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.
Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman isn't really serious about seeking the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. If he was, the last thing he would do is appoint Mark McIntosh as his top policy advisor.
According to Politico Pro, McIntosh will "will split his time between Huntsman's Orlando headquarters and the GOP policy world in Washington coordinating expert advice on a range of issues, from the economy to energy, health care and foreign policy." Read More
A House Energy and Commerce Committee subcommittee months ago asked President Obama's Office of Management and Budget for documents concerning a $335 million federal loan guarantee given to a politically correct clean energy firm. Some of the documents were provided, but many more have been withheld without explanation. Read More
President Obama told CBS News today that he "cannot guarantee that those [Social Security] checks go out on August 3rd if we haven't resolved this issue. Because there may simply not be the money in the coffers to do it." Read More
President Obama’s proposals to raise taxes on oil and gas industries to reduce the federal government's $1.3 trillion annual deficit will cause a loss of 155,000 jobs, $68 billion in lost wages, and $83.5 million in reduced tax revenues.
So says Louisiana State University economist Joseph Mason who released a study today that examined the effects of Obama’s proposition to eliminate tax deductions on oil and gas companies.
Obama has suggested that such revisions will raise about $30 billion in tax revenue over the next 10 years. But that’s not the whole story. Read More
Can you guess who said this?
"Normally, you don’t raise taxes in a recession, which is why we haven’t and why we’ve instead cut taxes. So I guess what I’d say to Scott is – his economics are right. You don’t raise taxes in a recession. We haven’t raised taxes in a recession.”
“We have not proposed a tax hike for the wealthy that would take effect in the middle of a recession. Even the proposals that have come out of Congress – which by the way were different from the proposals I put forward – still wouldn’t kick in until after the recession was over." Read More
America's energy-rich western states stretching from North Dakota and Montana on the Canadian border to New Mexico on the Southern border can produce enough oil and natural gas to replace what America presently imports from Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Columbia, Algeria, Iraq, Russia, Venzuela, and Kuwait, according to a new study conducted for the Western Energy Alliance.
The study was conducted for the alliance by EIS, with data analysis provided by ICF. Read More
Congress passed and President Obama signed legislation last year banning federal grants and contracts to ACORN or any of its affiliates. Somebody should tell the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) about the ban. Read More
Mark Fitzgibbons, an Examiner oped contributor and president for corporate and legal affairs of American Target Advertising, Inc., has launched an important new blog, CharityRegulatorWatch.com, that is a rarity on the Right side of the Blogosphere.
Fitzgibbons is focusing on abuses and potential abuses by state regulators entrusted with overseeing charities, non-profits, and other philanthropic organizations. While the IRS has tremendous power in this field and has not infrequently gone off in terrible regulatory directions, state governments also have great power. Read More
What's likely to be the basic debate issue of the 2012 presidential campaign? If you said, "jobs" or "the economy," you're right, but there are several different ways to talk about those issues.
Crossroads GPS is mounting a two-month, $20 million advertising campaign aimed at framing the economic issues for the 2012 contest.
"Shovel Ready" is the first spot in the campaign, and it puts President Obama's major economic failures - and his wholly in appropriate "shovel ready wasn't as shovel ready as we thought" joke - in the context of uncontested facts. Read More
Soon after the Deepwater Horizon disaster began, with raw crude pumping out of the seabed into the Gulf of Mexico in the worst oil spill in American history, foreign nations began offering help with the clean up.
Especially notable was the Belgian firm DEME, which specializes in ocean-going clean-up work and which offered to bring the best equipment in the world for the operation to the Gulf. But it didn't happen because President Obama refused to waive the Jones Act, a protectionist law sought by the maritime unions to keep foreign-crewed vessels out of U.S. waters. Read More
Another Afghan convert to Christianity has been dragged out of his home and beheaded for his faith, this time on video, according to World Magazine editor Mindy Belz. The poor man's name was Adbul Latif.
"In the two-minute video, the men, wearing explosive belts (or suicide vests) and kaffiya head scarves to cover their faces, recite verses from the Quran while forcing Latif to the ground and pinning him with their feet," Belz reports in the latest issue of her magazine. Read More
Did you know the U.S. depends upon 104 nuclear reactors to produce about 20 percenbt of this country's massive and growing electrical power generation? Did you also that the U.S. imports roughly 90 percent of the uranium required to keep those 104 reactors humming? Read More
Rob Bluey heads the Heritage Foundation's Center for Media and Public Policy and is a former assistant editor of Human Events. He's also known in conservative circles as among the brightest emerging stars on the Right side of the online news and opinion universe. Read More
RedState.com's Erick Erickson says the time for talking about cutting federal spending and stopping the growth of the national debt is over, the time for actually doing something about them is here. And Erickson thinks too many conservative organizations in the nation's capital are part of the problem because they are addicted to talking instead of acting.
In a post this morning, Erickson declares:
"The time for nuancing and diplomatic niceties in Washington are over. Read More
Should anybody care when a radical left-wing special interest group gets a big boost in federally funded grants and contracts after one of its most visible leaders is appointed to a key White House job?
That's exactly what happened after President Obama appointed Cecilla Munoz, the National Council of La Raza's (NCLR) senior vice president, as his director of inter-governmental affairs, according to an investigation by Judicial Watch. Read More