New House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) has caused some ripples in his early days on the job, not only for taking a hard tone against stonewalling and inefficient government agencies, but for upending some time-honored traditions long enjoyed by the political elite.
The House Oversight Committee got an earful from various inspectors general tasked with monitoring a number of federal agencies this week, with all of the watchdogs sharing a common complaint: information stonewalling from agency personnel whenever the IGs ask for key information.
Patrick Neville was a student on the campus of Columbine High School on the spring day in 1999 when two students went on a premeditated rampage that claimed 13 innocent lives. Now he’s a Colorado state representative.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), who replaced former Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) as chairman of the House Oversight Committee in the 114th Congress, is beginning to flex his expanded influence by taking aim at a favorite conservative target: the Environmental Protection Agency.
Gallup CEO Jim Clifton has been shooting from the hip lately. Last month, he drew on his polling company’s data to bemoan the decline of entrepreneurship in America. Now, he flatly disputes the “extremely misleading” unemployment rate promulgated by the Department of Labor.
President Obama’s new budget proposal calls for an expansion of the federal payroll to accommodate the addition of more than 100,000 new workers, making the federal civilian workforce the largest it’s been since early in the administration of President Ronald Reagan.
Even though he’s among America’s most visible lowbrow progressives, Al Sharpton must really share with conservatives a thorough disgust with taxes. Taxes, it seems, keep pestering Sharpton’s for-profit ventures into closure.
Aiden Steward, a 9-year-old who attends Kermit Elementary School in Kermit, Texas, was suspended last Friday for threatening the safety of a classmate after he allegedly brought a ring to school and pledged to make the classmate disappear using the ring’s magic power.
You know things have to be bad when outfits like POLITICO and The New York Times start grousing about the way they’re being treated by Democrats. Yet there they were Friday, describing reporters’ experience at a Pennsylvania Democratic retreat as an “absurd” encounter.
Not that it will come to much without some help from the U.S. Supreme Court, but a handful of GOP lawmakers is reportedly slogging through the early stages of crafting legislation aimed at replacing the Affordable Care Act.
A new analysis of how the Obama administration has exercised its discretion in carrying out congressional earmark spending finds that the White House has invested federal dollars in states where Democratic support is strongest.
Ignored your assignment? Didn’t even bother to write the instructions down? Cool! Here’s 50 points. That’s the new policy at the William J. Christian K-8 school, a public school in Birmingham, Alabama.
As 2014 wound to a close, the campaign machine behind Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) began showing signs of aggression toward the Tea Party conservative momentum that has made the five-term Senator extremely unpopular among base voters in his home state.
A new breakdown of data from the Social Security Administration reveals that more than one-third of federal disability recipients rely on diagnoses of mental disorders to qualify for the benefit.
Assuring his online followers that he’s “going to win by not playing their game,” Drew Curtis — the man behind offbeat news aggregating website Fark.com — has announced he’ll run for governor of Kentucky, an office that’s up for grabs this November.
A group of Berkeley students who share a preoccupation for social justice and all things inclusive is taking aim at a university course offering that, as its very name suggests, features the philosophical work of dead white guys — but no one else.
Police in New Hope, Minnesota, shot and killed a man Monday after he allegedly opened fire on a group of cops gathered to witness the swearing-in ceremony for two new members.
President Obama announced Sunday he will seek congressional protection for 12 million acres of Alaska’s coastline in order to protect the land and offshore areas from oil and gas exploration.
A fresh round of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows labor union participation has dropped to its lowest level in a century. Measured as a proportion of the total workforce, union participation fell to 11.1 percent in 2014.
Only days following reports that the IRS has retained the services of the same contractor accused of botching the Healthcare.gov website, an inspector general’s report is slamming the federal government’s sloppy, inattentive and ultimately costly lack of diligence in vetting and overseeing Obamacare contractors.
Joining a handful of other states that have attached conditions to receiving government welfare benefits, Wisconsin may soon become the latest to compel some welfare and state-subsidized health care recipients to pass a drug test in order to remain eligible.
CGI Federal, the same company the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) essentially fired following the disastrous launch of Healthcare.gov in 2013, now holds a contract with the IRS to help manage the tax enforcement agency’s Obamacare tax program.
Some members of the Washington, D.C. city council, led by at-large council member David Grosso, are advocating a new law that would extend municipal voting rights to permanent residents who are not U.S. citizens.