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Federal News Radio… Are federal employees overpaid or underpaid? The answer: Yes, By Mike Causey - February 22, 2016 - Depending on whose numbers you believe, federal workers are either overpaid by 34 percent or underpaid by 25 percent compared to the private sector, give or take a few percentage points. So which is it: Yes or no? Do government engineers make more or less than private-sector engineers? Depends. Does a psychiatrist... read more
The Daily Signal… A 10th State Defunded Planned Parenthood. Why There’s So Much Momentum Now. Leah Jessen - February 23, 2016 - Adding to the momentum to defund abortion giant Planned Parenthood, Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed a bill Sunday that strips $1.3 million in taxpayer money from the organization. Ten states—Wisconsin and Ohio being the most recent—have taken action over the past several months to cut taxpayer dollars from Planned Parenthood. “Not one more penny should go to Planned... read more
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The Daily Signal… There They Go Again: College Students Can’t Identify Photo of Ronald Reagan, Leah Jessen - February 16, 2016 - “Survey after survey shows that recent college graduates are alarmingly ignorant of America’s history and heritage,” a new report says. “Was that a former president?” a student majoring in government and international politics at George Mason University asked when shown the picture of Reagan. “Nixon, maybe?” Numerous... read more
The Daily Signal… Almost Half of US Residents Pay No Federal Income Tax, by Patrick Tyrrell
February 17, 2016 -- According to data published by the IRS and the U.S. Census Bureau, 44.2 percent of U.S. residents paid no federal income tax in 2013 (the most recent year for which data is available). No doubt many of the non-payers would willingly pay income tax in exchange for the chance to work in a more dynamic economy that generated more and better jobs. But our labor market has been hobbled by government regulations.
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The Daily Signal… Why Proponents Are Struggling to Salvage Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform, Natalie Johnson - February 11, 2016 - Republicans in the Senate are divided over how to overhaul the nation’s criminal justice system, posing a potential setback to lawmakers who hoped to enact major bipartisan changes this year. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, remains a key player in reform efforts, actively promoting legislation that would... read more
The Daily Signal… Georgetown law professors argue over how, and whether, to mourn Scalia, By Susan Svrluga - February 19 - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was polarizing in life, with his conservative views both lionized and reviled. And the response to a memorial announcement following his death this weekend was striking: It touched off a sweeping debate within Georgetown University Law School that has been both scathing and eloquent, intimate and dismissive — one that questioned not only Scalia’s legacy... read more
Townhall Finance… Encouragement Is a Necessary Business Tool, Harvey Mackay
Feb 16, 2016 - Lord Chesterfield, in his famous letters to his son, wrote: "Here is the way to get people to like you. Make every person like himself a little better, and I promise that he or she will like you very much." Most of us are aware of the tremendous power of encouragement, yet we fail to make use of it. Helping others feel important and better about themselves should be a driving force in our relationships.
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The Daily Signal… George Washington Deserves His Own Day, Not Presidents Day, David Azerrad - February 12, 2016 - Poor George Washington. His birthday, spontaneously celebrated since the revolution and formally declared a holiday in 1879, has slowly morphed into the insipid Presidents Day you’ll hear about Monday. Washington, the “indispensable man” of the revolution who was rightly extolled for being “first in war, first in peace, and... read more
The Daily Signal… What We Can Learn From Jefferson-Hamilton Debate on National Bank, by Carson Holloway -- February 11, 2016 -- This February is the 225th anniversary of Alexander Hamilton’s and Thomas Jefferson’s famous 1791 debate—carried on in President George Washington’s cabinet—over the constitutionality of Hamilton’s proposed Bank of the United States. It might seem strange to call such an anniversary to mind. After all, we usually celebrate our great moments of national agreement (like the Declaration of Independence)... read more
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The Daily Signal… What Scalia Taught Us, Paul J. Larkin Jr.
February 13, 2016 - For conservatives, it is the loss of a standard-bearer and icon. For liberals, it is the loss of an opponent who always fought hard but fair. For those who never had the opportunity to know him, it is the loss of one of our greatest legal minds, of a judge and justice who had made, and will continue to make, legal history. And to those who.
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The Daily Signal… These College Students Propose to Bring Back Dating for Valentine’s Day, Kristiana Mork - February 12, 2016 - Students at 36 schools across the country are campaigning to bring back dating just in time for Valentine’s Day. Students from Princeton University to Stanford University, and many schools in between, partnered with the Love and Fidelity Network this week to host flower and candy giveaways, film screenings... read more
The Daily Signal… U.S. defense intelligence chief predicts increased ISIS attacks, By Jonathan Landay - Islamic State is likely to step up "the pace and lethality" of its attacks in the months ahead as it seeks to fan the flames of international conflict, the director of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency said on Monday. Speaking to a security conference, Marine Corps Lieutenant General Vincent Stewart linked his warning to the militant group's establishment of "emerging branches" in Mali, Tunisia, Somalia... read more
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The Daily Signal… Virginia Mom Takes Fight Against Sexually Explicit Books to State Lawmakers, Kelsey Harkness - February 01, 2016 - After discovering what she considers over-the-top, sexually explicit material in her children’s high school reading assignments, a Northern Virginia mother is lobbying for greater transparency inside the classroom. “This happened four years ago, when I first became aware of the books that were being taught... read more
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Federal News Radio… Is everybody happy? Is anybody happy? By Mike Causey
February 5, 2016 -- The last time most major American newspapers literally stopped the presses was Nov. 22, 1963, when they got reports that President John F. Kennedy had been shot in Dallas. It was midday on the East Coast (Dallas is on Central time) and there were confused reports that others — including Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson — had been hit too. At 1:48.
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The Heritage Foundation… What School Choice Advocates Have to Celebrate, Lindsey Burke
January 25, 2016 - National School Choice Week has just kicked-off, and there is much to celebrate this year. National School Choice Week will feature over 16,000 events across the country this week, ranging from school pep rallies in support of school choice, to policy panels exploring the many school choice options that are now available to families. Over.
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The Daily Signal… January Job Growth Shows New Normal in US Economy, Salim Furth
February 05, 2016 - American employers created 151,000 net jobs in January, reflecting an economy that is growing, but below its previous trends. The Bureau of Labor Statistics also reported that participation in the labor force was 62.7 percent, higher than the previous months but lower than the January, 2015, level. The best news was that average hourly wages rose 12 cents over the previous month to an all-time.
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