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DeVos confirmed as education secretary, Pence casts historic tie-breaking vote

School choice advocate Betsy DeVos was narrowly confirmed Tuesday as the next education secretary despite deep opposition from teachers unions and other groups, after Vice President Pence intervened to cast a historic tie-breaking vote. Pence’s vote marked the first time in American history a vice president has broken a tie on a Cabinet nominee’s Senate

Save The Children from Those Getting Rid of “Unwanted Life”

Paul Greenberg, There was a time when those out to kill the unborn were all for the filibuster, since saving it was one way to stop congressional efforts to save these innocents. Old-timers will recall a folk saying about being as safe as a babe in its mother’s womb. But that’s just where they have

Rand Paul previews ObamaCare replacement plan focusing on lower cost policies

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul on Sunday previewed his ObamaCare replacement plan — in an apparent effort to take the lead in the growing GOP effort to simultaneously repeal and replace the 2010 health care law. Paul, who was a 2016 presidential candidate, said the bill that he and other congressional Republicans have crafted attempts to

Donald Trump won the nomination fair and square

Bruce Bialosky,  An element of the Republican party is in a tizzy about the presidential nominee, Donald Trump. It started with the conservatives, because Trump is not really a conservative, so they deserted ship. Then it was the self-righteous because they did not like the way he talked. Then it was establishment Republicans who stated

Huge number of successful cyberattacks at one federal agency, report reveals

In 2014, a single U.S. government agency was hit with a blizzard of more than 1,370 external attacks on its most vital computer systems, with three out of every eight incidents resulting in a loss of data, according to a new report by the watchdog Government Accountability Office, suggesting hackers have been far more successful

Trump, in Capitol Hill visit, faces party skeptics looking for unity

Presumptive U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will visit Republican lawmakers on Thursday, but instead of what is usually just a rite on the road to the nomination, Trump will face pressure to tone down his rhetoric and clarify his policy positions as a step toward unifying the fractured party. Trump’s takeover of the Republican

Cruz and Senate Face Choices as `Lucifer in the Flesh’ Returns

Texas Senator Ted Cruz returns to the Senate this week, and he shouldn’t expect a warm embrace from one of the world’s most exclusive clubs. But to get much of anything done, they’re going to need him. The freshman Texas senator, who came in second to Donald Trump in the epic fight for the Republican

Social Security closes offices as baby boomers age

 Even as millions of baby boomers approach retirement, the Social Security Administration has been closing dozens of field offices, forcing more and more seniors to seek help online instead of in person, according to a congressional report being released Wednesday. The agency blames budget constraints. As a result, seniors seeking information and help from the