Politics

Halt deportation and pass KIDS Act as steps to immigration reform

The prospect of delivering a comprehensive immigration bill to President Obama’s desk this year is coming to a halt. With the political will waning, broad reform will have to wait until 2014 or beyond. The president and Congress, however, must still produce results this year. Executive action to stop deportations and the KIDS Act or DREAM-like bill can still pass as first steps to comprehensive immigration reform.  

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Why Rand Paul's plagiarism matters

Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-Ky.) pathetic excuses for plagiarizing content in his speeches and book show that either he has no shame, or he has no concept of what plagiarism is and why it is wrong. Either way, it’s a serious problem, and Paul needs to take responsibility for it rather than continuing to attack those who simply reported the truth, as when he called MSNBC host Rachel Maddow a “hater.”

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Presidents as car salesmen

When you sit across from a car salesman, you come to expect that he or she will try to pull a fast one on you before you drive the car off the lot. I’m guessing that’s how many Americans are feeling today about their health care. But it’s not...

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Gerrymanders and state [s]elections

Ol’ Elbridge Gerry is back in the dock, his namesake “gerrymander” blamed for all that ails our “gridlocked” Congress.   Some claim that the House districts drawn by state legislatures in 2011 have reached new heights (or lows) of partisanship.  Critics deride the shape of the districts and object to their effect on control of the House.  These claims are important, but they ignore the fact that state legislatures have since 1788 sought to influence the selection of members of Congress.

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What Republicans can learn from Nike

In the mid-1990s, Nike suffered a blow to their brand when they were held responsible for using child labor to stitch soccer balls. As a result, their share of the footwear market dropped from 55 percent in 1996 to 39 percent in 2000. Nike could have slid into oblivion; instead, they transformed their reputation, reinvigorated their brand, and won over the next generation.

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Biden and Cheney

During any presidency, the biggest political story in Washington is that there’s distance perceived between the president and vice president.

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The Tanton Network: Republican Party's number one enemy

On November 5th, the American Conservative Union released a statement calling on Congress to continue their work toward finding a solution to the immigration crisis facing our nation. The statement provided reasoned arguments utilizing conservative principles as to why this work is so important to America.

Not surprisingly, the statement was disavowed by The Tanton Network as advocating “amnesty.”

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Take Puerto Rico from limbo to statehood

On November 6, 2012, the American citizens who live in Puerto Rico voted to end more than a century of political limbo by discarding the territorial status in favor of statehood. The vote was clear, 54 percent of the people rejected the current state of affairs, while a robust 61 percent chose to join the Union as its newest state.

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Congress should return to responsible earmark policy

When two distinguished octogenarians, Rep. Bill Young (R-Fla.) and former House Speaker Tom Foley (D-Wash.), passed away on October 18, 2013, it reminded us of a bygone era where dignity, seniority and orderly Congressional operations were largely standard.

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Obama apologizes and takes full blame. Or not.

On Wednesday afternoon at Faneuil Hall in Boston, President Barack Obama addressed the criticisms over the ObamaCare rollout debacle and the coinciding cancellation notices of healthcare policies that people have received from their insurers.

For all you babies out there, -- the millions of you whining over the cancellations of your beloved crappy health insurance plans (you know, the ones you were promised would never forsake you even after the implementation of ObamaCare) -- quit crying and wipe your noses; Obama has come up with The Solution for your health care woes: “So if you’re getting one of these letters, just shop around in the new marketplace.”

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