• ‘No Preconditions’ For North Korea Means It's Worse Than We Thought

    ‘No Preconditions’ For North Korea Means It’s Worse Than We Thought

    U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sent shockwaves through the foreign policy establishment this week when he suggested that the United States is prepared, for the first time, to come to the negotiating table with North Korea without any preconditions or promises from Pyongyang that it would halt, even if just temporarily, its nuclear program.

    Tillerson’s startling comments, which mark a major departure from U.S. policy and part significantly with President Trump’s views on the North Korea crisis, signal that Pyongyang is truly on the cusp of having a nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), and that a military conflict might be fast approaching. READ MORE...

  • GOP Lawmakers Target Another Obamacare Mandate in States

    GOP Lawmakers Target Another Obamacare Mandate in States

    Republicans in Congress are working to chip away at programs mandated under Obamacare following their inability to repeal the health care law.

    Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., and Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., introduced a bill Tuesday to end what they called Obamacare’s “failing” plans that competed with private health insurers in the states.

    “Multistate plans were a poorly conceived provision of an even more poorly conceived bill, Obamacare, and repealing these plans would be a good step toward getting our health care system back on track,” Meadows said in a written statement. READ MORE...

  • What the Founders Understood About Religious Freedom That We Must Recover

    What the Founders Understood About Religious Freedom That We Must Recover

    Friday, Dec. 15, marks the anniversary of the day our young nation ratified the Bill of Rights in 1791.

    Given the national discussion in recent days over whether the government may compel speech from an ordinary baker, now is an especially good time to consider the very first words of our charter document: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

    Many today mistakenly interpret these religion clauses to mean something like, “Americans are tolerant of private religious conduct.” But mere “toleration” of “private” religious conduct was precisely what James Madison, a primary author of the Bill of Rights, was careful to avoid. He favored the protection of robust freedom. READ MORE...

  • The Numbers That Prove How Much the Mainstream Media Hate Trump

    The Numbers That Prove How Much the Mainstream Media Hate Trump

    There may be fake news, but there’s no making up the media’s loathing of President Donald Trump.

    The press has been unrelenting toward this president since Day One—and the Media Research Center’s data proves it. Even the 89 percent negativity from his early months almost seem benevolent now, with numbers in the 91-93 percent range (the latter according to Harvard).

    “Our latest numbers show that coverage of Trump on the ABC, CBS and NBC evening newscasts in September, October and November was more than 90 percent negative (our methodology counts only explicitly evaluative statements from reporters or non-partisan sources),” the Media Research Center explains. “In September, there were just 31 pro-Trump statements on the Big Three vs. 359 negative. In October, the number of positive statements grew to 41, while the negative statements swelled to 435.” READ MORE...

  • Roy Moore Had Lowest White Evangelical Support Of AL Republicans

    Roy Moore Had Lowest White Evangelical Support Of AL Republicans

    Exit polls from the Alabama Senate special election on Tuesday show that Roy Moore got 80 percent of the white evangelical vote, but nonetheless went down to defeat. This is shocking, because white evangelicals are a big share of Alabama’s population. Indeed, public polling on religion suggests Alabama should be the third-strongest-state for white evangelicals! Only Tennessee, West Virginia, and Arkansas have more of us than Alabama has. So if it’s a big voting bloc and they’re 80 percent for a candidate, shouldn’t that candidate win? READ MORE...

  • Rebuilding the Military Comes With a Price Tag. But the Price of Waiting Is Higher.

    Rebuilding the Military Comes With a Price Tag. But the Price of Waiting Is Higher.

    The Congressional Budget Office estimates that it will cost an additional $295 billion over the next four years to execute President Donald Trump’s plans to rebuild the military.

    Its calculation was done by comparing the current Budget Control Act defense caps with the Trump budget outline. Those budget caps, established in 2011, limit how much Congress may appropriate for defense and nondefense discretionary spending through 2021, regardless of need or strategy.

    The analysis of the Congressional Budget Office is based on information published by the administration on its budget request as well as public statements from the White House. READ MORE...

  • Liberal Lawmakers Trying to Bail Out Private Pensions With Taxpayer Money

    Liberal Lawmakers Trying to Bail Out Private Pensions With Taxpayer Money

    Last year, liberal lawmakers wanted to bail out the United Mine Workers of America’s pension plan to the tune of roughly $6 billion.

    This year, they’re at it again, except on a larger scale. Under pressure from a few very large and politically powerful plans—including the United Mine Workers of America and the Central States Trucking Union—liberal lawmakers are seeking up to a hundredfold increase in taxpayer bailouts for private, union-run pension plans.

    Across the U.S., there are more than 1,300 union-run or “multiemployer” pension plans. More than 90 percent of them have set aside less than 60 percent of what they promised to pay. READ MORE...

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