Editorial Page Editor Mark Tapscott was voted Conservative Journalist of the Year for 2008 by the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), and he was inducted into the Freedom of Information Act Hall of Fame in 2006. Before joining the Examiner in 2006, he was director of The Heritage Foundation's Center for Media and Public Policy and founded its Database 101 Computer-Assisted Research and Reporting Boot Camps at the National Press Club. He's a former assistant managing editor and managing editor for two other Washington region daily newspapers. He is also proprietor of Tapscott's Copy Desk blog.
It appears three applicants for 501(C)(4) tax status have been denied by the IRS. The names of the three have not been released - yet.
But the main reason cited by IRS for the denials, according to Election Law Blog, is that the organizations' primary activites are "conducted primarily for the benefit of a political party and for a group of private individuals." Read More
It's purely coincidental, I am sure, that only a few days after President Obama makes the absurd claim that 80 percent of Americans support increased taxes to help solve the debt ceiling crisis, CBS News releases a new survey that finds only 21 percent of those surveyed support Republican resistance to hiking federal levies on their wallets. Read More
With unemployment creeping back upward, one might think President Obama would be interested in any and every policy move he might make to get the economy creating new jobs again.
If Obama is truly open to anything other than more of the same left-wing more government spending and regulation mindset, he will pay close attention to a new study being released today. It was jointly funded by the National Oceanic Industries Association (NOIA) and the American Petroleum Institute (API). Read More
Senate Republicans, led by Senate Banking Committee ranking minority member Richard Shelby of Alabama, are vowing to prevent confirmation of President Obama's choice to head the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau if the chief executive refuses to accept some major reforms in the new agency.
"No accountability, no confirmation," Shelby said of Obama's plan to nominate former Ohio attorney general Richard Cordray to head CFPB, the powerful new federal bureaucracy created by Obama and Democrats in the previous Congress in the wake of the Great Recession of 2008. Read More
If you read nothing else today, make it Clark S. Judge's superb oped in today's edition of The Wall Street Journal. Judge is a former Reagan speech writer who in the years since has overseen the Washington Writers Group.
In his piece this morning, which is entitled "The Debt Battle is Good for the GOP," Judge makes the case for the proposition that "the Tea Party is Reaganism updated" and offers this crucial observation: Read More
Mention the word "poverty," and odds are good that most people will think of destitute individuals and families wandering the streets without food, homes or hope. There are people in America who match that description, but official government data makes clear that image doesn't match the daily reality of most of those officially classified as in poverty, according to the Heritage Foundation's Robert Rector and Rachel Sheffield.
Rector and Sheffield are releasing today a study based on federal data that show the typical poor family in America: Read More
Reason TV's Nick Gillespie sees three reasons why the current debate about raising the national debt ceiling is "full of malarkey." You don't often hear that word "Malarkey" used because it is a technical term for "BS in public policy."
All three of the reasons Gillespie discusses are valid, but pay particular attention in this video to the third. Read More
Here's an interesting couple of numbers that emerged during this past week: According to Jim Messina, his campaign manager, through the second quarter of 2011, President Obama now has 552,000 contributors to his 2012 re-election campaign.
And the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that during the same two quarters, the U.S. economy generated 260,000 jobs. Read More
Documents uncovered by Judicial Watch made it clear this week that, contrary to multiple official denials, President Obama's White House and Treasury Department press operations coordinated efforts to exclude Fox News from covering a significant news event.
The event was a series of interviews with Treasury's "pay czar" Kenneth Feinberg, who was being vested under the TARP program with tremendous authority to set compensation for Wall Street executives at firms receiving federal bailout funds. Read More
Names and cities of residence for 244 of President Obama's bundlers - rich guys and gals who gather high-dollar contributions from friends, then report them all at the same time - were made public this week, but unless you did some serious digging, you wouldn't know much at all about them.
But thanks to OpenSecrets.org and its money-in-politics reporter Michael Beckel, it is possible to know quite a bit about some of the Obama bundlers. Read More
Betcha didn't know this: Only a few months after Congress created the dollar, the government defaulted on the new currency. Happened in 1862.
Five months after what was then called the "Greenback" was created in 1861, President Lincoln's Treasury Department failed to redeem them in January, 1862.
As the Ludwig von Mises Institute's John S. Chamberlin explains, that led to a fundamental change in approach: Read More
Odds are good that, while strolling the streets of upscale Colorado resorts like Vail and Aspen, you are far more likely to encounter a celebrity somebody from the Left like actor/environmentalist Robert Redford than, say, Rush Limbaugh or Herman Cain. So what a pleasant surprise it is to discover Melanie Sturm at the Aspen Times. Read More
President Obama's cap-and-trade bill died in the Democrat-run 111th Congress, but that hasn't stopped the chief executive and Lisa Jackson, his U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator, from finding regulatory paths to achieve the same goals.
Topping those goals is the abolition of coal as an electrical power-generating fuel. More than half of the electrical power used every day by Americans is generated by power plants fueled by coal. And 90 percent of all the coal consumed in the U.S. goes to electrical power generation. Read More
Politicians, campaign strategists, academics, journalists and others who assume Hispanics aged 18-29 favor higher taxes, more government spending and increased government regulation of business are in for a shock, according to the results of a new survey to be released tomorrow.
The survey was conducted April 16-22 by Kellyann Conway's thepollingcompany/Women Trend survey firm for Generation Opportunity, a recently launched conservative activist group that aims to educate and mobilize young Americans about the economic challenges facing their generation. Read More
President Obama has more than a few congressional GOPers shaking in their boots with his threat to not pay Social Security checks after August 2 if Republicans don't cave in to his demand that they support tax increases and hiking the national debt limit. Read More