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    In Labor Dispute, 500 Union Members Storm Port, Take Six Hostages

    Incidents of union violence rarely reach the level they did in Seattle, WA, Thursday morning. Upset the Port of Longview had hired contractors from a different union, 500 members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, brandishing baseball bats and crowbars, stormed the port and held six security guards hostage. … More

    20 Drilling Rigs in Jeopardy of Leaving Gulf Over Permit Delays, Report Warns

    If the pace of Gulf oil drilling permit awards does not increase, as many as 20 drilling rigs could soon leave the Gulf, a major investment bank announced. BER Capital Investments called the current rate of permitting unsustainable in a report released Wednesday. BER’s report noted that the slow pace … More

    Presidential Race Puts Social Security Reform Back on National Agenda

    Social Security took center stage at last night’s Republican presidential debate, emerging as a key issue among candidates at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California. Not since President Bush’s ill-fated attempt to reform the social insurance program in 2005 have Republicans talked this much about Social Security. Of course, … More

    FBI Agents Raid Solyndra's Fremont, California Headquarters

    The politically connected solar firm that announced its impending bankruptcy last week was raided by federal agents this morning as part of a joint investigation between the FBI and the Energy Department Inspector General’s office. The company, Solyndra Inc., had received significant favorable treatment from the Obama administration. One of the company’s … More

    Business Leaders to Join Boehner at Obama's Jobs Speech

    House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) is looking to make a point with his invitee list at the president’s address to the joint session of Congress on Thursday evening. He will be hosting 12 individuals of various private ventures in an effort to drive home the importance of the private sector … More

    County Subsidizes $500,000 Homes Under 'Affordable Housing' Banner

    Fairfax County, VA, has used taxpayer funds to subsidize “affordable housing” in luxurious housing developments where homes retail for more than $800,000, an investigation by Virginia’s Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy has found. The affordable housing units are reportedly worth about half a million dollars each – more than … More

    Report: Increased Energy Production Would Boost Jobs, Federal Revenue

    Energy research firm Wood Mackenzie released a report on Wednesday that lends weight to arguments for greater energy exploration and production in the United States. The economic effects of such a policy, the report asserts, would be uniformly positive. The report summarizes its findings thusly: Wood Mackenzie’s analysis found that … More

    Report: Justice Department Let IEDs 'Walk' Into Mexico

    Officials from the U.S. federal government have admitted to arresting, then releasing mere hours later, a man who admitted to manufacturing hundreds of improvised explosive devices for a Mexican drug cartel, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. The man was arrested last week in Mexico, where authorities … More

    Chart of the Week: Your Share of the National Debt Is Growing Rapidly

    The newly formed Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction holds its first meeting this week. The 12-member panel will gather at 10:30 a.m. Thursday for an organizational session, then meet again on Sept. 13 at 10:30 a.m. for a hearing on “The History and Drivers of Our Nation’s Debt and … More

    Setting the Record Straight on Federal Disaster Funding

    Liberals have spent the past two weeks asking Congress to write a blank check for federal disaster funding. They’ve concentrated their attacks on House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) for seeking offsets in other areas of the budget to cover the additional aid. They’ve portrayed Cantor as a callous conservative, … More