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Federal News Radio… DC weather wimps salute snowbound America, By Mike Causey
Normally by mid-February, if not before, people who live in the metro Washington, D.C. area — in and outside the Beltway — are the laughing stock of the nation. And that’s not because of POTUS de jour, or the antics of politicians who folks back home send here to sometimes say or do silly, even dangerous things. That’s not the problem. The problem, normally.
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Federal News Radio… Cutting the federal workforce is harder than it sounds, By Jeff Neal
February 8, 2017 - The Trump administration and the Congress have been talking about reducing the size of the federal workforce. Given that the President and many members of Congress ran on a platform of doing just that, it should not come as a surprise to anyone. Like many things in life, this one is harder than it might appear to be. There are three reasons why.
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Federal News Radio… Frog’s-eye-view of life in D.C. swamp, By Mike Causey
January 30, 2017 - When you run for president of the U.S., it is better to be an outsider — like Jimmy Carter vs. Gerald Ford or Bill Clinton vs. George H.W. Bush or Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton. Bashing bureaucrats, Washington, all creatures who live inside its infamous beltway, is by-and-large a good PR move. Some believe that before we build a wall on the extended.
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New Legislation Could Open Up Health Care Options After an Obamacare Repeal, Rachel del Guidice - Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., has introduced a bill in the House that, if passed, will allow individuals to decide how they want their health care funds to be spent, without the influence of the government or health insurance providers. Brat said that the health savings account legislation is a way for lawmakers to prove to the American people that they... read more
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The Daily Signal… Here’s to the Men and Women in Blue, John G. Malcolm
December 27, 2016 -- This holiday season, I found myself thinking about our men and women in blue, who had a very tough year. An article appeared in last week’s Wall Street Journal titled “The Hidden Hurt of Life on the Beat” that poignantly described the lasting trauma that some officers face after being involved in what can politely be described as a hair-raising incident, and which often results in their injury.
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The Daily Signal… This Nonprofit Is Saving Kids—and Taxpayer Money, Kelsey Harkness
January 03, 2017 - When David Anderson began asking volunteers in Chicago to host children from high-risk families to give them a break, he never imagined his idea would take off. “I’m a son of a bricklayer so I never imagined that we would grow,” Anderson told The Daily Signal. But 14 years later, his organization, Safe Families for.
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The Daily Signal… 3 Steps to Become a Better Communicator in 2017, Beverly Hallberg
“To communicate well is to run the world … ” … is what I would’ve said if someone had asked my opinion of the most important skill you can possess. Maybe it’s an overstatement, but there is a nugget of truth buried in it that’s worth exploring as you prepare your resolutions for 2017. Good communicators are deeply valued by their employers, and for good.
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Heritage Foundation… Christmas With the Presidents, Lee Edwards
December 21, 2016 - Christmas is a time of celebration and coming together, of letting go of old—and not so old—hurts and looking forward to a new day and a new year. It is a time to remember the ancient proverb, “It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.” And this year, it is a prime opportunity to give thanks for a “tree.
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The Daily Signal… Remembering the Many Accomplishments of John Glenn, Jacob Jordan & Thomas Spoehr - December 09, 2016 - In his 95 years, Glenn held three distinguished careers as a military aviator, an astronaut, and a four-term U.S. senator, accomplishing more in one lifetime than many could ever dream. Glenn was born on July 18, 1921, in Cambridge, Ohio. When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, he left college to enlist in the... read more
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The Daily Signal… Ohio Lawmakers Put ‘Heartbeat’ Abortion Ban on Governor’s Desk, Leah Jessen - December 07, 2016 - The Ohio Legislature has passed and sent to Gov. John Kasich’s desk a measure that would ban abortion after a baby’s heartbeat is detected, about six weeks following conception. Lawmakers passed the Unborn Heartbeat Protection Act on Tuesday as an amendment to a child abuse and neglect bill. If signed by Kasich, the legislation... read more
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The Huffington Post… IMPACT... Feel The Sticker Shock Of Someone Who Lives In Poverty, Sarah Ruiz-Grossman - Editor Caution: Language... Imagine if instead of $4.88 per gallon, your milk suddenly cost $24.40. It hurts, right? Well, that’s how buying everyday necessities can feel for families in poverty. An ad campaign called Poverty Line Prices, launched last month by San Francisco Bay Area nonprofit Tipping Point Community... read more
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The Daily Signal… The Continuing Relevance of the Constitution, Larry Arnn
November 28, 2016 - Public policy is often exciting and urgent. When a war begins or ends, when votes are counted in an election, or when a major bill is passed, everyone senses the magnitude of the event. Some struggles end and new struggles begin. Consequences carry far into the future. Compared to this, and especially given the way.
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The Daily Signal… Thanksgiving: A Uniquely American Holiday, By Melanie Kirkpatrick
Just about every country has a national day, a holiday when citizens stop to honor their constitution, celebrate a monarch’s birthday, recall the day their nation was liberated from colonial rule, or otherwise pay tribute to their country’s origins. The United States isn’t unique in celebrating a day of independence. But Thanksgiving is something else. Only a few countries set aside a day.
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The Heritage Foundation… Thanksgiving Through the Years, By Lee Edwards
November 23, 2016 - George Washington was first in war, first in peace, and in November 1789, the first president to proclaim a national day of thanksgiving, openly acknowledging God as the source of all “the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.” Among the “favors” were a Declaration of Independence.
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Federal News Radio… Trump’s blueprint for feds, By Mike Causey
November 14, 2016 - If the mechanic gave your car an expensive overhaul and clean bill of health and it exploded the next day on the Beltway, would you take what’s left of it back to him to repair? If you paid big bucks for a poodle puppy that grew into an eight-foot long Komodo Dragon, would you patronize that pet shop again? If you go to the salon.
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Streamlining 'Shadow Work', By Colleen Flaherty
Cornell looks for ways to cut time professors spend on administrative requirements, as opposed to teaching and research. November 8, 2016 - Bagging our own groceries, printing out boarding passes, pumping our own gas -- everyone's day involves some "shadow work," tasks that previously would have been performed by someone else paid to.
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Why We Use Electoral College, Not Popular Vote, Jarrett Stepman
November 07, 2016 - The Electoral College remains in place over two centuries after the framers of the Constitution empowered it to select presidents. Though occasionally maligned, this system of electing a chief executive has been incredibly successful for the American people. Many modern voters might be surprised to learn that when.
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Federal News Radio… You’re (almost) all winners. Literally! By Mike Causey
November 4, 2016 - I once worked at a place that had an employee of the month award. I forget what the prize was. Maybe because I never won it. But I digress … There were only about 25 people in the operation. The top managers, I assumed, were not eligible for the monthly award. I think the pool of potential winners was like 17 or 18 people. A couple of interesting.
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Federal News Radio… Beware the flatulence police, By Mike Causey
October 31, 2016 - It is often said that as California goes, so goes the nation. When the biggest state gets a cold, the rest of us eventually sneeze. Thanks in large part to the influence of Hollywood and its sheer size, California is often a trendsetter for the 49 other states. When experts try to predict premium changes in the federal health program.
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Heritage Foundation… Improving the Quantity and Quality of America’s Volunteerism, Brian Fikkert - Volunteerism dropped in 2015, continuing a decade-long trend in which the percentage of adults who volunteer has declined by a total of 3.9 percentage points. Regrettably, these recent declines are part of a century-long decrease in rates of volunteerism in America,[1] a trend rooted in fundamental issues that hinder not only the... read more

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