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  • Monthly Archives: September 2011

    Michigan Takes on Welfare Reform

    Mackinac Bridge, Michigan

    In the national effort to overcome dependence on government, Michigan has just moved one step forward toward ensuring that welfare promotes self-reliance. On Tuesday, Governor Rick Snyder (R) signed legislation to place a four-year time limit on cash assistance benefits for welfare recipients. In 2006, Michigan passed similar legislation under … More

    Remembering 9/11: Rep. Mike Pence -- From Tragedy to Triumph

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    This is a guest post by Rep. Mike Pence  (R-IN) for our special blog series on 9/11. Like every American, I will never forget where I was on the morning of September 11, 2001. As a Member of Congress from Indiana, that day my duties took me to Capitol Hill … More

    Never Forget: Our Military 10 Years Later

    As America approaches the 10-year anniversary of 9/11 this weekend, it is unreal to think that the U.S. now has the smallest Navy since 1916. The House Armed Services Committee has a new video detailing the downsizing of the American military and many more unbelievable facts about the state it … More

    Left in the Dark: Blackouts 101

    Photo taken by Flickr user @nathangibbs

    Earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, and now blackouts? One might say Mother Nature is on a rampage. On Thursday around 3:45 p.m., 1.5 million people lost power. A mass blackout occurred spanning California, Arizona, and parts of Mexico. Affecting major cities throughout the region, the high-voltage power line outage between Arizona and … More

    Being Relentless About 9/11

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    I did not experience the 9/11 attack personally, and very fortunately did not lose anyone I know in that vicious act of terrorism. But it did mark a significant change in my life, since it marked my move to Washington. In fact, I was upstairs in our bedroom in Atlanta … More

    Remembering 9/11: Gary Sinise - A Few Thoughts, Ten Years Later

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    It was just after 6 a.m. in Los Angeles. “Daddy, wake up. Watch the TV.” Like so many others, this is how I began my day on September 11, 2001. My eight year-old standing there, pointing to the television, before my wife ran into the bedroom. “Two planes hit the … More

    Getting Serious in South China Sea: Philippines Boosts Defense Spending

    South China Sea - Law of the Sea Treaty

    Barely a week after returning from his relations-repairing state visit to Beijing, which he dubbed a success, President Benigno Aquino of the Philippines has directed the release of $118 million in order to “enhance the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ capability to secure the territory of the Philippines…including providing a … More

    'Drilling = Jobs': Congressman's Simple Message Falls on Deaf Ears

    U.S. Representative Landry holds a sign in his lap during U.S. President Obama's address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington

    During the president’s Thursday speech on his new jobs proposal (which, as of yet, does not actually exist on paper), Rep. Jeff Landry, a Republican freshman from Louisiana, staged a bit of silent activism. Photos of the congressman show him holding a sign displaying a simply message: “Drilling = jobs”. … More

    Exclusion of Prayer at 9/11 Service Ignores Role of Religion in America

    Iron girders form a cross that has become a memorial at Ground Zero

    This weekend will be filled with somber memorial services and poignant tributes as the nation commemorates the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. The annual memorial service in New York City will have a decidedly non-religious tone, a move that has drawn the ire of many … More

    Did Someone Say Infrastructure Investment? Look at DOJ and AT&T

    AT&T's $1 billion charge

    What’s wrong with this picture? Last night, President Obama told Congress that the nation desperately needs to spend more on infrastructure in order to create jobs and to get the economy moving again. But only last month, his regulators aggressively moved to thwart private-sector plans to invest tens of billions … More