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Heritage Foundation… Ben Carson: ‘We’re Being Manipulated’ by Those ‘Trying to Divide Us’, By Alissa Tabirian - April 18, 2014 - Dr. Ben Carson slammed the culture of political correctness and partisan labels at a WPEC-TV town hall panel held Thursday at the station’s studio in West Palm Beach, Florida, arguing that it has stifled free expression in America—namely religious freedom. “We’re being manipulated. We’re being played by those people who want to divide, conquer, and control,” Carson said, alluding to the labels attached to those who disagree with their liberal counterparts... read more
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Redstate… Why Primaries Matter, By: Erick Erickson
April 28th, 2014 - Cathy McMorris Rodgers, who Republicans chose to respond to President Obama’s State of the Union address this year, says Republicans are giving up on Obamacare. They’re going to start tinkering with it instead, thereby setting the stage for it staying around. Once the GOP fixes all the objectionable parts, there’ll be no reason to scrap it, but there’ll also be no funding mechanisms. All the objectionable parts
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Heritage Foundation… Meet the Stanford Senior Who Stood Up for Marriage Against Intolerance
by Caitlin Burke - April 22, 2014 - Despite attempts to silence her and like-minded friends, Stanford University senior Judy Romea refused to back down. Romea, president of a campus group, had hoped to create a civil atmosphere during an all-day conference at Stanford that she helped organize to discuss “marriage, family, and sexual integrity.”  Then the school’s Student Graduate Council defunded the event and slapped her group, the Stanford Anscombe Society, with a hefty “security” fee in an attempt to
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Heritage Foundation… Why Your Boss Probably Isn't Speaking at This Conference, by Amy Payne
April 24, 2014 - American companies like Boeing, General Electric, Caterpillar, and John Deere are in the club. What about your company? These are just a few of the firms you might have heard of that benefit from the Export-Import Bank. It’s a government program that loans money to foreign governments and companies to buy stuff from American companies. And when the U.S. government is loaning money, you know where it’s coming from
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Human Events… Expert's take: Land seizure and the Constitution, By: Teresa Mull  
4/24/2014 - A number of complexities surround the government vs. Cliven Bundy standoff case in Nevada. Some say the feds acted legally, others that they are infringing upon private property and Constitutional rights. Either way, the situation stimulated a national discussion: What are the limits of the federal government and its agencies? Byron Schlomach, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Economic Prosperity at the Goldwater Institute, sets us straight: In reference to the Bundy case and the
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NetRightDaily… Big Green’s environmental impacts earth day, By Rick Manning
The environmental orgy known as Earth Day has come and gone. Disney opened their annual Earth Day movie homage, Pinterest made available a slew of Earth Day activities for kids, and public and private schools have had their requisite ceremonies. In all the celebration, the one thing that is seemingly never asked is whether or not environmentalist policies by the government are actually helping the environment? Wind energy is just one example.  The United States government has provided
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Townhall… Memo to: Republican Candidates, Answer War on Women, Mona Charen
Apr 22, 2014 - Just because your opponent is hurling baseless or even ridiculous charges does not mean that you are free to disregard them. You may think it's absurd to argue that you are engaged in a "war on women." But contempt for the accusation is not enough. Some strategists suggest (they have for years) the key for Republican candidates is to downplay social issues in favor of economic arguments
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Heritage Foundation… Five Ways Obama's Foreign Policies Have Failed, by James Carafano
April 12, 2014 - On a Moscow train platform, two men smoke and swap rumors in the frozen evening air. “I hear they’ve raised the Russian flag in Donetsk?” one says. “I hear Crimea, too.” So reports freelance journalist Noah Sneider in Slate. As Russian troops hoisted their flag over Crimea, President Obama’s highly touted “reset” diplomacy crashed and burned. The Russian reset was to have been the crown jewel of Mr. Obama’s statecraft, the start of a new era in which Washington and Moscow
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Heritage Foundation… What's Actually Good for the Environment May Surprise You, Amy Payne
April 22, 2014 - Good news for Earth Day: We can boost energy production and economic growth without harming the environment! Thanks to years of empty promises from the Left, politicians in Congress and the White House have installed all sorts of harmful policies that block energy production, jobs, and economic growth. But those policies have shown themselves to be counterproductive—they don’t deliver the benefits liberals promised, and they
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Heritage Foundation… GOP Governors Hit Obama Administration on Medicare Advantage Rates, Marguerite Bowling - April 16, 2014 - Three Republican governors yesterday blasted President Barack Obama over changes to next year’s Medicare Advantage rates, writing in a letter that the Obama administration’s recent rate announcement was “little more than political theater.” While the administration says Medicare Advantage plans will get a slight pay bump next year, Govs. Rick Perry (Texas), Rick Scott (Fla.), and Bobby Jindal (La.) charge that insurance analysts still anticipate plan rates to... read more
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Redstate… Race War to Victory, By Erick Erickson
April 22nd, 2014 - The Democrats do not have an agenda to run on in 2014. And contrary to the prognostications of the left, no doubt consoling themselves, Obamacare is not going to sink the GOP. In fact, the Republican Party, like the Democrats in 2006 and the GOP in 2010, can run as the party of “NO”. Most Americans are tired of Barack Obama, they are tired of the Democrats’ controlling the levers of government
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Heritage Foundation… Pushback Continues: States Grow Increasingly Wary of Common Core, by Brittany Corona - April 16, 2014 - Common Core is on the ropes. More and more states are pulling back from the national standards as the 2014–15 school year implementation deadline looms near. In Louisiana, Governor Bobby Jindal (R)—formerly a Common Core supporter—is now encouraging the legislature to remove the state from the Common Core aligned Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for Colleges and Careers (PARCC) test. And if they don’t act, he will. Jindal’s new stance comes after... read more
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Townhall… What's Wrong with Victims' Rights? Steve Chapman
Apr 20, 2014 - Criminals are generally despised, and cops are not universally beloved. But one participant in the criminal justice system has no enemies: victims of crime. They're the Sara Lee of American politics. Everybody doesn't like someone, but nobody doesn't like victims. The movement to protect this group has achieved one success after another. Every state has laws specifying the rights of victims, and 33 have constitutional provisions as well. In
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Heritage Foundation… Minimum Wage Hikes Banned in Oklahoma Cities, Alissa Tabirian
April 16, 2014 - Republican Governor Mary Fallin signed a bill into law Monday banning minimum wage and employee benefit increases in Oklahoma cities. The bill declares “state preemption authority,” stipulating that “no municipality or other political subdivision of this state shall establish a mandatory minimum number of vacation or sick leave days, whether paid or unpaid, or a minimum wage rate which an employer would be required to pay or grant employees.” The legislation passed
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Heritage Foundation… A Nation That Is 'Boston Strong', Amy Payne
April 16, 2014 - After the bombing shattered the Boston Marathon last year, hundreds of runners left their shoes behind in a spontaneous memorial. Many wrote messages on them. Those are now part of an exhibit at the Boston Public Library—but thousands of people added pairs of their own running shoes to an outdoor memorial in addition to cards and flowers over the past few days. Boston was a tragic
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Townhall… New Dem Strategy: Stop Running From Obamacare, by Daniel Doherty
Apr 17, 2014 - Can Obamacare be fixed? Vulnerable Democrats are pot committed to this idea. They say most Americans do not want to repeal Obamacare and therefore the only way to make it work is to reform it. They accuse Republicans of not having a viable alternative and wasting billions of dollars on failed efforts to defund it. As a consequence, some Democrats are urging the party to stand firm on this issue, and to stop running way from a law many of them voted for
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A Senior Golden Moment, From a CNO reader
Several days ago as I left a meeting at a hotel; I desperately gave myself a personal TSA pat down. I was looking for my keys. They were not in my pockets. A quick search in the meeting room revealed nothing. Suddenly I realized I must have left them in the car. Frantically, I headed for the parking lot. My husband has scolded me many times for leaving the keys in the ignition. My theory is the ignition is the best place not to lose them. His theory is
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Legal Insurrection… Voter fraud: is it “significant”?
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - The left likes to argue that since there’s no significant amount of voter fraud there’s no need for voter ID laws, and that those who support them are inherently racist. But wouldn’t even one case of voter fraud be an abomination that should offend all liberty-loving people of both parties and all races? And aren’t loose voting regulations a temptation for an increase in the amount of fraud? Voter ID would appear to be a reasonable way to deal with the phenomenon, for all the
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Heritage Foundation… What No One Wants to Admit About Social Security Taxes, Amy Payne
April 14, 2014 - It’s a bummer when you see how much income tax comes out of your paycheck. But when you see that Social Security line item, do you think, “At least that’s going to pay for my retirement”? It’s not. The tax money you’re paying into Social Security today is going to fund today’s retirees. Who will pay for your benefits? The next generation of workers. And the payout gets worse with each generation
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Redstate… The Rich Man and Lazarus’s Big Gulp, By Erick Erickson
April 15th, 2014 - It is always sad when you realize someone is on the road to hell. There is a sense of foreboding in it. For Christians, we should be fearfully in prayer for others — even our enemies as the Lord tells us. There is no better time than Holy Week to be reminded of that. A great case in point is Mayor Mike Bloomberg. He is in need of a lot of prayer — prayer that he not wind up in that awful place. We have all known that for a while. With all his billions, Bloomberg not only has his
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Townhall Finance… Dirty Harry Got Richer in 2008...and You Didn't, by John Ransom
Apr 14, 2014 - Congress has inflicted frightful punishments on its members--now you know that. When they tried Mr. Fairoaks, and a cloud of witnesses proved him to be--well, you know what they proved him to be--and his own testimony and his own confessions gave him the same character, what did Congress do then?....Congress intimated plainly enough, that they considered him almost a stain upon their body; and without waiting ten days, hardly
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Sovereign Man
April 14, 2014 - Buenos Aires, Argentina - Two bright white eyes looked at me inquisitively through the small hatch in the nondescript metal door. I quickly glanced around the dark, empty streets of the Palermo district in Buenos Aires and whispered the password. The door clanked open, revealing a small antechamber and a phone booth. I picked up the receiver and punched in a 4-digit code, and a second door opened. Now I could begin to see the interior of “Frank’s”. It was lit with elaborate
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Heritage Foundation… 3 Things You Should Know About the Paycheck Fairness Act, Romina Boccia - April 9, 2014 - The Senate is set to vote on the so-called Paycheck Fairness Act today. Here are three things you should know about the bill: 1. It Could Hurt Women’s Employment Prospects. What those who support the act don’t tell you is how it would burden employers with additional liability and regulations. Such increased regulation, in turn, could reduce the number of jobs available for... read more
Townhall… A Republican Vision for Health Reform, by John C. Goodman
Apr 12, 2014 - What is most missing from the Republicans is not so much the lack of an alternative to ObamaCare. It is the lack of a clear vision. Even if you can understand what their various proposals (and friends and close allies often cannot), it is almost never clear why they want to implement them. Here is the sad truth: Even though the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) is a Rube Goldberg contraption that no one can explain and even though its rollout has been a complete disaster and even though the
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Two Ways to Hurt Women in the Workplace, Amy Payne
April 8, 2014 - Today is “Equal Pay Day” for those who believe that The Man is keeping women down. Convincing people that injustice is taking place is a great way to push your policy agenda—and that’s where “Equal Pay Day” comes from. It’s the left’s claim that women in America are paid only about 77 cents on the dollar compared to men. But as Foundry Senior Contributor Genevieve Wood has explained, that talking point comes from
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Red Flag… Sen. Harry Reid Behind BLM Land Grab of Bundy Ranch...
April 11, 2014 - (by Kit Daniels, Infowars.com) -- The Bureau of Land Management, whose Director was Sen. Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) former senior adviser, has purged documents from its web site stating that the agency wants Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s cattle off of the land his family has worked for over 140 years in order to make way for solar panel power stations. Deleted from BLM.gov but reposted for posterity by the Free Republic, the BLM document entitled “Cattle Trespass Impacts” directly
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Redstate… Illegal Immigration, Misplaced Compassion, and Healthcare Reform, By: Daniel Horowitz
April 8th, 2014 - When listening to open borders agitators like former Florida governor Jeb Bush, one would come away with the impression that we owe it to the world to accept anyone who comes here illegally and pay for their living expenses.  They speak of lofty ideals loosely connected to love and compassion, but they never consider the lack of love and compassion that our open borders policy imposes on the American consumer and taxpayer.  There is no better example than the bankrupting
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Washington Free Beacon… State Department Misplaced $6B Under Hillary Clinton, By Adam Kredo    
IG report reveals incomplete, lost contract files worth $6B - April 4, 2014 - The State Department misplaced and lost some $6 billion due to the improper filing of contracts during the past six years, mainly during the tenure of former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, according to a newly released Inspector General report. The $6 billion in unaccounted funds poses a “significant financial risk and demonstrates a lack of internal control over the Department’s contract actions,” according to the report
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Forbes… Obamacare Shows America Suffers From A President Dangerously Disconnected From Reality, By Peter Ferrara - The population of the U.S. is 314 million. On the day Obamacare was passed, the estimate of the uninsured was 60 million. So in this context, the supposed 7 million Americans signed up for insurance on the Obamacare Exchanges, even if that is a valid number, and all of those have actually started paying premiums, both of which are highly dubious, does not mean any significant success... read more
The Daily Caller… Oklahoma poised to become second state to repeal Common Core
04/02/2014 - Many of the 46 states that adopted all or part of the Common Core Standards Initiative with little to no democratic input from voters (and parents) are now reconsidering the decisions. Oklahoma is poised to become the second state to repeal Common Core, reports Oklahoma City NBC affiliate KFOR. House Bill 3399 would pave for the way for Oklahoma residents to agree upon their own math and English standards. It would also bar prohibit the federal government from imposing any curriculum
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535 Artichokes, Susan Olling, Darke County Native
Hi again, My heart bleeds.  They’ve frozen federal employees pay for a few years, after essentially declaring war on federal employees.  Why should these 535 be special?   I would love to hear the Republicans take on this.  Will Mr. Boehner, or any of the others, provide a rebuttal to this Democrat’s assertions? These characters don’t need two houses. The comments in the “What do you think?” box are telling, particularly the comment about
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Townhall… Fort Hood, Gun-Free Zones and ‘Progressive’ Insanity, Matt Barber
Apr 07, 2014 - They say that lightning never strikes twice in the same place. Not true. It does if you stand high atop a cliff’s edge waving a lightning rod above your head during a thunderstorm. In fact, in the unlikely event you survive the first strike, it’ll keep right on striking until you climb down. So-called “gun-free zones” are lightning rods for mass murder. It’s time we climbed down from the cliff’s edge. America mourns yet another needless and preventable mass shooting at Fort Hood, Texas. When
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Heritage Foundation… Carter: ‘Inappropriate’ for U.S. to Block Member of Terrorist Group from Entering Country, Karen Jeffers - April 4, 2014 - Former President Jimmy Carter yesterday said he is supportive of letting a known member of a terrorist group, Hamid Aboutalebi, into the United States as Iran’s newest ambassador to the United Nations. Aboutalebi was a member of the Muslim student group who held 52 Americans hostage at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran for more than a year beginning in... read more
Freedom Outpost… Fort Hood Job Posting: “Seeking Individuals To Act As Role Players… In A Mass Casualty Exercise” – by Mac Slavo - April 4, 2014 - Speculation as to the circumstances surrounding the most recent mass shooting at Fort Hood abounds. A recent posting on Craigslist is fueling the fire even more, with some suggesting that it is evidence of yet another government facilitated false flag operation. According to a March 12, 2014 snapshot of a listing on the popular classifieds web site, the government was looking for individuals to act as role ... read more
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Heritage Foundation… This CEO Made a Political Donation, Then Lost His Job Because Liberals Didn't Like It, By Rob Bluey - April 4, 2014 - The chief executive of Mozilla resigned yesterday amid protests over his $1,000 donation in support of California’s Proposition 8, which defined marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Brendan Eich’s 2008 donation was first revealed two years ago while he was serving in a senior role at Mozilla. But it was after his appointment as CEO last month that half of Mozilla’s board quit and... read more
Fox News… Did Michigan just trigger 'constitutional convention'? Bid gains steam
By Barnini Chakraborty - Published April 02, 2014 - WASHINGTON –  Momentum is building behind what would be an unprecedented effort to amend the U.S. Constitution, through a little-known provision that gives states rather than Congress the power to initiate changes. At issue is what's known as a "constitutional convention," a scenario tucked into Article V of the U.S. Constitution. At its core, Article V provides two ways for amendments to be proposed. The first – which has been
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An eagle kiss… From a CNO Reader
This is the kind of story you need when it seems like the world is spiraling out of control. Not many people get a picture of this proud bird snuggled up next to them! Freedom and Jeff - Freedom and I have been together 11 years this summer.  She came in as a baby in 1998 with two broken wings. Her left wing doesn't open all the way even after surgery, it was broken in 4 places. She's my baby. When
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Eagle Rising… Top Democrat Calls Obama a Delusional Liar, By Onan Coca
3 April 2014 - Democrat Bob Kerrey went off on President Obama in an interview with Britain’s Daily Mail. He summed up his view of the Obama Presidency with one simple sentence, “Mr. President… you won this election because you sucked less than Romney.” We grabbed some of Kerrey’s greatest hits from the interview, but you should give the whole thing a read. Bob Kerrey says Obama is a liar. Obama, he said Wednesday in his Manhattan office, knew full well he was lying when he
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The New American… Is Alaska's Jury Nullification Bill in Line With Founders' View?
Written by Joe Wolverton, II, J.D. - Saturday, 29 March 2014 12:00 - The Alaska State House of Representatives is considering a bill that would allow jurors in the Last Frontier “not to apply the law to the defendant” in select criminal cases. House Bill 315 would officially legalize jury nullification of verdicts in cases where jurors believe the “law is unjustly applied to the defendant.” One paragraph of the bill grants defendants the “right to inform the jury of the jury's power to judge the just application
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Heritage Foundation… Unions Getting Creative in Election-Year Struggle, Amy Payne
April 2, 2014 - If it seems like unions are making a fuss lately, it’s because they are. It’s an election year, and they need money. Just one in 15 private-sector workers is a union member—in 2013, union membership was at its lowest rate since 1916. That might explain why they’re grasping for new members in stunts like unionizing college athletes, especially as their influence in the workplace is being challenged
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Townhall… NSA Surveillance and the Dangers of Power, Steve Chapman
Mar 30, 2014 - Every so often, we get proof that Barack Obama, when confronted with a grievous abuse of government power by his administration, will do the right thing. Sometimes, I mean. When he can't get away with it anymore, that is. Just as soon as he's tried everything else. That's the case with his domestic phone records collection, which the president finally said he wants to put under tighter control than before. At moments like this, believe it
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Townhall… The Government We Deserve, by Derek Hunter
Mar 30, 2014 - As the media ignores the delays and waivers President Obama and his magic pen have imposed upon the country for this settled law called Obamacare, there are more troubles brewing in the fight to restore liberty. For all the enthusiasm Tea Party members bring to the political world, their biggest opponent may not be progressives on the ballot but the very groups who claim to be their champions. You’d think with this current crop of gun smuggling, kiddie-porn loving, bribe taking, family
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Heritage Foundation… Where You Can Buy Health Insurance After Today, Amy Payne
March 31, 2014 - Today is kinda-sorta the deadline to sign up for Obamacare, though if you want to say you’re “in line” for coverage, the administration is okay with that. (If your state is running its own Obamacare exchange, it may be keeping its deadline firm, so check with your state.) When we wrote about the Obamacare deadline and penalty recently, a reader brought up a great question: Can
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Townhall Finance… Bureaucracy, Boondoggles, and Bad Behavior, by Chris Edwards
Mar 30, 2014 - In catching up on news about the federal government today, I noticed that articles fit into three categories: bureaucracy, boondoggles, and bad behavior. On any given day, it seems, the Washington Post and other outlets have new tales of BB&BB to report. No wonder most Americans want to cut federal spending. Let’s look at the latest on BB&BB: Regarding bureaucracy, you can’t find a better illustration that David Fahrenthold’s article in the Washington Post last Sunda
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