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    CNN Poll: Two-Thirds of Americans Support 'Cut, Cap and Balance' Plan

    Senate Democrats are on the warpath against the House-passed Cut, Cap and Balance Act. They have taken to calling it the “Cut, Cap, and Kill Medicare Act.” At a press conference on Wednesday, Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) aptly summed up the left’s characterizations of the legislation, calling it “cruel, dangerous, … More

    Study: Marcellus Shale an Economic Godsend for Pennsylvania

    A study released Wednesday, commissioned by the Marcellus Shale Coalition and conducted by three Penn State University energy policy experts, offers a striking view of the massive economic benefits produced by the Marcellus natural gas fields, which stretch from Western New York, through much of Pennsylvania, and into parts of … More

    Top 10 Reads: July 21, 2011

    Catching you up on clips, commentary and news of the day. Sign up for the daily email update from Scribe. Reining in the CFPB – Diane Katz The End of the Growth Consensus – John B. Taylor Obamacare No Prescription for Hiring – James Sherk The NAT GAS Subsidy – David … More

    Business Leaders: Liberal Economic Policies Are Preventing Recovery

    News on Thursday that there were more new jobless claims last week than initially expected gives new weight to the words of a pair of business leaders who recently singled out President Obama and his big-government approach to economic policy as key impediments to economic recovery. Stephen Wynn, CEO of … More

    Washington in a Flash: Dodd-Frank Anniversary No Cause for Celebration

    The Senate Banking Committee welcomes Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) to testify on the first anniversary of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The financial regulation bill has contributed to higher unemployment by imposing needless regulation on small and large financial institutions. It has deterred investment by imposing … More

    At 15 Federal Agencies, Death More Common Than Job Loss

    How secure are federal workers’ jobs? According to a recent USA Today study, death is the leading cause of job loss in 15 federal agencies. The federal government laid off or fired 0.55 percent of its workforce, according to USA Today – about one sixth of the firing/layoff rate in … More

    Top 10 Reads: July 20, 2011

    Catching you up on clips, commentary and news of the day. Sign up for the daily email update from Scribe. Ten Oil Rigs Have Exited Gulf Since Obama Moratorium Went Into Effect – Kevin Mooney Save Your Tears for Borders – Mike Brownfield Labor Unions Stop the Music – F. Vincent … More

    Ezra Klein Offers Dubious Statistics in Attacks on 'Cut, Cap, and Balance'

    [Klein responded in a post Wednesday afternoon. See below for our reply.] Ezra Klein, the Washington Post’s liberal political blogger, has been pushing a pair of questionable assertions in his posts on congressional Republicans’ plan to, as they say, “cut, cap, and balance” the federal budget. Klein has claimed, falsely, … More

    Rep. Dave Schweikert: Tax Increases Won't Solve Debt Crisis

    Rep. Dave Schweikert (R-AZ) attempted on Tuesday to explain the debt debate — how the budget gap should be closed — in terms everyone can understand. Schweikert noted on the House floor that proposals to deal with the deficit from President Obama and other liberals — such as ending tax … More

    Washington in a Flash: They're Back! Gang of Six Shakes Up Capitol Hill

    The recently rekindled Gang of Six presented its $3.7 trillion deficit-reduction plan to Senate colleagues yesterday. As the debt-limit deadline approaches, the six senators are hoping to gain support. “We told our colleagues this morning that we want to hear from them in the next 24 hours,” Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND) … More