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Summer of Intolerance Regarding Same-Sex Marriage Bleeds into Fall

Gallaudet University put its chief diversity officer, Angela McCaskill, on paid leave last week for the offense of joining 200,000 other Marylanders in signing a petition supporting a ballot referendum over Maryland’s recently adopted same-sex marriage law. “I thought it was important that as a citizen of the state of Maryland, I could exercise my […]

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Debate 2012: Illegal Immigration and Driver’s Licenses

In last night’s presidential debate, Governor Mitt Romney said that if elected, he would eliminate “magnets” that attract people to illegally reside in the United States. One magnet that he mentioned was the ability of undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses. Luckily for Governor Romney, he would not need Congress to pass another law to […]

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U.S. Fires Its Own Broadcasters in Russia

The treatment inflicted on 41 Russian journalists in Moscow’s Radio Liberty office is nothing less than scandalous, and it threatens to silence American broadcasting into Russia for good. But what is even more scandalous is that it was not the Russian government that, without warning, shut those journalists out of their offices on September 20 […]

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Supreme Court to Hear Arizona Voter ID Case

Today, the Supreme Court agreed to hear Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council, a challenge to Arizona Proposition 200, which requires prospective voters to show proof of citizenship when registering to vote. Like a litany of other states, Arizona passed this common-sense reform to prevent noncitizens from illegally voting in elections and to ensure the integrity […]

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U.S., Israel ‘Nearing Agreement’ on Joint Iran Strike

The United States and Israel have come closer together in recent days, in their views regarding an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities, according to Foreign Policy magazine. “According to a source close to the discussions,” writes David Rothkopf, “the action that participants currently see as most likely is a joint U.S.-Israeli surgical strike targeting Iranian […]

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Why Big Bird’s Federal Subsidies Need to Go

The call to eliminate federal subsidies to the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), such as Governor Mitt Romney’s recent statement, shouldn’t ruffle the famous fowl. After all, not only does PBS not need taxpayer support, but because it inevitably entangles Big Bird in politics, it does him more harm than good. Federal contributions to the Corporation […]

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Education Savings Accounts: “The Way of the Future”

Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) are “the way of the future,” writes Matthew Ladner in a new report released this month. While vouchers give parents the ability to choose private schools for their children, ESAs allow parents to receive the state education dollars designated for their school-age children in savings accounts that they can then access […]

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Happy 237th Birthday, U.S. Navy!

Today, we commemorate and give thanks for the sacrifice and service of the men and women in uniform of the U.S. Navy. On October 13, 1775, Congress authorized the procurement of two armed vessels to search for British ships supplying munitions to the British army in America. Today, the Navy continues to be a force […]

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Obama Cuts Defense Programs, Claims They “Weren’t Working Very Well”

During last week’s debate, President Obama made an intriguing statement while explaining his deficit hawk credentials. In referencing the programs he cut, he mentioned “aircrafts that the Air Force had ordered but weren’t working very well.” This is a rather vague reference, leaving up for speculation just what aircraft he had in mind. A quick […]

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