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Iran in Latin America: State Department Ignores Allies

Newscom The State Department recently released a report to Congress assessing the threat posed by Iran in the Western Hemisphere. Regrettably, it seems that the State Department neglected to consult with U.S. allies in Latin America and ignored research that contradicted their assertions. Indeed, the report paints a rosy picture, suggesting that Iran’s influence in […]

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Seven Reasons to Reform Food Stamps

Newscom Food stamps were a popular topic of conversation last month as Congress debated the farm bill. This decades-old Great Society program is in much need of reform for at least seven reasons: Food stamp spending has surged. Costs have been climbing since the program began in the 1960s, recession or not. Over roughly the […]

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Drug Trafficking: Cartels Take to the Caribbean

Newscom Drug cartels have increasingly trafficked through the Caribbean to evade law enforcement, but the U.S. Coast Guard is struggling to keep up. The U.S. has been successful working with our allies in targeting drug trafficking organizations and decreasing violence through programs like the Central American Regional Security Initiative (CARSI) and the Merida Initiative in […]

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5 Immigration Questions for Members of Congress

It’s July 4 week, which means Members of Congress are at home in their districts. As you head to your nearest town hall meeting, take these questions for your Representative. Below, we also provide the real answers you should be listening for. 1. Since the Senate-passed bill doesn’t require the flow of illegal immigrants to […]

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Is the Supreme Court the Final Word?

WDCPIX.COM/Lauren Victoria Burke Supreme Court decisions are crucial, but they are not the final word. It’s our duty as American citizens to keep pushing back, through all three branches of government, against any proposal that violates the Constitution. That’s the way to make sure our union can endure for another 225 years. Recently, the country […]

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D.C. Metro to “Phantom Planter”: Stop Planting Flowers, Or Else!

Morning Glories (CHRISTINE DeLESSIO KRT/Newscom) “It’s sort of beyond the scope of what you would imagine some private citizen would do,” said Washington, D.C., Metro spokesman Dan Stessel of Henry Docter’s activities. Indeed. It’s not often that a husband, father of two, part-time lawyer, children’s book author, and collage artist finds time to plant flowers […]

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Supreme Court Orders a Divorce: Law from Morality

The underlying question before the Supreme Court in United States v. Windsor–which challenged the federal Defense of Marriage Act–was: Does the Constitution forbid the U.S. Congress from defining the words “marriage” and “spouse” as they have always been defined in the English language? And that leads unavoidably to a deeper question: Can American law be […]

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The “Casino Crony Kickback”: Senate Immigration Bill Expands Wasteful, Flawed Program

The Corker–Hoeven amendment in the Senate’s immigration bill (S. 744) contains loads of pork, special deals, and more spending. A great example is the new “Casino Crony Kickback.” Inserted by Senators Harry Reid (D) and Dean Heller (R) of Nevada, the provision would allow the U.S. Corporation for Travel Promotion, known as Brand USA, to […]

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