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Dog days are great, if you’re a dog, By Mike Causey
July 15, 2016 - When is the last time the boss told you to take the
next two months off, with full pay and full benefits? Before you answer
that, answer this semi-trick question: Which place has the most
government-approved days off? Fiji, Monaco, Argentina, Colombia,
District of Columbia, Thailand, Iceland, Malaysia, Slovakia? When...
Federal News Radio… After the All Star game, all hell breaks
loose, By Tom Temin
July 11, 2016 -- Federal managers need to brace for a few weeks of
nuttiness. Like listening to mommy and daddy scream at one another,
career people will find it hard to tune out the coming noise. Before
that we have the fun of this week’s All Star break. Tuesday evening
Major League Baseball will indulge in its annual orgy of nostalgia and
self-worship. It’s a great spectacle...
Federal New Radio… House GOP prepares famous shoot-foot shot,
again, By Mike Causey
July 12, 2016 - A government shutdown in the fall of 2016. Really?
Another shutdown? Where did that come from? Haven’t we (they) learned?
Congressional Republicans (aided and abetted by some
naughty-but-politically-clever Democrats) may be heading the nation
toward another government shutdown. If it happens — big IF — it...
The Federalist… I’m Shocked, Shocked To Find Liberal Bias
At This Major Journalism Conference, By Kelsey Harkness -
July 5, 2016 - In June, I had the honor of attending one of the top
journalism conferences in the country, if not the world. For three
days, I rubbed shoulders with reporters from places such as The New
York Times, USA Today, and ProPublica. Call me naïve, but I expected to
learn about fairness, integrity, and...
Inside Higher Education… Why Academics Were Ignored, By
July 7, 2016 - Just over a week before Britain's referendum on European
Union membership, Paul Whiteley, a professor in the University of
Essex’s department of government, was scheduled to take part in a BBC
Norwich debate alongside three other academics to fact-check statements
made by politicians from both campaigns, to remain...
Federal News Radio… The fed-retirees, the politicians and the
public, By Mike Causey
June 29, 2016 - Back in the day, when so many people were protesting
police “brutality,” there was a popular bumper sticker that went
something like this: “Next time you get mugged, call a hippie! Much the
same could be said today about the way a large portion of the public
feels about the government. And bureaucrats. And misunderstand, or take
Heritage Foundation… Common Core Does Not Prepare Students for
Mary Clare Reim - June 14, 2016 - A recently released report confirms
what Common Core critics have suspected all along: Common Core State
Standards do not adequately prepare students for college-level work.
The ACT report finds many concerning shortcomings in the Common Core
State Standards, which have been adopted by most states. Notably, the...
Federal News Radio… Thank you for your service, now please go
away, By Mike Causey
June 20, 2016 - For decades, Uncle Sam gave military veterans a break
by giving them extra points when they were applying/testing for certain
federal jobs. The so-called Veterans Preference law also gave vets
extra job security when their agencies were slimming down via a RIF
(reduction in force). VP is important because Uncle Sam is one of the...
Federal News Radio… You posted a picture of your what on
Facebook? By Mike Causey
May 31, 2016 - Years ago in my first full-time job, our company got its
own copying machines. One for each floor. It was like Gutenberg’s
printing press on steroids. We were in awe. I’m pretty sure they were
Xerox machines. At least, that’s what we called them. Anyhow, we were
thrilled that such newfangled equipment was available to the likes of
The Death of Common Sense, by
March 15, 1998 - Three yards of black fabric enshroud my computer
terminal. I am mourning the passing of an old friend by the name of
Common Sense. His obituary reads as follows: Common Sense, aka C.S.,
lived a long life, but died from heart failure at the brink of the
millennium. No one really knows how old he was, his birth records...
Federal News Radio… Congress vs. the IRS vs. you,
By Mike Causey
May 24, 2016 -- When two countries go to war, the citizen-taxpayers
supply both the funds and the bodies to pursue it. The residents of
Lower Slobovi fund their military’s just and valiant efforts. The
taxpayers of Upper Mandiville support their brave, and equally just,
warriors. The narrative in wars is nearly always the same. The other
guy started it. And the winner writes the official history. In the case...
Federal News Radio… Memorial Day: A time to remember,
By Mike Causey
May 30, 2016 - It’s important to remember that Memorial Day is not a
“fun” holiday. While it is OK to have fun, we should also recall that
is a date to honor those who have served, and died, for their country.
Our country. Despite its somber nature, many people, like me, have some
happy memories of Memorial Days past. Many years ago I served — on...
Daily Signal… Students,
Parents Ask Court for Permission to Halt Implementation of Obama’s
by Kelsey Harkness -- May 25, 2016 -- A group of parents and students
in Palatine, Illinois, who are suing the federal government over the
Obama administration’s transgender bathroom policy asked a federal
court on Wednesday to grant the school permission to ignore the new
mandate. “Children are not guinea pigs,” a memorandum filed with the
motion for a preliminary injunction states, “and they should...
& Wiser, From a CNO reader
1. I changed my car horn to gunshot sounds. People get out of the way
much faster now. 2. Gone are the days when girls used to cook like
their mothers. Now they drink like their fathers. 3. You know that
tingly little feeling you get when you really like someone? That's
common sense leaving your body. 4. I didn't make it to the gym today.
That makes five years in a row. I decided to change calling...
Federal News Radio… Airport security: What’s not to like?
By Mike Causey
May 19, 2016 -- Federal workers are probably some of the most frequent
fliers in America. Scientists going to conferences, air marshals who
fly a lot, inspectors, congressional staffers, diplomats. At any given
time, 67 percent of the State Department’s Foreign Service officers are
overseas, and two-thirds spend most of their careers outside the U.S.
While most Americans think of diplomats...
Heritage Foundation… Research Review: Universal Preschool May Do
More Harm than Good,
By Lindsey Burke and Salim Furth, Ph.D. - A growing body of empirical
evidence suggests that universal preschool programs fail to improve a
range of outcomes for participants. New studies of large-scale
preschool programs in Quebec and Tennessee show that vastly expanding
access to free or subsidized preschool may worsen behavioral and
emotional outcomes. In...
The Daily Signal… Why George W. Bush Let a Soldier’s Mom Yell
at Him, Dana Perino
April 21, 2015 - News of America’s military men and women [who] were
wounded and killed in Iraq and Afghanistan almost overwhelmed me on
some days. I may have sounded strong when I was talking to the press,
but sometimes I had to push my feelings way down in order to get any
words out of my mouth to make statements and answer...
| The Daily Signal… Mixed News in April Jobs Report,
May 06, 2016 - The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ April jobs report
contained mixed economic news. The agency reported wages grew
healthily, overall unemployment did not rise, and long-term
unemployment fell slightly in April. At the same time, job growth
slowed and labor force participation dropped. The labor market is not
contracting, but it is not growing as quickly as some analysts had
| The Daily Signal… NIH Spends Millions on Hopped-Up Honeybees
and Sexy Goldfish, Then Asks for Zika Funding,
Philip Wegmann - May 10, 2016 - What do honeybees on cocaine, drunken
songbirds, and sexy goldfish have in common? Each was the subject of
extensive, taxpayer-funded research and each features prominently in
Sen. Jeff Flake’s most recent expose on government waste. The Arizona
Republican’s oversight report—”Twenty Questions: Government Studies
That Will Leave You Scratching Your...
| The Daily Signal… ‘Thank You for Your Service’: How One
Organization Is Looking Out for Military Kids,
by Melissa Quinn -- May 01, 2016 -- Every Saturday, Jihee Ewart’s three
sons, Logan, Scott, and Ryan fight for a spot in front of the computer
in their Leesburg, Va., home, where they patch through a connection on
Skype. Half a world away on a military base in Jordan, Greg Ewart, the
boys’ father, waits on the other end. Saturdays are Greg Ewart’s day
off, and if the father of three has access to a computer, he connects
with his family on video calls. Greg Ewart...
by 'Ducky' From a CNO Reader
I saw a woman wearing a sweatshirt with 'Guess' on it. So I said
'Implants?' She hit me. How come we choose from just two people to run
for president and over fifty for Miss America? Marriage changes
passion. Suddenly you're in bed with a relative. Now that food has
replaced sex in my life, I can't even get into my own pants. I signed
up for an exercise class and was told to wear loose fitting clothing.
If I HAD...
| The Daily Signal… IRS Admits Tax Code Is Too Complex to
Brian Drockton & Romina Boccia - April 29, 2016 - In an ideal world
the federal government would collect all of the taxes that it was
owed—and then spend only what it intended to. Unfortunately, things
aren’t that simple. The tax gap and improper payments serve as
reminders that the federal government is not very good at administering
complex programs. Instead, every year we have a “tax gap,” which is the
difference between what the government believes it is owed...
| The Daily Signal… Debunking the Wage Gap: We Are Not Victims,
by Penny Young Nance
April 25, 2016 -- We have so many opportunities in the workforce, yet
women are often still told that we’ve got to run ourselves ragged and
forego balance in order to break through the glass ceiling. Why? Part
of the reason work-life balance is difficult to achieve is because our
society places so much weight on the financial success of one’s career.
For women, this has been particularly difficult because of the claim
that we are underpaid compared...
Federal News Radio… No buyout? Move to Buyoutland, Canada,
By Mike Causey
May 6, 2016 - Want to hang out with movie and TV stars like Whoopi
Goldberg, Rosie O’Donnell and other A-listers? Or at least remain as
close to them as you are now? If so, consider moving to Canada. They —
and many other celebs — have threatened to leave the U.S. of A.,
forever if Republican-heir apparent Donald Trump becomes president. Or
Woman… A Mother’s Day Tribute, From
When God created woman he was working late on the 6th day… An angel
came by and said: “Why spend so much time on that one?” And the Lord
answered: “Have you seen all the specifications I have to meet to shape
her? She must be washable, but not made of plastic, have more than 200
moving parts which all must be replaceable and she must function on all
kinds of food...
Will I Live to see 80? From a
Here's something to think about… I recently picked a new primary care
doctor. After two visits and exhaustive Lab tests, he said I was doing
'fairly well' for my age. (I am almost 65"). A little concerned about
that comment, I couldn't resist asking him, 'Do you think I'll live to
be 80?' He asked, 'Do you smoke tobacco, or drink beer, wine or hard
liquor? 'Oh no...
Federal News Radio… Buyouts, phased retirement: Where have they
gone? By Mike Causey
April 29, 2016 -- When you launch a lead submarine, filled with rocks
and a screen door to let in the fresh air, it might not be wise to
invite CNN or Fox News to cover the event until you see how well the
boat dives and if it can surface. Which brings to mind the fate of two
of the most innovative and (supposedly popular) federal personnel
programs ever started. Buyouts (first offered in the 1990s) and phased
retirement, which is out...
| The Daily Signal… A Complex Tax System Prevents Americans
Rep. Dave Brat & Sen. Jeff Flake - April 19, 2016 - Another tax day
has come and passed only to once again remind us of the increasing
financial burden that government places on individuals and families
each year. Unfortunately, as taxes and onerous regulation continue to
increase, the U.S. personal savings rate has decreased to 5.5 percent.
Our savings rate was two to three times higher than that in the 1970s
and 1980s, with a peak of 17...
Federal News Radio… Words (not) to live by: New Nerd Speak,
By Mike Causey
April 18, 2016 -- Every profession, craft, trade and bureaucracy —
federal or private sectors — has its own lingo. There is doctortalk,
lawyer lingo, psychbabble, geekspeak. Media pundits and politicians
definitely speak their own brand of English. Call it New Nerd Speak.
While it’s almost certain that most NNS-non speakers don’t have a clue
what’s being said, it is entirely possible that some NNS speakers...
| Federal News Radio… Civil service reform should be high on the
next president’s to-do list,
By Jeff Neal - April 21, 2016 - Civil service reform is badly needed,
but for a long time I believed the political situation in Washington
made it too risky to attempt. The polarization that infects our
political system also infects views of the civil service. To hear some
people tell it, civil servants are either saints who can do no wrong,
or they are leeches sucking the blood out of America. Federal workers
are either underpaid, or they are paid 50, 60...
| Townhall… “The Jungle Book” Review: A Magical Journey
About family, John Hanlon
Apr 18, 2016 - Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book may be a remake of the
1967 animated feature, but it completely stands alone. This is a film
that pays tribute to the Rudyard Kipling book while impressing
contemporary viewers with breathtaking visuals and a strong cast
combined with Favreau’s strong direction and Justin Marks’ methodical
script bringing this wonderful tale to life. The story opens with the
Leave it to Larry! From a CNO
Leave it to kids to voice some obvious truisms! Larry may become my new
favorite! A new teacher was trying to make use of her psychology
courses. She started her class by saying, 'Everyone who thinks they're
stupid, stand up!' After a few seconds, Little Larry stood up. The
teacher said, 'Do you think you're stupid, Larry?' 'No, ma'am, but...
| The Daily Signal… Corruption Charges in Detroit Schools Spur
Calls for Education Reform
By Kristiana Mork -- April 08, 2016 -- Officials are calling for
education reform after bribery indictments against Detroit public
school officials and a supplier alleged $2.7 million in fraudulent
spending, even as Michigan’s governor signed off on nearly $50 million
in emergency spending. “Principals are in positions of public trust and
have an obligation to act in the best interest of their schools and the
children … they represent,” Jarod Koopman...
The Daily Signal… How Colleges Can Help Fix the Gender Pay Gap,
Salim Furth & Anil Niraula - April 12, 2016 - Women in the U.S.
earn about 20 percent less than men, on average, mostly because they
choose different occupations and tend to work fewer hours and years.
Pundits and policymakers should not judge people’s individual
decisions. But in the area of college grades, there’s room to improve
the information available to young adults...
|The Daily Signal… Hackers Are Now Locking Computers for Ransom,
by Evan McDermott & David Inserra
March 30, 2016 -- At this moment, someone’s computer and personal data
are being held hostage. Many have recently become victims of the
cyber-tactic known as ransomware, including hospitals, schools, police
departments, government agencies, and private citizens. Ransomware is a
type of malware that infects a computer hard drive or server and locks
down or encrypts the information stored on that particular device...
Federal News Radio… Pulling the ripcord: Climate, kids or taxes?
By Mike Causey
April 5, 2016 - If and when you decide to retire, lots of things will
come into play. As in what next? Maybe for 20 or 30 years. A key
retirement decision is will you have enough money — once the biweekly
paycheck you’ve grown to love and depend on — becomes a much smaller
monthly annuity benefit? And there are other issues: Do you want (need)
| The Daily Signal… After 15 Years in Prison, One Drug
Offender’s Search for Meaning,
Josh Siegel - April 04, 2016 - Freedom is pizza, and swimming, but it
can also be frustrating, confusing, and not so limitless. “Freedom for
me was a little disconcerting because it’s not easy to shed the inmate
mentality,” said Dana Bowerman, 45, a recently released federal
prisoner. “I felt other, different, less than. I sometimes catch myself
thinking, I shouldn’t be here, I shouldn’t be talking to him. I am
doing something wrong because I am out here with free. ..
moral lesson in two stories, From a CNO reader
STORY NUMBER ONE: Many years ago, Al Capone virtually owned
Chicago. Capone wasn't famous for anything heroic. He was
notorious for enmeshing the windy city in everything from bootlegged
booze and prostitution to murder. Capone had a lawyer nicknamed "Easy
Eddie." He was Capone's lawyer for a good reason. Eddie was
very good! In fact, Eddie's skill at legal maneuvering kept...
Federal News Radio… Reach out & touch someone…
By Mike Causey
March 31, 2016 - I once worked at a newspaper — which rhymes with The
Washington Post — where the ME (managing editor), a very smart, cool,
with-it newsman, once decreed that nobody could use the phrase
“well-manicured lawns” in any news story without getting pre-approval
from him. It had become so popular, such a crutch, that people were
The Daily Signal… Why I’m Going on the World Race,
by Joshua Gill
March 24, 2016 -- In less than two weeks, I’ll be halfway across the
world with only a backpack full of belongings. I’ll be on a yearlong
mission trip that will take me to three continents and 12 countries.
That’s hard to imagine as I sit in my air-conditioned office in
Washington, D.C., clad in a suit and tie. The thought of this journey,
aptly named “The World Race,” is as baffling as it is exciting for me...
| The Daily Signal… Minimum Wage Hike in DC Will Stifle Job
James Sherk & Anil Niraula - March 17, 2016 - Last summer, the
District of Columbia increased its minimum wage to $10.50 an hour,
which is currently the highest for any U.S. state or territory. This
July, the District’s minimum wage will rise again to $11.50 an hour.
Then, on Nov. 8, 2016 D.C. voters may consider an initiative to
increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020, resulting in even
more job losses, while business owners and consumers face higher
Federal News Radio… Feds as cheap (easy?) dates,
By Mike Causey
March 25, 2016 - Politicians anxious to court federal workers and
retirees have an inexpensive way to do it: Ignore them for as long as
possible. Then when a really big election year (presidential and
congressional) rolls around, like now, get busy. Propose a big pay
raise that will get lots of attention without any hope of actually
getting to second base. Or maybe...
| The Daily Signal… Lawmakers Want Big Brother to Get a Warrant
Before Looking in Your Inbox,
by Philip Wegmann -- March 22, 2016 -- If the Email Privacy Act becomes
law, the inboxes of millions of Americans will get a security update
overnight. The bill would prohibit the government from accessing
private email accounts without a warrant. But civil rights and law
enforcement advocates remain at odds over the legislation. Proponents
say the bill secures privacy rights online while opponents complain it
unfairly privileges digital information...
Federal News Radio… You might be a bureaucrat if …
By Jeff Neal
March 24, 2016 - A recent Government Executive article quoted Rep.
Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) saying “nothing makes me angry like hearing a
member on the floor of the House use bureaucrat as an epithet.”
Bureaucrat is one of those words that can be used as a slur, an epithet
and/or an insult, but it can also be used to praise someone who
| Federal News Radio… Why government can’t be Silicon Valley,
By Tom Temin
March 23, 2016 - If you want to know the difference between Silicon
Valley and Washington, D.C., one way is to understand the life of Andy
Grove, the co-founder of Intel. He died Tuesday after battling prostate
cancer and Parkinson’s disease. You can read what the company says
about Grove, or better, this account by long-time tech observer and
writer Michael Malone. By sheer intellectual power, decisiveness and an
iron will, Grove...
The Daily Signal… In Their Own Words: Down Syndrome Across
the World, Kristiana Mork
March 19, 2016 - The everyday connections of children born with Down
syndrome are highlighted in new video interviews about the lives,
friendships, and aspirations of kids across the world. The group Down
Syndrome International released the series of video clips to
commemorate World Down Syndrome Day this year. “Which three words
The Daily Signal… A Palm Sunday Convergence of Pro-Life
Runners From Across America,
by Kevin Mooney -- March 17, 2016 -- When you turn to God after
experiencing the raw side of life and run more than 3,700 miles across
the entire country, it’s fair to say you’re someone who can endure
intense physical, psychological, and emotional trauma. But if you’re
Jeff Grabosky, and in you’re in the midst of another long run, you’re
not convinced the endurance that served you so well previously...
| The Daily Signal… 8 Conservative Policies That Will Reduce
Mark Erste & Rachel Sheffield - March 16, 2016 - According to a new
Associated Press/NORC poll, 72 percent of Americans rate “reducing
poverty” as “extremely” or “very important.” This includes 62 percent
of Republicans, 63 percent of Independents, and 85 percent of
Democrats. Further, 62 percent of Americans rate “reforming welfare” as
“extremely” or “very important.” Americans are right: It is time for a
change. Although the left continues to advocate for...
| The Daily Signal… Nancy Reagan’s ‘Just Say No’ Campaign
Helped Halve Number of Teens on Drugs,
Brian Blake - March 11, 2016 - When the Reagans moved into the White
House on Jan. 20, 1981, drug use, particularly among teenagers, was
hovering near the highest rates ever measured. Of that year’s
graduating class, 65 percent had used drugs in their lifetimes, and a
remarkable 37 percent were regular drug users. After the upheaval of
the 1970s, Americans had chosen in Reagan a strong, optimistic leader
to guide them...
The Daily Signal… She Had an Abortion at 15. How It Changed
Her Life. Kelsey Harkness
March 07, 2016 - Nona Ellington was 15 years old when she found out she
was pregnant. A victim of rape, Ellington felt alone, ashamed, and
desperate for help. After a free pregnancy test came back positive,
showing that Ellington was five weeks pregnant, she went forward and
scheduled an abortion. Around October 1983, Ellington, who was...
The Daily Signal… Nancy Reagan Was a First Lady for the Ages,
by Lee Edwards
March 07, 2016 -- Not since John and Abigail Adams in the early years
of the Republic was there a first couple like Ronald and Nancy Reagan,
so perfectly joined in heart and mind and soul. He said more than once
that he could not imagine life without her. She was his closest and
most influential adviser in matters of personnel. When she felt that
someone was not serving her husband...
The Daily Signal… Ben Carson’s ‘Winning Formula’ for a
Stronger America. Natalie Johnson
March 04, 2016 - Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson preached cohesion
among Americans, encouraging individuals to blend capitalism with
compassion to create a “winning formula” that strengthens the nation.
“Conservatives should not be ashamed of capitalism,” Carson said Friday
before a full house during the annual Conservative Political...
The Daily Signal… In 7 Quotes, Sen. Ben Sasse Gives History
Lesson on American Exceptionalism,
Melissa Quinn - March 03, 2016 - Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., believes that
the country is in a time of “constitutional crisis,” and he served up a
history lesson at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference
on the founding fathers and the roots of American exceptionalism and
conservatism. Sasse, who has emerged as one of the Senate’s...
Federal News Radio… Do you have the guts to be a stubborn
bureaucrat? By Mike Causey
March 2, 2016 -- What’s in a name? Or a label. Sometimes plenty… You
don’t call a Marine a soldier! Not that there’s anything wrong with
that, but it makes a difference to them. Lots of people (including me)
were soldiers, but soldiers are Army. Marines are, well, Marines.
Semper Fi! By the same token, you don’t butter up your boss by
saying that, for a girl, she’s really, smart, capable and steady. You
| Heritage Foundation… Long-Term Unemployment Remains High Despite
Strong February Job Gains,
James Sherk - March 04, 2016 - The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ February
jobs report showed continued growth in the labor market. The payroll
survey reported that employers added 242,000 net new jobs last month.
The payroll survey showed unemployment remaining unchanged at 4.9
percent. Even more encouragingly, unemployment stayed flat despite over
half a million (+555,000) new workers entering the labor force. In the...
| The Daily Signal… Colleges Use Tax-Exempt Status to Excuse
Restricting Free Speech,
Natalie Johnson - March 02, 2016 - “Colleges and universities across
the country need to be reminded of their obligation not just to permit,
but to protect, the vital free exchange of ideas,” student Alex Atkins
said. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters/Newscom) Universities point to the tax
code as an excuse to suppress free speech on campuses across the United
States, an education rights group told a House panel. Students,
professors, and others...
| The Daily Signal… Why Have Universities Been Overtaken by Mob
Rule? Arthur Milikh
February 25, 2016 - Student groups have asserted control of many
university campuses across America. Without even resorting to force,
they have successfully compelled the resignation of presidents and
administrators, the firing and hiring of faculty, and drastic changes
to university curricula, among other things. University after
university gives in to these demands, or at least pretends to do so.
Only a few university presidents or...
The Daily Signal… Five Years Later, How Much Gov. Walker’s
Union Legislation Saved Wisconsin,
Natalie Johnson - February 23, 2016 - Residents of one state continue
to reap the benefits of a budget bill passed five years ago that has
saved taxpayers over $5 billion, researchers say. As a $3.6 billion
deficit threatened to hit his state, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a
Republican, championed the legislation in February 2011. Walker and...
| The Daily Signal… A Universal Basic Income Is Anti-Work,
by Paul Winfree
February 26, 2016 -- In a recent article, Richard Reeves of the
Brookings Institution suggests that we should decouple income from work
through a “universal basic income” based on the premise that the labor
market no longer equitably distributes the gains from economic growth
to those at the bottom of the income distribution. This is the wrong
policy route for several reasons. First, a basic income is anti-work.
The primary problem in the labor market...
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
| 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...
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,
| 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...
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...
| 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...
| Townhall Finance… Encouragement Is a Necessary Business Tool,
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
The Daily Signal… George Washington Deserves His Own Day, Not
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...
| 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)...
The Daily Signal… What Scalia Taught Us, Paul J.
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...
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
| 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,
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
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...
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
| 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...
The Daily Signal… How School Choice Could Improve Life for
Teachers, Mary Clare Reim
January 26, 2016 - During National School Choice Week, advocates are
demonstrating how students thrive when they have more education
options. While it’s often easy to see the success school choice
programs have on students, what’s often missing from this conversation
is the acknowledgment that teachers are also empowered by school...
The Daily Signal… $12 Billion Obama Plan Would Give Lunches
to Poor Children in the Summer,
Natalie Johnson - January 27, 2016 - The Obama administration proposes
to provide free lunch to millions of children who lose access to the
subsidized meals once the school year comes to a close. Under the
program announced Wednesday, low-income families who are eligible for
free and reduced-price meals during the academic year would...
The Daily Signal… Remembering World War I: Here’s the Design
for the First National Memorial,
By Natalie Johnson -- January 28, 2016 -- World War I is one of the
most pivotal events in U.S. history, leaving hundreds of
thousands of American soldiers dead in a bloody fight to preserve
freedom and democracy. Today, tourists who descend on the nation’s
capital—littered with statues and monuments of remembrance—find not a
single national memorial...
| The Daily Signal… How This Ultrasound Program Brought Life to
Leah Jessen - January 07, 2016 - The pro-marriage, pro-life group Focus
on the Family is celebrating the 12th anniversary of Option Ultrasound,
a program that rejoices in the birth of 358,000 babies who had been at
risk for abortion. “Here at Focus on the Family, what we wanted to do
was help equip the pregnancy medical clinics around the country to be
able to provide that ultrasound service to a woman who found herself
with an unintended...
| The Daily Signal… A Way For Lawmakers to Show They Believe
Black Lives Matter, by Stephen Moore
January 15, 2016 -- The great Jack Kemp used to say about politicians
that “voters don’t care what you know until they know that you
care.” Congressional conservatives say they care about the
poor and minorities, but do they really? We have a test case in front
of us right now over whether congressional leadership will reauthorize
and then hopefully expand the Washington, D.C., school voucher program.
Obama is against the program...
| The Daily Signal… Martin Luther King Jr. and the Struggle for
Integration, by Peter C. Myers
January 17, 2016 -- The third Monday of each January, we commemorate
Martin Luther King Jr. by a national holiday. Mindful of his concrete
actions and accomplishments and, still more, of his sublime words, his
high hopes, and his ultimate martyrdom, we have come not only to
admire, but even to revere King. In the pantheon of American heroes,
King, the “Great Integrator,” now stands alongside Abraham Lincoln, the
Federal News Radio… Ghosts of former bosses, By
January 15, 2016 - During the 8 years of a two-term presidency, most
career federal workers have the joy/slash heartache of serving under a
number of political bosses. Cabinet heads come and go. And the typical
political appointee, according to some estimates, lasts about 18
months. Some are great, some are awful. Sometimes the relatively
Dementia tests your skills... From a CNO reader
Can you meet this challenge? We've seen this with the letters out of
order, but this is the first time we've seen it with numbers.
Good example of a Brain Study: If you can read this OUT LOUD you have a
strong mind. And better than that: Alzheimer's is a long long,
way down the road before it ever gets anywhere near you...
|The Daily Signal… Why Soldiers Miss War, by
January 06, 2016 -- Army Sgt. 1st Class Jeffrey Martin parked the truck
outside the concrete slabs arranged in a defensive perimeter around the
tactical operations center at Forward Operating Base Shank,
Afghanistan. A layer of fine brown dust hung in the air. Out in the
distance, high, snow-capped mountains ringed the combined U.S.-Afghan
base. C-130 transport planes and Apache helicopter gunships roared
overhead at regular intervals...
| The Daily Signal… What Rising Murder Rates in US Cities Mean
for 2016, Josh Siegel
January 04, 2016 - The 2015 year in crime was marked by a sharp rise in
murder rates in many U.S. cities, including those touched by
high-profile incidents between police and citizens, such as Baltimore
and Chicago. But the rate of crime overall in America’s largest cities
declined in 2015 (as of Dec. 23) compared to the year before, to a
level half of what it was in 1990. This contrast, while not abnormal,
has criminologists split...
Federal News Radio… Feds underpaid says New York Times (sort
of) … By Mike Causey
January 6, 2016 - Sick of reading front page stories about bloated
federal salaries? Tired of hearing you’ve got it made compared to folks
in the private sector? Relief may be on the way. Maybe. For the last
five or six years, the federal workforce has been the target of various
newspapers. First was a page-one report in a national newspaper that
amazing 2 letter English word, From a CNO reader
A reminder that one word in the English language that can be a noun,
verb, adjective, adverb and preposition. UP Read until the end… this
one is fun. This two-letter word in English has more meanings
than any other two-letter word, and that word is 'UP.' It
is listed in the dictionary as an [adv], [prep], [adj], [n]
or [v]. It's easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky
or at the top of the list, but when...
Education Week… Will States Swap Standards-Based Tests for
By Catherine Gewertz - High school testing is on the brink of a
profound shift, as states increasingly choose college-entrance exams to
measure achievement. The new federal education law invites that change,
but it comes with some big caution signs and unanswered questions. The
questions are hanging over a provision of the Every Student Succeeds
| The Daily Signal… Justice Department Halts Program Allowing
Law Enforcement to Split Proceeds of Seized Cash, Property,
by Melissa Quinn -- December 28, 2015 -- The Justice Department is
halting a controversial program that allows law enforcement to keep
most of the proceeds of cash and property they seize from Americans
under federal law, sometimes without charging anyone with a crime. Now
the law enforcement community, which benefits from the program, is
pushing back against the Justice Department, saying its decision...
| Townhall… Understanding Trump, by Laura
Dec 31, 2015 -- As 2015 comes to a close, the biggest story of the year
is unquestionably the meteoric rise and mystifying (to some) staying
power of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Despite
numerous opinion pieces and analyses devoted to the phenomenon, it
appears that neither the permanent political class nor the media elite
that prop them up have figured out what is driving his popularity. It's
easy to understand Donald Trump's...
Townhall… Hell Freezes Over, by Mike
Jan 01, 2016 -- Some readers may have noticed that six months have
passed since I wrote a column criticizing the whacky leftist
administration at my university, UNC-Wilmington. I am happy to report
the reason for the silence is that the wacky leftist administrators are
now gone. In addition to that, on July 1st of this year our university
got its first out of the closet conservative chancellor. You heard that
Townhall… Obama Reshapes Presidential Politics -- But
Maybe Not To Democrats' Benefit,
Michael Barone - Jan 01, 2016 - One thing that's striking about the
presidential race, which, finally, officially begins soon, is how much
the race has been shaped by Barack Obama. The course of the contests
for both the Republican and Democratic nominations would be
inconceivable absent the course of the Obama presidency. This is most
apparent in the...
The Daily Signal… What We Can Learn From Reagan About
by Lee Edwards -- December 22, 2015 -- San Bernardino. Boston Marathon
bombing. Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack. Paris Bataclan Theater
massacres. Jihad, Islamic State. Caliphate. Syria, Iraq, Libya. Freddie
Gray. Ferguson and Michael Brown. Assisted suicide. Whatever happened
to peace on earth and good will to men? In times like these when I am
thinking of moving to Canada...
Townhall… Terrific: Feds Have No Clue If 9500 People
With Revoked Visas and Links to Terrorism Are in U.S.,
Katie Pavlich - Dec 18, 2015 - In case you missed it yesterday, the
House Oversight Committee held a hearing about the vetting process for
refugees entering the United States from terrorism hot spots. During
the hearing, officials from the State Department and Homeland Security
were asked about the location of 9,500 individuals who have...
Townhall… Open-Borders Money Backs Marco Rubio,
by Michelle Malkin
Dec 18, 2015 -- Political analysis of the Las Vegas debate immigration
dust-up between Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio is missing a key
ingredient: the money factor. You can read the lips of the candidates
till the cows come home. But you'll get to the truth much faster when
you learn where pro-amnesty power brokers have placed their bets and
hitched their wagons. Rubio's brazenly fraudulent...
|The Daily Signal… John Kerry’s Surprising Comments on
International Regulations and Climate Change,
by Nicolas Loris -- December 11, 2015 -- Although he probably didn’t
mean to, Secretary of State John Kerry made a compelling case for why
the U.S. and other countries should not go down the path of shutting
down coal-fired plants, raising energy prices and stunting economic
growth to combat global warming. Speaking in Paris, Kerry said: The
fact is that even if every American citizen biked to work, carpooled to
school, used only solar panels...
MSN… Paul Ryan notches a big victory, but the
true test may come next year,
by Mike DeBonis, Paul Kane, The Washington Post -- The House is
expected to pass a $1.1 trillion spending bill Friday that will remove
any threat of a government shutdown, keep the government funded into
the fall of 2016, and notch a signature win for new House Speaker Paul
D. Ryan (R-Wis.) The bill will pass despite the possibility that a
majority of Republicans will vote against it — just as they voted
Townhall… Ted Cruz's Festival of Fraud,
Dec 12, 2015 - You have to feel sorry for Ted Cruz. Donald Trump has
hogged so much airtime with his cynical demagoguery that the senator
from Texas has had a hard time capturing the attention of Republican
voters. That is surprising, because when it comes to cynical
demagoguery, this is the first time Cruz has ever lost out to anyone.
His patented formula...
| The Daily Signal… See How Sen. Jeff Flake Thinks Your Tax
Dollars Were Wasted on These 100 Government Programs,
by Philip Wegmann -- December 09, 2015 -- As Congress presses further
into its annual December budget battle, Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz.,
launched the latest campaign in what he calls his ongoing war on waste.
With the timely title “The Farce Awakens,” Flake’s 2015 Wastebook
highlights 100 government programs of questionable merit—such as the
millions in taxpayer dollars spent on sheep in microgravity...
| Human Events… A Humble Pre-Christmas Effort to Share My
Enthusiasm for the Bible,
David Limbaugh - Friday Dec 11, 2015 - As the Christmas season
approaches, I want to explain why I am so enthusiastic about the
subject matter I’ve written about in my new book, “The Emmaus Code:
Finding Jesus in the Old Testament.” As I came to Jesus Christ kicking
and screaming, I have always been passionate about sharing the
epiphanies that led me to become a believer. I love to relate my
excitement about the Bible and encourage others...
The Daily Signal… Christmas Comes Early for Teachers Unions
and Obama Administration With No Child Left Behind Rewrite,
by Lindsey Burke -- December 10, 2015 -- Lindsey M. Burke researches
and writes on federal and state education issues as the Will Skillman
fellow in education policy at The Heritage Foundation. Read her
research. “It’s like Christmas Day,” exclaimed Lily Eskelsen García,
president of the National Education Association, the nation’s largest
Townhall… It Was Not Always So, by Erick
Dec 04, 2015 -- Two weeks ago, a man began firing shots in a parking
lot in Colorado Springs. He moved into a Planned Parenthood facility.
Eventually captured, it turns out the man is a lunatic. He lived in a
trailer with no running water or electricity. He had a history of
violent behavior and crazy theories about the world. But according to
the American political left, the man was clearly a Christian...
| Human Events… The Most Important State in the 2016 Primary,
by George Will
Friday Dec 4, 2015 -- Sen. Tim Scott, who evidently has not received
the memo explaining that politics is a grim and bitter business, laughs
easily and often, as when, during lunch in this city’s humming
downtown, he explains that South Carolina’s Lowcountry is benefiting
from what are called “halfbacks.” These are migrants who moved from
Northern states to Florida in search of warmth but, finding high prices
and congestion, then moved halfway back...
The Daily Signal… Pizzeria Drops 3% Obamacare Surcharge When
by Leah Jessen -- December 02, 2015 -- A pizza shop scrapped a
surcharge of 3 percent on customers’ checks to cover Affordable Care
Act fees for employees a day after adding it. On Tuesday, Brooklyn
restaurant Franny’s put a note on its website saying the pizza shop
would add the surcharge because of Obamacare. The message—“a 3 percent
surcharge will be added to all checks to contribute...
| The Daily Signal… November Jobs Report Shows Positive Growth,
December 04, 2015 - The Bureau of Labor Statistics found that the labor
market continued to grow steadily in November. Employers added 211,000
net new jobs, while the unemployment rate remained constant. Across the
economy, most labor market indicators either improved or remained
constant. The household survey showed that the unemployment rate
remained at 5 percent in November. However, most economists...
Wake of ISIS Attacks, Obama Delivers National Address With No New
by Mike Gonzalez -- December 07, 2015 -- President Barack Obama clearly
meant to convey the seriousness of the situation we currently face as a
nation from the terrorist group known as the Islamic State (ISIS) by
delivering his third address to the nation from the Oval Office Sunday
night. The address, however, did not contain any new strategy, or any
new ideas, about how to defeat a group that has in quick succession
downed a Russian liner and killed...
| Townhall… The FCC’s “Hotel California” Moment,
by Mytheos Holt
Dec 04, 2015 -- The Federal Communications Commission, like most
Federal agencies, has gotten worse at its job under Barack Obama. So
much worse, in fact, that Republican Senators have had to send a letter
to them asking if they’ve even acted on half a million consumer
complaints. Even the worst tech support line in the world would regard
that sort of figure with horror. Yet, for those paying attention to the
tech world, the FCC could also...
Heritage Foundation… The Every Student Succeeds Act: More
Programs and Federal Intervention,
By Lindsey Burke - In November 2015, Congress proposed reauthorization
of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), currently known
as No Child Left Behind. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) would
reauthorize ESEA with high levels of spending and dozens of ineffective
programs, while creating additional programs. Any proposal to...
Townhall… At Climate Summit Obama Touts Stimulus
Funding For Totally Failed, Bankrupt Solar Power Projects
By Katie Pavlich -- Dec 01, 2015 -- Speaking from Paris Tuesday at the
global climate change summit, know as COP21, President Obama touted his
"investment" in solar power through the 2009 stimulus package. There's
just one huge problem. The so-called "investment" in solar power
through the stimulus package was a total failure and was only issued as
The Daily Signal… 17 of the 100 Ways This Senator Says the
Government Wastes Your Money,
Leah Jessen - November 30, 2015 - The federal government has “dropped
the ball” by failing to curb wasteful spending of taxpayer dollars,
Sen. James Lankford says. In a new report, he cites 100 examples. “With
a massive $19 trillion federal debt and a half-a-trillion-dollar
deficit, we must tackle our federal budget and root out inefficiencies,
|The Daily Signal… Government Forecasters Significantly
Overestimated Obamacare Plan Profitability,
by Paul Winfree -- November 24, 2015 -- The CEO of UnitedHealth Group
Inc. recently announced that the company was losing hundreds of
millions of dollars by offering qualified health plans (QHPs) in the
Obamacare exchanges. As 2015 comes to a close, the insurer will have
lost $350 million, and it expects to lose another $500 million by
offering health plans on the exchanges next year. This statement by one
of America’s largest...
The Daily Signal… Why Massachusetts Gave Up on Common Core,
by Mary Clare Reim
November 23, 2015 -- The state Board of Education in Massachusetts has
decided to retreat from common core and develop its own state tests—to
the dismay of Common Core advocates. It comes as no surprise that a
“top-down, one-size-fits-all” approach to education is not working for
the people of Massachusetts. Interestingly, this policy reversal comes
at the recommendation...
The Daily Signal… How Friendly Is Your State To Businesses?
See the Rankings,
David Allen - November 23, 2015 - Last week, the Tax Foundation
released its State Business Tax Climate Index for 2016. This annual
report ranks all fifty states (plus D.C.) on how hospitable their tax
systems are to businesses. Many factors affect a business’s ability to
succeed, including prudent tax policy. While improvements to other
important business factors...
The Daily Signal… Obama Administration Announces 144 Big
Regulations Right Before Thanksgiving,
by James Gattuso -- November 24, 2015 -- President Obama is nothing if
not predictable. Required by law to release plans for new regulations
twice a year, the administration has consistently done so just before
major holidays, when few are paying attention. Thus, it was no surprise
to see his fall 2015 regulatory agenda released last Friday, as many
Americans focused on Thanksgiving...
| The Daily Signal… A Conservative Student’s Take On the Recent
Julius Kairey - November 19, 2015 - Can liberalism defend itself from
its progeny? This question is rarely considered by liberals themselves.
But after seeing the disturbances on America’s campuses over the last
couple of weeks, they would be well-advised to start. Universities are
supposed to be bastions of liberalism. Liberal administrators have
insisted for decades that they know how to craft an environment free of
hatred and bigotry...
The Daily Signal… The Most Underrated Sign of Lincoln’s Genius,
by Paul Gallagher
November 19, 2015 -- There are many reasons to praise President Abraham
Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, delivered 152 years ago today. Its
eloquent expressions. Its healing tone. Its inspiring message. As an
editor, however, I must tip my hat to something else: its brevity. A
presidential speech that’s only 272 words long brings new meaning to
the word “concise.” Indeed...
Heritage Foundation… Not Much for Conservatives to Love in No
Child Left Behind Rewrite,
By Lindsey Burke -- November 20, 2015 -- There isn’t much for
conservatives to love in the policies put forward in the proposed
rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorization
currently moving through Congress. Proponents of the No Child Left
Behind rewrite have argued that the proposal would prohibit the
education secretary from encouraging states to adopt...
| The Daily Signal… Paris Terrorist Attacks Underscore the
Expanding Threat Posed by ISIS,
James Phillips - November 18, 2015 - The terrorist attacks launched in
Paris on Friday that killed at least 129 people have been claimed by
and traced back to the Islamic State, also known as ISIS. It is one
more sign that the Islamic State (which has seized territory the size
of Maryland inside Syria and Iraq) poses a growing terrorist threat to
the United States and its allies. Within the last month, ISIS also has
been implicated in the...
The Daily Signal… 12 Bills That the Filibuster Stopped From
Philip Wegmann - November 11, 2015 - Frustrated by an entrenched
Democratic minority in the Senate, some of the Republicans who control
both houses of Congress have renewed calls for filibuster reform. House
Republicans penned a letter to Senate leadership in September, asking
that it lower the threshold of votes needed to achieve “cloture” and
overcome a filibuster blocking action...
| The Daily Signal… How the US Scores on a New Index of the
Most Charitable Nations, by Leah Jessen
November 10, 2015 -- ‘Tis the season to be generous. But throughout the
year, warmhearted Americans put the United States near the top of the
most giving nations in the world, according to a newly released
scorecard. The World Giving Index, compiled by the Charities Aid
Foundation, ranks 145 countries on how generous their general
populations are in charitable activities. The United States came in at
No. 2, behind Myanmar. “The impulse...
| The Daily Signal… They Claimed Giving All Students Free
School Lunches Would Raise Test Scores. Here’s What Happened.
By Chris Butler -- November 10, 2015 -- In 2014, education leaders
ranging from the U.S. secretary of education down to local school
officials promised that kids would do better if districts adopted a
federal program that provides no-cost lunches to students regardless of
financial need. It hasn’t worked out that way in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Board members in charge of the Hamilton County School System voted...
The Daily Signal… 9 Reasons Why Obama Just Made Wrong
Decision on Keystone Pipeline,
Nicolas Loris - November 06, 2015 - It took President Barack Obama only
2,604 days to reject the permit application for the Keystone XL
pipeline. In a statement today, Obama said the pipeline “would not
serve the national interest of the United States.” “America is now a
global leader when it comes to taking serious action to fight climate
change,” Obama added. “And...
The Great Life I Had, From a
This was actually a parody of Julie Andrews' famous song that was done
by someone else at an AARP convention. This is what the good life has
come to for many of us. If you sing it, its especially
hysterical!!! Botox and nose drops and needles for knitting, Walkers
and handrails and new dental fittings, Bundles of magazines tied
up in string, These are a few of my favorite things. Cadillacs and
The Daily Signal… Feel the Bern? Sanders Offers Bill to End
US Prohibitions on Marijuana,
Natalie Johnson - November 05, 2015 - Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.,
introduced a bill Wednesday to lift federal prohibitions on marijuana
and throw the decision on legalizing the drug squarely into the hands
of the states. Sanders’ plan would strike marijuana from the Drug
Enforcement Administration’s list of the “most dangerous” substances,
The Missing Wife, From a CNO
Husband went to the sheriff's department to report that his wife was
missing. Husband: My wife is missing. She went shopping yesterday
and has not come home.... Sergeant: What is her height?
Husband: Gee, I'm not sure. A little over five-feet tall.
Sergeant: Weight? Husband: Don't know. Not slim, not really
fat. Sergeant: Color of eyes? Husband: Sort of brown I
think. Never really noticed...
women shouldn’t take men shopping, From a CNO Reader
After I retired, my wife insisted that I accompany her on her trips to
Target. Unfortunately, like most men, I found shopping boring and
preferred to get in and get out. Equally unfortunate, my wife is like
most women - she loves to browse. Yesterday my dear wife received the
following letter from the local Target. Dear Mrs. Samsel, Over the past
six months, your husband has caused quite...
Daily Signal… Arizona’s
Obamacare Co-Op to Shut Down After Receiving $93.3 Million From the
-- Meritus Health Partners, a co-op in Arizona, announced Friday it
would be closing its doors. The co-op is the 11th of 23 created under
Obamacare to shutter. (Photo: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters/Newscom) Two days
before the start of Obamacare’s open enrollment period, a nonprofit
health insurance provider located in Arizona announced that it would be
closing its doors, leaving more than 56,000 consumers to purchase new
Daily Signal… Lawmakers Probe
Taxpayer-Funded Academic Who Wants Obama to Prosecute Climate Change
by Kevin Mooney -- October 26, 2015 -- Taxpayer-funded college
professors and researchers who cite climate change to advocate
regulations that would raise energy costs for consumers have some
explaining to do, congressional investigators say. A House committee
wants to know more about the relationship between taxpayer money
received by the academics and their urging of President Obama...
The Daily Signal… 6 Key Exchanges From Hillary Clinton’s
By Melissa Quinn -- October 22, 2015 -- In a much-anticipated hearing,
former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appeared Thursday before a
panel of lawmakers tasked with investigating the 2012 terrorist attacks
in Benghazi, Libya. Clinton, who was secretary of state at the time of
the attacks and resigned five months after, testified before the House
Select Committee on Benghazi in an 11-hour hearing—the fourth public...
Daily Signal… How Marriage,
Strong Families Contribute to Economic Growth,
Rachel Sheffield - October 26, 2015 - Is there a connection between
strong families and a thriving economy? A new study, “Strong Families,
Prosperous States,” takes a step toward answering the question.
“Despite the clear economic gains associated with strong families at
the individual level, economists across the ideological spectrum have
failed to investigate whether strong families increase economic
growth,” co-authors Brad Wilcox...
14 Ways to Be
an Annoying Tourist When You're Traveling, by Kate
Do you make these touristy moves?© Dominique Maitre Do you make these
touristy moves? Reddit user xavierdc recently asked this question:
"Non-Americans of Reddit, What is a dead giveaway that a tourist in
your country is American?" The post blew up within hours with hundreds
of hilarious (and somewhat embarrassing) responses that may cause us to
rethink some of our choices next time we travel abroad. Take a look at
some of these hilariously...
Daily Signal… Seattle Voted to
Hike the Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour. Here’s What Happened to Seattle’s
By Leah Jessen -- October 22, 2015 -- The $15 minimum wage increase in
the Seattle area “is getting off to a pretty bad start,” according to a
new report. Data shows that the Seattle Metropolitan Statistical Area
(MSA) lost 700 restaurant jobs from January to September of this year,
and a report from the American Enterprise Institute suggests that this
could be the product of adverse effects of minimum wage hikes on
Daily Signal… Ohio Might Be the
Next State to Defund Planned Parenthood, By Kate Scanlon
October 22, 2015 -- Ohio could become the next state to defund Planned
Parenthood. The Ohio Senate approved legislation on Wednesday that
would prevent state and certain federal funds from going to Planned
Parenthood. The legislation was approved in a 23-10 vote and was sent
to the Republican-led state House for consideration. In a statement,
Ohio Senate President Keith Faber, R-Celina, said that “these public
funds will now provide...
Daily Signal… 6 Out of 10
Americans Oppose Partial Obamacare Repeal That Leaves Taxes In Place,
Matthew Streit - October 21, 2015 - Republicans have voted to repeal
Obamacare dozens of times. This week the House will try again using a
budgetary tactic called reconciliation to repeal parts of the law.
Reconciliation is the filibuster-proof tool Democrats used to pass the
President Barack Obama’s signature health care law in March of 2010.
Earlier this year, Republicans signaled they would use the legislative...
News Radio… Time to stick a
plastic fork into this federal program? By Tom Temin
October 21, 2015 -- I never bought school lunches. My mom always packed
mine into a metal lunchbox. I would buy a little bottle of whole milk
at the cafeteria for 3 cents. Impossibly, I still have a Keds shoe box
full of the cardboard bottle stops, each illustrated with a sketch of a
U.S. president. The latest one was LBJ. Today the prosaic school lunch
has become an object of intense federal effort — and the evidence shows
it’s not working out too well...
Hillary's Long On Ambition, Short on Principles,
Jonah Goldberg - Oct 09, 2015 - Hillary Clinton revealed on Wednesday
that she opposes the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, providing
just the latest evidence that she is little more than political
ambition wrapped in a pantsuit. Pay attention to the press coverage,
because it's fascinating: Nobody takes Clinton at her word. I'm not
just referring to her conservative critics. Slate's Jim Newell asks,
"Will anyone find Clinton's position convincing?" The...
News Radio… ‘You snooze you
lose’ message timed perfectly for Boehner on way out,
By Francis Rose -- October 12, 2015 -- Last week, as the House of
Representatives came down around Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy
(R-Calif.), I told a colleague, “John Boehner (R-Ohio) promised to
‘clean the barn up’ before he left. He should go big before he goes
home.” The lightbulb came on in my head. What a great title for a
commentary! It would riff eloquently on the work Boehner could get done
between now and his departure date, especially since...
The carrot, the egg and the coffee bean,
From a CNO reader
A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how
things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make
it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. Her
mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water. In
the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the
last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit...
Daily Signal… McCain Urges Lawsuit
Against Obama Administration Over the Iran Deal,
David Brody - October 07, 2015 - Sen. John McCain says he wants to see
a lawsuit against the Obama administration over the Iran nuclear deal.
“I think he’s in defiance of the law and I believe we should have
lawsuits that bring justice,” McCain tells The Daily Signal. Back in
the spring, President Barack Obama signed into law the Corker-Cardin
bill, which required his administration to turn over “all related
materials and annexes” related to the Iran deal...
Townhall… What Common-Sense Gun
Control Looks Like, by Erick Erickson
Oct 09, 2015 -- Last Thursday, as Americans were still coming to grips
with the tragic rampage in Oregon, President Obama addressed the
American people. An hour before the president spoke, news outlets were
confirming that the shooter in Oregon had targeted his victims based on
their religion. Multiple eyewitnesses and relatives of the victims all
said the shooter asked the victims to state their religion...
Events… The Media’s Latest Phony
Attack on Ben Carson, David Limbaugh
Friday Oct 9, 2015 - How about the next time the mainstream media
decide to fabricate a controversy against a conservative presidential
candidate, they choose something less laughable? The media’s latest
faux gasp concerns Dr. Ben Carson’s comments about the Oregon school
shooting. When I first watched news reports on it, I didn’t immediately
grasp the reason for the fuss, not having the artificial sensibilities
of the MSM...
Daily Signal… Recess Consultant
Hired in Minnesota Schools, Kids Get Coached Through Play Time,
by Leah Jessen -- October 06, 2015 -- What happens when an adult steps
onto the recess playground with new rules and a game list in hand that
reads “Animal Tag,” “Four Square Volleyball,” and “Basketball Bowling?”
Two elementary schools in the Minneapolis area, in the town of Edina,
have gone from the usual “on duty” recess supervisor to hiring a recess
consultant. As part of a new strategy, kids are now coached through
play at recess...
Daily Signal… How California’s
New Assisted Suicide Law Could Especially Hurt the Poor,
By Katrina Trinko -- October 06, 2015 -- “My concern is for people who
don’t have resources, who don’t have a choice. You read about Oregon
denying someone a lung transplant, but, ‘Here, you can you have these
pills.’ That’s my fear about what this would become.” That’s what
Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, a Democrat who represents the San Diego
area, told the Sacramento...
Daily Signal… NY Times Report:
Number of Oregon Natives Want Guns After Massacre,
by Sara Jones -- October 09, 2015 -- The tragedy at Umpqua Community
College in Oregon has reignited the national gun debate. Unlike
President Barack Obama, who called for stricter gun control, The New
York Times reports that many residents of Roseburg, Ore., “want to have
a gun.” Passion and tension have gripped the nation as Americans fight
for what they believe would be the best answer to prevent future gun
massacres in the homeland. According to...
Federal News Radio… Shutdown
preppers update, By Mike Causey
October 8, 2015 - This is something that even the GS 13 who has
everything will appreciate. What is it? How about food? Money, maybe?
If money is too impersonal, get him or her one of those prepper kits.
You know, packages containing a week, month or year” supply of
delicious all-you-add-is-water meals. Something to get someone through
Daily Signal… Senators Reach
Long-Elusive Deal to Reduce ‘Unjust’ Prison Sentences,
by Josh Siegel -- October 01, 2015 -- A bipartisan group of senators
have reached a long-elusive deal on criminal justice reform, with a
proposal that would reduce mandatory minimum prison sentences for
certain nonviolent drug offenses and allow well-behaved inmates to earn
time off their prison terms. After months of negotiations, the Senate
Judiciary Committee’s agreement — dubbed the Criminal Justice Reform
and Corrections Act of 2015 — was set to be introduced...
Townhall… Our Shameful Foreign
Policy, Erick Erickson
Oct 02, 2015 - Barack Obama has made the American political left
comfortable with human rights abuses. See a despot engaged in genocide
in Obama's America, blame George W. Bush and move on. In Afghanistan,
American soldiers are being driven out of the military for taking
action to stop Afghan soldiers from raping boys. Rape is a war crime...
Washington Post…Trump will lose,
or I will eat this column, By Dana Milbank
October 2 - I never expected to write these words, but I miss Mitt
Romney. On Wednesday, the day the front-runner for the 2016 Republican
presidential nomination was in New Hampshire alleging that Syrian
refugees fleeing for their lives may actually be clandestine
terrorists, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee was in Washington,
talking sense. “Donald Trump will not be the nominee,” Romney told a
Daily Signal… The Consequences
of Russia’s Bombing Campaign in Syria,
Josh Siegel - October 01, 2015 - Since the fall of the Soviet Union,
the United States has worked to isolate Russia from the Middle East.
Now, in 2015 and five years into a devastating civil war in Syria,
Russia has not only entered the most intractable situation in the
Middle East, but also attacked the situation with indiscriminate
authority. Under the guise of fighting terrorism to protect itself and
save the ruthless government of Bashar Assad, Russian...
Daily Signal… Forensic Analysis:
Planned Parenthood Videos Are ‘Authentic’ by Kate Scanlon
September 29, 2015 -- A forensic analysis of undercover videos about
Planned Parenthood’s abortion practices are “authentic and show no
evidence of manipulation or editing,” according to a report released
Tuesday by Alliance Defending Freedom. The analysis was completed by
Coalfire, a digital security and forensics firm that has worked on
civil and criminal investigations. The firm had access to all audio and
video investigative footage...
Crisis Magazine… Can Virtue Heal
the American Right? Rachel Lu
September 24, 2015 - We’ve come to that agonizing point in our
political process when each political party must choose its champion.
Republicans are trying to decide in whose hands to place their party’s
fate. The inexperienced but well-spoken Marco Rubio? Rand Paul, a man
of intelligence and conviction who nonetheless selected...
Daily Signal… In Address to
Congress, Pope Defends Dignity of Politics, Work, Life, Family, and
by Ryan T. Anderson -- September 24, 2015 -- Before a joint session of
Congress this morning, Pope Francis delivered a rousing address calling
upon Americans to live up to the highest of our nation’s ideals.
Pointing to Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr., Dorothy Day, and
Thomas Merton, Francis praised Americans for their commitments to
“liberty,” “liberty in plurality and non-exclusion,” “social justice
and the rights...
No, Donald Trump Did Not Have To Correct A
Questioner, By Erick Erickson
September 21st, 2015 -- I’ve more than once seen plants at events who
ask awkward questions to try to catch someone on tape. I myself have
been subject to that on more than one occasion. Someone asked Donald
Trump a question about President Obama being a Muslim and the media
world has collectively freaked out. Donald Trump is under no obligation
to correct someone asking a question. He does...
Daily Signal… 6 Times John
Boehner Clashed With Conservatives, Kate Scanlon
September 25, 2015 - House Speaker John Boehner has announced that he
will resign as speaker and forfeit his congressional seat at the end of
next month. Boehner, R-Ohio, was first elected to Congress in 1990 and
was elected as speaker in 2011. His announcement comes the day after
Pope Francis became the first pope to address a joint session of
Congress at Boehner’s invitation. Here are six times Boehner clashed...
Daily Signal… Report: Four-Day
School Week Leads to Improved Academic Performance,
by Natalie Johnson -- September 16, 2015 -- As Labor Day abruptly
marked the end of summer, arguments for a four-day workweek roiled
across the Internet as a conduit to improved health and a greater
quality of life. But the question of students enjoying a shorter school
week has remained largely off the table because of concerns that an
extended weekend would hurt academic performance. A recent study found
otherwise. Students who attended...
Human Events… Why Don’t These
Candidates Ever Talk about Money? By Lawrence Kudlow
Monday Sep 21, 2015 -- While there were some great moments in the
latest GOP debate, and some terrific individual performances — Carly
Fiorina seemed to grab all the buzz in the aftermath — one thing that
barely came up was the economy. It was very much like the first debate.
The day after the candidates faced off, Fed chair Janet Yellen
announced a stand-pat, no-interest-rate-liftoff policy...
The Daily Signal… Fallen Cop’s
Colleagues Step In to Take His Daughter to Father-Daughter Dance,
Sara Jones - September 18, 2015 - On September 4, a group of six police
officers in Memphis, Tennessee, responded to a different kind of call
for help. Jewel Warren, an eight-year-old native of Memphis, was
invited to a “Father-Daughter” dance at school. Unfortunately, her
father, Tim Warren, a former Memphis police...
Daily Signal… The Idiocy of the
ACLU’s Lawsuit Against a New School Choice Option,
by Ed Feulner -- September 07, 2015 -- Another school year is underway,
and more parents than ever are using school choice to ensure the best
education for their children. Or should I say trying to use it? Some
groups, after all, are trying to thwart them. Who, you ask? Just ask
parents in Nevada. The Silver State is one of five nationwide (along
with Arizona, Mississippi, Florida, and Tennessee)...
|The Daily Signal… How the Supreme Court’s ‘One Person, One
Vote’ Case Could Boost Republican Clout,
by Natalie Johnson -- September 16, 2015 -- The Supreme Court will trek
into a redistricting case this fall that will settle the contested
meaning of the “one person, one vote” principle that has shaped
American elections for over half a century. At hand is whether
electoral districts should continue to be drawn using a state’s total
population, which is the current precedent, or if the system should
shift to account only for eligible voters...
News Radio… Guess who’s coming
to dinner? By Mike Causey
September 4, 2015 - What if your son, daughter or someone you loved,
cherished and wished well brought a surprise date home for
dinner. And you could see sparks flying. Could a mixed
marriage be in the offing? Then, to your surprise, you find out that
he, or she, the date, is a federal government worker. Maybe a
civilian with the Army, Navy or...
|Townhall… Straight Talk or Doublespeak from Trump and
Carson? By S. E. Cupp
Sep 11, 2015 -- "I say what I mean, and I mean what I say. Except when
I don't." This could be the campaign slogan for Republican candidates
Donald Trump and Ben Carson. Both have predicated their presidential
runs on their lack of political experience, which they insist allows
them to speak bluntly and without the manufactured political
correctness of other career politicians beholden to special interest
groups and the Washington establishment...
| The Daily Signal… Like No-Fault Divorce, Gay Marriage Will
Change Our Relationships Culture
- Mark Regnerus - September 06, 2015 - Advocates of same-sex marriage
have often mocked those who assert that a legal alteration in the very
structure of marriage will most certainly affect the institution
itself. Now that the Supreme Court has imposed same-sex marriage on the
entire nation, these competing hypotheses will play out for all to see.
Same-sex marriage does not merely add access for those couples that
Can We Please
Have a Rules-Based Policy? By Larry Kudlow
Sep 05, 2015 -- As stocks endure their worst correction since 2011, and
the battle between Fed doves and hawks rages on over a
quarter-of-a-percentage-point rate liftoff, the much-anticipated August
employment numbers made for a surprisingly mediocre report. Nonfarm
payrolls came in below consensus at 173,000. But private payrolls
increased only 140,000, the smallest gain in five months...
| The Daily Signal… Study: Kids Are Tossing Out the
Government’s Healthy Lunch Program,
Natalie Johnson - September 07, 2015 - The government’s push to mandate
kids to eat healthier is finding its efforts at the bottom of a waste
bin. A study published last week in Public Health Reports found that
while kids may be piling more fruits and vegetables onto their plates
as federal guidelines require, most are just tossing the healthy
additions into the trash. Researcher Sarah Amin found waste more common
Global Warming Field Trip, By Susan Stamper Brown
Sep 04, 2015 -- "Study the past if you would divine the future." –
Confucius. President Obama told some whoppers the size of Mt. McKinley
(I mean Denali) about global warming while he was here in Alaska. At a
climate change conference in Anchorage, Obama attempted to scare the
long-johns off Alaskans he obviously thinks are stupid when he
predicted coming "submerged countries, abandoned cities...
| The Daily Signal… Judge Orders Kim Davis Released From Jail,
September 08, 2015 - A judge has ordered that Rowan County Clerk Kim
Davis be released from jail on the condition that she does not try to
prevent her office from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
According to U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning’s order, issued
Tuesday, “the Court’s prior contempt sanction against Defendant Davis
is hereby lifted.” The order states that since the plaintiffs “have...
Daily Signal… Maryland Police
Officer’s Act of Kindness Goes Viral, Leah Jessen
September 03, 2015 - Thanks to social media, one chivalrous act in
Maryland has touched far more people than originally intended. Last
Wednesday, Police Corporal Che Atkinson was notified that a woman and
her small child were sitting outside the Hyattsville City Police
Department in Prince George’s County. According to WUSA9...
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