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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...
| The Daily Signal… A Conservative Student’s Take On the Recent
Julius Kairey - November 19, 2015 - Can liberalism defend itself from
its progeny? This question is rarely considered by liberals themselves.
But after seeing the disturbances on America’s campuses over the last
couple of weeks, they would be well-advised to start. Universities are
supposed to be bastions of liberalism. Liberal administrators have
insisted for decades that they know how to craft an environment free of
hatred and bigotry...
The Daily Signal… The Most Underrated Sign of Lincoln’s Genius,
by Paul Gallagher
November 19, 2015 -- There are many reasons to praise President Abraham
Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, delivered 152 years ago today. Its
eloquent expressions. Its healing tone. Its inspiring message. As an
editor, however, I must tip my hat to something else: its brevity. A
presidential speech that’s only 272 words long brings new meaning to
the word “concise.” Indeed...
Heritage Foundation… Not Much for Conservatives to Love in No
Child Left Behind Rewrite,
By Lindsey Burke -- November 20, 2015 -- There isn’t much for
conservatives to love in the policies put forward in the proposed
rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorization
currently moving through Congress. Proponents of the No Child Left
Behind rewrite have argued that the proposal would prohibit the
education secretary from encouraging states to adopt...
| The Daily Signal… Paris Terrorist Attacks Underscore the
Expanding Threat Posed by ISIS,
James Phillips - November 18, 2015 - The terrorist attacks launched in
Paris on Friday that killed at least 129 people have been claimed by
and traced back to the Islamic State, also known as ISIS. It is one
more sign that the Islamic State (which has seized territory the size
of Maryland inside Syria and Iraq) poses a growing terrorist threat to
the United States and its allies. Within the last month, ISIS also has
been implicated in the...
The Daily Signal… 12 Bills That the Filibuster Stopped From
Philip Wegmann - November 11, 2015 - Frustrated by an entrenched
Democratic minority in the Senate, some of the Republicans who control
both houses of Congress have renewed calls for filibuster reform. House
Republicans penned a letter to Senate leadership in September, asking
that it lower the threshold of votes needed to achieve “cloture” and
overcome a filibuster blocking action...
| The Daily Signal… How the US Scores on a New Index of the
Most Charitable Nations, by Leah Jessen
November 10, 2015 -- ‘Tis the season to be generous. But throughout the
year, warmhearted Americans put the United States near the top of the
most giving nations in the world, according to a newly released
scorecard. The World Giving Index, compiled by the Charities Aid
Foundation, ranks 145 countries on how generous their general
populations are in charitable activities. The United States came in at
No. 2, behind Myanmar. “The impulse...
| The Daily Signal… They Claimed Giving All Students Free
School Lunches Would Raise Test Scores. Here’s What Happened.
By Chris Butler -- November 10, 2015 -- In 2014, education leaders
ranging from the U.S. secretary of education down to local school
officials promised that kids would do better if districts adopted a
federal program that provides no-cost lunches to students regardless of
financial need. It hasn’t worked out that way in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Board members in charge of the Hamilton County School System voted...
The Daily Signal… 9 Reasons Why Obama Just Made Wrong
Decision on Keystone Pipeline,
Nicolas Loris - November 06, 2015 - It took President Barack Obama only
2,604 days to reject the permit application for the Keystone XL
pipeline. In a statement today, Obama said the pipeline “would not
serve the national interest of the United States.” “America is now a
global leader when it comes to taking serious action to fight climate
change,” Obama added. “And...
The Great Life I Had, From a
This was actually a parody of Julie Andrews' famous song that was done
by someone else at an AARP convention. This is what the good life has
come to for many of us. If you sing it, its especially
hysterical!!! Botox and nose drops and needles for knitting, Walkers
and handrails and new dental fittings, Bundles of magazines tied
up in string, These are a few of my favorite things. Cadillacs and
The Daily Signal… Feel the Bern? Sanders Offers Bill to End
US Prohibitions on Marijuana,
Natalie Johnson - November 05, 2015 - Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.,
introduced a bill Wednesday to lift federal prohibitions on marijuana
and throw the decision on legalizing the drug squarely into the hands
of the states. Sanders’ plan would strike marijuana from the Drug
Enforcement Administration’s list of the “most dangerous” substances,
The Missing Wife, From a CNO
Husband went to the sheriff's department to report that his wife was
missing. Husband: My wife is missing. She went shopping yesterday
and has not come home.... Sergeant: What is her height?
Husband: Gee, I'm not sure. A little over five-feet tall.
Sergeant: Weight? Husband: Don't know. Not slim, not really
fat. Sergeant: Color of eyes? Husband: Sort of brown I
think. Never really noticed...
women shouldn’t take men shopping, From a CNO Reader
After I retired, my wife insisted that I accompany her on her trips to
Target. Unfortunately, like most men, I found shopping boring and
preferred to get in and get out. Equally unfortunate, my wife is like
most women - she loves to browse. Yesterday my dear wife received the
following letter from the local Target. Dear Mrs. Samsel, Over the past
six months, your husband has caused quite...
Daily Signal… Arizona’s
Obamacare Co-Op to Shut Down After Receiving $93.3 Million From the
-- Meritus Health Partners, a co-op in Arizona, announced Friday it
would be closing its doors. The co-op is the 11th of 23 created under
Obamacare to shutter. (Photo: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters/Newscom) Two days
before the start of Obamacare’s open enrollment period, a nonprofit
health insurance provider located in Arizona announced that it would be
closing its doors, leaving more than 56,000 consumers to purchase new
Daily Signal… Lawmakers Probe
Taxpayer-Funded Academic Who Wants Obama to Prosecute Climate Change
by Kevin Mooney -- October 26, 2015 -- Taxpayer-funded college
professors and researchers who cite climate change to advocate
regulations that would raise energy costs for consumers have some
explaining to do, congressional investigators say. A House committee
wants to know more about the relationship between taxpayer money
received by the academics and their urging of President Obama...
The Daily Signal… 6 Key Exchanges From Hillary Clinton’s
By Melissa Quinn -- October 22, 2015 -- In a much-anticipated hearing,
former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appeared Thursday before a
panel of lawmakers tasked with investigating the 2012 terrorist attacks
in Benghazi, Libya. Clinton, who was secretary of state at the time of
the attacks and resigned five months after, testified before the House
Select Committee on Benghazi in an 11-hour hearing—the fourth public...
Daily Signal… How Marriage,
Strong Families Contribute to Economic Growth,
Rachel Sheffield - October 26, 2015 - Is there a connection between
strong families and a thriving economy? A new study, “Strong Families,
Prosperous States,” takes a step toward answering the question.
“Despite the clear economic gains associated with strong families at
the individual level, economists across the ideological spectrum have
failed to investigate whether strong families increase economic
growth,” co-authors Brad Wilcox...
14 Ways to Be
an Annoying Tourist When You're Traveling, by Kate
Do you make these touristy moves?© Dominique Maitre Do you make these
touristy moves? Reddit user xavierdc recently asked this question:
"Non-Americans of Reddit, What is a dead giveaway that a tourist in
your country is American?" The post blew up within hours with hundreds
of hilarious (and somewhat embarrassing) responses that may cause us to
rethink some of our choices next time we travel abroad. Take a look at
some of these hilariously...
Daily Signal… Seattle Voted to
Hike the Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour. Here’s What Happened to Seattle’s
By Leah Jessen -- October 22, 2015 -- The $15 minimum wage increase in
the Seattle area “is getting off to a pretty bad start,” according to a
new report. Data shows that the Seattle Metropolitan Statistical Area
(MSA) lost 700 restaurant jobs from January to September of this year,
and a report from the American Enterprise Institute suggests that this
could be the product of adverse effects of minimum wage hikes on
Daily Signal… Ohio Might Be the
Next State to Defund Planned Parenthood, By Kate Scanlon
October 22, 2015 -- Ohio could become the next state to defund Planned
Parenthood. The Ohio Senate approved legislation on Wednesday that
would prevent state and certain federal funds from going to Planned
Parenthood. The legislation was approved in a 23-10 vote and was sent
to the Republican-led state House for consideration. In a statement,
Ohio Senate President Keith Faber, R-Celina, said that “these public
funds will now provide...
Daily Signal… 6 Out of 10
Americans Oppose Partial Obamacare Repeal That Leaves Taxes In Place,
Matthew Streit - October 21, 2015 - Republicans have voted to repeal
Obamacare dozens of times. This week the House will try again using a
budgetary tactic called reconciliation to repeal parts of the law.
Reconciliation is the filibuster-proof tool Democrats used to pass the
President Barack Obama’s signature health care law in March of 2010.
Earlier this year, Republicans signaled they would use the legislative...
News Radio… Time to stick a
plastic fork into this federal program? By Tom Temin
October 21, 2015 -- I never bought school lunches. My mom always packed
mine into a metal lunchbox. I would buy a little bottle of whole milk
at the cafeteria for 3 cents. Impossibly, I still have a Keds shoe box
full of the cardboard bottle stops, each illustrated with a sketch of a
U.S. president. The latest one was LBJ. Today the prosaic school lunch
has become an object of intense federal effort — and the evidence shows
it’s not working out too well...
Hillary's Long On Ambition, Short on Principles,
Jonah Goldberg - Oct 09, 2015 - Hillary Clinton revealed on Wednesday
that she opposes the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, providing
just the latest evidence that she is little more than political
ambition wrapped in a pantsuit. Pay attention to the press coverage,
because it's fascinating: Nobody takes Clinton at her word. I'm not
just referring to her conservative critics. Slate's Jim Newell asks,
"Will anyone find Clinton's position convincing?" The...
News Radio… ‘You snooze you
lose’ message timed perfectly for Boehner on way out,
By Francis Rose -- October 12, 2015 -- Last week, as the House of
Representatives came down around Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy
(R-Calif.), I told a colleague, “John Boehner (R-Ohio) promised to
‘clean the barn up’ before he left. He should go big before he goes
home.” The lightbulb came on in my head. What a great title for a
commentary! It would riff eloquently on the work Boehner could get done
between now and his departure date, especially since...
The carrot, the egg and the coffee bean,
From a CNO reader
A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how
things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make
it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. Her
mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water. In
the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the
last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit...
Daily Signal… McCain Urges Lawsuit
Against Obama Administration Over the Iran Deal,
David Brody - October 07, 2015 - Sen. John McCain says he wants to see
a lawsuit against the Obama administration over the Iran nuclear deal.
“I think he’s in defiance of the law and I believe we should have
lawsuits that bring justice,” McCain tells The Daily Signal. Back in
the spring, President Barack Obama signed into law the Corker-Cardin
bill, which required his administration to turn over “all related
materials and annexes” related to the Iran deal...
Townhall… What Common-Sense Gun
Control Looks Like, by Erick Erickson
Oct 09, 2015 -- Last Thursday, as Americans were still coming to grips
with the tragic rampage in Oregon, President Obama addressed the
American people. An hour before the president spoke, news outlets were
confirming that the shooter in Oregon had targeted his victims based on
their religion. Multiple eyewitnesses and relatives of the victims all
said the shooter asked the victims to state their religion...
Events… The Media’s Latest Phony
Attack on Ben Carson, David Limbaugh
Friday Oct 9, 2015 - How about the next time the mainstream media
decide to fabricate a controversy against a conservative presidential
candidate, they choose something less laughable? The media’s latest
faux gasp concerns Dr. Ben Carson’s comments about the Oregon school
shooting. When I first watched news reports on it, I didn’t immediately
grasp the reason for the fuss, not having the artificial sensibilities
of the MSM...
Daily Signal… Recess Consultant
Hired in Minnesota Schools, Kids Get Coached Through Play Time,
by Leah Jessen -- October 06, 2015 -- What happens when an adult steps
onto the recess playground with new rules and a game list in hand that
reads “Animal Tag,” “Four Square Volleyball,” and “Basketball Bowling?”
Two elementary schools in the Minneapolis area, in the town of Edina,
have gone from the usual “on duty” recess supervisor to hiring a recess
consultant. As part of a new strategy, kids are now coached through
play at recess...
Daily Signal… How California’s
New Assisted Suicide Law Could Especially Hurt the Poor,
By Katrina Trinko -- October 06, 2015 -- “My concern is for people who
don’t have resources, who don’t have a choice. You read about Oregon
denying someone a lung transplant, but, ‘Here, you can you have these
pills.’ That’s my fear about what this would become.” That’s what
Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, a Democrat who represents the San Diego
area, told the Sacramento...
Daily Signal… NY Times Report:
Number of Oregon Natives Want Guns After Massacre,
by Sara Jones -- October 09, 2015 -- The tragedy at Umpqua Community
College in Oregon has reignited the national gun debate. Unlike
President Barack Obama, who called for stricter gun control, The New
York Times reports that many residents of Roseburg, Ore., “want to have
a gun.” Passion and tension have gripped the nation as Americans fight
for what they believe would be the best answer to prevent future gun
massacres in the homeland. According to...
Federal News Radio… Shutdown
preppers update, By Mike Causey
October 8, 2015 - This is something that even the GS 13 who has
everything will appreciate. What is it? How about food? Money, maybe?
If money is too impersonal, get him or her one of those prepper kits.
You know, packages containing a week, month or year” supply of
delicious all-you-add-is-water meals. Something to get someone through
Daily Signal… Senators Reach
Long-Elusive Deal to Reduce ‘Unjust’ Prison Sentences,
by Josh Siegel -- October 01, 2015 -- A bipartisan group of senators
have reached a long-elusive deal on criminal justice reform, with a
proposal that would reduce mandatory minimum prison sentences for
certain nonviolent drug offenses and allow well-behaved inmates to earn
time off their prison terms. After months of negotiations, the Senate
Judiciary Committee’s agreement — dubbed the Criminal Justice Reform
and Corrections Act of 2015 — was set to be introduced...
Townhall… Our Shameful Foreign
Policy, Erick Erickson
Oct 02, 2015 - Barack Obama has made the American political left
comfortable with human rights abuses. See a despot engaged in genocide
in Obama's America, blame George W. Bush and move on. In Afghanistan,
American soldiers are being driven out of the military for taking
action to stop Afghan soldiers from raping boys. Rape is a war crime...
Washington Post…Trump will lose,
or I will eat this column, By Dana Milbank
October 2 - I never expected to write these words, but I miss Mitt
Romney. On Wednesday, the day the front-runner for the 2016 Republican
presidential nomination was in New Hampshire alleging that Syrian
refugees fleeing for their lives may actually be clandestine
terrorists, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee was in Washington,
talking sense. “Donald Trump will not be the nominee,” Romney told a
Daily Signal… The Consequences
of Russia’s Bombing Campaign in Syria,
Josh Siegel - October 01, 2015 - Since the fall of the Soviet Union,
the United States has worked to isolate Russia from the Middle East.
Now, in 2015 and five years into a devastating civil war in Syria,
Russia has not only entered the most intractable situation in the
Middle East, but also attacked the situation with indiscriminate
authority. Under the guise of fighting terrorism to protect itself and
save the ruthless government of Bashar Assad, Russian...
Daily Signal… Forensic Analysis:
Planned Parenthood Videos Are ‘Authentic’ by Kate Scanlon
September 29, 2015 -- A forensic analysis of undercover videos about
Planned Parenthood’s abortion practices are “authentic and show no
evidence of manipulation or editing,” according to a report released
Tuesday by Alliance Defending Freedom. The analysis was completed by
Coalfire, a digital security and forensics firm that has worked on
civil and criminal investigations. The firm had access to all audio and
video investigative footage...
Crisis Magazine… Can Virtue Heal
the American Right? Rachel Lu
September 24, 2015 - We’ve come to that agonizing point in our
political process when each political party must choose its champion.
Republicans are trying to decide in whose hands to place their party’s
fate. The inexperienced but well-spoken Marco Rubio? Rand Paul, a man
of intelligence and conviction who nonetheless selected...
Daily Signal… In Address to
Congress, Pope Defends Dignity of Politics, Work, Life, Family, and
by Ryan T. Anderson -- September 24, 2015 -- Before a joint session of
Congress this morning, Pope Francis delivered a rousing address calling
upon Americans to live up to the highest of our nation’s ideals.
Pointing to Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr., Dorothy Day, and
Thomas Merton, Francis praised Americans for their commitments to
“liberty,” “liberty in plurality and non-exclusion,” “social justice
and the rights...
No, Donald Trump Did Not Have To Correct A
Questioner, By Erick Erickson
September 21st, 2015 -- I’ve more than once seen plants at events who
ask awkward questions to try to catch someone on tape. I myself have
been subject to that on more than one occasion. Someone asked Donald
Trump a question about President Obama being a Muslim and the media
world has collectively freaked out. Donald Trump is under no obligation
to correct someone asking a question. He does...
Daily Signal… 6 Times John
Boehner Clashed With Conservatives, Kate Scanlon
September 25, 2015 - House Speaker John Boehner has announced that he
will resign as speaker and forfeit his congressional seat at the end of
next month. Boehner, R-Ohio, was first elected to Congress in 1990 and
was elected as speaker in 2011. His announcement comes the day after
Pope Francis became the first pope to address a joint session of
Congress at Boehner’s invitation. Here are six times Boehner clashed...
Daily Signal… Report: Four-Day
School Week Leads to Improved Academic Performance,
by Natalie Johnson -- September 16, 2015 -- As Labor Day abruptly
marked the end of summer, arguments for a four-day workweek roiled
across the Internet as a conduit to improved health and a greater
quality of life. But the question of students enjoying a shorter school
week has remained largely off the table because of concerns that an
extended weekend would hurt academic performance. A recent study found
otherwise. Students who attended...
Human Events… Why Don’t These
Candidates Ever Talk about Money? By Lawrence Kudlow
Monday Sep 21, 2015 -- While there were some great moments in the
latest GOP debate, and some terrific individual performances — Carly
Fiorina seemed to grab all the buzz in the aftermath — one thing that
barely came up was the economy. It was very much like the first debate.
The day after the candidates faced off, Fed chair Janet Yellen
announced a stand-pat, no-interest-rate-liftoff policy...
The Daily Signal… Fallen Cop’s
Colleagues Step In to Take His Daughter to Father-Daughter Dance,
Sara Jones - September 18, 2015 - On September 4, a group of six police
officers in Memphis, Tennessee, responded to a different kind of call
for help. Jewel Warren, an eight-year-old native of Memphis, was
invited to a “Father-Daughter” dance at school. Unfortunately, her
father, Tim Warren, a former Memphis police...
Daily Signal… The Idiocy of the
ACLU’s Lawsuit Against a New School Choice Option,
by Ed Feulner -- September 07, 2015 -- Another school year is underway,
and more parents than ever are using school choice to ensure the best
education for their children. Or should I say trying to use it? Some
groups, after all, are trying to thwart them. Who, you ask? Just ask
parents in Nevada. The Silver State is one of five nationwide (along
with Arizona, Mississippi, Florida, and Tennessee)...
|The Daily Signal… How the Supreme Court’s ‘One Person, One
Vote’ Case Could Boost Republican Clout,
by Natalie Johnson -- September 16, 2015 -- The Supreme Court will trek
into a redistricting case this fall that will settle the contested
meaning of the “one person, one vote” principle that has shaped
American elections for over half a century. At hand is whether
electoral districts should continue to be drawn using a state’s total
population, which is the current precedent, or if the system should
shift to account only for eligible voters...
News Radio… Guess who’s coming
to dinner? By Mike Causey
September 4, 2015 - What if your son, daughter or someone you loved,
cherished and wished well brought a surprise date home for
dinner. And you could see sparks flying. Could a mixed
marriage be in the offing? Then, to your surprise, you find out that
he, or she, the date, is a federal government worker. Maybe a
civilian with the Army, Navy or...
|Townhall… Straight Talk or Doublespeak from Trump and
Carson? By S. E. Cupp
Sep 11, 2015 -- "I say what I mean, and I mean what I say. Except when
I don't." This could be the campaign slogan for Republican candidates
Donald Trump and Ben Carson. Both have predicated their presidential
runs on their lack of political experience, which they insist allows
them to speak bluntly and without the manufactured political
correctness of other career politicians beholden to special interest
groups and the Washington establishment...
| The Daily Signal… Like No-Fault Divorce, Gay Marriage Will
Change Our Relationships Culture
- Mark Regnerus - September 06, 2015 - Advocates of same-sex marriage
have often mocked those who assert that a legal alteration in the very
structure of marriage will most certainly affect the institution
itself. Now that the Supreme Court has imposed same-sex marriage on the
entire nation, these competing hypotheses will play out for all to see.
Same-sex marriage does not merely add access for those couples that
Can We Please
Have a Rules-Based Policy? By Larry Kudlow
Sep 05, 2015 -- As stocks endure their worst correction since 2011, and
the battle between Fed doves and hawks rages on over a
quarter-of-a-percentage-point rate liftoff, the much-anticipated August
employment numbers made for a surprisingly mediocre report. Nonfarm
payrolls came in below consensus at 173,000. But private payrolls
increased only 140,000, the smallest gain in five months...
| The Daily Signal… Study: Kids Are Tossing Out the
Government’s Healthy Lunch Program,
Natalie Johnson - September 07, 2015 - The government’s push to mandate
kids to eat healthier is finding its efforts at the bottom of a waste
bin. A study published last week in Public Health Reports found that
while kids may be piling more fruits and vegetables onto their plates
as federal guidelines require, most are just tossing the healthy
additions into the trash. Researcher Sarah Amin found waste more common
Global Warming Field Trip, By Susan Stamper Brown
Sep 04, 2015 -- "Study the past if you would divine the future." –
Confucius. President Obama told some whoppers the size of Mt. McKinley
(I mean Denali) about global warming while he was here in Alaska. At a
climate change conference in Anchorage, Obama attempted to scare the
long-johns off Alaskans he obviously thinks are stupid when he
predicted coming "submerged countries, abandoned cities...
| The Daily Signal… Judge Orders Kim Davis Released From Jail,
September 08, 2015 - A judge has ordered that Rowan County Clerk Kim
Davis be released from jail on the condition that she does not try to
prevent her office from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
According to U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning’s order, issued
Tuesday, “the Court’s prior contempt sanction against Defendant Davis
is hereby lifted.” The order states that since the plaintiffs “have...
Daily Signal… Maryland Police
Officer’s Act of Kindness Goes Viral, Leah Jessen
September 03, 2015 - Thanks to social media, one chivalrous act in
Maryland has touched far more people than originally intended. Last
Wednesday, Police Corporal Che Atkinson was notified that a woman and
her small child were sitting outside the Hyattsville City Police
Department in Prince George’s County. According to WUSA9...
Daily Signal… Will Government
Officials Be Held Accountable for Kate Steinle’s Death? Her Family
Filed a Lawsuit.
By Kelsey Harkness -- September 03, 2015 -- In an attempt to hold
government officials accountable for the shooting death of their
32-year-old daughter Kate, the Steinle family filed a lawsuit against
three government agencies. The suit alleges that those agencies are in
part responsible for Steinle’s death, but experts say the family has
little chance at prevailing...
Daily Signal… 307,000
Veterans May Have Died While Waiting for VA benefits.
The VA Status Quo Must Change. Amber Smith - September 03, 2015 -
Remember the Department of Veterans Affairs scandal in April, 2014 that
exposed veterans had died as a result of waiting for healthcare?
Veterans were placed on fake wait lists and were signed up for ghost
clinics and records were manipulated. Deceit had become the norm in
order to make the VA look better in an attempt to not draw attention to
the dysfunctional leadership...
Progress To Date, by Kevin McCullough
Aug 30, 2015 -- Without question—it is a statement I’ve said repeatedly
on-air, and one that comes out often in private conversations. Look at
the interest level. People who have never voted in primary elections
are turning out by the thousands to see the consummate socialist at one
end of the spectrum, and by the tens of thousands to see a man who
brags how well he’s beat the system of free markets. I don’t expect
most of these...
Daily Signal… How This New
Government Ruling Destroys the Franchise Business Model,
James Sherk - August 28, 2015 - The National Labor Relations Board
(NLRB) just issued a ruling likely to destroy the franchise business
model. To understand how far-reaching this could be, it should be noted
that almost 9 million Americans work at over 780,000 franchised
businesses. From Jiffy Lube to Terminex to Wendy’s, franchises enable
many Americans to run their own small businesses without having to...
Con-Servative, by Arthur Schaper
Aug 29, 2015 -- Ohio Governor John Kasich achieved some remarkable
accomplishments as a Republican in a swing state. Unfortunately, much
of what he is running on today undermines any good he did. A
Republican’s Republican two decades ago, Kasich the Congressman and
Presidential candidate was the fiscal watchdog outsider that never
caught the national spirit in 2000. John McCain would soar on his real
Daily Signal…Evaluation Shows Yet
Another Government Program Fails to Produce Results,
by David Muhlhausen -- August 25, 2015 -- The Department of Labor has
released the results of its two-year evaluation of the federal program
Reintegration of Ex-Offenders (RExO), designed to help ex-offenders
find employment and reduce recidivism. The evaluation provides evidence
that the RExO grants are ineffective. While disappointing, the results
are not surprising: Failure is the norm for federal social programs.
The program began...
Would Have Opposed Iran Deal, Michaela Dodge
August 25, 2015 - Proponents of President Obama’s Iran deal have
invoked analogies to President Reagan’s arms control approach in effort
to increase desirability for the unpopular agreement in the eyes of
Congress and the general public. The analogy is misguided and flawed
(just like the Iran deal itself). For starters, Obama is no...
Daily Signal… Memo to Obama:
It’s Not Iran Deal Critics Who Are the ‘Crazy’ Ones, by
August 25, 2015 -- Just back from his annual summer vacation at
Martha’s Vineyard, President Barack Obama has returned to disparaging
his political adversaries and anyone who happens to disagree with him
on policy. According to a report in Politico, the president has taken
to describing opponents of the hugely controversial Iran deal as
“crazies.” The so-called “crazies” now include a majority of members of
the House and Senate...
Daily Signal… How Should Sexual
Assault Be Managed on Campus? Two Bills’ Different Approaches,
by Andrew Kloster -- August 24, 2015 -- There is no doubt that American
colleges should be safe for all students. A recent University of
Virginia case is any example, however, of the difficulty college
communities often face dealing with those accused of crimes, as well as
those who are victims. In the recent Virginia case, allegations of
sexual assault were repeated in a national magazine and led to
Daily Signal… Can You Oppose Gay
Marriage and Be a Good Judge? The Chilling Opinion of Ohio Court’s Board,
by Roger Severino -- August 14, 2015 -- Are people who publicly affirm
that marriage is the union of one man and one woman unfit to be judges?
The Ohio Supreme Court’s Board of Professional Conduct came close to
saying just that in a recent advisory opinion in the wake of the
Supreme Court’s national redefinition of marriage. According to the
Board, a judge who performs civil marriage ceremonies cannot decline to
The Daily Signal… Why Obamacare
Could be Heading to the Supreme Court (Again),
Andrew Kloster - August 12, 2015 - This past week, the United States
Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, over the
vigorous dissent of four judges on that court, denied rehearing en banc
(legalese for an entire court rather than just a panel of three judges)
in the case of Sissel v. United States Department of Health and Human
Daily Signal… Here Are 21 Policy
Highlights From the First 2016 Republican Debate
By Melissa Quinn & Natalie Johnson -- August 07, 2015 -- The 2016
primaries are in full momentum following months of build-up, officially
kicking off on Thursday night in prime-time as the ten leading
Republican candidates squared off for the first time. The 10
highest-polling candidates in the Republican 2016 presidential field
took the stage tonight at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio,
for the first debate of the election. The candidates...
The Daily Signal… Former Planned
Parenthood Clinic Director Explains the Tissue Donation Process,
by Kelsey Harkness -- August 10, 2015 -- For eight years, Abby Johnson,
who used to work for a branch of Planned Parenthood, didn’t just
witness the fetal tissue donation process—she participated in it.
During her tenure at a southeast Texas clinic—the same location
featured in the fifth undercover video shot by the Center for Medical
Progress—Johnson said she would “coerce” women...
‘Black Lives Matter’ Movement, by Rachel Alexander
Aug 10, 2015 -- The Black Lives Matter movement is a bizarre new
phenomenon that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. Instead of
addressing real issues of racism, the activists focus on a few
incidents where a black person has gotten into a deadly confrontation
with law enforcement — but where there doesn’t appear to have been any
racism. In many of the incidents, the officers themselves were black or
Townhall… Caitlyn Jenner Schools
Planned Parenthood, Katie Kieffer
Aug 10, 2015 - Caitlyn Jenner just schooled Planned Parenthood on
acceptance and transparency. Caitlyn Jenner is a retired American
Olympian formerly known as Bruce Jenner. When Jenner appeared on the
July cover of Vanity Fair magazine with the caption: “Call me Caitlyn,
” progressive elites began competing with each other to find the...
The Daily Signal… At This Ohio
County Fair, Contempt for Washington, Rob Bluey
August 06, 2015 - LISBON, Ohio—Prize-winning cattle are more popular
than politicians at the Columbiana County Fair. At least that was the
case on this overcast Thursday afternoon, hours before 17 Republicans
were preparing for two debates 90 minutes north in Cleveland. En route
to cover the event, I stopped in this quaint Ohio town...
|The Daily Signal… Study Shows Americans Overwhelmingly Oppose
Iran Deal, by Diana Stancy
August 04, 2015 -- According to a recently released poll from
Quinnipiac University, Americans strongly oppose the Iran nuclear deal.
The majority of Americans, 58 to 30 percent, believe the deal will make
America less safe, according to the poll, released Monday. The study
indicates that 86 percent of Republicans oppose the deal, while 52
percent of Democrats support it. “There’s not a lot of love for the
proposed nuclear deal with Iran...
|The Daily Signal… Bad Iran Deal Breeds Warranted Skepticism,
by Michaela Dodge
August 04, 2015 -- On Wednesday, President Obama will make a personal
push to sell the flawed Iran deal to the American public and Congress.
The president’s efforts to sell his bad deal are unsurprising,
considering that the more Americans have learned about the deal, the
less they like it. They have plenty of reasons for skepticism. The deal
with Iran is deeply flawed and rewards years of Iranian cheating and
lying about the nature...
|Federal News Radio… Bigger is not better for OPM,
By Jeff Neal
July 30, 2015 -- The Office of Personnel Management is getting the kind
of attention that most federal agencies never want. The data breach has
people questioning the competence of OPM’s staff and leaders, and
asking why OPM exists in the first place. So many people have been
affected, and in such a personal and lasting way, that
business-as-usual is simply not a viable option. So what does something
other than business-as-usual...
|The Daily Signal… Why Mark Levin Says the GOP Needs a Facelift,
by Diana Stancy & Chelsea Scism
August 01, 2015 -- Mark Levin is fed up with the Republican leadership
in Congress. A day before Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., filed a motion to
remove House Speaker John Boehner from his leadership post, Levin
called on Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to resign.
At the Young America’s Foundation’s National Student Conference in
Washington, D.C., the popular talk radio host and author spoke with The
Federal News Radio… For feds,
reincarnation may be the answer, By Mike Causey
July 30, 2015 - If you’d like more time off to catch up on chores, get
more sleep or spend quality time with the family and if you believe in
reincarnation here’s a plan: In your next life, run for public
office. Specifically, as a representative in the U.S. House or for
senator from your state. Or any one that has an opening that will
have you. Carpetbagging is no longer...
Townhall… The Depravity of Our
Left Side, Erick Erickson
Jul 24, 2015 - Want to eat genetically modified food? Expect a number
of voices from the American left to tell you to avoid it. They claim it
causes all sorts of maladies. To be sure, there are some voices on the
right who say the same. But mostly it is socially engineering leftists
who think it should be avoided. The left is OK denying Africans...
|‘Trainwreck’ Makes the Case for Monogamy,
by Katrina Trinko
July 22, 2015 -- She’s no fan of monogamy, she is baffled when her
boyfriend talks about marriage and she’s all about the one-night stand.
You’d think she’d be the heroine in a Hollywood movie. Instead,
she’s…well, a “Trainwreck.” (And “Trainwreck” is not some new slang for
“super cool,” in case you’re wondering.) Director Judd Apatow’s latest
movie follows the formula he’s become known for: excessive raunch
paired with family values...
Townhall… Issa: The IRS is Still
Targeting Conservatives, by Katie Pavlich
Jul 24, 2015 -- Shortly after pleading the Fifth and claiming her
innocence in front of the House Oversight Committee in May 2013, former
IRS official Lois Lerner took three months of paid leave and then
retired with a full pension. During her time at the IRS she received
more than $100,000 in bonuses. Lerner, of course, is the woman who was
at the center of the IRS targeting scandal and met with...
Townhall… Cops as Criminals,
Jul 26, 2015 - Late one night, during high school, I was driving home
when several police cars zoomed by. Curious about what was going on, I
followed them down a residential street, where they pulled up to a
house. I drove by and saw some officers walking up the sidewalk, but
couldn't tell what they might be after. So I pulled into a driveway,
Net Daily… New Hampshire
Armed Citizens Protect Military Recruitment Center,
By Ken Jorgustin -- July 22, 2015 -- A woman who asked not to be
identified thanks the armed civilians out front of a Manchester, New
Hampshire, military recruiting center after the recent shooting by
“Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez” who opened fire on two military
installations in Chattanooga, Tennessee, killing five service members
and wounding one other service member and a police officer. The armed
men who stood outside a military recruiting center...
Erick on the Radio… Republican
Leadership Failures Caused Donald Trump’s Rise,
by Erick Erickson -- July 24, 2015 -- The number one thing you hear
when you ask any Republican about Donald Trump is this — he fights. You
hear it from Rush Limbaugh. You hear it from other talk radio show
hosts. You hear it from the base. You hear it even from some Democrats.
And in all cases, you hear it somewhat admirably. They may not like or
endorse Trump, but they respect that he just doesn’t...
Townhall… Obama Says He's
"The Most Frustrated" About His Gun Control Agenda Being Stopped,
by Katie Pavlich -- Jul 24, 2015 -- With just a year and a half left to
go for his time at the White House, President Obama is telling the BBC
what his greatest frustration has been as commander-in-chief: having
his gun control agenda "stymied." "If you ask me where has been the one
area where I feel that I’ve been most frustrated and most stymied, it
is the fact that the United States...
Townhall… Top Iranian Nuke Deal
Negotiator Admits "Anytime" Inspections Are Pretty Much Bogus,
Katie Pavlich - Jul 17, 2015 - As you know by now, earlier this week
the Obama administration struck a nuclear deal with Iran, claiming "the
most intrusive inspections ever" were part of the negotiation process.
First, lets take a step back to April when White House Deputy National
Security Advisor Ben Rhodes said the White House...
Daily Signal… Christian
Bakers Fined $135K Over Lesbian Wedding Cake Raise More Than $210K,
by Diana Stancy -- July 08, 2015 -- A fundraising campaign that was
launched to help Aaron and Melissa Klein, the bakers fined $135,000 for
refusing to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding, has raised more than
$210,000. The Kleins told The Daily Signal in an earlier interview that
their income has virtually been cut in half since they were forced to
close their business as a result. Additionally, if the family is
required to pay the fine...
Redstate… Jeb Bush as Jeb, Not
George Or Anti-George, By: Erick Erickson
July 20th, 2015 -- Today, Jeb Bush is going to start laying out what he
stands for in terms of policy. He, more than any of the other
Republican candidates, walks a delicate balance. He is anchored by his
last name and his brother’s legacy. If he tilts too far one way, there
is no maneuvering he can do to distance himself from claims that he is
the second coming of his brother’s Administration. He’s already...
Townhall… Psychiatry Ain't What
It Used To Be, Steve Chapman
Jul 19, 2015 - There was a time when most of what I knew about
psychiatrists came from Woody Allen. In his 1973 movie "Sleeper," his
character wakes up in the future and complains, "I haven't seen my
analyst in 200 years. He was a strict Freudian, and if I'd been going
all this time I'd probably almost be cured by now." But even his
Federal News Radio… In OPM hack,
who guards the guards? By Mike Causey
July 17, 2015 -- People who live in or visit Washington, D.C., or whose
corporations, agencies or departments are based here quickly realize
that we do things differently. We are run by a board of directors of
535 strangers (members of Congress), all of whom—save one—come from
someplace else. Many of them promise they will never “go” Washington.
They pledge to fight it even as they fight to get...
Events… What (Little) You See of
Hillary Clinton Is What You’ll Get If She Wins,
by Michael Barone -- Friday Jul 10, 2015 -- It says something about
Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign that it was big news that she
submitted herself to an interview with a cable news journalist. It also
says something that the journalist selected for this honor, Brianna
Keilar of CNN, was recently a guest at the wedding of the director of
grassroots engagement for the Clinton campaign. Makes sense to hedge
Daily Signal… The Most
Glaring Flaws in Obama’s Iran Deal,
James Phillips - July 14, 2015 - The Obama administration’s nuclear
agreement with Iran has major flaws that could dangerously undermine
the long-term national security interests of the United States and its
allies. Although the administration entered the negotiations pledging
to cut off all pathways to a nuclear weapon, the agreement amounts to
little more than a diplomatic speed bump that will delay, but not
permanently halt, Iran’s drive for a nuclear weapons...
Human Events… Of Donuts, Divas
and Celebrity Tantrum-it is, by Michelle Malkin
Friday Jul 10, 2015 -- There’s a regular feature in grocery gossip
magazines titled “Stars: They’re just like us!” Supposedly “candid”
photos show actors and starlets taking out the trash, dropping off
their kids at school and walking their dogs to emphasize their Everyday
Peoplehood. But we all know it’s another manufactured Tinseltown myth.
Routine outbreaks of celebrity tantrum-itis remind...
Hillary Seems to Have Lied A Lot in That CNN Interview,
Guy Benson - Jul 09, 2015 - You already knew this, of course -- for
reasons Katie and I have been spelling out in great detail. But it's
useful to note that mainstream media organizations are also taking Mrs.
Clinton to task for a serving up a string of falsehoods in her first
national media interview of a three-month-old campaign. Fittingly...
Townhall… They Are Troubled by
Trump, Erick Erickson
Jul 10, 2015 - In 1980, the Republicans saw six members of Congress run
for president. They were joined by three former governors and the
former congressman turned United Nations ambassador turned envoy to
China turned RNC chairman turned CIA Director George H.W. Bush. Ronald
Reagan, the former governor of California, won that year and...
Daily Signal… Okla. Governor
Refuses to Remove 10 Commandments Monument From Capitol,
Diana Stancy -- July 09, 2015 -- Although the Oklahoma Supreme Court
ruled last month that the state Capitol’s Ten Commandments monument
must be removed from the Capitol grounds, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin
said on Tuesday the monument will remain intact. Attorney General Scott
Pruitt has requested the state Supreme Court rehear the case.
Immediately after the initial court ruling last month, both Fallin and
Pruitt made it clear...
The Daily Signal… Megyn Kelly:
Why Is Obama Silent About Murder of Kate Steinle?
Chelsea Scism - July 10, 2015 - In the wake of 32-year-old Kate
Steinle’s murder by an illegal immigrant in San Francisco, the Obama
administration has remained silent, Fox News host Megyn Kelly pointed
out. “Surrounded by friends and family, it does not appear at this hour
that anyone from the Obama administration was in attendance,” Kelly
Daily Signal… The Rough Road
to Reaching a Deal With Iran, by Peter Brookes
July 06, 2015 -- Funny how painfully sobering Monday mornings can
be—for a whole host of reasons—but especially after a long, holiday
weekend such as Independence Day. For instance, over the Fourth of July
break, there was word seeping out from the Iran nuclear talks in
Vienna—to anyone paying attention to anything but friends, food and
fireworks—that a deal was finally within grasp of the parties. Yes,
Daily Signal… The Facts
About Illegal Immigrants and Crimes, Diana Stancy
July 06, 2015 - An illegal immigrant federal officials claim was
convicted of seven felonies and deported five times shot a woman on the
San Francisco waterfront last Wednesday. Francisco Sanchez, who was
arrested an hour after the attack, admitted he shot 32-year-old Kathryn
Steinle, but claimed the incident was an “accident.” According to
Sanchez, he discovered the gun wrapped inside a shirt on the pier..
Daily Signal… Enough With
the Outrage Police: Free Speech Matters, by Ed Feulner
June 27, 2015 -- Americans take justifiable pride in their right to
free speech. People may be muzzled by their government in places such
as Cuba and North Korea, but not here. You can say what’s on your mind
without fear of prosecution. But can you do so without fear of
persecution? More and more, it seems, the answer is no. Say the “wrong”
thing, and the Outrage Police swarm you. Do we need a communist
government to shut down..
Redstate… The Wildfire
Burns, By Erick Erickson
For those of us of faith, it appears society has collectively lost its
mind. Madness has set in. Yes, in fact, we see what Paul warns of in
Romans 1. The people have been handed over to themselves and we are
caught in the middle. It is a wildfire of the mind and society. A lot
of you want to check out of it. You want to take refuge, hide, and
protect your families. You want to go for the Benedictine...
Townhall… It Begins: New Calls
To Strip Churches of Tax Exempt Status, Katie Pavlich
Jun 29, 2015 - For years conservatives and proponents of religious
liberty in America have warned that if same-sex marriage became legal,
the left would then pursue revoking the tax exempt status for religious
institutions, particularly Christian churches, around the country. Just
days after the Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that gay...
Daily Signal… Almost a Third of
Abortions Performed at Planned Parenthoods, by Kate Scanlon
June 25, 2015 -- Planned Parenthood is performing almost a third of
abortions in the United States, according to a new report by Americans
United for Life. The report, titled “The New Leviathan: The Mega-Center
Report, How Planned Parenthood Has Become Abortion, Inc.,” shows that
the nation’s largest abortion provider has gone from performing one in
five abortions in the United States to nearly one in three. Using
The Daily Signal… Congress Has a
Plan to Defend Your First Amendment Rights After Court’s Marriage Ruling,
Sen. Mike Lee - June 29, 2015 - In the wake of Friday’s 5-4 decision by
the Supreme Court in the marriage case, Obergefell v. Hodges, many of
the millions of Americans who voted to define marriage as an
exclusively male-female institution in their state constitutions will
be wondering: What does this mean for me...
Daily Signal… Three Critical
Steps to Take on Marriage, Ryan T. Anderson
June 29, 2015 - Friday’s Supreme Court decision is unadulterated
judicial activism. As Chief Justice John Roberts said in dissent:
“Today’s decision rests on nothing more than the majority’s own
conviction that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry because
they want to. … Whatever force that belief may have as a matter of
moral philosophy, it has no more basis in the Constitution than...
Human Events… Facing a Changing
World Balance, Obama Makes Odd Choices,
By Michael Barone -- Friday Jun 26, 2015 -- Is the world back to where
it was around the year 1800? One could come to that conclusion after
reading British historian John Darwin’s recent book “After Tamerlane,”
which assesses the rises and falls of empires after the death in 1405
of the famously bloodthirsty Muslim Mongol monarch. From his Central
Asian base, Tamerlane conquered Persia and lands from Egypt...
Daily Signal… IRS Employees
Erased 422 Backup Tapes Containing 24,000 of Lois Lerner’s Emails,
by Leah Jessen -- June 25, 2015 -- Investigators at the Internal
Revenue Service are looking to agency employees as the reason thousands
of emails from former IRS official Lois Lerner were lost, and the
agency’s watchdog said today their actions were a mistake. The Treasury
Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) J. Russell George
testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee
and told lawmakers...
Iranian-American Nuclear Project, Caroline Glick
Jun 26, 2015 - Under President Barack Obama, the US has implemented
policies toward Iran that are catastrophic for Israel specifically, for
US Middle East allies more generally and for US national security
itself. Consider, first, the known details of the soon-to-be- concluded
nuclear deal. In an article published by The New York Times this week,
Prof. Alan Kuperman explained that Obama’s central justification...
Daily Signal… More Honest
Accounting Shows That Repealing Obamacare Is Good for the Economy,
by Paul Winfree -- June 19, 2015 -- The fiscal year 2016 budget
resolution passed by Congress in May requires the Congressional Budget
Office and the Joint Committee on Taxation to include the macroeconomic
feedback effects of changes in policy on the budget when evaluating
major legislation (CBO and JCT are the official number crunchers of
Congress). Specifically, Section 3112 of the resolution requires CBO
and JCT to “incorporate...
Daily Signal… Top 9 Quotes From
Justice Scalia’s Scathing Dissent in King v. Burwell,
by Tiffany Bates & Elizabeth Slattery -- June 25, 2015 -- Justice
Antonin Scalia is known for his sharp wit and even sharper pen. He
pulled no punches in his dissent today from the Supreme Court’s
decision in King v. Burwell allowing the Obama administration to allow
Obamacare subsidies to flow through the federal exchange. Here are nine
highlights: 1. “We should start...
Causey's Federal Report… 'Good'
news about the OPM breach, By Mike Causey
Friday - 6/19/2015 -- So what, if any, is the good news coming out of
the Great Hack Job of 2015. Can there be any? The short answer is, yes,
some, a little. But first this: At this point in time, we still don't
know what we don't know. What we know, or think we know, is: The breach
took place late last year. It wasn't discovered until April. The hack
attack was made public June 6. It covers an estimated...
Daily Signal… How Liberals
Manipulate Data About the Minimum Wage,
James Sherk - June 20, 2015 - Does the U.S.-Canadian speed gap bother
you? Americans can drive no faster than 65 on Massachusetts highways.
Meanwhile Canadian motorists zip along at speeds of up to 100. Congress
should close this inequitable speed gap! This argument sounds
ridiculous, because it is. Canadians measure speed in kilometers per
hour, not miles per hour. Moreover, many states have higher speed
limits than Massachusetts. Any comparison...
Daily Signal… House
Republican Unveils Conservative Response to King v. Burwell,
by Melissa Quinn - June 18, 2015 -- As Republican lawmakers brace for
the U.S. Supreme
Court’s King v. Burwell decision, a conservative plan has emerged that
would eliminate the subsidies awarded under the Affordable Care Act,
popularly known as Obamacare. In anticipation of the King v. Burwell
decision, Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., introduced the Premium Reduction
and Insurance Market Reform Act. The bill would end Obamacare’s
subsidies and eliminate...
Townhall… The Confederate
Flag and South Carolina, By Steve Chapman
Jun 21, 2015 -- When I went off to college in 1972, leaving Texas for
New England, I took something to remind me of home: a large Confederate
flag. With my roommates' indulgence, it hung on the wall of my freshman
dorm suite the entire academic year. It seemed harmless at the time. I
didn't intend any racial message, and I didn't feel any sympathy for
racial bigotry. Although I had attended...
The Daily Signal… Rand Paul
Warns GOP Leadership: Don’t Give Us ‘Obamacare Lite’,
David Brody - June 19, 2015 - Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., tells The Daily
Signal that he’s not in favor of a GOP plan to extend Obamacare
subsidies for a couple of years if the Supreme Court rules they are
unconstitutional in the King v. Burwell case. “By keeping parts of
Obamacare and letting it sputter on for awhile and saying we’re just
going to get rid of...
Daily Signal… Can Hillary
Clinton Be the ‘Champion’ of Everyday Americans?
Alec Siegel - June 15, 2015 - ROOSEVELT ISLAND, N.Y.—The theatrics of
Hillary Clinton’s campaign relaunch here Saturday—live music, a dance
performance, a crowd of nearly 5,500—were carefully choreographed to
position the former first lady, senator and secretary of state as a
“champion” of everyday Americans. How did some of these everyday
Americans attending the speech at Four Freedoms Park react to Clinton’s...
Daily Signal… Winston
Churchill, Abraham Lincoln and the Fragility of Freedom,
by Justin D. Lyons
June 08, 2015 -- This year marks the 50th anniversary of the death of
Sir Winston Churchill and the 150th anniversary of the assassination of
Abraham Lincoln—two men whose lives and achievements shed light on the
fragility of freedom and the statesmanship necessary to preserve it. As
noted in my recent essay, “Champion of Liberty: Winston Churchill and
His Message to America,” both were leaders of democracies...
Daily Signal… Obama Taunts
Supreme Court on Obamacare Case,
by Hans von Spakovsky & Elizabeth Slattery -- June 09, 2015 -- It’s
déjà vu all over again. President Obama’s comments about King v.
Burwell during a press conference at the G-7 summit in Germany earlier
this week echo those he made when the Affordable Care Act was before
the Supreme Court in 2012. Putting on his
constitutional-lawyer-in-chief hat in 2012, Obama said, “I’m confident
that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented,
Senior Scribes… Swishing...
From a CNO Reader
A woman goes to the Doctor worried about her husband's temper. The
Doctor asks, "What's the problem?" The woman says, "Doctor, I don't
know what to do. Every day my husband seems to lose his temper for no
reason. It scares me." The Doctor says, "I have a cure for that. When
it seems that your husband is getting angry, just take...
Daily Signal… 4 Liberal Myths
About Ronald Reagan Debunked, by Lee Edwards
June 07, 2015 -- Presidential historian H. W. Brands’ new biography of
Ronald Reagan and his conclusion that modern American politics is best
seen as “The Age of Reagan” has aroused liberals to circulate once
again the hoariest myths about the man and his presidency, including
the malicious charge that Reagan was deliberately indifferent to the
lot of African-Americans and other minorities. Liberal Myth No. 1:
The Daily Signal… The New
Congressional Plan to Repeal and Replace Obamacare,
by Diana Stancy & Kelsey Harkness -- June 05, 2015 -- A group of
House Republicans unveiled a 192-page health care plan that fully
repeals Obamacare and replaces it with “patient-centered reforms” and
“free-market solutions.” Lawmakers released the plan Thursday as the
GOP-led Congress prepares to attack the Affordable Care Act. Both
houses of Congress have already signaled...
Daily Signal… There’s Broad
Public Support for Congress to Reduce Insurance Costs in Response to
King v. Burwell,
Nina Owcharenko - June 02, 2015 - As director of the Center for Health
Policy Studies, Nina Owcharenko oversees The Heritage Foundation’s
research and policy prescriptions on such issues as health care reform
on the federal and state levels, Medicare and Medicaid, children’s
health and prescription drugs. Read her research. By the end of June,
the Supreme Court is expected to issue...
Townhall… Crime Wave: Murders
Skyrocket Across The Country, by Katie Pavlich
Jun 03, 2015 -- Anti-police sentiment in big cities across the country
comes at a cost and we're seeing it now with skyrocketing crime
statistics from St. Louis to New York City. Baltimore - Murders have
doubled with 43 homicides last month alone; Chicago - 900+ shootings
this year; St. Louis - 55 murders this year; Dallas - Violent crime up
10 percent; Atlanta - Homicides up 32 percent...
Daily Signal… How ‘Affordable’
Will Health Insurance Be in 2016? By Melissa Quinn
June 01, 2015 -- For consumers purchasing health insurance under the
Affordable Care Act next year, plans may no longer be quite as
“affordable” as they were in the past. Health insurance companies
around the country are providing states with their proposed premium
rates for 2016, and changes include rate hikes of up to 51 percent in
New Mexico and more than 30 percent in Maryland and Tennessee. The
proposed rate changes come...
Redstate… George Bush more
popular than Obama, Posted by streiff
June 3, 2015 - This is pretty much karma on steroids and PCP. Americans
now have a more favorable view of former President George W. Bush than
they do of President Barack Obama. It is the first time in more than a
decade that Americans have expressed a favorable view of Bush, at least
according to a new CNN/ORC poll released...
Daily Signal… What You Need to
Know About the House’s Obamacare Lawsuit,
Melissa Quinn - May 28, 2015 - The U.S. House of Representatives had
its first day in court today after filing a lawsuit against the Obama
administration for making unilateral changes to the Affordable Care Act
in November. Now, a district judge must rule on whether the case will
proceed. Lawyers representing the Obama administration and the House of
Representatives gathered today before U.S. District Judge Rosemary
Collyer for the...
Townhall… Poll: Majority of
Democrats Think Illegal Immigrants Should Have Right to Vote in U.S.
Katie Pavlich - May 29, 2015 - According to a new poll from Rasmussen
Reports, 53 percent of Democrats believe illegal immigrants should have
the right to vote in U.S. elections so long as they pay taxes. Although
the number is significantly lower, 21 percent of Republicans believe
the same. The majority of the country, 60...
Daily Signal… Los Angeles
Unions: Minimum Wage Hike for Thee, But Not for Me, by
May 29, 2015 -- Los Angeles recently hiked its minimum wage to $15 an
hour. Los Angeles unions strongly support this move, with a catch. They
want the increase to apply only to non-union companies. The Los Angeles
Times reports local unions are now lobbying the city council to exempt
unionized firms from the higher rate. If they get their way, unionized
companies—and only unionized companies—could pay less than the new
Events… Colleges and
Universities Have Grown Bloated and Dysfunctional
By Michael Barone -- Friday May 29, 2015 -- American colleges and
universities, long thought to be the glory of the nation, are in more
than a little trouble. I’ve written before of their shameful practices
— the racial quotas and preferences at selective schools (Harvard is
being sued by Asian-American organizations), the kangaroo courts that
try students accused of rape and sexual assault without...
Townhall… This Way Comes,
May 29, 2015 - "The difference between Bush's mistakes and his
disappointments may just be that he hasn't yet taken ownership of the
latter," Massimo Calabresi wrote in Time as he covered President George
W. Bush's final press conference in January of 2009. Four years
earlier, left-wing journalist John Dickerson had begun a trend among the...
Money… Obamacare's dark
secret: 31 million still can't afford treatment, by
Brianna Ehley, Fiscal Times - The president’s health care law sliced
America’s uninsured rate down to
historic lows by expanding coverage for tens of millions of Americans.
At the same time, however, the number of insured people who still lack
access to robust coverage is rising sharply as more people buy
high-deductible policies. A new study from the Commonwealth Fund
reveals that about 23 percent of Americans with coverage are considered
News Radio… Federal employees
have property rights to their jobs, even the ones you want to fire
- Monday - 5/18/2015 - Commentary By Tom Temin - In my line of work, I
learn something new every day. I've been at this a long time, so it's
particularly gratifying to get some insight into something I thought I
thoroughly understood. The most recent example came in my latest,
more-or-less monthly interview of Merit Systems Protection Board
Chairman Susan Tsui Grundmann. Susan is one of those rare...
Federal News Radio… The few, the
proud, the mailman? By Mike Causey
Monday - 5/18/2015 - Working for the federal government can be
downright dangerous. Too often, fatal. All IRS personnel, and
government (OSHA, meat, mine, wage and hour, health) inspectors never
know what to expect when meeting their public. Park rangers sometimes
risk life and limb getting customers out of a jam. Federal law
enforcement personnel are often a risk. Some Social Security...
Daily Signal… After Blocking Out
Some Conservatives, House Passes Iran Review Bill,
Josh Siegel - May 14, 2015 - The House easily passed a bill today
imposing congressional review over a proposed nuclear deal with Iran
after party leadership blocked changes proposed by conservatives.
Members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus had proposed a series
of amendments in an attempt to “strengthen” the bill, which the Senate
previously passed, but House Speaker John Boehner and his leadership...
All about Kids... Kids on Love
-- WHAT EXACTLY IS MARRIAGE? "Marriage is when you get to keep your
girl and don't have to give her back to her parents!" -Eric, 6; HOW
DOES A PERSON DECIDE WHOM TO MARRY?? "You flip a nickel, and heads
means you stay with him and tails means you try the next one." -Kally,
9; "My mother says to look for a man who is kind...
Townhall… Oops: Obamacare
Enrollees Forced To Unexpectedly Pay IRS For Billions in Subsidies
Agency Improperly Gave Away,
by Katie Pavlich -- Put this under the "never ending Obamcare glitches"
category. The Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations is
looking into why the vast majority of H&R Block customers enrolled
in Obamacare are being forced to pay the IRS hundreds of dollars after
filing their tax returns. More from Fox News: Committee investigators...
Daily Signal… New Report Strikes
Serious Blow Against Obama Administration’s Defense in Executive
Hans von Spakovsky - May 15, 2015 - The Department of Homeland
Security’s inspector general, John Roth, has dealt a serious blow
against the Obama administration’s defense in the lawsuit filed by 26
states against the immigration amnesty plan announced by President
Barack Obama on Nov. 20, 2014. That plan is currently on hold due to a
preliminary injunction order issued by Federal District...
Townhall… Jeb Bush and Others
Learned Nothing from Iraq, Steve Chapman
May 17, 2015 - Jeb Bush began a talk the other day by addressing the
issue of his brother George, noted architect of the Iraq war, and he
did not shrink from the challenge. "I can't deny the fact that I love
my family," announced Jeb. So if you suspected that the Bush
Thanksgivings in Kennebunkport resemble "August: Osage County" -- with
lots of screaming...
Human Events… Obamacare
Exchanges on Life Support, by Michelle Malkin
Friday May 15, 2015 -- At a recent White House science fair celebrating
inventors, a Girl Scout who helped design a Lego-powered page-turning
device asked President Obama what he had ever thought up or prototyped.
Stumbling for an answer, he replied: “I came up with things like, you
know, health care.” Ah, yes. “Health care.” Remember when the
president’s signature Obamacare health insurance...
News Radio… Pay raise: Bad news,
good news, back to bad...
By Mike Causey -- Tuesday - 5/12/2015 -- The interesting thing about
political Washington is that whatever the issue, climate change, tsetse
flies, the mating habits of wild goats or federal pay raises, there is
somebody here for it, and somebody here against it. In fact, proposing
and opposing things is what we do best, even though that often isn't
very good. (D.C. is also full of real people, folks who...
Townhall… Surprise: ER Visits
Still Going Up Despite Promises Obamacare Would Bring Them Down,
Katie Pavlich - May 06, 2015 - When Obamacare was being debated years
ago, proponents of the legislation argued that if passed, the bill
would decrease emergency room visits due to more people having health
insurance and going to regular doctors instead. Since Obamacare was
passed in 2010, we've seen an increase, not a decrease in ER...
By: Newt Gingrich
May 5th, 2015 -- This week the Senate will follow the House in passing
a federal budget that presents a remarkable contrast in governing
ability and philosophy between Republicans and Democrats. When
Democrats ran one or both houses of Congress, they failed for six
straight years to do the most basic function of the Legislative Branch:
pass a concurrent budget resolution to determine how the federal
government will spend its money each year...
The Daily Signal… The Nation Is
About to Debate Late-Term Abortions. Where Does Your State Stand?
Kelsey Harkness - May 08, 2015 - As Congress prepares to resume a
debate over whether late-term abortions should be allowed in the U.S.,
a groundbreaking new study finds that infants are able to survive
outside the womb earlier on in a pregnancy than the medical community
once thought. The study, which examined thousands...
Daily Signal… Oil Production Up
53% Since 2010, But Declining on Federal Lands, by Patrick
May 05, 2015 -- U.S. oil production is up 53 percent since 2010, but
the increase has occurred almost entirely on non-federal lands.
Production on federal lands has not seen a similar liftoff, and is
actually down overall. The reasons federal area drilling has lagged is
not because of lack of oil. Proved oil reserves under federal areas
account for about 26 percent of all proved crude oil reserves. (Proved
oil reserves are amounts accessible under current... read
Townhall… Hillary's Armor,
by John Stossel
May 06, 2015 -- "This vast right-wing conspiracy," Hillary Clinton
said, "has been conspiring against my husband since the day he
announced." That was the "feminist" first lady's response when her
husband was accused of having sex with a 21-year-old. Bill was more
lawyerly. He said things like, "It depends upon what the meaning of the
word 'is' is." The Wall Street Journal's Kim Strassel suggests that the...
Daily Signal… How Obama’s
Recovery Compares to Reagan’s Recovery,
Stephen Moore - May 03, 2015 - Here’s some advice to the White House:
it might be time for President Obama to cancel the rest of his economic
“mission accomplished” tour and help figure out how to get the U.S.
growing again. The Department of Commerce delivered the miserable news
Wednesday morning that economic growth nearly ground to a halt during
the first quarter, up a microscopic 0.2 percent. Even more disturbing,
because the population... read
| MSN.com… Brace for a
foreclosures when boom-era HELOCs turn 10, Jerry Kronenberg
Millions of Americans will soon see monthly bills shoot up on home
equity lines of credit (HELOCs) taken out during the housing boom,
because HELOCs are going to start making homeowners pay both interest
and principal, not just interest. That's bad news because many
consumers are already underwater, meaning they owe more than their
places are worth, a RealtyTrac study shows... read
Townhall… Jeb Bush Tells
Congress to Approve Obama AG Nomination, by Katie Pavlich
Apr 17, 2015 -- Potential GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush is
calling on Congress to confirm attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch,
whose confirmation hearings took place in front of the Senate Judiciary
Committee in January. In February, Lynch was voted out of the committee
and approved 12-8. Due to the legislative schedule and fighting over
bills already in motion, a full Senate vote on her...
How the stock
destroyed the middle class, By Rex Nutting, MarketWatch
WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — There’s something seriously wrong with an
economy that nurtures a few billionaires but can’t sustain the middle
class. Many factors have been blamed for the plummeting fortunes of the
American middle class: globalization, technology, deregulation, easy
credit, the winner-take-all economy, and even the inevitable tide of
history. But one under-appreciated factor is a pervasive...
Daily Signal… NPR Cut Dana
Perino’s Heartwarming Story About George W. Bush, by Rob
April 23, 2015 -- Dana Perino’s new book features a touching encounter
between President George W. Bush and an injured—and intubated—Marine
receiving the Purple Heart. She follows it with another story involving
a dying soldier’s mother yelling at the president about the war. Both
stories were recounted by Perino in an excerpt from “And the Good News
Is…” that was published by The Daily Signal this week. But if you
listened to NPR’s...
Daily Signal… State Says Bakers
Should Pay $135,000 for Refusing to Bake Cake for Same-Sex Wedding,
by Kelsey Harkness -- April 24, 2015 -- An Oregon administrative law
judge recommended today that the bakers who refused to bake a cake for
a same-sex wedding should be fined $135,000. “[T]he forum concludes
that $75,000 and $60,000, are appropriate awards to compensate [the
same-sex couple] for the emotional suffering they experienced,” wrote
Alan McCullough, administrative law judge for Oregon’s Bureau of Labor...
News Radio… New Congress
'worst places to work' hotline: right Idea, wrong question,
Commentary by Francis Rose - Tuesday - 4/21/2015 - The new
congressional tip line Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), the chairman of the
House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government
Operations, launched last week offers federal employees a chance to
tell his office directly about problems that contribute to
dissatisfaction and low morale in their workplaces. Federal News
Radio's Emily Kopp reported emails to the tip line...
Townhall… Overreaching on Iran,
By Steve Chapman
Apr 19, 2015 -- The case against the U.S. nuclear deal with Iran is
easy to make. It doesn't ensure that Iran will never get the bomb; it
doesn't require Iran to renounce terrorism; it doesn't end Iran's
hostility toward Israel. Each of these things is highly desirable, and
the agreement provides none of them. What it will do, if all the right
details are nailed down and the terms are firmly enforced, is make it
harder for Iran...
Daily Signal… The Greatest
Setback for Cancer Research Is Obamacare, Stephen Moore
April 11, 2015 - Nearly everyone is thinking about cancer these days
thanks to the Ken Burns film on PBS, “Cancer: The Emperor of All
Maladies.” All of us, including Burns himself, who as a child lost his
mother to cancer, know a family member or a close friend who has died
of the Killer C. The film tells us the magnitude of the murderous
disease we are up against: “Cancer is a worldwide scourge. The fastest
growing disease on...
be Normal, by Ashley Pratte
Apr 17, 2015 -- Hillary Clinton gets in a van a drives from New York to
Iowa and somehow it’s all the media can talk about—but it’s what most
Americans do. They load up their cars for a family road trip and yet,
it’s not covered by the media. Her attempt to be normal is humorous;
she even made a pit stop for lunch at Chipotle—WOW! However, while at
Chipotle she chose to be incognito and donned a pair of sunglasses. Let
me get this straight...
A Corrupted Two
Kingdoms For Coward Pastors, By: Erick Erickson
April 20th, 2015 -- When the Protestant Reformation occurred, (I’m
simplifying here) Luther needed an explanation for why the Pope need
not wield the power of the sword. He focused on the idea of the two
kingdoms — there is God’s kingdom in Heaven over which here on the
earth the church presides and there is God’s kingdom on earth over
which civil authorities preside. Calvin picked up the two...
Freedom Is Still Worth Protecting, by Steve Chapman
Apr 12, 2015 -- Gay rights groups and their allies were outraged when
Indiana enacted a "religious freedom" measure that let businesses
refuse to take part in same-sex weddings and other events they find
objectionable. Opponents of the new law had an unassailable goal:
protecting a small group of people from having their freedom trampled
by an unsympathetic majority. Funny thing: That's exactly what religious...
Daily Signal… How Much Do the
Top 1 Percent Pay of All Taxes? Curtis Dubay
April 15, 2015 - Ever since President Obama started running for
president in 2007, there has been a debate about how much tax rich
Americans pay and whether they should pay more. In that ongoing debate,
Paul Krugman and Matt Yglesias criticized a Daily Signal chart because,
according to them, it does not give a complete picture of the tax
burden borne by Americans because it only includes the federal income
Daily Signal… Abortion
Procedure Extracting Unborn Child ‘One Piece at a Time’ Triggers
Controversy in Kansas,
by Kelsey Harkness -- April 08, 2015 -- Mary Spaulding Balch has been
fighting against what she calls “dismemberment abortion” since she was
17 years old. Now, at 60, she’s breathing a sigh of relief. “It’s been
a long time. Too long,” Balch told The Daily Signal in a phone
interview. “I was naïve enough to think back in the 70s, we would be
able to get this under control rather quickly.” Balch was referring to
Daily Signal… Congress Can Raise
Your Income 10 Percent By Updating the Tax Code,
Curtis Dubay - April 10, 2015 - Congress could raise your family’s
income by 10 percent, or maybe even more. And it could do it with a
policy reform that has the support of 71 percent of the American
people. Even better news is this is not some big-government spending
program that would deliver a 10 percent raise. Instead, it’s tax
reform. The Tax Foundation, in a recent study, found that if Congress
implemented a consumption...
Townhall… Despite Promises From
Congress and White House, Veteran's Affairs Hasn't Been Fixed,
by Katie Pavlich -- Apr 10, 2015 -- Despite numerous hearings and
promises from Congress and feigned outrage from the White House, the
Veteran's Affairs system, whose WAIT times have left more than 1000
veterans dead, hasn't been fixed. More from the AP: A year after
Americans recoiled at revelations that sick veterans were getting
sicker while languishing on waiting lists, VA statistics show that the...
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