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The Daily Signal… John Kerry: ‘Pretty Clear’ Russia Involved in Malaysian Plane Crash, Melissa Quinn - July 20, 2014 - Secretary of State John Kerry confirmed today that pro-Russian separatists were involved in Thursday’s attack on a Malaysia Airlines plane which left 298 dead and said it is “pretty clear” Russia also had a role in the tragic event. He told host Candy Crowley on CNN’s “State of the Union”: It’s pretty clear that this is a system that was transferred from Russia into the hands of separatists. We know with confidence, with confidence, that the Ukrainians did... read more
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Townhall… Cruz in Charge of the Conservative Movement, Erick Erickson
Jul 18, 2014 - In what appears to be the ultimate modern demonstration of "drinking the Kool-Aid," Republicans across the spectrum seem to have entered a pact in sticking together to defend, and even celebrate, campaign tactics predicated on gross voter fraud and manipulation of minority voters. In fact, given recent campaign finance disclosures, it seems
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Townhall… Gaza, Ukraine, Border Crises Have Roots In a Weakened America, by Mark Davis
Jul 18, 2014 -- When this week began, it was hard to imagine a story knocking our collapsing borders from the front of our minds. But in the span of a few hours Thursday, two stories made us hit the pause button on the mounting and proper indignation over the organized (and often secret) government dumping of illegals in our midst. That is still a huge problem, and the one with the most direct effect on the average American citizen. But when TV screens began streaming images of the Ukraine wreckage
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The Daily Signal… Young Boy Takes On City Council…and Wins, by Jordan Richardson
Call it a victory for common sense. City officials in Leawood, Kan., have reversed course after ordering a 9-year-old boy to tear down the little free library he built in his front yard for Mother’s Day. Late last Monday night, after Spencer Collins had appeared before the Leawood City Council to advocate for permission to share his love of reading books with his neighbors, the Council unanimously approved a temporary measure that would
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Townhall Finance… Six Astounding Examples of Left-Wing Hypocrisy, by Daniel J. Mitchell
Jul 19, 2014 -- Last month, I nailed Bill and Hillary Clinton for their gross hypocrisy on the death tax. But that’s just one example. Today, we’re going to experience a festival of statist hypocrisy. We have six different nauseating examples of political elitists wanting to subject ordinary people to bad policy while self-exempting themselves from similar burdens. Our first three examples are from the world of taxation. Here are some excerpts from a Washington Times report about a billionaire donor who is
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Townhall… Nanny State Targets Grocery Stores, by Leah Barkoukis
Jul 18, 2014 -- After having made her mark on school lunches, you know, replacing mac n’ cheese for quinoa salad thereby leaving kids across the nation hungry and unhappy, first lady Michelle Obama is moving on to bigger and better things, it seems. Via The Washington Free Beacon: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is suggesting major changes to grocery stores to “nudge” Americans to purchase healthier foods when they shop
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Townhall… Poll: GOP Approval of Supreme Court Up 21 Percent, Kara Jones
Jul 14, 2014 - According to a Gallup poll released today, Republican support for the Supreme Court has increased 21 percentage points since September of last year. Partisan views have flipped since the beginning of the High Court’s term last October. GOP approval has increased from a mere 30 percent to a majority of 51 percent. On the other hand, Democrats approval is down 14 points, falling from 58 percent to 44 percent. This is notable considering the
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The Daily Signal… This School District Just Banned Cupcakes. And Candy. Eric Boehm
July 13, 2014 - A school district in Washington state is determined to make school more healthy and less fun. Edmonds School District, in the suburbs south of Seattle, has approved a ban on cupcakes, candy and other sweet treats children typically bring to school to celebrate their birthdays. Instead, district officials say kids should distribute pencils to their classmates
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The Daily Signal… In Undercover Videos, Planned Parenthood Suggests Sadistic Sex to Teen Girls, by Kelsey Harkness -- “Choking,” “whipping,” and “tying up” are a few of the sadistic sexual behaviors Planned Parenthood staffers in Denver were caught on camera promoting to underage girls as part of Obamacare-supported “sex education” inside their facilities. Today, in two undercover videos released by the pro-life group Live Action, counselors  for Planned Parenthood are seen offering advice about “BDSM”— a practice  in which sexual partners beat, lash, or otherwise inflict pain on each other — to... read more
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The Daily Signal… The GOP’s Healthy Debate: It Makes Us All Better, Mike Needham
July 14, 2014 - If you want to see people who are afraid of an honest policy debate in America today, visit a college campus. This year alone, the left’s fear of discussion was on display at Smith College, where IMF head Christine Lagarde withdrew from giving a commencement speech, Rutgers University, where Condoleezza Rice was set to speak, and Brandeis University
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The Daily Signal… That Study Showing Kids With Same-Sex Parents Fare Better? Yeah, the Media Left a Few Details Out, by Katrina Trinko -- July 10, 2014 -- There’s been no shortage of media coverage of a new study that purportedly shows that children raised by same-sex partners fare better than other children. “Children of same-sex couples are happier and healthier than peers, research shows,” was the headline of a Washington Post story. “Largest-ever study of same-sex couples’ kids finds they’re... read more
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MSN.com… Obama pays up after jumping queue
At Franklin's, a famed barbecue joint in Texas, pushing to the front of the line will cost you. President Barack Obama learned this lesson the hard way on Thursday when he stepped into the meat-lovers paradise in Austin. The line for food at the restaurant can reputedly sometimes be two or three hours. But the president -- exercising the prerogatives of his office -- apologetically jumped the queue. He did however offer to stump up
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Federal News Radio… What happened to all of the young federal employees?
Commentary by Jeff Neal - Friday 7/11/2014 - In 2009, there were 233,759 federal employees under age 30 - now there are 176,533. In 2009, there were 224,775 employees age 60 and over. Now there are more than 268,000 and the number is growing. What happened? Why is the workforce getting older? Should we even care? After all, older employees are often more experienced, more stable in their careers, and likely to continue to work for a number of years. The
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Townhall… Tea Party: Learn From Al Gore, Ann Coulter
Jul 09, 2014 - Chris McDaniel, candidate for the U.S. Senate from Mississippi, lost the Republican runoff to incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran last month, and now he is being led down a primrose path to political oblivion. McDaniel's passionate supporters think that a moment of crisis for the country is a good time to treat control of the Senate as if it's a prom queen election. Hoping for yet a
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The Daily Signal… Organization Pushes for Ballot Referendum on Seattle $15 Minimum Wage, Philip Wegmann -- July 07, 2014 - In Seattle, a grassroots organization has submitted a petition complete with nearly 20,000 signatures— well above the 16,000 signature prerequisite, calling for a ballot referendum to repeal the city’s minimum wage hike, which will eventually increase the hourly wage to $15 an hour. On Wednesday, Seattle Forward, a non-partisan coalition of local business owners and citizens, delivered a referendum request they hope will qualify their measure for a popular vote during the... read more
The Daily Signal… What Obama Has Wrong on Climate Change, Brett Schaefer & Nicolas Loris
July 06, 2014 - President Barack Obama again sought to make the case to the American people for “dealing with the rapidly growing threat of climate change” last month, in a speech to the League of Conservation Voters. Right up front he said that his speech would not have “a lot of spin, just the facts.” When a politician says that, you know to expect the opposite. Obama assured the audience that members of Congress “accept that man-made climate change is real” but
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Watchdog.org… ND workers enjoy high wages despite lack of minimum wage law, By Rob Port, Watchdog.org North Dakota Bureau - June 30, 2014 - HIGH WAGES: During a visit to Williston, North Dakota, University of Michigan economist Mark Perry snapped a photo advertising entry-level jobs at Walmart starting at over $17 per hour. DICKINSON, N.D. — As policymakers in Washington, D.C., debate raising the federal minimum wage, entry-level workers in North Dakota enjoy pay... read more
Townhall… The Clinton Motto: Contempt and Elitism, by Tony Katz
Jul 06, 2014 - As the expression goes, "The apple doesn't fall far from the tree." When it comes to the Clinton Family the apple never fell, and all associations with the tree leave one contemptuous, elitist and complete incapable of relating to real human beings, real life and reality. The associations can be wide reaching, like the entire Democrat party. Only the Democrats, who claim to champion women's rights, could think of former President Bill Clinton as a hero. President Clinton was a national embarrassment
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Townhall Finance… Further Look at Employment: Seasonally Adujsted Decline of 523,000 Over Last Month, Mike Shedlock - Jul 06, 2014 -- Initial Reaction: On the surface, this appeared to be a very strong jobs report from both the household survey and establishment survey perspective. The establishment survey reported a gain of 288,000 jobs while the household survey sported a gain in employment of 407,000. In addition, May was revised up from +217,000 to + 224,000, and April revised up from +282,000 to +304,000. Digging deeper into the... read more
Townhall… Culture Challenge of the Week: Tyrannical Rule versus Independence, by Rebecca Hagelin
Jul 03, 2014 - At some point in every man’s life, he hears a voice of conscience (perhaps it is a faint whisper from God Himself) urging him to break loose from the suffocating bonds of lust or fear, which hold him against his will in either the endless search for more—more wealth, more excitement, more control—or the legalistic monotony of what some might call “religion.” When a man hears that voice, he often thinks he knows what it will take to break free, yet simultaneously feels as though he
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Townhall… The Wrong Type of Values, by Erick Erickson
Jul 04, 2014 - When the rights of individuals clash, both sides should be willing to step back and recognize that both have rights. When in conflict, neither side is truly winning nor losing. Each gets their rights and can disagree. But the political left in America has decided its rights and values are the only acceptable ones in our republic. That they lost in the Supreme Court this past week has sent liberals in America on a weeklong hysterical binge of fact
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Townhall… On Every Big Issue, Obama's Presidency is Found Wanting, Donald Lambro
Jul 04, 2014 - WASHINGTON - Republicans have a wealth of political issues that will dominate the 2014 midterm election races and determine their outcome. The national news media has done its best to try to bury these issues, play them down or sugar coat them, but the American people know better. They have persistently put these issues at or near the top of every voter poll in the last six years of Barack Obama's scandal-ridden, trouble-plagued administration. It's hard
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The Daily Signal… ‘We Have Not Forgotten’: Presidents on the Fourth of July, Kelsey Harkness
July 04, 2014 - In a letter to his wife Abigail the day before the American colonies publicly justified their independence from Great Britain, John Adams predicted the occasion would be celebrated as “the great anniversary festival” for years to come. Of the birth of a new nation in July 1776, the future second president of the United States wrote, “the day ought to be solemnized
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The Daily Signal… Today the Supreme Court Protected Religious Freedom
By Sarah Torre and Elizabeth Slattery - You don’t have to agree with Hobby Lobby or share its owners’ opposition to abortion to recognize that the government should not be able to force Americans to set aside their deeply held beliefs simply because they go into business. Thankfully, the Supreme Court agreed and upheld the right of Americans to live and work according to their convictions in a 5- 4 decision today. In Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, the justices ruled the government will not be able to
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Cato Institute… Celebrating Independence Day’s Principles, By Roger Pilon
On the 4th of July we celebrate our nation’s birth, announced to the world some 228 years ago through a remarkable document: the Declaration of Independence. In that document the Founders set forth both the reasons that impelled them to independence and, more important, the moral vision that has inspired us, and millions more around the world, ever since. Individual liberty, secured by limited government: that is its essence. Too often today
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The Daily Signal… IRS Admits Wrongdoing, to Pay $50,000 in Leaking of Marriage Group’s Tax Return, by Ken McIntyre -- June 24, 2014 - Two years after activists for same-sex marriage obtained the confidential tax return and donor list of a national group opposed to redefining marriage, the Internal Revenue Service has admitted wrongdoing and agreed to settle the resulting lawsuit. The Daily Signal has learned that, under a consent judgment today, the IRS agreed to pay $50,000 in damages to the National Organization for... read more
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Townhall… Obama Likes Secrets, Including Yours, Steve Chapman
Jun 29, 2014 - The surprising thing about the Supreme Court's decision on police searches of cellphones was its unanimity. Aligned on the same side of a major law enforcement issue were liberal and conservative justices who normally fight like cats and dogs. All agreed that it's intolerable to let cops ransack the voluminous contents of mobile phones. Who could disagree? Well, cops, of course
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Federal News Radio… Feds and middle-class workers, By Mike Causey
6/26/2014 - Senior Correspondent Mike Causey is on vacation. This is the first in a series of guest columns written by Federal Report readers. Today's column is from federal employee, David A. Middle class workers represent the largest number of jobs in the country. Feds are no different than middle-class workers in many ways. The value of their wages are being diminished over time. They have relatively no union protections. And health benefits are taking more out of their pockets. They are beginning
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Patriot Voices… Today's Ruling a Tremendous Victory for our Freedom of Conscience, by Rick Santorum; Verona, PA -- Former U.S. Senator, former Republican presidential candidate, author of Blue Collar Conservatives and Patriot Voices Chairman Rick Santorum today issued the following statement on the Supreme Court's ruling on Burwell v. Hobby Lobby: "The Supreme Court's ruling on Obamacare's contraception mandate is a tremendous victory for our freedom of conscience. I'm proud of the Green and Hahn families for holding... read more
The Daily Signal… GAO Report: U.S. Embassies at Risk Because Of Security Gaps, by Helle Dale
June 27, 2014 - Security at U.S. diplomatic posts is falling short, and Benghazi is only the most visible example. A new report on “Diplomatic Security” by the Government Accountability Office — GAO-14-655 — demonstrates the problem is systemic, leaving U.S. personnel serving overseas at unnecessary risk. At a time of rising security threats from metastasizing Al Qaeda spinoffs and other terrorist groups, this problem must be addressed immediately at the State Department
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The Daily Signal… More Pushback: Tennessee Quits Common Core Aligned Test, by Jillian Frost
June 25, 2014 - Tennessee has removed itself from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers testing consortium aligned to the Common Core national education standards, joining the ranks of 18 other states pushing back against Common Core. Gov. Bill Haslam, Commissioner of Education Kevin Huffman and the chair of the state board of education, Fielding Rolston, sent a letter to PARCC CEO Laura Slover
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Townhall… Obama's Deficient Student Loan Plan, Steve Chapman
Jun 22, 2014 - The government normally doesn't care whether you or I accumulate large bills for home improvement, a new car or exotic vacations. But Barack Obama feels no hesitation in concluding that the cost of higher education has placed "too big a debt load on too many young people." Therefore, something must be done. The problem with Obama's analysis is defining
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Daily Signal… IRS Violated Law With Missing Emails, Top Archivist Says, by Josh Siegel
June 25, 2014 - IRS officials broke federal law by failing to report the loss of two years’ worth of emails sent and received by Lois Lerner, the former official accused of being behind the agency’s targeting of conservative groups, the government’s top archivist testified yesterday. The Internal Revenue Service violated the Federal Records Act by not telling the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration about the missing Lerner emails, Archivist of the U.S. David Ferriero said at a hearing
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The Daily Signal… Court Rules Marriage Must Be Redefined Under 14th Amendment. Why That’s Wrong. By Ryan T. Anderson -- June 25, 2014 - Today the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals issued an important ruling on Utah’s marriage amendment. This is the first time a circuit court has ruled on marriage since the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) this time last year. In a 2-1 split decision, the 10th circuit ruled that Utah’s marriage amendment defining marriage as the union... read more
The Daily Signal… Obamacare Exchanges Are ‘Disappointing’ With Fewer Than 4 Million Newly Insured, Sharyl Attkisson - June 24, 2014 - In April, President Obama told the nation that “marketplace” or “exchange” enrollment, at 8 million customers as of March 31, had exceeded expectations and costs were lower than expected. Many in the news media accepted the selectively released statistics, despite the Obama administration’s record of sometimes providing inaccurate or incomplete information on HealthCare.gov. Even today, the government continues to withhold relevant... read more
Federal News Radio… Hail to the You-Know-Who Persons!!!
Personal disclosure: I don't follow professional football. I went to one game with my daughter. We left after 30 minutes of freezing, time-out boredom. One of my sons is even a Dallas Cowboys fan. Oh, the humanity! My game is baseball and channel-surfing. In my youth, I played centerfield and batted .328. Today I have 700 channels. Now... You don't have to live in Beltway Land to know that "our" professional football team is named the Redskins
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The Daily Signal… A Majority of Young Adults Are Having Kids Outside Marriage. Why That Hurts Kids’ Futures, by Rachel Sheffield -- June 21, 2014 - Among young adults, first comes baby, then (maybe) comes marriage. This increasingly is the new normal. According to a new study from Johns Hopkins University, 57 percent of mothers between 26 and 31 are unmarried when their child is born. But not all young adults are having kids outside of marriage. Instead, the key factor appears to be whether a young woman has attended college. Among mothers without a high school degree, 63 percent of births... read more
The Daily Signal… IRS Destroyed Hard Drive Lois Lerner Used at Time of Tea Party Targeting, Rob Bluey - June 19, 2014 - Lois Lerner’s missing emails are likely gone forever because the Internal Revenue Service destroyed the hard drive she used at the time tea party groups were targeted, according to sources on Capitol Hill. “We’ve been informed that the hard drive has been thrown away,” Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, told Politico. Two other sources confirmed... read more
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Human Events… Hillary's Rapist-Defense Problem, By John Hayward    
6/20/2014 - Earlier this week, I ventured that Hillary Clinton’s remarkable series of gaffes and tone-deaf statements, made through the launch of a book with disappointing sales, did not augur well for the campaign she’s trying to launch simultaneously.  I thought some of the things she said over the past couple of weeks would haunt her through 2016, or at least give her a deep
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The case for impeachment, By Al Bliss
When the President was first elected, I pledged to wait from the day of his election--to his then swearing in--to begin critique of his public policy. I promised to do so because in the day of the first "post racial" President I felt it was a necessary discipline to criticize him on policy, actions, behaviors, and decisions rather than abstract arguments like birth certificates and "the President is a secret Muslim" conspiracies
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The Daily Signal… Mississippi Named Most Corrupt State in the Nation, Steve Wilson
June 15, 2014 - Mississippi has finally got a top ranking among the states. Problem is, it’s an achievement the state can do without. A study by researchers Cheol Liu from the City University of Hong Kong and Indiana University’s John L. Mikesell found corruption in Mississippi was tops among the states from 1976 through 2008. The study sized up the effect of public corruption—measured by convictions—on state spending. Data after 2008 for all of the areas of their research was
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Townhall… Silencing Diversity, Erick Erickson
Jun 21, 2014 - The United States Patent and Trademark Office invalidated several patents belonging to the Washington Redskins. This is not the first attempt by aggrieved parties to have the trademarks revoked. A recent poll showed more than 70 percent of Redskins fans opposed changing the team name. More so, a majority of Americans have not found the team name to be offensive
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Obama’s Missing 18 Minutes of Tape, By Leon H. Wolf
June 17th, 2014 - In order to properly analyze the media’s treatment of the revelation that hundreds or perhaps thousands of emails sent or received by Lois Lerner, the key figure in the IRS scandal, along with apparently six other IRS employees, have been mysteriously lost and cannot be recovered in response to a subpoena, it is necessary and instructive to recall the media’s treatment of similar revelations in the Watergate scandal, which brought down a sitting President
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Daily Signal… Why a Chicken and a Mouse Are Stirring Debate in New Mexico, by Rob Nikolewski
June 16, 2014 - SANTA FE, N.M.—Welcome to New Mexico, where a colorful chicken and a very small mouse are causing a big ruckus. Last week, four counties in New Mexico joined in a lawsuit stemming from the U.S. Department of Interior and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listing the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species. The announcement came just one day after the Fish and Wildlife Service declared the meadow jumping
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The Daily Signal… Obamacare Anti-Conscience Mandate: Court Says Being Complicit in Sin Isn’t a Sin, Elizabeth Slattery - June 16, 2014 - Last week, in Michigan Catholic Conference v. Burwell, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit rejected the appeal of Catholic nonprofit groups in their challenge to the Obamacare anti-conscience mandate. The court got it wrong by second-guessing the religious beliefs of these groups. Formal houses of worship and their integrated auxiliaries (e.g., church-run soup kitchens) are exempt from this mandate—which requires employers... read more
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Patriot Voices... Santorum Calls for U.S. Air Strikes against ISIS Forces in Iraq
Verona, PA -- Former U.S. Senator, former Republican presidential candidate, author of Blue Collar Conservatives and Patriot Voices Chairman Rick Santorum today issued the following statement on the crisis in Iraq: "President Obama's policies in the Mideast - and particularly in Iraq - have proven to be a disaster, and are now putting the lives and interests of U.S. citizens, our Arab
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Townhall… Mothers Can Lead the Way, by Kathryn Lopez
Jun 14, 2014 - I was dismayed to see the latest video from the pro-life activist group Live Action, which specializes in investigating what's going on inside America's "women's health clinics." It highlights a Planned Parenthood educational video and PP employees advising teens about BDSM -- a catchall for sexual violence: bondage, discipline and domination, submission and sadism and masochism. It encapsulates the darkness of "50 Shades of Grey" -- which one staffer recommends as a good
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The Daily Signal… 9 Government Programs Your Tax Dollars Are Being Wasted On, by Michael Sargent, June 12, 2014 - If someone approached you on the street and asked for a dollar to promote mohair exports—or to perfect a weight-sensing skateboard—would you give it to him? Probably not. Yet these are enterprises you have unknowingly supported through paying your federal taxes. Wasteful projects that should be far outside the scope of government are endemic across federal agencies and need to be eliminated. The problem is... read more
Townhall… Hats Off to All the Fathers Who are Men, Mark W. Hendrickson
Jun 15, 2014 - This isn’t going to be one of those sentimental Father’s Day articles, even though that is what I would prefer. This article will have a bit of an edge to it. Please excuse my bluntness, but fatherhood is serious business, and for me to sugarcoat or evade the truth about it would benefit nobody. Here goes: What does my peculiar title mean? Aren’t all fathers men? No, they are not. All fathers are male, but not all fathers are men. Maleness is a biological identity
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Santorum Comments on Immigration Reform in Light of Cantor Loss
Verona, PA - Former U.S. Senator, former Republican presidential candidate, chairman of Patriot Voices and author of Blue Collar Conservatives Rick Santorum issued the following statement today regarding the future of immigration reform: "While I do not think we can blame the immigration issue as the sole reason Eric Cantor lost on Tuesday, we cannot ignore that his support for amnesty
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The Daily Signal… A Defeat for Terrible Teachers in California, by Katrina Trinko
June 10, 2014 - It won’t be as simple from now on for ineffective California teachers to coast off to a lifetime career on easy street. In a Los Angeles Superior Court ruling today, Judge Rolf M. Treu “found five California laws governing teacher tenure, layoffs and dismissals unconstitutional,” reports Politico. “Treu found,” reporter Stephanie Simon wrote, “that the statutes permit too many grossly incompetent teachers to remain in classrooms across the state —and found that those teachers shortchange
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Breitbart… Rand Paul: Let's Compromise on Amnesty, by Tony Lee
11 Jun 2014 - A day after House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) lost his primary after Dave Brat hammered him on amnesty, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) embraced "immigration reform" on a conference call with Michael Bloomberg's pro-amnesty group and Grover Norquist. Paul, a potential 2016 contender, reportedly said that "amnesty is a word that’s trapped us," and, according to CNN, emphasized
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Townhall… On Cantor's Breathtaking Blowout Loss, Guy Benson
Jun 11, 2014 - Our breaking news post captured how thoroughly thunderstruck professional politicos were by House Majority Eric Cantor's primary loss on Tuesday. As the news continues to sink in, a few thoughts: (1) Always, always vote. You just never know. (2) Cantor didn't just lose, which is shocking enough in and of itself; he got blown out by ten points. Some people have suggested that Democratic chicanery may have played a role in Dave Brat's mega-upset
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The Daily Signal… Obamacare’s New Implementer-in-Chief, Mike Needham
June 06, 2014 - It wasn’t supposed to be like this. On Thursday, 78 Senators, including 24 Republicans, voted to confirm Sylvia Burwell to be Obamacare’s implementer-in-chief for the rest of his term. Burwell’s predecessor Kathleen Sebelius had become inextricably linked to the botched rollout, soaring premiums and a never-ending series of unilateral alterations of law, and
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The Daily Signal… Surprise! The Government Now Can’t Even Guess How Much Obamacare Ultimately Will Cost, by Genevieve Wood, June 06, 2014 - It’s no secret Obamacare is unaffordable. But now we also know that even the Congressional Budget Office can’t predict how much more this disastrous law will cost. According to a footnote from a Congressional Budget Office report released in April but reported this week by Roll Call, the law’s true costs and long-term fiscal impact are simply impossible to track. That’s a change in tune for the CBO, which originally reported in 2010 that Obamacare would pay... read more
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The Daily Signal… Remembering D-Day in 18 Photos, Kelsey Harris
June 06, 2014 - Photo descriptions of the first D-Day photos at The Daily Signal... American troops landing on Slapton Sands in England during rehearsals for the invasion of Normandy. (Photo: Library of Congress/Wikimedia). Seventy years ago, U.S.-led western allies invaded Normandy in an effort to liberate Europeans from Nazi power during World War
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Daily Signal… Full Disclosure: Parents Fault Medical Research Study for Putting Preemies in Harm’s Way, by Sharyl Attkisson - June 05, 2014 - 'Not at the expense of our daughter': Carrie and Shawn Pratt say they didn't know risks of oxygen tests on their daughter, Dagen. In May 2007, Carrie and Shawn Pratt agreed to sign up their severely premature daughter, Dagen, for a government-funded study being conducted at Duke University Hospital. The Pratts say they were told that researchers simply were gathering information to help other children. “We never understood the study to be based on manipulating... read more
Townhall… Mental Health Screening a Good Way to Decrease Liberty, by Ron Paul
Jun 03, 2014 - Last week Americans were shocked and saddened by another mass killing, this one near a college campus in California. We all feel deep sympathy for the families of the victims. As usual, many people responded to this shooting by calling for new federal gun control laws, including the mental health screening of anyone attempting to purchase a firearm. There are a number of problems with this proposal. Federally-mandated mental health screenings would require storing
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Townhall… Obama's Conservative Foreign Policy, by Steve Chapman
Jun 01, 2014 - Conservatives generally agree on a few propositions. The federal government should avoid spending money unnecessarily. It shouldn't exceed its basic constitutional duties. It should encourage self-reliance rather than dependency. It should accept that some problems are beyond its ability to solve. Barack Obama, they may be surprised to learn, agrees with much of this formula. He just applies it in a realm where conservatives often don't
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Columbus Dispatch… Remembering inhumanity
Ohio’s Holocaust Memorial will be a testament against hate - Sunday June 1, 2014 - It is hard to wrap one’s mind around the enormity of the horrors of the Holocaust, the organized murder of 6 million Jews and nearly as many Catholics, homosexuals and others. How to do so? Ohio’s new Holocaust and Liberators Memorial at the Ohio Statehouse, to be dedicated on Monday, does this with beauty: a stunning monument of stone, granite, bronze and steel designed by world
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Heritage Foundation… Why You Should Be Alarmed About Marijuana Legalization, Rob Bluey
May 30, 2014 - Marijuana legalization poses a significant health risk to America’s youth—and many parents have no clue about the consequences, says a former Obama administration drug policy adviser. “Today’s marijuana is not the marijuana of the ‘60s, ‘70s or ‘80s. It’s five to 15 times stronger,” Kevin Sabet said in an exclusive interview with The Foundry. “I think a lot of Baby Boomers
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Heritage Foundation… Michelle Obama Is Ignoring the Problems Her New School Lunch Standards Have Caused, Daren Bakst - May 30, 2014 - Yesterday in an op-ed, First Lady Michelle Obama attacked the House of Representatives for considering giving some schools a one-year reprieve from complying with the new school lunch requirements. In a New York Times column on her Let’s Move initiative, Obama addressed several issues but sidestepped acknowledging key problems that have been identified with the school lunch program. For example, she doesn’t... read more
Heritage Foundation… A Jail Sentence for Selling Hot Dogs? By Evan Bernick
May 23, 2014 - It should be obvious that throwing people in jail for selling hot dogs is profoundly un-American. But in the state of North Carolina, it could happen to you. In fact, it has already happened. In 2011, a judge sentenced Steven Pruner to 45 days in the custody of Durham County’s sheriff. His sin? Selling dogs from a food cart near Duke University Medical Center. In case you’re wondering, no, Pruner’s dogs didn’t make anyone sick. But Pruner sold food without a license. And, under North
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Human Events… Democrats try to run out the clock on the VA scandal, By John Hayward    
5/23/2014 - It’s comically obvious that the Democrats (and their good buddy, “independent” socialist Bernie Sanders of Vermont) are fully committed to the Obama Scandal Damage Control playbook over the VA outrage.  They’re going to try to drag this thing out for months, and hope the public loses interest.  The delaying tactics are painfully obvious.  In one voice, everyone from President Obama
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Heritage Foundation… School Car Wash Fundraisers Banned in Virginia County
By Eric Boehm, May 24, 2014 - For years, car washes have been a fundraising staple for high school sports teams, marching bands and youth groups. Just get some kids together with buckets and soap, rent out a parking lot, put up a sign and hope it doesn’t rain. But in Arlington, Va., you also have to hope the government doesn’t catch you. Charity car washes and car wash fundraisers are now banned on school property there, after the Department of Environmental Services issued new rules for
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Heritage Foundation… Worth Dying For, by James Carafano
May 26, 2014 - For myself and many other veterans, Memorial Day is encapsulated in one unforgettable experience. That moment for me was while I was still in uniform and teaching at West Point. I took a group of cadets on a study tour of the battlefields at Normandy. We walked the grounds of the U.S. cemetery overlooking the bluffs at Omaha Beach. The crosses and Stars of David trace perfect lines across the rolling grassy knolls — row
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Heritage Foundation… Texas Is Booming With New Jobs and 'Dirt Cheap' Energy. Why Are Some People Still Naysayers? Josh Shepherd - May 25, 2014 - Texas is getting under some people’s skin. Its population is growing. Its people are becoming more prosperous. It is creating both billionaires and employing more minimum-wage workers than any other state. Its energy sector has thrived—year-over-year drilling has doubled so far in 2014, with 10,000 new wells drilled just since January. Its technology corridor now extends for hundreds of miles along I-35. Texas is... read more
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Heritage Foundation… IRS Holds Off -- for Now -- on Rules to Restrict Political Groups
Amy Payne - May 23, 2014 - Any day that the Obama administration halts its regulatory overreach is a good day – even if it won’t last forever. Yesterday, the IRS announced it would hold off until next year on new rules that would have restricted the activities of nonprofit groups. The administration had been working on these behind the scenes since last year. But after the agency’s targeting of
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Townhall… Coming Obamacare Attraction: Summertime "Premium Hike Drumbeat" by Guy Benson
May 23, 2014 - The Hill previews healthcare consumers' upcoming summer slog, and it isn't pretty for Democrats: States are nailing down dates to release 2015 premium costs under ObamaCare, and their decisions will guarantee a drumbeat of news about rate hikes all the way to the November midterm elections. Democrats are bracing for grim headlines that could put the unpopular law back at the forefront of voters’ minds. Premiums are expected to go up in a majority of states, as
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Townhall… The Top 5 Things Graduating Students Need To Hear Before They Go Into The Real World, by John Hawkins - May 24, 2014 - All across America at this time of year, there are high school and college students graduating from our education system and heading into the real world. Here's a little advice for them from outside the liberal cocoon their teachers have weaved over the last few years. 1) You were not born special: Everyone is not a winner. Everyone is not a good person. Everyone doesn't deserve to have high self-esteem... read more
TPNN… New Emails Reveal Obama White House Worked on Concocting Benghazi Lie DURING the Attacks, By Matthew Burke - May 23, 2014 - House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa said on Thursday that the Obama White House was contacting YouTube owner Google during the Benghazi terrorist attacks, working on the false narrative even before Americans were out of harm’s way and before the intelligence community... read more
Townhall… House Democrat: Obama's Press Conference on VA Scandal Wasn't Good Enough - By Daniel Doherty, May 22, 2014 - We wrote up the president’s uninspiring press conference yesterday. In essence, he called for a series of investigations after numerous and sundry allegations surfaced that corruption and malfeasance is rampant at the VA. He also announced that Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki would stay on, and help with those ongoing efforts. The problem? Even his fellows Democrats aren’t impressed. Indeed, his wooden and emotionless response is provoking all sorts of... read more
Heritage Foundation… Saving for Retirement -- Without the Government, by Amy Payne
May 19, 2014 - We can all agree that it’s good for Americans to save for retirement. But should the government expand from providing old-age entitlement benefits to controlling personal retirement investments as well? Whether you want to or not, we’re forced to pay into Social Security and Medicare. But today’s working Americans don’t have the guarantee that these programs will be there to carry us through retirement. Why? The taxes we’re paying now are supporting today’s retirees – not
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Santorum Slams DCCC for Calling War Veteran Lee Zeldin a Coward; Patriot Voices PAC Endorses Zeldin for Congress in NY-1 - Verona, PA - Former U.S. Senator, former Republican presidential candidate, chairman of Patriot Voices and author of Blue Collar Conservatives Rick Santorum issued the following statement about the Democratic Campaign Congressional Committee's (DCCC) attack on Lee Zeldin in his run for Congress in New York's first Congressional district. "This is an unbelievably egregious attack on an American... read more
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Blue Collar Conservatives… Wall Street Journal and National Review Offer Praise for Rick Santorum's Blue Collar Conservatives - Verona, PA - In case you missed it, both The Wall Street Journal and National Review offered praise for former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum's book Blue Collar Conservatives.  Below are excerpts from each article: From The Wall Street Journal's Gerald Seib: Republicans already obsessing about the 2016 presidential sweepstakes have paid little attention so far to Rick Santorum. That's a mistake...It is a... read more
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Heritage Foundation… 9 Obamacare Predictions That Have Come True, by Robert Moffit
May 5, 2014 - It directly affects the personal life of every American, and it controls or regulates a complex sector of the American economy that is slightly larger than the entire economy of France. If you guessed Obamacare, you’ve been paying attention for the past four years. Four years ago, many health policy analysts, including those at The Heritage Foundation, predicted some of the effects this law would have on Americans. These
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Heritage Foundation… Terrorists Who Kidnap Little Girls, Amy Payne
May 14, 2014 - Parents and relatives of kidnapped schoolgirls react during a protest over the Nigerian government's failure to rescue the abducted girls. Americans have increasingly been pulled into the frightening story of more than 250 schoolgirls in Nigeria who were kidnapped by terrorist group Boko Haram. People around the world have watched and prayed and helped spread awareness of
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Policymic… 21 Things Politicians Love to Say — And What They Really Mean, By David Ludwig
If you've listened to more than one campaign speech, press conference or prime time address, you've likely noticed that politicians' vocabularies have become strangely limited. While our elected officials attempt to solve some of America's most difficult problems, their discourse has descended into something between Morse code and picture book. Here are just a few of our politicians' very favorite catchphrases and what they really mean. 1. We need stronger leadership in Washington, D.C. -- I've always
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Redstate… Nebraska and the Status Quo, By Erick Erickson
May 12th, 2014 - The Nebraska Republican primary draws near and the race is clear test of whether Republicans support the status quo. As Shane Osborn collapses in the Senate polling and Ben Sasse’s lead grows, some Republicans are flirting with Sid Dinsdale. Dinsdale claims to be a “life long” Republican, with a pattern of giving to Democrats. He’s a pretty good example of a crony
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Investors.com… Americans Need To Wake Up To Green Movement's Radicalism, By Stephen Moore
5/2/14 - Can Opinion Turn Against Not-So-Jolly Green Giant? How much of a toll on the American economy does the green movement have to charge before Americans start to wake up to the dastardliness of radical environmentalism? Last month we saw firsthand one impact of Big Green on our economy with the White House announcement that the Keystone XL pipeline won't be built for at least six more months. Ten thousand blue collar jobs, almost all paying more than $50,000 a year, down the drain
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Townhall Finance… Google Tells Conservative News Website to Take a Hike, Michael Schaus
May 09, 2014 - The Conservative oriented website dedicated to aggregating news from around the world-wide-interwebs, Weasel Zippers, has just lost its primary funding source because… Well… It’s kinda hard to say. According to the site, Google AdSense (an add generator produced by the infamously liberal corporation in Silicon Valley) has cancelled its agreement with the website because of apparent violations to their terms of use. According to Google, the conservative news site has
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Townhall… Democrats' Latest Idea: Send One Person to Help With Benghazi Investigation, Katie Pavlich - May 09, 2014 - Will Democrats actively participate in the Benghazi Select Committee? At this point, who knows. When Speaker John Boehner announced he would form the Committee last weeks, Democrats threatened to boycott altogether by refusing to participate. Then, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi demanded the Committee be split equally between Democrats and Republicans, despite... read more
Townhall… Why the GOP is So Divided, by Steve Deace
May 10, 2014 - The following is an excerpt from the new book “Rules for Patriots: How Conservatives Can Win Again.” Several times during the 2012 campaign I had newspaper reporters from across the country contact me for my take on what Mitt Romney has to do to rally his base for the general election. I always told them they were asking the wrong question. The question isn’t whether or not Romney would be able to successfully rally his base—the question is whether or not he actually wants to
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D.C. Gets a New Obamacare Tax, by Marguerite Bowling
May 6, 2014 - The District of Columbia’s legislative body voted today to give its health exchange the power to tax any health-related insurance product sold in the city. The D.C. Council, in a unanimous vote, approved the emergency tax measure to help the D.C. Health Benefit Exchange Authority run the online insurance exchange set up under the national health law known as Obamacare, The Washington Post reported. The D.C. bill
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Heritage Foundation… The Benghazi Select Committee Has Been Established. Why That's a Good Thing. Helle Dale - May 9, 2014 - On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted, 232-186, to establish an investigative Select Committee on Benghazi. The committee, which will consist of seven Republicans and five Democrats, is a welcome if overdue step toward getting to the truth about the terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2012, which left four Americans dead, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. The committee was established with bipartisan support... read more
Federal News Radio… Federal government as an employer -- Is the glass half full or half empty?
Monday - 5/5/2014 - Commentary by Jeff Neal - This column was originally published on Jeff Neal's blog, ChiefHRO.com, and was republished here with permission from the author. Now that OPM is sending out the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, it is a good time to talk about the government as an employer. The U.S. government has its share of critics — both inside and out. We also talk about how federal employees have been treated in recent years, with pay freezes, fed
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Heritage Foundation… 9 Obamacare Predictions That Have Come True, Robert Moffit
May 5, 2014 - It directly affects the personal life of every American, and it controls or regulates a complex sector of the American economy that is slightly larger than the entire economy of France. If you guessed Obamacare, you’ve been paying attention for the past four years. Four years ago, many health policy analysts, including those at The Heritage Foundation, predicted some of the effects
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Regulations take $1.8 trillion bite out of economy, By: Christine Hall  
5/5/2014 - The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) this week released its annual Ten Thousand Commandments report on the size and scope of federal regulations. According to the report, federal regulations took a $1.863 trillion bite out of the U.S. economy in 2013. The report aims to establish a baseline for the largely unknown “hidden tax” of the U.S. regulatory state, since more than 99 percent of federal regulations are never subjected to cost-benefit analysis. “Federal agencies crank out thousands
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Townhall… Contempt Vote Coming Down on Lerner, by Katie Pavlich
May 05, 2014 - The House of Representatives will vote this week on whether to hold former head of tax exempt groups at the IRS Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress. Back in April, the House Oversight Committee voted to hold Lerner in Contempt after she plead the Fifth for a second time in March. Many lawmakers argue Lerner waived her Fifth Amendment rights the first time she testified the first time last year due to making an opening statement
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GOP Politics… The Roots of Obama's Foreign Policy Troubles, The White House Dossier
President Obama’s foreign policy is a disaster. He cruised along for awhile, but then the rest of the world figured him out and started taking matters into their own hands, for which the Devil has made ample use. And now, as everyone can see, we’re in deep doodoo in every corner of the globe. Here’s why: 1. Obama never cared about foreign policy. The president came into office with one thing in mind: To “fundamentally transform” the United States into a a kind of Northern Cuba where he could
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WND… Now teachers revolt over Common Core tests
'Our professional judgment dictates that we cannot participate in this assessment' - By Leo Hohmann - Teachers at a New York City high school fired a shot across the bow of the concept of a nationalized education industry Thursday, becoming the first in their state to refuse to administer a standardized test tied to the controversial Common Core national standards. The boycott by teachers at Prospect Heights International School in Brooklyn comes amid a small but growing “opt-out” movement. Thousands
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Heritage Foundation… Caution: Senators at Work, by Amy Payne
May 2, 2014 - Obamacare is wreaking havoc on the economy; entitlement spending is swallowing the federal budget; America’s military readiness is in shambles; and a handful of senators are working hard to make sure the government stays in the housing finance business. Priorities, right? Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the giant government-sponsored entities (GSEs) that dominate the American housing market, were supposed to help people get homes
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Heritage Foundation… Marijuana Is Harmful: Debunking 7 Myths Arguing It's Fine, Kevin Sabet
April 27, 2014 - Don’t believe the hype: marijuana legalization poses too many risks to public health and public safety. Based on almost two decades of research, community-based work, and policy practice across three presidential administrations, my new book “Reefer Sanity” discusses some widely held myths about marijuana: Myth No. 1: “Marijuana is harmless and non-addictive” No, marijuana is not as dangerous as cocaine or heroin, but calling it harmless or non-addictive denies
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Townhall… Carney Tries to Spin Damning Benghazi Email Evidence as "Republicans With Conspiracy Theories" - Katie Pavlich - May 01, 2014 - Speaking and answering questions from the White House briefing room Thursday afternoon, Press Secretary Jay Carney tried to spin newly released and damning Benghazi email evidence as Republicans politicizing a tragedy, accusing them of being conspiracy theorists. "What hasn't changed is the effort by Republicans to claim a conspiracy when they... read more
Breitbart… 8 Things That Won't Get You Banned by the NBA, by Ben Shapiro
29 Apr 2014 - With the lifetime ban by the NBA of despicably racist Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, the door is wide open to further sports bans on people who say offensive things in private. That, of course, is why Sterling was ousted. Everyone knew for decades that Sterling was a disgusting pig racist – he had federal lawsuits led by the Department of Justice against him for discriminating against blacks, Hispanics, and Asians in housing (one allegation in the 2006 DOJ lawsuit: he said black
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Heritage Foundation… The New Narrative on Obamacare: Repeal Is So Last Year, Amy Payne
April 29, 2014 - Do conservatives still want to repeal Obamacare? It would seem the media don’t want you to think so. President Obama said just a couple of weeks ago that “the repeal debate is and should be over.” We’re now seeing that mirrored in media coverage of Congress. After her local newspaper reported that Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) said repeal was “unlikely,” her office
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Townhall… Medicaid, the Next Obama Disaster, by Bruce Bialosky
Apr 27, 2014 - President Obama is doing his victory dance, telling us how his health care plan has become a success because his more than his targeted number (8 million) clicked their desire to have health insurance on a website. We will soon see how many are real policyholders, and later we will see their real costs as everything shakes out with co-pays and renewals next year. What we do know is that Medicaid is a pending disaster waiting to happen. When the Obamacare registration period started we
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Heritage Foundation… Time to Accept the End of Marriage? By Leslie Ford
April 28, 2014 - “Is it time to embrace the end of marriage and embrace some new ideas about romance and family? …Does culture have it right or is there something better?” asks Tim Sisarich as he narrates a new movie, “Irreplaceable,” a full-length film about the desire for significance and the need for family opening in theaters May 6. Sisarich’s question summarizes what some commentators have started to wonder about the
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Heritage Foundation… Ben Carson: ‘We’re Being Manipulated’ by Those ‘Trying to Divide Us’, By Alissa Tabirian - April 18, 2014 - Dr. Ben Carson slammed the culture of political correctness and partisan labels at a WPEC-TV town hall panel held Thursday at the station’s studio in West Palm Beach, Florida, arguing that it has stifled free expression in America—namely religious freedom. “We’re being manipulated. We’re being played by those people who want to divide, conquer, and control,” Carson said, alluding to the labels attached to those who disagree with their liberal counterparts... read more
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Redstate… Why Primaries Matter, By: Erick Erickson
April 28th, 2014 - Cathy McMorris Rodgers, who Republicans chose to respond to President Obama’s State of the Union address this year, says Republicans are giving up on Obamacare. They’re going to start tinkering with it instead, thereby setting the stage for it staying around. Once the GOP fixes all the objectionable parts, there’ll be no reason to scrap it, but there’ll also be no funding mechanisms. All the objectionable parts
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Heritage Foundation… Meet the Stanford Senior Who Stood Up for Marriage Against Intolerance
by Caitlin Burke - April 22, 2014 - Despite attempts to silence her and like-minded friends, Stanford University senior Judy Romea refused to back down. Romea, president of a campus group, had hoped to create a civil atmosphere during an all-day conference at Stanford that she helped organize to discuss “marriage, family, and sexual integrity.”  Then the school’s Student Graduate Council defunded the event and slapped her group, the Stanford Anscombe Society, with a hefty “security” fee in an attempt to
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Heritage Foundation… Why Your Boss Probably Isn't Speaking at This Conference, by Amy Payne
April 24, 2014 - American companies like Boeing, General Electric, Caterpillar, and John Deere are in the club. What about your company? These are just a few of the firms you might have heard of that benefit from the Export-Import Bank. It’s a government program that loans money to foreign governments and companies to buy stuff from American companies. And when the U.S. government is loaning money, you know where it’s coming from
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Human Events… Expert's take: Land seizure and the Constitution, By: Teresa Mull  
4/24/2014 - A number of complexities surround the government vs. Cliven Bundy standoff case in Nevada. Some say the feds acted legally, others that they are infringing upon private property and Constitutional rights. Either way, the situation stimulated a national discussion: What are the limits of the federal government and its agencies? Byron Schlomach, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Economic Prosperity at the Goldwater Institute, sets us straight: In reference to the Bundy case and the
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NetRightDaily… Big Green’s environmental impacts earth day, By Rick Manning
The environmental orgy known as Earth Day has come and gone. Disney opened their annual Earth Day movie homage, Pinterest made available a slew of Earth Day activities for kids, and public and private schools have had their requisite ceremonies. In all the celebration, the one thing that is seemingly never asked is whether or not environmentalist policies by the government are actually helping the environment? Wind energy is just one example.  The United States government has provided
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Townhall… Memo to: Republican Candidates, Answer War on Women, Mona Charen
Apr 22, 2014 - Just because your opponent is hurling baseless or even ridiculous charges does not mean that you are free to disregard them. You may think it's absurd to argue that you are engaged in a "war on women." But contempt for the accusation is not enough. Some strategists suggest (they have for years) the key for Republican candidates is to downplay social issues in favor of economic arguments
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Heritage Foundation… Five Ways Obama's Foreign Policies Have Failed, by James Carafano
April 12, 2014 - On a Moscow train platform, two men smoke and swap rumors in the frozen evening air. “I hear they’ve raised the Russian flag in Donetsk?” one says. “I hear Crimea, too.” So reports freelance journalist Noah Sneider in Slate. As Russian troops hoisted their flag over Crimea, President Obama’s highly touted “reset” diplomacy crashed and burned. The Russian reset was to have been the crown jewel of Mr. Obama’s statecraft, the start of a new era in which Washington and Moscow
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Heritage Foundation… What's Actually Good for the Environment May Surprise You, Amy Payne
April 22, 2014 - Good news for Earth Day: We can boost energy production and economic growth without harming the environment! Thanks to years of empty promises from the Left, politicians in Congress and the White House have installed all sorts of harmful policies that block energy production, jobs, and economic growth. But those policies have shown themselves to be counterproductive—they don’t deliver the benefits liberals promised, and they
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Heritage Foundation… GOP Governors Hit Obama Administration on Medicare Advantage Rates, Marguerite Bowling - April 16, 2014 - Three Republican governors yesterday blasted President Barack Obama over changes to next year’s Medicare Advantage rates, writing in a letter that the Obama administration’s recent rate announcement was “little more than political theater.” While the administration says Medicare Advantage plans will get a slight pay bump next year, Govs. Rick Perry (Texas), Rick Scott (Fla.), and Bobby Jindal (La.) charge that insurance analysts still anticipate plan rates to... read more
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Redstate… Race War to Victory, By Erick Erickson
April 22nd, 2014 - The Democrats do not have an agenda to run on in 2014. And contrary to the prognostications of the left, no doubt consoling themselves, Obamacare is not going to sink the GOP. In fact, the Republican Party, like the Democrats in 2006 and the GOP in 2010, can run as the party of “NO”. Most Americans are tired of Barack Obama, they are tired of the Democrats’ controlling the levers of government
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Heritage Foundation… Pushback Continues: States Grow Increasingly Wary of Common Core, by Brittany Corona - April 16, 2014 - Common Core is on the ropes. More and more states are pulling back from the national standards as the 2014–15 school year implementation deadline looms near. In Louisiana, Governor Bobby Jindal (R)—formerly a Common Core supporter—is now encouraging the legislature to remove the state from the Common Core aligned Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for Colleges and Careers (PARCC) test. And if they don’t act, he will. Jindal’s new stance comes after... read more
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Townhall… What's Wrong with Victims' Rights? Steve Chapman
Apr 20, 2014 - Criminals are generally despised, and cops are not universally beloved. But one participant in the criminal justice system has no enemies: victims of crime. They're the Sara Lee of American politics. Everybody doesn't like someone, but nobody doesn't like victims. The movement to protect this group has achieved one success after another. Every state has laws specifying the rights of victims, and 33 have constitutional provisions as well. In
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Heritage Foundation… Minimum Wage Hikes Banned in Oklahoma Cities, Alissa Tabirian
April 16, 2014 - Republican Governor Mary Fallin signed a bill into law Monday banning minimum wage and employee benefit increases in Oklahoma cities. The bill declares “state preemption authority,” stipulating that “no municipality or other political subdivision of this state shall establish a mandatory minimum number of vacation or sick leave days, whether paid or unpaid, or a minimum wage rate which an employer would be required to pay or grant employees.” The legislation passed
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Heritage Foundation… A Nation That Is 'Boston Strong', Amy Payne
April 16, 2014 - After the bombing shattered the Boston Marathon last year, hundreds of runners left their shoes behind in a spontaneous memorial. Many wrote messages on them. Those are now part of an exhibit at the Boston Public Library—but thousands of people added pairs of their own running shoes to an outdoor memorial in addition to cards and flowers over the past few days. Boston was a tragic
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Townhall… New Dem Strategy: Stop Running From Obamacare, by Daniel Doherty
Apr 17, 2014 - Can Obamacare be fixed? Vulnerable Democrats are pot committed to this idea. They say most Americans do not want to repeal Obamacare and therefore the only way to make it work is to reform it. They accuse Republicans of not having a viable alternative and wasting billions of dollars on failed efforts to defund it. As a consequence, some Democrats are urging the party to stand firm on this issue, and to stop running way from a law many of them voted for
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A Senior Golden Moment, From a CNO reader
Several days ago as I left a meeting at a hotel; I desperately gave myself a personal TSA pat down. I was looking for my keys. They were not in my pockets. A quick search in the meeting room revealed nothing. Suddenly I realized I must have left them in the car. Frantically, I headed for the parking lot. My husband has scolded me many times for leaving the keys in the ignition. My theory is the ignition is the best place not to lose them. His theory is
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Legal Insurrection… Voter fraud: is it “significant”?
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - The left likes to argue that since there’s no significant amount of voter fraud there’s no need for voter ID laws, and that those who support them are inherently racist. But wouldn’t even one case of voter fraud be an abomination that should offend all liberty-loving people of both parties and all races? And aren’t loose voting regulations a temptation for an increase in the amount of fraud? Voter ID would appear to be a reasonable way to deal with the phenomenon, for all the
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Heritage Foundation… What No One Wants to Admit About Social Security Taxes, Amy Payne
April 14, 2014 - It’s a bummer when you see how much income tax comes out of your paycheck. But when you see that Social Security line item, do you think, “At least that’s going to pay for my retirement”? It’s not. The tax money you’re paying into Social Security today is going to fund today’s retirees. Who will pay for your benefits? The next generation of workers. And the payout gets worse with each generation
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Redstate… The Rich Man and Lazarus’s Big Gulp, By Erick Erickson
April 15th, 2014 - It is always sad when you realize someone is on the road to hell. There is a sense of foreboding in it. For Christians, we should be fearfully in prayer for others — even our enemies as the Lord tells us. There is no better time than Holy Week to be reminded of that. A great case in point is Mayor Mike Bloomberg. He is in need of a lot of prayer — prayer that he not wind up in that awful place. We have all known that for a while. With all his billions, Bloomberg not only has his
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Townhall Finance… Dirty Harry Got Richer in 2008...and You Didn't, by John Ransom
Apr 14, 2014 - Congress has inflicted frightful punishments on its members--now you know that. When they tried Mr. Fairoaks, and a cloud of witnesses proved him to be--well, you know what they proved him to be--and his own testimony and his own confessions gave him the same character, what did Congress do then?....Congress intimated plainly enough, that they considered him almost a stain upon their body; and without waiting ten days, hardly
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April 14, 2014 - Buenos Aires, Argentina - Two bright white eyes looked at me inquisitively through the small hatch in the nondescript metal door. I quickly glanced around the dark, empty streets of the Palermo district in Buenos Aires and whispered the password. The door clanked open, revealing a small antechamber and a phone booth. I picked up the receiver and punched in a 4-digit code, and a second door opened. Now I could begin to see the interior of “Frank’s”. It was lit with elaborate
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Heritage Foundation… 3 Things You Should Know About the Paycheck Fairness Act, Romina Boccia - April 9, 2014 - The Senate is set to vote on the so-called Paycheck Fairness Act today. Here are three things you should know about the bill: 1. It Could Hurt Women’s Employment Prospects. What those who support the act don’t tell you is how it would burden employers with additional liability and regulations. Such increased regulation, in turn, could reduce the number of jobs available for... read more
Townhall… A Republican Vision for Health Reform, by John C. Goodman
Apr 12, 2014 - What is most missing from the Republicans is not so much the lack of an alternative to ObamaCare. It is the lack of a clear vision. Even if you can understand what their various proposals (and friends and close allies often cannot), it is almost never clear why they want to implement them. Here is the sad truth: Even though the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) is a Rube Goldberg contraption that no one can explain and even though its rollout has been a complete disaster and even though the
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Two Ways to Hurt Women in the Workplace, Amy Payne
April 8, 2014 - Today is “Equal Pay Day” for those who believe that The Man is keeping women down. Convincing people that injustice is taking place is a great way to push your policy agenda—and that’s where “Equal Pay Day” comes from. It’s the left’s claim that women in America are paid only about 77 cents on the dollar compared to men. But as Foundry Senior Contributor Genevieve Wood has explained, that talking point comes from
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Red Flag… Sen. Harry Reid Behind BLM Land Grab of Bundy Ranch...
April 11, 2014 - (by Kit Daniels, Infowars.com) -- The Bureau of Land Management, whose Director was Sen. Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) former senior adviser, has purged documents from its web site stating that the agency wants Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s cattle off of the land his family has worked for over 140 years in order to make way for solar panel power stations. Deleted from BLM.gov but reposted for posterity by the Free Republic, the BLM document entitled “Cattle Trespass Impacts” directly
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Redstate… Illegal Immigration, Misplaced Compassion, and Healthcare Reform, By: Daniel Horowitz
April 8th, 2014 - When listening to open borders agitators like former Florida governor Jeb Bush, one would come away with the impression that we owe it to the world to accept anyone who comes here illegally and pay for their living expenses.  They speak of lofty ideals loosely connected to love and compassion, but they never consider the lack of love and compassion that our open borders policy imposes on the American consumer and taxpayer.  There is no better example than the bankrupting
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Washington Free Beacon… State Department Misplaced $6B Under Hillary Clinton, By Adam Kredo    
IG report reveals incomplete, lost contract files worth $6B - April 4, 2014 - The State Department misplaced and lost some $6 billion due to the improper filing of contracts during the past six years, mainly during the tenure of former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, according to a newly released Inspector General report. The $6 billion in unaccounted funds poses a “significant financial risk and demonstrates a lack of internal control over the Department’s contract actions,” according to the report
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Forbes… Obamacare Shows America Suffers From A President Dangerously Disconnected From Reality, By Peter Ferrara - The population of the U.S. is 314 million. On the day Obamacare was passed, the estimate of the uninsured was 60 million. So in this context, the supposed 7 million Americans signed up for insurance on the Obamacare Exchanges, even if that is a valid number, and all of those have actually started paying premiums, both of which are highly dubious, does not mean any significant success... read more
The Daily Caller… Oklahoma poised to become second state to repeal Common Core
04/02/2014 - Many of the 46 states that adopted all or part of the Common Core Standards Initiative with little to no democratic input from voters (and parents) are now reconsidering the decisions. Oklahoma is poised to become the second state to repeal Common Core, reports Oklahoma City NBC affiliate KFOR. House Bill 3399 would pave for the way for Oklahoma residents to agree upon their own math and English standards. It would also bar prohibit the federal government from imposing any curriculum
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535 Artichokes, Susan Olling, Darke County Native
Hi again, My heart bleeds.  They’ve frozen federal employees pay for a few years, after essentially declaring war on federal employees.  Why should these 535 be special?   I would love to hear the Republicans take on this.  Will Mr. Boehner, or any of the others, provide a rebuttal to this Democrat’s assertions? These characters don’t need two houses. The comments in the “What do you think?” box are telling, particularly the comment about
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Townhall… Fort Hood, Gun-Free Zones and ‘Progressive’ Insanity, Matt Barber
Apr 07, 2014 - They say that lightning never strikes twice in the same place. Not true. It does if you stand high atop a cliff’s edge waving a lightning rod above your head during a thunderstorm. In fact, in the unlikely event you survive the first strike, it’ll keep right on striking until you climb down. So-called “gun-free zones” are lightning rods for mass murder. It’s time we climbed down from the cliff’s edge. America mourns yet another needless and preventable mass shooting at Fort Hood, Texas. When
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Heritage Foundation… Carter: ‘Inappropriate’ for U.S. to Block Member of Terrorist Group from Entering Country, Karen Jeffers - April 4, 2014 - Former President Jimmy Carter yesterday said he is supportive of letting a known member of a terrorist group, Hamid Aboutalebi, into the United States as Iran’s newest ambassador to the United Nations. Aboutalebi was a member of the Muslim student group who held 52 Americans hostage at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran for more than a year beginning in... read more
Freedom Outpost… Fort Hood Job Posting: “Seeking Individuals To Act As Role Players… In A Mass Casualty Exercise” – by Mac Slavo - April 4, 2014 - Speculation as to the circumstances surrounding the most recent mass shooting at Fort Hood abounds. A recent posting on Craigslist is fueling the fire even more, with some suggesting that it is evidence of yet another government facilitated false flag operation. According to a March 12, 2014 snapshot of a listing on the popular classifieds web site, the government was looking for individuals to act as role ... read more
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Heritage Foundation… This CEO Made a Political Donation, Then Lost His Job Because Liberals Didn't Like It, By Rob Bluey - April 4, 2014 - The chief executive of Mozilla resigned yesterday amid protests over his $1,000 donation in support of California’s Proposition 8, which defined marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Brendan Eich’s 2008 donation was first revealed two years ago while he was serving in a senior role at Mozilla. But it was after his appointment as CEO last month that half of Mozilla’s board quit and... read more
Fox News… Did Michigan just trigger 'constitutional convention'? Bid gains steam
By Barnini Chakraborty - Published April 02, 2014 - WASHINGTON –  Momentum is building behind what would be an unprecedented effort to amend the U.S. Constitution, through a little-known provision that gives states rather than Congress the power to initiate changes. At issue is what's known as a "constitutional convention," a scenario tucked into Article V of the U.S. Constitution. At its core, Article V provides two ways for amendments to be proposed. The first – which has been
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An eagle kiss… From a CNO Reader
This is the kind of story you need when it seems like the world is spiraling out of control. Not many people get a picture of this proud bird snuggled up next to them! Freedom and Jeff - Freedom and I have been together 11 years this summer.  She came in as a baby in 1998 with two broken wings. Her left wing doesn't open all the way even after surgery, it was broken in 4 places. She's my baby. When
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Eagle Rising… Top Democrat Calls Obama a Delusional Liar, By Onan Coca
3 April 2014 - Democrat Bob Kerrey went off on President Obama in an interview with Britain’s Daily Mail. He summed up his view of the Obama Presidency with one simple sentence, “Mr. President… you won this election because you sucked less than Romney.” We grabbed some of Kerrey’s greatest hits from the interview, but you should give the whole thing a read. Bob Kerrey says Obama is a liar. Obama, he said Wednesday in his Manhattan office, knew full well he was lying when he
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The New American… Is Alaska's Jury Nullification Bill in Line With Founders' View?
Written by Joe Wolverton, II, J.D. - Saturday, 29 March 2014 12:00 - The Alaska State House of Representatives is considering a bill that would allow jurors in the Last Frontier “not to apply the law to the defendant” in select criminal cases. House Bill 315 would officially legalize jury nullification of verdicts in cases where jurors believe the “law is unjustly applied to the defendant.” One paragraph of the bill grants defendants the “right to inform the jury of the jury's power to judge the just application
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Heritage Foundation… Unions Getting Creative in Election-Year Struggle, Amy Payne
April 2, 2014 - If it seems like unions are making a fuss lately, it’s because they are. It’s an election year, and they need money. Just one in 15 private-sector workers is a union member—in 2013, union membership was at its lowest rate since 1916. That might explain why they’re grasping for new members in stunts like unionizing college athletes, especially as their influence in the workplace is being challenged
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Townhall… NSA Surveillance and the Dangers of Power, Steve Chapman
Mar 30, 2014 - Every so often, we get proof that Barack Obama, when confronted with a grievous abuse of government power by his administration, will do the right thing. Sometimes, I mean. When he can't get away with it anymore, that is. Just as soon as he's tried everything else. That's the case with his domestic phone records collection, which the president finally said he wants to put under tighter control than before. At moments like this, believe it
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Townhall… The Government We Deserve, by Derek Hunter
Mar 30, 2014 - As the media ignores the delays and waivers President Obama and his magic pen have imposed upon the country for this settled law called Obamacare, there are more troubles brewing in the fight to restore liberty. For all the enthusiasm Tea Party members bring to the political world, their biggest opponent may not be progressives on the ballot but the very groups who claim to be their champions. You’d think with this current crop of gun smuggling, kiddie-porn loving, bribe taking, family
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Heritage Foundation… Where You Can Buy Health Insurance After Today, Amy Payne
March 31, 2014 - Today is kinda-sorta the deadline to sign up for Obamacare, though if you want to say you’re “in line” for coverage, the administration is okay with that. (If your state is running its own Obamacare exchange, it may be keeping its deadline firm, so check with your state.) When we wrote about the Obamacare deadline and penalty recently, a reader brought up a great question: Can
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Townhall Finance… Bureaucracy, Boondoggles, and Bad Behavior, by Chris Edwards
Mar 30, 2014 - In catching up on news about the federal government today, I noticed that articles fit into three categories: bureaucracy, boondoggles, and bad behavior. On any given day, it seems, the Washington Post and other outlets have new tales of BB&BB to report. No wonder most Americans want to cut federal spending. Let’s look at the latest on BB&BB: Regarding bureaucracy, you can’t find a better illustration that David Fahrenthold’s article in the Washington Post last Sunda
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Heritage Foundation Exclusive… Days After Supreme Court Challenge, Hobby Lobby President Speaks Out, By Rob Bluey - March 27, 2014 - NEW ORLEANS — Hobby Lobby President Steve Green set the record straight about his company’s fight against the government over the controversial Obamacare mandate. In an exclusive on-camera interview with The Foundry, Green said Hobby Lobby drew the line when the government required the company to provide life-ending drugs, free of charge, under the health law’s mandate... read more
Heritage Foundation… 3 Things That Don't Make Sense in Putin's World, Amy Payne
March 28, 2014 - Russia’s Vladimir Putin took part of a country. So what kind of world does that mean we’re living in? It’s a world where we can’t act like we did yesterday. Here are three things that simply don’t make sense for America to keep doing. 1. Leaving Europe high and dry - The Obama administration canceled a missile defense site in Europe several years ago and has recently canceled military training with European allies as well. These are bad moves. It’s no wonder that, as Heritage
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Heritage Foundation… Obama Administration: We Never Mean a Word We Say, Amy Payne
March 26, 2014 - No, it cannot happen. It will not happen. The Obama administration absolutely, positively will NOT extend the deadline to sign up for Obamacare. This isn’t even a laugh line anymore. It’s just an eye roller. And how silly these guys look now: “We have no plans to extend the open enrollment period. In fact, we don’t actually have the statutory authority to extend the open enrollment period in 2014
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Townhall Finance… Energy's Role in the Path to Peace, by Dr. Ben Carson
Mar 26, 2014 - While the media have been focused on the missing Malaysian aircraft, massive alterations of the world's geopolitical terrain are underway simultaneously. The annexation of Crimea by Russia should not have been a surprise for anyone who suspects that President Vladimir Putin is trying to re-establish a powerful Soviet-style empire. When he aggressively attacked Georgia in 2008 after both Georgia and Ukraine failed to obtain NATO admission at the Bucharest Summit, we should have realized
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Redstate… Faith and Work, By: Erick Erickson
March 26th, 2014 - There are moments when I am reminded that there are two Americas. Increasingly those Americas are divided by faith and lack of faith — or at least ignorance of faith. Yesterday was one of those days when a friend emailed me this tweet by Brian Beutler of the left-wing trolling site Salon (though soon to be at the credible left-wing site The New Republic). Beutler asked, in his tweet, “For what practical reasons might a corporation adopt
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Politichicks… World Vision Side-Steps the Biblical Definition of Marriage, by Julie Klose
March 26, 2014 - The evangelical relief organization World Vision (U.S branch) has made a policy change to now permit gay Christians in legal same-sex marriages to be employed in their organization. In an interview for Christianity Today the World Vision U.S. president Richard Stearns explained the reasoning for this recent policy change. “Changing the employee conduct policy to allow someone in a same-sex marriage who is a professed believer in Jesus Christ to work for us makes our policy
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Townhall Finance… United Nations Says It’s All Your Fault, John Ransom
Mar 26, 2014 - A new prayer from the United Nations disguised as a four-color .pdf says that the weather is all your fault. ‘We now have a better understanding of human-induced climate change,” chants Michel Jarraud, the Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization,“and climate scientists can increasingly determine how large scale pressure and temperature patterns influence the
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Townhall… The Tea Party Isn't Dying – The GOP Establishment Is, Kurt Schlichter
Mar 17, 2014 - If the conservative insurgency has been crushed, why was Mitch McConnell walking around onstage at CPAC with a musket? He couldn’t have sucked up to the right any harder if he wore a tri-corner hat and had the Gadsden flag tattooed on his rear. The death of the conservative revolution, the Tea Party, or whatever you call it, has not merely been greatly exaggerated. It’s been flat-out lied about. It isn’t dead. It just changed, from a shoestring operation to one with real clout. And it’s
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Heritage Foundation… Does the Obamacare Deadline Apply to Me? By Amy Payne
March 18, 2014 - In two weeks, Obamacare’s centerpiece—the individual mandate to purchase government-approved health insurance—kicks in. Are you “covered,” as the White House keeps asking in its endless advertising? Because if you don’t have health insurance by March 31, you will have to pay a penalty on your income tax form next year. For 2014, the penalty for not purchasing
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Heritage Foundation… Does the Obamacare Deadline Apply to Me? By Amy Payne
March 18, 2014 - In two weeks, Obamacare’s centerpiece—the individual mandate to purchase government-approved health insurance—kicks in. Are you “covered,” as the White House keeps asking in its endless advertising? Because if you don’t have health insurance by March 31, you will have to pay a penalty on your income tax form next year. For 2014, the penalty for not purchasing insurance will be either $95 or 1 percent of your annual income
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The Blaze… Oklahoma Sheriffs Visiting State Capitol Building Ordered to Disarm — How Do You Suppose They Responded? Dave Urbanski - Mar. 16, 2014 - Wagoner County Sheriff Bob Colbert traveled to Oklahoma City, the state’s capitol, earlier this week with 40 other sheriffs from around the state like they do every year — to meet with politicians and lobby. Everything was going fine in the state capitol building on Tuesday. More than that, “everybody in that building knew who we were,” Colbert told KTUL-TV in Tulsa. “One... read more
House acts to curb Obama’s imperial presidency; Plans would draw line in sand for White House executive actions
Published: 03/07/2014 - Critics say Barack Obama’s forays outside the Constitution are well known: His Obamacare and his arbitrary changes to the law, waiving work requirements under welfare reform, “recess” appointments, refusing to defend federal law (DOMA) and ignoring states that set up their own laws in direct conflict with federal law. The Heritage Foundation has issued a report of the details, describing the “Top 10 Abusive Executive Actions,” including “inventing labor law ‘exemptions’ in violation
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Redstate… Operating Engineers Union Shovels $165,000 to Ohio Republicans, By: Jason Hart
Anti-workplace freedom smear campaign: Check. Buy off GOP squishes: Check. March 13th, 2014 - Last year Ohio Republicans received $165,450 from International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 18, whose campaign against Right to Work has demonized workplace freedom as poisonous and communist. IUOE Local 18 gave $12,000 — the union’s largest campaign contribution all year — to Governor John Kasich. Unlike Ohio’s other big labor unions, IUOE Local 18
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Heritage Foundation… How Harry Reid Is Trying to End Debate in the Senate, by Hans von Spakovsky
March 13, 2014 - The latest salvo in the Senate’s procedural war was fired yesterday when Senator Chuck Grassley (R—Iowa) introduced a resolution to limit abuse of the cloture rule—a practice frequently employed by Sen. Harry Reid (D–Nev.). Grassley was joined by at least 25 other GOP senators in sponsoring the “Stop Cloture Abuse Resolution.” Most Americans have a limited understanding about the use of cloture in the Senate. Indeed, any familiarity with cloture comes from the claim
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Heritage Foundation… Delaying Obamacare's Individual Mandate Due to 'Hardship' -- Caused by Obamacare - By Amy Payne - March 13, 2014 - It’s getting difficult to take any part of Obamacare seriously. The Obama administration has altered or delayed it so many times—who can be sure what the law is at this point? The individual mandate stating that every American has to purchase government-approved health coverage or pay a fine is supposed to kick in on March 31. That’s the deadline to sign up for coverage, supposedly to avoid this... read more
Heritage Foundation… The Obama Administration's About-Face on Medicare, Amy Payne
March 12, 2014 - The Obama administration seems determined not to rock the boat before the midterm congressional election this fall. It’s already delayed Obamacare mandates that could cause outrage. Now it has stopped proposed Medicare changes that weren’t even part of Obamacare—and with good reason. The administration had proposed new rules for seniors’ prescription drug plans in Medicare Part D. This is significant because Part D is unusual for a government program
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Human Events… Regulations: the tax you don't see, By: Lawson Bader and Ryan Young  
3/10/2014 - Government spending—everybody’s talking about it. But unlike the weather, everyone wants to do something about it. Last week, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) released a comprehensive tax reform plan. This week Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) made headlines by questioning the government’s efforts to tackle poverty, and the following day, President Obama introduced his $3.9 trillion budget proposal. There is another area where government grows in the
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Heritage Foundation… Congress’ Real Problem: They’re Letting Regulators Become Legislators, Rich Tucker - March 3, 2014 - Washington D.C. won’t have John Dingell to push around much longer. The venerable Democrat, who’s been in the House of Representatives since 1955, is preparing to retire and hand his family’s seat (his father held it before him, having been elected in 1932) to his wife. But he’s not doing her any favors. In recent years the problem isn’t that lawmakers have... read more
Politically True… Channeling Jeff Foxworthy In A Country Founded By Geniuses And Run By Idiots, by Fritz Edmunds - EDITORS NOTE: Some have passed my list below around on the Internet, dressing it up as if it were actually Jeff Foxworthy’s words. They’re not. Notice the headline is “Channeling” Jeff Foxworthy, because I borrowed a similar style. But I’m not upset they stole my idea. In fact, I think it’s flattering (next time, how about an attribution?). Snopes even did a piece on my post that’s been pawned off as if it were Jeff’s. Interestingly, in some cases, those who have “borrowed” my list chose to... read more
Townhall… Liberal Students Have a Funny Definition of 'Diversity', Jonah Goldberg
Feb 21, 2014 - Cancel the philosophy courses, people. Oh, and we're going to be shuttering the political science, religion and pre-law departments too. We'll keep some of the English and history folks on for a while longer, but they should probably keep their resumes handy. Because, you see, they are of no use anymore. We have the answers to the big questions, so why keep pretending there's anything left to discuss? At least that's where Erin Ching, a student at Swarthmore College, seems to be coming
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Townhall… Obama's Mistaken Belief That Others See the World as He Sees It, By Michael Barone
Mar 07, 2014 - Solipsism. It's a fancy word that means that the self is the only existing reality and that the external world, including other people, are representations of one's own self and can have no independent existence. A person who follows this philosophy may believe that others see the world as he does and will behave as he would. It's a quality often found in narcissists, people who greatly admire themselves -- such as a presidential candidate confident
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Heritage Foundation… The Sneaky Way Three States Are Getting Around a New Food Stamp Reform, Rachel Sheffield - March 7, 2014 - Three states are trying to get around a new minor reform Congress made to the food stamp program. In the farm bill it passed earlier this month, Congress tightened a loophole dubbed “Heat and Eat” that has made it possible for states to artificially boost the amount of food stamp benefits a household receives. Here’s how it works: Some food stamp households that receive Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) benefits are automatically... read more
WND Exclusive… 'You can't do this!' Parents revolt against 'Obamacore'
'It's truly a grassroots effort. It is extraordinary' - Published: 2 days ago - The battle over Common Core is far from over. More and more people are joining the fight against it, even in states where it is considered a done deal. Parents and concerned citizens now realize what’s at stake is the complete makeover of America’s schools in the image of Common Core. And in all likelihood, homeschools and private schools will eventually be required to follow the national standards, too. “There are a
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WND.com… 25 years murder-free in 'Gun Town USA'; Crime rate plummeted after law required firearms for residents
04/19/2007 - As the nation debates whether more guns or fewer can prevent tragedies like the Virginia Tech Massacre, a notable anniversary passed last month in a Georgia town that witnessed a dramatic plunge in crime and violence after mandating residents to own firearms. In March 1982, 25 years ago, the small town of Kennesaw – responding to a handgun ban in Morton Grove, Ill. – unanimously passed an ordinance requiring each head of household to own and maintain a gun. Since then, despite
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Heritage Foundation… Gov. Bobby Jindal: America, We Can Do Better, Bobby Jindal
March 3, 2014 - In Washington, facts can sometimes be stubborn things. I guess that’s why some media pundits thought my comments at a governors’ association meeting last Monday—which highlighted the slow growth and failed economic policies of our President—impolitic or impolite. But let’s look at the facts. According to Federal Reserve data, our current economic “recovery” is the slowest since World War II. After the deep recession of the 1980s, economic growth exceeded 4 percent
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The Examiner.com… Vladimir Putin's Admiral Yamamoto moment, by Timothy Whiteman
March 1, 2014 - Much like the Japanese admiral who planned the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, the Russian president realizes he only has a certain amount of time to "run wild" until someone stands up to him, especially with the 2016 American presidential election literally right around the corner, as reported on by both The New York Sun and The Telegraph (of London, UK) on Mar. 1, 2014. As cited, the de facto Russian invasion of the Ukraine is already underway with 2,000 troops already occupying
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Ohio Citizens PAC… A TEA Party Rebuttal to the misguided attacks by the Republican Establishment and Conservative Media on Ted Cruz and the TEA Party, By Tom Zawistowski, President - March 1, 2014 - In recent weeks a coordinated attack has been launched by the Republican Establishment on Senator Ted Cruz and any Congressman associated with the TEA Party, to belittle their efforts to do what is necessary to reign in an out-of-control government that even liberal law professor Jonathan Turley describes as being at a... read more
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Heritage Foundation… She Dreamed Obamacare Was Harmless, Amy Payne
February 19, 2014 - Obamacare is working, and it’s not costing any jobs. Shhh…keep quiet, or you’ll wake Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius from her dream. “There is absolutely no evidence, and every economist will tell you this, that there is any job loss related to the Affordable Care Act,” she said on Monday. In the land of the waking, Heritage’s James Sherk—an economist who
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Heritage Foundation… 3 Ways to Make April 15 Less Painful
02/27/2014 - Yesterday you told us what you think Washington should be doing—and more than a few of you said dealing with our horrendous taxes. Representative Dave Camp (R-MI) rolled out a plan for tax reform yesterday that we hope will shift the conversation to something that would benefit all Americans. As Heritage chief economist Stephen Moore said, “The tax code stables in Washington haven’t been cleaned out since 1986.” And it shows. Here are three things Congress should be including
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Slow Food, From a CNO reader
'Someone asked the other day, 'What was your favorite fast food when you were growing up?' 'We didn't have fast food when I was growing up,' I informed him. 'All the food was slow.' 'C'mon, seriously. Where did you eat?' 'It was a place called Home,' I explained. 'Mom cooked every day and when Dad got home from work, we sat down together at the dining room table, and if I didn't like what she put on my plate I was allowed to sit there until I did like it
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Heritage Foundation… 'I Know My Rights': Woman Jailed After Filming Traffic Stop, Evan Bernick
February 22, 2014 - Brandy Berning spent the night behind bars. And it’s all because she knew her rights, and insisted that they be respected. Her “crime”?  Using a cell phone to film a traffic stop. According to the Florida Sun-Sentinel, Lieutenant William O’Brien, a deputy with the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, pulled Brandy over after she allegedly drove in the HOV lane at the wrong time.  She began filming the traffic stop. Lieutenant O’Brien then told Brandy that she had just committed a felony and
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Redstate… Why This Fight, By Erick Erickson
February 19th, 2014 - I was once an elected Republican. I started the College Republicans at my school. I served as the state chair of the College Republicans in Georgia. I have worked for more than two decades to get Republicans elected. But more and more I cannot tell you what it means to be a Republican other than opposition to Barack Obama. I want to be for something, not just against someone. And I surely
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The Hill… Efforts to cap CO2 emissions are adverse to human health and welfare, By Craig D. Idso, Ph.D.
In his State of the Union address, President Obama advocated an energy policy aimed at reducing emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), which he claims are causing catastrophic changes to the earth’s climate and “harming western communities.”  In his policy prescription, the president advocates a combination of increased regulation of the energy and transportation industries and more government spending on research designed to bring low-carbon-emitting sources of energy, i.e., so-called renewables
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Townhall… A Comma Dean of Errors, Mike Adams
Feb 17, 2014 - Editor’s Note: For anyone still not convinced we need to be careful where we send our kids to college, this is a must read. Author's Note: The fight for student’s rights continues. The series is stretching out longer than anticipated but you will want to keep reading. There's some good news at the end of the road. Dear Chancellor Miller; After laying the groundwork in my previous correspondence, I finally have an opportunity to respond to
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Heritage Foundation… 7 Times Obama Ignored the Law to Impose His Executive Will
by Amy Payne - February 14, 2014 - President Obama—the imperial President, the “I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone” President who can’t wait to show us his “year of action”—once vowed to do exactly the opposite. The biggest problems that we’re facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all. And that’s what I intend
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US1.me… Lupus and MS - bumps in the Obamacare road
ObamaCare patients with serious pre-existing diseases could face expensive drug costs - by Jim Angle, Fox News. People with serious pre-existing diseases, precisely those the president aimed to help with ObamaCare, could find themselves paying for expensive drug treatments with no help from the health care exchanges. Those with expensive diseases such as lupus or multiple sclerosis face something called a "closed drug formulary." Dr. Scott Gottlieb of the American Enterprise Institute
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Stuff you didn't know you didn't know! From a CNO reader
Men can read smaller print than women can; women can hear better. --- Coca-Cola was originally green. --- It is impossible to lick your elbow. --- The state with the highest percentage of people who walk to work: Alaska --- The percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28% (now get this...) ---  The percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%  ---  The cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven: $16,400 ---  The average number of... read more
Heritage Foundation… The Real 'War on the Poor' Is Being Waged by Obama, Stephen Moore
February 17, 2014 - Republicans in Congress are being accused of fighting a “war on the war on poverty,” in part because of a tiny cut in the food stamps program last week. Democrats charge that these “cuts” will take food from the mouths of hungry children, and they claim this is an example of how Congress has shred the safety net for the poor. Never mind that this is the food aid program that has tripled in cost and doubled in participation in just the last decade. Even during the economic recovery, the
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 NetRight Daily… Obama’s big freeze for America, By Rick Manning
An Obama Department of Energy official told the House Energy and Commerce Committee today that Administration policies aimed at coal fired electric generation would increase the wholesale cost of electricity by 70 to 80 percent. The admission that Obama environmental policy proscriptions targeting the coal fired utility industry would dramatically increase the cost of turning on the lights, as well as heating and cooling homes is news. But this Administration’s gross disregard for the least... read more
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EAG News… Common Core math question for sixth graders: Was the 2000 election ‘fair’? Renee Nal - February 4, 2014 - WASHINGTON, D.C. – Would you ever consider the question ‘Whom do you want to be president?’ to be asked of your third grader during a math class (or any class)? Would you expect your fourth grader to be asked to create a chart of presidents along with their political persuasions? Or, how about a discussion on whether the 2000 presidential election resulted in a “fair” outcome? Or, what if the teacher for your sixth grader was advised to “be prepared” to discuss the... read more
Famous Presidential Lies, Adapted from To The Point News; From a CNO reader
LBJ: We were attacked (in the Gulf of Tonkin). Nixon: I am not a crook. GHW Bush: Read my lips - No New Taxes. Clinton: I did not have sex with that woman... Miss Lewinski. GW Bush: Iraq has weapons of mass destruction. Obama: I will have the most transparent administration in history; The stimulus will fund shovel-ready jobs; I am focused like a laser on creating jobs; The IRS is not targeting anyone; It was a spontaneous riot about a movie; If I had a son; I will put an end to the type of politics
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Heritage Foundation… Jordan at Policy Summit: Let’s Encourage Work, by Ken McIntyre
February 10, 2014 - Legislation to hold increases in total welfare spending to inflation and to require able-bodied adults on food stamps to get a job or seek one will refocus attention on the dignity of work, Representative Jim Jordan (R-OH) said today. When government policies “disincentivize work,” Jordan said, “we are robbing people of skills, lessons, and principles.” Administration officials and other defenders of Obamacare stepped
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Eagles Rising… Sarah Palin was Right - Socialized Healthcare Demands Death Panels
By Onan Coca - 14 February 2014 - For years conservatives have been desperately trying to warn the country about the logical outcomes of embracing socialized healthcare. One of the first and most important trumpet calls of warning came from former Alaska Governor and Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin. “The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s ‘death panel’ so his bureaucrats can decide, based on
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Eagle Rising… Woman Protects Home with Shotgun, By Onan Coca
11 February 2014 - You don’t expect stories of armed citizens defending their homes to come from California – but this time that’s exactly what we’re getting. A California woman woke up to the sound of her dog barking early Sunday morning at around 3 am. When she looked outside to see what had gotten her pet so agitated, she saw a man in her backyard and another man waiting by a car. Knowing what was about to happen, she quickly grabbed her shotgun and made her way outside
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Washington Post… The annual Washington Post Mensa invitational
The Washington Post's Mensa Invitational once again invited readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition. Here are the winners: 1. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period of time. 2. Ignoranus : A person who's both stupid and an asshole. 3. Intaxicaton : Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts
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Heritage Foundation… A Tank on Every Corner? Why Police Departments Are Acquiring Armored Vehicles—and What to Do About It, Evan Bernick - February 10, 2014 - Most Americans aren’t used to seeing anything that looks like a tank in their neighborhoods. Yet with police departments from California to Texas to Ohio State University acquiring armored vehicles from the federal government, that may soon change. These armored vehicles, designed to fend off insurgent attacks and capable of withstanding .50-caliber rounds, are impressive pieces of machinery. But they’re also... read more
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Townhall… The Myth of 'Traditional Marriage', Steve Chapman
Feb 09, 2014 - In the battle over same-sex marriage, opponents are strongly in favor of deferring to the wisdom of our ancestors. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence uses the prevailing formula when he says, "I support traditional marriage." The Christian Coalition of America urges its friends to "Say 'I Do' to Traditional Marriage." They have friends on the Supreme Court. In arguments over a California ban on gay
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Heritage Foundation… Leno's Goodbye: The Worst Part Is "I'll Have To Sign Up for Obamacare"
Ericka Andersen - February 7, 2014 - After 22 years, Jay Leno hosted his last episode of “The Tonight Show” on Thursday evening with a monologue that included a jab at Obamacare. Leno said the worst part about leaving NBC was that he would no longer be covered under their health insurance plan and would now have to sign up for Obamacare. The comedian has been known to poke fun at the health care law, which has had significant issues since rolling out an online marketplace
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Godfather Politics… Sheila Jackson Lee: Obama's a Liberal Dictator So Executive Orders are OK
Posted on February 8, 2014 by Gary DeMar. Getting back to the Constitution is no longer an option for most politicians. They use it as a prop. Sure, they take an oath before God to uphold it and vote and terms of its limitations, but for them, God is a myth. Sheila Jackson Lee is the worst offender, but at least she’s honest. She has absolutely no regard for the Constitution. All she cares about is raw power, but only when her guy is in charge: “Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee said that the new
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Heritage Foundation… What Congress Did While You Were Talking About the State of the Union, by Amy Payne - January 30, 2014 - Congress is very fond of two things: throwing a bunch of stuff into one bill and rushing bills through while Americans are focused on other news. While people were talking about the State of the Union, they’ve done it again with the $1 trillion farm bill. The “farm bill” passed by the House yesterday has projected costs that are even greater than those of the Obama stimulus... read more
WND… Hear Bill Ayers say again, “I wrote Obama bio” By Art Moore
Bill Ayers, the unrepentant former leader of the radical 1960s Weather Underground group, has been asked on several occasions over the past five years if he wrote “Dreams from My Father,” the book offered as evidence that Barack Obama is an intellectual heavyweight worthy of the Oval Office despite his relatively thin resume. Aware of WND columnist and author Jack Cashill’s extensive literary analysis and independent corroboration by a friendly Obama biographer, Ayers has obscured his
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The Hill… Efforts to cap CO2 emissions are adverse to human health and welfare, By Craig D. Idso, Ph.D.
In his State of the Union address, President Obama advocated an energy policy aimed at reducing emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), which he claims are causing catastrophic changes to the earth’s climate and “harming western communities.”  In his policy prescription, the president advocates a combination of increased regulation of the energy and transportation industries and more government spending on research designed to bring low-carbon-emitting sources of energy, i.e., so-called renewables
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Heritage Foundation… 7 Things It's Not Too Late For, Amy Payne
January 28, 2014 - Presidents offer pie-in-the-sky visions in their State of the Union addresses. But if President Obama—and Congress—were willing to “roll up their sleeves” (another common State of the Union phrase) and work on some tangible good for Americans, Heritage experts have a few ideas. The President is calling this his “year of action,” after all. Here are seven things he should work with Congress to do. 1. Save Americans from
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The Atlantic… Why the Cory Remsburg Tribute Will Be Seen as a Sign of Our Times, and a Bad One, Many Years From Now - Taking The Long View of events one day in the past - Barack Obama has always been said to take The Long View. It's a point he made several times in last night's speech, most explicitly here: Climate change is a fact. And when our children’s children look us in the eye and ask if we did all we could to leave them a safer, more stable world, with new sources of energy, I want us to be able to say yes, we did. That's the answer the president "wants" to give his grandchildren... read more
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Townhall… 5 Horrific Examples of Cultural Decay in America, John Hawkins
Jan 25, 2014 - Human beings are marvelously adaptive creatures, but that can sometimes work again us. That's because we tend to be so focused on adjusting to our present circumstances that we often forget to ask the bigger questions. How did we get to where we are now? Would we be in a stronger position today if we had made some better decisions upstream? What lessons from the past can we use in the future
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Townhall Finance… Not Even Trying Anymore: White House Blames Bush for Weak Economic Data in 2014, Michael Schaus - Jan 27, 2014 - When asked about the poor economic conditions in America ahead of the President’s State of the Union speech, Senior White House Advisor, Dan Pfeiffer, petulantly passed the buck to George W. Bush. The comedic excuse is as pathetic as it is baseless. But don’t let that stop the White House from trying to cast blame for today’s economic failures on an economic crises that came to life in the closing days of their predecessor’s administration. On... read more
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Santorum Responds to State of the Union Address
Dallas, TX - Former U.S. Senator, former Republican presidential candidate and Chairman of Patriot Voices Rick Santorum issued the following statement at the conclusion of President Obama's State of the Union address tonight: "The state of our union is indeed strong, but it is because of the resilience of hardworking Americans, not because of the heavy-handed policies of this administration. "President
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Townhall… Fact-Free Liberals: Part III, Thomas Sowell
Jan 23, 2014 - Since this year will mark the 50th anniversary of the "war on poverty," we can expect many comments and commemorations of this landmark legislation in the development of the American welfare state. The actual signing of the "war on poverty" legislation took place in August 1964, so the 50th anniversary is some months away. But there have already been statements in the
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WND… I agree with Valerie Jarrett
Star Parker: A woman's health decisions 'should be in her own hands' -- not Obama's! The senior adviser to President Obama, Valerie Jarrett, wrote for the White House blog and the Huffington Post that, “A Woman’s Health Care Decisions Should Be in Her Own Hands, Not Her Boss’.” I couldn’t agree more. Odd, then, that the administration is trying to insert bosses, many of them against their deeply held religious beliefs, into the private health-care decisions of women. Ms. Jarrett writes
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Heritage Foundation… These Words from Obama Are Frightening -- and Revealing, Steven Bucci
January 21, 2014 - It’s less than comforting to hear the President make light of terrorist threats. In a recent interview with The New Yorker, President Obama referred to today’s al-Qaeda fighters as the “jayvee” team. “The analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a jayvee team puts on Lakers uniforms that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant,” he said. This shows that the Administration’s wishful thinking about al-Qaeda isn’t over. Obama and his fellow
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Heritage Foundation… Guess What Group is Getting Food Stamps at an Alarming Rate,
Rachel Sheffield - January 16, 2014 - Food stamp rolls have been growing rapidly. But what many may not realize is that participation among able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs) has been skyrocketing compared to the total number of participants. That’s just one reason Congress should reform the food stamp program in the farm bill now under consideration. In just four years, the number of able-bodied adults without dependents
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Redstate… New Gallup numbers pour cold water all over one of the Democrats’ remaining defenses of ObamaCare, By Dan Spencer - January 23rd, 2014 - According to Gallup, which has been measuring the percentage of uninsured Americans monthly since 2008, the current rate of uninsured Americans is stuck at 16.1%. A quick look at the trends will show you that percentage is almost the same as what it was when President Obama took office in January 2009, and nearly identical to the rate of uninsured in March 2010, when the Democrats jammed ObamaCare through Congress... read more
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Heritage Foundation… Why They Marched, in Their Own Words, Amy Payne
January 23, 2014 - Despite temperatures in the teens and wind chills below zero, people from across the country marched in Washington, D.C., yesterday, to speak up for life. They had different backgrounds—from the 15-year-old who said he “would do anything to support this cause” to the man who was conceived when his mother was raped: “I’m here today to make sure all life is protected like I was.” Why did
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Simple Truth… First Thing Every Morning; Turn Your Life Around One Day at a Time
by Lewis Timberlake with Elinor Griffith - If you had a bank that credited your account each morning with $86,400—with no balance carried from day to day—what would you do? Well, you do have such a bank...time. Every morning it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it rules off as "lost" whatever you have failed to use toward good purposes. It carries over no balances and allows no overdrafts. You can't hoard it, save it
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Cash for Clunkers, From a CNO reader
Editor’s note: The person who calculated this is supposedly a college professor. That has not been verified. The numbers have not been verified. But we thought you’d get a kick out of it anyway. The professor says a clunker that travels 12,000 miles a year at 15 mpg uses 800 gallons of gas a year.  A new vehicle that travels 12,000 miles a year at 25 mpg uses 480 gallons of gas a year.  So, the average Cash for Clunkers transaction reduced gasoline consumption by 320 gallons per year. The
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Townhall… Lessons for Shove Guv Andrew Cuomo, by Michelle Malkin
Jan 22, 2014 - Not so fast, Andrew Cuomo. We see what you did there. After publicly bashing conservative New Yorkers as "extreme" people who have no place in his state, the intolerant Democratic governor wants to blame the media for his unmistakable contempt for those who oppose abortion, support gun rights and defend traditional marriage. Newsflash: Crapweasel politicians can backtrack and scapegoat
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Heritage Foundation… How MLK's Faith Influenced His Public Life, by Rich Tucker
January 20, 2014 - Across the country today, speakers will honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. They will likely quote the resounding “I Have a Dream” speech and the stirring “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” But what made it possible for King to accomplish so much? Let’s go deeper into the origins of his belief that men and women of all races are born to the same rights and freedoms. King explained that “just as the Apostle Paul left his village of Tarsus and carried the
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What Love means to a 4-8 year old, From a CNO reader
Slow down for three minutes to read this. It is so worth it. Touching words from the mouth of babes. A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year-olds… 'What does love mean?' The answers they got were broader and deeper than anyone could have imagined. See what you think: 'When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn't bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her
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  Money Morning… Schiff: Destroy This Monster That Threatens Us All
It's fair to say Peter Schiff despises Obamacare. "If current trends continue, the rollout [of Obamacare] may go down as the worst major product launch in history," Schiff writes in his latest Euro Pacific Capital newsletter. Schiff believes that even if the Obamacare website starts working, it won't fix Obamacare. "Given the government's enormous resources, it's safe to say that the site itself will ultimately be fixed," says Schiff. "But when it is finally up and running, the plan's many deeper
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ViralNova… To be opened by Taylor Smith on April 13, 2023 only
January 16, 2014 - This 12 Year Old Girl Just Died. The Letter Her Parents Discovered Afterwards Is Heart Shattering. On January 5th, 12 year old Taylor Smith passed away from complications with pneumonia. It left her parents, family, and friends absolutely devastated. She was a joyful child just like any other, full of life. But it was after some time had passed that they made a discovery they’d never
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Heritage Foundation… Why Did the Benghazi Story Change? Amy Payne
January 17, 2014 - The truth about the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, is finally coming out. An explosive intelligence report made public this week revealed that officials knew it was a terrorist attack that killed four Americans on September 11, 2012—and they knew right away. It also revealed that the lapse in security was preventable, based on intelligence the U.S. already had about the area. These new
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Townhall… If You Hate Your Kids, Send Them to Public School, by Doug Giles
Jan 19, 2014 - Y’know, when I was a wee lad growing up in West Texas, public schools weren’t all that bad. We started our day off with the pledge of allegiance, said prayers during football games, actually studied our nation’s founding docs, sang patriotic songs, and we celebrated the true meaning of both Christmas and Easter. In addition to that pro-American bliss, nearly everyone and their dog graduated. It’s true. Dogs were actually graduating from school back then. I know. Weird, eh
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Santorum Condemns New Obama Carbon Emission Proposal
VERONA, PA - Former presidential candidate, former U.S. Senator, and Chairman of Patriot Voices Rick Santorum issued the following statement condemning the Obama Administration's new carbon emission proposal. Rick Santorum said, "The regulations proposed by the Obama Administration's EPA to regulate carbon emissions of new coal-fired power plants is yet another attempt by this Administration to stop the expansion of good-paying
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Townhall, Poverty Won After 50 Year War, by Jeff Crouere
Jan 11, 2014 - On January 8, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson made his famous call for a national “war on poverty.” Eventually, this “war” would total over $20 trillion in spending and include a myriad of both harmful and ill-advised government programs. As with all liberal initiatives, these policies were created with supposedly good intentions, to help improve the plight of our impoverished Americans. Instead of solving the poverty crisis, we created generations of poor Americans who are
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Places you can live, Sent by a CNO Reader
You can live in Phoenix, Arizona where... 1. You are willing to park three blocks away because you found shade. 2. You've experienced condensation on your butt from the hot water in the toilet bowl. 3. You can drive for four hours in one direction and never leave town. 4. You have over 100 recipes for Mexican food. 5. You know that "dry heat" is comparable to what hits you in the face when you open the oven
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