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|Townhall… When Smoking Is Involved, Liberals Suddenly Care About Unborn Babies, by Cortney O'Brien
Mar 28, 2015 -- It has taken a pack of cigarettes to convince
pro-abortion liberals that unborn babies are not just FETUSES without
feelings. A study produced by England's Durham and Lancaster
Universities has put a face to the negative effects of smoking during
pregnancy. The researchers produced ultrasound scans of unborn babies
shielding their eyes and moving their FACES uncomfortably as their
mothers smoked. It is this batch of telling...
Townhall… Afghan Gratitude, American Folly, by Steve Chapman
Mar 29, 2015 -- If you're looking for gratitude from the Afghans,
President Ashraf Ghani is your man. When he appeared before Congress
Wednesday, he expressed thanks to American troops, their families,
Congress, Barack Obama and "ordinary Americans whose hard-earned TAXES
have over the years built the partnership" between the United States
and Afghanistan. He couldn't have laid it on any thicker...
| The Daily Signal… If You’re a Middle Class Taxpayer Who Gets
a Raise, Government Will Take This Much,
Patrick Tyrrell - March 24, 2015 - How high is the marginal tax rate on
each additional dollar the average American earns? In other words, if
you got a raise of one dollar, how much of that dollar would be taxed
away? A middle-class taxpayer’s additional income (when a single person
earns more than $37,450 a year) is subject to a 25 percent federal
income tax. Then there are the federal Social Security and Medicare
The Daily Signal… With Appeal to Liberty, Ted Cruz Jumps Into
2016 Race for President
By Ken McIntyre, March 23, 2015 -- Ted Cruz asked his audience of
thousands to let their imaginations run wild. And then the junior
senator from Texas explicitly asked them to imagine him as the nation’s
next president. “I believe in you,” Cruz said. “I believe in the power
of millions of courageous conservatives rising up to reignite the
promise of America, and that is why today I am announcing that I’m
| The Daily Signal… Obama Administration Courts Iran While
Slapping Israel, James Phillips
March 20, 2015 - As the Obama administration mounts a final diplomatic
push to secure a nuclear agreement with Iran, bilateral
Israeli-American relations continue to deteriorate. This week Secretary
of State John Kerry joined Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in
Lausanne, Switzerland for an intensive round of negotiations ahead of
the March 31 deadline for a framework agreement on the Iranian nuclear
issue. The administration...
| The Daily Signal… Should Teachers Be Paid Based on Student
Performance? What This New Study Shows.
Alex Belica - March 18, 2015 - There are long term benefits to paying
teachers by how well students perform in the classroom, according to a
new study released by Israeli economist Victor Lavy. The author
analyzed current income and demographic data for a set of students who
graduated from high schools that were part of a trial program that paid
teachers according to their students’ performance on...
| MSN.com… Why Joe Biden can't get no respect,
by Ezra Klein
On Monday, I made the case that Al Gore should run for president. But
there's another obvious contender out there, too: Joe Biden. Over at
Yahoo, Matt Bai makes the case for Biden. "Biden," he writes, "is a
better candidate than most pundits have ever given him credit for.
Yeah, he's sloppy and meandering and says some nutty stuff. But that's
all part of being genuine and three-dimensional, which may be the most
valuable trait in modern politics and not a bad...
Townhall… Obama's Policies Leave Democrats Weak
Candidates in 2016, Michael Barone
Mar 13, 2015 - The controversy over Hillary Clinton's emails and her
unconvincing press conference at the United Nations have gotten many
Democrats and others thinking the unthinkable: Clinton may not be the
Democrats' 2016 nominee for president. And it has many asking the
question -- scary for Democrats -- of who else could be. It's not a
| Federal News Radio… Congress' March Madness: These bills might
not be the Final Four,
Commentary by Francis Rose -- Monday 3/16/2015 -- This is the time of
the year that I become That Guy. Every office has one: The guy who
doesn't pay attention to the NCAA college basketball tournament. I just
have never been a basketball guy. So when March Madness rolls around,
for me it's more like March Malaise. The madness has already started on
Capitol Hill, though, for federal employees. Federal News Radio
reported on four bills that could affect your job and salary...
The Daily Signal… Concerns Grow About Common Core Standards,
by Brittany Corona
March 12, 2015 -- For the majority of states that adopted the Common
Core national standards in 2010, this is the school year in which
testing begins. And the haste with which Common Core was adopted and
implemented has caused problems, adding to a host of concerns already
surrounding Common Core. In an article last month in Education Week
magazine, reporter Liana Heitin reported...
Federal News Radio… S&M on Capitol Hill, By
Tuesday - 3/3/2015 -- Joke: What did the sadist do to the masochist?
Punch Line: Nothing! Get it? See, the sadist likes inflicting pain will
the masochist likes receiving it, so if nothing happens everybody
loses. Like right now. In Congress. Currently, and not for the first
time, Republicans and Democrats in Congress — between vacations and
breaks — are doing what they do best. Spending a lot of time getting...
Federal News Radio… Let's play What's My Disease?
By Mike Causey
Wednesday - 3/4/2015 - Years ago, a (then) young friend had a minor
production job with a major TV network. His group was tasked with
coming up with a low-budget show that would attract eyes and sponsors.
Tougher than it sounds. Quiz shows were, and still are, a dime a dozen.
So ... After a particularly long, bitter meeting, he cracked. He
suggested they setup a...
| MSN News… It's Time to Kill Daylight Savings,
by Matt Schiavenza
As most people no doubt noticed given that they were robbed of an hour
of sleep, Sunday marked the beginning of Daylight Savings Time in the
United States, Canada, and several other countries and territories in
North America. For morning people, Daylight Savings is a drag,
depriving them of an hour of tranquil morning light. But for others,
"spring forward" brings with it the promise of long, languid afternoons
and warmer weather. Like millions...
| The Daily Signal… If Not Now … When? Will the GOP Majority
Ever Stand for Anything? By Jim DeMint
March 03, 2015 -- It is never the right time to do the right thing in
Washington, D.C. The phrase I heard most often from Republican
leadership while serving in the House and Senate was, “This is not the
right time to have this fight.” Whether the issue was balancing the
budget, school choice, patient-driven healthcare, eliminating earmarks,
raising the debt limit, ending big, crony handouts like the
Export-Import Bank or any stand against the continued growth...
Townhall… The 2016 Political Environment Has Shifted,
By Michael Barone
Feb 24, 2015 -- Like it or not, the 2016 presidential race is now well
under way. Republican candidates are flocking to Iowa, New Hampshire
and South Carolina, while Hillary Clinton, in-between $200,000 speeches
at universities, is reported to be in seclusion developing her economic
policies. It's easy to get overwhelmed by minutiae, but sometimes a
twist of events turns out to be important, even 12 months away...
| The Daily Signal… Congress Should Listen to Netanyahu’s
Warnings on the Obama Iran Deal,
James Carafano - March 03, 2015 - Jimmy Carter had one of the worst
foreign and defense policy records of any modern president. But, at
least he cut one good deal. The speech by Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin (Bibi) Netanyahu before a joint session of Congress makes
clear President Obama can’t even match Carter’s level of competency.
The high point of Carter’s presidency took place a little over a year
after he took office, brokering the Camp...
The Daily Signal… What This Mom Thinks About How Government
by Genevieve Wood -- March 02, 2015 -- If millions of Americans are
doing it, the conventional wisdom among government bureaucrats is that
somebody ought to regulate it. Look no further than the growing
movement known as homeschooling. It’s estimated that upwards of 3
million school age children in America are now foregoing the
| MSN Money… Obamacare Just Killed the Joy of Eating a
Vending Machine Snack, by Diana Furchtgott-Roth - It’s bad
enough that the Affordable Care Act is raising premiums and
deductibles—and perhaps lowering your tax refund. In addition, the ACA
has given the Food and Drug Administration the power to go after your
favorite vending machine. By the end of next year, according to a
new FDA rule, most snack machines must have calorie counts prominently
displayed, or risk removal. Any sort of vending machines, from mixed
nut machines to gumball machines...
The Daily Signal... The Conservative Problem With the Latest
Version of No Child Left Behind,
by Kelsey Harkness -- February 25, 2015 -- This week, the House of
Representatives will vote on an ambitious rewrite of the No Child Left
Behind Act, which is the most far-reaching K-12 federal education law
ever created. Under consideration is a 620-page proposal called the
Student Success Act (H.R. 5), which Republican leadership says will
scale back Washington’s involvement in local education...
Charter school debacle getting more newspaper editorial attention,
By William Phillis
Something is happening that should have happened fifteen years ago.
Editorial boards have finally awakened to the charter school experiment
that has removed over $7 billion from Ohio school districts. The $10.9
million pilot program has morphed into a billion dollar annual
boondoggle. The Cleveland Plain Dealer weighed in on the matter on
February 20, 2015. Ohio must stop increasing taxpayer subsidies...
| MSN Money… Huge Obamacare price hikes could be coming
soon, Dan Mangan
Nearly 7.5 million people who get financial help to buy HealthCare.gov
insurance would face average premium price hikes of a whopping 255
percent if that aid is ruled illegal in a pending Supreme Court case, a
new analysis finds. And that's just the average price increase across
34 states served by the federal Obamacare health insurance exchange. On
the low end, the Avalere Health consultancy found, HealthCare.gov
Townhall… Giuliani Versus Obama,
Feb 24, 2015 - The firestorm of denunciation of former New York mayor
Rudolph Giuliani, for having said that he did not think Barack Obama
loved America, is in one sense out of all proportion to that remark --
especially at a time when there are much bigger issues, including wars
raging, terrorist atrocities and a nuclear Iran on the horizon...
| Townhall… The President and 'Violent Extremism'
by Dennis Prager
Feb 24, 2015 -- Regarding Islamic violence -- the greatest world evil
since Nazism and Communism -- the president of the United States, his
administration, and the left generally live in a make-believe world, a
world of denial. In their world, Islam is today, and has always been, a
religion of peace; Muslims are threatened by Islamophobia; Christians
are wiped out by "violent extremists;" European cartoonists incite
radical Muslims to murder them...
| The Daily Signal… Homeland Security Funding Expires Friday.
Is Congress Any Closer to a Solution?
Kate Scanlon - February 22, 2015 - As the Feb. 27 deadline for funding
the Department of Homeland Security looms, Congress appears no closer
to a resolution to the ongoing funding dispute. Homeland Security
Secretary Jeh Johnson told George Stephanopoulos today on ABC’s “This
Week” that it’s “imperative that we get it resolved.” “Because if we
don’t, by Friday at midnight, the homeland security budget for
The Daily Signal… What Patricia
Arquette Got Wrong About the Founders and Women,
David Azerrad - February 23, 2015 - In a harried Oscar acceptance
speech which culminated in a hackneyed call for wage equality, actress
Patricia Arquette blamed the Founders for the so-called gender pay gap.
“It’s inexcusable that we go around the world and we talk about equal
rights for women in other countries when we don’t have equal rights for
| Heritage Foundation… More States Push Back Against Common Core,
By Brittany Corona
Common Core continues to be a top concern in the states, with
Mississippi and Wisconsin being the latest states taking steps to
distance themselves from the controversial standards. Mississippi is
considering full repeal of the Common Core standards. State senators
Michael Watson and Angela Burks introduced legislation to repeal the
standards last month, with Watson telling GulfLive.com Mississippi
“will end up with our own standards...
Daily Signal… State Says
70-Year-Old Flower Shop Owner Discriminated Against Gay Couple,
By Kelsey Harkness -- February 20, 2015 -- A judge in Washington state
ruled this week that a 70-year-old florist who declined to make flower
arrangements for a gay couple’s wedding violated the state’s
anti-discrimination and consumer protection laws. In a phone interview
with The Daily Signal, Barronelle Stutzman said the decision—and its
accompanying fines—will put her...
| The Daily Signal… Federal Dietary Panel Pushes Junk Food
Taxes, Being Green, Daren Bakst
February 20, 2015 - Federal dietary guidance may soon be based on the
needs of the environment, not just nutrition. The federal Dietary
Guidelines Advisory Committee just released its report, with
recommendations, to help inform the 2015 Dietary Guidelines. The United
States Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human
Services will consider these recommendations in formulating the
| The Heritage Foundation… NCLB Reauthorization Proposals: Missed
Opportunities for Conservatives,
By Lindsey M. Burke -- The House Education and the Workforce Committee,
and the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee
have each proposed reauthorizations of the Elementary and Secondary
Education Act (ESEA), known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). House
Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R–MN) has
introduced the Student Success Act, and Senate HELP Committee Chairman
Townhall… In Praise of Mediocrity,
Feb 15, 2015 - I rise today to speak in praise of an underappreciated
attribute: mediocrity. Oh, I can hear the comments already: "Who better
to do it?" "Finally, something you're an expert on." "You should only
hope to achieve mediocrity!" But I will not be deterred. As kids, we
are always told to admire those who are the best at anything and to
News Radio… Getting in touch
with your inner voter, By Mike Causey
When it comes to politics, do federal workers favor one party over
another? Are U.S. Postal Service workers more likely to vote Democratic
than workers at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission? If so, how come?
Does working for the Defense Department, the Department of Homeland
Security or the Justice Department make it more likely that you will be
a Republican? If so, do you know something folks...
|The Daily Signal… Obamacare Makes Tax Time More Taxing,
by Alyene Senger
February 06, 2015 -- As Americans begin to file their 2014 taxes, they
will encounter some new forms and paper work, thanks to burdens imposed
by Obamacare’s flawed policies. First, taxpayers now must report their
health insurance coverage status and that of their dependents. Those
who were uninsured in 2014 either must file for one of the individual
mandate’s exemptions if they are eligible or pay the mandate penalty of
$95 or 1 percent of income...
Musings, By Larry Kudlow
Feb 15, 2015 -- Let me begin with Presidents' Day. It's a nice long
weekend. But it says nothing about the greatness of certain American
presidents. Whatever happened to Washington's Birthday? Or Lincoln's
Birthday? Of course, I could go for Reagan's Birthday. And I'll bet my
pal Amity Shlaes would pull for Coolidge's Birthday. Whatever your
favorite president's birthday might be, you must admit that...
|The Daily Signal… Jindal Emphasizes Teacher Tenure Reform,
School Choice in Sweeping Education Plan,
by Ken McIntyre -- February 09, 2015 -- Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal,
hoping that a push for education reform can set him apart among
prospective Republican candidates for president, today begins to tout a
national plan he says would create “an ecosystem of freedom and choice”
for parents, students and teachers. His proposals, Jindal says in the
plan to be released this morning, would push the public education
system out of...
on the Road to Ruin, Steve Chapman
Feb 08, 2015 - Americans are addicted to living beyond their means, at
least when it comes to the functions of government. That's why the
federal debt tripled over the past decade and under President Barack
Obama's budget plan would keep growing indefinitely. Why not? If you
don't have to pay for all you get, you're likely to take more than you
|The Daily Signal… Obama’s National Security Strategy Is Weak
and Underwhelming, by Nile Gardiner
February 06, 2015 -- President Obama’s new national security strategy
will do little to reassure America’s allies or intimidate America’s
enemies. Today, the White House unveiled a document poorly suited to
the challenges faced by the world’s superpower, which are mounting in
the Middle East, Europe, Asia and Africa. At a time when American
global leadership is increasingly being challenged by an array of
adversaries, the new national security...
| Economic Collapse… Only 44 Percent Of U.S. Adults Are Employed
For 30 Or More Hours Per Week,
By Michael Snyder - February 5th, 2015 - Jobs - Public Domain, Jim
Clifton, the Chairman and CEO of Gallup, says that the percentage of
Americans that are employed full-time has been hovering near record
lows since the end of the last recession. But most Americans
don’t realize this because the official unemployment numbers are
extremely misleading. In fact, Clifton says that the official 5.6
percent unemployment rate is a “big...
| Townhall… Gallup: Yeah, That 5.6% Unemployment Figure
Is A Lie, by Matt Vespa
Feb 04, 2015 -- A nauseating State of the Union address from Barack
Obama has come and gone, and a triumphant Obama (yeah, I don’t why he
feels that why either) said that the country has turned the page:
Tonight, after a breakthrough year for America, our economy is growing
and creating jobs at the fastest pace since 1999. Our unemployment rate
is now lower than it was before the financial crisis. More of our kids
are graduating than ever before...
| Daily Signal… Scott Walker: ‘I Wouldn’t Bet Against Me on
Anything’, Kate Scanlon
February 01, 2015 - Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wis., is leading a new poll of
likely Republicans voters in Iowa. So will he run for president? Walker
told Martha Raddatz on ABC News’ “This Week” on Sunday that he is still
in an “exploratory process.” Walker said the American people are
looking for a candidate with “new, fresh leadership with bold ideas and
the courage to act on it.” “You can give speeches all you want,” said
Next… On Designing K-12
Education Savings Accounts.
By Jason Bedrick and Lindsey M. Burke - 01/26/2015 - As we celebrate
National School Choice Week, education-reform advocates would be wise
to reflect on purpose of school choice as articulated by Milton
Friedman, the father of the modern school choice movement. Friedman
first proposed the concept of school vouchers in 1955, arguing that by
introducing consumer choice into education...
Daily Signal… Federal Agency
Settles After Impersonating a Woman on Facebook,
Jordan Richardson -- January 29, 2015 -- The Drug Enforcement Agency
created a fake Facebook profile of a woman and used the account to
message drug dealers—all without her knowledge or consent. Now, after
facing a media firestorm and a lawsuit, the federal government will
settle with the woman for $134,000. It all began in 2010 when the DEA
arrested Sondra Arquiett for the possession...
Daily Signal… Your 529 Plan Is
Safe. Here’s Why the White House Changed Course.
By Kate Scanlon, January 27, 2015 -- President Obama is abandoning his
controversial plan to tax the interest on 529 savings accounts, the
White House announced Tuesday. The 529 plans are savings accounts in
which parents and families can invest after-tax dollars. If the money
is used for specified college costs, they don’t have to pay federal tax
on the interest accumulated...
Charter school head count much less than students reported for payment,
by William Phillis - Why are charter school operators and charter
school sponsors not being prosecuted for collecting money on phantom
students? A recent State Auditor's report-Report on Community School
Students Attendance Counts-documents that many charter schools are
collecting funds for students they are not serving. These charter
operators and their...
Daily Signal… Federal
Agencies Stonewall House Committee’s Benghazi Investigation,
by Sharyl Attkisson, January 22, 2015 - Some federal agencies continue
to stonewall when it comes to the ongoing investigation into the
Benghazi terrorist attacks, according to insiders familiar with the
process. They say the House Benghazi Select Committee isn’t getting
access to all relevant documents and witnesses. That will be the topic
of the committee’s first public hearing of 2015 called for Tuesday next
week. Most of the committee’s...
Money… IRS Hires Same Contractor
that Bungled Obamacare Rollout,
Rob Garver, Fiscal Times - Officials at the Internal Revenue Service
spent a large amount of time trudging up to Capitol Hill in 2014 so
that various Republican committee chairmen in the House of
Representatives could berate them over the targeting of some
conservative not for profits in the run-up to the 2012 election. It
seems likely they’d have preferred to fly under lawmakers’ radar in the
114th Congress. If that’s what they wanted, spending more than...
Redstate… Forever Determined To
Let Us Know He Won, By Erick Erickson
January 21st, 2015 - One of the most valuable lessons I have ever
learned in life came from one of the Deans of Students when I was in
college. He would never sit at the head of the table in a meeting.
Often he would sit off to the side. He said he was the Dean where ever
he sat. Barack Obama, commentators on both sides of the aisle have
noted, often seems...
Daily Signal… Smoking Gun?
Tape Recordings Reveal the Real Reason Bank Closed Gun Seller’s Account,
by Kelsey Harkness -- January 14, 2015 -- Another gun seller says his
firearms business was forced to shut down its bank account as a result
of the government’s secretive initiative known as Operation Choke
Point. This time, he’s offering audio recordings to prove it. Mike
Schuetz is a former state employee who worked as a probation and parole
officer for eight years in Hawkins, Wis. After working for the state,
he told Breitbart...
Townhall… 'Diversity' in Action,
Jan 20, 2015 - Islamic terrorist attacks in Europe, and European
governments' counter-attacks are more than just a passing news story.
Europe is currently in the process of paying the price for years of
importing millions of people from a culture hostile to the fundamental
values of Western culture. And this is by no means the last of the
installments of that price, to be paid...
Townhall… Self Defense Still
Reigns as Number One Reason Women Purchase Their First Firearm,
by Katie Pavlich -- Jan 21, 2015 -- Las Vegas - According to a
new report released by the National Shooting Sports Foundation at the
2015 SHOT Show, self-defense still remains the number one reason why
women purchase their first firearm. Home-defense comes in second. The
report, which comes from a study conducted in 2014, focused "on women
ages 18 to 65 who owned at least one...
Redstate… The Closing of
the Republican Mind, By: Erick Erickson
January 20th, 2015 -- The Republicans just beat the Democrats pretty
badly. But the Republicans perceive that they also beat conservatives.
The perception has helped closed the Republican mind. The conservative
stalwarts of the past have given way to the return of the patrician
Republicans who will use government to care for the people, just in
different ways from the Democrats. The Party of...
The Daily Signal… The State of
the Union: What It Is and Why It Matters, Philip Wegmann
January 19, 2015 - This Tuesday, President Obama will face the toughest
crowd of his presidency when he delivers his State of the Union address
to the newly controlled Republican Congress. Each president’s State of
the Union offers a distinct historical snapshot while continuing an
enduring constitutional tradition. The president is expected to
underscore past policy...
Daily Signal… Firearms
Sellers Say They’re Being Choked Off From Payment Processors,
by Kelsey Harkness -- January 12, 2015 -- Go to a gun show, and you
won’t find many merchants using PayPal. You’ll also find few vendors
using popular payment processors such as Square, Stripe and Spark Pay.
That’s because some payment processors explicitly prohibit the use of
their systems for online — and some in-store — sales of firearms,
ammunition and certain accessories. Retailers in the gun industry say
they’re being discriminated against...
Daily Signal… What the Media
Missed About Obama’s New Proposal: It’s a Wage Cut for Workers,
by James Sherk, Alex Belica -- January 15, 2015 -- President Obama just
urged Congress to cut workers’ wages. Of course, the news headlines did
not report it as such. However, make no mistake: The president’s call
for mandatory paid sick leave would simultaneously cut workers’ pay.
The president proposes requiring businesses to offer seven days paid
sick leave to their workers. That sounds great. But the president never
Review… Santorum, the
Blue-Collar Brawler; His
message for Romney: Bring on the re-match.
By Eliana Johnson; January 12, 2015 -- I’m sitting across from Rick
Santorum at a Corner Bakery Cafe on North Capitol Street, near the U.S.
Capitol, when a news alert flashes across my phone. The Wall Street
Journal is reporting that Mitt Romney has told a group of his top
donors that he is seriously considering a third White House bid.
Santorum smiles broadly. “Bring it on,” he says. The surprise runner-up
in the 2012 Republican primary...
Research the Gulen Crusade… By
The 19 Horizon Science Academies/Noble Academies charter schools in
Ohio and the other 130 or so sister charters in other states are a part
of the worldwide social/economic/religious/political movement headed by
Fethullah Gulen, the Turkish Islamic cleric living in exile in the
Poconos of Pennsylvania. The mission of the Gulen movement should spike
the interest of all U.S. citizens inasmuch...
Daily Signal… White House
Faces Backlash for Absence at Anti-Terrorism Rally, Kelsey
January 12, 2015 - The Obama administration admitted this afternoon
that it erred in not sending a more prominent official to the
anti-terrorism march yesterday in Paris. During a press briefing, White
House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said: I think it’s fair to say that
we should have sent someone with a higher profile to be there. … We
agree that we should have sent someone with a higher profile in
addition to the ambassador to France...
Foundation… Obama Administration
Proposes Expanding Government-Funded Preschool,
Lindsey Burke - Education Secretary Arne Duncan urged a revamp of the
“tired” and “prescriptive” law currently known as No Child Left Behind
today, calling for a law that replaces NCLB with one that includes
“more money” than is currently authorized. Duncan urged Congress to
increase spending, ensure educational “equity” and to include preschool
|The Daily Signal… Why Free Community College Is Anything But
Free, by Lindsey Burke
January 09, 2015 -- The Obama administration announced Thursday that it
will propose two years of “free” community college, paid for by
taxpayers, for students maintaining a “C” or better average. The
federal government would finance three-quarters of the costs, and the
administration says it hopes the remainder would be financed by states.
The White House claims the proposal will save students $3,800 per year
in tuition costs. When asked about...
Thorough and Efficient Clause removal
, By William Phillis
Public Education Privatizers would support removal of the thorough and
efficient clause from the Ohio Constitution. Nick Pittner, having
served as the lead attorney in the DeRolph school funding case,
provides his opinion on the proposal to remove the thorough and
efficient language from the Ohio Constitution (below). If this matter
is forced through all the hoops required to be placed on the ballot...
Daily Signal… The House Made It
Harder to Steal From Social Security Retirement Fund,
by Romina Boccia, January 07, 2015 -- This Tuesday, House Republicans
nearly unanimously adopted new rules for the 114th Congress (H. Res. 5)
which set the stage for long-overdue Social Security reforms to protect
disabled Americans and seniors from indiscriminate benefit cuts. The
new rule strengthens the integrity of Social Security’s separate trust
transfers local funds to charter schools, By William
State data show that most school districts lose local funds to the
charter industry. All but a handful of districts receive less state
foundation funding per pupil than is deducted for charter school
pupils. The difference comes from local tax revenue approved by the
school district patrons for the purpose of educational programs and
services within the district. In...
| Heritage Foundation… Union Lawsuit Against Florida School Choice
Programs Dismissed, By Brittany Corona - Hundreds of
Florida parents are able to celebrate the New Year with
access to school choice thanks to a decision last Tuesday to dismiss
the union lawsuit against the Sunshine State’s Personal Learning
Scholarship Accounts and expansion of the tax credit scholarship
program. For the second time, Leon County Circuit Court Judge Charles
Francis found that the Florida Education Association, Florida school
boards, the NAACP...
Events… Voter turnout boomed
under Bush, not under Obama, By: Michael
There is a widespread assumption that President Obama has expanded the
electorate and inspired booming voter turnout. One could make a case
for that based on the 2008 election. But since then, not so much.
Looking back over the past 15 years, the biggest surge in voter turnout
came during George W. Bush’s presidency. In the Obama years, turnout
actually declined in both the 2012 presidential...
| Natural News… Obamacare causing massive wave of hospital
closures across USA,
by: J. D. Heyes - Monday, December 29, 2014 - (NaturalNews) A number of
acute-care hospitals closed across the United States last year -- 18 to
be exact -- and experts who see a raft of new regulatory processes
being heaped upon the healthcare industry in the coming years, thanks
to the Affordable Care Act, believe that a wave of additional closures
are ahead. As noted by WorldNetDaily, a dozen more hospitals have
closed in the U.S...
| Human Events… Jeb Bush's hurdles, By: George
1/2/2015 -- WASHINGTON — In 1968, a singularly traumatic year —
assassinations, urban riots, 16,899 Americans killed in Vietnam — Vice
President Hubert Humphrey, the ebullient Minnesotan, said his
presidential campaign was about “the politics of joy.” This was
considered infelicitous. He was, however, right to insist that,
whatever America’s vicissitudes, the nation’s premises explain its
trajectory and validate cheerfulness. Similarly...
| The Economic Collapse… The 2.6 Billion Dollar Welfare Payment That
The U.S. Government Gives To Wal-Mart
-- By Michael Snyder -- December 28th, 2014 -- Wal-Mart Should the
federal government be spending billions of dollars to pump up
Wal-Mart’s profits? I know that question sounds really bizarre,
but unfortunately this is essentially what is happening. Because
Wal-Mart does not pay them enough money, hundreds of thousands of
Wal-Mart employees enroll in Medicaid, food stamps and other social
by John Stossel
Dec 31, 2014 -- No wonder Cuba wallows in poverty. Last week, the New
York Times reported that the Castro brothers opened a special business
zone where foreign companies "would be given greater control over
setting wages at factories. ... (P)roposals would be approved or
rejected within 60 days." What? If I want to give someone a raise, I
have to wait up to two months for government approval! That's absurd...
| Natural News… Teachers forced to wear flu masks, gloves
that don't work, by: Ethan A. Huff
Monday, December 29, 2014 - (NaturalNews) The vaccine mafia is upping
the stakes in its endless war against free thinking and personal
choice. A shocking new report indicates that some daycare workers in
Texas are now being forced to wear face masks and gloves throughout the
duration of "flu season" if they refuse to be injected with live
viruses and mercury. Citing a letter received from a concerned daycare
worker in the College Station area...
Townhall… A Year of Anniversaries,
Dec 31, 2014 - 2014 has been a year of anniversaries. It was the 100th
anniversary of the beginning of the First World War -- a war which many
at the time saw as madness, and predicted that it would be the
harbinger of a Second World War a generation later. 2014 was also the
70th anniversary of the fateful landing at Normandy that marked the
beginning of the end of World War...
News from NPR… When Home And
Health Are Just Out Of Reach, by Sarah Jane Tribble
December 24, 2014 -- Donna Giron wheels through the halls of the
nursing home she's lived in since May. Finding an affordable home of
her own has been difficult. Donna Giron is frail. She has Crohn's
disease and uses a wheelchair to get around because walking exhausts
her. But she doesn't want to be in the nursing home where she has lived
since May. Giron, 65, is looking to rent a small house in the
industrial town in the Cleveland...
| Zero Hedge… Obama's Golf Game Disrupts Soldiers' Wedding,
Submitted by Tyler Durden
12/29/2014 -- Natalie Heimel and her fiancé, Edward Mallue Jr., a pair
of captains in the Army, received two letters from President Obama in
less than 24 hours as they prepared for their wedding ceremony at
Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course in Hawaii. The first, a nicely worded
regretful but congratulatory RSVP to their wedding invite... and the
second, as Bloomberg reports, informing them that their wedding would
have to be moved since...
Townhall… Aside From
That, Gen. Custer, by Rich Galen
Dec 29, 2014 -- CNN was agog (not a word I get to use in a sentence
every day) with the results of a new poll released right before
Christmas that showed President Barack Obama's job approval ratings
shooting up in the polls. The apogee of the shot? 48 percent. No, the
ratings didn't rise by 48 percentage points, they rose to 48 percentage
points meaning, a majority of Americans still do not approve...
|Dayton Business Journal… Flick picks: ‘Unbroken,’ ‘Into the Woods’
offer inspiring, entertaining holiday diversions,
by Annlee Ellingson -- Dec 24, 2014 -- Amid a deluge of prestige
pictures this holiday weekend, two titles are especially suited for a
family film outing. "Unbroken" is an inspiring, though oddly unmoving,
true story of American prowess, endurance and resilience, while "Into
the Woods" is an entertaining, if awkward, adaptation of Stephen
Sondheim's hit Broadway musical. Either would be a fine Christmas
Cruz, Paul, Perry or ? by Rachel Alexander
Dec 29, 2014 -- Since forming a presidential exploratory committee
earlier this month, Jeb Bush is being considered a serious Republican
candidate for president. But as George Will astutely pointed out last
week, Bush has two significant hurdles; his support for Common Core and
immigration reform. Will correctly points out that his support for the
latter is far more nuanced than people understand. Bush does...
The Daily Signal… The Economy
Just Had the Strongest Growth in a Quarter Since 2009,
Curtis Dubay - December 23, 2014 - There is no doubt that the economy
has languished in its recovery from the Great Recession, which ended
more than five years ago. But signs are emerging that it is finally
shaking free the weight of President Obama’s anti-growth policies. The
latest bit of good news is that the economy grew at 5 percent in the
third quarter (July 1 to Sept. 30...
| The Daily Signal… ‘Public Education’ Should Fund Any
Education, Not Just Government-Run Schools,
by Brittany Corona -- December 22, 2014 -- “Are you saying public
education is just a funding mechanism? … Is all education now public
[and parents] can just choose?” asked Colorado Supreme Court Chief
Justice Nancy Rice during oral arguments over the constitutionality of
Douglas County’s Choice Scholarship Pilot Program. The case has brought
forth a question that has been at the forefront of state and national
NBC Washington… Bao Bao Back
With Mom After Scary 24 Hours in a Tree
Thursday, Dec 25, 2014 -- Good news from the National Zoo: After more
than 24 hours in a tree following a fright, giant panda cub Bao Bao has
rejoined her mom. The National Zoo's panda cub came down from a tree
late Christmas Eve after spending Tuesday night and much of Wednesday
there. Bao Bao was spooked after apparently touching a "hot wire" in
Daily Signal… How Much Your
Taxes Are Really Costing You, by David Allen
December 18, 2014 -- Your taxes are costing you a lot more than you
think. In addition to the direct burden imposed by the taxes
themselves, Americans face compliance costs, as well as costs in the
form of revenue loss during the IRS’ tax collection process. Pete Sepp,
president of the National Taxpayers Union; Jason Fichtner, a senior
research fellow at the Mercatus...
|Santorum on President Obama's Policy Change
Verona, PA - Former U.S. Senator, former Presidential candidate and
Chairman of Patriot Voices Rick Santorum issued the following statement
regarding the United States policy change towards Cuba: Senator
Santorum said, "I am pleased that Alan Gross has been released and able
to return safely home, but I am extremely concerned with how his
release was negotiated. Over and over again, President Obama's
foreign policy actions have...
The Daily Signal… The Preschool
Mirage, By Lindsey Burke & Rachel Sheffield
Grow the economy, not government intervention in child care.
December 10, 2014 - The Obama administration has just announced a new
$1 billion initiative ($750 million in federal grants and the remainder
from private funding) to enroll more children in government preschool
programs. The new measure is being...
Bush family voucher legacy, By
Jeb Bush is enmeshed in the crusade to privatize public education.
While serving as Governor of Florida, he zealously pushed the
voucher/privatization agenda. He essentially declared war on public
education in Florida. As a private citizen, he is continuing his battle
against public education. It may be in his DNA. His father, as
President, made a speech in Columbus on November 25, 1991 in which...
does not work in education: Shocking admission from the Hoover
Institution's Margaret Raymond,
by William Phillis -- Dr. Margaret Raymond, a staff member of the
Hoover Institution at Stanford (bulwark of a free market) discussed the
recent Stanford CREDO charter school study during a presentation at the
Cleveland City Club on December 10. She reviewed the report that
seriously damages the credibility of the charter school industry in
Ohio. During the question/answer segment, she stated, "This is
one of the big insights for me...
Charter industry students lag behind, By William Phillis
The pro-charter school Fordham Institute commissioned the Center for
Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) at Stanford University to study
charter school performance. Please note that CREDO is funded by one or
more pro-charter school foundations. The analysis presents findings
regarding the effects of charter schools on student academic performance...
The Daily Signal… Elijah’s
Story: A Life Saved Before Birth, by Josh Siegel
December 09, 2014 -- DE PERE, Wis.—Eight weeks before he was born,
Elijah Leffingwell met the outside world. On Sept. 21, 2012, at 25
weeks, Elijah was partially removed from his mother’s womb so surgeons
could surgically remove a tumor the size of an orange from his left
lung. Midway through the surgery, his heart stopped. The doctors
massaged it back to life...
Daily Signal… Legislation Lets
States Cut Ties Between Common Core and Federal Grants,
by Kelsey Harkness -- December 08, 2014 -- Sen. David Vitter, R-La.,
has drafted legislation to prohibit the federal government from
“mandating, incentivizing or coercing” states to adopt the national
education standards known as Common Core, The Daily Signal has learned.
The intent of Vitter’s bill is to enable states to more easily exit the
national standards, which more and more parents and...
| Natural News… CDC issues flu vaccine apology: this year's
vaccine doesn't work!
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger -- Friday, December 05, 2014 -- For
the first time we can remember, the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention are going on the record, saying the flu vaccine won't work
this year. The warning comes just before the busiest part of flu
season, in January and February. Unfortunately, there won't be any
refund for any of the patients or insurance companies who spent money
on flu shots earlier this fall. But don't worry...
| The Daily Signal… Since Obama Took Office, the Federal Debt
Has Increased by Almost 70 Percent,
by Michael Sargent -- December 03, 2014 -- The federal government hit a
new milestone Friday: The total federal debt now tallies more than $18
trillion. Just six years ago when President Obama took office, total
debt stood at $10.6 trillion, which means it now has increased by
almost $8 trillion—roughly 70 percent—during his tenure as president.
The surge in total debt, which has hit 103 percent of gross domestic
product, comes at a time...
Daily Signal… Federal Agency
Faces Fallout From Controversial Study That Put Babies at Risk,
by Sharyl Attkisson -- December 04, 2014 -- A federal agency has taken
controversial new steps to marginalize its own ethics body, according
to new information revealed by the watchdog group Public Citizen. That
after the federal ethics body criticized a government study that
resulted in the deaths of some premature babies. The government-backed
study in question...
| Economic Collapse Blog… Plummeting Oil Prices Could Destroy Banks,
By Michael Snyder
December 3rd, 2014 - Panic Button - Public DomainCould rapidly falling
oil prices trigger a nightmare scenario for the commodity derivatives
market? The big Wall Street banks did not expect plunging home
prices to cause a mortgage-backed securities implosion back in 2008,
and their models did not anticipate a decline in the price of oil by
more than 40 dollars in less than six months this time either. If
the price of oil stays at this level or goes...
| The Daily Signal… Conservatives Push Short-Term Funding to
Block Obama on Illegal Immigrants,
by Melissa Quinn -- December 03, 2014 -- Breaking with House Republican
leaders, conservatives are pressing for a short-term plan to fund the
government while blocking President Obama’s move to grant legal status
to millions of illegal immigrants. The measure would allow the new
Congress to weigh in on the president’s unilateral action and shape the
spending debate. Speaking yesterday during Conversations with
Conservatives, a monthly...
Washington Times: Protecting American workers during the immigration
By Rick Santorum -- For the past decade, perhaps the one issue that has
crossed partisan lines yet created a national divide is our nation's
immigration policy. And now that President Obama has issued an
executive order granting amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, we
have to discuss how this impacts American workers. Those on the left
stand for open borders and amnesty because they believe...
| Townhall… Report: 'Dark Days Ahead' for Obamacare,
Dec 02, 2014 - The Hill's Elise Viebeck chronicles Obamacare's
continued losing streak, major elements of which were predicted months
ago. Viebeck's story begins with a mention of the destruction
Jonathan Gruber hath wrought, then outlines four categories of
forthcoming Obamacare headaches. They include pending legal
challenges, the still-simmering threat of Ebola, as well as open
Enrollment 2.0 challenges ("the back-end of HealthCare...
Townhall… Opinions Versus Facts, Thomas
Dec 02, 2014 - Everyone seems to have an opinion about the tragic
events in Ferguson, Missouri. But, as Daniel Patrick Moynihan used to
say, "You're entitled to your own opinion but you're not entitled to
your own facts." Soon after the shooting death of Michael Brown, this
285-pound young man was depicted as a "gentle giant." But, after a
video was leaked, showing him...
The Hill… 13 Republicans most likely to win WH,
By Jonathan Easley
Republicans say their long list of 2016 hopefuls is among the deepest,
most diverse group in recent history without a clear frontrunner. “This
is the most open field we’ve ever seen,” one GOP strategist told The
Hill. That means there will be a narrow path to victory for many of the
candidates, as they fight for the money, media, and voters they’ll need
in the win-early-or-go-home battle royale. The Hill spoke...
| Townhall… Don't Shoot (Your Mouth Off) Before All the
Facts Are Known, Debra J. Saunders
Nov 30, 2014 -- We hand a man a gun and ask him to protect us. If
something goes horribly wrong, perhaps in a flurry of panic, we don't
rush to punish him. We make sure a criminal justice system meant to
protect all citizens also protects him. We blanket him in the
presumption of innocence. It's the reason juries are loath to convict
and, as happened in Missouri, grand juries are loath to indict officers
involved in shootings. So do I believe that Ferguson police officer
Redstate… The Truth, By: Erick Erickson
November 28th, 2014 -- I will keep nothing from you. Today, let me
share with you the truth. Republicans will not stop Barack Obama’s
executive overreach. In fact, while you were enjoying your Thanksgiving
there were a number of stories out that the Republican leadership wants
to give its members an opportunity to express their outrage and
opposition. Expression is not action. They will take no action...
| Townhall… Ferguson Obscures Much Bigger Problems in
the 'Black Community' Larry Elder
Nov 27, 2014 - From the very beginning, this was much ado about an
aberration, a tragic aberration to be sure, but an aberration
nonetheless. Michael Brown was shot and killed by Ferguson police
Officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9, 2014. Immediately, according to St.
Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch, witnesses began to
give different versions of what happened. The apparent would-be star
witness, Dorian Johnson, was with Brown...
Townhall… An Inconvenient Law, Victor
Nov 27, 2014 - There is a humane, transparent, truthful -- and
constitutional -- way to address illegal immigration. Unfortunately,
President Obama's unilateral plan to exempt millions of residents from
federal immigration law is none of those things. Obama said he had to
move now because of a dawdling Congress. He forgot to mention that
there were Democratic majorities...
| Federal News Radio… Thank you, federal employees,
Commentary by Jeff Neal
Tuesday - 11/25/2014 -- It is Thanksgiving week and before everyone
heads out of the office to take a well-deserved holiday, I want to give
thanks for our federal workforce. Fed- bashing may be a popular sport
in some places, but not in my home. I believe that majority of federal
employees do a great job, care about their work, do more than is
necessary, support their co-workers in times or need and provide
tremendous benefit to the American people...
| Natural News… It is now illegal to share food with the
homeless in Florida, by: J. D. Heyes
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 -- If you're someone who believes in
personal (not government-provided) charity and who likes to make sure
that as many homeless people as possible get a decent meal each day,
good for you. But you might want to avoid Fort Lauderdale, Florida,
because you could wind up with a hefty fine and some jail time.
Seriously. According to reports, police in the city issued citations
and further threatened to arrest two priests...
Natural News… New pictures of school lunches illustrate
America's decline toward third world status,
by Daniel Barker -- Wednesday, November 26, 2014 -- It can be assumed
that First Lady Michelle Obama had good intentions when she used her
influence to foist her Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act on an unsuspecting
population of school-aged American children. After all, obesity,
nutrition and hunger are real issues, but the dismal failure of the
initiative -- which resulted...
The Daily Signal… Amid Crises, Obama Pushes Out Hagel as
Josh Siegel - November 24, 2014 - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel
resigned today after less than two years in the post amid the struggles
of President Obama’s national security team to respond to a slew of
global crises. Hagel, the only Republican in Obama’s Cabinet, is widely
believed to have been pushed out by the president as he seeks a
different approach to enduring challenges such...
| Natural News… Prescription drug vending machines on
college campuses, by Mike Adams
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 -- The total insanity of over-medication in
America has reached a new low as Arizona State University has installed
a prescription drug vending machine called InstyMeds. American college
students -- who are already the most over-medicated population on the
planet -- now have an even easier way to pollute their brains with SSRI
drugs, antidepressants, antipsychotics and prescription "speed"
Patriot Voices… "Made in the USA" Christmas Challenge,
VERONA, PA - Former presidential candidate, former U.S. Senator, and
Chairman of Patriot Voices Rick Santorum today launched Patriot Voices'
2nd annual "Made in the USA" Christmas Challenge urging shoppers to buy
goods and gifts made in the United States this holiday season and to
shop at local small businesses across the country. Rick Santorum said,
"This Christmas season, millions...
Patriot Voices… Santorum Responds to President Obama's
VERONA, PA - Former presidential candidate, former U.S. Senator, and
Chairman of Patriot Voices issued the following statement in response
to President Obama's executive action to provide amnesty to 5 million
illegal immigrants. Rick Santorum said: "Tonight's announcement by the
President is just another in a long line of power-grabs by this
Administration. Despite saying as recently as one...
| Heritage Foundation… Why should we trust Barack Obama on
By Jim DeMint - President Obama has been quite up-front about it: he
refuses to enforce laws he dislikes and unilaterally changes others
without the consent of Congress. The Supreme Court may soon have to
decide the constitutionality of all this but, in the meantime, many are
wondering why Congress would believe they can trust the president to
work with them in good faith on any issue. Still more are scratching
their heads over the notion that now, when Obamacare is hurting
millions and the...
Human Events… Obama denies Gruber, but facts deny Obama,
By David Limbaugh
11/18/2014 -- Do President Obama’s adamant denials that he misled the
American public on various important aspects of Obamacare stand up to
scrutiny? No, and it’s not even a close call. In the past several
weeks, there’s been a major uproar in the alternative media — the
liberal media doing their usual best to cover up stories damaging to
this administration and the cause of progressivism...
Townhall… Racial Quota Punishment,
Nov 18, 2014 - If anyone still has any doubt about the utter cynicism
of the Obama administration, a recent agreement between the federal
government and the Minneapolis Public Schools should open their eyes.
Under the Obama administration, both the Department of Education and
the Department of Justice have been leaning on public schools around
the country to...
The Daily Signal… What Do the 2016 GOP Hopefuls Really Think
About Same-Sex Marriage?
Genevieve Wood -- November 14, 2014 -- The marriage issue didn’t play a
major role in the 2014 midterms, but activist courts overturning state
laws and lawsuits threatening the rights of those who disagree with
redefining marriage may very well make the issue a top one in 2016.
Since 1998 and across the early 2000s, millions of Americans voted at
the state level to define marriage as the union of a man...
White House… We all have a stake
in the fight against Ebola, Dr. Kent Brantly
I've come to be known as the first Ebola patient to be treated in the
United States -- but I'd prefer to think of myself simply as a family
physician. I was born and raised in Indiana, and trained in family
medicine in Texas. I spent the last year living and working as a
missionary doctor in a small hospital outside Monrovia, Liberia. So
when the Ebola virus came to that country, I was among the first to
treat infected patients. And in late July, I contracted the disease...
Top down education "reforms": mere
alterations with no evidence than improvements will accrue,
By William Phillis -- During the past couple decades, politicians and
other non-educators have hurled education reform packages at public
school boards, administrators and teachers with the warning that if
they oppose any of the packages, they will be labeled as
obstructionists in support of the status quo. Generally speaking, the
public education community has attempted to implement the...
Voices… Santorum Outlines
Foreign Policy Against Radical Islamic Threats
VERONA, PA - Former presidential candidate, former U.S. Senator, and
Chairman of Patriot Voices Rick Santorum addressed several thousand
Liberty University students yesterday focusing on the mounting clash
between the Western Civilized World and the growing threat of radical
Islamists. In his speech, Santorum specifically described his work in
2005 and 2006 to draw attention to the threat posed by an Iranian...
Daily Signal… Veterans Are the
Real 1 Percenters, by Bruce Klingner
November 11, 2014 -- Mentioning “1 percenters” conjures up images of
protest and class warfare. But there is another 1 percent who are
beyond politics: the men and women who serve in America’s armed forces,
as well as the veterans who served before them. Despite over a decade
of ceaseless war against terrorism, fewer than 1 percent of the U.S.
population has been on active duty. A smaller share of Americans now
serve in the military than at any point...
The Daily Signal… School Choice
Wins, Common Core Loses in Election 2014,
Lindsey Burke - November 05, 2014 - Last night’s election results have
seismic implications for education policy at both the state and federal
levels. Voters sent a message that school choice and local control are
important to them. School Choice Wins Big - Charlie Crist, running as a
Democrat, lost his election bid for Florida governor to incumbent
Republican Rick Scott. Crist supported the state’s teachers...
Daily Signal… The War on
Women Didn’t Work and 3 Other Lessons From the Midterm Elections,
by Hans von Spakovsky -- November 07, 2014 -- Many pundits and campaign
consultants are no doubt analyzing the election results across the
country to try to decipher what lessons the Republican wave holds for
candidates planning to run in 2016. But there are four easily seen
lessons that both of the major political parties should take to heart:
First, the manipulation of election rules and political trickery didn’t
work. In Kansas, for example, the Democratic...
Townhall… Is There a Viagra for
Bored Voters? By Debra J. Saunders
Nov 09, 2014 -- Democrats won every statewide office (California) and a
comfortable majority of the congressional delegation and legislative
seats. Yet at Capitol Weekly's election postmortem confab Thursday,
Republicans were giddy, and many Democrats were, well, agitated. Even
for California Republicans, Tuesday was heavenly. To start, they spent
Tuesday night watching the GOP make big gains nationally...
Daily Signal… Here’s How
Conservatives Aim to Stop Obama’s Action on Illegal Immigrants,
by Josh Siegel -- November 07, 2014 -- Aides to conservative members of
the U.S. Senate say their bosses are rallying around a strategy to
prevent President Obama from taking executive action to move illegal
immigrants toward citizenship: Use government funding bills to withhold
the money the president needs to implement his plan. At the same time,
some of the Senate’s most conservative members are worried that party
leadership could try to strike a deal with Democrats...
The Economist – Lexington… A big
win for John Kasich
Ohio’s Republican governor puts results ahead of ideological purity -
November 8, 2014 - WHAT is conservatism for? In the election campaign
just past, too many Republicans ignored that question. Instead they
went negative, harnessing the anger of voters who feel that America is
going to ruin and have no faith in President Barack Obama. Senator...
really want to know about this, By Tom Dunn
In a previous article, I criticized state superintendent Dr. Richard
Ross for his claim that the state's quest for transparency is the
driving force behind the Ohio Department of Education's (ODE) School
District Report Card. I suggested that his, the ODE's, and the
legislature's quest for transparency seems to end where their pet
project, the charter school movement, begins. I challenged readers to
visit the independently created web site known as...
Santorum Comments on Republican Election
VERONA, PA - Former presidential candidate, former United States
Senator, and Chairman of Patriot Voices Rick Santorum issued the
following statement in response to the results of the midterm election:
"Tonight's results are not just a victory for the Republican Party, but
a victory for America. And while the results are a clear
repudiation of President Obama and his policies, we cannot take
| Natural News… Meat industry uses chemical 'meat glue' to
trick consumers into eating food scraps,
by: S. D. Wells - Thursday, October 30, 2014 - A white powder that
glues together small scrap pieces of beef, lamb, chicken and fish is
sold by the kilo and is considered to be the meat industry's "dirty
little secret." This is not breaking news, as the industry has been at
it for quite some time, but just how many people need to know if
they're greatly increasing their chances of consuming some E. coli with
those "choice" filets...
Townhall… Survey: 51 Percent of People
Who Used Obamacare Exchanges Last Year Won't Use Them Again,
Katie Pavlich - Nov 03, 2014 - According to a new study conducted by
Bankrate.com, a majority of Americans who used the Obamacare healthcare
exchanges last year through Healthcare.gov don't plan on doing so again
this year when open enrollment begins on November 15. "Those who
experienced the rocky rollout of the Obamacare health...
| The Daily Signal… The People You Vote Out of Office Tuesday
Will Still Have Two Months in Power. What Will They Do?
by Genevieve Wood -- November 03, 2014 -- In most of America, when
someone gets fired for poor performance, they are not allowed to stay
on the job another two months. But Washington isn’t like the rest of
America, and being a member of Congress isn’t like most other jobs. On
Tuesday, Americans will elect people to represent them in Washington.
In the process, they will also un-elect some current members of
Congress in whom, for whatever reason...
Heart of the matter: Public Education,
By William Phillis
Heart of the matter: Charters, vouchers and other strategies to
privatize public education are backdoor approaches to the annulment of
state constitutional provisions for public education. Each state has
one or more constitutional provisions for a system of public education.
Words such as thorough, efficient, uniform, fundamental value and high
quality set the standards for the state systems. The importance...
| The Daily Signal… These Studies Found Exposure to the Arts
Boosted Educational Success,
by Brittany Corona -- October 27, 2014 -- New research into humanities
education suggests student learning outcomes increase with exposure to
the arts. Few empirical studies have been conducted on the benefits of
arts education for students. Jay Greene, endowed chair of the
Department of Education at the University of Arkansas, and his team
have released two studies on the educational benefits of engagement
with the arts. Last year, Greene, along with researchers...
Terrorism Concerns, DHS Beefs Up Security At Federal Government
by Katie Pavlich -- Oct 28, 2014 -- Late Tuesday afternoon the
Department of Homeland Security announced security will be beefed up at
federal government buildings across the country, citing terror concerns
and recent attacks in Canada for the increase. The following statement
was released by DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson: Today I am announcing that I
have directed the Federal Protective...
| SHTF Plan… Mining CEO Proposes: Crush Market
Manipulation By Halting Silver Sales,
Mac Slavo - October 24th, 2014 - In 2011 the price of silver topped $48
per ounce, but just a few years later we’ve seen it collapse to such
levels that it is now becoming nearly impossible to for mining
companies to get it out of the ground and make any sort of profit. Many
believe the price of silver, and it’s precious metal counterpart gold,
is being manipulated by top-tier financial organizations that include
large investment firms as well as Western central banks. Through the...
U.S. News & World Report… Ryan
Gets It Right, By Pete Sepp
Dynamic scoring would show which tax changes are actually the most
beneficial. Oct. 28, 2014 - It’s a week before the election, and
Washington can’t seem to get enough of “what if” scenarios. One has to
do with the long-overdue task of reforming our nation’s hopelessly
burdensome, complex tax code. In a speech before the Financial Services
Roundtable, House Budget...
| U.S. News & World Report…
Trouble to the
North: Recent attacks in Canada highlight the problem of homegrown
By Michael P. Noonan -- Oct. 25, 2014 -- This week’s events in Quebec
and Ottawa point to a potentially troubling trend in the radicalization
of violent extremists. The perpetrators of the deadly attacks – Martin
“Ahmad” Couture Rouleau in Quebec and Michael Zehaf-Bibeau in Ottawa –
were both converts to Islam with troubled, criminal pasts. (As Humera
Khan of Muflehun told Gwen Ifill on the Aug. 27 broadcast of...
Redstate… When I Survey,
By: Erick Erickson
October 28th, 2014 -- We stand a week from the final midterm election
of Barack Obama’s Presidential career. When I survey the field I do not
see a wave election for the GOP. I never have seen a wave in the
polling, at least not at the national level. At the local level, I
think we will see a lot of what we saw in 2010. It will be wavy. But
while I think the GOP will take the Senate, I do not think it will be
by much. Much of the success the...
Always Win, By John Stossel
Oct 29, 2014 -- I'm told that the public is "angry" at today's
politicians. Eighty-two percent disapprove of the job Congress is
doing. So will Tuesday's election bring a big shakeup? No.
Congressional reelection rates never drop below 85 percent. The last
big "wave" election was 1994, when Democrats lost control of both
houses. The media called it a "revolution," and the late Peter Jennings
from ABC likened Americans to...
The Daily Signal… Journalist:
Obama Administration More ‘Restrictive’ and ‘Dangerous’ Than Any In
Kate Scanlon - October 28, 2014 - USA Today Washington Bureau chief
Susan Page is the latest in a series of journalists to criticize the
White House on transparency. At a White House Correspondents’
Association seminar on Saturday, Page described the Obama
administration as “more restrictive” and “more dangerous” to the press
| The Daily Signal… The True Reason Gas Prices are Falling
(Hint: It’s Not Because of Green Energy),
by Stephen Moore -- October 26, 2014 -- American workers and motorists
got some badly-needed relief this week when the price of oil plunged to
its lowest level in years. The oil price has fallen by about 25 percent
since its peak back in June of $105 a barrel. This is translating
to lower prices at the pump with many states now below $3 a gallon. At
present levels, these lower oil and gas prices are the equivalent of a
$200 billion cost saving to American consumers and businesses...
Patriot Voices… George W. Bush’s
Puzzling WMD Coverup, By Rick Santorum
How to prevent the president from deceiving Congress the American
people, regardless of who controls the White House. The most shocking
revelation by The Daily Beast, The New York Times and other news
sources in reporting on weapons of mass destruction in Iraq is that the
Bush Administration so aggressively fought to suppress the truth about
them. The entire world was understandably focused on finding chemical...
|The Daily Signal… This Little Girl With Down Syndrome Was
Stuck in a Horrible School Situation. How a New Policy Changed Her Life
By Lindsey Burke -- October 19, 2014 -- “When I would pick her up
almost every evening, she would wait until she got into the car and she
would just start weeping.” That’s what Veronica, mother of Salima, who
has Down syndrome, says in a powerful video about her daughter’s
experience at her assigned public school. But thanks to a fairly new
school choice policy, Salima’s life is now totally different. And
starting this year...
Daily Signal… Make Conservatism
Cooler, College Students Advise GOP Candidates,
by Josh Siegel -- October 21, 2014 -- RALEIGH, N.C.—Consider a few
truths about the politics of students at North Carolina State
University, a school known for its engineering and agriculture programs
and said to be more conservative than the higher-profile University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Political ads turn the students off.
They don’t pay attention to the ads, and are unlikely to be swayed by
The Daily Signal… Top 7 Wackiest
Examples of Wasteful Government Spending from Wastebook 2014
- Spencer Woody - October 22, 2014 - Rabbit massages, laughing classes,
and watching the grass grow–these are just a few examples of where your
tax dollars went this year. During a time when many families have made
financial sacrifices to make ends meet, the federal government
continues to spend. Washington politicians continue to claim their
|The Daily Signal… The New Civil Rights Division Head Wants to
Decriminalize Possession of All Drugs,
by Cully Stimson -- October 20, 2014 -- So who supports decriminalizing
cocaine, heroin, LSD, methamphetamine, ecstasy and all dangerous drugs,
including marijuana? No, it’s not your teenage nephew. It’s President
Obama’s new acting head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights
Division, Vanita Gupta. In 2012, Gupta wrote that “states should
The Daily Signal… Government to
Ordained Ministers: Celebrate Same-Sex Wedding or Go to Jail,
Ryan T. Anderson - October 18, 2014 - For years, those in favor of
same-sex marriage have argued that all Americans should be free to live
as they choose. And yet in countless cases, the government has coerced
those who simply wish to be free to live in accordance with their
belief that marriage is the union of a man and a woman. Ministers...
| Townhall… Over It: 'Steady Stream' of Democrats Leave
Campaign Rally During Obama Speech,
by Guy Benson -- Oct 20, 2014 -- In 2008, they were passing out. In
2014, they're walking out. These tweets come from mainstream
media correspondents who watched in puzzlement as "lots" of Maryland
voters departed a campaign rally over the weekend while President Obama
was still talking. Change: Here's how Reuters' Jeff Mason
summarized the event: President Barack Obama made a rare appearance on
the campaign trail on Sunday with a rally to support the Democratic...
Voices… Santorum Condemns
Houston for Violating First Amendment Rights
Verona, PA - Former Presidential candidate, U.S. Senator and Chairman
of Patriot Voices Rick Santorum issued the following statement today
regarding the actions by the City of Houston to violate our First
Amendment: Rick Santorum said, "Many say fighting to protect our First
Amendment is a conservative issue. It is not. It is an
American issue. Regardless of one's religious or political views,
we should be extremely alarmed...
| The Daily Signal… Here’s Why Budget Cuts Have Nothing to Do
With Developing an Ebola Vaccine,
Melissa Quinn - October 17, 2014 - Some government health officials
have joined Democrats in blaming the lack of an Ebola vaccine on budget
cuts orchestrated by Republicans. However, more federal funding likely
would not have led to creation of a vaccine to combat the deadly
disease, since pharmaceutical companies had little incentive to do so.
In addition, a review of federal budget figures by The Daily Signal
shows that in...
Townhall… Ft. Hood Murderer's
Attorney: "I Don't Know Where They Come Up With Workplace Violence"
by Katie Pavlich -- Oct 14, 2014 -- Ft. Hood murderer Nidal Hasan
recently sent a six page letter to Pope Francis about waging Jihad,
further clarifying Hasan's murder of 13 people and the shooting of 30
others in 2009 was Islamic terrorism, not work place violence as the
politically correct Obama administration has said and argued. Last
night on The Kelly File Hassan's current attorney, John Galligan, said
he doesn't understand...
The Daily Signal… Thanks to
Obamacare, Health Costs Soared This Year, Robert Moffit
October 13, 2014 - On November 15, open enrollment in the Obamacare
exchanges begins again. Before the second act of our national
healthcare drama commences, let’s review what we’ve learned in Act I.
For starters, everyone now knows that federal officials are challenged
when it comes to setting up a website. But they’ve demonstrated the
ability to dole out...
| Townhall… The Obamacare Trifecta, by
Oct 13, 2014 -- Over the past several years, I have written at least a
dozen columns on Townhall.com regarding individual and specific issues
with Obamacare. This week, I attended a meeting to learn about my
employer's plan to deal with our Preferred Provider Organization (our
PPO health insurance plan). Touch 'em all: Over the next couple of
years, I will lose my doctor, I will lose my plan and my healthcare
costs will increase. The next two phases of Obamacare are now kicking...
Redstate… I Have a Question,
By Erick Erickson
October 13th, 2014 -- I think the President of the United States owes
the American public an answer now. I had been willing to give him the
benefit of the doubt in his role as Command-in-Chief, but not now. In
Dallas, TX, a health care worker who came into contact with the Ebola
patient has contracted Ebola. The health care worker was a trained
professional wearing protective clothing. But that trained professional
| The Daily Signal… The 2014 Deficit Is the Smallest In Six
Years. But Here’s the Bad News. By Romina Boccia
October 09, 2014 - The Congressional Budget Office released Wednesday
the figures for spending, revenues and the deficit in 2014. At $486
billion, the 2014 deficit is the smallest since the pre-stimulus and
pre-bailout level of $498 (adjusted for inflation to 2013) in 2008.
This means the household national debt burden rises by about $4,000.
The total household debt burden exceeds $150,000. While some, like
President Obama and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, see today’s
| The Daily Signal… Obama Administration’s New Teacher Equity
Plan Will Not Improve Access to Good Teachers,
Brittany Corona - October 07, 2014 - We can all agree that all students
should have access to top-notch teachers. But the approach the Obama
administration is taking is unlikely to lead to this. Last Wednesday,
the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights sent 14,000
school districts a ‘Dear Colleague’ letter outlining administration
guidance on resource equity—ensuring resources and good teachers are as
available to underprivileged children as to...
| The Daily Signal… Supreme Court Decision Will Lead to Gay
Marriage in Five States. Why That’s Wrong.
By Ryan T. Anderson -- October 06, 2014 -- Today the U.S. Supreme Court
declined to review appeals from Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia, Indiana and
Wisconsin on the definition of marriage. This means that lower court
rulings that struck down state marriage laws now will go into effect,
forcing the redefinition of marriage in these states and potentially in
other states in the 4th, 7th, and 10th circuits. This is an unfortunate
setback for sound constitutional self-government and a setback...
| The Daily Signal… All About the Money: Why Government
Spending and Debt Matter for Millennials,
by Michael Sargent -- October 06, 2014 -- If you’re a millennial who
recently returned to your college campus or started your first job, you
probably haven’t paid much attention to the trillion-dollar spending
measure Congress passed without much fanfare. And why should you have?
How does it affect your life? Spending decisions made in Washington can
seem abstract and irrelevant for what matters to you. But Congress’s
spending decisions DO matter for today’s young people...
Review… ESAs Are Changing the
Game, By Lindsey M. Burke
October 6, 2014 - ‘A blind student in Arizona gets about $21,000 a
year,” says Marc Ashton, whose son, Max, is legally blind. That $21,000
represents what Arizona spends to educate a student such as Max in the
public-school system. “We took our 90 percent of that, paid for Max to
get the best education in Arizona, plus all of his Braille, all of his
technology, and then there was still money left over to put toward...
The Daily Signal… 6 Steps to
Subtract 2 Numbers: Common Core Homework in 1 Photo,
Kelsey Harris - October 02, 2014 - For third-graders learning Common
Core math in Georgia, there are four ways to subtract—and only four
ways allowed. The picture above is just one of the methods for
subtraction under Common Core straight from RedState editor in chief
Erick Erickson’s third-grade...
| Townhall… Ebola In America: Is The Government Doing
Enough? By Derek Hunter
Oct 05, 2014 -- I’m writing this with Ebola-type symptoms. I don’t have
Ebola;, I have food poisoning. But still. The world is not yet in panic
mode over the latest outbreak, but it’s close. Is it justified? Ebola
isn’t an easy virus to contract, or at least it didn’t used to be. The
only sure way to catch it is from the bodily fluids of people with it –
and then only once they start to exhibit symptoms themselves. That’s
why it’s been the near-exclusive domain of countries without proper
Townhall… CDC Director Doubles
Down on Lack of Flight Restrictions From Ebola Stricken Countries,
by Katie Pavlich -- Oct 03, 2014 -- In light of the first case of Ebola
in the United States emerging earlier this week after Thomas Duncan
traveled to and from the country of Liberia to attend a funeral (and
then knowing he was infected, lied on a medical form before hopping on
a flight back), many people are asking why flight bans or restrictions
to Ebola stricken countries have not been put in place. On Wednesday,
| The Daily Signal… School Board Tells Homeschool Family Their
Curriculum Must Be ‘Guided’ by Common Core Standards;
Chris McNutt -- September 30, 2014 -- For many public school students,
Common Core national standards and tests are being implemented in their
classrooms this school year. Yet parent opposition has been vocal over
the past few years, 60 percent of the public opposes Common Core, and
teacher support for the standards has dropped precipitously over the
past year from 76 percent in 2013 to just 46 percent in 2014, according
to a Harvard poll. But it ...
| Townhall Finance... Obama Claims Obamacare is Working – You
Just Haven’t Noticed,
Michael Schaus - Oct 04, 2014 - I’m beginning to think that Obama
doesn’t actually have any speech writers or talking-point authors… He’s
just recycling the set of talking points he was handed in the first
four years of his tenure. During a recent Q&A session at a campaign
event in Princeton Indiana, the President trotted out the
tried-and-failed talking points of 2012 to defend his signature
healthcare law. According to the Free Beacon: “We are seeing almost a...
Natural News… Kansas governor
declares October Zombie Preparedness Month,
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger; Tuesday, September 30, 2014 -
(NaturalNews) Although Kansas Governor Sam Brownback is sure to be
teased about this by persnickety whiners, it's actually a smart
initiative: Kansas has declared October to be "Zombie Preparedness
Month" in an effort to raise awareness about disaster preparedness
among its citizens. Obviously, the Kansas government isn't literally
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