Allowing States to Opt Out of NCLB Through APLUS: Empowering Parents and State and Local Leaders—Not Teachers Unions

The Academic Partnerships Lead Us to Success Act (APLUS) proposal would allow states to completely opt out of the programs under No Child Left Behind (NCLB), but would it also empower teachers unions? This argument is being made against the APLUS approach by proponents of the massive rewrite of NCLB moving through Congress. For example, […]

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Export-Import Bank Won’t Respond to Information Requests About Ties to Clinton-Backed Consulting Firm

The Export-Import Bank’s relationship with a politically connected consulting firm has come under scrutiny as its clients benefited from millions of dollars in financing from the bank. However, a Freedom of Information Act request filed by a government watchdog has been pending for more than 500 days, highlighting the Export-Import Bank’s issues with transparency. “They’re […]

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‘I Am Who I Am’: 3 Questions for Rand Paul

The Daily Signal sent three questions to Sen. Rand Paul, K-Ky., and he provided his answers by email over the weekend. Paul’s reply to the second question previews a  slogan—Defeat the Washington Machine, Restore the American Dream—he was set to unveil Tuesday in Louisville in announcing he will seek the Republican nomination for president. 1. What are your key guiding principles […]

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Can the Next President Deliver Better Defense?

There are more than a few signals indicating President Obama has been a poor steward of the nation’s defense. “Continuing to slash defense invites greater danger to national security while shamefully asking the country’s military men and women to do their jobs with shrinking resources,” wrote the chairmen of the Senate and House Armed Service […]

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Why a Russian Decided to Fight for Ukraine

MARIUPOL, Ukraine—Even while speaking through a translator, Andrey is a man of few words. When asked why he defected from Russia to join a Ukrainian National Guard regiment, the 22-year-old Muscovite simply replied: “Common sense.” After an assurance that his face would not be photographed or his last name used, Andrey opened up, explaining in […]

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A Pastor’s Easter Message on Religious Freedom

Pastor Jesse Johnson of Immanuel Bible Church just outside Washington, D.C., has a new appreciation for religious freedom in the United States after a recent trip overseas. He shared his insights with The Daily Signal about the fight for religious freedom around the globe and here at home. “It is in light of the resurrection and God’s sovereignty that […]

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A Flawed Legal Analysis Is Helping Lois Lerner

On March 31, Ronald Machen, the outgoing U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, wrote House Speaker John Boehner to inform him that the Justice Department would not present Lois Lerner’s contempt citation to a federal grand jury. The letter explaining his decision is an exercise in misdirection—the kind of misdirection that magicians use to […]

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15 Cents of Every Dollar You Earn Goes to Funding These Government Programs

Out of every dollar you earn, fifteen cents goes directly to payroll taxes. Your payroll taxes fund Social Security and Medicare (both “pay-as-you-go” programs) benefits for current retirees. However, even those payroll taxes are no longer sufficient to cover the cost of those benefits. Social Security is already running massive cash-flow deficits to the tune […]

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Pizza Shop Targeted for Refusing to Cater Gay Wedding Receives Over $250K in Donations

A fundraising effort for the family-owned pizza restaurant at the center of a national controversy over Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act raised over 250,000 dollars in less than 24 hours. After telling a local media outlet their views on the state’s religious freedom law — which has since been amended to remove divisive parts — […]

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