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    Government's Union Watchdog Notches 5,000th Indictment

    The Department of Labor’s union enforcement office marked the 5,000th indictment in its history last month, dating back to 1964 when recordkeeping began. The Office of Labor-Management Standards has recouped more than $103 million for taxpayers since the beginning of the Bush administration, but last year became a target of … More

    Congressional Earmark Reform Website Comes Under Fire

    A congressionally approved website devoted to earmark reform is on the verge of falling victim to a petty political fight on Capitol Hill. The House’s chief administrative officer, Dan Beard, today told Minority Leader John Boehner that the site, earmarkreform.house.gov, would have to come down because it doesn’t comply with … More

    A Conservative Agenda for the Senate

    Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) has crafted a conservative agenda for the 2008 session consisting of 10 legislative ideas that he and his conservative allies in the Senate will force debate on this year. As chairman of the Senate Steering Committee, DeMint holds a unique role among Republicans. He will outline … More

    Lasting Love: Top 10 Ways to Have a Strong Marriage

    Valentine’s Day is a perfect time to explore what influences the quality and stability of marriage. The Heritage Foundation’s familyfacts.org catalogs social science findings on the family, society and religion. This month’s featured finding outlines the top 10 reasons that marriages remain strong. Heritage’s Christine Kim explains. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EVMNi6YByc[/youtube]

    A Good Day for the Merry Earmark Warriors

    House Republicans scored a significant victory in their war on earmarks today when influential Democrat Rep. Henry Waxman, chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, broke with party leaders to call for an immediate moratorium on earmarks in 2009 spending bills. I think our best approach would be to … More

    Earmark Moratorium Vote Fails in House

    House Republicans made a valiant stand on earmark reform today, falling just short in their effort to institute an immediate moratorium. By a vote of 204-196, the GOP’s procedural effort failed. Just seven Democrats voted with all Republicans: Reps. Joe Donnelley (Ind.), Tim Mahoney (Fla.), Baron Hill (Ind.), Brad Ellsworth … More

    Pelosi Formally Rejects GOP's Earmark Moratorium

    Facing a potentially embarrassing defeat on earmarks tomorrow, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi finally decided to say something about Republicans’ request for an immediate earmark moratorium. In a letter to Minority Leader John Boehner tonight, Pelosi makes several misleading or downright inaccurate claims about the Democrats’ attempts to curtail earmarks. The … More

    House GOP to Force Vote on Earmark Moratorium

    House Republican leaders were serious when they promised to hold Democrats accountable for ignoring the request for an immediate earmark moratorium. The first test will come tomorrow when Minority Leader John Boehner and Whip Roy Blunt plan to force an earmark reform vote on the higher education authorization bill. The … More

    Super Tuesday Special: What Issues Are Important?

    Super Tuesday is on the horizon and Heritage’s Brian Darling takes a look at the big issues at stake as voters head to the polls in 24 states tomorrow. Citing a recent National Review Online piece by Mike Franc, Darling says conservatives should elevate a few issues above the others: … More

    Pelosi Ignores GOP's Request for Earmark Moratorium

    House Minority Leader John Boehner and his colleagues in the Republican leadership gave Speaker Nancy Pelosi a deadline of Feb. 1 to respond to their request for an immediate moratorium on earmarks. The date came and went without a word from Pelosi or her Democrat colleagues. But don’t expect to … More