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  • Monthly Archives: January 2012

    Family Fact of the Week: Healthy Marriage, Healthy Mind

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    High-quality social science research shows that marriage is associated with a number of health benefits. Studies indicate a strong link between marriage and mental health, in particular depressive symptoms. Marriage can both affect and be affected by psychological well-being, through, for example, greater emotional and social support as well as … More

    Breaking: Court to Decide if Gingrich, Huntsman, Santorum, Perry Will Be on Virginia's Primary Ballot

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    A very big development in the ballot access lawsuit filed in federal court in Virginia by Texas Governor Rick Perry and joined by Newt Gingrich, Rich Santorum, and Jon Huntsman. Judge John Gibney just filed a five-page order in which he states that there is a strong likelihood that the … More

    Who Lost Nicaragua? Daniel Ortega Begins an Unconstitutional Third Term

    Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega greets supporters after he was certified by the Supreme Electoral Council (CSE) as president from 2012 to 2016, while flanked by his wife Rosario Murillo (R) and Vice President Omar Hallesleven in Managua January 9, 2012. Ortega will be sworn in on Tuesday for a second term as president. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas

    Daniel Ortega—sporting pink campaign colors rather than the combative red and black of the Sandinista Front (FSLN) and dressed in a business suit, or guaybera, rather than olive drab fatigues—ushers in a modified and somewhat softer era of tyranny as he begins a second consecutive and unconstitutional term as president … More

    Iranian Court Sentences American to Death as Khamenei Restates Nuclear Defiance

    Iranian-American Amir Mirza Hekmati, who has been sentenced to death by Iran's Revolutionary Court on the charge of spying for the CIA, stands with U.S. soldiers in this undated still image taken from video in an undisclosed location made available to Reuters TV on January 9, 2012.

    An Iranian court handed down a death sentence yesterday for Amir Mirzaei Hekmati, a 28-year-old Iranian–American man, for allegedly spying for the CIA. Hekmati, a former U.S. Marine who served in Iraq as an Arabic language translator, was born in Arizona, raised in Michigan, and traveled to Iran to visit … More

    How to Have Your Liberty and Eat It (Safely), Too

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    With Congress set to kick off its 2012 session in just a couple of weeks, now is the perfect time to consider what the government’s primary goals should be for the new year. The economy and the election will rightly command the most attention, but we must remember that defending … More

    Morning Bell: Obama's Arrogant Authoritarianism

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    Last week, President Barack Obama took the latest step on his road toward an arrogant, new authoritarianism with four illegal appointments that entirely trampled on the Constitution’s requirements. More troubling still, the President chose to shred the Constitution all in the name of serving his Big Labor agenda while killing … More

    Ohio Earthquakes Spark Drilling Controversy

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    Youngstown, Ohio, had a rockin’ New Year’s Eve, but not the kind it hoped for—a 4.0 magnitude earthquake shook the city just one week after a 2.7 magnitude earthquake hit. Fortunately, there was no significant damage or injuries; the focus has primarily been on the cause of the earthquake. Although … More

    VIDEO: Charles Krauthammer Says Liberals Have No New Ideas

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    Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer is one of America’s foremost political commentators. He is among the sharpest critics of the Obama administration and liberalism. The Daily Caller’s Ginni Thomas spoke to Krauthammer about the state of affairs in America, the social contract and the left’s domination of cultural institutions. In the … More

    Tweeting for Hearts and Minds

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    January 2012 is the U.S. Department of State’s “21st Century Statecraft Month.” What the State Department has in mind in this case is what former Undersecretary for Public Diplomacy James Glassman dubbed “Public Diplomacy 2.0”: using digital media to maximize outreach to foreign publics. Thus it is not a new … More

    Chavez Moves toward Military Dictatorship, State Sponsor of Terror Status

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    As he readied for the visit of a close ally, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez undertook a cabinet shuffle in the fashion of the defunct Soviet politburo. Before Christmas, he announced a pending reassignment of his Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro, Vice President Elias Jaua, and Interior Minister Tareck … More