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    Washington in a Flash: Rebels Take Tripoli

    Driving the conversation: Col. Muammar Qaddafi was swept from power by Libyan rebel forces over the weekend. While rebels hold most of Tripoli, the country’s dictator remains at large, and the Libyan military reportedly still holds the area around the president’s compound. The Heritage Foundation, in today’s Morning Bell, is … More

    Chart of the Week: Federal Spending on Defense vs. Entitlements

    Providing for the defense of the United States is Congress’ constitutional obligation. Lawmakers should recognize defense is a necessity, if not the federal government’s most important responsibility. In recent years, however, defense spending has continued to decline as entitlement spending increased. Priorities are being misplaced as the gap between entitlement … More

    New York Times Ombudsman Investigating Errors in Rep. Issa Story

    The New York Times public editor is reviewing Rep. Darrell Issa’s request for a front-page retraction to a story with as many as 13 errors, according to Issa’s office. Meanwhile, the reporter and editor responsible for the story broke their silence after nearly a week of criticism from the California … More

    In Verizon Strike, Unions Protest Obamacare Law They Supported

    Two unions are on strike against Verizon Communications in protest of proposed company policies that the unions themselves helped bring about. The new Obamacare law, which both unions supported, dramatically hikes the cost of Verizon’s employee health care plan. Efforts to pass some of that cost on to employees have … More

    Toyota Confirms Another Glaring Error in New York Times Story on Rep. Issa

    A new problem has surfaced with New York Times reporter Eric Lichtblau front-page story on Rep. Darrell Issa. Toyota confirmed that DEI Holdings, a company Issa founded, is not a “major supplier” to the car manufacturer. That’s a direct contradiction to Lichtblau story. Issa asked for a correction Monday. Lichtblau … More

    Top 10 Reads: August 18, 2011

    Catching you up on clips, commentary and news of the day. Sign up for the daily email update from Scribe. The Movie Obama Won’t Want You to See – James Jay Carafano, FoxNews.com Why Tea Party should resist gutting defense – John R. Bolton, The Washington Times Big Brother Goes Green … More

    Photos of Sliced Verizon Fiber-Optic Lines Support Sabotage Charges

    ***UPDATE BELOW: Video of Verizon’s Bernadette Phillips discussing the many instances of apparent sabotage.*** Verizon has alleged more than 200 incidents of vandalism and sabotage against its equipment and facilities since 45,000 company employees went on strike on August 7. A source sent these photos, which seem to show very … More

    Washington in a Flash: On Economy, Obama at 26%

    Driving the conversation: Americans’ approval of President Obama’s handling of the economy hit a new low yesterday. According to polling company Gallup, 71 percent of adults disapprove of the president’s economic performance. Just over a quarter of respondents said they were happy with his economic record. The last time Gallup … More

    VIDEO: Footage From Rep. Issa's Office Reveals No Golf Course in Sight

    First we showed you the photos, now there’s a video. Missing in both is the golf course that Rep. Darrell Issa’s district office supposedly overlooks. The New York Times described the California Republican’s office in the first sentence of Monday’s front-page article this way: “Here on the third floor of … More

    Citing Pension Liabilities, Fitch Downgrades NJ Credit Rating

    The Fitch ratings agency announced on Wednesday that it has downgraded New Jersey’s bond rating to AA- from AA. A press release from the ratings agency placed the blame for the downgrade squarely on the state’s massive unfunded pension liabilities – estimated at about $55 billion. The release notes recent … More