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    Energy Efficiency Bill Is a Big Step in the Wrong Direction

    Senator Byron Dorgan (D–ND) told Greenwire (subscription required) that an energy efficiency bill that passed through the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee would be a necessary “first step” to more federal efforts to overhaul energy policy. The legislation, introduced by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D–NH) and Rob Portman (R–OH), contains … More

    DOJ and Department of Education Mandate Orwellian Speech Restrictions on College Campuses

    Last week, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) Civil Rights Division and the Department of Education (ED) Office for Civil Rights issued a joint letter memori­­­alizing an “agreement” with the University of Montana relating to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Title IV of the Civil … More

    Sending a Message: USPS Sinks Saturday Service

    The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) caused an uproar yesterday when it announced that it would be ending Saturday delivery of letter mail this August, saving an estimated $2 billion per year. Opponents—including many Members of Congress—expressed outrage at the move, arguing that it would cause hardships for postal customers and … More

    Planned Parenthood Sets Record for Abortions and Government Funding

    Planned Parenthood reported receiving record taxpayer funding in the last reporting year, while also performing a record number of abortions, according to the organization’s new annual report released this week. The nation’s largest abortion provider maintained its infamous title, performing 333,964 abortions—a record for the organization that received 45 percent … More

    National Education Standards, Title I Portability Shape First Presidential Debate

    Last night’s presidential debate included quite a few specifics on education policy from both President Obama and Governor Romney. President Obama’s call for more federal spending on education was no surprise. But his choice to highlight the Administration’s involvement in pushing states to adopt national standards and tests was remarkable. … More

    Liberals Say Public Broadcasting's $445 Million Federal Subsidy Is 'Tiny'

    NPR, PBS and other public broadcasting outlets are asking taxpayers to fork over $445 million in funding for the next fiscal year. But not if Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) and Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) have anything to say about it. The conservative lawmakers want to defund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the steward … More

    Legislation Prohibits Taxpayer-Funded Attack Ads on Soda

    New legislation introduced in the U.S. House yesterday would prohibit the use of federal money for advertisements attacking products like Coke and Pepsi. Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-TN) introduced the bill to counter a growing trend of anti-obesity ads that are funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a … More

    To Improve Education, Give States Flexibility with Federal Funding

    Nearly a half-century ago, Washington took a deep dive into education policy, increasing federal intervention in local schools. The idea at the time was to improve outcomes through compensatory education—spending federal dollars through federal programs—in an attempt to narrow the achievement gap between low- and upper-income children. This intervention began … More