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Townhall… Ferguson Shows Blacks Live in a Different America, by Steve Chapman
Aug 17, 2014 - Fifty years ago this summer, President Lyndon Johnson signed the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964. Back then, it was reasonable to expect that by 2014, America would be a fully integrated nation in which equality prevailed. But as the events in Ferguson, Mo., dramatize, the country still resembles what a presidential commission described in 1968: "two societies, one black, one white -- separate and unequal." There is a big difference
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< Federal News Radio… Office Attire: The end isn't near, it's here! By Mike Causey
Tuesday - 8/12/2014 - Sent with this comment from a CNO reader: “Casual Friday” has taken on a whole new meaning in recent years. My husband sees fashion statements from tourists daily.  One recent eye-popper was a visitor in red, white and blue Bermuda shorts and a green and yellow shirt.  I haven’t been down there recently just to pull up a bench to observe the fashion parade.  I’m long overdue... Now, to the column: When federal agencies switched to "casual" dress Fridays decades ago, they
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Townhall… Will ISIS Attack the United States? By Katie Pavlich
Aug 11, 2014 - As the extremely radical terror group the Islamic State, better known as ISIS, continues its march on Iraq and mass slaughter of Christians, many are asking the question: Will ISIS strike inside the United States? According to experts, and ISIS itself, it's a possibility and steps must be taken immediately to prevent it. More from CNN: Within hours of U.S. military jets and drones conducting a strike on ISIS artillery that had been used against
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The Daily Signal… Obama’s Iraq Problem Just Got a Lot Worse, James Carafano
August 10, 2014 - According to news reports, Iraqi prime minister Nuri al-Maliki has ordered Iraqi military forces to seize government buildings. The move comes in the wake of an ongoing dispute over forming a new government. After an Islamist insurgency over ran large swathes of Iraq, there was an effort to replace Maliki with a “unity” government that would enjoy broader support and deal more effectively with the crisis. If Maliki chooses to rule without the support of
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Townhall… How Barack Obama Killed Tax Reform in Its Infancy, by Donald Lambro
Aug 08, 2014 - WASHINGTON - There's a much bigger, largely untold story behind the renewed debate over U.S. corporations who merge with foreign firms to reduce their federal tax bills. The latest chapter in the story concerns Walgreen, the nation's largest drugstore chain, which plans to go ahead with a cash and stock purchase of a Swiss company that could have resulted in a big tax cut on its corporate profits
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The Daily Signal… Most of Government’s Own Watchdogs Say They’re Stonewalled, by Melissa Quinn
August 07, 2014 - More than half of the federal government’s inspectors general have joined to lodge a formal complaint that the Obama administration places “serious limitations” on their ability to uncover waste, fraud, and abuse. A total of 47 of the 73 government watchdogs sent the unprecedented letter to leaders of two congressional committees, Fox News reported. In their complaint, the inspectors general say
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The Daily Signal… Q&A: How Should the U.S. Respond to New Violence in Iraq? By Steven Bucci
August 08, 2014 - Military expert Steven Bucci, director of the Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation, takes your questions on the current situation in Iraq. Q: What is the U.S. doing in response to the Islamic State’s violence in Iraq? A: The U.S. was again caught by surprise by the insurgent army known as the Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham. Its rapid advance on the Kurdish capital of Erbil and threat to kill
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Townhall… Murder in Rio Grande Valley: 'This Is Coming to a Town Near You', Michelle Malkin - Aug 06, 2014 - The voice on the other end of the line is exasperated. "It's insane," he wants America to know. "We're in a war zone." And there's no room for apathy. "This is coming to a town near you," he warns. The man on the phone is a veteran of the Department of Homeland Security who works in South Texas. He reached out to me Monday night in the wake of an off-duty U.S. Border Patrol agent's horrific... read more
Townhall… How the Media Craft Victory for Hamas, by Ben Shapiro
Aug 06, 2014 - On Tuesday, CNN's Wolf Blitzer hosted Hamas spokesman Osama Hamden. The week before, Hamdan labeled Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "a new image of Hitler" on the network. But now, for some reason, Blitzer stumbled into a random act of journalism: He asked Hamdan about comments he had made suggesting that Jews used Christian blood in matza. Hamdan stumbled around and blamed the Jews for their action in Gaza. Blitzer called Hamdan's comments an
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Patriot Voices… ICYMI: Santorum: Bury CRPD Once and for All
Former Senator Authors Op-ed in Roll Call Against U.N. Disabilities Treaty -- Verona, PA -- Former U.S. Senator, former Republican presidential candidate, chairman of Patriot Voices and author of Blue Collar Conservatives Rick Santorum authored an opinion piece in Roll Call discussing his opposition to the United Nation Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Senator Santorum and Patriot Voices were instrumental in stopping
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The Daily Signal… Unions Lose and the Public Wins Big in Wisconsin, Hans von Spakovsky and James Sherk - August 04, 2014 - Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin had quite a good day on July 31 when the state supreme court upheld not only Wisconsin’s voter ID law, but also the 2011 budget legislation that severely curtailed the power of public unions to control the lives and salaries of state and municipal government employees. In Madison Teachers, Inc. v. Walker, a majority of the court overturned a lower court decision that had enjoined various parts of the law and upheld it in its entirety... read more
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The Daily Signal… Could You Soon Lose Your Job to a Robot?, James Sherk
August 03, 2014 - As senior policy analyst in labor economics at The Heritage Foundation, James Sherk researches ways to promote competition and mobility in the workforce rather than erect barriers that prevent workers from getting ahead. Is the increasing automation of our economy a threat to American wages and jobs? Should the American worker fear the rise of the
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The Daily Signal… Green Group Under Scrutiny for Trespassing, Harassment at Woman’s Farm, Kevin Mooney -- July 24, 2014 -- Robert Marmet knew he was supposed to inspect Martha Boneta’s farm, but he didn’t know exactly what for. He knew there were limits on what he could inspect, but he had no idea where they were. So when Marmet, a senior energy policy analyst with the Piedmont Environmental Council, and his partner Mike Kane, a conservation officer with the group, turned up June 12 to inspect Boneta’s Liberty Farm in... read more
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The Daily Signal… In IRS Emails, Lois Lerner Calls Conservatives ‘Crazies’ and… Worse, by Melissa Quinn -- July 30, 2014 - IRS division chief Lois Lerner, the central figure in the tax agency’s targeting scandal, uses a vulgar anatomical expletive to refer to conservatives in newly released official emails and, again referring to conservatives, writes that it’s not foreign terrorists but “our own crazies that will take us down.” House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., details the emails from Lerner, then head of the... read more
The Daily Signal… Marriage Won’t End Poverty. But It Will Help (A Lot). Rachel Sheffield
July 31, 2014 - Marriage isn’t the answer to poverty. That’s the argument made last week in The New Republic by Carter Price, who asserts conservatives are too preoccupied with marriage in anti-poverty efforts. Price takes particular issue with a Harvard study by Raj Chetty and colleagues that suggests children, regardless of whether they come from a single- or married-parent family, have greater social mobility when raised in a community with a higher share
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The Daily Signal… Bachmann at the Border: ‘Bills Don’t Stop the Problem’ by Josh Siegel
July 31, 2014 - Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., traveled to the Texas border with Mexico last weekend to get a close-up look of the border crisis. In an exclusive on-camera interview with The Daily Signal, Bachmann describes what she saw, supported by video and photos that she shot with her iPhone. Among images Bachmann caught on video during her “eye-opening” visit with Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa: Smugglers, called coyotes, bringing a pregnant woman across the Rio Grande
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The Daily Signal… Our Daughter Was Born With Cystic Fibrosis. We Can’t Imagine Life Without Her. By Mary Vought & Russ Vought -- July 30, 2014 -- A medical exam room is where most parents are presented with “their options” regarding life. It’s where they are overwhelmed with the unpleasant diagnoses that their unborn child has a life threatening genetic disorder. And, it’s where they are first presented with the challenges and trials that will mark their child’s entire time on earth. But, it’s also where God’s blessings are revealed... read more
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The Daily Signal… If Conservatives Try to Impeach Obama, He’ll Have the Last Laugh, by Genevieve Wood - July 29, 2014 - Does President Obama want to be impeached? Well, no. But he and his political chieftains apparently want voters to think that Republicans are scheming on how to impeach him. Every failed political leader and movement need a straw man and as November approaches, liberal politicos want to paint various Republican statements and efforts to curtail Obama’s “phone and pen” strategy as a precursor to impeachment... read more
Townhall… Stunning Setback to Obamacare, Phyllis Schlafly
Jul 29, 2014 - Obamacare has proven again to be the biggest legislative failure in history, with last week's ruling that its subsidies are illegal. These subsidies induced some 5 million Americans to sign up for Obamacare but are prohibited by law as held by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in Halbig v. Burwell. This humiliation to the Obama administration was a devastating setback to legislation already disfavored by a 59-40 percent margin
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Townhall… Keep Your Guns at Home: Stay Granted in Washington D.C. Carry Case, Katie Pavlich - Jul 29, 2014 - The ability for citizens, D.C. residents and outsiders alike, to carry a handgun open or concealed in Washington D.C. didn't last long. Just days after Federal Judge Frederick Scullin knocked down Washington D.C.'s complete carry ban as unconstitutional, he has issued a 90-day stay in the case. More from the Washington Times: The order issued by U.S. District Court... read more
The Daily Signal… Can the House of Representatives Sue Obama for Not Executing the Law? By Elizabeth Slattery -- July 28, 2014 -- Elizabeth Slattery writes about the rule of law, the proper role of the courts, civil rights and equal protection, and the scope of constitutional provisions such as the Commerce Clause and the Recess Appointments Clause as a legal fellow in the Heritage Foundation’s Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, believes he has the key to reining in the executive branch: suing President Barack Obama for not faithfully... read more
The Daily Signal… Obamacare Official Gets Ethics Waiver as Former Company Faces Scrutiny, by Melissa Quinn; July 23, 2014 - Andrew Slavitt, a former executive at the technology company tasked with saving HealthCare.gov and current second-in-command at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, was granted an ethics waiver by the Department of Health and Human Services to begin working with his former company immediately. The waiver was granted despite Republican lawmakers’ concerns about Slavitt’s potential conflict of interest. The Daily Signal revealed those concerns in a story yesterday... read more
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Business Insider… Army Medal Of Honor Hero Breaks The Gavel At The New York Stock Exchange, by Paul Szoldra; Jul. 23, 2014 -- Boy, they sure don't make those New York Stock Exchange gavels like they used to. Former Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts was on hand Wednesday to close out the day at the NYSE, but the gavel ended up breaking on his third strike. He was a bit surprised. Pitts, who was medically discharged from the Army in 2009, received the nation's highest award on Monday for his part in fending off a... read more
Daily Signal… Less Than 1% of Obama’s ‘Emergency’ Border Funds Would Be Spent This Year, by David Inserra -- July 22, 2014 -- Romina Boccia focuses on federal spending and the national debt as the Grover M. Hermann fellow in federal budgetary affairs in the Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation. The Congressional Budget Office has released its score on how President Barack Obama’s $4.3 billion emergency request on immigration will be spent. The big news? The CBO score confirms that the president’s $4.3 billion emergency request is not warranted. CBO reports... read more
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The Daily Signal… Greatest Poverty Eliminator Is a Job, Panel Says, Marguerite Bowling
July 19, 2014 - With June bringing the best jobs report since the recession began, one economist says the time is now to eliminate abject poverty in America and abroad. Speaking recently at a panel at The Heritage Foundation on biblical ways to alleviate poverty, Anne Bradley, a co-editor of “For the Least of These: A Biblical Answer to Poverty,” acknowledged there was a lot of work ahead–2 billion people live on $2 or less per day, she said
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The Daily Signal… John Kerry: ‘Pretty Clear’ Russia Involved in Malaysian Plane Crash, Melissa Quinn - July 20, 2014 - Secretary of State John Kerry confirmed today that pro-Russian separatists were involved in Thursday’s attack on a Malaysia Airlines plane which left 298 dead and said it is “pretty clear” Russia also had a role in the tragic event. He told host Candy Crowley on CNN’s “State of the Union”: It’s pretty clear that this is a system that was transferred from Russia into the hands of separatists. We know with confidence, with confidence, that the Ukrainians did... read more
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Townhall… Cruz in Charge of the Conservative Movement, Erick Erickson
Jul 18, 2014 - In what appears to be the ultimate modern demonstration of "drinking the Kool-Aid," Republicans across the spectrum seem to have entered a pact in sticking together to defend, and even celebrate, campaign tactics predicated on gross voter fraud and manipulation of minority voters. In fact, given recent campaign finance disclosures, it seems
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Townhall… Gaza, Ukraine, Border Crises Have Roots In a Weakened America, by Mark Davis
Jul 18, 2014 -- When this week began, it was hard to imagine a story knocking our collapsing borders from the front of our minds. But in the span of a few hours Thursday, two stories made us hit the pause button on the mounting and proper indignation over the organized (and often secret) government dumping of illegals in our midst. That is still a huge problem, and the one with the most direct effect on the average American citizen. But when TV screens began streaming images of the Ukraine wreckage
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The Daily Signal… Young Boy Takes On City Council…and Wins, by Jordan Richardson
Call it a victory for common sense. City officials in Leawood, Kan., have reversed course after ordering a 9-year-old boy to tear down the little free library he built in his front yard for Mother’s Day. Late last Monday night, after Spencer Collins had appeared before the Leawood City Council to advocate for permission to share his love of reading books with his neighbors, the Council unanimously approved a temporary measure that would
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Townhall Finance… Six Astounding Examples of Left-Wing Hypocrisy, by Daniel J. Mitchell
Jul 19, 2014 -- Last month, I nailed Bill and Hillary Clinton for their gross hypocrisy on the death tax. But that’s just one example. Today, we’re going to experience a festival of statist hypocrisy. We have six different nauseating examples of political elitists wanting to subject ordinary people to bad policy while self-exempting themselves from similar burdens. Our first three examples are from the world of taxation. Here are some excerpts from a Washington Times report about a billionaire donor who is
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Townhall… Nanny State Targets Grocery Stores, by Leah Barkoukis
Jul 18, 2014 -- After having made her mark on school lunches, you know, replacing mac n’ cheese for quinoa salad thereby leaving kids across the nation hungry and unhappy, first lady Michelle Obama is moving on to bigger and better things, it seems. Via The Washington Free Beacon: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is suggesting major changes to grocery stores to “nudge” Americans to purchase healthier foods when they shop
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Townhall… Poll: GOP Approval of Supreme Court Up 21 Percent, Kara Jones
Jul 14, 2014 - According to a Gallup poll released today, Republican support for the Supreme Court has increased 21 percentage points since September of last year. Partisan views have flipped since the beginning of the High Court’s term last October. GOP approval has increased from a mere 30 percent to a majority of 51 percent. On the other hand, Democrats approval is down 14 points, falling from 58 percent to 44 percent. This is notable considering the
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The Daily Signal… This School District Just Banned Cupcakes. And Candy. Eric Boehm
July 13, 2014 - A school district in Washington state is determined to make school more healthy and less fun. Edmonds School District, in the suburbs south of Seattle, has approved a ban on cupcakes, candy and other sweet treats children typically bring to school to celebrate their birthdays. Instead, district officials say kids should distribute pencils to their classmates
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The Daily Signal… In Undercover Videos, Planned Parenthood Suggests Sadistic Sex to Teen Girls, by Kelsey Harkness -- “Choking,” “whipping,” and “tying up” are a few of the sadistic sexual behaviors Planned Parenthood staffers in Denver were caught on camera promoting to underage girls as part of Obamacare-supported “sex education” inside their facilities. Today, in two undercover videos released by the pro-life group Live Action, counselors  for Planned Parenthood are seen offering advice about “BDSM”— a practice  in which sexual partners beat, lash, or otherwise inflict pain on each other — to... read more
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The Daily Signal… The GOP’s Healthy Debate: It Makes Us All Better, Mike Needham
July 14, 2014 - If you want to see people who are afraid of an honest policy debate in America today, visit a college campus. This year alone, the left’s fear of discussion was on display at Smith College, where IMF head Christine Lagarde withdrew from giving a commencement speech, Rutgers University, where Condoleezza Rice was set to speak, and Brandeis University
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The Daily Signal… That Study Showing Kids With Same-Sex Parents Fare Better? Yeah, the Media Left a Few Details Out, by Katrina Trinko -- July 10, 2014 -- There’s been no shortage of media coverage of a new study that purportedly shows that children raised by same-sex partners fare better than other children. “Children of same-sex couples are happier and healthier than peers, research shows,” was the headline of a Washington Post story. “Largest-ever study of same-sex couples’ kids finds they’re... read more
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MSN.com… Obama pays up after jumping queue
At Franklin's, a famed barbecue joint in Texas, pushing to the front of the line will cost you. President Barack Obama learned this lesson the hard way on Thursday when he stepped into the meat-lovers paradise in Austin. The line for food at the restaurant can reputedly sometimes be two or three hours. But the president -- exercising the prerogatives of his office -- apologetically jumped the queue. He did however offer to stump up
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Federal News Radio… What happened to all of the young federal employees?
Commentary by Jeff Neal - Friday 7/11/2014 - In 2009, there were 233,759 federal employees under age 30 - now there are 176,533. In 2009, there were 224,775 employees age 60 and over. Now there are more than 268,000 and the number is growing. What happened? Why is the workforce getting older? Should we even care? After all, older employees are often more experienced, more stable in their careers, and likely to continue to work for a number of years. The
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Townhall… Tea Party: Learn From Al Gore, Ann Coulter
Jul 09, 2014 - Chris McDaniel, candidate for the U.S. Senate from Mississippi, lost the Republican runoff to incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran last month, and now he is being led down a primrose path to political oblivion. McDaniel's passionate supporters think that a moment of crisis for the country is a good time to treat control of the Senate as if it's a prom queen election. Hoping for yet a
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The Daily Signal… Organization Pushes for Ballot Referendum on Seattle $15 Minimum Wage, Philip Wegmann -- July 07, 2014 - In Seattle, a grassroots organization has submitted a petition complete with nearly 20,000 signatures— well above the 16,000 signature prerequisite, calling for a ballot referendum to repeal the city’s minimum wage hike, which will eventually increase the hourly wage to $15 an hour. On Wednesday, Seattle Forward, a non-partisan coalition of local business owners and citizens, delivered a referendum request they hope will qualify their measure for a popular vote during the... read more
The Daily Signal… What Obama Has Wrong on Climate Change, Brett Schaefer & Nicolas Loris
July 06, 2014 - President Barack Obama again sought to make the case to the American people for “dealing with the rapidly growing threat of climate change” last month, in a speech to the League of Conservation Voters. Right up front he said that his speech would not have “a lot of spin, just the facts.” When a politician says that, you know to expect the opposite. Obama assured the audience that members of Congress “accept that man-made climate change is real” but
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Watchdog.org… ND workers enjoy high wages despite lack of minimum wage law, By Rob Port, Watchdog.org North Dakota Bureau - June 30, 2014 - HIGH WAGES: During a visit to Williston, North Dakota, University of Michigan economist Mark Perry snapped a photo advertising entry-level jobs at Walmart starting at over $17 per hour. DICKINSON, N.D. — As policymakers in Washington, D.C., debate raising the federal minimum wage, entry-level workers in North Dakota enjoy pay... read more
Townhall… The Clinton Motto: Contempt and Elitism, by Tony Katz
Jul 06, 2014 - As the expression goes, "The apple doesn't fall far from the tree." When it comes to the Clinton Family the apple never fell, and all associations with the tree leave one contemptuous, elitist and complete incapable of relating to real human beings, real life and reality. The associations can be wide reaching, like the entire Democrat party. Only the Democrats, who claim to champion women's rights, could think of former President Bill Clinton as a hero. President Clinton was a national embarrassment
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Townhall Finance… Further Look at Employment: Seasonally Adujsted Decline of 523,000 Over Last Month, Mike Shedlock - Jul 06, 2014 -- Initial Reaction: On the surface, this appeared to be a very strong jobs report from both the household survey and establishment survey perspective. The establishment survey reported a gain of 288,000 jobs while the household survey sported a gain in employment of 407,000. In addition, May was revised up from +217,000 to + 224,000, and April revised up from +282,000 to +304,000. Digging deeper into the... read more
Townhall… Culture Challenge of the Week: Tyrannical Rule versus Independence, by Rebecca Hagelin
Jul 03, 2014 - At some point in every man’s life, he hears a voice of conscience (perhaps it is a faint whisper from God Himself) urging him to break loose from the suffocating bonds of lust or fear, which hold him against his will in either the endless search for more—more wealth, more excitement, more control—or the legalistic monotony of what some might call “religion.” When a man hears that voice, he often thinks he knows what it will take to break free, yet simultaneously feels as though he
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Townhall… The Wrong Type of Values, by Erick Erickson
Jul 04, 2014 - When the rights of individuals clash, both sides should be willing to step back and recognize that both have rights. When in conflict, neither side is truly winning nor losing. Each gets their rights and can disagree. But the political left in America has decided its rights and values are the only acceptable ones in our republic. That they lost in the Supreme Court this past week has sent liberals in America on a weeklong hysterical binge of fact
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Townhall… On Every Big Issue, Obama's Presidency is Found Wanting, Donald Lambro
Jul 04, 2014 - WASHINGTON - Republicans have a wealth of political issues that will dominate the 2014 midterm election races and determine their outcome. The national news media has done its best to try to bury these issues, play them down or sugar coat them, but the American people know better. They have persistently put these issues at or near the top of every voter poll in the last six years of Barack Obama's scandal-ridden, trouble-plagued administration. It's hard
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The Daily Signal… ‘We Have Not Forgotten’: Presidents on the Fourth of July, Kelsey Harkness
July 04, 2014 - In a letter to his wife Abigail the day before the American colonies publicly justified their independence from Great Britain, John Adams predicted the occasion would be celebrated as “the great anniversary festival” for years to come. Of the birth of a new nation in July 1776, the future second president of the United States wrote, “the day ought to be solemnized
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The Daily Signal… Today the Supreme Court Protected Religious Freedom
By Sarah Torre and Elizabeth Slattery - You don’t have to agree with Hobby Lobby or share its owners’ opposition to abortion to recognize that the government should not be able to force Americans to set aside their deeply held beliefs simply because they go into business. Thankfully, the Supreme Court agreed and upheld the right of Americans to live and work according to their convictions in a 5- 4 decision today. In Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, the justices ruled the government will not be able to
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Cato Institute… Celebrating Independence Day’s Principles, By Roger Pilon
On the 4th of July we celebrate our nation’s birth, announced to the world some 228 years ago through a remarkable document: the Declaration of Independence. In that document the Founders set forth both the reasons that impelled them to independence and, more important, the moral vision that has inspired us, and millions more around the world, ever since. Individual liberty, secured by limited government: that is its essence. Too often today
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The Daily Signal… IRS Admits Wrongdoing, to Pay $50,000 in Leaking of Marriage Group’s Tax Return, by Ken McIntyre -- June 24, 2014 - Two years after activists for same-sex marriage obtained the confidential tax return and donor list of a national group opposed to redefining marriage, the Internal Revenue Service has admitted wrongdoing and agreed to settle the resulting lawsuit. The Daily Signal has learned that, under a consent judgment today, the IRS agreed to pay $50,000 in damages to the National Organization for... read more
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Townhall… Obama Likes Secrets, Including Yours, Steve Chapman
Jun 29, 2014 - The surprising thing about the Supreme Court's decision on police searches of cellphones was its unanimity. Aligned on the same side of a major law enforcement issue were liberal and conservative justices who normally fight like cats and dogs. All agreed that it's intolerable to let cops ransack the voluminous contents of mobile phones. Who could disagree? Well, cops, of course
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Federal News Radio… Feds and middle-class workers, By Mike Causey
6/26/2014 - Senior Correspondent Mike Causey is on vacation. This is the first in a series of guest columns written by Federal Report readers. Today's column is from federal employee, David A. Middle class workers represent the largest number of jobs in the country. Feds are no different than middle-class workers in many ways. The value of their wages are being diminished over time. They have relatively no union protections. And health benefits are taking more out of their pockets. They are beginning
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Patriot Voices… Today's Ruling a Tremendous Victory for our Freedom of Conscience, by Rick Santorum; 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 Supreme Court's ruling on Burwell v. Hobby Lobby: "The Supreme Court's ruling on Obamacare's contraception mandate is a tremendous victory for our freedom of conscience. I'm proud of the Green and Hahn families for holding... read more
The Daily Signal… GAO Report: U.S. Embassies at Risk Because Of Security Gaps, by Helle Dale
June 27, 2014 - Security at U.S. diplomatic posts is falling short, and Benghazi is only the most visible example. A new report on “Diplomatic Security” by the Government Accountability Office — GAO-14-655 — demonstrates the problem is systemic, leaving U.S. personnel serving overseas at unnecessary risk. At a time of rising security threats from metastasizing Al Qaeda spinoffs and other terrorist groups, this problem must be addressed immediately at the State Department
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The Daily Signal… More Pushback: Tennessee Quits Common Core Aligned Test, by Jillian Frost
June 25, 2014 - Tennessee has removed itself from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers testing consortium aligned to the Common Core national education standards, joining the ranks of 18 other states pushing back against Common Core. Gov. Bill Haslam, Commissioner of Education Kevin Huffman and the chair of the state board of education, Fielding Rolston, sent a letter to PARCC CEO Laura Slover
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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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Heritage Foundation… Why You Should Be Alarmed About Marijuana Legalization, Rob Bluey
May 30, 2014 - Marijuana legalization poses a significant health risk to America’s youth—and many parents have no clue about the consequences, says a former Obama administration drug policy adviser. “Today’s marijuana is not the marijuana of the ‘60s, ‘70s or ‘80s. It’s five to 15 times stronger,” Kevin Sabet said in an exclusive interview with The Foundry. “I think a lot of Baby Boomers
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Heritage Foundation… Michelle Obama Is Ignoring the Problems Her New School Lunch Standards Have Caused, Daren Bakst - May 30, 2014 - Yesterday in an op-ed, First Lady Michelle Obama attacked the House of Representatives for considering giving some schools a one-year reprieve from complying with the new school lunch requirements. In a New York Times column on her Let’s Move initiative, Obama addressed several issues but sidestepped acknowledging key problems that have been identified with the school lunch program. For example, she doesn’t... read more
Heritage Foundation… A Jail Sentence for Selling Hot Dogs? By Evan Bernick
May 23, 2014 - It should be obvious that throwing people in jail for selling hot dogs is profoundly un-American. But in the state of North Carolina, it could happen to you. In fact, it has already happened. In 2011, a judge sentenced Steven Pruner to 45 days in the custody of Durham County’s sheriff. His sin? Selling dogs from a food cart near Duke University Medical Center. In case you’re wondering, no, Pruner’s dogs didn’t make anyone sick. But Pruner sold food without a license. And, under North
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Human Events… Democrats try to run out the clock on the VA scandal, By John Hayward    
5/23/2014 - It’s comically obvious that the Democrats (and their good buddy, “independent” socialist Bernie Sanders of Vermont) are fully committed to the Obama Scandal Damage Control playbook over the VA outrage.  They’re going to try to drag this thing out for months, and hope the public loses interest.  The delaying tactics are painfully obvious.  In one voice, everyone from President Obama
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Heritage Foundation… School Car Wash Fundraisers Banned in Virginia County
By Eric Boehm, May 24, 2014 - For years, car washes have been a fundraising staple for high school sports teams, marching bands and youth groups. Just get some kids together with buckets and soap, rent out a parking lot, put up a sign and hope it doesn’t rain. But in Arlington, Va., you also have to hope the government doesn’t catch you. Charity car washes and car wash fundraisers are now banned on school property there, after the Department of Environmental Services issued new rules for
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Heritage Foundation… Worth Dying For, by James Carafano
May 26, 2014 - For myself and many other veterans, Memorial Day is encapsulated in one unforgettable experience. That moment for me was while I was still in uniform and teaching at West Point. I took a group of cadets on a study tour of the battlefields at Normandy. We walked the grounds of the U.S. cemetery overlooking the bluffs at Omaha Beach. The crosses and Stars of David trace perfect lines across the rolling grassy knolls — row
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Heritage Foundation… Texas Is Booming With New Jobs and 'Dirt Cheap' Energy. Why Are Some People Still Naysayers? Josh Shepherd - May 25, 2014 - Texas is getting under some people’s skin. Its population is growing. Its people are becoming more prosperous. It is creating both billionaires and employing more minimum-wage workers than any other state. Its energy sector has thrived—year-over-year drilling has doubled so far in 2014, with 10,000 new wells drilled just since January. Its technology corridor now extends for hundreds of miles along I-35. Texas is... read more
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Heritage Foundation… IRS Holds Off -- for Now -- on Rules to Restrict Political Groups
Amy Payne - May 23, 2014 - Any day that the Obama administration halts its regulatory overreach is a good day – even if it won’t last forever. Yesterday, the IRS announced it would hold off until next year on new rules that would have restricted the activities of nonprofit groups. The administration had been working on these behind the scenes since last year. But after the agency’s targeting of
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Townhall… Coming Obamacare Attraction: Summertime "Premium Hike Drumbeat" by Guy Benson
May 23, 2014 - The Hill previews healthcare consumers' upcoming summer slog, and it isn't pretty for Democrats: States are nailing down dates to release 2015 premium costs under ObamaCare, and their decisions will guarantee a drumbeat of news about rate hikes all the way to the November midterm elections. Democrats are bracing for grim headlines that could put the unpopular law back at the forefront of voters’ minds. Premiums are expected to go up in a majority of states, as
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Townhall… The Top 5 Things Graduating Students Need To Hear Before They Go Into The Real World, by John Hawkins - May 24, 2014 - All across America at this time of year, there are high school and college students graduating from our education system and heading into the real world. Here's a little advice for them from outside the liberal cocoon their teachers have weaved over the last few years. 1) You were not born special: Everyone is not a winner. Everyone is not a good person. Everyone doesn't deserve to have high self-esteem... read more
TPNN… New Emails Reveal Obama White House Worked on Concocting Benghazi Lie DURING the Attacks, By Matthew Burke - May 23, 2014 - House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa said on Thursday that the Obama White House was contacting YouTube owner Google during the Benghazi terrorist attacks, working on the false narrative even before Americans were out of harm’s way and before the intelligence community... read more
Townhall… House Democrat: Obama's Press Conference on VA Scandal Wasn't Good Enough - By Daniel Doherty, May 22, 2014 - We wrote up the president’s uninspiring press conference yesterday. In essence, he called for a series of investigations after numerous and sundry allegations surfaced that corruption and malfeasance is rampant at the VA. He also announced that Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki would stay on, and help with those ongoing efforts. The problem? Even his fellows Democrats aren’t impressed. Indeed, his wooden and emotionless response is provoking all sorts of... read more
Heritage Foundation… Saving for Retirement -- Without the Government, by Amy Payne
May 19, 2014 - We can all agree that it’s good for Americans to save for retirement. But should the government expand from providing old-age entitlement benefits to controlling personal retirement investments as well? Whether you want to or not, we’re forced to pay into Social Security and Medicare. But today’s working Americans don’t have the guarantee that these programs will be there to carry us through retirement. Why? The taxes we’re paying now are supporting today’s retirees – not
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Santorum Slams DCCC for Calling War Veteran Lee Zeldin a Coward; Patriot Voices PAC Endorses Zeldin for Congress in NY-1 - 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 about the Democratic Campaign Congressional Committee's (DCCC) attack on Lee Zeldin in his run for Congress in New York's first Congressional district. "This is an unbelievably egregious attack on an American... read more
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Blue Collar Conservatives… Wall Street Journal and National Review Offer Praise for Rick Santorum's Blue Collar Conservatives - Verona, PA - In case you missed it, both The Wall Street Journal and National Review offered praise for former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum's book Blue Collar Conservatives.  Below are excerpts from each article: From The Wall Street Journal's Gerald Seib: Republicans already obsessing about the 2016 presidential sweepstakes have paid little attention so far to Rick Santorum. That's a mistake...It is a... read more
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Heritage Foundation… 9 Obamacare Predictions That Have Come True, by Robert Moffit
May 5, 2014 - It directly affects the personal life of every American, and it controls or regulates a complex sector of the American economy that is slightly larger than the entire economy of France. If you guessed Obamacare, you’ve been paying attention for the past four years. Four years ago, many health policy analysts, including those at The Heritage Foundation, predicted some of the effects this law would have on Americans. These
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Heritage Foundation… Terrorists Who Kidnap Little Girls, Amy Payne
May 14, 2014 - Parents and relatives of kidnapped schoolgirls react during a protest over the Nigerian government's failure to rescue the abducted girls. Americans have increasingly been pulled into the frightening story of more than 250 schoolgirls in Nigeria who were kidnapped by terrorist group Boko Haram. People around the world have watched and prayed and helped spread awareness of
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Policymic… 21 Things Politicians Love to Say — And What They Really Mean, By David Ludwig
If you've listened to more than one campaign speech, press conference or prime time address, you've likely noticed that politicians' vocabularies have become strangely limited. While our elected officials attempt to solve some of America's most difficult problems, their discourse has descended into something between Morse code and picture book. Here are just a few of our politicians' very favorite catchphrases and what they really mean. 1. We need stronger leadership in Washington, D.C. -- I've always
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Redstate… Nebraska and the Status Quo, By Erick Erickson
May 12th, 2014 - The Nebraska Republican primary draws near and the race is clear test of whether Republicans support the status quo. As Shane Osborn collapses in the Senate polling and Ben Sasse’s lead grows, some Republicans are flirting with Sid Dinsdale. Dinsdale claims to be a “life long” Republican, with a pattern of giving to Democrats. He’s a pretty good example of a crony
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Investors.com… Americans Need To Wake Up To Green Movement's Radicalism, By Stephen Moore
5/2/14 - Can Opinion Turn Against Not-So-Jolly Green Giant? How much of a toll on the American economy does the green movement have to charge before Americans start to wake up to the dastardliness of radical environmentalism? Last month we saw firsthand one impact of Big Green on our economy with the White House announcement that the Keystone XL pipeline won't be built for at least six more months. Ten thousand blue collar jobs, almost all paying more than $50,000 a year, down the drain
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Townhall Finance… Google Tells Conservative News Website to Take a Hike, Michael Schaus
May 09, 2014 - The Conservative oriented website dedicated to aggregating news from around the world-wide-interwebs, Weasel Zippers, has just lost its primary funding source because… Well… It’s kinda hard to say. According to the site, Google AdSense (an add generator produced by the infamously liberal corporation in Silicon Valley) has cancelled its agreement with the website because of apparent violations to their terms of use. According to Google, the conservative news site has
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Townhall… Democrats' Latest Idea: Send One Person to Help With Benghazi Investigation, Katie Pavlich - May 09, 2014 - Will Democrats actively participate in the Benghazi Select Committee? At this point, who knows. When Speaker John Boehner announced he would form the Committee last weeks, Democrats threatened to boycott altogether by refusing to participate. Then, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi demanded the Committee be split equally between Democrats and Republicans, despite... read more
Townhall… Why the GOP is So Divided, by Steve Deace
May 10, 2014 - The following is an excerpt from the new book “Rules for Patriots: How Conservatives Can Win Again.” Several times during the 2012 campaign I had newspaper reporters from across the country contact me for my take on what Mitt Romney has to do to rally his base for the general election. I always told them they were asking the wrong question. The question isn’t whether or not Romney would be able to successfully rally his base—the question is whether or not he actually wants to
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D.C. Gets a New Obamacare Tax, by Marguerite Bowling
May 6, 2014 - The District of Columbia’s legislative body voted today to give its health exchange the power to tax any health-related insurance product sold in the city. The D.C. Council, in a unanimous vote, approved the emergency tax measure to help the D.C. Health Benefit Exchange Authority run the online insurance exchange set up under the national health law known as Obamacare, The Washington Post reported. The D.C. bill
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Heritage Foundation… The Benghazi Select Committee Has Been Established. Why That's a Good Thing. Helle Dale - May 9, 2014 - On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted, 232-186, to establish an investigative Select Committee on Benghazi. The committee, which will consist of seven Republicans and five Democrats, is a welcome if overdue step toward getting to the truth about the terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2012, which left four Americans dead, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. The committee was established with bipartisan support... read more
Federal News Radio… Federal government as an employer -- Is the glass half full or half empty?
Monday - 5/5/2014 - Commentary by Jeff Neal - This column was originally published on Jeff Neal's blog, ChiefHRO.com, and was republished here with permission from the author. Now that OPM is sending out the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, it is a good time to talk about the government as an employer. The U.S. government has its share of critics — both inside and out. We also talk about how federal employees have been treated in recent years, with pay freezes, fed
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Heritage Foundation… 9 Obamacare Predictions That Have Come True, Robert Moffit
May 5, 2014 - It directly affects the personal life of every American, and it controls or regulates a complex sector of the American economy that is slightly larger than the entire economy of France. If you guessed Obamacare, you’ve been paying attention for the past four years. Four years ago, many health policy analysts, including those at The Heritage Foundation, predicted some of the effects
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Regulations take $1.8 trillion bite out of economy, By: Christine Hall  
5/5/2014 - The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) this week released its annual Ten Thousand Commandments report on the size and scope of federal regulations. According to the report, federal regulations took a $1.863 trillion bite out of the U.S. economy in 2013. The report aims to establish a baseline for the largely unknown “hidden tax” of the U.S. regulatory state, since more than 99 percent of federal regulations are never subjected to cost-benefit analysis. “Federal agencies crank out thousands
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Townhall… Contempt Vote Coming Down on Lerner, by Katie Pavlich
May 05, 2014 - The House of Representatives will vote this week on whether to hold former head of tax exempt groups at the IRS Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress. Back in April, the House Oversight Committee voted to hold Lerner in Contempt after she plead the Fifth for a second time in March. Many lawmakers argue Lerner waived her Fifth Amendment rights the first time she testified the first time last year due to making an opening statement
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GOP Politics… The Roots of Obama's Foreign Policy Troubles, The White House Dossier
President Obama’s foreign policy is a disaster. He cruised along for awhile, but then the rest of the world figured him out and started taking matters into their own hands, for which the Devil has made ample use. And now, as everyone can see, we’re in deep doodoo in every corner of the globe. Here’s why: 1. Obama never cared about foreign policy. The president came into office with one thing in mind: To “fundamentally transform” the United States into a a kind of Northern Cuba where he could
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WND… Now teachers revolt over Common Core tests
'Our professional judgment dictates that we cannot participate in this assessment' - By Leo Hohmann - Teachers at a New York City high school fired a shot across the bow of the concept of a nationalized education industry Thursday, becoming the first in their state to refuse to administer a standardized test tied to the controversial Common Core national standards. The boycott by teachers at Prospect Heights International School in Brooklyn comes amid a small but growing “opt-out” movement. Thousands
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