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    Watchdog Warns of "Very Serious" Cybersecurity Failures at DOL

    Identity verification systems that allow employees of the U.S. Department of Labor to access secure information systems are woefully lacking in security measures, according to DOL’s Office of the Inspector General. A September 7 letter from DOL’s assistant inspector general for audit, obtained by Scribe through a Freedom of Information … More

    Report: EPA Delaying Job-Killing Regulations to Aid Obama Re-Election

    President Obama is putting off major environmental regulations until after the November elections in order to avoid the political blowback of the economic damage those regulations will cause, according to a new Senate report. Environmental regulators in the Obama administration “don’t want this economic pain to hit American families just … More

    Another DOE-Backed Solar Company Goes Bankrupt

    A solar company that got a multi-million-dollar grant from the Department of Energy earlier this year announced Wednesday that it will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, making it the second taxpayer-backed green energy company to file for bankruptcy this week. Satcon Technology Corp. announced the decision in a Wednesday … More

    The 5 Most Misleading Statements from the Second Presidential Debate

    President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney sparred last night in the second of three presidential debates. Today’s Morning Bell features reaction from numerous Heritage experts. In addition, we’ve compiled a list of the five most factually-challenged statements made during the debate. Obama falsely claims he called Benghazi attacks “acts … More

    Questioners at Tonight's Debate Face $4,492 Tax Increase Next Year

    President Obama and former Governor Mitt Romney won’t be the only people in the spotlight at tonight’s presidential debate in Hempstead, NY. About 100 undecided voters from Nassau County on Long Island will have an opportunity to ask Obama and Romney questions in the town-hall format. These voters were selected … More

    "Hating Breitbart" in Theaters Friday; Director Speaks at Bloggers Briefing

    Andrew Marcus, director of the new film “Hating Breitbart” will visit The Heritage Foundation on Tuesday to speak at The Bloggers Briefing. Watch it live at noon ET on Heritage’s Livestream channel. “Hating Breitbart” opens in select theaters this Friday. It tells the story of the late Andrew Breitbart — “one man … More

    Another Green Failure: A123 Files for Bankruptcy

    A123, recipient of a $249 million Department of Energy manufacturing grant, warned of impending debt default and cash problems that forced the company to seek bankruptcy protection. With 14 straight quarterly losses–nearly $83 million in 2nd Quarter 2012 and $125 million in the previous quarter, on top of $258 million … More

    Chart of the Week: Avoiding Taxmageddon Is Not a Tax Cut

    On January 1, 2013 nearly $500 billion in tax hikes will go into effect. In other words, “Taxmageddon.” Separating truth from fiction in politics, however, is not as clear, as The Heritage Foundation’s Curtis Dubay and Romina Boccia point out in last week’s analysis of the vice presidential debate: About … More

    VP Debate: Joe Biden's Three Most Misleading Foreign Policy Statements

    During Thursday night’s vice presidential debate, Vice President Joe Biden made numerous misleading or outright inaccurate claims regarding American foreign policy and the Obama administration’s performance on that front. Attacks against Americans and American diplomatic facilities in North Africa – most notably Libya, where U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens and three … More

    USDA Requires Little Documentation for $50,000 Discrimination Payouts

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture will pay up to $50,000 each to female and Hispanic farmers and ranchers who claimed they were discouraged from applying for USDA loans due to perceived discrimination. But those farmers won’t be required to prove that they ever actually farmed. The payments are part of a … More