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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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