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New York Times bashes the Texas National Guard

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When National Guard units from the several states were being deployed in record numbers to augment active duty forces during the Global War on Terror for the past decade-plus, few seemed to have much trouble with their “level of training.” Now, suddenly, following Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s decision to deploy 1,000 National Guard troops to augment State Patrol officers trying ...

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Greasing palms: Calls increase to bring back earmarks

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By Charles Greene There have been some recent bipartisan calls from some members the House Rules Committee to revive earmarks in transportation bills. Earmarks, which were banned by the House in 2011, are special set-asides that ensure funding for pet projects in specific congressional districts; historically, earmarks have been good for lawmakers who are “bringing home the bacon” but not ...

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For Obama, it’s politics over economy

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The evidence is so much more than “anecdotal” now. Anyone who seriously argues that Barack Obama’s economy is “improving” is simply being dishonest. The latest sign of this came in a recent report in the Los Angeles Times, which cited a new Pew Research Center survey that found the number of Millennials living in “multi-generational households” – that is, with mom ...

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The unstoppable fiscal nightmare

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The Congressional Budget Office released its Long-Term Budget Outlook a week ago and came to the same conclusion as in recent past outlooks: Federal spending on entitlements is unsustainable, unless one of three things happen: Massive reductions in benefits; massive tax increases; or both. According to CBO, the national debt would rocket to 106 percent of gross domestic product, under current ...

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Making primary education local again

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By Charles Greene In the period since the Common Core State Standards were created (2009-2010) debates have arisen at the state level across the nation concerning how much, if any, outside influence there should be regarding the implementation of new education standards. There has also been much subsequent discussion – along with moves towards introducing legislation – regarding how individual ...

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Deaths of illegal alien children on Obama’s hands

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By Charles Greene Crossing the Mexico-U.S. border illegally has always been a risky proposition. The entire two thousand-mile stretch separating the two countries is notoriously harsh and desolate. There are many dangers – if the heat doesn’t kill you, the snakes might. Crossing the Rio Grande River along the Texas border can also be extremely perilous, with its deceptively calm-looking ...

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