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  • Yearly Archives: 2013

    Cloakroom: November 18 – November 22

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    House Analysis: This week, the House may consider a series of energy bills. As part of a broader effort to keep gas prices down in America, the Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act aims to expedite the federal review process for natural gas pipeline permit applications, modernizing the review process … More

    If You Like Border Security, Can You Keep It?

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    Deluged with bad news on numerous fronts—especially from the poorly executed rollout of his signature achievement, Obamacare—the president wants Congress to turn its attention to immigration reform. But President Obama is finding his “comprehensive” approach to immigration to be a much harder sell in the wake of the Obamacare debacle.  … More

    Don’t Look to the Feds for Preschool

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    You’d think that the Obamacare rollout debacle would give one pause before asking the federal government to start running another mega-program. Yet Senator Tom Harkin (D., Iowa) and Representatives George Miller (D., Calif.) and Richard Hanna (R., N.Y.) are doing just that today. Accompanied by Hollywood actress Jennifer Garner, they … More

    A Way Forward on Immigration

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    When President Obama invited Michael McCaul, R-Texas, chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, to visit the White House, he got an unexpected response. McCaul said no. “I saw it as a political trap,” McCaul told conservative radio talk-show host Laura Ingraham. Since Mr. Obama first entered the Oval … More

    A Farm Bill in Name Only

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    To paraphrase a famous Mark Twain quote, suppose you passed a farm bill. And suppose you passed a food-stamp bill. But I repeat myself. Hard as it may be to believe, 80 percent of the farm bill being hammered out by the Senate and the House of Representatives is made … More

    Why the Fear of American Exceptionalism?

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    Talk of American exceptionalism  enrages some liberals. For example, it drove Oliver Stone and American University professor Peter  Kuznick to pen a USA Today commentary  saying Washington should have a wall with “the names of all the Vietnamese,  Cambodians, Laotians, and others who died [in the Vietnam War].” That, they  … More

    How Obamacare Will Affect All Americans

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    In response to the wave of insurance cancellations hitting millions of Americans, and the admission by some that President Obama’s “if you like your plan” promise was false, Obamacare’s defenders are now taking a different tack. While the law’s supporters finally admit that some people will be worse off under … More

    General McCaffrey: U.S. Not Prepared for National Security Threats

    The most trusted institution in America is the U.S. military. “There is a reason for it,” said retired Army Gen. Barry R. McCaffrey. “It is because our boys and girls, our sons and daughters, write Mom and say that ‘I’m part of an institution of courage and integrity and they … More

    David Horowitz Explains How Progressives Lost in the 1960s, Yet Still Found a Way to Transform America

    What can a former high-level progressive and founder of the New Left expose about American politics today? According to David Horowitz, a lot. In his newest book, “The Black Book of the American Left,” Horowitz explains how the communists of the 1960s were unable to transform America because they were … More

    A Double Decline of Marriage and Religiosity: Why Does It Matter?

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    Analysts at a recent forum on the downward trends in marriage and religion in the United States agree that the two are not isolated phenomena but, in fact, influence and exacerbate one another. Brad Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project, has shown that family dissolution is linked to a … More