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Federal News Radio… Buyouts, phased retirement: Where have they gone? By Mike Causey
April 29, 2016 -- When you launch a lead submarine, filled with rocks and a screen door to let in the fresh air, it might not be wise to invite CNN or Fox News to cover the event until you see how well the boat dives and if it can surface. Which brings to mind the fate of two of the most innovative and (supposedly popular) federal personnel programs ever started. Buyouts (first offered in the 1990s) and phased retirement, which is out.
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The Daily Signal… A Complex Tax System Prevents Americans From Saving, Rep. Dave Brat & Sen. Jeff Flake - April 19, 2016 - Another tax day has come and passed only to once again remind us of the increasing financial burden that government places on individuals and families each year. Unfortunately, as taxes and onerous regulation continue to increase, the U.S. personal savings rate has decreased to 5.5 percent. Our savings rate was two to three times higher than that in the 1970s and 1980s, with a peak of 17... read more
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Federal News Radio… Words (not) to live by: New Nerd Speak, By Mike Causey
April 18, 2016 -- Every profession, craft, trade and bureaucracy — federal or private sectors — has its own lingo. There is doctortalk, lawyer lingo, psychbabble, geekspeak. Media pundits and politicians definitely speak their own brand of English. Call it New Nerd Speak. While it’s almost certain that most NNS-non speakers don’t have a clue what’s being said, it is entirely possible that some NNS speakers.
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Federal News Radio… Civil service reform should be high on the next president’s to-do list, By Jeff Neal - April 21, 2016 - Civil service reform is badly needed, but for a long time I believed the political situation in Washington made it too risky to attempt. The polarization that infects our political system also infects views of the civil service. To hear some people tell it, civil servants are either saints who can do no wrong, or they are leeches sucking the blood out of America. Federal workers are either underpaid, or they are paid 50, 60... read more
Townhall… “The Jungle Book” Review: A Magical Journey About family, John Hanlon
Apr 18, 2016 - Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book may be a remake of the 1967 animated feature, but it completely stands alone. This is a film that pays tribute to the Rudyard Kipling book while impressing contemporary viewers with breathtaking visuals and a strong cast combined with Favreau’s strong direction and Justin Marks’ methodical script bringing this wonderful tale to life. The story opens with the youthful Mowgli.
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Leave it to Larry! From a CNO reader
Leave it to kids to voice some obvious truisms! Larry may become my new favorite! A new teacher was trying to make use of her psychology courses. She started her class by saying, 'Everyone who thinks they're stupid, stand up!' After a few seconds, Little Larry stood up. The teacher said, 'Do you think you're stupid, Larry?' 'No, ma'am, but.
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The Daily Signal… Corruption Charges in Detroit Schools Spur Calls for Education Reform
By Kristiana Mork -- April 08, 2016 -- Officials are calling for education reform after bribery indictments against Detroit public school officials and a supplier alleged $2.7 million in fraudulent spending, even as Michigan’s governor signed off on nearly $50 million in emergency spending. “Principals are in positions of public trust and have an obligation to act in the best interest of their schools and the children … they represent,” Jarod Koopman.
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The Daily Signal… How Colleges Can Help Fix the Gender Pay Gap, Salim Furth & Anil Niraula - April 12, 2016 - Women in the U.S. earn about 20 percent less than men, on average, mostly because they choose different occupations and tend to work fewer hours and years. Pundits and policymakers should not judge people’s individual decisions. But in the area of college grades, there’s room to improve the information available to young adults... read more
The Daily Signal… Hackers Are Now Locking Computers for Ransom, by Evan McDermott & David Inserra
March 30, 2016 -- At this moment, someone’s computer and personal data are being held hostage. Many have recently become victims of the cyber-tactic known as ransomware, including hospitals, schools, police departments, government agencies, and private citizens. Ransomware is a type of malware that infects a computer hard drive or server and locks down or encrypts the information stored on that particular device.
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Federal News Radio… Pulling the ripcord: Climate, kids or taxes? By Mike Causey
April 5, 2016 - If and when you decide to retire, lots of things will come into play. As in what next? Maybe for 20 or 30 years. A key retirement decision is will you have enough money — once the biweekly paycheck you’ve grown to love and depend on — becomes a much smaller monthly annuity benefit? And there are other issues: Do you want (need) to downsize.
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The Daily Signal… After 15 Years in Prison, One Drug Offender’s Search for Meaning, Josh Siegel - April 04, 2016 - Freedom is pizza, and swimming, but it can also be frustrating, confusing, and not so limitless. “Freedom for me was a little disconcerting because it’s not easy to shed the inmate mentality,” said Dana Bowerman, 45, a recently released federal prisoner. “I felt other, different, less than. I sometimes catch myself thinking, I shouldn’t be here, I shouldn’t be talking to him. I am doing something wrong because I am out here with free. .. read more
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A moral lesson in two stories, From a CNO reader
STORY NUMBER ONE: Many years ago, Al Capone virtually owned Chicago.  Capone wasn't famous for anything heroic.  He was notorious for enmeshing the windy city in everything from bootlegged booze and prostitution to murder. Capone had a lawyer nicknamed "Easy Eddie."  He was Capone's lawyer for a good reason.  Eddie was very good!  In fact, Eddie's skill at legal maneuvering kept.
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Federal News Radio… Reach out & touch someone… By Mike Causey
March 31, 2016 - I once worked at a newspaper — which rhymes with The Washington Post — where the ME (managing editor), a very smart, cool, with-it newsman, once decreed that nobody could use the phrase “well-manicured lawns” in any news story without getting pre-approval from him. It had become so popular, such a crutch, that people were using.
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The Daily Signal… Why I’m Going on the World Race, by Joshua Gill
March 24, 2016 -- In less than two weeks, I’ll be halfway across the world with only a backpack full of belongings. I’ll be on a yearlong mission trip that will take me to three continents and 12 countries. That’s hard to imagine as I sit in my air-conditioned office in Washington, D.C., clad in a suit and tie. The thought of this journey, aptly named “The World Race,” is as baffling as it is exciting for me.
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The Daily Signal… Minimum Wage Hike in DC Will Stifle Job Creation, James Sherk & Anil Niraula - March 17, 2016 - Last summer, the District of Columbia increased its minimum wage to $10.50 an hour, which is currently the highest for any U.S. state or territory. This July, the District’s minimum wage will rise again to $11.50 an hour. Then, on Nov. 8, 2016 D.C. voters may consider an initiative to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020, resulting in even more job losses, while business owners and consumers face higher prices. Whyt... read more
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Federal News Radio… Feds as cheap (easy?) dates, By Mike Causey
March 25, 2016 - Politicians anxious to court federal workers and retirees have an inexpensive way to do it: Ignore them for as long as possible. Then when a really big election year (presidential and congressional) rolls around, like now, get busy. Propose a big pay raise that will get lots of attention without any hope of actually getting to second base. Or maybe.
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The Daily Signal… Lawmakers Want Big Brother to Get a Warrant Before Looking in Your Inbox, by Philip Wegmann -- March 22, 2016 -- If the Email Privacy Act becomes law, the inboxes of millions of Americans will get a security update overnight. The bill would prohibit the government from accessing private email accounts without a warrant. But civil rights and law enforcement advocates remain at odds over the legislation. Proponents say the bill secures privacy rights online while opponents complain it unfairly privileges digital information... read more
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Federal News Radio… You might be a bureaucrat if … By Jeff Neal
March 24, 2016 - A recent Government Executive article quoted Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) saying “nothing makes me angry like hearing a member on the floor of the House use bureaucrat as an epithet.” Bureaucrat is one of those words that can be used as a slur, an epithet and/or an insult, but it can also be used to praise someone who understands.
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Federal News Radio… Why government can’t be Silicon Valley, By Tom Temin
March 23, 2016 - If you want to know the difference between Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C., one way is to understand the life of Andy Grove, the co-founder of Intel. He died Tuesday after battling prostate cancer and Parkinson’s disease. You can read what the company says about Grove, or better, this account by long-time tech observer and writer Michael Malone. By sheer intellectual power, decisiveness and an iron will, Grove.
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The Daily Signal… In Their Own Words: Down Syndrome Across the World, Kristiana Mork
March 19, 2016 - The everyday connections of children born with Down syndrome are highlighted in new video interviews about the lives, friendships, and aspirations of kids across the world. The group Down Syndrome International released the series of video clips to commemorate World Down Syndrome Day this year. “Which three words describe.
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The Daily Signal… A Palm Sunday Convergence of Pro-Life Runners From Across America, by Kevin Mooney -- March 17, 2016 -- When you turn to God after experiencing the raw side of life and run more than 3,700 miles across the entire country, it’s fair to say you’re someone who can endure intense physical, psychological, and emotional trauma. But if you’re Jeff Grabosky, and in you’re in the midst of another long run, you’re not convinced the endurance that served you so well previously... read more
The Daily Signal… 8 Conservative Policies That Will Reduce Poverty, Mark Erste & Rachel Sheffield - March 16, 2016 - According to a new Associated Press/NORC poll, 72 percent of Americans rate “reducing poverty” as “extremely” or “very important.” This includes 62 percent of Republicans, 63 percent of Independents, and 85 percent of Democrats. Further, 62 percent of Americans rate “reforming welfare” as “extremely” or “very important.” Americans are right: It is time for a change. Although the left continues to advocate for... read more
The Daily Signal… Nancy Reagan’s ‘Just Say No’ Campaign Helped Halve Number of Teens on Drugs, Brian Blake - March 11, 2016 - When the Reagans moved into the White House on Jan. 20, 1981, drug use, particularly among teenagers, was hovering near the highest rates ever measured. Of that year’s graduating class, 65 percent had used drugs in their lifetimes, and a remarkable 37 percent were regular drug users. After the upheaval of the 1970s, Americans had chosen in Reagan a strong, optimistic leader to guide them... read more
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The Daily Signal… She Had an Abortion at 15. How It Changed Her Life. Kelsey Harkness
March 07, 2016 - Nona Ellington was 15 years old when she found out she was pregnant. A victim of rape, Ellington felt alone, ashamed, and desperate for help. After a free pregnancy test came back positive, showing that Ellington was five weeks pregnant, she went forward and scheduled an abortion. Around October 1983, Ellington, who was.
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The Daily Signal… Nancy Reagan Was a First Lady for the Ages, by Lee Edwards
March 07, 2016 -- Not since John and Abigail Adams in the early years of the Republic was there a first couple like Ronald and Nancy Reagan, so perfectly joined in heart and mind and soul. He said more than once that he could not imagine life without her. She was his closest and most influential adviser in matters of personnel. When she felt that someone was not serving her husband.
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The Daily Signal… Ben Carson’s ‘Winning Formula’ for a Stronger America. Natalie Johnson
March 04, 2016 - Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson preached cohesion among Americans, encouraging individuals to blend capitalism with compassion to create a “winning formula” that strengthens the nation. “Conservatives should not be ashamed of capitalism,” Carson said Friday before a full house during the annual Conservative Political.
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The Daily Signal… In 7 Quotes, Sen. Ben Sasse Gives History Lesson on American Exceptionalism, Melissa Quinn - March 03, 2016 - Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., believes that the country is in a time of “constitutional crisis,” and he served up a history lesson at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference on the founding fathers and the roots of American exceptionalism and conservatism. Sasse, who has emerged as one of the Senate’s... read more
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Federal News Radio… Do you have the guts to be a stubborn bureaucrat? By Mike Causey
March 2, 2016 -- What’s in a name? Or a label. Sometimes plenty… You don’t call a Marine a soldier! Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but it makes a difference to them. Lots of people (including me) were soldiers, but soldiers are Army. Marines are, well, Marines. Semper Fi! By the same token, you don’t  butter up your boss by saying that, for a girl, she’s really, smart, capable and steady. You just don’t.
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Heritage Foundation… Long-Term Unemployment Remains High Despite Strong February Job Gains, James Sherk - March 04, 2016 - The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ February jobs report showed continued growth in the labor market. The payroll survey reported that employers added 242,000 net new jobs last month. The payroll survey showed unemployment remaining unchanged at 4.9 percent. Even more encouragingly, unemployment stayed flat despite over half a million (+555,000) new workers entering the labor force. In the... read more
The Daily Signal… Colleges Use Tax-Exempt Status to Excuse Restricting Free Speech, Natalie Johnson - March 02, 2016 - “Colleges and universities across the country need to be reminded of their obligation not just to permit, but to protect, the vital free exchange of ideas,” student Alex Atkins said. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters/Newscom) Universities point to the tax code as an excuse to suppress free speech on campuses across the United States, an education rights group told a House panel. Students, professors, and others... read more
The Daily Signal… Why Have Universities Been Overtaken by Mob Rule? Arthur Milikh
February 25, 2016 - Student groups have asserted control of many university campuses across America. Without even resorting to force, they have successfully compelled the resignation of presidents and administrators, the firing and hiring of faculty, and drastic changes to university curricula, among other things. University after university gives in to these demands, or at least pretends to do so. Only a few university presidents or.
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The Daily Signal… Five Years Later, How Much Gov. Walker’s Union Legislation Saved Wisconsin, Natalie Johnson - February 23, 2016 - Residents of one state continue to reap the benefits of a budget bill passed five years ago that has saved taxpayers over $5 billion, researchers say. As a $3.6 billion deficit threatened to hit his state, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, championed the legislation in February 2011. Walker and... read more
The Daily Signal… A Universal Basic Income Is Anti-Work, by Paul Winfree
February 26, 2016 -- In a recent article, Richard Reeves of the Brookings Institution suggests that we should decouple income from work through a “universal basic income” based on the premise that the labor market no longer equitably distributes the gains from economic growth to those at the bottom of the income distribution. This is the wrong policy route for several reasons. First, a basic income is anti-work. The primary problem in the labor market.
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Federal News Radio… Are federal employees overpaid or underpaid? The answer: Yes, By Mike Causey - February 22, 2016 - Depending on whose numbers you believe, federal workers are either overpaid by 34 percent or underpaid by 25 percent compared to the private sector, give or take a few percentage points. So which is it: Yes or no? Do government engineers make more or less than private-sector engineers? Depends. Does a psychiatrist... read more
The Daily Signal… A 10th State Defunded Planned Parenthood. Why There’s So Much Momentum Now. Leah Jessen - February 23, 2016 - Adding to the momentum to defund abortion giant Planned Parenthood, Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed a bill Sunday that strips $1.3 million in taxpayer money from the organization. Ten states—Wisconsin and Ohio being the most recent—have taken action over the past several months to cut taxpayer dollars from Planned Parenthood. “Not one more penny should go to Planned... read more
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The Daily Signal… There They Go Again: College Students Can’t Identify Photo of Ronald Reagan, Leah Jessen - February 16, 2016 - “Survey after survey shows that recent college graduates are alarmingly ignorant of America’s history and heritage,” a new report says. “Was that a former president?” a student majoring in government and international politics at George Mason University asked when shown the picture of Reagan. “Nixon, maybe?” Numerous... read more
The Daily Signal… Almost Half of US Residents Pay No Federal Income Tax, by Patrick Tyrrell
February 17, 2016 -- According to data published by the IRS and the U.S. Census Bureau, 44.2 percent of U.S. residents paid no federal income tax in 2013 (the most recent year for which data is available). No doubt many of the non-payers would willingly pay income tax in exchange for the chance to work in a more dynamic economy that generated more and better jobs. But our labor market has been hobbled by government regulations.
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The Daily Signal… Why Proponents Are Struggling to Salvage Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform, Natalie Johnson - February 11, 2016 - Republicans in the Senate are divided over how to overhaul the nation’s criminal justice system, posing a potential setback to lawmakers who hoped to enact major bipartisan changes this year. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, remains a key player in reform efforts, actively promoting legislation that would... read more
The Daily Signal… Georgetown law professors argue over how, and whether, to mourn Scalia, By Susan Svrluga - February 19 - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was polarizing in life, with his conservative views both lionized and reviled. And the response to a memorial announcement following his death this weekend was striking: It touched off a sweeping debate within Georgetown University Law School that has been both scathing and eloquent, intimate and dismissive — one that questioned not only Scalia’s legacy... read more
Townhall Finance… Encouragement Is a Necessary Business Tool, Harvey Mackay
Feb 16, 2016 - Lord Chesterfield, in his famous letters to his son, wrote: "Here is the way to get people to like you. Make every person like himself a little better, and I promise that he or she will like you very much." Most of us are aware of the tremendous power of encouragement, yet we fail to make use of it. Helping others feel important and better about themselves should be a driving force in our relationships.
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The Daily Signal… George Washington Deserves His Own Day, Not Presidents Day, David Azerrad - February 12, 2016 - Poor George Washington. His birthday, spontaneously celebrated since the revolution and formally declared a holiday in 1879, has slowly morphed into the insipid Presidents Day you’ll hear about Monday. Washington, the “indispensable man” of the revolution who was rightly extolled for being “first in war, first in peace, and... read more
The Daily Signal… What We Can Learn From Jefferson-Hamilton Debate on National Bank, by Carson Holloway -- February 11, 2016 -- This February is the 225th anniversary of Alexander Hamilton’s and Thomas Jefferson’s famous 1791 debate—carried on in President George Washington’s cabinet—over the constitutionality of Hamilton’s proposed Bank of the United States. It might seem strange to call such an anniversary to mind. After all, we usually celebrate our great moments of national agreement (like the Declaration of Independence)... read more
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The Daily Signal… What Scalia Taught Us, Paul J. Larkin Jr.
February 13, 2016 - For conservatives, it is the loss of a standard-bearer and icon. For liberals, it is the loss of an opponent who always fought hard but fair. For those who never had the opportunity to know him, it is the loss of one of our greatest legal minds, of a judge and justice who had made, and will continue to make, legal history. And to those who.
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The Daily Signal… These College Students Propose to Bring Back Dating for Valentine’s Day, Kristiana Mork - February 12, 2016 - Students at 36 schools across the country are campaigning to bring back dating just in time for Valentine’s Day. Students from Princeton University to Stanford University, and many schools in between, partnered with the Love and Fidelity Network this week to host flower and candy giveaways, film screenings... read more
The Daily Signal… U.S. defense intelligence chief predicts increased ISIS attacks, By Jonathan Landay - Islamic State is likely to step up "the pace and lethality" of its attacks in the months ahead as it seeks to fan the flames of international conflict, the director of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency said on Monday. Speaking to a security conference, Marine Corps Lieutenant General Vincent Stewart linked his warning to the militant group's establishment of "emerging branches" in Mali, Tunisia, Somalia... read more
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The Daily Signal… Virginia Mom Takes Fight Against Sexually Explicit Books to State Lawmakers, Kelsey Harkness - February 01, 2016 - After discovering what she considers over-the-top, sexually explicit material in her children’s high school reading assignments, a Northern Virginia mother is lobbying for greater transparency inside the classroom. “This happened four years ago, when I first became aware of the books that were being taught... read more
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Federal News Radio… Is everybody happy? Is anybody happy? By Mike Causey
February 5, 2016 -- The last time most major American newspapers literally stopped the presses was Nov. 22, 1963, when they got reports that President John F. Kennedy had been shot in Dallas. It was midday on the East Coast (Dallas is on Central time) and there were confused reports that others — including Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson — had been hit too. At 1:48.
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The Heritage Foundation… What School Choice Advocates Have to Celebrate, Lindsey Burke
January 25, 2016 - National School Choice Week has just kicked-off, and there is much to celebrate this year. National School Choice Week will feature over 16,000 events across the country this week, ranging from school pep rallies in support of school choice, to policy panels exploring the many school choice options that are now available to families. Over.
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The Daily Signal… January Job Growth Shows New Normal in US Economy, Salim Furth
February 05, 2016 - American employers created 151,000 net jobs in January, reflecting an economy that is growing, but below its previous trends. The Bureau of Labor Statistics also reported that participation in the labor force was 62.7 percent, higher than the previous months but lower than the January, 2015, level. The best news was that average hourly wages rose 12 cents over the previous month to an all-time.
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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.
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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... read more
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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... read more
The Daily Signal… How This Ultrasound Program Brought Life to 358,000 Babies, 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... read more
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.
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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 “Great Emancipator.
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Federal News Radio… Ghosts of former bosses, By Mike Causey
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 short-time politicos.
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Doctor 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.
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The Daily Signal… Why Soldiers Miss War, by Nolan Peterson
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.
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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.
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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 said federal.
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An 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.
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Education Week… Will States Swap Standards-Based Tests for SAT, ACT? 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 Act that... read more
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... read more
Townhall… Understanding Trump, by Laura Hollis
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.
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Townhall… Hell Freezes Over, by Mike Adams
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 right.
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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... read more
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The Daily Signal… What We Can Learn From Reagan About Celebrating Christmas, 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... read more
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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... read more
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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.
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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... read more
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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 against fiscal... read more
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Townhall… Ted Cruz's Festival of Fraud, Steve Chapman
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.
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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... read more
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... read more
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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 teachers union... read more
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Townhall… It Was Not Always So, by Erick Erickson
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.
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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.
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The Daily Signal… Pizzeria Drops 3% Obamacare Surcharge When Customers Objected, 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... read more
The Daily Signal… November Jobs Report Shows Positive Growth, James Sherk
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.
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In Wake of ISIS Attacks, Obama Delivers National Address With No New Strategies, 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... read more
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.
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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... read more
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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 a favor... read more
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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, duplication... read more
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... read more
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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.
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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... read more
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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... read more
The Daily Signal… A Conservative Student’s Take On the Recent College Protests, 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... read more
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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.
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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... read more
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... read more
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The Daily Signal… 12 Bills That the Filibuster Stopped From Becoming Law, 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... read more
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.
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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... read more
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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... read more
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The Great Life I Had, From a CNO reader
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 cataracts.
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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, which... read more
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The Missing Wife, From a CNO reader
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.
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Why 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.
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The Daily Signal… Arizona’s Obamacare Co-Op to Shut Down After Receiving $93.3 Million From the Government -- 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 insurance plans... read more
The Daily Signal… Lawmakers Probe Taxpayer-Funded Academic Who Wants Obama to Prosecute Climate Change Skeptics, 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... read more
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The Daily Signal… 6 Key Exchanges From Hillary Clinton’s Benghazi Testimony, 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... read more
The 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... read more
MSN.com… 14 Ways to Be an Annoying Tourist When You're Traveling, by Kate Friedman, Glamour
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.
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The Daily Signal… Seattle Voted to Hike the Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour. Here’s What Happened to Seattle’s Job Market. 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 restaurant jobs... read more
The 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.
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The 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... read more
Federal 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.
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Townhall… Flip-flops Show 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... read more
Federal 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... read more
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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.
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The 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... read more
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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.
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Human 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.
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The 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... read more
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The 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... read more
The 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... read more
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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 hard times.
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The 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... read more
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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.
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The 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 group.
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The 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... read more
The 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.
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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.
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The Daily Signal… In Address to Congress, Pope Defends Dignity of Politics, Work, Life, Family, and Freedom, 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... read more
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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.
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The 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.
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The 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... read more
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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.
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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... read more
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The 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)... read more
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... read more
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Federal 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.
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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.
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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 desire it... read more
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Townhall… 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.
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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 after the... read more
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Townhall… Obama's Alaska 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.
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The Daily Signal… Judge Orders Kim Davis Released From Jail, Kate Scanlon
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.
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The 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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