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Townhall… Stunning Setback to Obamacare, Phyllis Schlafly
Jul 29, 2014 - Obamacare has proven again to be the biggest legislative failure in history, with last week's ruling that its subsidies are illegal. These subsidies induced some 5 million Americans to sign up for Obamacare but are prohibited by law as held by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in Halbig v. Burwell. This humiliation to the Obama administration was a devastating setback to legislation already disfavored by a 59-40 percent margin
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Townhall… Keep Your Guns at Home: Stay Granted in Washington D.C. Carry Case, Katie Pavlich - Jul 29, 2014 - The ability for citizens, D.C. residents and outsiders alike, to carry a handgun open or concealed in Washington D.C. didn't last long. Just days after Federal Judge Frederick Scullin knocked down Washington D.C.'s complete carry ban as unconstitutional, he has issued a 90-day stay in the case. More from the Washington Times: The order issued by U.S. District Court... read more
The Daily Signal… Can the House of Representatives Sue Obama for Not Executing the Law? By Elizabeth Slattery -- July 28, 2014 -- Elizabeth Slattery writes about the rule of law, the proper role of the courts, civil rights and equal protection, and the scope of constitutional provisions such as the Commerce Clause and the Recess Appointments Clause as a legal fellow in the Heritage Foundation’s Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, believes he has the key to reining in the executive branch: suing President Barack Obama for not faithfully... read more
The Daily Signal… Obamacare Official Gets Ethics Waiver as Former Company Faces Scrutiny, by Melissa Quinn; July 23, 2014 - Andrew Slavitt, a former executive at the technology company tasked with saving HealthCare.gov and current second-in-command at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, was granted an ethics waiver by the Department of Health and Human Services to begin working with his former company immediately. The waiver was granted despite Republican lawmakers’ concerns about Slavitt’s potential conflict of interest. The Daily Signal revealed those concerns in a story yesterday... read more
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Business Insider… Army Medal Of Honor Hero Breaks The Gavel At The New York Stock Exchange, by Paul Szoldra; Jul. 23, 2014 -- Boy, they sure don't make those New York Stock Exchange gavels like they used to. Former Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts was on hand Wednesday to close out the day at the NYSE, but the gavel ended up breaking on his third strike. He was a bit surprised. Pitts, who was medically discharged from the Army in 2009, received the nation's highest award on Monday for his part in fending off a... read more
Daily Signal… Less Than 1% of Obama’s ‘Emergency’ Border Funds Would Be Spent This Year, by David Inserra -- July 22, 2014 -- Romina Boccia focuses on federal spending and the national debt as the Grover M. Hermann fellow in federal budgetary affairs in the Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation. The Congressional Budget Office has released its score on how President Barack Obama’s $4.3 billion emergency request on immigration will be spent. The big news? The CBO score confirms that the president’s $4.3 billion emergency request is not warranted. CBO reports... read more
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The Daily Signal… Greatest Poverty Eliminator Is a Job, Panel Says, Marguerite Bowling
July 19, 2014 - With June bringing the best jobs report since the recession began, one economist says the time is now to eliminate abject poverty in America and abroad. Speaking recently at a panel at The Heritage Foundation on biblical ways to alleviate poverty, Anne Bradley, a co-editor of “For the Least of These: A Biblical Answer to Poverty,” acknowledged there was a lot of work ahead–2 billion people live on $2 or less per day, she said
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The Daily Signal… John Kerry: ‘Pretty Clear’ Russia Involved in Malaysian Plane Crash, Melissa Quinn - July 20, 2014 - Secretary of State John Kerry confirmed today that pro-Russian separatists were involved in Thursday’s attack on a Malaysia Airlines plane which left 298 dead and said it is “pretty clear” Russia also had a role in the tragic event. He told host Candy Crowley on CNN’s “State of the Union”: It’s pretty clear that this is a system that was transferred from Russia into the hands of separatists. We know with confidence, with confidence, that the Ukrainians did... read more
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Townhall… Cruz in Charge of the Conservative Movement, Erick Erickson
Jul 18, 2014 - In what appears to be the ultimate modern demonstration of "drinking the Kool-Aid," Republicans across the spectrum seem to have entered a pact in sticking together to defend, and even celebrate, campaign tactics predicated on gross voter fraud and manipulation of minority voters. In fact, given recent campaign finance disclosures, it seems
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Townhall… Gaza, Ukraine, Border Crises Have Roots In a Weakened America, by Mark Davis
Jul 18, 2014 -- When this week began, it was hard to imagine a story knocking our collapsing borders from the front of our minds. But in the span of a few hours Thursday, two stories made us hit the pause button on the mounting and proper indignation over the organized (and often secret) government dumping of illegals in our midst. That is still a huge problem, and the one with the most direct effect on the average American citizen. But when TV screens began streaming images of the Ukraine wreckage
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The Daily Signal… Young Boy Takes On City Council…and Wins, by Jordan Richardson
Call it a victory for common sense. City officials in Leawood, Kan., have reversed course after ordering a 9-year-old boy to tear down the little free library he built in his front yard for Mother’s Day. Late last Monday night, after Spencer Collins had appeared before the Leawood City Council to advocate for permission to share his love of reading books with his neighbors, the Council unanimously approved a temporary measure that would
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Townhall Finance… Six Astounding Examples of Left-Wing Hypocrisy, by Daniel J. Mitchell
Jul 19, 2014 -- Last month, I nailed Bill and Hillary Clinton for their gross hypocrisy on the death tax. But that’s just one example. Today, we’re going to experience a festival of statist hypocrisy. We have six different nauseating examples of political elitists wanting to subject ordinary people to bad policy while self-exempting themselves from similar burdens. Our first three examples are from the world of taxation. Here are some excerpts from a Washington Times report about a billionaire donor who is
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Townhall… Nanny State Targets Grocery Stores, by Leah Barkoukis
Jul 18, 2014 -- After having made her mark on school lunches, you know, replacing mac n’ cheese for quinoa salad thereby leaving kids across the nation hungry and unhappy, first lady Michelle Obama is moving on to bigger and better things, it seems. Via The Washington Free Beacon: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is suggesting major changes to grocery stores to “nudge” Americans to purchase healthier foods when they shop
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Townhall… Poll: GOP Approval of Supreme Court Up 21 Percent, Kara Jones
Jul 14, 2014 - According to a Gallup poll released today, Republican support for the Supreme Court has increased 21 percentage points since September of last year. Partisan views have flipped since the beginning of the High Court’s term last October. GOP approval has increased from a mere 30 percent to a majority of 51 percent. On the other hand, Democrats approval is down 14 points, falling from 58 percent to 44 percent. This is notable considering the
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The Daily Signal… This School District Just Banned Cupcakes. And Candy. Eric Boehm
July 13, 2014 - A school district in Washington state is determined to make school more healthy and less fun. Edmonds School District, in the suburbs south of Seattle, has approved a ban on cupcakes, candy and other sweet treats children typically bring to school to celebrate their birthdays. Instead, district officials say kids should distribute pencils to their classmates
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The Daily Signal… In Undercover Videos, Planned Parenthood Suggests Sadistic Sex to Teen Girls, by Kelsey Harkness -- “Choking,” “whipping,” and “tying up” are a few of the sadistic sexual behaviors Planned Parenthood staffers in Denver were caught on camera promoting to underage girls as part of Obamacare-supported “sex education” inside their facilities. Today, in two undercover videos released by the pro-life group Live Action, counselors  for Planned Parenthood are seen offering advice about “BDSM”— a practice  in which sexual partners beat, lash, or otherwise inflict pain on each other — to... read more
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The Daily Signal… The GOP’s Healthy Debate: It Makes Us All Better, Mike Needham
July 14, 2014 - If you want to see people who are afraid of an honest policy debate in America today, visit a college campus. This year alone, the left’s fear of discussion was on display at Smith College, where IMF head Christine Lagarde withdrew from giving a commencement speech, Rutgers University, where Condoleezza Rice was set to speak, and Brandeis University
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The Daily Signal… That Study Showing Kids With Same-Sex Parents Fare Better? Yeah, the Media Left a Few Details Out, by Katrina Trinko -- July 10, 2014 -- There’s been no shortage of media coverage of a new study that purportedly shows that children raised by same-sex partners fare better than other children. “Children of same-sex couples are happier and healthier than peers, research shows,” was the headline of a Washington Post story. “Largest-ever study of same-sex couples’ kids finds they’re... read more
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MSN.com… Obama pays up after jumping queue
At Franklin's, a famed barbecue joint in Texas, pushing to the front of the line will cost you. President Barack Obama learned this lesson the hard way on Thursday when he stepped into the meat-lovers paradise in Austin. The line for food at the restaurant can reputedly sometimes be two or three hours. But the president -- exercising the prerogatives of his office -- apologetically jumped the queue. He did however offer to stump up
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Federal News Radio… What happened to all of the young federal employees?
Commentary by Jeff Neal - Friday 7/11/2014 - In 2009, there were 233,759 federal employees under age 30 - now there are 176,533. In 2009, there were 224,775 employees age 60 and over. Now there are more than 268,000 and the number is growing. What happened? Why is the workforce getting older? Should we even care? After all, older employees are often more experienced, more stable in their careers, and likely to continue to work for a number of years. The
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Townhall… Tea Party: Learn From Al Gore, Ann Coulter
Jul 09, 2014 - Chris McDaniel, candidate for the U.S. Senate from Mississippi, lost the Republican runoff to incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran last month, and now he is being led down a primrose path to political oblivion. McDaniel's passionate supporters think that a moment of crisis for the country is a good time to treat control of the Senate as if it's a prom queen election. Hoping for yet a
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The Daily Signal… Organization Pushes for Ballot Referendum on Seattle $15 Minimum Wage, Philip Wegmann -- July 07, 2014 - In Seattle, a grassroots organization has submitted a petition complete with nearly 20,000 signatures— well above the 16,000 signature prerequisite, calling for a ballot referendum to repeal the city’s minimum wage hike, which will eventually increase the hourly wage to $15 an hour. On Wednesday, Seattle Forward, a non-partisan coalition of local business owners and citizens, delivered a referendum request they hope will qualify their measure for a popular vote during the... read more
The Daily Signal… What Obama Has Wrong on Climate Change, Brett Schaefer & Nicolas Loris
July 06, 2014 - President Barack Obama again sought to make the case to the American people for “dealing with the rapidly growing threat of climate change” last month, in a speech to the League of Conservation Voters. Right up front he said that his speech would not have “a lot of spin, just the facts.” When a politician says that, you know to expect the opposite. Obama assured the audience that members of Congress “accept that man-made climate change is real” but
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Watchdog.org… ND workers enjoy high wages despite lack of minimum wage law, By Rob Port, Watchdog.org North Dakota Bureau - June 30, 2014 - HIGH WAGES: During a visit to Williston, North Dakota, University of Michigan economist Mark Perry snapped a photo advertising entry-level jobs at Walmart starting at over $17 per hour. DICKINSON, N.D. — As policymakers in Washington, D.C., debate raising the federal minimum wage, entry-level workers in North Dakota enjoy pay... read more
Townhall… The Clinton Motto: Contempt and Elitism, by Tony Katz
Jul 06, 2014 - As the expression goes, "The apple doesn't fall far from the tree." When it comes to the Clinton Family the apple never fell, and all associations with the tree leave one contemptuous, elitist and complete incapable of relating to real human beings, real life and reality. The associations can be wide reaching, like the entire Democrat party. Only the Democrats, who claim to champion women's rights, could think of former President Bill Clinton as a hero. President Clinton was a national embarrassment
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Townhall Finance… Further Look at Employment: Seasonally Adujsted Decline of 523,000 Over Last Month, Mike Shedlock - Jul 06, 2014 -- Initial Reaction: On the surface, this appeared to be a very strong jobs report from both the household survey and establishment survey perspective. The establishment survey reported a gain of 288,000 jobs while the household survey sported a gain in employment of 407,000. In addition, May was revised up from +217,000 to + 224,000, and April revised up from +282,000 to +304,000. Digging deeper into the... read more
Townhall… Culture Challenge of the Week: Tyrannical Rule versus Independence, by Rebecca Hagelin
Jul 03, 2014 - At some point in every man’s life, he hears a voice of conscience (perhaps it is a faint whisper from God Himself) urging him to break loose from the suffocating bonds of lust or fear, which hold him against his will in either the endless search for more—more wealth, more excitement, more control—or the legalistic monotony of what some might call “religion.” When a man hears that voice, he often thinks he knows what it will take to break free, yet simultaneously feels as though he
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Townhall… The Wrong Type of Values, by Erick Erickson
Jul 04, 2014 - When the rights of individuals clash, both sides should be willing to step back and recognize that both have rights. When in conflict, neither side is truly winning nor losing. Each gets their rights and can disagree. But the political left in America has decided its rights and values are the only acceptable ones in our republic. That they lost in the Supreme Court this past week has sent liberals in America on a weeklong hysterical binge of fact
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Townhall… On Every Big Issue, Obama's Presidency is Found Wanting, Donald Lambro
Jul 04, 2014 - WASHINGTON - Republicans have a wealth of political issues that will dominate the 2014 midterm election races and determine their outcome. The national news media has done its best to try to bury these issues, play them down or sugar coat them, but the American people know better. They have persistently put these issues at or near the top of every voter poll in the last six years of Barack Obama's scandal-ridden, trouble-plagued administration. It's hard
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The Daily Signal… ‘We Have Not Forgotten’: Presidents on the Fourth of July, Kelsey Harkness
July 04, 2014 - In a letter to his wife Abigail the day before the American colonies publicly justified their independence from Great Britain, John Adams predicted the occasion would be celebrated as “the great anniversary festival” for years to come. Of the birth of a new nation in July 1776, the future second president of the United States wrote, “the day ought to be solemnized
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The Daily Signal… Today the Supreme Court Protected Religious Freedom
By Sarah Torre and Elizabeth Slattery - You don’t have to agree with Hobby Lobby or share its owners’ opposition to abortion to recognize that the government should not be able to force Americans to set aside their deeply held beliefs simply because they go into business. Thankfully, the Supreme Court agreed and upheld the right of Americans to live and work according to their convictions in a 5- 4 decision today. In Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, the justices ruled the government will not be able to
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Cato Institute… Celebrating Independence Day’s Principles, By Roger Pilon
On the 4th of July we celebrate our nation’s birth, announced to the world some 228 years ago through a remarkable document: the Declaration of Independence. In that document the Founders set forth both the reasons that impelled them to independence and, more important, the moral vision that has inspired us, and millions more around the world, ever since. Individual liberty, secured by limited government: that is its essence. Too often today
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