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    ANALYSIS | Obama’s Economic Speech: Another Summer Rerun

    President Obama traveled to Illinois today to give the same tired, worn-out economic speech he’s been giving for almost five years now. Rather than offering new solutions that could revive the dormant economy and put people back to work, the President offered the same old policies that have already failed, … More

    Morning Bell: Decision Time on Immigration

    Today is a pivotal day in the immigration debate: House Republicans are meeting to hash out their path. Pressure is coming from all sides. The Senate passed the Gang of Eight’s “comprehensive” plan, and three groups on the right are urging the House to act. President Obama is meeting today … More

    Things That Aren't Inevitable: The Farm Bill

    Don’t you love it when the conventional wisdom gets turned on its head? What was supposed to happen in Washington a couple of weeks ago—passing the pork-laden food stamp bill known as the “farm” bill—didn’t happen. The special interests expected it to happen. Most of official Washington expected it to … More

    Morning Bell: 5 Immigration Questions for Members of Congress

    It’s July 4 week, which means Members of Congress are at home in their districts. As you head to your nearest town hall meeting, take these questions for your Representative. Below, we also provide the real answers you should be listening for. 1. Since the Senate-passed bill doesn’t require the … More

    Farm Bill: The House of Second Chances

    The farm bill died in the House—but could it live again? House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) is reportedly pushing to split up the old farm bill and take food stamps out of it. The Heritage Foundation has argued that it didn’t make sense to combine the bloated food stamp … More

    Morning Bell: The Kind of Immigration Reform We Could Support

    The Senate voted yesterday to advance the Gang of Eight’s “comprehensive” immigration bill. The big question in Washington: Did they even read the entire thing? A new version of the bill came out on Friday, giving Senators and the American people just one weekend to look it over. Apparently, the … More

    Morning Bell: Washington Is Cuckoo for Food Stamps

    UPDATE: The U.S. House defeated the $940 billion food stamp and farm bill by a vote of 195 to 234. Today’s win should be considered a victory for taxpayers and a reaffirmation of fiscal responsibility. The House is debating its farm bill this week—and now Democrats are saying it doesn’t … More

    WATCH: Discussion on the Cost of Amnesty

    Yesterday, the CBO released its score of the Gang of Eight’s immigration bill. Heritage’s Derrick Morgan began analyzing the numbers immediately and saw major problems. The Gang of Eight bill: WILL NOT stop illegal immigration – Despite promises of a secure border, the bill would slow future illegal immigration by only 25 percent, according … More

    Morning Bell: Congress Is Trying to Fool You on Immigration

    Congress is trying to fool you. Here’s how they do business. A piece of legislation is going to cost trillions of dollars, but Members of Congress don’t want the public to see that. Instead, they have the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) look at the bill for just the first 10 … More

    Chart of the Week: This Farm Bill 56 Percent More Costly Than Last

    The House is expected to take up its farm bill this week. As it does, legislators should bear in mind the excessive costs of the bill. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projected the last farm bill, in 2008, to cost $604 billion. The new House farm bill is projected to … More