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  • Monthly Archives: January 2013

    Congressional Hearing on Benghazi: New Developments Beg More Answers

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    Tomorrow, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will deliver testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee on the terrorist attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya. The outgoing Secretary of State is unlikely to provide new insight into the attack. However, her testimony as … More

    FrackNation Sheds Truth on Fracking Debate

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    Context. That is what Phelim McAleer’s new film FrackNation offers and what so many in the debate over hydraulic fracturing lack. Hydraulic fracturing, more commonly known as fracking, is an unnecessarily controversial method of oil and gas extraction. FrackNation sets the record straight. Instead of Matt Damon’s Promised Land’s completely … More

    Obama Inauguration Speech: Ignoring Problems Does Not Make Them Go Away

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    Not to rain on President Obama’s parade, but the world is a dangerous place. America cannot afford to place “hope” above reality when it comes to its foreign policy. Although the U.S. faces many overseas challenges, there was barely any mention in President Obama’s inauguration speech of what America’s role … More

    Obama’s Empty Promises on Immigration

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    Immigration reform made a brief appearance in President Obama’s inauguration address, disappearing faster than the shadow of Punxsutawney Phil on Groundhog Day. “Our journey is not complete,” Obama declared, “until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity; … More

    Roe at 40: Enduring Victories and Challenges for the Pro-Life Movement

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    Today marks the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade that overturned state abortion laws and sanctioned abortion on demand across the United States. Despite the proclamations of supporters that the Court’s pronouncements in Roe and its accompanying case Doe v. Bolton had “settled” the abortion … More

    Obama Inauguration Speech: More Transportation “Investment”

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    President Obama hinted toward at least one aspect of his second-term agenda during yesterday’s inaugural address: more transportation “investment.” No surprise there. Obama’s past budget requests, State of the Union speeches, and the American Jobs Act of 2011 plan have all been peppered with calls for increased federal spending on … More

    Standing Filibuster Would Cause More Senate Delays

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    In an interview on January 11, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D–NV) told a Nevada television station that the Senate would likely not take the radical step of overturning decades of Senate precedent to reinstate the “standing” or “talking” filibuster, which requires Senate members to be physically present to object … More

    Debt Limit: Talk of Tax Increases Distracts from Spending Problem

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    In response to President Obama’s press conference last week, House Majority Whip Steny Hoyer (D–MD) claimed, “Clearly we need additional [spending] cuts. But…revenues have not been resolved.” Wait a minute. Revenues have not been resolved? My, how quickly one’s memory can fade. Lest we forget the fiscal cliff deal, hastily … More

    Morning Bell: Obama's Second Inaugural Address, Translated

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    Members of Congress—who are about to debate raising the debt ceiling tomorrow—should have paid attention yesterday. The President was very clear that he sees no urgency about reducing the debt and cutting the deficit. In fact, in his second inaugural address, President Barack Obama was honest about his intentions to … More

    Chart of the Week: Each American's Share of Debt Is Skyrocketing

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    As the nation pushes into another debt ceiling debate, an AP-GfK poll released last week found that 39 percent of Americans think any debt ceiling increase should come with a serious plan to reduce spending. Another 21 percent believe that the ceiling should not be raised at all. The poll … More