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The Daily Signal… Get Involved Locally. You Might Just Save the Country, by Slade O’Brien
August 02, 2017 -- While much of the media focuses on lawmakers in
Washington clunking heads and getting little done, the common narrative
has been that change is a pipedream. But great change is afoot. They
just need to look outside Washington to find it. At the local and state
levels, citizen leaders, armed with a belief in economic freedom and
individual liberty, have experienced historic...
The Daily Signal… 5 Ways to Convince College Students That
Free Speech Matters,
Bruce Ashford - July 20, 2017 - In recent days, college students have
shouted down, pepper-sprayed, punched, and otherwise shut down the
campus guests whose ideas they considered offensive. The most prominent
recent cases have included Milo Yiannopoulos (University of California,
Berkeley), Charles Murray (Middlebury College), and Heather Mac Donald...
NPR Ed…We're All Born With Mathematical Abilities
(And Why That's Important),
Julie Dependbrock - August 1, 2017 - As an undergraduate at the
University of Arizona, Kristy vanMarle knew she wanted to go to grad
school for psychology, but wasn't sure what lab to join. Then, she saw
a flyer: Did you know that babies can count? "I thought, No way. Babies
probably can't count, and they certainly don't count the way that we
do," she says. But the seed...
The Daily Signal… Passing Out Copies of Constitution Could
Get You in Trouble at This College,
Christine Roe - August 01, 2017 - A college policy that led to the
arrests of a student and two supporters of a conservative group for
passing out copies of the Constitution on a Michigan campus is getting
its day in court. A lawyer with the First Amendment legal aid group
Alliance Defending Freedom was set to argue in court Tuesday for
suspension of the speech...
The Daily Signal… Shapiro, Carolla Call on Colleges to Teach
By Elle Rogers - July 28, 2017 - Instead of disinviting controversial
speakers, college administrators should model civil disagreement for
students, say Ben Shapiro and Adam Carolla. Shapiro, editor-in-chief of
The Daily Wire, and Carolla, a comedian and radio host, testified
Thursday before a joint subcommittee of the House Oversight and
The Daily Signal… Students File Lawsuit After School Denies
Pro-Life Club Approval
By Grace Carr -- July 14, 2017 -- A religious nonprofit organization is
suing Parkland School District in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, after
Parkland High School deemed a pro-life student club too controversial
and subsequently refused to approve its charter. The national public
interest law firm Thomas More Society filed a lawsuit against the
school district, high school...
The Daily Signal… Minimum Wage Hikes Are an Act of Cruelty,
by Walter E. Williams
July 12, 2017 -- There are political movements to push the federal
minimum hourly wage to $15. Raising the minimum wage has popular
support among Americans. Their reasons include fighting poverty,
preventing worker exploitation, and providing a living wage. For the
most part, the intentions behind the support for raising the minimum
wage are decent. But when we evaluate public policy, the effect...
The Daily Signal… Meet the Colorado Woman Training Teachers
to Use Guns to Stop School Violence,
Katrina Willis - July 07, 2017 - This fall, some Colorado teachers will
return to school armed with knowledge—and guns. Laura Carno, author of
“Government Ruins Nearly Everything: Reclaiming Social Issues from
Uncivil Servants,” is bringing advanced firearms training to school
teachers. “Can government stop school shooting...
NPR Ed… Think you can decipher fake news? Take the
Fake news has been on Maggie Farley's mind further back than 2016 when
President Trump brought the term into the vernacular. Farley, a veteran
journalist, says we've had fake news forever and that "people have
always been trying to manipulate information for their own ends," but
she calls what we're seeing now "Fake news with a capital F." In other
words: extreme in its ambition for financial gain or political power...
Heritage Foundation… Welfare Currently Punishes Work and
Marriage. This Bill Would End That.
Sen. Mike Lee - June 20, 2017 - There is much to celebrate in America
today. Americans are, on average, wealthier, healthier, and better
educated than we ever have been. We’ve made huge strides in civil
rights and racial equality. And we have access to technology that would
have awed past generations. But fundamentally, our culture and way of
life has undergone...
Getting the Opioid Epidemic Right,
June 29, 2017 - The numbers are staggering. Until about a month ago, we
had thought drug overdoses were responsible for some 52,000 American
lives in 2015. Now the most recent reporting reveals that number may be
closer to 60,000 in 2016. Think about that: We could now build the
equivalent of one Vietnam Memorial Wall a year given the carnage we are
The Daily Signal… Were Confederate Generals Traitors?
Walter E. Williams
June 28, 2017 - Some argued there should not be statues honoring
traitors such as Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and Jefferson Davis,
who fought against the Union. Victors of wars get to write the history,
and the history they write often does not reflect the facts. Let’s look
at some of the facts and ask: Did the South have a right to secede from...
How One Man Helped Propel the American
Revolution, Lee Edwards
July 03, 2017 - That the brilliant wordsmith Thomas Jefferson was the
principal author of the Declaration of Independence is indisputable,
but a lesser-known fact is that the man who played the indispensable
role in its adoption by the Continental Congress in July 1776 was John
Adams of Massachusetts, our second president. Jefferson later confirmed...
NPR ED… How To Pick Kids' Apps For The Backseat
This Summer, Anya Kamanetz
It's summer vacation season and many families will be lucky enough to
be heading off for at least a few days. At least half of parents say
quality time together is the most important reason to take a family
vacation, according to a national survey by the rental car company
Alamo. Still, there will inevitably be downtime: at airports, on
planes, trains or in the backseat. So one new travel necessity...
The Daily Signal… How a Family Doctor Works With Police to
Combat a Rural County’s Opioid Epidemic,
Josh Siegel - June 07, 2017 - COLEBROOK, N.H.—Bruce Latham, a lanky,
self-employed doctor, occupies a unique position in the depths of rural
New Hampshire’s opioid drug addiction crisis. As part of his practice
in Colebrook, a town of 2,300 in Coos County, Latham responds to pain
by prescribing opioid painkillers. He says he empathizes...
The Daily Signal… Without This Woman, America Might Not Have
a Bill of Rights, Sen. Mike Lee
May 30, 2017 - You didn’t log on to the internet or switch on cable
television in 1788 Boston to obtain breaking news of the Constitutional
Convention in Philadelphia. You hiked to the nearest tavern or
coffeehouse to pick up a copy of the latest newspaper to learn what—in
those days of rudimentary communication—passed for the latest news.
The Daily Signal… What Happens When We Don’t Raise Kids to
by Sen. Ben Sasse -- May 31, 2017 -- When I was little, mom would leave
detailed lists of chores on the kitchen counter each summer morning for
my siblings and me to complete before we could play baseball, ride
bikes, or go swimming. And when I arrived at college, basically
everyone with whom I became friends, a group from a wide range of
socioeconomic backgrounds, had also done real work growing up...
Federal News Radio… D-Day, plus 73, By Mike Causey
June 6, 2017 - Although World War II was truly global (and started well
before the U.S. got into it), two dates and places represent “the war”
for many Americans: Dec. 7, 1941, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor,
and June 6, 1944, the D-Day invasion at Normandy. Many other places in
Southeast Asia were attacked on December 7. And Americans (Brits,
The Daily Signal… The Meaning of Memorial Day, From the Civil
War On, Lee Edwards
May 26, 2017 - As we pause this Memorial Day to honor those who died so
that we might enjoy the blessings of liberty, here are some facts to
remember about the day and some inspiring words from a great president.
Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day, set aside to
decorate the graves of fallen Civil War soldiers. On the first...
The Daily Signal… The 1 Change the Government Could Make to
Drive Down College Prices,
Sen. Mike Lee - May 16, 2017 - Over the past 20 years, the price of
wireless service has fallen 46 percent, the price of software has
fallen 68 percent, the price of televisions has fallen 96 percent, and
the quality of these services and technologies has improved markedly.
But over that same time, the price of college tuition has risen 199
percent, and most parents...
New York Times… How Google Took Over the Classroom,
By Natasha Singer
Debate… Knowledgeable Citizens or Skilled Workers: The tech giant is
transforming public education with low-cost laptops and free apps. But
schools may be giving Google more than they are getting…. CHICAGO — The
sixth graders at Newton Bateman, a public elementary school here with a
classic red brick facade, know the Google drill. In...
USA Today… Her title is ‘Mommy,’ but remember, she’s
Monica, by John Siniff
My wife’s job can be brutal. Monica easily works 80 hours a week and is
on call 24/7. 3 a.m. intrusions are the norm. The demands of her job
change by the day, if not the hour. If she wants to get something done,
she generally has to do it herself. Her two direct reports don’t really
follow instructions, and they’ve been known to outright refuse her
requests while throwing fits. One of the two also slobbers...
The Daily Signal… Trump’s Agriculture Chief Tosses Out
Michelle Obama’s School Lunch Rules,
by Rachel del Guidice -- Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue signed a
proclamation to begin to undo federal standards that the Obama
administration placed on lunches in public schools and return those
decisions to local schools. “This announcement is the result of years
of feedback from students, schools, and food service experts about the
challenges they are facing in meeting...
The Daily Signal… Want to Communicate Well? Talk Like Jesus,
April 17, 2017 - It’s been more than a decade since the popular “What
Would Jesus Do” (WWJD) bracelets made their way onto the wrists of
every youth group kid across America, but in an age of political
division, the advancement of a secular society, and attacks on free
speech, I think it’s time to revisit what this sentiment means and how
we can apply it to our...
Utah Keeps the American Dream Alive, By Megan McArdle
There’s no getting around it: For a girl raised on the Upper West Side
of Manhattan, Salt Lake City is a very weird place. I went to Utah
precisely because it’s weird. More specifically, because economic data
suggest that modest Salt Lake City, population 192,672, does something
that the rest of us seem to be struggling with: It helps people move
upward from poverty. I went to Utah in search of the American Dream...
The Washington Post… The consequences of forcing young kids to
sit too long in class,
By Valerie Strauss -- March 17 -- On July 8, 2014, I published a post
titled “Why so many kids can’t sit still in school today” by Angela
Hanscom, a pediatric occupational therapist. Ever since then, the idea
has struck a chord with readers around the world, still drawing a big
audience along with some of the follow-up pieces Hanscom wrote. Why did
that story have such resonance...
Federal News Radio… Caution: When draining the swamp, remember,
it’s a very, very big swamp,
By Mike Causey -- March 20, 2017 -- The new A-team that is taking over
(slowly in some cases) top government jobs mostly has a business or
military background — former CEOs and generals who are being saluted.
And that lack of civilian government experience at the federal level
may not be a bad thing. Some operations, and some feds, may have to
reinvent themselves over the next few years...
The Daily Signal… Are You Really Pro-Liberty? Here Are a Few
Tests., Walter E. Williams
March 15, 2017 - Most Americans, whether liberal or conservative,
Democratic or Republican, do not show much understanding or respect for
the principles of personal liberty. We criticize our political leaders,
but we must recognize that their behavior simply reflects the values of
people who elected them to office. That means we are all to blame for
Where Credit Is Due: Leave Tuition Tax Credit Scholarship Options to
by Lindsey Burke -- February 21, 2017 -- The Trump administration is
reportedly considering working with Congress to establish a federal
tuition tax credit scholarship program. Such tuition tax credit
scholarship programs make sense at the state level, and have worked
well and grown in popularity over the past decade. They are now in
operation in some 17 states throughout the country. But...
Daily Signal… How to Win Friends and Influence People (on
Social Media), Beverly Hallberg
February 09, 2017 - Everyone has an opinion and they’re not afraid to
share it, which is both the beauty and tragedy of the internet—it
allows great access to information, but also erects a barrier to
civility. Though your name and likeness may be attached, you can hide
behind whatever profile you’ve created for yourself. In the words of
Federal News Radio… DC weather wimps salute snowbound America,
By Mike Causey
Normally by mid-February, if not before, people who live in the metro
Washington, D.C. area — in and outside the Beltway — are the laughing
stock of the nation. And that’s not because of POTUS de jour, or the
antics of politicians who folks back home send here to sometimes say or
do silly, even dangerous things. That’s not the problem. The problem,
Federal News Radio… Cutting the federal workforce is harder
than it sounds, By Jeff Neal
February 8, 2017 - The Trump administration and the Congress have been
talking about reducing the size of the federal workforce. Given that
the President and many members of Congress ran on a platform of doing
just that, it should not come as a surprise to anyone. Like many things
in life, this one is harder than it might appear to be. There are three
Federal News Radio… Frog’s-eye-view of life in D.C. swamp,
By Mike Causey
January 30, 2017 - When you run for president of the U.S., it is better
to be an outsider — like Jimmy Carter vs. Gerald Ford or Bill Clinton
vs. George H.W. Bush or Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton. Bashing
bureaucrats, Washington, all creatures who live inside its infamous
beltway, is by-and-large a good PR move. Some believe that before we
build a wall on the extended...
New Legislation Could Open Up Health Care
Options After an Obamacare Repeal,
Rachel del Guidice - Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., has introduced a bill in
the House that, if passed, will allow individuals to decide how they
want their health care funds to be spent, without the influence of the
government or health insurance providers. Brat said that the health
savings account legislation is a way for lawmakers to prove to the
American people that they...
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