Politics

Don't let the tail wag the elephant

As a lifelong Republican, who has always been realistic on social issues and conservative on fiscal and governmental issues, I would be deeply dismayed if we lost control of Congress because Republican hardliners in the Senate, blinded by...

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No time for weaker antitrust enforcement

In the complicated world of music licensing there is a disturbing trend – even though there is clear evidence that publishers are exercising market power and consumers are paying more – many self-interested parties are currently lobbying the...

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The only $10 billion the Government refuses to spend

The Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund – an account which collects an excise tax assessed to shippers on all waterborne commerce (except exports) – is flush with cash; $10 billion of it. This money is set aside specifically for harbor maintenance...

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Thankful for my clemency, hoping for greater change

In 1994, I was sentenced to die in prison. I was 24 years old. I was a high-school graduate from a two-parent family who grew up on Chicago’s Southside. My mother was a nurse. My father worked for 40 years at a local grocery store before he...

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Why military chaplains need the Russell Amendment

This week, the House Rules Committee will consider the so-called Russell Amendment to this year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a provision that would apply the religious exemption of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to federal...

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Stop grousin' around

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: A Utah Congressman is trying to use a chicken to hijack the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). 

It’s not a joke. Once more Rep. Rob Bishop (Ut-1) has decided to meddle with the NDAA, the...

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