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|PolitiChicks… Guest Writer Daniel Greenfield: “Americans Alone”, By: Daniel Greenfield
Posted On Sep 19 2014 - For the first time in American statistical
history, the majority of American adults are single. 124 million or
50.2% of Americans are single. Some will get married, but increasing
numbers never will. Demographically a population of single adults means
the death of the Republican Party. It eliminates the possibility of
libertarian and fiscally conservative policies. It leads inevitably to
the welfare state. Single people are less likely to have a support
system that keeps...
Redstate… The Power of Changed Minds, By: Erick Erickson
September 19th, 2014 - Should any Republican step to any microphone and
announce he has changed his mind on global warming, the press will hail
him as a hero. He has taken new evidence, processed it, and changed his
mind. Should any Republican do the same on gay marriage, tax increases,
or a host of other matters, the same will happen. The media heralds
changed minds, particularly when the mind changed is to the...
| PolitiChicks… Congress Opens the Purse Wide, Funds
Obamacare and More Terrorists,
By: Carolyn Elkins - Posted On Sep 19 2014 - How many people remember
November 2010 when a new Congress was elected by a landslide for the
purpose of repealing Obamacare? Here we are four years later, and more
people have found out what’s in it, realizing the disaster of it.
Speaker John Boehner and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi got
together with others in Congress and passed a Continuing Resolution
that will fund the federal...
The Daily Signal... Benghazi
Bombshell: Clinton Alleged Document Review, Sharyl
September 15, 2014 - As the House Select Committee on Benghazi prepares
for its first hearing this week, a former State Department diplomat is
coming forward with a startling allegation: Hillary Clinton confidants
were part of an operation to “separate” damaging documents before they
| The Daily Signal… The Scary Amount of Oil Money ISIS Makes
Every Day, Kelsey Harkness
September 11, 2014 - President Obama, laying out his strategy last
night to defeat the Islamist jihadists known as ISIS, stressed that “it
will take time to eradicate a cancer” such as the terrorist group
represents in the Middle East. One hurdle in the way of Obama’s
intention to work with allies to “degrade and ultimately destroy” ISIS
(also known as ISIL and the Islamic State) is the brutal organization’s
control of oil fields in Iraq and Syria. ISIS uses that oil wealth to
help finance its terror operations...
Daily Signal… The Insane Reason
This Girl Was Forced Out of D.C. Public Schools,
Kelsey Harris; September 09, 2014 - Avery Gagliano — a piano prodigy
and truant. Yes, the 13-year-old musical genius, who was chosen to join
11 other musicians from around the world to play in Munich last year is
also a truant in the eyes of the D.C. public school system. In March,
Avery traveled to Connecticut for a piano competition. She won the
Grand Prix award for her performance of a Chopin Waltz and when she
| The Daily Signal… Obama Administration ‘Doubles Down’ on
Fight Against Nuns, by Kelsey Harkness
September 09, 2014 - The Obama administration has decided to continue
its legal battle against Little Sisters of the Poor, a Catholic charity
that objects to Obamacare’s mandate that employee health plans cover
contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs. The order of Catholic nuns
argues that the rule fashioned by the Department of Health and Human
Services requires them to violate their religious beliefs by offering
insurance coverage for 20 specific drugs and devices...
she is a teacher!!! Attributed to June Gross, Sent from a
In September of 2005, on the first day of school, Martha Cothren, a
History teacher at Robinson High School in Little Rock, did something
not to be forgotten. On the first day of school, with the permission of
the school superintendent, the principal and the building supervisor,
she removed all of the desks in her classroom. When the first period
kids entered the room they discovered that there were no desks. 'Ms.
Townhall… Obama's Delusions Dispelled? Well, we Can
Hope for Change, Michael Barone
Sep 09, 2014 - "If you watch the nightly news, it feels like the world
is falling apart," President Obama told Democratic mega-contributors
last month in one of the 400-plus fundraisers of his presidency. But
not to worry. "The world has always been messy," he said. "In part,
we're just noticing now because of social media and our capacity to see
in intimate detail the hardships that people are going through." Like
|Townhall… Can We Survive a Feckless, Egotistic
President Afraid to Lead? by Bob Barr
Sep 10, 2014 - Fear. It is a basic, primitive emotion common to every
living species on planet earth. It is the instinctual response that
keeps animals alive in nature, and influences the thoughts and actions
of humans. Edmund Burke once described the potency of fear saying, “No
passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and
reasoning as fear.” Burke’s observations ring especially true in
today’s hypersensitive, hyper-connected...
Redstate… House GOP Setting the Stage for Massive
Crony Capitalist Pay Backs in a Lame Duck,
By Erick Erickson -- September 9th at 10:33 AM -- House Republicans are
preparing a continuing resolution to keep the government open. In doing
so, they’ve decided to be total sluts for K Street and Wall Street. The
Crony Capitalists, emboldened by the Chamber of Commerce’s help during
primary season, are doing some very unusual things. Here’s what I hear
is happening. First, they will reauthorize the Ex-Im bank, which...
| Townhall… Obamacare is Affecting Everyone,
John C. Goodman
Aug 30, 2014 - Millions of people are out of work and can’t find a job.
Many of those who have jobs are being forced to work part-time instead
of full-time. And those who have full-time jobs are in for a nasty
surprise. Next year’s take home pay is like likely to be smaller than
what they earn right now. In all cases the reason is the same:
Obamacare. Why can’t people find a job? Three Federal Reserve Banks –
in Philadelphia, New York and Atlanta...
Human Events… Job market craters in August,
By John Hayward
9/5/2014 - It seems like only yesterday that Barack Obama was telling
his $35,000-a-plate cronies that the economy was much stronger than
everyone thought it was, and he really ought to be taking a victory lap
for his “achievements.” When that “achievement” is six years of
grinding high-unemployment, low-growth malaise and the biggest
food-stamp program the world has ever...
| Townhall… Obama Does Have A Strategy, And It’s Awful,
by Derek Hunter
Aug 31, 2014 - On Thursday, President Obama told the world he didn’t
yet have a strategy for dealing with the Islamic Front in Syria.
Although it’s never good to let an army who beheads your citizens and
is hell-bent on your destruction know you don’t know how to deal with
them – yet, or otherwise – Josh Earnest, the president’s press
secretary “clarified” his comments the next day. We do have a plan, it
turns out. And the plan is awful. Before we dive into the new
statements, let’s take a look back...
The Daily Signal… Local News Airs ‘Homework Helper’ Videos
for Parents Struggling With Common Core Requirements,
by Kelsey Harris -- September 04, 2014 -- “When you and I were in
school, we used to just memorize 9 plus 6 equals 15. Not anymore. With
the Common Core, students need to understand why that’s the case.” It
took a teacher 56 seconds to explain how to add 9 plus 6. This is the
introduction to the first of six “Homework Helper” segments Buffalo,
|The Daily Signal… Why the Abortion Rate Is Declining,
by Chuck Donovan
September 01, 2014 - Over the most recent decade for which data are
available (2001–2011), the overall U.S. abortion rate, calculated as
the annual number of abortions per 1,000 women of childbearing age (15
to 44), has dropped, continuing a trend that first appeared in 1980.
The decline has been steeper since 1990, with a brief plateau in the
middle of the past decade. The 2011 rate for the nation is the lowest
since 1973. Discussions of U.S. abortion trends must always be
Politico… Will the Real Rand Paul Please Stand Up?
By Rick Santorum
senator is trying to tell us he’s not an isolationist. That dog won’t
September 05, 2014 - Rand Paul insists he’s not an “isolationist.”
Writing this week in TIME, he says, “I look at the world, and consider
war, realistically and constitutionally.” But in reality, the Kentucky
senator has advanced a brand of neo-isolationism and appeasement that
is as short-sighted as it mistaken. Despite his recent, and frantic
efforts to recast himself...
Washington Post… Obama sets his own pace in a world whirling
By Karen DeYoung and Dan Balz - August 31 - Short of world war, it’s
rare that a chief executive goes through a foreign policy month like
President Obama’s August. U.S. warplanes struck in Iraq for the first
time in years, as U.S. diplomats struggled to establish a new
government in Baghdad. Islamic State militants beheaded an American
journalist in Syria and spread their reach across the Middle East. War
raged between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. In...
Federal News Radio… The last thong of summer? By
Friday - 8/29/2014 - By tradition (at least for some traditionalists),
today is the last day they can wear white. Men must toss or store their
straw boater hats until spring. In many polite circles, Labor Day is
the cutoff for tank tops and sandals. In some, the cutoff is much
sooner. And more permanent. Anyhow ... The question de jour is: Is
there still a dress code at work, particularly...
Patriot Voices… Thoughts from Santorum
Reflects on Israel Trip with Policy Proposals in Op-eds in NH Union
Leader and Philadelphia Inquirer
- Verona, PA - In case you missed it, former U.S. Senator, former
Republican presidential candidate, chairman of Patriot Voices and
author of Blue Collar Conservatives Rick Santorum authored two opinion
pieces in the New Hampshire Union Leader and The Philadelphia Inquirer
reflecting on his recent trip to Israel and how we can address...
MSN.com… 'The audacity of taupe': Obama suit creates
sartorial stir, By AFP
The subjects were serious enough at President Barack Obama's impromptu
press conference Thursday, but many viewers and the collective press
corps seized on something more immediately visible: his tan suit. The
president's decision to address the media in a breezy, light-colored
summer suit swiftly took center stage for many even as he addressed
Russian responsibility for rebel actions in Ukraine and ongoing US air
| MSN.com… Sorry, but Labor Day is a joke,
By Brett Arends, MarketWatch
This country has no respect for its workers. Household income is
dropping and shareholders are taking all the gains. Let's just scrap
Labor Day, shall we? After all, if we're not going to treat the working
man or woman with respect in this country, why don't we just stop
pretending? If we're just going to stick it to the working stiff 364
days a year, we might as well be honest and make it 365. According to
U.S. government data, in the past 12 months the working...
| Townhall Finance… America: The Ostrich Years, by
Aug 24, 2014 - In every cartoon I’ve seen with an ostrich, there comes
a scene where it gets scared and buries its head in the sand. Ostriches
don’t do this in real life, but it came to symbolize, in cartoons at
least, the concept of thinking something bad will go away if you simply
ignore it. It’s foolish – some would say stupid – but it appears to be
the crux of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy. There are times
when a president has to be president, even on vacation. This is the
part of the job President...
| The Daily Signal… A Morning in Immigration Court: Judge Hears
38 ‘Favorite’ Cases, Many He’ll See Again
- Josh Siegel - August 22, 2014 - “It is my favorite docket, the
juveniles,” Immigration Judge John Milo Bryant says, unprompted, as he
hears the case of 15-year-old Christian Hernandez, a recent illegal
arrival from Honduras. Bryant, the gregarious judge overseeing 38
juvenile cases in Arlington, Va., Immigration Court on a Tuesday
morning, commends Christian for his “perfect English.” Christian, a
good-looking youth who flashes a sure smile...
Townhall Finance… Almost Half of America on Welfare,
Aug 24, 2014 - As a result of Obamacare Medicaid expansion coupled with
means-tested Obamacare assistance, I estimate welfare rolls expanded
from 35.4% of the population in 2012 to about 40% in 2014. Let's go
through the math to see how I make that estimate. The latest welfare
statistics are from year-end 2012. Those figures show 35.4 Percent...
| The Daily Signal… Government to Farmers: Host Same-Sex
Wedding or Pay a $13,000 Fine,
by Leslie Ford & Ryan T. Anderson; August 19, 2014 - Should the
government be able to coerce a family farm into hosting a same-sex
wedding? In a free society, the answer is no. Family farms should be
free to operate in accordance with the beliefs and values of their
owners. Government shouldn’t be able to fine citizens for acting in the
market according to their own—rather than the government’s—values,
unless there is a compelling government interest being pursued in the
least restrictive way possible...
The Daily Signal… Police Arrest Student for Shooting a
Fictional Dinosaur, by Jordan Richardson
August 22, 2014 -- Dinosaurs may be extinct, but absurdity in public
schools isn’t. Alex Stone is a 16 year-old student in Summerville High
School in South Carolina. On the first day of class, his teacher asked
the students to write a few sentences about themselves and then follow
up with a statement in the form of a Facebook status. Alex decided to
use this opportunity to make a joke, and wrote “I killed my neighbor’s
pet dinosaur.” For...
Federal News Radio… The 12 Days of Congress, By
Monday - 8/18/2014 - As often happens in August, the good news and the
bad news are the same: Congress is out of town, and the many White
House operations decamped to Martha's Vineyard last week. Congress,
which has pushed the three-day workweek to new horizons in 2014, is
long gone. And it won't be back until a week after Labor Day. At that
point, it will have a total of 12...
Townhall Finance… Secular Stagnation Is a Cover-Up,
by Larry Kudlow
Co-written by Stephen Moore -- Aug 17, 2014 -- John F. Kennedy
campaigned for president in 1960 by belittling Dwight Eisenhower's
three recessions and declaring, "We can do bettah." He was right. In
the 1960s, after the Kennedy tax cuts were implemented, prosperity
returned, the economy grew by almost 4 percent annually, unemployment
sank to record lows and a gold-linked dollar held down inflation. But
today many leading economists are...
| WatchDog.org… Cost of hiking wages: It’s not just hiring
wage cops, By Bre Payton
August 14, 2014 - What is the cost to enforce wage hikes in cities
across the Golden State? Economists say it goes beyond the expense of
hiring a team of “wage cops” to police employers. It gives third-party
groups a mechanism to levy financial information from private
companies, while potentially harming family owned businesses, said Sean
Mulholland, an associate professor of economics at Stonehill College in
Easton, Mass. Looking at cities that...
Townhall… Ferguson Shows Blacks Live in a Different
America, by Steve Chapman
Aug 17, 2014 - Fifty years ago this summer, President Lyndon Johnson
signed the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964. Back then, it was
reasonable to expect that by 2014, America would be a fully integrated
nation in which equality prevailed. But as the events in Ferguson, Mo.,
dramatize, the country still resembles what a presidential commission
described in 1968: "two societies, one black, one white -- separate and
unequal." There is a big difference...
News Radio… Office Attire: The
end isn't near, it's here! By Mike Causey
Tuesday - 8/12/2014 - Sent with this comment from a CNO reader: “Casual
Friday” has taken on a whole new meaning in recent years. My husband
sees fashion statements from tourists daily. One recent
eye-popper was a visitor in red, white and blue Bermuda shorts and a
green and yellow shirt. I haven’t been down there recently just
to pull up a bench to observe the fashion parade. I’m long
overdue... Now, to the column: When federal agencies switched to
"casual" dress Fridays decades ago, they...
Townhall… Will ISIS Attack the United States?
By Katie Pavlich
Aug 11, 2014 - As the extremely radical terror group the Islamic State,
better known as ISIS, continues its march on Iraq and mass slaughter of
Christians, many are asking the question: Will ISIS strike inside the
United States? According to experts, and ISIS itself, it's a
possibility and steps must be taken immediately to prevent it. More
from CNN: Within hours of U.S. military jets and drones conducting a
strike on ISIS artillery that had been used against...
Daily Signal… Obama’s Iraq
Problem Just Got a Lot Worse, James Carafano
August 10, 2014 - According to news reports, Iraqi prime minister Nuri
al-Maliki has ordered Iraqi military forces to seize government
buildings. The move comes in the wake of an ongoing dispute over
forming a new government. After an Islamist insurgency over ran large
swathes of Iraq, there was an effort to replace Maliki with a “unity”
government that would enjoy broader support and deal more effectively
with the crisis. If Maliki chooses to rule without the support of...
Townhall… How Barack Obama Killed Tax Reform in Its
Infancy, by Donald Lambro
Aug 08, 2014 - WASHINGTON - There's a much bigger, largely untold story
behind the renewed debate over U.S. corporations who merge with foreign
firms to reduce their federal tax bills. The latest chapter in the
story concerns Walgreen, the nation's largest drugstore chain, which
plans to go ahead with a cash and stock purchase of a Swiss company
that could have resulted in a big tax cut on its corporate profits...
Daily Signal… Most of
Government’s Own Watchdogs Say They’re Stonewalled, by
August 07, 2014 - More than half of the federal government’s inspectors
general have joined to lodge a formal complaint that the Obama
administration places “serious limitations” on their ability to uncover
waste, fraud, and abuse. A total of 47 of the 73 government watchdogs
sent the unprecedented letter to leaders of two congressional
committees, Fox News reported. In their complaint, the inspectors
Agency actions that limit, condition, or delay access thus have...
The Daily Signal… Q&A: How Should the U.S. Respond to New
Violence in Iraq? By Steven Bucci
August 08, 2014 - Military expert Steven Bucci, director of the Allison
Center for Foreign Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation, takes
your questions on the current situation in Iraq. Q: What is the U.S.
doing in response to the Islamic State’s violence in Iraq? A: The U.S.
was again caught by surprise by the insurgent army known as the Islamic
State of Iraq and al Sham. Its rapid advance on the Kurdish capital of
Erbil and threat to kill...
Townhall… Murder in Rio Grande Valley: 'This Is
Coming to a Town Near You',
Michelle Malkin - Aug 06, 2014 - The voice on the other end of the line
is exasperated. "It's insane," he wants America to know. "We're in a
war zone." And there's no room for apathy. "This is coming to a town
near you," he warns. The man on the phone is a veteran of the
Department of Homeland Security who works in South Texas. He reached
out to me Monday night in the wake of an off-duty U.S. Border Patrol
How the Media
Craft Victory for Hamas, by Ben Shapiro
Aug 06, 2014 - On Tuesday, CNN's Wolf Blitzer hosted Hamas spokesman
Osama Hamden. The week before, Hamdan labeled Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu "a new image of Hitler" on the network. But now, for
some reason, Blitzer stumbled into a random act of journalism: He asked
Hamdan about comments he had made suggesting that Jews used Christian
blood in matza. Hamdan stumbled around and blamed the Jews for their
action in Gaza. Blitzer called Hamdan's comments an...
Patriot Voices… ICYMI: Santorum: Bury CRPD Once and for All
Former Senator Authors Op-ed in Roll Call Against U.N. Disabilities
Treaty -- Verona, PA -- Former U.S. Senator, former Republican
presidential candidate, chairman of Patriot Voices and author of Blue
Collar Conservatives Rick Santorum authored an opinion piece in Roll
Call discussing his opposition to the United Nation Convention on the
Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Senator Santorum and
Patriot Voices were instrumental in stopping...
Daily Signal… Unions Lose and
the Public Wins Big in Wisconsin,
Hans von Spakovsky and James Sherk - August 04, 2014 - Gov. Scott
Walker of Wisconsin had quite a good day on July 31 when the state
supreme court upheld not only Wisconsin’s voter ID law, but also the
2011 budget legislation that severely curtailed the power of public
unions to control the lives and salaries of state and municipal
government employees. In Madison Teachers, Inc. v. Walker, a majority
of the court overturned a lower court decision that had enjoined
various parts of the law and upheld it in its entirety...
The Daily Signal… Could You Soon Lose Your Job to a Robot?,
August 03, 2014 - As senior policy analyst in labor economics at The
Heritage Foundation, James Sherk researches ways to promote competition
and mobility in the workforce rather than erect barriers that prevent
workers from getting ahead. Is the increasing automation of our economy
a threat to American wages and jobs? Should the American worker fear
the rise of the...
Daily Signal… Green Group Under
Scrutiny for Trespassing, Harassment at Woman’s Farm,
Kevin Mooney -- July 24, 2014 -- Robert Marmet knew he was supposed to
inspect Martha Boneta’s farm, but he didn’t know exactly what for. He
knew there were limits on what he could inspect, but he had no idea
where they were. So when Marmet, a senior energy policy analyst with
the Piedmont Environmental Council, and his partner Mike Kane, a
conservation officer with the group, turned up June 12 to inspect
Boneta’s Liberty Farm in...
Daily Signal… In IRS Emails,
Lois Lerner Calls Conservatives ‘Crazies’ and… Worse,
by Melissa Quinn -- July 30, 2014 - IRS division chief Lois Lerner, the
central figure in the tax agency’s targeting scandal, uses a vulgar
anatomical expletive to refer to conservatives in newly released
official emails and, again referring to conservatives, writes that it’s
not foreign terrorists but “our own crazies that will take us down.”
House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., details the emails
from Lerner, then head of the...
| The Daily Signal… Marriage Won’t End Poverty. But It Will
Help (A Lot). Rachel Sheffield
July 31, 2014 - Marriage isn’t the answer to poverty. That’s the
argument made last week in The New Republic by Carter Price, who
asserts conservatives are too preoccupied with marriage in anti-poverty
efforts. Price takes particular issue with a Harvard study by Raj
Chetty and colleagues that suggests children, regardless of whether
they come from a single- or married-parent family, have greater social
mobility when raised in a community with a higher share...
| The Daily Signal… Bachmann at the Border: ‘Bills Don’t Stop
the Problem’ by Josh Siegel
July 31, 2014 - Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., traveled to the Texas
border with Mexico last weekend to get a close-up look of the border
crisis. In an exclusive on-camera interview with The Daily Signal,
Bachmann describes what she saw, supported by video and photos that she
shot with her iPhone. Among images Bachmann caught on video during her
“eye-opening” visit with Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa: Smugglers, called
coyotes, bringing a pregnant woman across the Rio Grande...
Daily Signal… Our Daughter Was
Born With Cystic Fibrosis. We Can’t Imagine Life Without Her.
By Mary Vought & Russ Vought -- July 30, 2014 -- A medical exam
room is where most parents are presented with “their options” regarding
life. It’s where they are overwhelmed with the unpleasant diagnoses
that their unborn child has a life threatening genetic disorder. And,
it’s where they are first presented with the challenges and trials that
will mark their child’s entire time on earth. But, it’s also where
God’s blessings are revealed...
Daily Signal… If Conservatives
Try to Impeach Obama, He’ll Have the Last Laugh,
by Genevieve Wood - July 29, 2014 - Does President Obama want to be
impeached? Well, no. But he and his political chieftains apparently
want voters to think that Republicans are scheming on how to impeach
him. Every failed political leader and movement need a straw man and as
November approaches, liberal politicos want to paint various Republican
statements and efforts to curtail Obama’s “phone and pen” strategy as a
precursor to impeachment...
| Townhall… Stunning Setback to Obamacare,
Jul 29, 2014 - Obamacare has proven again to be the biggest legislative
failure in history, with last week's ruling that its subsidies are
illegal. These subsidies induced some 5 million Americans to sign up
for Obamacare but are prohibited by law as held by the U.S. Court of
Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in Halbig v. Burwell. This humiliation to
the Obama administration was a devastating setback to legislation
already disfavored by a 59-40 percent margin...
Keep Your Guns
at Home: Stay Granted in Washington D.C. Carry Case,
Katie Pavlich - Jul 29, 2014 - The ability for citizens, D.C. residents
and outsiders alike, to carry a handgun open or concealed in Washington
D.C. didn't last long. Just days after Federal Judge Frederick Scullin
knocked down Washington D.C.'s complete carry ban as unconstitutional,
he has issued a 90-day stay in the case. More from the Washington
Times: The order issued by U.S. District Court...
| The Daily Signal… Can the House of Representatives Sue Obama
for Not Executing the Law?
By Elizabeth Slattery -- July 28, 2014 -- Elizabeth Slattery writes
about the rule of law, the proper role of the courts, civil rights and
equal protection, and the scope of constitutional provisions such as
the Commerce Clause and the Recess Appointments Clause as a legal
fellow in the Heritage Foundation’s Edwin Meese III Center for Legal
and Judicial Studies. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, believes he
has the key to reining in the executive branch: suing President Barack
Obama for not faithfully...
| The Daily Signal… Obamacare Official Gets Ethics Waiver as
Former Company Faces Scrutiny,
by Melissa Quinn; July 23, 2014 - Andrew Slavitt, a former executive at
the technology company tasked with saving HealthCare.gov and current
second-in-command at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services,
was granted an ethics waiver by the Department of Health and Human
Services to begin working with his former company immediately. The
waiver was granted despite Republican lawmakers’ concerns about
Slavitt’s potential conflict of interest. The Daily Signal revealed
those concerns in a story yesterday...
Insider… Army Medal Of Honor
Hero Breaks The Gavel At The New York Stock Exchange,
by Paul Szoldra; Jul. 23, 2014 -- Boy, they sure don't make those New
York Stock Exchange gavels like they used to. Former Army Staff Sgt.
Ryan Pitts was on hand Wednesday to close out the day at the NYSE, but
the gavel ended up breaking on his third strike. He was a bit
surprised. Pitts, who was medically discharged from the Army in 2009,
received the nation's highest award on Monday for his part in fending
|Daily Signal… Less Than 1% of Obama’s ‘Emergency’ Border
Funds Would Be Spent This Year,
by David Inserra -- July 22, 2014 -- Romina Boccia focuses on federal
spending and the national debt as the Grover M. Hermann fellow in
federal budgetary affairs in the Roe Institute for Economic Policy
Studies at The Heritage Foundation. The Congressional Budget Office has
released its score on how President Barack Obama’s $4.3 billion
emergency request on immigration will be spent. The big news? The CBO
score confirms that the president’s $4.3 billion emergency request is
not warranted. CBO reports...
Daily Signal… Greatest Poverty
Eliminator Is a Job, Panel Says, Marguerite Bowling
July 19, 2014 - With June bringing the best jobs report since the
recession began, one economist says the time is now to eliminate abject
poverty in America and abroad. Speaking recently at a panel at The
Heritage Foundation on biblical ways to alleviate poverty, Anne
Bradley, a co-editor of “For the Least of These: A Biblical Answer to
Poverty,” acknowledged there was a lot of work ahead–2 billion people
live on $2 or less per day, she said...
| The Daily Signal… John Kerry: ‘Pretty Clear’ Russia Involved
in Malaysian Plane Crash,
Melissa Quinn - July 20, 2014 - Secretary of State John Kerry confirmed
today that pro-Russian separatists were involved in Thursday’s attack
on a Malaysia Airlines plane which left 298 dead and said it is “pretty
clear” Russia also had a role in the tragic event. He told host Candy
Crowley on CNN’s “State of the Union”: It’s pretty clear that this is a
system that was transferred from Russia into the hands of separatists.
We know with confidence, with confidence, that the Ukrainians did...
Cruz in Charge
of the Conservative Movement, Erick Erickson
Jul 18, 2014 - In what appears to be the ultimate modern demonstration
of "drinking the Kool-Aid," Republicans across the spectrum seem to
have entered a pact in sticking together to defend, and even celebrate,
campaign tactics predicated on gross voter fraud and manipulation of
minority voters. In fact, given recent campaign finance disclosures, it
| Townhall… Gaza, Ukraine, Border Crises Have Roots In
a Weakened America, by Mark Davis
Jul 18, 2014 -- When this week began, it was hard to imagine a story
knocking our collapsing borders from the front of our minds. But in the
span of a few hours Thursday, two stories made us hit the pause button
on the mounting and proper indignation over the organized (and often
secret) government dumping of illegals in our midst. That is still a
huge problem, and the one with the most direct effect on the average
American citizen. But when TV screens began streaming images of the
Daily Signal… Young Boy Takes On
City Council…and Wins, by Jordan Richardson
Call it a victory for common sense. City officials in Leawood, Kan.,
have reversed course after ordering a 9-year-old boy to tear down the
little free library he built in his front yard for Mother’s Day. Late
last Monday night, after Spencer Collins had appeared before the
Leawood City Council to advocate for permission to share his love of
reading books with his neighbors, the Council unanimously approved a
temporary measure that would...
|Townhall Finance… Six Astounding Examples of Left-Wing
Hypocrisy, by Daniel J. Mitchell
Jul 19, 2014 -- Last month, I nailed Bill and Hillary Clinton for their
gross hypocrisy on the death tax. But that’s just one example. Today,
we’re going to experience a festival of statist hypocrisy. We have six
different nauseating examples of political elitists wanting to subject
ordinary people to bad policy while self-exempting themselves from
similar burdens. Our first three examples are from the world of
taxation. Here are some excerpts from a Washington Times report about a
billionaire donor who is...
Targets Grocery Stores, by Leah Barkoukis
Jul 18, 2014 -- After having made her mark on school lunches, you know,
replacing mac n’ cheese for quinoa salad thereby leaving kids across
the nation hungry and unhappy, first lady Michelle Obama is moving on
to bigger and better things, it seems. Via The Washington Free Beacon:
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is suggesting major changes
to grocery stores to “nudge” Americans to purchase healthier foods when
| Townhall… Poll: GOP Approval of Supreme Court Up 21
Percent, Kara Jones
Jul 14, 2014 - According to a Gallup poll released today, Republican
support for the Supreme Court has increased 21 percentage points since
September of last year. Partisan views have flipped since the beginning
of the High Court’s term last October. GOP approval has increased from
a mere 30 percent to a majority of 51 percent. On the other hand,
Democrats approval is down 14 points, falling from 58 percent to 44
percent. This is notable considering the...
Daily Signal… This School
District Just Banned Cupcakes. And Candy. Eric Boehm
July 13, 2014 - A school district in Washington state is determined to
make school more healthy and less fun. Edmonds School District, in the
suburbs south of Seattle, has approved a ban on cupcakes, candy and
other sweet treats children typically bring to school to celebrate
their birthdays. Instead, district officials say kids should distribute
pencils to their classmates...
Daily Signal… In Undercover
Videos, Planned Parenthood Suggests Sadistic Sex to Teen Girls,
by Kelsey Harkness -- “Choking,” “whipping,” and “tying up” are a few
of the sadistic sexual behaviors Planned Parenthood staffers in Denver
were caught on camera promoting to underage girls as part of
Obamacare-supported “sex education” inside their facilities. Today, in
two undercover videos released by the pro-life group Live Action,
counselors for Planned Parenthood are seen offering advice about
“BDSM”— a practice in which sexual partners beat, lash, or
otherwise inflict pain on each other — to...
Daily Signal… The GOP’s Healthy
Debate: It Makes Us All Better, Mike Needham
July 14, 2014 - If you want to see people who are afraid of an honest
policy debate in America today, visit a college campus. This year
alone, the left’s fear of discussion was on display at Smith College,
where IMF head Christine Lagarde withdrew from giving a commencement
speech, Rutgers University, where Condoleezza Rice was set to speak,
and Brandeis University...
Daily Signal… That Study Showing
Kids With Same-Sex Parents Fare Better? Yeah, the Media Left a Few
by Katrina Trinko -- July 10, 2014 -- There’s been no shortage of media
coverage of a new study that purportedly shows that children raised by
same-sex partners fare better than other children. “Children of
same-sex couples are happier and healthier than peers, research shows,”
was the headline of a Washington Post story. “Largest-ever study of
same-sex couples’ kids finds they’re...
Obama pays up
after jumping queue
At Franklin's, a famed barbecue joint in Texas, pushing to the front of
the line will cost you. President Barack Obama learned this lesson the
hard way on Thursday when he stepped into the meat-lovers paradise in
Austin. The line for food at the restaurant can reputedly sometimes be
two or three hours. But the president -- exercising the prerogatives of
his office -- apologetically jumped the queue. He did however offer to
| Federal News Radio… What happened to all of the young federal
Commentary by Jeff Neal - Friday 7/11/2014 - In 2009, there were
233,759 federal employees under age 30 - now there are 176,533. In
2009, there were 224,775 employees age 60 and over. Now there are more
than 268,000 and the number is growing. What happened? Why is the
workforce getting older? Should we even care? After all, older
employees are often more experienced, more stable in their careers, and
likely to continue to work for a number of years. The...
Learn From Al Gore, Ann Coulter
Jul 09, 2014 - Chris McDaniel, candidate for the U.S. Senate from
Mississippi, lost the Republican runoff to incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran
last month, and now he is being led down a primrose path to political
oblivion. McDaniel's passionate supporters think that a moment of
crisis for the country is a good time to treat control of the Senate as
if it's a prom queen election. Hoping for yet a...
|The Daily Signal… Organization Pushes for Ballot Referendum
on Seattle $15 Minimum Wage,
Philip Wegmann -- July 07, 2014 - In Seattle, a grassroots organization
has submitted a petition complete with nearly 20,000 signatures— well
above the 16,000 signature prerequisite, calling for a ballot
referendum to repeal the city’s minimum wage hike, which will
eventually increase the hourly wage to $15 an hour. On Wednesday,
Seattle Forward, a non-partisan coalition
of local business owners and citizens, delivered a referendum request
they hope will qualify their measure for a popular vote during the...
| The Daily Signal… What Obama Has Wrong on Climate Change,
Brett Schaefer & Nicolas Loris
July 06, 2014 - President Barack Obama again sought to make the case to
the American people for “dealing with the rapidly growing threat of
climate change” last month, in a speech to the League of Conservation
Voters. Right up front he said that his speech would not have “a lot of
spin, just the facts.” When a politician says that, you know to expect
the opposite. Obama assured the audience that members of Congress
“accept that man-made climate change is real” but...
enjoy high wages despite lack of minimum wage law,
By Rob Port, Watchdog.org North Dakota Bureau - June 30, 2014 - HIGH
WAGES: During a visit to Williston, North Dakota, University of
Michigan economist Mark Perry snapped a photo advertising entry-level
jobs at Walmart starting at over $17 per hour. DICKINSON, N.D. — As
policymakers in Washington, D.C., debate raising the federal minimum
wage, entry-level workers in North Dakota enjoy pay...
| Townhall… The Clinton Motto: Contempt and Elitism,
by Tony Katz
Jul 06, 2014 - As the expression goes, "The apple doesn't fall far from
the tree." When it comes to the Clinton Family the apple never fell,
and all associations with the tree leave one contemptuous, elitist and
complete incapable of relating to real human beings, real life and
reality. The associations can be wide reaching, like the entire
Democrat party. Only the Democrats, who claim to champion women's
rights, could think of former President Bill Clinton as a hero.
President Clinton was a national embarrassment...
Finance… Further Look at
Employment: Seasonally Adujsted Decline of 523,000 Over Last Month,
Mike Shedlock - Jul 06, 2014 -- Initial Reaction: On the surface, this
appeared to be a very strong jobs report from both the household survey
and establishment survey perspective. The establishment survey reported
a gain of 288,000 jobs while the household survey sported a gain in
employment of 407,000. In addition, May was revised up from +217,000 to
+ 224,000, and April revised up from +282,000 to +304,000. Digging
deeper into the...
|Townhall… Culture Challenge of the Week: Tyrannical
Rule versus Independence, by Rebecca Hagelin
Jul 03, 2014 - At some point in every man’s life, he hears a voice of
conscience (perhaps it is a faint whisper from God Himself) urging him
to break loose from the suffocating bonds of lust or fear, which hold
him against his will in either the endless search for more—more wealth,
more excitement, more control—or the legalistic monotony of what some
might call “religion.” When a man hears that voice, he often thinks he
knows what it will take to break free, yet simultaneously feels as
The Wrong Type
of Values, by Erick Erickson
Jul 04, 2014 - When the rights of individuals clash, both sides should
be willing to step back and recognize that both have rights. When in
conflict, neither side is truly winning nor losing. Each gets their
rights and can disagree. But the political left in America has decided
its rights and values are the only acceptable ones in our republic.
That they lost in the Supreme Court this past week has sent liberals in
America on a weeklong hysterical binge of fact...
| Townhall… On Every Big Issue, Obama's Presidency is
Found Wanting, Donald Lambro
Jul 04, 2014 - WASHINGTON - Republicans have a wealth of political
issues that will dominate the 2014 midterm election races and determine
their outcome. The national news media has done its best to try to bury
these issues, play them down or sugar coat them, but the American
people know better. They have persistently put these issues at or near
the top of every voter poll in the last six years of Barack Obama's
scandal-ridden, trouble-plagued administration. It's hard...
Daily Signal… ‘We Have Not
Forgotten’: Presidents on the Fourth of July, Kelsey
July 04, 2014 - In a letter to his wife Abigail the day before the
American colonies publicly justified their independence from Great
Britain, John Adams predicted the occasion would be celebrated as “the
great anniversary festival” for years to come. Of the birth of a new
nation in July 1776, the future second president of the United States
wrote, “the day ought to be solemnized...
| The Daily Signal… Today the Supreme Court Protected Religious
By Sarah Torre and Elizabeth Slattery - You don’t have to agree with
Hobby Lobby or share its owners’ opposition to abortion to recognize
that the government should not be able to force Americans to set aside
their deeply held beliefs simply because they go into business.
Thankfully, the Supreme Court agreed and upheld the right of Americans
to live and work according to their convictions in a 5- 4 decision
today. In Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, the justices ruled the government
will not be able to...
Cato Institute… Celebrating Independence Day’s Principles,
By Roger Pilon
On the 4th of July we celebrate our nation’s birth, announced to the
world some 228 years ago through a remarkable document: the Declaration
of Independence. In that document the Founders set forth both the
reasons that impelled them to independence and, more important, the
moral vision that has inspired us, and millions more around the world,
ever since. Individual liberty, secured by limited government: that is
its essence. Too often today...
The Daily Signal… IRS Admits Wrongdoing, to Pay $50,000 in
Leaking of Marriage Group’s Tax Return,
by Ken McIntyre -- June 24, 2014 - Two years after activists for
same-sex marriage obtained the confidential tax return and donor list
of a national group opposed to redefining marriage, the Internal
Revenue Service has admitted wrongdoing and agreed to settle the
resulting lawsuit. The Daily Signal has learned that, under a consent
judgment today, the IRS agreed to pay $50,000 in damages to the
National Organization for...
Townhall… Obama Likes Secrets, Including Yours,
Jun 29, 2014 - The surprising thing about the Supreme Court's decision
on police searches of cellphones was its unanimity. Aligned on the same
side of a major law enforcement issue were liberal and conservative
justices who normally fight like cats and dogs. All agreed that it's
intolerable to let cops ransack the voluminous contents of mobile
phones. Who could disagree? Well, cops, of course...
| Federal News Radio… Feds and middle-class workers,
By Mike Causey
6/26/2014 - Senior Correspondent Mike Causey is on vacation. This is
the first in a series of guest columns written by Federal Report
readers. Today's column is from federal employee, David A. Middle class
workers represent the largest number of jobs in the country. Feds are
no different than middle-class workers in many ways. The value of their
wages are being diminished over time. They have relatively no union
protections. And health benefits are taking more out of their pockets.
They are beginning...
Patriot Voices… Today's Ruling a Tremendous Victory for our
Freedom of Conscience,
by Rick Santorum; Verona, PA -- Former U.S. Senator, former Republican
presidential candidate, author of Blue Collar Conservatives and Patriot
Voices Chairman Rick Santorum today issued the following statement on
the Supreme Court's ruling on Burwell v. Hobby Lobby: "The Supreme
Court's ruling on Obamacare's contraception mandate is a tremendous
victory for our freedom of conscience. I'm proud of the Green and Hahn
families for holding...
| The Daily Signal… GAO Report: U.S. Embassies at Risk Because
Of Security Gaps, by Helle Dale
June 27, 2014 - Security at U.S. diplomatic posts is falling short, and
Benghazi is only the most visible example. A new report on “Diplomatic
Security” by the Government Accountability Office — GAO-14-655 —
demonstrates the problem is systemic, leaving U.S. personnel serving
overseas at unnecessary risk. At a time of rising security threats from
metastasizing Al Qaeda spinoffs and other terrorist groups, this
problem must be addressed immediately at the State Department...
The Daily Signal… More Pushback: Tennessee Quits Common Core
Aligned Test, by Jillian Frost
June 25, 2014 - Tennessee has removed itself from the Partnership for
Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers testing consortium
aligned to the Common Core national education standards, joining the
ranks of 18 other states pushing back against Common Core. Gov. Bill
Haslam, Commissioner of Education Kevin Huffman and the chair of the
state board of education, Fielding Rolston, sent a letter to PARCC CEO
Townhall… Obama's Deficient Student Loan Plan,
Jun 22, 2014 - The government normally doesn't care whether you or I
accumulate large bills for home improvement, a new car or exotic
vacations. But Barack Obama feels no hesitation in concluding that the
cost of higher education has placed "too big a debt load on too many
young people." Therefore, something must be done. The problem with
Obama's analysis is defining...
| Daily Signal… IRS Violated Law With Missing Emails, Top
Archivist Says, by Josh Siegel
June 25, 2014 - IRS officials broke federal law by failing to report
the loss of two years’ worth of emails sent and received by Lois
Lerner, the former official accused of being behind the agency’s
targeting of conservative groups, the government’s top archivist
testified yesterday. The Internal Revenue Service violated the Federal
Records Act by not telling the U.S. National Archives and Records
Administration about the missing Lerner emails, Archivist of the U.S.
David Ferriero said at a hearing...
The Daily Signal… Court Rules Marriage Must Be Redefined
Under 14th Amendment. Why That’s Wrong.
By Ryan T. Anderson -- June 25, 2014 - Today the 10th Circuit Court of
Appeals issued an important ruling on Utah’s marriage amendment. This
is the first time a circuit court has ruled on marriage since the U.S.
Supreme Court’s ruling on the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)
this time last year. In a 2-1 split decision, the 10th circuit ruled
that Utah’s marriage amendment defining marriage as the union...
| The Daily Signal… Obamacare Exchanges Are ‘Disappointing’
With Fewer Than 4 Million Newly Insured,
Sharyl Attkisson - June 24, 2014 - In April, President Obama told the
nation that “marketplace” or “exchange” enrollment, at 8 million
customers as of March 31, had exceeded expectations and costs were
lower than expected. Many in the news media accepted the selectively
released statistics, despite the Obama administration’s record of
sometimes providing inaccurate or incomplete information on
HealthCare.gov. Even today, the government continues to withhold
| Federal News Radio… Hail to the You-Know-Who Persons!!!
Personal disclosure: I don't follow professional football. I went to
one game with my daughter. We left after 30 minutes of freezing,
time-out boredom. One of my sons is even a Dallas Cowboys fan. Oh, the
humanity! My game is baseball and channel-surfing. In my youth, I
played centerfield and batted .328. Today I have 700 channels. Now...
You don't have to live in Beltway Land to know that "our" professional
football team is named the Redskins...
| The Daily Signal… A Majority of Young Adults Are Having Kids
Outside Marriage. Why That Hurts Kids’ Futures,
by Rachel Sheffield -- June 21, 2014 - Among young adults, first comes
baby, then (maybe) comes marriage. This increasingly is the new normal.
According to a new study from Johns Hopkins University, 57 percent of
mothers between 26 and 31 are unmarried when their child is born. But
not all young adults are having kids outside of marriage. Instead, the
key factor appears to be whether a young woman has attended college.
Among mothers without a high school degree, 63 percent of births...
| The Daily Signal… IRS Destroyed Hard Drive Lois Lerner Used
at Time of Tea Party Targeting,
Rob Bluey - June 19, 2014 - Lois Lerner’s missing emails are likely
gone forever because the Internal Revenue Service destroyed the hard
drive she used at the time tea party groups were targeted, according to
sources on Capitol Hill. “We’ve been informed that the hard drive has
been thrown away,” Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, told Politico. Two other
Human Events… Hillary's Rapist-Defense Problem,
By John Hayward
6/20/2014 - Earlier this week, I ventured that Hillary Clinton’s
remarkable series of gaffes and tone-deaf statements, made through the
launch of a book with disappointing sales, did not augur well for the
campaign she’s trying to launch simultaneously. I thought some of
the things she said over the past couple of weeks would haunt her
through 2016, or at least give her a deep...
case for impeachment, By Al Bliss
When the President was first elected, I pledged to wait from the day of
his election--to his then swearing in--to begin critique of his public
policy. I promised to do so because in the day of the first "post
racial" President I felt it was a necessary discipline to criticize him
on policy, actions, behaviors, and decisions rather than abstract
arguments like birth certificates and "the President is a secret
For the duration of his presidency I have kept this rule. I have not
bought into the...
| The Daily Signal… Mississippi Named Most Corrupt State in the
Nation, Steve Wilson
June 15, 2014 - Mississippi has finally got a top ranking among the
states. Problem is, it’s an achievement the state can do without. A
study by researchers Cheol Liu from the City University of Hong Kong
and Indiana University’s John L. Mikesell found corruption in
Mississippi was tops among the states from 1976 through 2008. The study
sized up the effect of public corruption—measured by convictions—on
state spending. Data after 2008 for all of the areas of their research
Townhall… Silencing Diversity, Erick
Jun 21, 2014 - The United States Patent and Trademark Office
invalidated several patents belonging to the Washington Redskins. This
is not the first attempt by aggrieved parties to have the trademarks
revoked. A recent poll showed more than 70 percent of Redskins fans
opposed changing the team name. More so, a majority of Americans have
not found the team name to be offensive...
|Obama’s Missing 18 Minutes of Tape,
By Leon H. Wolf
June 17th, 2014 - In order to properly analyze the media’s treatment of
the revelation that hundreds or perhaps thousands of emails sent or
received by Lois Lerner, the key figure in the IRS scandal, along with
apparently six other IRS employees, have been mysteriously lost and
cannot be recovered in response to a subpoena, it is necessary and
instructive to recall the media’s treatment of similar revelations in
the Watergate scandal, which brought down a sitting President...
Daily Signal… Why a Chicken and a Mouse Are Stirring
Debate in New Mexico, by Rob Nikolewski
June 16, 2014 - SANTA FE, N.M.—Welcome to New Mexico, where a colorful
chicken and a very small mouse are causing a big ruckus. Last week,
four counties in New Mexico joined in a lawsuit stemming from the U.S.
Department of Interior and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listing the
lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species. The announcement came
just one day after the Fish and Wildlife Service declared the meadow
Daily Signal… Obamacare
Anti-Conscience Mandate: Court Says Being Complicit in Sin Isn’t a Sin,
Elizabeth Slattery - June 16, 2014 - Last week, in Michigan Catholic
Conference v. Burwell, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
rejected the appeal of Catholic nonprofit groups in their challenge to
the Obamacare anti-conscience mandate. The court got it wrong by
second-guessing the religious beliefs of these groups. Formal houses of
worship and their integrated auxiliaries (e.g., church-run soup
kitchens) are exempt from this mandate—which requires employers...
Patriot Voices... Santorum Calls for U.S. Air Strikes against
ISIS Forces in Iraq
Verona, PA -- Former U.S. Senator, former Republican presidential
candidate, author of Blue Collar Conservatives and Patriot Voices
Chairman Rick Santorum today issued the following statement on the
crisis in Iraq: "President Obama's policies in the Mideast - and
particularly in Iraq - have proven to be a disaster, and are now
putting the lives and interests of U.S. citizens, our Arab...
Way, by Kathryn Lopez
Jun 14, 2014 - I was dismayed to see the latest video from the pro-life
activist group Live Action, which specializes in investigating what's
going on inside America's "women's health clinics." It highlights a
Planned Parenthood educational video and PP employees advising teens
about BDSM -- a catchall for sexual violence: bondage, discipline and
domination, submission and sadism and masochism. It encapsulates the
darkness of "50 Shades of Grey" -- which one staffer recommends as a
The Daily Signal… 9 Government Programs Your Tax Dollars Are
Being Wasted On,
by Michael Sargent, June 12, 2014 - If someone approached you on the
street and asked for a dollar to promote mohair exports—or to perfect a
weight-sensing skateboard—would you give it to him? Probably not. Yet
these are enterprises you have unknowingly supported through paying
your federal taxes. Wasteful projects that should be far outside the
scope of government are endemic across federal agencies and need to be
eliminated. The problem is...
Hats Off to All
Fathers Who are Men, Mark W. Hendrickson
Jun 15, 2014 - This isn’t going to be one of those sentimental Father’s
Day articles, even though that is what I would prefer. This article
will have a bit of an edge to it. Please excuse my bluntness, but
fatherhood is serious business, and for me to sugarcoat or evade the
truth about it would benefit nobody. Here goes: What does my peculiar
title mean? Aren’t all fathers men? No, they are not. All fathers are
male, but not all fathers are men. Maleness is a biological identity...
Santorum Comments on Immigration Reform in
Light of Cantor Loss
Verona, PA - Former U.S. Senator, former Republican presidential
candidate, chairman of Patriot Voices and author of Blue Collar
Conservatives Rick Santorum issued the following statement today
regarding the future of immigration reform: "While I do not think we
can blame the immigration issue as the sole reason Eric Cantor lost on
Tuesday, we cannot ignore that his support for amnesty...
Daily Signal… A Defeat for
Terrible Teachers in California, by Katrina Trinko
June 10, 2014 - It won’t be as simple from now on for ineffective
California teachers to coast off to a lifetime career on easy street.
In a Los Angeles Superior Court ruling today, Judge Rolf M. Treu “found
five California laws governing teacher tenure, layoffs and dismissals
unconstitutional,” reports Politico. “Treu found,” reporter Stephanie
Simon wrote, “that the statutes permit too many grossly incompetent
teachers to remain in classrooms across the state —and found that those
Breitbart… Rand Paul: Let's Compromise on Amnesty,
by Tony Lee
11 Jun 2014 - A day after House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) lost
his primary after Dave Brat hammered him on amnesty, Sen. Rand Paul
(R-KY) embraced "immigration reform" on a conference call with Michael
Bloomberg's pro-amnesty group and Grover Norquist. Paul, a potential
2016 contender, reportedly said that "amnesty is a word that’s trapped
us," and, according to CNN, emphasized...
Breathtaking Blowout Loss, Guy Benson
Jun 11, 2014 - Our breaking news post captured how thoroughly
thunderstruck professional politicos were by House Majority Eric
Cantor's primary loss on Tuesday. As the news continues to sink in, a
few thoughts: (1) Always, always vote. You just never know. (2) Cantor
didn't just lose, which is shocking enough in and of itself; he got
blown out by ten points. Some people have suggested that Democratic
chicanery may have played a role in Dave Brat's mega-upset...
The Daily Signal… Obamacare’s New Implementer-in-Chief,
June 06, 2014 - It wasn’t supposed to be like this. On Thursday, 78
Senators, including 24 Republicans, voted to confirm Sylvia Burwell to
be Obamacare’s implementer-in-chief for the rest of his term. Burwell’s
predecessor Kathleen Sebelius had become inextricably linked to the
botched rollout, soaring premiums and a never-ending series of
unilateral alterations of law, and...
Daily Signal… Surprise! The
Government Now Can’t Even Guess How Much Obamacare Ultimately Will Cost,
by Genevieve Wood, June 06, 2014 - It’s no secret Obamacare is
unaffordable. But now we also know that even the Congressional Budget
Office can’t predict how much more this disastrous law will cost.
According to a footnote from a Congressional Budget Office report
released in April but reported this week by Roll Call, the law’s true
costs and long-term fiscal impact are simply impossible to track.
That’s a change in tune for the CBO, which originally reported in 2010
that Obamacare would pay...
The Daily Signal… Remembering D-Day in 18 Photos,
June 06, 2014 - Photo descriptions of the first D-Day photos at The
Daily Signal... American troops landing on Slapton Sands in England
during rehearsals for the invasion of Normandy. (Photo: Library of
Congress/Wikimedia). Seventy years ago, U.S.-led western allies invaded
Normandy in an effort to liberate Europeans from Nazi power during
Signal… Full Disclosure: Parents
Fault Medical Research Study for Putting Preemies in Harm’s Way,
by Sharyl Attkisson - June 05, 2014 - 'Not at the expense of our
daughter': Carrie and Shawn Pratt say they didn't know risks of oxygen
tests on their daughter, Dagen. In May 2007, Carrie and Shawn Pratt
agreed to sign up their severely premature daughter, Dagen, for a
government-funded study being conducted at Duke University Hospital.
The Pratts say they were told that researchers simply were gathering
information to help other children. “We never understood the study to
be based on manipulating...
Screening a Good Way to Decrease Liberty, by Ron Paul
Jun 03, 2014 - Last week Americans were shocked and saddened by another
mass killing, this one near a college campus in California. We all feel
deep sympathy for the families of the victims. As usual, many people
responded to this shooting by calling for new federal gun control laws,
including the mental health screening of anyone attempting to purchase
a firearm. There are a number of problems with this proposal.
Federally-mandated mental health screenings would require storing...
Townhall… Obama's Conservative Foreign Policy,
by Steve Chapman
Jun 01, 2014 - Conservatives generally agree on a few propositions. The
federal government should avoid spending money unnecessarily. It
shouldn't exceed its basic constitutional duties. It should encourage
self-reliance rather than dependency. It should accept that some
problems are beyond its ability to solve. Barack Obama, they may be
surprised to learn, agrees with much of this formula. He just applies
it in a realm where conservatives often don't...
Ohio’s Holocaust Memorial will be a testament against hate - Sunday
June 1, 2014 - It is hard to wrap one’s mind around the enormity of the
horrors of the Holocaust, the organized murder of 6 million Jews and
nearly as many Catholics, homosexuals and others. How to do so? Ohio’s
new Holocaust and Liberators Memorial at the Ohio Statehouse, to be
dedicated on Monday, does this with beauty: a stunning monument of
stone, granite, bronze and steel designed by world...
Heritage Foundation… Why You Should Be Alarmed About Marijuana
Legalization, Rob Bluey
May 30, 2014 - Marijuana legalization poses a significant health risk
to America’s youth—and many parents have no clue about the
consequences, says a former Obama administration drug policy adviser.
“Today’s marijuana is not the marijuana of the ‘60s, ‘70s or ‘80s. It’s
five to 15 times stronger,” Kevin Sabet said in an exclusive interview
with The Foundry. “I think a lot of Baby Boomers...
Obama Is Ignoring the Problems Her New School Lunch Standards Have
Daren Bakst - May 30, 2014 - Yesterday in an op-ed, First Lady Michelle
Obama attacked the House of Representatives for considering giving some
schools a one-year reprieve from complying with the new school lunch
requirements. In a New York Times column on her Let’s Move initiative,
Obama addressed several issues but sidestepped acknowledging key
problems that have been identified with the school lunch program. For
example, she doesn’t...
Foundation… A Jail
Sentence for Selling Hot Dogs? By Evan Bernick
May 23, 2014 - It should be obvious that throwing people in jail for
selling hot dogs is profoundly un-American. But in the state of North
Carolina, it could happen to you. In fact, it has already happened. In
2011, a judge sentenced Steven Pruner to 45 days in the custody of
Durham County’s sheriff. His sin? Selling dogs from a food cart near
Duke University Medical Center. In case you’re wondering, no, Pruner’s
dogs didn’t make anyone sick. But Pruner sold food without a license.
And, under North...
Human Events… Democrats try to run out the clock on the
VA scandal, By John Hayward
5/23/2014 - It’s comically obvious that the Democrats (and their good
buddy, “independent” socialist Bernie Sanders of Vermont) are fully
committed to the Obama Scandal Damage Control playbook over the VA
outrage. They’re going to try to drag this thing out for months,
and hope the public loses interest. The delaying tactics are
painfully obvious. In one voice, everyone from President Obama...
Foundation… School Car
Wash Fundraisers Banned in Virginia County
By Eric Boehm, May 24, 2014 - For years, car washes have been a
fundraising staple for high school sports teams, marching bands and
youth groups. Just get some kids together with buckets and soap, rent
out a parking lot, put up a sign and hope it doesn’t rain. But in
Arlington, Va., you also have to hope the government doesn’t catch you.
Charity car washes and car wash fundraisers are now banned on school
property there, after the Department of Environmental Services issued
new rules for...
Heritage Foundation… Worth Dying For, by James
May 26, 2014 - For myself and many other veterans, Memorial Day is
encapsulated in one unforgettable experience. That moment for me was
while I was still in uniform and teaching at West Point. I took a group
of cadets on a study tour of the battlefields at Normandy. We walked
the grounds of the U.S. cemetery overlooking the bluffs at Omaha Beach.
The crosses and Stars of David trace perfect lines across the rolling
grassy knolls — row...
Foundation… Texas Is
Booming With New Jobs and 'Dirt Cheap' Energy. Why Are Some People
Josh Shepherd - May 25, 2014 - Texas is getting under some people’s
skin. Its population is growing. Its people are becoming more
prosperous. It is creating both billionaires and employing more
minimum-wage workers than any other state. Its energy sector has
thrived—year-over-year drilling has doubled so far in 2014, with 10,000
new wells drilled just since January. Its technology corridor now
extends for hundreds of miles along I-35. Texas is...
Heritage Foundation… IRS Holds Off -- for Now -- on Rules to
Restrict Political Groups
Amy Payne - May 23, 2014 - Any day that the Obama administration halts
its regulatory overreach is a good day – even if it won’t last forever.
Yesterday, the IRS announced it would hold off until next year on new
rules that would have restricted the activities of nonprofit groups.
The administration had been working on these behind the scenes since
last year. But after the agency’s targeting of...
Attraction: Summertime "Premium Hike Drumbeat" by Guy
May 23, 2014 - The Hill previews healthcare consumers' upcoming summer
slog, and it isn't pretty for Democrats: States are nailing down dates
to release 2015 premium costs under ObamaCare, and their decisions will
guarantee a drumbeat of news about rate hikes all the way to the
November midterm elections. Democrats are bracing for grim headlines
that could put the unpopular law back at the forefront of voters’
minds. Premiums are expected to go up in a majority of states, as...
Townhall… The Top 5 Things Graduating Students Need
To Hear Before They Go Into The Real World,
by John Hawkins - May 24, 2014 - All across America at this time of
year, there are high school and college students graduating from our
education system and heading into the real world. Here's a little
advice for them from outside the liberal cocoon their teachers have
weaved over the last few years. 1) You were not born special: Everyone
is not a winner. Everyone is not a good person. Everyone doesn't
deserve to have high self-esteem...
White House Worked on Concocting Benghazi Lie DURING the Attacks,
By Matthew Burke - May 23, 2014 - House Oversight and Government Reform
Committee Chairman Darrell Issa said on Thursday that the Obama White
House was contacting YouTube owner Google during the Benghazi terrorist
attacks, working on the false narrative even before Americans were out
of harm’s way and before the intelligence community...
Obama's Press Conference on VA Scandal Wasn't Good Enough
- By Daniel Doherty, May 22, 2014 - We wrote up the president’s
uninspiring press conference yesterday. In essence, he called for a
series of investigations after numerous and sundry allegations surfaced
that corruption and malfeasance is rampant at the VA. He also announced
that Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki would stay on, and
help with those ongoing efforts. The problem? Even his fellows
Democrats aren’t impressed. Indeed, his wooden and emotionless response
is provoking all sorts of...
Foundation… Saving for
Retirement -- Without the Government, by Amy Payne
May 19, 2014 - We can all agree that it’s good for Americans to save
for retirement. But should the government expand from providing old-age
entitlement benefits to controlling personal retirement investments as
well? Whether you want to or not, we’re forced to pay into Social
Security and Medicare. But today’s working Americans don’t have the
guarantee that these programs will be there to carry us through
retirement. Why? The taxes we’re paying now are supporting today’s
retirees – not...
Santorum Slams DCCC for Calling War Veteran
Lee Zeldin a Coward; Patriot
Voices PAC Endorses Zeldin for Congress in NY-1
- Verona, PA - Former U.S. Senator, former Republican presidential
candidate, chairman of Patriot Voices and author of Blue Collar
Conservatives Rick Santorum issued the following statement about the
Democratic Campaign Congressional Committee's (DCCC) attack on Lee
Zeldin in his run for Congress in New York's first Congressional
is an unbelievably egregious attack on an American...
Conservatives… Wall Street
Journal and National Review Offer Praise for Rick Santorum's Blue
- Verona, PA - In case you missed it, both The Wall Street Journal and
National Review offered praise for former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum's
book Blue Collar Conservatives. Below are excerpts from each
article: From The Wall Street Journal's Gerald Seib: Republicans
already obsessing about the 2016 presidential sweepstakes have paid
little attention so far to Rick Santorum. That's a mistake...It is a...
Foundation… 9 Obamacare
Predictions That Have Come True, by Robert Moffit
May 5, 2014 - It directly affects the personal life of every American,
and it controls or regulates a complex sector of the American economy
that is slightly larger than the entire economy of France. If you
guessed Obamacare, you’ve been paying attention for the past four
years. Four years ago, many health policy analysts, including those at
The Heritage Foundation, predicted some of the effects this law would
have on Americans. These...
Foundation… Terrorists Who
Kidnap Little Girls, Amy Payne
May 14, 2014 - Parents and relatives of kidnapped schoolgirls react
during a protest over the Nigerian government's failure to rescue the
abducted girls. Americans have increasingly been pulled into the
frightening story of more than 250 schoolgirls in Nigeria who were
kidnapped by terrorist group Boko Haram. People around the world have
watched and prayed and helped spread awareness of...
Politicians Love to Say — And What They Really Mean, By
If you've listened to more than one campaign speech, press conference
or prime time address, you've likely noticed that politicians'
vocabularies have become strangely limited. While our elected officials
attempt to solve some of America's most difficult problems, their
discourse has descended into something between Morse code and picture
book. Here are just a few of our politicians' very favorite
catchphrases and what they really mean. 1. We need stronger leadership
in Washington, D.C. -- I've always...
Redstate… Nebraska and the Status Quo,
By Erick Erickson
May 12th, 2014 - The Nebraska Republican primary draws near and the
race is clear test of whether Republicans support the status quo. As
Shane Osborn collapses in the Senate polling and Ben Sasse’s lead
grows, some Republicans are flirting with Sid Dinsdale. Dinsdale claims
to be a “life long” Republican, with a pattern of giving to Democrats.
He’s a pretty good example of a crony...
Wake Up To Green Movement's Radicalism, By Stephen Moore
5/2/14 - Can Opinion Turn Against Not-So-Jolly Green Giant? How much of
a toll on the American economy does the green movement have to charge
before Americans start to wake up to the dastardliness of radical
environmentalism? Last month we saw firsthand one impact of Big Green
on our economy with the White House announcement that the Keystone XL
pipeline won't be built for at least six more months. Ten thousand blue
collar jobs, almost all paying more than $50,000 a year, down the drain...
Finance… Google Tells
Conservative News Website to Take a Hike, Michael Schaus
May 09, 2014 - The Conservative oriented website dedicated to
aggregating news from around the world-wide-interwebs, Weasel Zippers,
has just lost its primary funding source because… Well… It’s kinda hard
to say. According to the site, Google AdSense (an add generator
produced by the infamously liberal corporation in Silicon Valley) has
cancelled its agreement with the website because of apparent violations
Latest Idea: Send One Person to Help With Benghazi Investigation,
Katie Pavlich - May 09, 2014 - Will Democrats actively participate in
the Benghazi Select Committee? At this point, who knows. When Speaker
John Boehner announced he would form the Committee last weeks,
Democrats threatened to boycott altogether by refusing to participate.
Then, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi demanded the Committee be split
equally between Democrats and Republicans, despite...
Why the GOP is
Divided, by Steve Deace
May 10, 2014 - The following is an excerpt from the new book “Rules for
Patriots: How Conservatives Can Win Again.” Several times during the
2012 campaign I had newspaper reporters from across the country contact
me for my take on what Mitt Romney has to do to rally his base for the
general election. I always told them they were asking the wrong
question. The question isn’t whether or not Romney would be able to
successfully rally his base—the question is whether or not he actually
D.C. Gets a New Obamacare Tax,
by Marguerite Bowling
May 6, 2014 - The District of Columbia’s legislative body voted today
to give its health exchange the power to tax any health-related
insurance product sold in the city. The D.C. Council, in a unanimous
vote, approved the emergency tax measure to help the D.C. Health
Benefit Exchange Authority run the online insurance exchange set up
under the national health law known as Obamacare, The Washington Post
reported. The D.C. bill...
Benghazi Select Committee Has Been Established. Why That's a Good Thing.
Helle Dale - May 9, 2014 - On Thursday, the U.S. House of
Representatives voted, 232-186, to establish an investigative Select
Committee on Benghazi. The committee, which will consist of seven
Republicans and five Democrats, is a welcome if overdue step toward
getting to the truth about the terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2012,
which left four Americans dead, including Ambassador Christopher
Stevens. The committee was established with bipartisan support...
News Radio… Federal
government as an employer -- Is the glass half full or half empty?
Monday - 5/5/2014 - Commentary by Jeff Neal - This column was
originally published on Jeff Neal's blog, ChiefHRO.com, and was
republished here with permission from the author. Now that OPM is
sending out the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, it is a good time to
talk about the government as an employer. The U.S. government has its
share of critics — both inside and out. We also talk about how federal
employees have been treated in recent years, with pay freezes, fed...
Heritage Foundation… 9 Obamacare Predictions That Have Come True,
May 5, 2014 - It directly affects the personal life of every American,
and it controls or regulates a complex sector of the American economy
that is slightly larger than the entire economy of France. If you
guessed Obamacare, you’ve been paying attention for the past four
years. Four years ago, many health policy analysts, including those at
The Heritage Foundation, predicted some of the effects...
take $1.8 trillion bite out of economy, By: Christine
5/5/2014 - The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) this week
released its annual Ten Thousand Commandments report on the size and
scope of federal regulations. According to the report, federal
regulations took a $1.863 trillion bite out of the U.S. economy in
2013. The report aims to establish a baseline for the largely unknown
“hidden tax” of the U.S. regulatory state, since more than 99 percent
of federal regulations are never subjected to cost-benefit analysis.
“Federal agencies crank out thousands...
Townhall… Contempt Vote Coming Down on Lerner,
by Katie Pavlich
May 05, 2014 - The House of Representatives will vote this week on
whether to hold former head of tax exempt groups at the IRS Lois Lerner
in contempt of Congress. Back in April, the House Oversight Committee
voted to hold Lerner in Contempt after she plead the Fifth for a second
time in March. Many lawmakers argue Lerner waived her Fifth Amendment
rights the first time she testified the first time last year due to
making an opening statement...
| GOP Politics… The Roots of Obama's Foreign Policy Troubles,
The White House Dossier
President Obama’s foreign policy is a disaster. He cruised along for
awhile, but then the rest of the world figured him out and started
taking matters into their own hands, for which the Devil has made ample
use. And now, as everyone can see, we’re in deep doodoo in every corner
of the globe. Here’s why: 1. Obama never cared about foreign policy.
The president came into office with one thing in mind: To
“fundamentally transform” the United States into a a kind of Northern
Cuba where he could...
| WND… Now teachers revolt over Common Core tests
'Our professional judgment dictates that we cannot participate in this
assessment' - By Leo Hohmann - Teachers at a New York City high school
fired a shot across the bow of the concept of a nationalized education
industry Thursday, becoming the first in their state to refuse to
administer a standardized test tied to the controversial Common Core
national standards. The boycott by teachers at Prospect Heights
International School in Brooklyn comes amid a small but growing
“opt-out” movement. Thousands...
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