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    House Won't Provide 72 Hours to Review Budget Control Act

    Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) repeatedly criticized Democrats last year for voting on legislation that members didn’t have time to read. “Read the Bill” language was even included in the GOP’s Pledge to America to ensure lawmakers would have adequate notice to review legislation. “Neither members of Congress or the public … More

    Washington in a Flash: Politicians Agree to a Deal, Not a Solution

    Lawmakers in both houses of Congress are moving quickly to vote on the latest debt-limit deal — a plan agreed to Sunday night by President Obama and congressional leaders. Republicans and Democrats negotiating the agreement hailed it last night, but conservatives are less than impressed by the plan. Sen. Mike … More

    Chart of the Week: Federal Spending Per Household Is Skyrocketing

    With the United States engaged in a debate over debt, the common consensus among Americans is that spending needs to be reduced. A recent poll commissioned by Generation Opportunity and the polling company, inc./WomanTrend found this was especially true among young Americans who are self-identified independents. They believe less federal … More

    Scribecast: Sen. Mike Lee on the Need for a Balanced Budget Amendment

    Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) is a man on a mission. The freshman senator came to Washington after defeating an incumbent Republican, angering some in the GOP establishment but exciting Tea Party activists for his desire to end Washington’s reckless spending. He hasn’t disappointed. Lee wasted little time crusading for a … More

    Top 10 Reads: July 29, 2011

    Catching you up on clips, commentary and news of the day. Sign up for the daily email update from Scribe. House passes Boehner’s Budget Control Act – Amanda Carey It’s time for an American renaissance – Robert Moffitt After Oslo: Lessons For The United States – James Jay Carafano Voters receive … More

    Social Media Benefits Outweigh Risks for Congress

    Since the launch of Facebook in 2004, social media use has skyrocketed. Facebook has more than 750 million active users, and sites like Google+, Twitter, LinkedIn and Flickr are quickly following Facebook and growing into cultural phenomenons. It is hard to imagine a day without sending a few tweets or writing … More

    Anemic GDP Growth in Q2; Q1 Growth Revised Down to 0.4%

    Reuters has this morning’s bad news on the economic front: The U.S. economy came perilously close to flat-lining in the first quarter and grew at a meager 1.3 percent annual rate in the April-June period as consumer spending barely rose. The Commerce Department data on Friday also showed the current … More

    Washington in a Flash: House Leaders Look for Votes on Boehner Debt Plan

    Unable to secure the votes needed to pass Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) debt plan, House GOP leaders first delayed then canceled a vote on the Budget Control Act last night. The House could take up the measure today, but many conservatives and Tea Party activists remain strongly opposed to the plan. All eyes … More

    Millennials, Citing National Debt, Fear for America's Future

    President Obama neglected to mention Millennials in his address to the nation Monday night. Ironic, since they are burdened with the responsibility of paying America’s debt. But that should come as no surprise. Young Americans are often overlooked in the political world. However, 18 to 29-year-olds have serious concerns about … More

    Will Taxpayers Foot the Bill to Market an Obamacare Budget Gimmick?

    During the health care debate of 2009 and 2010, the Obama administration used a number of accounting tricks to try to get the Congressional Budget Office to score the legislation as deficit neutral. One such trick took the form of a new entitlement: the Community Living Assistance Services and Support … More