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    House Committee Launches Document Probe Into DOE, Abound Solar

    Bankrupt solar module manufacturer Abound Solar, recipient of a Department of Energy loan guarantee of $400 million, and the subject of an official investigation in its home state of Colorado, now faces additional scrutiny in the form of a document probe from the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The letter … More

    Taxpayer-Backed Green Energy Firms Subpoenaed by Federal Watchdog

    The Treasury Department’s top watchdog has opened an investigation into a popular grant program that helped finance a host of green energy projects, according to a recent SEC filing by one of the companies under investigation. SolarCity Corp. revealed in its initial public offer (IPO) filing that it has been subpoenaed by … More

    VIDEO: The White House's Disinformation Campaign on Libya

    After American diplomatic facilities in Libya came under sustained assault by militia forces, the Obama administration – including the president and Secretary of State themselves – spent days insisting that the attacks were a spontaneous reaction to an obscure YouTube video that insulted the Muslim prophet Muhammed. The intelligence community … More

    Chart of the Week: Poor, Middle Class Hit by Obamacare Mandate Tax

    With campaign season in full tilt, Americans are being inundated with rhetoric regarding the various tax proposals touted by President Obama and Governor Romney. Given that these discussions usually involve paeans to the middle class and promises to keep their tax rates low, one tax in partcular has received surprisingly … More

    Bankrupt DOE Loan Recipient Abound Solar Under Investigation, Panels Suffered "Catastrophic Failure"

    Abound Solar, a Department of Energy $400 million loan guarantee recipient that went bankrupt earlier this year, is under investigation by officials in Weld County, Colorado. The company, which received nearly $70 million in loan funding before payments were cut off by DOE in 2011, also received a $100,000 tax … More

    Conservatives Outline Policy Agenda Following Presidential Debate

    DENVER — Members of The Heritage Foundation’s policy team joined experts from across the country at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Colorado. The event included a surprise visit from former Governor Mitt Romney and speeches by Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Marco Rubio (R-FL) and John Thune (R-SD). Heritage experts … More

    New York Teacher Live-Streams $75,000 Do-Nothing Job

    A New York City teacher has set up a blog and livestream to document the day-to-day of his $75,000-a-year job at a Staten Island middle school. If that sounds mundane, that’s exactly the point: he claims he’s being paid not to teach. It’s been more than two years since New … More

    HHS Awards Another Multi-Million-Dollar Obamacare PR Contract

    As Congress probes expensive public-relations contracts to market the unpopular Obamacare law to the American public, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently announced that it has inked a deal worth more than $3 million to promote Obamacare’s “exchanges.” CMS, a division of the Department of Health and Human … More

    Michigan Ballot Measure Could Protect Drug-Dealing Teachers

    A teachers’ union contract in Bay City, MI, has become a focal point in the battle over a ballot measure in that state that seeks to provide legal guarantees for union collective bargaining agreements — and invalidate laws that conflict with those agreements. The contract allows teachers to show up … More

    WORD CLOUD: Obama and Romney at the First Presidential Debate

    President Obama and former Governor Mitt Romney were in the spotlight Wednesday night as they challenged one another in their first debate at the University of Denver in Colorado. The debate format covered several different subjects, all of which focused on domestic matters: the economy, health care, the role of … More