Category Archives: National Issues

Senators warm to immigration deal as shutdown solution

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Lawmakers are opening the door to reviving deeply polarizing immigration negotiations as they search for a way out of the partial government shutdown, which hit the two-week mark on Friday.

An agreement to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws has eluded Congress for years, underscoring the difficult path awaiting lawmakers and the White House if they decide to broaden the divisive border wall fight.

But with President Trump and congressional Democrats at a stalemate with no signs of reaching an agreement to reopen roughly 25 percent of the government, making immigration reform part of the negotiations is gaining traction among senators on both sides of the aisle who are eager for a way out of the shutdown.

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Electromagnetic Pulse Would Devastate Our Power Grid. Here Are 3 Steps We Must Take Now.

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The Air Force released its 2018 Electromagnetic Defense Task Force report last week, which concluded that an electromagnetic pulse—generated either by a nuclear weapon or solar flare—could cripple systems that rely on the electromagnetic spectrum.

The report echoes a recent Heritage Foundation assessment that warns the United States is ill-prepared for such an event.

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Army is testing rifles that fire as powerfully as a tank

American Military News, , December 14, 2018

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By 2020, the Army plans to start using new 6.8mm rifles that are said to be “better than any weapon on earth today, by far.”

Army Chief of Staff. Gen. Mark Milley said the new assault rifle “will tear through any body armor with the pressure of a battle tank, strike from unprecedented ranges, and withstand the rigors of weather, terrain and soldier use,” Fox News reported.

The Army claims that the 6.8mm rifle will be a huge upgrade to the outdated M16 and M4 weapons in terms of capabilities.

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Climate Scientist Says Global Warming Not Among the ‘Real Problems’ Behind California Wildfires

A firefighter keeps watching the wildfire burning near a freeway in Simi Valley, California, on Nov. 12. (Photo: Chine Nouvelle/SIPA/Newscom)

Despite what Democratic California Gov. Jerry Brown and environmentalists say, man-made global warming is not a big factor in the wildfires raging across California, according to a veteran climate scientist.

University of Washington climate scientist Cliff Mass, no skeptic of global warming, said blaming California’s deadliest wildfire on a changing climate “has little grounding in fact or science.”

“Global warming is a profoundly serious threat to mankind, but it has little impact [on] the Camp Fire and many of the coastal California fires of the past few years,” Mass wrote on his blog Tuesday.

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The Return of the $4 Billion Electricity Tax

TPPF, By Bill Peacock|November 16, 2018
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Most people don’t like to compete.

Athletes sometimes doctor their equipment to gain an edge in winning their games. Politicians gerrymander their districts rather than compete with their opponents for votes.

In the case of businesses, many of them go to the government get more profits from taxpayers than they could by competing for consumers. This is happening in the Texas electricity market today.

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Federal renewable energy subsidies reduce reliability, hinder the market

By Cutter González|November 2, 2018   
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The coming year could be a watershed moment for energy policy in the United States. The infamous Production Tax Credit (PTC), a federal subsidy for renewable energy, is set to expire, marking a potential step toward more reliable energy, a freer market and a change in the energy production landscape for the better — should we allow it.

The PTC is a $24-per-megawatt-hour credit based on production rather than demand. That means those who produce renewable energy can receive the credit regardless of whether or not that electricity is actually needed. The incentive is so immense that at peak hours of output, wind producers can actually pay retail electric providers, the companies that deliver the energy to homes and businesses, to take their product.

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Yes, Democrats, It’s a Mob

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Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder addresses the Human Rights Campaign dinner in Washington, D.C., Sept. 15, 2018. (Photo: Yuri Gripas/Reuters/Newscom)

Former Attorney General Eric Holder believes that Michelle Obama was wrong when she famously advised, “When they go low, we go high.” Rather, he told Democrats at a gathering in Georgia, “When they go low, we kick them.”

If Holder had been honest, he would have said, “When they win a presidency via the constitutionally mandated route and the duly elected president nominates a Supreme Court justice with a 12-year exceptional record on the bench and then the duly elected Senate follows all the rules and precedents set by Democrats—offering numerous hearings and investigations along the way—and confirms that nominee, we kick them, because we’re frustrated.”

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How ‘Diversity Ideology’ Killed the University and Is Infecting America

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When we think of institutions that shape our nation’s future, many often think of Congress and the White House, but it was John Maynard Keynes, the British economist, who said that a great deal of the change we see in politics and in society at large actually starts with professors, academics, people he called “scribblers a few years back.” Heather Mac Donald is the Thomas W. Smith fellow at the Manhattan Institute and author of the new book “The Diversity Delusion: How Race and Gender Pandering Corrupt the University and Undermine Our Culture”–and someone who’s been studying and writing about that very thing. This is a transcript of an interview on the Sept. 20 episode of The Daily Signal podcast. It was edited for length, style, and clarity.

Daniel Davis: Heather, a typical observer these days who maybe has been around the United States for a couple decades sees a lot of disturbing changes in recent years: new pushes for identity politics, new racial tension, battles over diversity.

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Who were the first six Supreme Court justices?

Constitution Daily, by NCC Staff, February 1, 2018

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It was on this day in 1790 that the United States Supreme Court opened for business. The court back then bared little resemblance to the current one, but it certainly had some interesting characters.

The original six, and not nine justices, included a Chief Justice who became the most-hated man in America for a time; a justice who didn’t want to the serve despite the Senate’s confirmation; and another justice who literally jumped into Charleston Bay when he lost his seat on the bench.

The first business of the First Congress was to establish a law setting up the Supreme Court. The framers had made provisions for the court in Article III, Section 1, of the Constitution, but it took the Judiciary Act of 1789 to make the court a reality.

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Gun Talk Saves a Hero’s Life

The American Rifleman, by Frank Miniter – Tuesday, September 11, 2018 

Greg Stube doesn’t remember what he said when, in the throes of battle—he just asked someone, anyone, on his A-Team of Green Berets to take out the Taliban fighter shooting at him from behind. But he knows that what happened next changed him forever. Later, after being grievously wounded, and as he struggled to stay conscious, and therefore alive, he does remember what he said and why it matters to him to this day. Finally, in the effort to get up from what was almost his deathbed, he learned something even more profound from a few decisive conversations.

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