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    House Republicans Tie Earmark Moratorium to Gas Tax Relief

    Frustrated by inaction from Democrats on earmarks and gas prices, House Republicans are tying the two issues together in hopes of forcing Congress to act. Legislation introduced by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) would suspend the 18.4 cents per gallon federal gas tax for the summer. To avoid impacting the Highway … More

    Hurry Up & Wait: Relief from Frank-Dodd Proposal Will Take Its Own Sweet Time in Coming

    Lawmakers say they want to speed FAST, FAST, FAST RELIEF to homeowners with mortgage woes. But the leading remedy on the Hill, the Frank-Dodd FHA Refinance Plan (H.R. 5830), will take many months before it has any effect at all. Moreover, it’s the wrong prescription. Though not as bad as … More

    This Week in Washington: Liberals Block Bush's Judicial Nominees

    Here’s a preview of the week ahead in Washington. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGtSIVoMj9Y[/youtube] The liberals continue to block President Bush’s conservative judicial nominees in the hope they can pack the courts with liberal judges in a potential Democrat administration. The federal courts are important because they are the training ground for our future … More

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    Since liberals took over Congress, they’ve chosen to abandon the pro-free trade policies of President Bill Clinton in the ’90s and embrace a neo-protectionism that is costing the U.S. economy millions and undercutting our reputation as a reliable ally in South America. Heritage scholars James Roberts and Ray Walser lay out just … More

    Tenants of the World, Unite!

    “So you bought an overpriced house or cashed out your home equity like an ATM? Here’s an idea: Take responsibility for your actions!” That’s the mood over at AngryRenter.com. The plain-spoken Web site run by FreedomWorks gives voice to what might be termed “the Silent Minority” of the mortgage- bailout … More

    More Rules to Avoid Another Housing Mess

    As Congress mulls what it can do to untangle the housing mess, it should take care to limit its largesse to helping only those people who really need help. We’ve already noted that Washington shouldn’t rush to bail out vacation homes. Or frauds. Or lenders who winked at frauds and … More

    Reid Promises Votes on Three Circuit Court Nominees

    Three of President Bush’s circuit court nominees will finally get an up-or-down vote in the U.S. Senate after Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) promised to end the obstructionism that had stalled action on judicial confirmations. Just last week the Senate voted for the first time in 2008 on five of … More

    Mortgage Mess Varies by State

    Members of Congress, including three presidential candidates, are competing to “do something” to stabilize the housing market and show compassion after the wave of foreclosures on risky subprime mortgage loans. The crisis talk clouds the national picture, obscuring the varied state-by-state impact of the mortgage mess. The chart above uses … More

    The Senate's Glacial Pace of Judicial Confirmations

    For the first time this year the Senate acted on President Bush’s judicial nominees, confirming five yesterday, including one appellate court nominee, in what can best be described as a miracle given the glacial pace Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) are moving. Not since … More

    What Congress Can't Seem to Understand

    The White House isn’t buying the Senate housing bill. As Benton Ives reports in Congressional Quarterly, President Bush is not too thrilled with the bailout proposal. Why? “The bill will likely do more harm than good by bailing out lenders and speculators and passing on costs to other Americans who … More