GDP Shows Surprise Drop for US

The U.S. economy posted a stunning drop of 0.1 percent in the fourth quarter, defying expectations for slow growth and possibly providing incentive for more Federal Reserve stimulus. The economy shrank from October through December for the first time since the recession ended, hurt by the biggest cut in defense spending in 40 years, fewer […]

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It’s Time to Stop Picking Winners and Losers in the Energy Industry

Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/Newscom Representative Mike Pompeo (R–KS) hopes his new bill calling for the repeal of all energy tax credits on both conventional and renewable energy sources will level the playing field for energy producers and consumers and prevent the government from picking “winners and losers.” The Energy Freedom and Economic Prosperity Act (EFEPA) […]

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Pro-Israel Groups Prepare to Battle BDS (Boycott, Divest, and Sanction) ‘Day of Action’

Anti-Israel Arab sympathizers and international anarchists are targeting several Israeli fruit exporters with protests, in their ongoing efforts to promote boycotts of Israel. In a statement released several weeks ago, the international BDS (Boycott, Divest, and Sanction) movement named February 9 as a “Day of Action” against two major Israeli agricultural exporters to Europe, Mehadrin […]

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Tales of the Red Tape #38: OSHA Advances Worker Risk—and Not Much Else

If the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) regulated its own doings in the manner it does private business, the agency’s doors would surely be shuttered. So lousy is its record of accrediting workplace safety examiners that some applicants have waited 10 years for their paperwork to be processed. It’s gotten so bad, in fact, […]

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Foreign Aid: There Are Many Ways Conservatives Can—and Should—Help the Poor

Daniel Hannan, a member of the European Parliament and one of Great Britain’s rising conservative political stars, reminds us that the fundamental error of the left is its “elevation of motive over outcome.” This leads to development assistance policies that are at least doomed to fail and may actually increase poverty. There are many reasons: […]

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US Charges Three Over ‘Gozi’ Computer Virus that Cost Millions of Dollars

United States law enforcement officials on Wednesday announced charges against three alleged East European cyber thieves accused of stealing banking information from computers across Europe and the United States, including at the space agency NASA. The “alleged international cyber criminals (were) responsible for creating and distributing a computer virus that infected over one million computers […]

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Conversations with Conservatives: Congressmen Weigh in on Debt Ceiling Deal (VIDEO)

In advance of Wednesday’s vote on suspending the debt ceiling, six Republican congressmen joined The Heritage Foundation’s Bloggers Briefing to discuss conservative viewpoints on the budget deal. Not all of the congressmen who spoke were persuaded of the debt extension. Representative Justin Amash (MI) was the first to state he planned to vote no. “I’m […]

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A Year Later, Keystone XL Still a Good Decision

After being sworn-in this weekend, President Obama will soon receive a second shot at approving the Keystone XL pipeline that will bring oil down from Canada to Gulf Coast refineries. Last year the President rejected the permit application at a time when America desperately needed jobs, and when his own State Department concluded that the […]

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