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    Send in the Lawyers: The House Passes the Senate’s Violence Against Women Act

    Yesterday the House gave up any effort to pass its own version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and accepted the Senate bill, which now goes to the President for his signature. In so doing the House decided not to revise the Senate provision expanding Indian tribal court jurisdiction … More

    Violence Against Women Act: Substitute Amendment Fails to Address the Underlying Problems

    Fighting domestic violence is not, and never has been, a partisan issue. Everyone is against domestic violence. However, Members of Congress should be concerned that the House of Representatives is considering the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) of 2013 (S. 47), which has several troubling components, such as engaging … More

    "Violence Against Women Act" Violates the Constitution

    The Senate-passed version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) violates Articles II and III of the Constitution. The bill would authorize Indian tribal courts to adjudicate certain domestic violence criminal charges against non-Indians and to enter a final judgment authorizing the confinement of convicted offenders. At present, tribal courts … More

    "Violence Against Women Act" Gives Grant Money to Misleading Organizations

    The National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women (NTF), a front group for organizations dependent on the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) grant funding, recently released a highly flawed and misleading review of why the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (S. 47) is an … More

    Being Thankful for Families

    As Americans gather to celebrate Thanksgiving, one of the blessings for which many are grateful is the family members that surround the table. There are actually data behind that warm sentiment: Strong families are priceless, providing an abundance of benefits to both adults and children and creating the bonds of … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Marriage Protects Women and Children from Violence

    New government data (PDF) reveals a continuing trend of declining marriage rates. More women have never been married, and cohabitation rates have increased steadily. And more children are born outside of marriage than ever before. The consequences of these trends include lower economic prosperity for families and an  array of … More

    Why Do National Social Programs Frequently Fail?

    In a recent issue of Time, Joe Klein acknowledges the ignored reality that national-scale programs based on effective pilot programs frequently do not yield the same successful results. His case in point is Head Start—a “Great Society” pre-school program intended to provide a boost to disadvantaged children before they enter … More