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Obama to station 9,800 U.S. troops in Afghanistan beyond 2014
www.washingtontimes.com
President Obama will announce Tuesday that the U.S. will only keep 9,800 troops in Afghanistan beyond this year if the government in Kabul agrees to such a pact. Is this another case of President Obama telling his base what they wanted to hear so he could get re-elected, or is it a case of a theory (the promise of no troops there beyond this year) getting crushed once it meets reality? [...]
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A 2003 Law Blunts the Worst of Obamacare
www.independent.org
As we come out of the first quarter of the first year in which Obamacare has been fully unleashed on anxious Americans of every age and station, the so-called “reform” has never been less popular. In our own lives and workplaces, we have suffered (or soon will suffer) cancelled health-insurance policies, dramatic hikes in health-insurance premiums, and disruptions in our medical care as doctors and hospitals are dropped from insurers’ networks. In a failed last-minute attempt to rescue Oba [...]
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Federal judge overrules state; puts Conyers on the ballot
www.gopusa.com
U.S. Rep. John Conyers' on-again, off-again roller-coaster ride for the Aug. 5 ballot took a new twist Friday when U.S. District Judge Matthew Leitman put the 85-year-old congressman back on the ballot. Leitman's decision, released la... [...]
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House votes to shut down NSA phone-snooping
www.washingtontimes.com
In an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote that would have been unthinkable just a few months ago, the House on Thursday approved a bill to cancel the government’s bulk-data collection programs, including the NSA’s phone-records snooping. Reading further into this we find that Mr. Obama has once again become flexible enough (read "pressured") to do a complete about face in his position on the snooping. [...]
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Child Disciplined for Thinking about a Gun
www.gopusa.com
In a suburb of Colorado Springs, at the Talbott Elementary School in Widefield, Colorado, a young (8 years old) boy was disciplined for .... wait for it ... Thinking About a Gun!!! What a Crazy way to educate children. You tell them to go outside, look into the sky, use their imagination to "see" what designs the clouds make, then discipline them if they don't "see" what you want them to see. I say it's time to re-educate the educators and stop putting up with this type of management of our [...]
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Tom Williams: Meeting Real Life Heroes
blogs.rollcall.com
I had the privilege of photographing some World War II vets this week. I am in awe that these frail, old men basically saved the world. [...]
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Harry Reid: President Obama may have to act on immigration
www.politico.com
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday that the Obama administration will have to act alone on stemming deportations if the House doesn’t move on immigration reform by this summer’s end. [...]
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Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul try to unify Ky. GOP
www.politico.com
Mitch McConnell hasn’t spoken to Matt Bevin since primary night — but he’s convinced that Bevin voters will come home to Team Mitch in November [...]
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Ta-Nehisi Coates and his ‘case for reparations’
www.bbc.co.uk
The US was founded, grew and prospered on the back of the black race, writes Ta-Nehisi Coates. And the US will not fully be healed from the legacy of slavery until it confronts this truth and makes amends. [...]
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Sen. Cruz: We Must Carry on the Torch of Freedom
www.cruz.senate.gov
This Memorial Day weekend, in cities and towns all over America, small red paper flowers will be worn and carried by Americans honoring our veterans. [...]
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US ‘in denial’ over poor maths standards
www.bbc.co.uk
The maths skills of teenagers in parts of the deep south of the United States are worse than in countries such as Turkey and barely above countries such as Chile and Mexico. [...]
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US House passes bill on NSA bulk data sweep
www.bbc.co.uk
The first legislation aimed at ending the National Security Agency's bulk collection of US phone records has been passed by the House of Representatives. [...]
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Obama Administration Sued for Refusing to Disclose Data on Student Loan Debt Collectors
www.motherjones.com
President Barack Obama has taken several steps over the past few years to address the $1 trillion problem of student loan debt. [...]
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Democrats are pushing to restart CDC funding for gun violence research
www.motherjones.com
New legislation would increase CDC funding for gun violence research from zero dollars to $10 million. The NRA calls the push "unethical" and an "abuse of taxpayer funds." [...]
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Hillary Clinton’s speaking circuit payday: $5 million (and counting)
www.motherjones.com
As Clinton mulls a 2016 run for the White House, she's pocketing checks from corporate heavyweights—and raising questions about access and influence. [...]
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