Congress Turns Spotlight to Government Waste

Hearing exposes billions in wasteful spending
Tom Coburn / AP

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform highlighted wasteful federal spending on Thursday, holding a hearing that cited numerous examples of the practice, but few successes in eliminating it.

The Anti-Stimulus

Economists agree: unemployment benefits hurt employment rates
Job fair / AP

Three different economic experts testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Job Creation, and Regulatory Affairs on Thursday afternoon during a heated and contentious hearing.

Israel in the Balance

New congressional class less friendly toward Israel
J Street, Rep. Joe Walsh

A new class of left-wing Democrats is supplanting a group of pro-Israel lawmakers and preparing to take Congress in a markedly different direction, according to worried supporters of the Jewish state on Capitol Hill.

Duckworth and Cover Up

Illinois Dem House candidate ‘screwed up’ in firing whistleblower, email shows
Tammy Duckworth / WC

Democratic Illinois congressional candidate Tammy Duckworth privately admitted that she “screwed up in firing” a whistleblower during her stint as head of the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA), according to an internal email obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

Democrats in Defense Denial

Obama advisers ignore presidential budget failures, blame GOP for sequester
Patrick Murphy, Barack Obama 2006 / AP

CHARLOTTE — A longtime surrogate for Team Obama accused Mitt Romney and the Republican Party of caring more about Washington interests and the Tea Party than they do about war veterans and America.

Ducking the Tough Issues

Questions over finances dog House candidate, former Obama official Tammy Duckworth
Tammy Duckworth / Wikimedia Commons

This evening will not be the first time that Tammy Duckworth, former assistant secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs under President Obama, addresses a Democratic National Convention.