Handouts for tourist-trap museums will be part of the federal funding battleground in the next two years.
The insurgent Republicans want to balance the budget, impose new barriers to immigration, and increase transparency for future earmark spending.
Lawmakers stuffed more than $8 billion in pet projects into an omnibus federal spending bill passed in March. But wait, didn't Congress ban earmarks back in 2011?
Lawmakers packed $8 billion of pork into the omnibus bill that passed Congress last night.
Congress throws far too much money at special interests.
Republicans took control of Congress in 2010, in part, by promising to kill earmarks. They might lose Congress in 2018 by bringing them back to life.
Jonathan Rauch's Political Realism argues that libertarians should embrace "transactional politics" if they want big changes.