• 21 Policy Groups Back Lawsuit to End Forced Union Representation

    21 Policy Groups Back Lawsuit to End Forced Union Representation

    In what could be the largest labor-related case since Janus v. AFSCME, policy groups from around the country are expressing support for a lawsuit that would prohibit forced representation from public-sector unions.

    The lawsuit, litigated by the Ohio-based, free-market Buckeye Institute, received support from 21 different policy groups who filed a joint amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court urging the court to hear the case.

    If the lawsuit is successful, it would allow publicly employed individuals to negotiate their own contracts instead of having their contracts negotiated by a union against their will. Although current law now forbids unions from taking money from non-union members, the unions still have the ability to require representation from the union. READ MORE...

  • Tea Party Groups Targeted by Lerner's IRS Receive Settlement Checks

    Tea Party Groups Targeted by Lerner’s IRS Receive Settlement Checks

    MADISON, Wis.—Dozens of conservative organizations are receiving late Christmas presents years after the IRS handed them a lump of coal. 

    The federal government in recent days has been issuing settlement checks to 100 right-of-center groups wrongfully targeted for their political beliefs under the Obama administration’s Internal Revenue Service, according to an attorney for the firm that represented plaintiffs in NorCal v. United States.

    Three of the claimants in the $3.5 million national class-action suit are based in the Badger State.  READ MORE...

  • No, the Electoral College Is Not a 'Shadow of Slavery's Power'

    Democrats’ New House Rules Stifle Conservatives, Critics Say

    Conservatives say Democrats’ new rules, pushed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, will stifle conservative lawmakers.

    “House Democrats are using parliamentary rules to consolidate power in Speaker Pelosi’s hands, push forward a liberal agenda, and deny conservatives an equal voice in what is supposed to be a legislative body that represents all Americans,” Jessica Anderson, vice president of Heritage Action for America, told The Daily Signal in an email.

    “The new Democrat rules package will make it more difficult—and in some cases nearly impossible—to advance conservative positions in the 116th Congress,” Anderson said. READ MORE...

  • No, the Electoral College Is Not a 'Shadow of Slavery's Power'

    No, the Electoral College Is Not a ‘Shadow of Slavery’s Power’

    “There you go again,” Ronald Reagan famously joked in 1980 when President Jimmy Carter painted an inaccurate picture of one of his policies. Perhaps he’d say the same of those who are distorting the history of the Electoral College today.

    New York’s newest congresswoman, Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, has been quick to jump onto this bandwagon, recently labeling the Electoral College a “shadow of slavery’s power on America.” Others have called it a “living symbol of America’s original sin,” an “antiquated relic of slavery,” or even a “pro-slavery compromise.” READ MORE...

  • Schumer's Green Energy Subsidies Cost Much More Than Trump's Wall

    Schumer’s Green Energy Subsidies Cost Much More Than Trump’s Wall

    The government is shut down over border wall funding, but only a month ago Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer asked President Donald Trump to support billions in green energy subsidies.

    Schumer, a New York Democrat, in early December asked Trump to support “permanent tax incentives for domestic production of clean electricity and storage, energy efficient homes and commercial buildings, electric vehicles, and modernizing the electric grid.”

    “If left unchecked, the damage caused by climate change will cause untold human suffering and significant damage to the U.S. economy,” Schumer wrote to Trump on Dec. 6. READ MORE...

  • Ukraine’s Leap of Faith Is a Step Toward Ditching Russian Influence

    Ukraine’s Leap of Faith Is a Step Toward Ditching Russian Influence

    KYIV, Ukraine—Orthodox Christians celebrated Christmas on Jan. 7, according to the Julian calendar. This year’s holiday was the first for Ukraine’s newly unified, national Orthodox Church, independent from Russian control for the first time since the 17th century.

    Monday’s milestone marked a major step forward in Ukraine’s ongoing efforts to diminish Russian influence, highlighting an intractable cultural divorce between the two erstwhile Soviet allies.

    “Russia uses the church as one of the tools to influence Ukraine’s domestic politics,” said Julia Kazdobina, head of the Ukrainian Foundation for Security Studies. READ MORE...

  • Blackburn Bill Would End Federal Funding to All Abortion Providers

    Blackburn Bill Would End Federal Funding to All Abortion Providers

    Newly elected Sen. Marsha Blackburn announced Thursday that she has introduced her first bill in the Senate, one that would end federal funding to all abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood.

    “Tennesseans and the American people do not want their tax dollars funding abortions,” Blackburn, R-Tenn., said in a statement posted on her Twitter page Friday.

    Blackburn, 66, was elected to the Senate on Nov. 6, beating Democrat Phil Bredesen, a former governor. She had previously represented Tennessee in the U.S. House since 2003, and before that, served in the state Senate. READ MORE...

  • Trump Shares Photo of ‘Strong and Beautiful’ Wall Design

    Trump Shares Photo of ‘Strong and Beautiful’ Wall Design

    President Donald Trump shared an image of a “very high, strong and beautiful” portion of wall on the U.S. border with Mexico via Twitter Friday.

    “The Fake News Media keeps saying we haven’t built any NEW WALL,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Below is a section just completed on the Border. Anti-climbing feature included. Very high, strong and beautiful! Also, many miles already renovated and in service!”

    The Fake News Media keeps saying we haven’t built any NEW WALL. Below is a section just completed on the Border. Anti-climbing feature included. Very high, strong and beautiful! Also, many miles already renovated and in service! pic.twitter.com/UAAGXl5Byr READ MORE...

  • What Ginsburg’s Absence From Supreme Court Means and What It Doesn’t

    What Ginsburg’s Absence From Supreme Court Means and What It Doesn’t

    The Supreme Court justices returned for the court’s first oral arguments of 2019 this week without America’s favorite octogenarian, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

    Seasoned litigators and Ginsburg fanatics alike were shocked by Chief Justice John Roberts’ announcement on Monday that Ginsburg would miss oral arguments.

    The announcement came less than three weeks after the Supreme Court issued a statement regarding Ginsburg having a procedure to remove from her left lung cancerous nodules, which had been discovered when she was treated for broken ribs following a fall in November. READ MORE...

  • During Trump Visit to Border, Slain Officers' Families Call for Border Wall

    During Trump Visit to Border, Slain Officers’ Families Call for Border Wall

    After his police officer brother, who had immigrated to the United States legally, was allegedly killed by an illegal immigrant, Reggie Singh says it’s time for the government to do whatever it takes to stop illegal immigration.

    “The way he was killed, what my family’s going through right now, I do not want any other family, law enforcement person to go through,” Singh said Thursday in McAllen, Texas, during a roundtable discussion led by President Donald Trump.

    Trump had spoken about the slaying of Newman, California, police officer Ronil Singh, 33, during his prime-time national television address Tuesday night. READ MORE...