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    Washington in a Flash: Mike Huckabee Visits Capitol Hill to Talk Taxes

    The House Ways and Means Committee welcomes former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, a 2008 Republican presidential candidate, to testify on alternative tax systems. The hearing will examine the value-added tax and FairTax. It will also explore consumption tax and the issues surrounding it. Rep. James Lankford (R-OK) will speak at today’s … More

    Top 10 Reads: July 25, 2011

    Catching you up on clips, commentary and news of the day. Sign up for the daily email update from Scribe. As Criminal Laws Proliferate, More Are Ensnared – Gary Fields & John R. Emshwiller The Truth Comes Out in Honduras – Mary Anastasia O’Grady A Year Later, Dodd-Frank Delays Are Piling … More

    Amigos: Obama and La Raza Operate From Same Playbook

    President Obama speaks to the National Council of La Raza today to deliver his latest sales pitch to Hispanics. His talking points should sound familiar. La Raza regularly mirrors the White House message on a range of topics — from the ongoing debt-limit debate to Elizabeth Warren. Recent action alerts … More

    Washington in a Flash: Obama Makes His Pitch to La Raza

    President Obama takes a break from the debt-limit talks to deliver a speech before the National Council of La Raza — a group that has served as an important bridge for Obama’s administration to the Hispanic community. Don’t expect Obama to deviate from the typical White House line when it … More

    Chart of the Week: How to End Deficits Without Raising Taxes

    President Obama and congressional leaders can’t seem to agree on any plan to avert a debt crisis. As the White House’s Aug. 2 deadline approaches, the House has adopted the Cut, Cap and Balance Act, while the Senate has floated a number of bad ideas. Earlier this year, The Heritage Foundation formulated … More

    Scribecast: Iain Murray Exposes the Bureaucratic Masters of the Universe

    Government bureaucrats are living the good life. Salaries and benefits are 30 percent to 40 percent higher for federal workers than their private-sector counterparts. They enjoy great benefits, such as early retirement with generous pensions. And now, the rest of America is starting to take notice. This week on Scribecast, … More

    Top 10 Reads: July 22, 2011

    Catching you up on clips, commentary and news of the day. Sign up for the daily email update from Scribe. America’s jobless ask: Where’s the recovery? – Elaine L. Chao Secrecy in Budget Talks Gave Obama an Advantage – Ernest Istook ATF sought to downplay guns scandal, emails show – Richard … More

    New Study Forecasts Huge Job Growth If Regulators Allow Gulf Oil Drilling

    U.S. employers added only 18,000 jobs last month — a remarkably low figure that contributed to the increase in unemployment to 9.2 percent. That’s the bad news. Fortunately for American workers, the future is bright, but only if regulators in Washington, D.C., get out of the way. A new study … More

    Rep. Hensarling: I Will Do Whatever It Takes to Return to 'Fiscal Sanity'

    Conservatives are taking a stand in the House, and they’re making their liberal counterparts angry in the process. The Cut, Cap, and Balance plan passed with flying colors in the House (234–190) on Tuesday, and it is now up to the Democratic-controlled Senate to shoulder its responsibility. In fact, conservative … More

    Washington in a Flash: So Long Shuttle

    NASA’s shuttle program came to an end yesterday when Atlantis touched down at the Kennedy Space Center after a 13-day mission to the International Space Station. Atlantis, which embarked on its first mission in 1985, spent 307 days in space and traveled nearly 126 million miles during its 33 flights. … More