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Townhall… Obama's Deficient Student Loan Plan, Steve Chapman
Jun 22, 2014 - The government normally doesn't care whether you or I accumulate large bills for home improvement, a new car or exotic vacations. But Barack Obama feels no hesitation in concluding that the cost of higher education has placed "too big a debt load on too many young people." Therefore, something must be done. The problem with Obama's analysis is defining
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Daily Signal… IRS Violated Law With Missing Emails, Top Archivist Says, by Josh Siegel
June 25, 2014 - IRS officials broke federal law by failing to report the loss of two years’ worth of emails sent and received by Lois Lerner, the former official accused of being behind the agency’s targeting of conservative groups, the government’s top archivist testified yesterday. The Internal Revenue Service violated the Federal Records Act by not telling the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration about the missing Lerner emails, Archivist of the U.S. David Ferriero said at a hearing
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The Daily Signal… Court Rules Marriage Must Be Redefined Under 14th Amendment. Why That’s Wrong. By Ryan T. Anderson -- June 25, 2014 - Today the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals issued an important ruling on Utah’s marriage amendment. This is the first time a circuit court has ruled on marriage since the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) this time last year. In a 2-1 split decision, the 10th circuit ruled that Utah’s marriage amendment defining marriage as the union... read more
The Daily Signal… Obamacare Exchanges Are ‘Disappointing’ With Fewer Than 4 Million Newly Insured, Sharyl Attkisson - June 24, 2014 - In April, President Obama told the nation that “marketplace” or “exchange” enrollment, at 8 million customers as of March 31, had exceeded expectations and costs were lower than expected. Many in the news media accepted the selectively released statistics, despite the Obama administration’s record of sometimes providing inaccurate or incomplete information on HealthCare.gov. Even today, the government continues to withhold relevant... read more
Federal News Radio… Hail to the You-Know-Who Persons!!!
Personal disclosure: I don't follow professional football. I went to one game with my daughter. We left after 30 minutes of freezing, time-out boredom. One of my sons is even a Dallas Cowboys fan. Oh, the humanity! My game is baseball and channel-surfing. In my youth, I played centerfield and batted .328. Today I have 700 channels. Now... You don't have to live in Beltway Land to know that "our" professional football team is named the Redskins
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The Daily Signal… A Majority of Young Adults Are Having Kids Outside Marriage. Why That Hurts Kids’ Futures, by Rachel Sheffield -- June 21, 2014 - Among young adults, first comes baby, then (maybe) comes marriage. This increasingly is the new normal. According to a new study from Johns Hopkins University, 57 percent of mothers between 26 and 31 are unmarried when their child is born. But not all young adults are having kids outside of marriage. Instead, the key factor appears to be whether a young woman has attended college. Among mothers without a high school degree, 63 percent of births... read more
The Daily Signal… IRS Destroyed Hard Drive Lois Lerner Used at Time of Tea Party Targeting, Rob Bluey - June 19, 2014 - Lois Lerner’s missing emails are likely gone forever because the Internal Revenue Service destroyed the hard drive she used at the time tea party groups were targeted, according to sources on Capitol Hill. “We’ve been informed that the hard drive has been thrown away,” Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, told Politico. Two other sources confirmed... read more
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Human Events… Hillary's Rapist-Defense Problem, By John Hayward    
6/20/2014 - Earlier this week, I ventured that Hillary Clinton’s remarkable series of gaffes and tone-deaf statements, made through the launch of a book with disappointing sales, did not augur well for the campaign she’s trying to launch simultaneously.  I thought some of the things she said over the past couple of weeks would haunt her through 2016, or at least give her a deep
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The case for impeachment, By Al Bliss
When the President was first elected, I pledged to wait from the day of his election--to his then swearing in--to begin critique of his public policy. I promised to do so because in the day of the first "post racial" President I felt it was a necessary discipline to criticize him on policy, actions, behaviors, and decisions rather than abstract arguments like birth certificates and "the President is a secret Muslim" conspiracies
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The Daily Signal… Mississippi Named Most Corrupt State in the Nation, Steve Wilson
June 15, 2014 - Mississippi has finally got a top ranking among the states. Problem is, it’s an achievement the state can do without. A study by researchers Cheol Liu from the City University of Hong Kong and Indiana University’s John L. Mikesell found corruption in Mississippi was tops among the states from 1976 through 2008. The study sized up the effect of public corruption—measured by convictions—on state spending. Data after 2008 for all of the areas of their research was
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Townhall… Silencing Diversity, Erick Erickson
Jun 21, 2014 - The United States Patent and Trademark Office invalidated several patents belonging to the Washington Redskins. This is not the first attempt by aggrieved parties to have the trademarks revoked. A recent poll showed more than 70 percent of Redskins fans opposed changing the team name. More so, a majority of Americans have not found the team name to be offensive
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Obama’s Missing 18 Minutes of Tape, By Leon H. Wolf
June 17th, 2014 - In order to properly analyze the media’s treatment of the revelation that hundreds or perhaps thousands of emails sent or received by Lois Lerner, the key figure in the IRS scandal, along with apparently six other IRS employees, have been mysteriously lost and cannot be recovered in response to a subpoena, it is necessary and instructive to recall the media’s treatment of similar revelations in the Watergate scandal, which brought down a sitting President
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Daily Signal… Why a Chicken and a Mouse Are Stirring Debate in New Mexico, by Rob Nikolewski
June 16, 2014 - SANTA FE, N.M.—Welcome to New Mexico, where a colorful chicken and a very small mouse are causing a big ruckus. Last week, four counties in New Mexico joined in a lawsuit stemming from the U.S. Department of Interior and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listing the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species. The announcement came just one day after the Fish and Wildlife Service declared the meadow jumping
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The Daily Signal… Obamacare Anti-Conscience Mandate: Court Says Being Complicit in Sin Isn’t a Sin, Elizabeth Slattery - June 16, 2014 - Last week, in Michigan Catholic Conference v. Burwell, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit rejected the appeal of Catholic nonprofit groups in their challenge to the Obamacare anti-conscience mandate. The court got it wrong by second-guessing the religious beliefs of these groups. Formal houses of worship and their integrated auxiliaries (e.g., church-run soup kitchens) are exempt from this mandate—which requires employers... read more
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Patriot Voices... Santorum Calls for U.S. Air Strikes against ISIS Forces in Iraq
Verona, PA -- Former U.S. Senator, former Republican presidential candidate, author of Blue Collar Conservatives and Patriot Voices Chairman Rick Santorum today issued the following statement on the crisis in Iraq: "President Obama's policies in the Mideast - and particularly in Iraq - have proven to be a disaster, and are now putting the lives and interests of U.S. citizens, our Arab
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Townhall… Mothers Can Lead the Way, by Kathryn Lopez
Jun 14, 2014 - I was dismayed to see the latest video from the pro-life activist group Live Action, which specializes in investigating what's going on inside America's "women's health clinics." It highlights a Planned Parenthood educational video and PP employees advising teens about BDSM -- a catchall for sexual violence: bondage, discipline and domination, submission and sadism and masochism. It encapsulates the darkness of "50 Shades of Grey" -- which one staffer recommends as a good
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The Daily Signal… 9 Government Programs Your Tax Dollars Are Being Wasted On, by Michael Sargent, June 12, 2014 - If someone approached you on the street and asked for a dollar to promote mohair exports—or to perfect a weight-sensing skateboard—would you give it to him? Probably not. Yet these are enterprises you have unknowingly supported through paying your federal taxes. Wasteful projects that should be far outside the scope of government are endemic across federal agencies and need to be eliminated. The problem is... read more
Townhall… Hats Off to All the Fathers Who are Men, Mark W. Hendrickson
Jun 15, 2014 - This isn’t going to be one of those sentimental Father’s Day articles, even though that is what I would prefer. This article will have a bit of an edge to it. Please excuse my bluntness, but fatherhood is serious business, and for me to sugarcoat or evade the truth about it would benefit nobody. Here goes: What does my peculiar title mean? Aren’t all fathers men? No, they are not. All fathers are male, but not all fathers are men. Maleness is a biological identity
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Santorum Comments on Immigration Reform in Light of Cantor Loss
Verona, PA - Former U.S. Senator, former Republican presidential candidate, chairman of Patriot Voices and author of Blue Collar Conservatives Rick Santorum issued the following statement today regarding the future of immigration reform: "While I do not think we can blame the immigration issue as the sole reason Eric Cantor lost on Tuesday, we cannot ignore that his support for amnesty
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The Daily Signal… A Defeat for Terrible Teachers in California, by Katrina Trinko
June 10, 2014 - It won’t be as simple from now on for ineffective California teachers to coast off to a lifetime career on easy street. In a Los Angeles Superior Court ruling today, Judge Rolf M. Treu “found five California laws governing teacher tenure, layoffs and dismissals unconstitutional,” reports Politico. “Treu found,” reporter Stephanie Simon wrote, “that the statutes permit too many grossly incompetent teachers to remain in classrooms across the state —and found that those teachers shortchange
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Breitbart… Rand Paul: Let's Compromise on Amnesty, by Tony Lee
11 Jun 2014 - A day after House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) lost his primary after Dave Brat hammered him on amnesty, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) embraced "immigration reform" on a conference call with Michael Bloomberg's pro-amnesty group and Grover Norquist. Paul, a potential 2016 contender, reportedly said that "amnesty is a word that’s trapped us," and, according to CNN, emphasized
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Townhall… On Cantor's Breathtaking Blowout Loss, Guy Benson
Jun 11, 2014 - Our breaking news post captured how thoroughly thunderstruck professional politicos were by House Majority Eric Cantor's primary loss on Tuesday. As the news continues to sink in, a few thoughts: (1) Always, always vote. You just never know. (2) Cantor didn't just lose, which is shocking enough in and of itself; he got blown out by ten points. Some people have suggested that Democratic chicanery may have played a role in Dave Brat's mega-upset
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The Daily Signal… Obamacare’s New Implementer-in-Chief, Mike Needham
June 06, 2014 - It wasn’t supposed to be like this. On Thursday, 78 Senators, including 24 Republicans, voted to confirm Sylvia Burwell to be Obamacare’s implementer-in-chief for the rest of his term. Burwell’s predecessor Kathleen Sebelius had become inextricably linked to the botched rollout, soaring premiums and a never-ending series of unilateral alterations of law, and
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The Daily Signal… Surprise! The Government Now Can’t Even Guess How Much Obamacare Ultimately Will Cost, by Genevieve Wood, June 06, 2014 - It’s no secret Obamacare is unaffordable. But now we also know that even the Congressional Budget Office can’t predict how much more this disastrous law will cost. According to a footnote from a Congressional Budget Office report released in April but reported this week by Roll Call, the law’s true costs and long-term fiscal impact are simply impossible to track. That’s a change in tune for the CBO, which originally reported in 2010 that Obamacare would pay... read more
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The Daily Signal… Remembering D-Day in 18 Photos, Kelsey Harris
June 06, 2014 - Photo descriptions of the first D-Day photos at The Daily Signal... American troops landing on Slapton Sands in England during rehearsals for the invasion of Normandy. (Photo: Library of Congress/Wikimedia). Seventy years ago, U.S.-led western allies invaded Normandy in an effort to liberate Europeans from Nazi power during World War
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Daily Signal… Full Disclosure: Parents Fault Medical Research Study for Putting Preemies in Harm’s Way, by Sharyl Attkisson - June 05, 2014 - 'Not at the expense of our daughter': Carrie and Shawn Pratt say they didn't know risks of oxygen tests on their daughter, Dagen. In May 2007, Carrie and Shawn Pratt agreed to sign up their severely premature daughter, Dagen, for a government-funded study being conducted at Duke University Hospital. The Pratts say they were told that researchers simply were gathering information to help other children. “We never understood the study to be based on manipulating... read more
Townhall… Mental Health Screening a Good Way to Decrease Liberty, by Ron Paul
Jun 03, 2014 - Last week Americans were shocked and saddened by another mass killing, this one near a college campus in California. We all feel deep sympathy for the families of the victims. As usual, many people responded to this shooting by calling for new federal gun control laws, including the mental health screening of anyone attempting to purchase a firearm. There are a number of problems with this proposal. Federally-mandated mental health screenings would require storing
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Townhall… Obama's Conservative Foreign Policy, by Steve Chapman
Jun 01, 2014 - Conservatives generally agree on a few propositions. The federal government should avoid spending money unnecessarily. It shouldn't exceed its basic constitutional duties. It should encourage self-reliance rather than dependency. It should accept that some problems are beyond its ability to solve. Barack Obama, they may be surprised to learn, agrees with much of this formula. He just applies it in a realm where conservatives often don't
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Columbus Dispatch… Remembering inhumanity
Ohio’s Holocaust Memorial will be a testament against hate - Sunday June 1, 2014 - It is hard to wrap one’s mind around the enormity of the horrors of the Holocaust, the organized murder of 6 million Jews and nearly as many Catholics, homosexuals and others. How to do so? Ohio’s new Holocaust and Liberators Memorial at the Ohio Statehouse, to be dedicated on Monday, does this with beauty: a stunning monument of stone, granite, bronze and steel designed by world
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