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    White House's New Top Economist: Unemployment Benefits Are Not Stimulus

    President Obama’s pick as chairman of the White House Council on Economic Advisors co-authored a paper that showed that extending unemployment benefits will likely exacerbate joblessness. The paper’s findings run counter to the president’s economic argument for an unemployment benefit extension, which is expected to be a major part of … More

    New York Times Corrects Two, but Not All, Errors from Issa Story

    On Friday, the New York Times appended this correction to its front page article on Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA): An article on Aug. 15 about Representative Darrell Issa’s business dealings, using erroneous information that Mr. Issa’s family foundation filed with the Internal Revenue Service, referred incorrectly to his sale of … More

    Washington in a Flash: East Coast Braces for Irene

    Driving the conversation: The east coast of the United States is bracing itself for a pounding from Hurricane Irene, expected to hit on Saturday. North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut have all declared a state of emergency. While the dangers to residents are worrisome, some commentators … More

    Employers Consider Dropping Health Coverage Under Obamacare

    Reports from employers continue to belie President Obama’s repeated insistence that, under his new health care law, Americans would not lose their employer-provided health insurance coverage. A new survey shows that more than one in ten midsized and large employers are at least “somewhat likely” to drop their health coverage … More

    DOJ's Troubling Trend of Political Uniformity in Hiring

    Since Eric Holder took the reins as Attorney General, the Justice Department has hired 15 career attorneys in the Civil Rights Division’s Employment Litigation Section. Every one of them boasts stellar left-wing ideological credentials. All have either associated themselves with prominent Democrats, worked for left-wing legal organizations, or staked out … More

    Top 10 Reads: August 23, 2011

    Catching you up on clips, commentary and news of the day. Sign up for the daily email update from Scribe. The Year of School Choice – Ed Feulner, The Washington Times Beware: New Obamanomics Plan Ahead – Brian Darling, Human Events Health insurance mandates threaten everyone’s freedom – Chuck Donovan, Daily … More

    Washington in a Flash: Obama Debt Hits $4 Trillion

    Driving the conversation: CBS News White House correspondent Mark Knoller marked a grim milestone for President Obama in a post on the network’s website last night. “The debt was $10.626 trillion on the day Mr. Obama took office. The latest calculation from Treasury shows the debt has now hit $14.639 … More

    Retorts to Buffett Stress Benefits of Free Market

    Warren Buffett’s demand last week that the federal government stop “coddling” the country’s wealthiest citizens – meaning that it should take more of their income with even more confiscatory tax policies – has earned him rebukes from a few fellow members of the billionaire club. In today’s Wall Street Journal, … More

    Top 10 Reads: August 22, 2011

    Catching you up on clips, commentary and news of the day. Sign up for the daily email update from Scribe. The Politicized Hiring of Eric Holder’s Employment Section – Hans A. von Spakovsky, Pajamas Media Energy States Lead in Job Creation, Financial States Struggle – Dennis Jacobe, Gallup Did health law … More

    Libyan Draft Constitution: Sharia is 'Principal Source of Legislation'

    Sign up for the daily email update from Scribe. The dust has not yet settled over the Libyan capital of Tripoli since rebels took control over the weekend. But already, a draft constitutional charter for the transitional state has appeared online (embedded below). It is just a draft, mind you, … More