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Republicans Shouldn’t Pander to Hispanic Voters

Star Parker,  Our national debate on immigration policy centers on a paradox. We must become aware of it and deal with it. The United States needs an immigration policy because a lot of people want to come here. If that weren’t the case, we wouldn’t need an immigration policy. Why do they want to come? […] Read More →

Common Core? Conservative and Teacher Opposition is Growing

What is Common Core? Local Control vs. Federal Control The battle against Common Core started simply enough: Conservatives believe in federalism, with a strong state and local government that has a greater say as to how communities are run. This encompasses education, with conservatives believing that students are best educated by those who understand their […] Read More →

The 10 Most Important Things In The World Right Now

 Hello! Here’s what people will be chatting about on Monday.   1. A yet-to-be-released report from the Centers for Disease Control estimates that Ebola could infect up to 500,000 people by the end of January without additional aid from governments, Bloomberg News reports.  2. An estimated 311,000 demonstrators flooded the streets of New York City on Sunday […] Read More →

Feds censure local police, yet give lethal weapons

 A Pentagon program that distributes military surplus gear to local law enforcement allows even departments that the Justice Department has censured for civil rights violations to apply for and get lethal weaponry. That lack of communication between two Cabinet agencies adds to questions about a program under review in the aftermath of the militarized police […] Read More →

Ukraine Still Rattled by Fighting After No-Fire Zone Set

 Ukraine’s truce was shaken further by battles after the government and pro-Russian separatists agreed to create a buffer zone to strengthen the pact. The two sides accused each other of violating the truce. Rebels shelled government troops and the situation in the country’s easternmost regions was “tense,” the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said on Facebook today. […] Read More →

Cameras to Detect ‘Abnormal’ Behavior

Sander Venema | Consortium News  Defense against abuse of power is to make sure those in power have as little data about you as possible. A few days ago I read an article about how TNO (the Dutch Organization for Applied Scientific Research, the largest research institute in the Netherlands) developed technology for smart cameras for use at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. […] Read More →

Which Is the Weaker Party? Your Call

Michael Barone  Which of our two great political parties is the stronger? Maybe it makes more sense to ask which of the two is weaker. The case that the Republicans are weaker is easy to state. Democrats have won four of the last six presidential elections, from 1992 to 2012, and won a plurality of […] Read More →

Terror ‘Chatter’ Prompts Security Alert at Australian Parliament

 Police stepped up security at Australia’s parliament to guard against a terrorist attack, as authorities investigate an alleged Islamic State beheading plot. Intelligence agencies detected “chatter amongst these terrorist support networks” that the federal parliament in Canberra could be targeted, Prime Minister Tony Abbott told Channel 7 television today. “The Australian Federal Police will be […] Read More →

Sheriffs in the Southwest: The border is ‘spiraling out of control’

Rob Nikolewski,  SANTA FE, N.M. — Sheriffs along the U.S. border with Mexico don’t like what they’re seeing. Describing the immigration crisis  as “spiraling out of control,” a coalition of five sheriffs’ organizations in the Southwest released a three-page statement calling on the federal government to resist “outright amnesty” for people in the country illegally. The document obtained by New Mexico […] Read More →