Conservatives Demand Info on Obamacare Rollout Failure

Criticize lack of transparency from ‘most transparent administration in history’
Grover Norquist / AP

Conservative critics of Obamacare want to know how many people have actually purchased insurance through the president’s signature legislation following the glitch-ridden rollout of the Obamacare website last week.

House Passes Bill to Limit Regulations, Carbon Taxes

Chamber of Commerce may include vote in their annual scorecard
AP

House Republicans passed a bill Friday morning to curtail what the GOP calls excessive and expensive federal regulations, including any attempt to implement a tax on industry carbon emissions.

Marketplace Fairness Act Would Be Bad For Small Businesses

Republican lawmakers in the House and Senate join together to emphasize damage bill would do to independent biz
Grover Norquist / AP

Grover Norquist and Sens. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) and Rand Paul (R., Ky.) joined a group of Republican House members to say the Marketplace Fairness Act would stifle growth and unduly harm small business owners.

IRS Scandal: Latest in String of Accusations

IRS scandal only the most recent instance of administration targeting conservative groups
AP

The scandal enveloping the Internal Revenue Service is not the first time that the Obama administration has come under fire for unfairly targeting conservative groups or constituencies: At least two other executive agencies during President Barack Obama’s tenure have been criticized for unfairly attacking conservatives or conservative groups.

Taking on Crime

Conservatives push for criminal justice system reform, say it saves money while reducing crime
AP

Texas faced a choice in 2007: spend billions on new prisons to house its convicts or find creative ways to deal with criminals in the state.

Cleaning Up the Fiscal Mess

Panel discusses policy solutions, limitations in fighting the fiscal crisis
Norquist, Furchtgott-Roth, Shlaes, DeMuth

A quartet of conservative panelists looked at the challenges of being the minority party in a divided government during a Saturday afternoon panel at the National Review Institute Summit titled, “The Way Out of the Fiscal Mess.”

Boehner’s Plan B

House leadership to push for plan making permanent tax cuts for 99.81 percent
AP

House GOP leadership will try to implement its so-called “Plan B” for the fiscal cliff on Thursday despite repeated veto threats from the White House, protests from Senate Democrats, and vocal opposition from conservative groups.

Grover’s Kingdom

Anti-tax crusader becomes focus of fiscal cliff talks
Grover Norquist / AP

Grover Norquist is either an irrelevant, “random person” or the fire-breathing puppet master of the Republican Party and the only thing standing in the way of a solution to the nation’s fiscal woes, depending on who you ask.

Republicans: No Secret Meetings

GOP pols urging leadership to conduct budget negotiations in public
Jeff Sessions / AP

Republicans understand that their political leverage is significantly diminished following their electoral drubbing earlier this month, but some fear that the secretive, high-level nature of negotiations underway risks further undermining the GOP position.

The Fiscal Cliff is Coming

Dems, GOP stake out negotiating positions on looming fiscal cliff
AP Images

Democrats and Republicans staked out negotiating positions this week over the so-called fiscal cliff as Congress prepared to adjourn for the Thanksgiving recess.