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    AFL-CIO Shells Out Ad Dollars to Support 'Occupy' Protests

    The “Occupy Wall Street” crowd may be dramatically out of step with the American electorate, but Big Labor likes what it sees. The AFL-CIO union has bought two prominently-placed Google ads for a pair of initiatives supporting the protests. The search term “occupy wall street” turns up two sidebar ads … More

    Poll: 'Occupy' Movement's 'Radical' Agenda Way Outside the Mainstream

    Democratic pollster Doug Schoen has conducted what he calls “the first systematic random sample of Occupy Wall Street opinion.” The survey’s findings suggest that the protest movement that has “occupied” New York City’s Zucotti Park for a month and spread across the country is not only unrepresentative of “the 99%”, … More

    Americans Blame Economic Woes on Washington Before Wall Street

    Americans remain convinced of Washington’s culpability in the economic crisis from which the country is still struggling to recover, according to a pair of new polls. The ongoing “Occupy” protests notwithstanding, Americans are more likely to blame the federal government than the financial sector for the country’s economic woes. According … More

    Scribecast: J. Christian Adams on Obama's 'Lawless' Justice Department

    In June 2010, J. Christian Adams resigned his post as a career attorney in the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. Adams cited DOJ’s decision to abandon prosecution of two members of the New Black Panther Party who had brandished weapons outside of a Philadelphia polling station in 2008, shouting racial … More

    Government Backing for Solar Firms Remains an Economic Drag

    The economic damage inherent in federal backing for solar power companies extends beyond Solyndra-style bankruptcies, in which taxpayers pour money into unprofitable but politically popular ventures. Even where government-backed companies stay afloat, federal intervention directs resources to less productive and profitable activities. Some solar power companies based in California are … More

    Elected Officials Back 'Occupy' Protests Despite Violence, Lawlessness

    The ongoing “Occupy Wall Street” protests have been characterized by shows of violence, lawlessness, and occasional anti-Semitism. But elected officials are reportedly backing the movement behind the scenes, most recently pressuring the owners of the New York City park that is the epicenter of the protests to postpone a much-needed … More

    Government Regulations, Spending Erode America's Economic Freedom

    Congressional passage of three free-trade agreements yesterday marked a rare victory for economic freedom in America. But the United States has a long way to go before it regains its status as a leader in economic freedom, according to a new video from the Charles Koch Institute. Government regulations and … More

    VIDEO: Senator Says Confirming Consumer Czar Would Be 'Devastating'

    Richard Cordray, President Obama’s pick to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, won approval from the Senate Banking Committee last week on a party-line vote. His confirmation to run the new agency faces fierce opposition from Republicans, who have vowed to block Senate approval until reforms are made to the agency. Sen. … More

    Issa Subpoenas Holder for Fast and Furious Documents

    Citing recent revelations in the investigation into a failed sting operation against Mexican drug cartels, the House’s lead investigator served Attorney General Eric Holder with a subpoena on Wednesday, requesting a range of documents related to the cross-border law enforcement effort. “Top Justice Department officials, including Attorney General Holder, know … More

    NY Congressman Spurns Constituents' 'Occupy' Protest Concerns

    The “Occupy Wall Street” protests have been a thorn in the side of a number of lower-Manhattan businesses. But the U.S. congressman who represents the district where protestors have gathered has a blunt message for the area’s business owners: deal with it. “All of us have to live with expressions … More