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    Operation Fast and Furious Guns Found at 11 U.S. Crime Scenes

    News broke yesterday that three officials from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives who were instrumental in the agency’s botched Fast and Furious operation had been promoted. That was jarring enough, given the large and seemingly growing scope of the scandal. Now we find out that Fast and … More

    Top 10 Reads: August 17, 2011

    Catching you up on clips, commentary and news of the day. Sign up for the daily email update from Scribe. A Politicized Justice Department Strikes Again – Hans von Spakovsky, National Review Online Social Security lies on super committee’s chopping block – Dorothy Zhang, Daily Caller Obama ‘No Child’ Waiver Proposals … More

    Non-Union Business Owner Shot, 'SCAB' Carved Into Car

    A business owner in Southeastern Michigan was shot last week after confronting a man carving “SCAB” into his car. John King, the shooting victim, owns King Electrical Services, the largest non-union electrical contractor in the area. Last Wednesday, King reportedly awoke at night to find someone in his driveway vandalizing … More

    Political Uniformity and Legal Radicalism at Obama's DOJ

    The resumes of the Obama administration’s hires at the Justice Department Civil Right Division’s Special Litigation Section read like a manual on professional advancement in the world of left wing legal practice. Every one of the 23 career civil service attorneys hired since Obama took office has stellar liberal credentials. … More

    Washington in a Flash: Obama to Speak on Jobs Next Month

    White House officials are hyping a major address President Obama plans to give next month on employment and the state of the economy. “The president’s plan,” the Associated Press reported Tuesday, “is likely to contain tax cuts, jobs-boosting infrastructure ideas and steps that would specifically help the long-term unemployed.” There … More

    New Push to Make 'Super Committee' Operate in the Open

    The newly formed Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction has its 12 members, but beyond that there’s little known about how exactly it will operate. Congressional leaders have promised transparency of its deliberations. And as of now, though, only the first meeting and final report are required to be publicly … More

    Top 10 Reads: August 16, 2011

    Catching you up on clips, commentary and news of the day. Sign up for the daily email update from Scribe. And check out the new e-newsletter from Ben Domenech, a research fellow for The Heartland Institute. It’s called The Transom and you can subscribe here. A malfunctioning ‘reset’ – Ed Feulner, … More

    Gingrich Outlines Objections to 'Super Committee' at Heritage Event

    Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich on Tuesday outlined what he believes are the major problems with the congressional “Super Committee” that will devise a deal to cut the federal budget in the coming months. Gingrich, speaking at the Heritage Foundation, broke the problems down into three categories: constitutional, … More

    Gingrich Wants House GOP to Pass Democrat-Backed Offshore Drilling Bill

    Speaking at Heritage this morning, former Speaker Newt Gingrich called on House Republicans to put politics aside and pass a new proposal from two Democratic senators that would expand offshore drilling off Virginia’s coast. Gingrich suggested it should be one of the top priorities for the House GOP when lawmakers … More

    Former Speaker Newt Gingrich to Speak at Heritage on Deficit Reduction

    Newt Gingrich knows a thing or two about how Congress operates. The former lawmaker represented a Georgia district for 20 years and spent four of them leading the U.S. House as speaker. So when Congress approved the Budget Control Act, creating the 12-member Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, Gingrich … More