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    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

    Lunch with Heritage Chat on the Budget Plans

    Click here to join our “Lunch with Heritage” online chat. We are joined by Heritage’s Senior Fellow in Government Studies Brian Darling. He is taking your questions about the “Gang of Six” plan, the Cut, Cap, and Balance Plan, and the August 2 deadline. Lunch with Heritage feat. Brian Darling

    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

    Coburn Bets 'A Porterhouse Steak' that Obama Will Sign Cut, Cap and Balance

    How confident is Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) that President Barack Obama would sign Cut, Cap and Balance legislation if it makes its way to his desk? So confident that he would wager a Porterhouse steak. He issued the high stakes wager in a press conference today, making the point that America … More

    What's Wrong with the Gang of Six Plan?

    Desperate for a “balanced” approach to resolving the debt ceiling impasse, President Obama glommed on to the Gang of Six’s plan before the ink was dry. The plan has lots of tough-talking language intended to make both sides of the aisle tingle.  But that’s where the balance ends. In reality, … More

    'Gang of Six' Plan Could Gut Defense

    This week, Representative Buck McKeon (R–CA), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, released a memorandum to Republicans on the committee. He appropriately criticized the “Gang of Six” budget outline from the Senate for its possible negative consequences for national security. Since the Gang of Six proposal is nothing more … More

    Morning Bell: The Fight We're In

    Fellow conservatives, We find ourselves in the midst of an important battle, the outcome of which will be determined by decisions to be made in the immediate days ahead. We must win this fight. The debate over raising the debt limit seems complicated, but it is really very simple. Look … 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

    Morning Bell: Liberals Invoke Reagan to Sell Debt Deal

    Desperate to sell the American people on a yet-to-be-determined plan to raise the debt ceiling, increase taxes, and avoid necessary reforms to rein in government, liberals are turning to an unlikely ally to make their case—former President Ronald Reagan. Their utterly transparent tactic reveals a larger truth: Despite all the … More

    Gang of Six: Promises, Promises

    A group of U.S. Senators called the Gang of Six has cobbled together the third Senate-originated half-baked idea this week that would lead to hiking the debt limit. All three Senate approaches — the McConnell Plan, the McConnell-Reid “Just Borrow More” Plan, and now the Gang of Six “Maybe Later … More