Ukraine’s Future: To Whom Does It Belong?

(Photo: Newscom) In the recent makeshift referenda in Donetsk and Luhansk unrecognized by the West, a small minority of eligible voters voted in favor of secession from Ukraine. Now, some Western politicians and analysts are wondering: If those people came out to vote for “independence,” aren’t we obligated to consider their opinion when pondering the […]

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One Man’s Tireless Fight to Make Congress Live Under Obamacare

Sen. David Vitter, R-La. (Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/Newscom) Sen. David Vitter, an ardent opponent of Obamacare, readily concedes that his proposal to end health care subsidies to members of Congress and their staffs isn’t popular on Capitol Hill. But the Louisiana Republican won’t give up anytime soon, he vows. “I won’t let my amendment fall […]

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As Scandal Deepens, Senate Stalls on Veterans Health Bill

(Photo: St Petersburg Times/ZUMAPRESS.com/Newscom) A veterans advocacy group hailed House passage of a measure making it easier for the secretary of Veterans Affairs to dismiss managers for poor performance and called for Senate action that appears much less likely just days before Memorial Day. By a vote of 390-33, the Republican-controlled House last night passed […]

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Hensarling’s ‘Choice’: Success Should Depend on Hard Work, Not Friends in Washington

Until conservatives undo a system that grants favors to well-connected business interests, they will lack the “moral authority” to reform a social welfare state that traps too many Americans in poverty and dependence, Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) said this afternoon in a speech he bluntly acknowledged as “a call to action.” In a half-hour address […]

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Indiana Governor Defends Expansion of Medicaid Alternative to 350,000

Photo: Rick D’Elia/EPA/Newscom Fresh off his proposal last week to expand Indiana’s alternative Medicaid program, Gov. Mike Pence today defended his decision to ask for federal approval to make more Hoosiers eligible. Speaking at the American Enterprise Institute, the Republican governor promoted the Healthy Indiana Plan and his efforts to expand the program, started in […]

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Education Spending Is Up, Test Scores Aren’t. Who’s to Blame?

Photo: Jeff J. Mitchell/Getty Images The U.S. Department of Education recently released the 2013 results of math and reading achievement for 12th graders on the National Assessment of Educational Progress. It’s hard to say what’s been achieved. According to the NAEP—a standardized test often referred to as the nation’s “report card”—just 26 percent of the […]

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