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    Commerce Department Scrutinized for Alleged Whistleblower Retaliation

    House investigators are probing allegations that a Commerce Department agency has retaliated against numerous whistleblowers who spoke out against financial mismanagement by agency officials, Scribe has learned. The allegations involve the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP) program. In a September letter to Commerce’s inspector … More

    ACORN Founder Proposes Mass Pro-Union Wikipedia Editing Campaign

    Wade Rathke, founder of the infamous Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), is attempting to galvanize union members into a mass Wikipedia editing campaign designed to make the online encyclopedia more friendly to Big Labor’s cause. In a Wednesday blog post, Rathke, who resigned as ACORN’s chief organizer … More

    Occupy Wall Street Celebrates Hurricane Damage in New York City

    The East River crests the promenade between the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges. (Photo: ZUMA Press) East Coast residents are still reeling from the damage inflicted by Hurricane Sandy. At least 39 people are dead, 8.2 million are without power, the storm inflicted about $20 billion in property damage, and it … More

    DOE-Backed Abound Solar Facing Fraud Investigation in Colorado

    Abound Solar, the now-bankrupt solar company and recipient of a $400 million Department of Energy loan guarantee, faces a three-pronged investigation from Weld County, CO, for alleged securities and consumer fraud, along with misleading financial institutions. The Denver Post reports: The securities-fraud investigation stems from allegations that “officials at Abound … More

    Politically Connected Company Wins Offshore Wind Lease Despite Setbacks

    A politically connected renewable energy company has received the go-ahead from the Interior Department to produce wind energy off the coast of Delaware, despite doubts that the project in question will actually materialize. Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced Tuesday that it had reached an agreement with NRG Bluewater … More

    VIDEO: Campaign Staffer Caught Red-Handed Facilitating Voter Fraud

    Conservative activist and filmmaker James O’Keefe released a shocking video on Wednesday apparently showing Patrick Moran, son of and campaign field manager for Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA), facilitating voter fraud by instructing an undercover videographer on how to forge documents to give to poll workers. Moran has since resigned from … More

    Sign of the Times: Denver Post Challenged on Green Energy Coverage

    (Photo credit: Mary MacFarlane) A Colorado-based free-market think tank located in Denver challenged the state’s paper of record when it launched a media blitz that included a billboard (seen above) accusing the media outlet of ignoring one of the state’s largest green energy failures this year. Jon Caldara, president of … More

    VIDEO: Military Veterans Explain How Budget Cuts Threaten U.S. Troops

    Leaving aside the chatter about horses and bayonets, the final presidential debate offered President Obama and former Governor Mitt Romney an opportunity to address critical issues facing America’s military. Budget cuts pose a serious threat to military readiness — aging aircraft, a shrinking Navy, and an Army that’s going to … More

    WATCH LIVE: Debate Party and Forum With Heritage and the ACU

    (Note: This post initially misidentified the start time of the event. It will begin at 7 PM.) Starting at 7 PM, the Heritage Foundation, the Libre Initiative, and the American Conservative Union, will host a pre-debate forum and panel featuring leaders in the Hispanic community and the conservative movement. The … More

    Chart of the Week: Defense Budget Cuts Gamble with National Security

    The third and final presidential debate between President Obama and former Governor Mitt Romney will feature several different questions on the role of America abroad and other aspects of foreign policy. Obama and Romney will likely address the nation’s impending spending crisis and automatic defense budget cuts, known as sequestration. … More