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    Top 10 Reads: July 28, 2011

    Catching you up on clips, commentary and news of the day. Sign up for the daily email update from Scribe. Praying for the Right (or Left) result – Cal Thomas Ideals vs. Realities – Thomas Sowell Rural US disappearing? Population share hits low – Hope Yen Government Soliciting Contracts for Dubious … More

    Washington in a Flash: House to Vote on Boehner's Debt Plan

    Lawmakers are still scrambling to agree on a debt deal. The newly rewritten plan by Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) is expected to be voted on by the House. The newly rewritten bill has more savings than what the Congressional Budget Office originally projected. Numerous conservatives have voiced concerns about Boehner’s bill. Rep. … More

    Issa Hopes White House Official Aware of Fast and Furious Will Testify

    Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) said on a conference call Wednesday evening that he will try to get a White House official who may have had knowledge of the botched Fast and Furious gunrunning operation to testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. But Issa, who chairs the committee, … More

    Top 10 Reads: July 27, 2011

    Catching you up on clips, commentary and news of the day. Sign up for the daily email update from Scribe. 10 Reasons Each Side Thinks It Can Win the Debt Debate – Carl M. Cannon GOP leaders to conservatives: ‘How could you’? – Jonathan Strong Grab Your Pitchforks – Lucia Rafanelli … More

    Washington in a Flash: Boehner Goes Back to the Drawing Board

    With the Obama administration’s debt deadline less than a week away, Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) is reworking his two-stage debt plan after the Congressional Budget Office revealed it cut less than advertised. The House isn’t expected to vote until Thursday or Friday. Meanwhile, conservatives remain highly suspicious. Heritage Action announced its opposition … More

    Former ATF Official Admits Bureau Allowed Guns Into Mexico

    A former special agent from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms told a House committee that the agency had, in fact, allowed firearms bought in the United States to be transported to Mexico, in the hope that “we could further the investigation” against Mexican drug cartels. The admission came … More

    Obama's Plea to Flood Congress With Calls Backfires in One Member's Office

    Rep. James Lankford (R-OK) said his office is fielding significantly more phone calls today following President Obama’s prime-time plea last night. But many constituents are relaying the opposite message from what Obama asked them to deliver on the debt-limit debate. My phone started lighting up last night. Both Twitter, Facebook, … More

    Top 10 Reads: July 26, 2011

    Catching you up on clips, commentary and news of the day. Sign up for the daily email update from Scribe. What really is poverty? – Ed Feulner Cubans Still Suffer, But Media Looks Away – Mike Gonzalez Learning from the Bay State’s mistake – James Stergios & Lindsey Burke Getting to … More

    House Committee Seeks Answers on Operation Fast and Furious

    The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hear testimony from six current and former Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms agents regarding the bureau’s botched “Fast and Furious” operation. The hearing will focus specifically on the effect the operation had in Mexico. Operation Fast and Furious involved the sale of thousands … More

    Obama Tells La Raza: 'The Democrats and Your President Are With You'

    President Obama opened his speech to the National Council of La Raza yesterday by publicly acknowledging the Hispanic group’s close ties to the White House, a relationship that has aligned the two on nearly every policy issue during his presidency. “Right off the bat, I should thank you because I … More