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    Speech Restrictions on National Mall Violate the Constitution

    As the government “shutdown” drags on, Washington’s National Mall remains closed to the general public. Not everyone, however, is forbidden to set foot on the mall. The National Park Service (NPS) has posted signs indicating that certain portions of the mall are closed “except for 1st Amendment activities.” A planned … More

    Storming the Barricades in Washington

    Americans are justifiably angry over the political game being played by the Obama administration to barricade the World War II Memorial in Washington. And they should be. Under federal law, there is no justifiable reason for closing the memorial. On Tuesday, the National Park Service put up barricades around the … More

    The EPA: An Impediment to Economic Recovery

    The rapid pace and severity of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations on the energy sector during the past four years illustrates an ongoing problem—the government’s impediment to an economic recovery. The EPA’s mandates have discriminated against certain sectors of the energy industry, most notably coal, killing needed jobs. On top … More

    Exclusive: Occupy DC Plans Mayhem for Major Conservative Conference

    The “Occupy DC” protest group is planning to disrupt the upcoming Conservative Political Action Conference using a range of potentially illegal tactics that could even include violence against participants, Scribe has learned. The planned disruptions at CPAC come only days after U.S. Park Police raided Occupiers’ tent cities at McPherson … More

    As Deadline Passes, NPS Waits to Enforce 'Occupy' Camping Ban

    The noon deadline for Occupy DC protesters to clear out their camping gear came and went today. By mid-afternoon, National Park Service police had declined to move in and enforce the law. Far from clearing McPherson Square, the hub of the protest’s Washington activity, occupiers draped a large blue tarp … More

    First Amendment Does Not Protect Camping, as Park Service Claims

    Testifying on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, the National Park Service made clear its legal position for declining to enforce laws against camping on federal land with respect to the Occupy DC protest group. But the Supreme Court has already weighed in on a near-identical case and found that enforcing laws … More

    Occupy D.C. Protesters Flee Camps Amid Cold Weather, Rat Sightings

    The tents still occupy two parks in Washington, D.C., but there are fewer people living in them as protesters with the Occupy movement flee for warmer quarters. The desertion of the Occupy D.C. is fueling class divisions within the movement among “those who can’t go home again and those who … More

    The Private Sector Does It Better: Vietnam Memorial Edition

    Last week repairs on the Vietnam Memorial commenced to replace the worn, yellow grass with fresh sod, improve the irrigation system and restore the bronze fixtures around the memorial – including the flagpole, a statue of three soldiers and the base of the directories to help visitors find names on … More

    On the Border: Degraded Environmental Quality, Security and Transparency

    Representative Rob Bishop’s (R-UT) is concerned about how the Department of the Interior is – or perhaps more appropriately isn’t – working with the Department of Homeland Security to secure our borders, and he let Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar know it at a hearing of the Committee on … More