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  • Monthly Archives: June 2012

    How to Reform Food Stamps—and Improve the Farm Bill

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    The farm bill is currently making its way through the Senate amidst heated debate. But don’t let the title fool you. Nearly 80 percent—of the bill’s spending goes toward the nation’s fastest growing welfare program: food stamps. Since 2000, the cost of food stamps (now known as the Supplemental Nutrition … More

    Morning Bell: President Obama's Fast and Furious Scandal Grows

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    On the night of December 15, 2010, U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was shot and killed by an untraceable assault weapon that was deliberately handed to Mexican drug lords by U.S. officials via Operation Fast and Furious. Ever since, the Terry family and Americans across the nation have asked how this … More

    Religious Freedom: Why Americans Are Celebrating and Defending It Now

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    Today marks the beginning of the “Fortnight of Freedom.” This two-week period culminating on July 4 is a time to celebrate and defend America’s first freedom, religious liberty. Why make special effort to celebrate religious freedom now? Because religious freedom is a key pillar of the kind of life we … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Family Meals Benefit Teens

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    Summertime often means more family time, and that’s good news. Research consistently shows a strong association between spending time as a family and adolescent well-being. In particular, frequent family meals have been linked to a host of positive teen outcomes, including physical and psychological health, school performance, and reduced risk … More

    Fast and Furious: Covering up the Death of a U.S. Agent

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    Todd Gaziano has outlined at the Foundry the legal doctrine of executive privilege that President Obama has asserted in the congressional investigation of Operation Fast and Furious. The most important part of that doctrine to understand is that a President cannot assert executive privilege for the purpose of hiding wrongdoing … More

    While Obama Stonewalled Congress, His Campaign Called for Transparency

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    President Obama invoked executive privilege to prevent further congressional oversight of the Justice Department’s Fast and Furious operation on the same day it bemoaned the supposed lack of transparency among some conservative non-profits. Jim Messina, Obama’s 2012 campaign manager, touted efforts on the campaign’s website to get Crossroads GPS, a … More

    Somalia: Terrorism Is a Symptom of State Failure

    The African Union’s mission to Somalia (AMISOM) is having marginal success in pushing the terrorist organization al-Shabaab out of its occupied territory. Al-Shabaab militants have retreated from strongholds in Baidoa, Afmadow, Afgoye, and the crucial port city of Kismayo. African military leaders are confident that their thankless task of defending … More

    Obama’s Nixonian Contempt for Transparency

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    President Obama channeled his inner Richard Nixon with his exercise of executive privilege to shield Attorney General Eric Holder from transparency. Whether the assertion is valid is a question to be resolved between Congress and the President, yet this authority is something that can be waived by the President if … More

    What You Can Do to Promote Religious Freedom

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    Religious freedom is the cornerstone of the American experiment, yet it is increasingly under attack. That’s why many Americans are joining the Fortnight for Freedom by spending the two weeks prior to the Fourth of July (June 21–July 4) expressing their gratitude for religious freedom and demanding greater protection of … More

    Finding the Answer in the Founding

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    There are certain existential questions that humans have wrestled with since the dawn of time: “What is the meaning of life?” “Which came first: the chicken or the egg?” Perhaps even “Does the refrigerator light stay on when I close the door?” Recently, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg tried … More