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Townhall… Dangers of Big Government, By Rich Tucker
May 26, 2013 - Let us now praise David Axelrod. “Part of being president is there’s so much beneath you that you can’t know because the government is so vast,” the president’s former right-hand-man explained on MSNBC recently. He was attempting to defend Barack Obama, who says he didn’t know that the IRS was targeting conservative groups, or that the Justice Department had obtained the phone records of Associated Press reporters and editors. And don’t even get started on what the ... read more
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Redstate… The penumbra of power, By John Hayward
May 29th, 2013 - A few weeks ago, Apple executives were called on the Congressional carpet for… well, it’s not really clear, actually. Congress was very angry at them for failing to haul international profits back to the United States so they could be taxed at confiscatory anti-growth American rates. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) countered by pointing out that everyone tries to legally minimize their tax liability. Accountants who failed to take such opportunities... read more
Townhall… Terrorism is Never Justified, By Jeff Jacoby
May 24, 2013 - Broadcasting from Boston the day after the Marathon bombing, a correspondent for the French-Canadian TV channel LCN explained why Americans shouldn't be surprised when such atrocities occurred. It's the price they have to pay for being a superpower, Richard Latendresse told his viewers. It may be "un peu tragique," he conceded. But hey, that's what happens when a nation takes so much pride in its military power – and has inflicted similar suffering on others... read more
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Redstate… I Have No Problem With the Boy Scouts’ Decision, By Erick Erickson
May 24th, 2013 - The Boy Scouts of America have decided to keep the ban on gay scout leaders, but allow gay young men to participate in scouting. The vote was not even close. More than 60% voted to end the ban. I have no problem with this. While I would have voted against it, if a majority of scouts want that, that is fine with me. Their institution is allowed to evolve as they see fit. My father was in the Order of the Arrow. He spent a number of years... read more
Redstate… Securing Our Borders With Open Borders, By Daniel Horowitz
May 23rd, 2013 - Every sane person in the country aka most people outside of the DC beltway, is asking the million dollar question of the immigration debate: why don’t we just implement the enforcement measures that actually work before risking another wave of illegal immigration by granting amnesty now?  The issue would largely dissipate if they would merely begin enforcing the laws on the books. But when you listen carefully to the fatuous arguments propagated inside the beltway, you will discover the... read more
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WND.com… Questions about scandals 'rrelevant,' 'offensive', By Joseph Farah
On “Fox News Sunday,” White House spokesman Dan Pfeiffer was asked by Chris Wallace where in the White House President Obama was during the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack in Benghazi that killed four Americans. Wallace: “Question, what did the president do the rest of that night to pursue Benghazi?” Pfeiffer: “Look, the president was kept up to date on this as it was happening the entire night, from the moment it started until the very end... read more
Redstate… It’s the ‘Wacko Birds’ vs. the Wackos Again, By Daniel Horowitz
May 22nd, 2013 - If I were granted one wish about the state of today’s politics it would be for the Democrats to be saddled with their own version of John McCain.  Once again, McCain is working to score points for Democrats and undermine Cruz/Paul and Lee – the “Wacko Birds” – in their attempt to prevent a free debt ceiling increase. Back in January, Republicans and conservatives got together at Williamsburg and agreed to “suspend” the debt ceiling law until May 18 in return for the Senate passing a budget... read more
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Townhall… Obama and the Law, by Mona Charen
May 24, 2013 - If you Google "George W. Bush shredding the constitution," you will get many millions of hits. The New York Times railed, "Ever since 9/11, we have watched Republican lawmakers help Mr. Bush shred the Constitution in the name of fighting terrorism. President Bush attempted to listen in on the international calls of suspected terrorists, he used waterboarding on exactly three terrorists, and he put detainees in Guantanamo... read more
Redstate…Finally, A Bi-Partisan Solution on Term Limits, By Jim Bridenstine
May 16th, 2013–Many in our country and in the districts we represent feel that Congress is out of touch and that members are more focused on re-election than on providing real solutions to our nation’s biggest challenges. We hear from constituents all the time that there is a lack of urgency and focus when it comes to solving our country’s toughest issues like tackling the deficit and putting policies in place that will lead to economic growth. The two of us, freshman members from different parties with... read more
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Townhall…Thanks and Devotion This Memorial Day, by Jackie Gingrich Cushman
May 23, 2013–If you were to suddenly appear this weekend at the numerous barbecues or pool parties, without any knowledge of our nation's history, it might be hard to understand the real meaning of Memorial Day. Is it a day to sell cars, clothes and mattresses? Is it a day off of work, a time to join with family and friends, and grill out? For our family, Memorial Day weekend marks the start of summer. School is out, and we transition from the school... read more
Heritage Foundation… Morning Bell: Immigration Reform Should Strengthen, Not Cost, America
05/20/2013 - Lawful immigration can bring important economic and cultural benefits both to the United States and to the immigrants. Americans rightly live and celebrate the values of America, including limited government, personal liberty, and free enterprise, and beckon others to join us. We are united by belief in our founding documents and our creed that all men are created equal. As Ronald Reagan said, “The immigrants who have so enriched America include people from every race, creed, and ethnic... read more
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Townhall Finance… Baby on the Way: Are You Ready for Your New Financial Reality?
By Carrie Schwab Pomerantz - May 23, 2013 - Dear Carrie, We're expecting our first child soon, and there's so much to think about! Everyone tells us to start saving for college right away, but that's so far in the future. What about now? What should we focus on first? --A Reader; Dear Reader, You're definitely right that there's a lot to think about when you're expecting a baby. (I know from experience!) Cribs and car seats are only the beginning. And while... read more
Ohio Governor John Kasich…Kasich's Medicaid expansion would help Ohio's veterans: Thomas Moe and Victor Wilson, By Plain Dealer guest columnist
May 19, 2013–It's not often that we see people on both ends of the political spectrum come together for a common purpose, but that's exactly what happened in April when thousands of people rallied on the Statehouse lawn in support of expanding health care to more than 275,000 low-income Ohioans, most of whom have jobs and are working taxpayers. Side by side in the... read more
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Townhall…Paranoid or Prescient? By Victor Davis Hanson
May 23, 2013 Government is now so huge, powerful and callous that citizens risk becoming proverbial serfs without the freedoms guaranteed by the Founders. Is that perennial fear an exaggeration? Survey the current news. We have just learned that the Internal Revenue Service before the 2012 election predicated its tax-exempt policies on politics. It inordinately denied tax exemption to groups considered either conservative or possibly antagonistic to... read more
Breitbart… IRS Scandal: IRS Commissioner defends ‘lie by omission’ to Congress , by Joel B. Pollak
Acting Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Douglas Shulman, who led the agency when it targeted Tea Party and conservative groups, testified before the Senate Finance Committee today, under oath, about when he knew about the conduct of officials in the tax exempt organizations division. He was joined by his successor, Steven Miller, and Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration J. Russel George. Senators pressed the IRS officials about his failure to respond to earlier concerns ... read more
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Townhall… Wimps Versus Barbarians, by Thomas Sowell
May 21, 2013 - An all too familiar scene was enacted on the campus of Swarthmore College during a meeting on May 4th to discuss demands by student activists for the college to divest itself of its investments in companies that dealt in fossil fuels. As a speaker was beginning a presentation to show how many millions of dollars such a disinvestment would cost the college, student activists invaded the meeting, seized the microphone and shouted down... read more
Heritage Foundation… Morning Bell: A Bumper Crop of Food Stamps, by Amy Payne
May 21, 2013 - Where do food stamps come from? They come from taxpayers—certainly not from family farms. Yet the “farm” bill, a recurring subsidy-fest in Congress, is actually 80 percent food stamps and other government nutrition programs. The food stamps sweeten the farm deal for lawmakers, who admit that the combination works for their political purposes. As Heritage experts Daren Bakst and Diane Katz explain: The food stamp portion creates a reason for urban representatives... read more
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Townhall Finance… No Better for Obama Next Week, Either, by Marita Noon
It’s been a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week at the White House—and it isn’t looking like next week will be any better. You probably know about Obama’s trifecta of troubles: the Benghazi story about the attack that killed four Americans and the aftermath that falsely blamed a YouTube video that “continues to smolder on the far-right side of the dial,” the IRS targeting conservative groups for extra scrutiny while giving liberals a pass, and, the... read more
Akron Beacon Journal… Priorities IRS
May 16, 2013 - Steven Miller took the fall. On Wednesday, President Obama received the resignation of the acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service in the wake of word about the agency acting egregiously in targeting tea party and other conservative groups for heightened scrutiny. Today, Miller will feel the heat as he appears before the House Ways and Means Committee. No doubt lawmakers will explore why Miller in early 2012, serving as deputy IRS commissioner, told Republican senators... read more
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Heritage Foundation… Governor Pence Pauses Indiana Common Core Standards, By Lindsey Burke
May 17, 2013 - Indiana has just given every state that agreed to adopt Common Core national education standards and tests a lesson in prudent governance. On Saturday, Governor Mike Pence (R) signed the Common Core “Pause” bill into law, halting implementation of Common Core until state agencies, teachers, and taxpayers better understand the implications of Common Core adoption. Indiana law now requires that the Common Core standards be... read more
Republican National Committee… RNC Chairman Calls for Obama To Take Responsibility for the IRS Scandal
Posted May 15, 2013 - WASHINGTON – In response to the president’s IRS announcement, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus released the following statement, calling out the president’s failure to address Americans’ real questions and take responsibility for the actions of his administration: “Simply allowing the acting-head of the IRS to resign is not enough. This is clearly a scapegoat that distracts from answering the core questions from information that has been known within the administration for over a year: Who... read more
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Townhall… Obama's Emptiest Benghazi Talking Point, by Michelle Malkin
May 17, 2013 - On Sept. 12, 2012, President Barack Obama vowed to "bring to justice" the perpetrators of the deadly attack in Benghazi, Libya. On Oct. 26, 2012, Obama said his "biggest priority" was bringing the "folks" in Libya responsible for murdering four Americans to "justice." Tick, tock, tick, tock. While White House press secretary Jay Carney sneers at the GOP's "obsession" with what went wrong at the besieged Libyan consulate, Obama... read more
Townhall Finance…Scandals, Fisticuffs and the Voices of Tyranny, by Charles Payne
Man ... there are so many scandals and donnybrooks it's hard to keep track of them. Heck, there has been so much shocking news and fisticuffs I've already forgotten about the Garcia-Woods tango over the weekend. This fresh batch of scandals that's popped up like springtime perennials could have enormous conclusions. > IRS > AP > Benghazi > Army Sex Misconduct How these are handled will tell us even more about the administration and give insight into how dangerous the power grab of the past ... read more
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Redstate…The Obama Scandals Aren’t About Bad Government, but Big Government, By Senator Mike Lee
May 16, 2013–When scandal rocks any administration, its partisan opponents smell blood in the water and move in to inflict as much political damage on the president as possible. Consultants assure us it’ll “gin up the base.” It makes headlines. And it’s always easy to kick someone when he’s down. But for conservatives, especially... read more
Heritage Foundation…We’ve Seen the Effect of “Amnesty” Before, By Ed Meese
May 17, 2013–Experts can’t always predict exactly how public policy will affect the nation, despite our best efforts. But when it comes to immigration policy, we have tried many of the types of reforms advocated by today’s Gang of Eight—so we should consider the effects these reforms had in the past. In the mid-’80s, many Members of Congress advocated amnesty for long-settled illegal immigrants. President Reagan considered it reasonable to adjust the status of what was then a relatively... read more
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From a CNO Reader…Your four friends
Once upon a time there was a girl who had four friends. She loved the fourth friend the most and adorned him with rich robes and treated him to the finest of delicacies. She gave him nothing but the best. She also loved the third friend very much and was always showing him off to neighboring kingdoms. However, she feared that one day he would leave her for another. She also loved her second friend. He was her confidant and was always kind... read more
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From a CNO Reader… 'I Hope You Dance...'
This was written by an 83-year-old woman to her friend. *The last line says it all. * Dear Bertha, I'm reading more and dusting less. I'm sitting in the yard and admiring the view without fussing about the weeds in the garden. I'm spending more time with my family and friends and less time working. Whenever possible, life should be a pattern of experiences to savor, not to endure. I'm trying to recognize these moments now and cherish them. I'm not "saving"... read more
Heritage Foundation… Serving Justice to Gosnell
05/14/2013 - Justice has been served for a few infants and one mother whose lives were taken within the filthy walls of 3801 Lancaster Avenue. Late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell was convicted yesterday of first-degree murder in the deaths of three infants who were born alive after botched abortions performed in his run-down West Philadelphia clinic. He was also found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Karnamaya Mongar, a 41-year-old woman who died from an overdose of... read more
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PolitiChicks… To Sheila Jackson-Lee, With Love; by Sam Janney
May 13, 2013 - Dear Ms. Jackson-Lee, It has come to our attention, the conservative bloggers of the world that you would prefer if we “shut up.” We had no idea that we were in any way offending your delicate, tender sensibilities and from the bottom of our hearts, we are sorry. We are sorry you are so obviously intimidated by our conservative voice that you feel the need to tell us to “shut up.” Honestly, being strong supporters of the first amendment... read more
Youngstown Vindicator… Let Exterran serve as model for accelerated Valley growth
Wed, May 15, 2013 - The official opening of Exterran Energy Solutions’ $13 million 65,000-square-foot advanced manufacturing plant on Youngstown’s West Side last week injects premium fuel into the Mahoning Valley’s retooled economic engine. It also illustrates the potential for additional and accelerated investment in our region. We join Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Exterran President and CEO Brad Childers in welcoming Exterran to the Valley’s expanding manufacturing... read more
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Breitbart… Backfire: ABC, CNN, NBC call for White House to release Benghazi emails
By John Nolte - 15 May 2013 - UPDATE: NBC's senior White House correspondent joined the chorus Wednesday. On his MSNBC show, "The Daily Rundown," Chuck Todd looked into the camera and said, "Attention White House: Release all the emails." The headline has been updated to add NBC. Assuming they are the ones who leaked to CNN an email written by Ben Rhoades (a Deputy... read more
Akron Beacon Journal… No joke
May 13, 2013 - On Monday, President Obama began to respond appropriately to revelations that the Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative groups to establish whether they were complying with their tax-exempt status. The president called the IRS actions “outrageous.” He promised to hold agency officials accountable. His words followed the apology on Friday from Lois Lerner, the head of the agency division that oversees tax-exempt organizations. Now the White House must follow through... read more
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Townhall Finance... Obamaspeak Takes Failure to New Highs, by Bob Beauprez
A new language was introduced in Washington when President Obama began his first term in office. For a time, it flummoxed his observers, including many Republicans, who were caught off-balance by the combination of the President’s soaring rhetoric and his Chicago-style politics. The language is newspeak. Introduced by George Orwell, it is characterized by using familiar words and phrases in unfamiliar ways. In the President’s parlance... read more
Columbus Dispatch… Ohio takes a big step forward
In the latest sign that word is getting out about Ohio’s business-friendly makeover, the Buckeye State is the biggest gainer in Chief Executive magazine’s 2013 ranking of Best States for Business. Ohio advanced an impressive 13 spots from last year, by far the biggest gain of any state, on the list based on responses from more than 700 CEOs around the country. Ohio landed at No. 22 after CEOs ranked states on factors including taxation and regulation, work-force quality and quality of life... read more
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Heritage Foundation… Louisiana Court Rules Against School Choice, But Educational Opportunity Moves Forward
By Brittany Corona - May 11, 2013 - After a series of school choice victories across the nation, the Louisiana Supreme Court issued a disappointing ruling this Tuesday when it upheld a lower court’s ruling invalidating the state’s school voucher program. With a 6-1 vote, the higher court declared the funding mechanism for Governor Bobby... read more
Townhall Finance… Which Presidents Are Right about Government? by Daniel J. Mitchell
When I was becaming interested in public policy, I thought Jimmy Carter was the epitome of a bad President. But as I began to learn economics, I realized that Richard Nixon and Lyndon Johnson also were terrible and belong in the Hall of Fame of bad Presidents. And the more I studied economics and public policy, I learned that Herbert Hoover and Franklin Roosevelt were two peas in a failed big-government pod and deserve membership in that Hall of Fame. Or I guess we should call it a Hall of Shame... read more
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Townhall Finance… Maybe It’s the Lawsuits that Stop Banks from Making Loans, by John Ransom
When New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced this week that he’s going after top banks Bank of America and Wells Fargo for violations of the national mortgage settlement agreement, he had a point. Unfortunately that point resides mostly at the top of his head. Schneiderman, like many New York Attorneys General is playing politics for the bleachers even though he’s hurting their case. “The settlement included 304 ‘servicing standards... read more
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Redstate…Benghazi hearings in the Mirror Universe, By John Hayward
May 9th, 2013 It’s amazing to watch the media bury yesterday’s explosive testimony on Benghazi. Just imagine for a moment that today is the day after a veteran career diplomat – the top man on the ground in Libya after the murder of the ambassador – testified that a Republican administration told him not to cooperate with Democrat congressional investigators, shook him up with a menacing phone call from the top political “fixer” for a Secretary of State...read more
Townhall…School Bans Religious Graduation Songs, By Todd Starnes
May 09, 2013 A Georgia school district will no longer allow prayers or songs with religious references at graduation ceremonies after a Wisconsin group threatened to file a lawsuit and suggested that forcing non-Christian students to listen to religious music was a form of bullying. “If the valedictorians want to thank their parents, grandparents and god, that’s freedom of speech,” Houston County Superintendent Robin Hines told the Macon Telegraph. “We can’t stop that. As long as it’s not lewd, they can say...read more
Townhall… House GOP Owes the Benghazi Dead, Wounded, and Their Familes the Respect and Urgency They Did Not Get From Hillary or the President, By Hugh Hewitt
May 09, 2013 - Set aside the disgraceful actions of the broadcast MSM today in not covering the riveting testimony of Greg Hicks Wednesday, and set aside even the shocking conduct of the Administration on the night of 9/11/12 and during the days, weeks and months following. The MSM is almost exclusively left-wing and almost completely committed to the defense of... read more
The Heritage Foundation…Defending Freedom in North Korea's Shadow
To lead the nation always under threat from North Korea, backbone is required. As the president of South Korea has demonstrated over her past two days in Washington, she is a vital figure at this time in history. Park Geun-hye has been referred to as the "Iron Lady of Korea." It is a fitting moniker since it honors not only her, but also Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Two principled leaders, reaching out to others but willing to risk criticism to achieve a bold vision for their country. As Lady Thatcher observed ... read more
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Redstate…Idols of Awesome and Shibboleths of Community, By Erick Erickson
Every once in a while I stumble over something that opens my eyes wide to a lot of the silliness of secularism that pervades evangelicalism and, in turn, warps the whole of generations. Anthony Bradley points out that there is a crazy movement going on right now within young evangelical circles to shun the suburbs and engage in a “new legalism” of radical faith. The best I can figure is that somehow suburbs are just bad. (Read Keith Miller on this point)...read more
Ohio Matters… Common Sense Initiative Brings Common Sense to Business Regulations
By Ohio Chamber of Commerce - On April 17, Mark Hamlin from Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor’s Common Sense Initiative (CSI) Office visited with the Ohio Chamber’s Small Business Council to update members on CSI and its efforts to streamline and reform Ohio’s business regulations. Gov. Kasich created CSI in 2011 through Executive Order 2011-01K and immediately appointed Taylor to lead the office. CSI was then codified into law by Senate Bill 2. The Ohio Chamber actively supported both of these efforts and ... read more
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Townhall… Bouncing Ball Politics, By Thomas Sowell
If you are driving along and suddenly see a big red rubber ball come bouncing out into the street, you might want to put your foot on the brake pedal, because a small child may well come running out into the street after it. We all understand that an inexperienced young child who has his mind fixed on one thing may ignore other things that are too dangerous to be ignored. Unfortunately, too much of what is said and done in politics is based on the same tunnel... read more
The Weekly Standard… The ‘Transparency’ Agenda
It’s a murky business. Last September, Ronald Robins Jr., a senior vice president at Abercrombie & Fitch, received a letter urging the company “to join with over a hundred major companies and make political spending disclosure and accountability a corporate practice.” The Ohio-based clothing retailer isn’t particularly political. It doesn’t have a political action committee, nor is it a member of the more politically involved trade groups like the Chamber of Commerce. Any politics they have lean slightly left... read more
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Heritage Foundation… Indiana Reconsiders Common Core, By Brittany Corona
May 2, 2013 - This past weekend, Indiana legislators approved a proposal to halt the implementation of Common Core until after preliminary hearings and an in-depth analysis are conducted. The bill now rests on Governor Mike Pence’s (R) desk awaiting his signature. In February, the Indiana state senate voted 38–11 in favor of anti–Common Core legislation. And Indianans and local business owners have petitioned Pence to halt the Common Core implementation... read more
Heritage Foundation… New Heritage Study on the Cost of Amnesty, By Amy Payne
May 6, 2013 - The immigration debate is about to get a lot more concrete. Lawmakers need to be honest about the cost of their proposed immigration plans—and a new study due out today from The Heritage Foundation calculates the cost to taxpayers of granting amnesty to unlawful immigrants. Yesterday on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” Heritage President Jim DeMint said: The study you’ll see from Heritage this week presents the staggering costs of another amnesty in our... read more
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The CNO Inbox… "Ole Blue"
In my day this one from a CNO reader would be rated “R.” Today I imagine it’s probably bland enough to be rated PG. Either way, I think you’ll enjoy it. Btw… with apologies to animal lovers (I’m one of them): “no animal was harmed in the creation of this blog.” A young cowboy from Montana goes off to college. Halfway through the semester, having foolishly squandered all his money... he calls home. "Dad," he says, "You won't believe what modern... read more
Pentagon defends unconstitutional policy against sharing faith, By Ken Klukowski
3 May 2013 - Pentagon personnel responded to Breitbart News’ report about court-martialing service members who share their faith in the military, which the Pentagon confirmed on May 1, and the Air Force on May 2 separately confirmed a second time. Now the Pentagon claims the opposite. But these new statements instead only compound the problem, as the Pentagon’s new definitions for terms squarely contradict what the dictionary says those terms mean. All this has taken place as the first flag officer... read more
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Townhall… Being Presidential, By Oliver North
May 02, 2013 - Washington, DC – On April 30, 1789, at the Federal Hall in New York City, George Washington took the Oath of Office as the first President of the United States. He and the members of both houses of Congress then assembled in the unfinished Senate Chamber where Washington took less than 20 minutes to deliver the first inaugural address. Precisely two hundred and twenty five years later – at the same time of day – the 44th President... read more
Townhall Finance…A Tale of Two Recoveries, by Fritz Pfister
In a recent Frank and Earnest cartoon; as Frank leaves a bank he says ‘they aren’t paying interest on savings anymore’, and Earnest replies ‘the point of no returns’? There’s an element of truth in all good humor. Sad for seniors that there’s a massive amount of truth in that cartoon. They are the generation who did their job, saved diligently, retired, and now are forced to settle for little to no return on their savings or risk it in the Wall Street casino. C’est la vie. Seniors don’t realize the game is rigged by... read more
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The CNO “Inbox”…The Global Warming “Epidemic”, Notes by Bob Robinson
As I have often noted, I get a lot of stuff sent to me via email (as I’m sure you do). Some of it I keep, some of it I dump… even if I find it interesting or worth a grin or two. I’m not sure I’ve seen this one before (sent by a CNO reader), but I’ve often seen news reports and opinion pieces saying basically the same thing… however, keep in mind that the specifics below have NOT been verified. They are presented to you in CNO blog format for your... read more
Townhall… Reaching Toward Heaven, By Jackie Gingrich Cushman
May 02, 2013 - Humans have long reached toward heaven. I don't know whether this desire represents an attempt to get away from the ground, an attempt to associate with God or an attempt to peer over the balcony and look at all the little people below. But the desire to go higher and higher has long shaped the skylines of our cities. The Empire State Building opened this week in 1931 as the tallest building in the world at 1,250 feet. It retained this designation until the World Trade Center was completed almost... read more
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Redstate… Rush Limbaugh and the Need for Spine, By Erick Erickson
May 2nd, 2013 - The Politico is reporting (read: let’s wait for a second source to confirm it) that the RNC, well, “[t]he Republican National Committee has chosen a Karl Rove-linked voter data project called Liberty Works to help it compete with Democrats in the digital arena. Liberty Works will team up with Data Trust, whose chairman of the board is former RNC Chairman Mike Duncan, committee spokeswoman Kirsten Kukowski confirmed to Politico... read more
Townhall Finance…The Curse of Government Help, by Charles Payne
The indisposition of the aborigines to manual labor is well known; but as they can obtain work of various kinds in the country they should not only be induced to take it, but they should be discouraged from remaining in comparative idleness at mission stations, where they will certainly abide as long as they are provided with food and clothing, without some corresponding demand being made upon their labor. It's so interesting to me that the economic debate in this country can exist without a debate on the... read more
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Redstate…Food stamps for illegal aliens, By John Hayward
April 30th, 2013–There has been much controversy over the government’s efforts to advertise welfare programs, particularly the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), otherwise known as the “food stamp” program.  Only they’re not “stamps” any more.  The dependent masses of Food Stamp Nation get a little credit card, called an EBT Card, which they can use in the checkout lines, just like people who pay for their own food. In theory, this... read more
Heritage Foundation… Morning Bell: President Says Obamacare Is Going Great, By Amy Payne
May 1, 2013 - Obamacare is “working fine,” President Obama said yesterday in his press conference. It’s made health insurance “stronger, better, more secure than it was before.” There are just a few slight details left to be implemented, but we shouldn’t worry about those, according to the President. Right. There’s nothing to worry about, which is why Members of Congress are trying to exempt themselves and their staffs from Obamacare. In reality, health insurance premiums are rising, and ... read more
Heritage Foundation… Morning Bell: Remember the Economy? It’s Still Bad, By Derrick Morgan
April 30, 2013 - According to a poll earlier this year, voters have a higher opinion of cockroaches than Congressmen. President Obama’s personal popularity remains solid, but his job approval rating is going down. Why are our elected officials unpopular? It might just be because they are not listening. In poll after poll, the American people continue to tell Washington that their top priority is the economy. A recent Fox News poll asked participants what is the most important issue facing the nation. The... read more
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Townhall Finance… Russian Terrorist Connections to Boston Bombers, by Bob Beauprez
Two weeks after the Boston Marathon bombing we are still learning new information - and generating new questions. The following article by Valery Dzutsev published yesterday in the Jamestown Foundation's Eurasia Daily Monitor. Dzutsev names two Russian terrorists (both killed by Russian authorities) directly linked to Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the older brother in the Boston bombing. He also documents "contradictions" about Tsarnaev's visits to Russia given by... read more
Heritage Foundation… Morning Bell: Immigration Bill Doesn’t Secure the Border, by James Carafano
April 29, 2013 - Must Washington fix our broken southern border? You bet. Will the comprehensive immigration reform bill help? You bet it won’t.The number one flaw of the bill is it starts by giving amnesty to the unlawfully present population in the  United States. As soon as the bill passes, those in the country contrary to U.S. immigration law are granted status to stay. Amnesty immediately creates an incentive for illegal border crossings and overstays. Thus, the bill’s strategy would drive up the cost of... read more
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Townhall… Will Boston Probe Falter Like Benghazi? By Debra J. Saunders
Apr 28, 2013 - Hours after the Boston Marathon bombings but before authorities identified suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, President Barack Obama purposefully addressed the nation. "We will find out who did this. We'll find out why they did this," the president pledged. "Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups, will feel the full weight of justice. Days later, there's reason to wonder how zealously the administration will work to... read more

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