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Republicans Want to Keep King Obama From Locking Away Their Oil Land

Republicans Want to Keep King Obama From Locking Away Their Oil Land

on March 22, 2014, 6:45 AM / in National News, News

To mark the one year anniversary of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument, along with four other monuments, the House will vote to severely limit President Obama’s ability to created national monuments. The bill won’t become law, but it’ll get the message across: House Republicans don’t like the president’s “pen and phone” philosophy. Or you can’t drill for oil […]

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Congress confronts Medicare cuts to doctors’ fees

Congress confronts Medicare cuts to doctors’ fees

on March 22, 2014, 6:42 AM / in National News, News

By ANDREW TAYLOR WASHINGTON (AP) — Hope is fading for a Capitol Hill drive to permanently fix Medicare’s outdated payment formula and spare doctors from automatic cuts in their fees next month. Now the question is whether lawmakers can regroup and come up with a short-term solution when the current patch expires. Even though there’s widespread support for bipartisan legislation […]

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Republicans to vote on balanced budget in April

Republicans to vote on balanced budget in April

on March 22, 2014, 6:38 AM / in National News, News

By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives plan to vote in April on a budget plan that sticks to 2015 spending levels but reaches balance in 10 years, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said on Friday. Cantor, in a memo to lawmakers, said the plan from House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan will be […]

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Rhode Island speaker’s work, home raided in probe

Rhode Island speaker’s work, home raided in probe

on March 22, 2014, 6:36 AM / in National News, News

By ERIKA NIEDOWSKI, DAVID KLEPPER and MICHELLE R. SMITH PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Law enforcement officials raided the office and home of House Speaker Gordon Fox on Friday as part of a criminal investigation by the U.S. attorney’s office, FBI, IRS and state police. Officials would not say who or what was being investigated, but authorities worked for hours inside […]

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CIA chief vows fast review of declassifying interrogation report

CIA chief vows fast review of declassifying interrogation report

on March 22, 2014, 6:32 AM / in National News, News

By Mark Hosenball and Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The head of the CIA on Friday promised a quick review of whether a Senate report on the agency’s use of “enhanced interrogation” methods on foreign terrorism suspects can be released on an unclassified basis, apparently moving to reduce tensions with the CIA’s congressional overseers. CIA Director John Brennan’s statement, contained […]

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Social Security, a retirement plan?

Social Security, a retirement plan?

on March 22, 2014, 6:24 AM / in Opinion

By Fred Marshall II Since I dispatched “Dear God, I Pray We’re Wrong,” a few irate emailers hastened to inform me that they receive Social Security “benefits” because they paid into the system all the years of their working lives, and that what they receive now are essentially “dividends” from their life-long investment. They are mistaken. There is no dividend, […]

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Get To Know the Common Core Marketing Overlords

Get To Know the Common Core Marketing Overlords

on March 21, 2014, 8:08 AM / in National News, News, Opinion

By Michelle Malkin / Town Hall They’re everywhere. Turn on Fox News, local news, Animal Planet, HGTV, The Family Channel or talk radio. Pro-Common Core commercials have been airing ad nauseam in a desperate attempt to persuade American families to support the beleaguered federal education standards/testing/technology racket. Who’s funding these public relations pushes? D.C. lobbyists, entrenched politicians and Big Business interests. […]

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Good news, bad news – Tennessee State House and Senate

Good news, bad news – Tennessee State House and Senate

on March 21, 2014, 7:57 AM / in News, State News

The good news is that the House Ag subcommittee agreed with the Senate Ag committee yesterday and voted to kill the Tennessee Commercial Breeder Act. It will expire on June 30, 2014. More good news: the subcommittee also voted against the very ill-conceived tethering bill that could have affected people using grooming nooses or people using short tethers for training […]

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Patient of the Month – March 2014

Patient of the Month – March 2014

on March 21, 2014, 7:49 AM / in Announcements

Logan 8 years old The default player for embedding or displaying video on stjude.org. Default size: 480×270 Diagnosis: Logan was found to have a brain tumor when he was 6 years old. Logan’s story: “Logan is a kid who gets everyone’s attention, and he doesn’t even have to try,” says his mom. He just has a certain something that draws […]

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Diversified Energy Policy Fallacies

Diversified Energy Policy Fallacies

on March 21, 2014, 7:18 AM / in National News, News

By Taylor Smith Among the most popular justifications for interventionist energy policies is pursuit of a government-imposed “diversified” energy portfolio. Renewable power mandates, net metering laws, and feed-in tariffs are among the most common of such interventionist energy policies states have implemented. As a nation, our energy portfolio is already well-diversified. About 37 percent of our electricity comes from coal, […]

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Student takes razor from classmate hurting himself, gets suspended and faces expulsion [UPDATED]

Student takes razor from classmate hurting himself, gets suspended and faces expulsion [UPDATED]

on March 21, 2014, 7:05 AM / in National News, News

By Will Lerner Last week, Virginia Beach, Virginia sixth grader Adrionna Harris noticed her classmate doing something terrible – he was cutting his arm with a small razor. The Bayside Middle School student knew that was wrong, so she stepped in and took the razor away, and threw it out. It was an act that one mightthink would earn her […]

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Air Force Academy vs. The Constitution

Air Force Academy vs. The Constitution

on March 21, 2014, 7:01 AM / in Announcements

Archived here…. Earlier this month, an Air Force Academy cadet was forced to remove a Bible verse on his personal white board after the Military Religious Freedom Foundation claimed offense. “I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live, but Christ live in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the […]

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LGBT Activists Derail Stanford Funding for Marriage Conference

LGBT Activists Derail Stanford Funding for Marriage Conference

on March 21, 2014, 6:51 AM / in National News, News

Written by  Dave Bohon The Graduate Student Council (GSC) of prestigious Stanford University in California (campus shown) has shot down a request for funding from a university group that is planning a pro-marriage conference entitled “Communicating Values: Marriage, Family and the Media.” The Stanford Anscombe Society says that its campus mission is to promote “discussion regarding the roles of the […]

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The Voucher…  SB 0196

The Voucher… SB 0196

on March 21, 2014, 6:42 AM / in Local News, News, State News

By Kathy Bryson A voucher bill for education could emerge from the Tennessee senate education committee next week. This year’s voucher bills have been promoted by at least two lobbyist groups: School Choice Now and Students First. These groups say vouchers would “empower parents with choice.” They also tell us that the  “money follows the child,” and vouchers are “opportunity […]

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I feel for the families… the Press “Knows Nothing”

I feel for the families… the Press “Knows Nothing”

on March 21, 2014, 6:32 AM / in Bedtime Stories
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Why This Educator Objects to Common Core

Why This Educator Objects to Common Core

on March 20, 2014, 8:19 AM / in Opinion

Posted  by Patti Thornhill I have a friend who I have been having some exchanges with regarding Common Core.  He is a strong proponent and he told me that he has faith in CC because it establishes “standards” that are needed since students are subjected to standardized testing all the time. I want to respond to that argument and explain […]

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One of TN’s most powerful agencies seemingly above legislative oversight

One of TN’s most powerful agencies seemingly above legislative oversight

on March 20, 2014, 7:56 AM / in News, State News

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog NASHVILLE — Some of the most powerful people in Tennessee’s government may communicate in secret among themselves, don’t have to take an oath of office and have the power to tax a select group of people. The people who work for this agency, the Board of Professional Responsibility, under the Tennessee Supreme Court, don’t […]

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Friends mourn Blount commissioner found dead in woods

Friends mourn Blount commissioner found dead in woods

on March 20, 2014, 7:53 AM / in News, State News

WBIR Staff A long-time Blount County leader is being remembered as a “good man” who loved the mountains. Deputies found the body of Blount County Commissioner Gordon Wright, Sr., 69, on a trial on his Walland property Wednesday morning. Sheriff James Berrong said he does not believe his death is suspicious. Sheriff Berrong said Wright’s family personally called him Tuesday […]

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On your dime: Federal officials fly first class, use gov’t jets for personal travel

On your dime: Federal officials fly first class, use gov’t jets for personal travel

on March 20, 2014, 7:41 AM / in National News, News

By Phillip Swarts  / The Washington Times Federal officials have no qualms flying the friendly skies in style, regularly using executive jets and other planes in the government’s fleet of 1,700 aircraft for everyday travel. But they often don’t track how much such trips cost or the reasons why they skipped cheaper commercial flights in favor of firing up one […]

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The Jihad of Liberalism

The Jihad of Liberalism

on March 20, 2014, 7:32 AM / in Opinion

By David S. Whitley / The American Thinker In Islamic countries we often hear of the three choices offered the non-Muslim, the kafir, the infidel.   Three choices beginning with convert, pay the jizya poll tax and become a third class citizen or die.   Liberals often employ this same Jihadists tactic with non-liberals. It is my experience that liberals are far more […]

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