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    3 "Kitchen Table" Topics for Obama's Speech Today

    President Obama says he’s ready to get back to the “kitchen table” issues we’re all talking about. After months of focusing on gun control, amnesty for illegal immigrants, and other tangents that do not top Americans’ list of concerns, that’s good to hear. Obama told supporters earlier this week that … More

    Moody's: Further Deficit Reduction Needed to Maintain Stable Outlook

    Moody’s changed the outlook on the U.S. credit rating from negative to stable this week, citing improving deficits. While this is good news, policymakers should curb their enthusiasm about what this means for the U.S. debt situation. The improvement could be fleeting, as Moody’s relies heavily on favorable economic growth … More

    Food Stamps Don’t Stimulate Economic Growth

    The number of Americans on food stamps, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), is at historic highs, but some on the left—like Paul Krugman—think that’s not such a bad thing because, as they argue, food stamps “stimulate” the economy: We desperately needed (and still need) public policies to promote … More

    Morning Bell: Time to Shrink the Monster

    Does the debt ceiling affect YOU? It does—in many ways. A new video by Bankrupting America uses humor to call attention to an issue that is anything but funny, and why it matters for every American household. Recent Heritage research reveals how the rising national debt hurts American families, including: … More

    Conversations with Conservatives on IRS, Debt Limit, Immigration (VIDEO)

    Have a question about the debt ceiling, Benghazi, or the IRS? Get the inside scoop from the champions of conservatism in the House of Representatives. This month’s meeting of Conversations with Conservatives will take place Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. It will be streamed live online. Viewers may  participate in the conversation on Twitter (tweet … More

    Washington Hits the $16.7 Trillion Debt Ceiling with $300 Billion in New Debt

    On May 19, the United States hit its debt ceiling after adding $300 billion in more debt since lawmakers suspended the ceiling in February. But the cash won’t run dry until at least Labor Day, according to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, whose department can employ a variety of cash management … More

    House Republicans Are Right to Focus on Spending Cuts as Part of Debt Ceiling Increase

    This week, the House Republican conference met to discuss what their priority will be in connection with any vote to increase the debt ceiling. This is timely since the current suspension of the debt limit expires tomorrow. According to reports of the Republican House caucus meeting, “Members came away with … More

    Quiet Before the Storm: CBO Reports $642 Billion Deficit in 2013

    At $642 billion, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reports, the 2013 deficit will be lower by $200 billion than previously forecast. In February, the CBO projected a deficit of spending over revenue of $845 billion, but a large and temporary boost in revenues is pushing that figure down. Like the … More

    Morning Bell: Ready for Another Debt Limit Fight?

    Yes, it’s time to talk about the debt limit again. Every time the U.S. bumps up against its debt ceiling, we start the cycle all over again. President Obama insists he won’t negotiate over the debt ceiling, but of course he will. Members of Congress grandstand about changing this vicious … More

    Morning Bell: Obama and the Seuss-quester

    On Pennsylvania Avenue, right near the end, there lived a President who wanted to spend. He knew spending meant power, so hour by hour, he thought up more spends from his Washington tower. “I’ll spend without limits; I’ll spend without blame! Raising taxes to pay—that’s the name of the game.” … More