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  • The breakneck pace ahead for Congress

    11/25/2016 3:46:03 AM PST · by randita · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/24/16 | Chad Pergram
    The breakneck pace ahead for Congress By Chad Pergram Published November 24, 2016 So 2017 is probably going to be a lot like 1995 on Capitol Hill. Republicans in the House and Senate are practically exuberant that they now have control of both bodies of Congress and President-elect Trump coming into the White House. They have a chance to legislate and promulgate GOP and conservative policies which registered merely as ďmessaging billsĒ under President Obama. The election of Trump grants Republicans agency to truly legislate. Many Republicans in Congress have never served under a GOP President. Eight years of a...
  • Kevin McCarthy: Weíre already laying groundwork for border wall legislation

    11/15/2016 6:45:13 AM PST · by GonzoII · 51 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Nov. 15, 2016 | David Sherfinski
    House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Congress isnít waiting for President-elect Donald Trumpís swearing-in to move on the issue of immigration, saying the wheels are in motion on prepping legislation needed to build Mr. Trumpís pledged U.S.-Mexico border wall. Mr. McCarthy said he has helped put a team in place ďso when weíre sworn in Ö we are able to move the legislation needed to start building the wall.Ē Mr. McCarthy also said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who said earlier this week that Chicago will always be a ďsanctuary cityĒ for illegal immigrants, should focus on the security of his...
  • How Republicans Could Overcome Filibusters by Senate Democrats

    11/12/2016 12:24:14 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 45 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | November 10, 2016 | Melissa Quinn
    As Democrats strategize on how to stop conservative legislation from making its way to Donald Trumpís desk in the White House, Republicans have a little-known rule in their toolbox that would allow them to pass legislation, including a repeal of Obamacare, with a simple majority. Democrats were able to keep 48 seats in the Senate after Tuesdayís election, giving the party the power to filibuster legislation and effectively prevent conservative policies from being enacted. But Republicans can turn to a seldom-used Senate rule that would allow them to pass legislation by a simple majority voteólegislation that has a greater chance...
  • U.S. Lawmakers May Change September 11 Law After Rejecting Veto

    09/30/2016 6:17:40 AM PDT · by tekrat
    One America News Network ^ | 9/30/2016 | Patricia Zengerle and Richard Cowan
    During Hillary's time at State, Petraeus led US Central Command, then was director of the CIA -- so obviously most of the emails between himself and America's top diplomat would entail formal government business. The FBI discovered that Hillary's lawyers had unilaterally deleted roughly 1,000 of those messages, most of which were recovered through other means (this does not include any official emails Team Clinton managed to permanently destroy). Mrs. Clinton insisted repeatedly that she had turned over every single email "that could possibly be work-related," going so far as to over-share emails that were later deemed to be personal...
  • "Cajun Navy' Rescuers Eyed by Louisiana State Legislator for Regulation

    08/24/2016 8:18:17 AM PDT · by Terry L Smith · 66 replies
    KATC TV ^ | 08/24/2016 | Valerie Ponseti
    Amid the historic flooding many of the rescues in Acadiana, and across the state, are being credited to civilians. They call themselves the "Cajun Navy." The group started during Hurricane Katrina, when hundreds from Acadiana went to New Orleans with their boats to make rescues. "Between us all, we took out quite a bit of people," said Doug Bienvenue, a member of the group. Now the "Cajun Navy" is back, but the fleet is facing a few challenges. Bienvenue is an original member of the fleet, so when GoFundMe accounts and t-shirt sales started popping up throughout flood relief under...
  • California Legislative Spending Rampage Continues

    08/18/2016 7:24:47 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 9 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/18/16 | Katy Grimes
    If there is any doubt that this Democrat-controlled Legislature is on a spending rampage, take a look at the legislation below currently blowing through the Assembly and Senate All Democrat-authored bills AB 1770 (Asm. Luis Alejo) makes non-citizens who are in the U.S. legally eligible for the California Food Assistance Program. AB 1770 is on suspense. AB 1809 (Asm. Patty Lopez) eliminates the consideration of an individualís assets as a condition of eligibility for CalWORKS. AB 1809 is currently being held in a committee. SB 1010 (Sen. Ed HernŠndez) requires health plans and insurers to report information about prescription drug...
  • Postal Reform Bill Doesn't Address USPS Problems

    07/27/2016 7:44:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 42 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 27, 2016 | Brian McNicoll
    Despite a packed legislative agenda and shortened calendar, postal reform legislation has advanced in Congress. Both of the Senate bills shepherded by Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., have stalled, but the ďPostal Service Reform Act of 2016Ē passed unanimously through the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform barely a month after it was introduced.The legislation, offered by Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, Ranking Member Elijah Cummings, D-Md., and others, includes a variety of measures members hope will shore up the Postal Serviceís financial position. Unfortunately, the legislation fails to address either the financial situation or the need for the Postal Service...
  • The Assault Weapons Ban Is A Stupid Idea Pushed By Stupid People

    06/15/2016 12:31:05 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 28 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 6/13/16 | Sean Davis
    It happens like clock work: as soon as thereís a mere whisper of a terrorist attack or a mass shooting, the usual suspects kick in to high gear. Their destination is always the same: a faraway land where a so-called assault weapons ban magically eliminates not only guns but also prevents guns from walking of their own volition, without need of human agency, into crowded places and killing people. The reaction after the terrorist attack in Orlando, in which a radical Islamist who pledged allegiance to ISIS murdered at least 49 people in a packed night club, was as predictable...
  • Hillary Admits Support for Legislation to Kill Gun Industry

    05/02/2016 5:36:29 PM PDT · by MIA_eccl1212 · 49 replies
    The Shooter's Log ^ | 4/27/2016 | Dave Dolbee
    There is no chance of burying the lead in this story. Hillary Clinton has vowed to support legislation to kill the gun industry. I am not here to advocate for one political party over another or one particular politician for President. The Shooterís Log is about firearms, survival/prepping, hunting, etc. However, if you believe in the Second Amendment, hunting, and firearms, you really need to step up and pay attention to Hillary Clintonís latest proclamation against your rights. Hillary is the Democratic frontrunner and in all likelihood going to be the Democratic Nominee. Recently, on her website, she proudly stated,...
  • Rick Scott vetoes contentious alimony bill

    04/15/2016 12:22:30 PM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 18 replies
    Florida Politics ^ | April 15, 2016 | Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster
    Florida Gov. Rick Scott has vetoed a controversial alimony reform bill, saying in his veto letter the legislation had the potential to put the ďwants of a parent before the childís best interest.Ē [snip] In his veto letter, Scott commended the billís sponsors ó Sens. Tom Lee and Kelli Stargel, and Reps. Colleen Burton and Ritch Workman ó for their efforts to reform the stateís divorce and alimony laws. However, Scott expressed concerns that the legislation would have an adverse effect on children.
  • Snoopers Charter 2: Apple teams Tech Co's to change UK Investigatory Powers Bill (Link)

    03/27/2016 10:26:58 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 2 replies
    The Independent (LINK ONLY) | March 24, 2016 | Andrew Griffin
    Actual Title: Snoopers Charter 2: Apple teams up with Facebook, Google, Twitter and more to ask Government to change Investigatory Powers Bill Link only due to copyright infringement issues:
  • Kentucky (Dem) lawmaker‚Äôs bill forces men to get note from wives before purchasing Viagra

    02/15/2016 2:43:20 AM PST · by Zakeet · 63 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 14, 2016 | Peter Holley
    Rep. Mary Lou Marzian, a Louisville Democrat, has introduced a bill that would force men who want to use erectile dysfunction drugs to jump through a series of humiliating hoops beforehand, such as visiting a doctor twice and getting notes from their wives. "I want to protect these men from themselves," Marzian, who is a nurse, told the Courier-Journal. [Snip] The lawmaker told the paper that she intends to introduce a bill that would require gun buyers to get counseling from victims of gun violence 24 hours ahead of a firearms purchase. "I'm just making sure the government is taking...
  • Prozanksi‚Äôs Secret Accuser Bill Formally Introduced (OR)

    01/16/2016 11:22:41 AM PST · by Twotone · 17 replies
    Oregon Firearms Federation ^ | Jan. 15, 2016 | Staff
    Today the Senate Judiciary Committee formally introduced Floyd Prozanski's LC 250 which we told you about earlier this week. The bill was introduced as a "Committee Bill" which means Prozanski won't have his name on it. As you know, this bill will allow totally unqualified people to make anonymous accusations against others and claim those people are experiencing "mental health emergencies."
  • As a Cruz Supporter, Here is One Question I am Always Asked

    12/30/2015 9:53:21 PM PST · by JSDude1 · 67 replies
    Redstate ^ | December 30, 2015 | Josh Hammer
    Can a President Cruz work with Congress? As an open and vocal supporter of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 100%‚Äės presidential campaign, I find that those not yet committed to Cruz tend to more frequently ask me two specific questions than they do any others. The first question concerns general election electability: ‚ÄúHow can Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 100%, Tea Party conservative purist, possibly win a general election?‚ÄĚ The electability debate has truthfully been analyzed to death elsewhere, and I do not intend to address it here. For now, suffice it to say that I would never support Cruz if I...
  • Hillary Clinton's lame Senate career

    12/30/2015 4:18:37 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12-29-15 | Jason Russell
    For eight years, Hillary Clinton toiled away in the United States Senate, sponsoring many landmark pieces of legislation and getting them signed into law, forever changing the country. Just kidding. Only three pieces of legislation that Clinton sponsored became law. None were of much consequence. One renamed a post office in a New York town with fewer than 2,000 people. Another renamed a portion of highway outside Buffalo after the late Tim Russert. The third established a brick house in Troy, N.Y., as a national historic site to honor a 19th century female union leader. During her Senate career, Clinton...
  • Obama Threatens to Veto House GOP Legislation to Improve Syrian Refugee Screenings

    11/18/2015 7:00:30 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/18/2015
    President Obama threatened late Wednesday to veto legislation aimed at improving screening for Syrian refugees, potentially putting the White House and Congress on a collision course in a matter of days. The veto threat came as the House was preparing the bill -- which sets high hurdles for refugee admission including FBI background checks and sign-offs by top officials -- for floor action as early as Thursday. In a committee meeting, Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, accused the president of confusing the public about the intentions of the legislation. Moments later, the White House issued a statement defending the current screening...
  • California Assembly approves right-to-die legislation (doctor assisted suicide)

    09/09/2015 1:00:54 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 20 replies
    LA Times ^ | September 9, 2015 | Patrick McGreevy
    The state Assembly on Wednesday approved a measure that would allow California physicians to prescribe life-ending drugs to terminally ill patients, sending the proposal to the Senate, which had previously approved a similar bill. Modeled on a law in Oregon, the measure by Assemblywoman Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton) sparked an emotional debate, with many Republicans saying that it is immoral to assist in a suicide, but with supporters arguing that terminally ill Californians should have a choice to die peacefully without pain. [Snip] Opponents of the bill, including the Catholic Church and advocates for the disabled, voiced concern that the...
  • Congressmen Push to Get Us Out of United Nations Ė Is Your Representative On Board?

    07/15/2015 12:04:19 PM PDT · by wildwoodla · 3 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | 7/13/15 | Tim Brown
    For additional information Link to Alex Newman's article at "The New American" http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/congress/item/21058-congressman-mike-rogers-introduces-bill-to-get-u-s-out-of-un Link to Brandon Mosley's article at "The Alabama Reporter" 6/23/15 includes quotes from Bill author Mike Rogers (R-AL) http://www.alreporter.com/archives/2015/2015-august/146-state/7873-rogers-introduces-legislation-to-get-us-out-of-united-nations.html Link to HR 1205 American Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2015 https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/114/hr1205
  • Reigning In Judicial Supremacists

    07/15/2015 9:09:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 15, 2015 | Ken Conor
    "The biggest myth about judges is that they're somehow imbued with greater insight, wisdom, and vision than the rest of us; that for some reason God Almighty has endowed them with superior judgment about human fairness. But the truth is that judges are men and women with human imperfections and frailties. Some have been brilliant, principled and moral. Others have been mentally impaired, venal, and even racist." Mark Levin, Men in Black Judicial activism occurs when judges depart from their constitutional role of interpreting law and make law from the bench. It's a pernicious practice that undermines the democratic process,...
  • Mandatory vaccination bill introduced in Congress

    05/15/2015 5:29:08 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 42 replies
    Personal Liberty ^ | 5/14/2015 | Bob Livingstone
    Government is force. When it finds that soft force doesnít work, it becomes more aggressive. Having found itself unable to scare and/or coerce all Americans into ďvoluntaryĒ vaccination compliance, now Congress has before it a bill titled the ďVaccinate All Children Act of 2015.Ē Of course, this requirement is being done ďin the public interestĒ and ďfor the greater good.Ē It would accomplish the task of vaccinating all children by withholding federal funds from public elementary and secondary schools that enroll students who are not vaccinated according to recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. Of course, children are...
  • FL: 2A Rights During Emergency Bill goes to Governor Scott

    04/11/2015 4:22:45 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 11 April, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Florida second amendment supporters have been attempting to push a gun law reform that eliminate the current requirement that most gun owners leave their firearms at home during mandatory evacuations, potentially making them vulnerable to looters.   From the bill, SB 290: (2) Except as provided in subsection (3), a person who is 22 not licensed under s. 790.06 and who carries a concealed firearm 23 on or about his or her person commits a felony of the third 24 degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 25 775.084. 26 (3) This section does not apply to:...
  • ND: Gun Law Reform Amended in Senate, returned to House

    04/09/2015 4:47:32 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 April, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    An omnibus gun law reform bill has been making its way through the legislature.† It was introduced in North Dakota by Representative Roscoe Streyle, from Minot.† The bill, HB 1241(pdf), would bring into law reforms that have proven popular in other states.†† Among the reforms in the bill: 1. The restrictions on the use of legal gun mufflers and short barreled rifles for hunting would be removed.† These restrictions never made any sense, and are being eliminated all over the country.† 35 states do not prevent the use of gun mufflers for hunting; no legislative purpose for the heavy...
  • Pew poll: Heavy majority thinks Congress,

    03/30/2015 4:56:58 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | March 30, 2015 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    A heavy majority, but maybe not heavy enough. If McConnell can’t muster more than 62 votes in the Senate to override an Obama veto of whatever Congress chooses passes. we’ll be stuck with this Iran sh*tburger until January 2017 at the earliest. And probably much longer than that, if we’re being honest. Nice to see President Overreach get a rebuke in the polls, though. Which is different from expecting any sort of meaningful public backlash if he makes a deal over Congress’s objections.At first glance that looks like a neatly consistent result. Americans favor giving their representatives the final say...
  • Reid Canít Read [semi-satire]

    01/27/2015 9:19:52 AM PST · by John Semmens · 4 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 24 Jan 2015 | John Semmens
    Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev) acknowledged that injuries to his eye sustained in an exercise apparatus mishap last month prevent him from reading. Rather than being an impediment to his legislative performance, though, Reid insists that it will be an asset. ďThe premise that a lawmaker needs to read the words he is enacting into law is erroneous,Ē Reid asserted. ďAttempting to read the 1000 page bills we are asked to act upon is time consuming and, ultimately, unnecessary. Even when I could read I couldnít bring myself to wade through the 2000 pages of the Affordable Care Act....
  • Texas: Summary of Major Pro- & Anti-Gun Legislation Filed To Date in the Legislature

    01/26/2015 6:04:12 PM PST · by Windflier · 21 replies
    NRA-ILA.org ^ | 26 January 2015 | unattributed
    The Texas Legislature convened for its 2015 Regular Session on January 13. Dozens of pro-Second Amendment measures were either pre-filed or have been introduced in recent weeks, along with a handful of sweeping gun control bills. The filing deadline for legislation is not until March 13, and NRA-ILA anticipates that many more firearm- and hunting-related bills, both good and bad, will materialize between now and then. Contact information for state Senators can be found at www.senate.state.tx.us and for House members at www.house.state.tx.us. A list of Senate Committees was released late Friday and the House is still organizing itself, so the...
  • Do we want Congress to pass legislation to allow Obama to negotiate for us?

    01/12/2015 7:55:41 AM PST · by BlackAdderess · 25 replies
    Roll Call ^ | January 9, 2015 | Emma Dumain
    President Barack Obama wants Congress to pass legislation that would give him the authority to negotiate a in-flight trade agreement with nearly a dozen countries in the Pacific region...
  • 2015's Most Pressing Social Justice Issue: The Unborn

    01/10/2015 6:31:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 10, 2015 | Drew Belsky
    Editor's note:†Dustin Siggins coauthored this piece.† Last week, NPR's Gene Demby wrote that "2014 was an epochal year for social justice,†beginning with Michael Brownís death in Ferguson." But modern social justice did not start when Michael Brown died. America's most important civil rights movement is 42 years old and getting larger. It protects minorities, women, the poor, and children, and brings the nation's largest march to Washington each year. The cause: protecting helpless people from premature death in abortion facilities, and the mothers of these victims from psychological, physical, and spiritual devastation by abortionists. Many Americans don't consider abortion a...
  • Muslim organisations on collision course with Austrian government

    12/15/2014 6:34:14 PM PST · by Gillibrand · 13 replies
    Cathcon ^ | 16.12.2014 | Cathcon
    The much-touted harmony is fragile: Austria's Muslims are increasingly on a collision course with the Federal Government and its draft for the new Islamic law. On Monday, the Supreme Council, the highest governing body of the Islamic Community in Austria (IGGi÷) made a statement - with a protest against the decision. They were disappointed with the approach taken by the government, was stated in a joint press release of the Supreme Council and the IGGi÷ President, Fuat Sanac.
  • GOP: Personal stories behind new legislation to help the disabled

    12/06/2014 10:00:46 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 12-5-14 | Andrew Malcolm
    Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers gives the Republican Party's Weekly Remarks Today Iíd like to tell you the story of a little boy who was diagnosed with Down Syndrome just three days after he was born. His diagnosis came with a list of future complications: endless doctorsí appointments, heart defects, even early Alzheimerís. Seven years later, as the mom of that little boy, Cole, nothing has given me greater joy than watching the impact he has had on the world ó and dreaming of the difference he will make when he grows up. This week, the House spoke for Cole and...
  • The coming wave of anti-abortion laws

    12/01/2014 2:05:30 PM PST · by Morgana · 16 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/28/14 | Paige Winfield Cunningham
    The big Republican gains in the November elections strengthened and enlarged the anti-abortion forces in the House and the Senate. But itís the GOP victories in the statehouses and governorís mansions that are priming the ground for another round of legal restrictions on abortion. Arkansas, for instance, already has strict anti-abortion laws. But with a Republican governor succeeding a Democrat who had vetoed two measures that would have banned most abortions beyond a certain stage of pregnancy, lawmakers plan to seek more restrictions ó such as barring doctors from administering abortion drugs through telemedicine. Republican gains in the West Virginia...
  • Control Freaks

    11/20/2014 3:40:19 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 19, 2014 | John Stossel
    Control freaks want to run your life. They call themselves "public servants." But whether student council president, environmental bureaucrat or member of Congress, most believe they know how to run your life better than you do. I admit I was once guilty of this kind of thinking. As a young consumer reporter, I researched what doctors said was bad for us and what products might harm us. Then I demanded that the state pass rules to protect us from those things. The concept of individual freedom was not yet on my radar screen. I apologize. I was ignorant and arrogant....
  • How The Democrats Plan To Create Jobs

    11/02/2014 7:11:04 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 2, 2014 | John C. Goodman
    Conventional wisdom says that Democrats wanted to campaign this year on jobs and the economy. They were supposedly thrown off message by ISIS and the Ebola scare. But if voters re-focus on jobs and the economy, do the Democrats have a credible plan to offer them? I tried to find out.To begin with, the Democrats have a terrible record to defend. As former US Senor Phil Gramm and Mike Solon wrote in the Wall Street Journal the other day:¬ďThe Obama recovery is the weakest in postwar history. If the Obama recovery had been as strong as the average of the...
  • An Obamacare Mess You Likely Missed: Biosimilars

    10/16/2014 12:32:32 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 16, 2014 | Ken Blackwell
    Buried inside of the 20,000 pages of the Obamacare monstrosity are a few paragraphs which could create a multi-billion dollar industry in the American healthcare sector. Known as "biosimilars," the law allowed for the production of complex drugs which are medically equivalent versions of biologics (drugs derived from living organisms), and can treat deadly diseases ranging from Alzheimer's, AIDS, and rheumatoid arthritis. Not only can biosimilars save lives, the competition they create for a heavily regulated and patented marketplace can help patients by lowering the price of their prescriptions by up to 40 percent. The average annual cost of biologic...
  • Death On Demand Is Not Death With Dignity

    10/14/2014 10:40:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 14, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    I'd like to think that if I got the bad news that Brittany Maynard received -- terminal cancer with a prognosis of less than six months left to live -- I'd be like her. I'd like to be stoic and brave. I'd like to take charge of the rest of my cruelly abbreviated life. If I were facing death at age 29, I would want to find meaning in an end come too soon. Maynard has done just that. She moved from California to Oregon, where assisted suicide is legal. She has become the face of Compassion & Choices, which...
  • Poverty

    10/08/2014 4:40:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 59 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 8, 2014 | John Stossel
    Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson declared "War on Poverty." It sounded great to me. I was taught at Princeton, "We're a rich country. All we have to do is tax the rich, and then use that money to create programs that will lift the poor out of poverty." Government created job-training programs for the strong and expanded social security for the weak. It seemed to work. The poverty rate dropped from 17 percent to 12 percent in the programs' first decade. Unfortunately, few people noticed that during the half-decade before the "War," the rate dropped from 22 percent to...
  • Addressing the Disastrous Consequences of Chinaís One-Child Policy

    09/25/2014 4:16:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 25, 2014 | Marco Rubio
    Thirty four years ago today, the communist regime in China enacted its ďOne-Child Policy,Ē one of the most disastrous and immoral social policies ever imagined in human history. It was the communist regimeís answer to curb the growth of the worldís largest population. The One-Child Policy banned most Chinese couples from having more than one child. When couples conceived a second child, the Chinese government forced them to eliminate him or her, by any means necessary. However, because of cultural norms that place a premium on boys, the policyís victims also included first-conceived children simply because they happened to be...
  • Why Has Immigration Shifted?

    09/23/2014 4:56:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 23, 2014 | Michael Barone
    What should we do about immigration policy? It's a question many are asking, and some useful perspective comes from an article in Foreign Affairs by British-born, California-based historian Gregory Clark, unhelpfully titled, "The American Dream Is an Illusion. The dream to which Clark refers is the idea, promoted by Emma Lazarus's poem at the Statue of Liberty, that this is "a country of opportunity for all, a country that invites in the world's tired, its poor and its huddled masses." The problem, says Clark, is that upward mobility is something of a myth, in America and elsewhere. In his recent...
  • Californiaís Abortion Insurance Mandate Spotlights the Leftís 40-year Devolution on Conscience

    09/07/2014 9:08:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 7, 2014 | Casey Mattox
    At the Supreme Court oral arguments in the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties cases in March, Justice Anthony Kennedy tested the limits of the government’s argument by asking if, under the government’s theory, people could be forced to pay for others’ elective surgical abortions through their insurance plan. The solicitor general dodged, responding (somewhat inaccurately) that there was no law like that at present, and did so in a tone that indicated he was happy not to have to defend such an illiberal and unwise law. Cue California.On Aug. 22, prompted by two Catholic universities’ refusal to provide abortion...
  • Schoolhouse Rock! Revised: Obama Edition

    08/27/2014 6:57:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 27, 2014 | Todd Gaziano
    "I'm just a bill. Yes, I'm only a bill. And I'm sitting here on Capitol Hill." Those who watched Saturday morning cartoons from 1975-85 and 1993-99 will not easily forget the animated character "Bill" and his forlorn song about his "long, long wait" on Capitol Hill, hoping and praying he would become a law. The Schoolhouse Rock! educational video explains that most bills die before they "even make it to committee," and that if the House of Representatives approves a bill, the Senate must do likewise before it becomes a law. Thus, by the age of about eight, children in America...
  • Reid Says He Will Make No Apologies for Defending Presidentís Credibility

    08/10/2014 8:48:19 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 18 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 8 Aug 2014 | John Semmens
    A big part of President Obamaís political message has been the travails heís suffered because of a ďdo nothingĒ Congress. The fact that there are over 300 bills passed by the House that are currently being blocked by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev) would seem to rebut the Presidentís contention. Of these House passed bills, 50% passed unanimously, 70% passed with a 2/3rds majority, and 55 were introduced by Democrat members of the House. ďThe House has been active trying to craft legislation to address an array of problems,Ē Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-Kan) pointed out. ďThe charge that we...
  • The ĎDo Nothingí Congress: Repealing bad, outmoded laws is often better than passing new ones.

    08/05/2014 5:19:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/05/2014 | Mona Charen
    Meet the Press featured a segment this Sunday that illustrates the planted liberal axioms that dominate our political culture. The topic was Congressís failure to ďget anything doneĒ this term. NBC Newsís chief White House correspondent, Chuck Todd, set the stage: New polling from NBC News, the Wall Street Journal, and Marist . . . shows that three out of four voters agree that Congress hasnít done much this year . . . And guess what? The publicís right. Congress hasnít been productive. In fact, this Congress . . . is on track to be the least productive in...
  • Do Nothing House Passed More Than 350 Bills That Sit on Harry Reidís Desk

    08/03/2014 6:51:41 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 11 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 8-1-2014 | Mike Opelka
    Blackburn told TheBlaze that 356 bills made it through the House and are languishing in the Senate. Additionally, according to the congresswoman, 98 percent of those bills were passed with bipartisan support. She also pointed out that 200 of the bills were passed in the House with unanimous support from the entire chamber and more than 100 were passed with 75% support of House Democrats. To make her point that the House is working, but the Senate is where the obstruction exists, Blackburn printed all of the bills that the House has passed and stacked them on a desk with...
  • What If Democracy Is a Fraud?

    07/24/2014 10:52:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 77 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 24, 2014 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    What if you were allowed to vote only because it didn't make a difference? What if no matter how you voted the elites always got their way? What if the concept of one person/one vote was just a fiction created by the government to induce your compliance? What if democracy as it has come to exist in America today is dangerous to personal freedom? What if our so-called democracy erodes the people's understanding of natural rights and the reasons for government and instead turns political campaigns into beauty contests? What if American democracy allows the government to do anything...
  • One Year Later: HB 2 and the Pro-Life Movement in Texas

    07/19/2014 6:24:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 19, 2014 | David Dewherst
    One year ago today, I had the immense privilege of watching Governor Rick Perry sign House Bill 2 (HB2), one of the most significant pieces of pro-life legislation in Texas history. In addition to saving lives and protecting womenís health, its passage emphatically serves as a symbol of the rule of law, the will of a majority of Texans, and the capstone to more than a decade of passing pro-life legislation. Womenís health and life issues are always a lightning rod in politics, but I never wavered in my resolve to get this bill through the Legislature because it was...
  • Our Wonderful Politicians -- Why Do They Pass So Many Bad Laws And Repeal So Few?

    06/27/2014 11:58:58 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 18 replies
    Forbes ^ | June 27, 2014 | George Leef
    Why is it that democracies so often generate public policies that are wasteful and unjust? Why do such policies persist over long periods of time, even when they are known to be harmful? Assuming that youíve pondered those questions, youíd probably also like to understand why, on rare occasions, bad policies do get repealed. If you have entertained those questions, or now see that they are worth entertaining, here is a book youíll want to read. In Madmen, Intellectuals, and Academic Scribblers, economics professors Wayne Leighton (of Universidad Francisco Marroquin) and Edward Lopez (of Western Carolina University) take readers on...
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    05/22/2014 3:44:22 AM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
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    A tech industry group that has Facebook and Google as participants has rejected the latest draft of a U.S. legislation that aims to put curbs on surveillance by the National Security Agency.The administration of U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday said it supported swift passage of the USA Freedom Act by the U.S. House of Representatives, and urged the Senate to follow suit."Overall, the bill's significant reforms would provide the public greater confidence in our programs and the checks and balances in the system," the White House said in a statement.But the tech companies, which also include Yahoo, AOL, Apple,...
  • Paranoia Has Its Limits As Gun Sales Slump

    05/20/2014 6:04:23 PM PDT · by blam · 58 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 5-20-2014 | Steve Goldstein
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  • Comment on FDA's proposed deeming regulations on e-cigs. 75 days public comment period has started.

    04/25/2014 12:29:18 PM PDT · by 1_Inch_Group · 3 replies
    Regulation of Electronic Cigarettes by the FDA By Mitch Zeller, the Director of the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Tobacco Products. Thank you for http://click.mail.whitehouse.gov/?qs=23150e34359d1e932f1289742b953a8f8e720edd2808049ece878ad77ece739c your petition on electronic cigarettes . First things first: While we are seeking to regulate products like electronic cigarettes, the proposed regulation would not ban them. Some background, which you may already know: The http://click.mail.whitehouse.gov/?qs=415c7a37f7f49244144907eba0707664a199c6968e1eda7adcc80fc526afbde7 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act that Congress passed in 2009 gave the FDA immediate authority to regulate certain tobacco products -- cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco, and smokeless tobacco -- under the http://click.mail.whitehouse.gov/?qs=8b835bfd0f3ef363fa53fcef37ebc441c01a390924a58f216c1aae96f51dadc2 Federal Food, Drug, &...
  • Comment on FDA's proposed deeming regulations on e-cigs. 75 days public comment period has started.

    04/25/2014 12:29:18 PM PDT · by 1_Inch_Group · 30 replies
    Regulation of Electronic Cigarettes by the FDA By Mitch Zeller, the Director of the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Tobacco Products. Thank you for http://click.mail.whitehouse.gov/?qs=23150e34359d1e932f1289742b953a8f8e720edd2808049ece878ad77ece739c your petition on electronic cigarettes . First things first: While we are seeking to regulate products like electronic cigarettes, the proposed regulation would not ban them. Some background, which you may already know: The http://click.mail.whitehouse.gov/?qs=415c7a37f7f49244144907eba0707664a199c6968e1eda7adcc80fc526afbde7 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act that Congress passed in 2009 gave the FDA immediate authority to regulate certain tobacco products -- cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco, and smokeless tobacco -- under the http://click.mail.whitehouse.gov/?qs=8b835bfd0f3ef363fa53fcef37ebc441c01a390924a58f216c1aae96f51dadc2 Federal Food, Drug, &...
  • Cigars and the FDA

    04/24/2014 12:19:11 PM PDT · by Paul46360 · 17 replies
    https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2014-09491.pdfThis is the docket reading