for Stimulus-Backed Company Revealed

    Part one of a three-part series. Scribe has obtained a copy of a Securities and Exchange Commission subpoena sent to Donald Karner, former CEO of Ecotality North America (formerly called eTec), the subsidiary of a company that recieved roughly $115 million in stimulus grants to manufacture charging stations for electric … More

    Chart of the Week: Estimated Loss of Health Coverage Under Obamacare

    President Obama has  reassured Americans that if they like their current health insurance, they can keep it. “If you’ve got health insurance through your employer, you can keep your health insurance, keep your choice of doctor, keep your plan,” Obama insisted on Oct. 15, 2008. But two years after signing the Patient … More

    Scribecast: Rep. Rob Bishop Outlines an Alternative to No Child Left Behind

    More than half of states have asked the U.S. Department of Education for a waiver from No Child Left Behind. Ten years after President George W. Bush signed the law, the Obama administration appears willing to grant waivers, so long as states adopt a new set of requirements favored by … More

    Quiz: How Thick Is Your Bubble?

    Bestselling author Charles Murray visits Heritage next week to discuss his latest work, “Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010.” The book explores cultural trends, particularly the new upper class and new lower class in the United States. Murray believes these changes — including the increasing divergence between the … More

    Audio and Transcript: Obamacare at the Supreme Court, Day Three

    On Wednesday, the Supreme Court heard the third day of oral arguments for and against Obamacare’s individual mandate. The day’s discussion mostly revolved around the issue of severability: is the mandate so closely tied with the rest of the law that the court cannot strike it down without invalidating the … More

    Congressman Seeks Answers on Stimulus-Backed Company Ecotality

    Congress is asking questions about a stimulus-backed electric vehicle company that received millions in taxpayer dollars even after the Securities and Exchange Commission opened an investigation into the company for insider trading. Ecotality, which manufactures charging stations for electric vehicles, was hit with an SEC subpoena in October 2010, a … More

    On Energy Policy, Navy Secretary Is Either Dishonest or Misinformed

    In response to a congressional inquiry regarding a Navy purchase of expensive biofuels, Secretary Ray Mabus made numerous claims that are either factually incorrect or misleading regarding federal energy policy and the nation’s oil reserves. Mabus was responding to concerns raised by Reps. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) and Mike Conaway (R-TX) … More

    Audio and Transcript: Obamacare at the Supreme Court, Day Two

    Obamacare saw its second day at the Supreme Court today. Heritage staff will have in-depth analysis of the day’s events later today (read our preview here). For now, here is audio and a full transcript of today’s two hours of arguments. Full audio of Obamacare at the Supreme Court, day … More

    Audio and Transcript: Obamacare at the Supreme Court, Day One

    Monday marked the first day of oral arguments being heard by the Supreme Court for and against Obamacare. The question today was whether or not the plaintiffs are precluded from challenging individual mandate due to the Anti-Injunction Act, and, tangentially, whether the individual mandate penalty is a tax, as the … More

    VIDEO: Doctor-Turned-Lawmaker Sen. John Barrasso Fights Obamacare

    Sen. John Barrasso earned the nickname “Wyoming’s Doctor” after working for 24 years as an orthopedic surgeon in Casper. Today he represents the state in the U.S. Senate and is one of the leading critics of Obamacare. More than two decades with patients gave Barrasso a firsthand glimpse of government’s … More