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Obama's Misuse Of Special Operations Forces Has Led To Larger ISIS Threat
Heritage Foundation • Tuesday, Mar 15

President Barack Obama is misusing our most elite forces. Since the onset of the fight against the Islamic State (ISIS) The Heritage Foundation has called for a greater use of American Special Operations Forces (SOF). This includes the Navy SEALs, and Army Rangers. Special Operations Forces are designed to conduct high end, politically charged warfare, and to execute better than anyone in the world (which is what we need against ISIS). It seems that Obama has finally stated to heed...

Amid debate over labeling GM foods, most Americans believe they’re unsafe
Pew Research Center • Tuesday, Aug 11

The debate over the safety of genetically modified foods has put state lawmakers who favor requiring labeling of these products at odds with counterparts in Congress who oppose it. Americans’ concerns about GM foods are providing the backdrop: A majority of them believe such foods are generally unsafe to eat.The House last month passed a bill that would nullify any state laws that require labeling, dealing a blow to state lawmakers and advocates who support such a move. A similar...

Why the Pope Is Right about Nuclear Weapons
Center for the National Interest • Wednesday, Sep 30

In his wide-ranging address to the United Nations General Assembly in New York last week, Pope Francis delivered a powerful and notable call to action for governmental leaders to accelerate progress on steps to reduce and eliminate the grave threats posed by nuclear weapons to human life.The Pontiff said:An ethics and a law based on the threat of mutual destruction—and possibly the destruction of all mankind—are self-contradictory . . . There is urgent need to work for a world free...

The secret to Kalam’s popularity
American Enterprise Institute • Tuesday, Jul 28

How best to gauge India’s regard for A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, the former president who died of cardiac arrest on Monday at the age of 83? The government’s generous gesture—seven days of national mourning—only hints at its depth. The countless ordinary Indians on Twitter and Facebook who spontaneously swapped Kalam’s picture for their own provide a more meaningful measure.Kalam served a single five-year term, from 2002 to 2007, as India’s 11th president. He arguably left a deeper mark on...

RAND Review: November-December 2015
RAND Corporation • Monday, Oct 19

The cover story reports on efforts to help American veterans transition into the civilian workforce. A second, two-part feature on opioids looks first at the uptake of buprenorphine as a recovery drug that helps those addicted to heroin and prescription painkillers, and then at ways to combat poppy cultivation in Afghanistan, which supplies 90 percent of the world's opium. The Voices column features Rebecca Zimmerman's account of the experiences of frontline civilians —...

Obama Celebrates An LGBT Legacy That Seemed Unlikely When He Took Office
Heritage Foundation • Friday, Jun 17

Changes in the definition of marriage, open service in the military, and an expanded hate crimes law are some of the advancements for LGBT Americans that have become a key part of President Barack Obama’s legacy. “I am grateful for all that you’ve done to work with us to accomplish some amazing transformations over these last seven and a half years,” Obama told gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender activists gathered June 9 at the White House for an LGBT Pride Month...

Conservatives Committed to Preserving Traditional Marriage
Family Research Council • Friday, Jun 26

Today, Republican Study Committee (RSC) Chairman Bill Flores (R-TX) released the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges:   “Today the Supreme Court overstepped its authority in another unfortunate display of judicial activism. With the Constitution silent on the question of marriage, this issue should be decided by the American people – not an activist Court. Millions of Americans have voted to preserve...

Amidst Disappointing Job Growth, Men Gain 3 of 5 Jobs Added in September
Institute for Women's Policy Research • Saturday, Oct 3

According to an Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) analysis of the October employment report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), women gained 60,000 jobs and men gained 82,000 for a total of 142,000 jobs added in September. The overall unemployment rate remained steady at 5.1 percent in August and September.

White House Opens Restrooms Based On Gender Identity, But Not Sure Of Other Federal Buildings
Heritage Foundation • Thursday, Jun 30

The National Park Service says park visitors can use the restroom that matches their gender identity, but the White House isn’t sure whether the Obama administration is applying that policy to all federal government buildings. The decision on use of public restrooms under federal control might in fact be left to individual government agencies, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said today, although the policy at the White House itself is to allow use of the restroom of...

How Trumpism Went Global
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace • Monday, Mar 21

As tensions over Donald Trump’s political ascendency boil over into violence, many are wondering how a narcissistic, authoritarian-leaning demagogue has secured the inside track to becoming a major party’s nominee for president of the United States. Perry Cammack AssociateMiddle East Program More from this author... America’s Twenty-Five-Year Fiasco in...

Links And Quotes For Feb. 5, 2016: Uber Alienation, Millennial Entitlement, And More
American Enterprise Institute • Friday, Feb 5

The uber-loneliness of the sharing economy driver – The Guardian |  “UberPeople.net is a rudimentary and extremely popular message board for Uber drivers that serves as a sort of public water cooler. … [The founder of UberPeople.net] continued, ‘Uber is neither ‘rideshare’ nor the ‘sharing economy’. It’s the modern face of capitalism.'”Unleashing the Global Competitiveness of the US – RCM | “We now lag behind all countries except the U.K....

House Votes This Week On Common Sense Nutritional Disclosure Bill
Competitive Enterprise Institute • Monday, Feb 8

Many, if not most proposals that make their way through Congress seem to have comically unsuitable names. However, at the end of this week the House of Representatives is expected to vote on a plan to remove one onerous, unneeded Obamacare regulation. A little known provision within Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires retail food establishments with 20 or more locations to list calories for regular menu items it serves on all signs and printed menus. While consumers might benefit...

New Report: How Foreign Guns are Funneled through the United States to Mexico
Washington Office on Latin America • Wednesday, Jul 29

WOLA and the Violence Policy Center (VPC) are proud to announce the release of a new report that raises major questions about the number of firearms imported to the United States from elsewhere, only to end up in the hands of Mexican criminal organizations. The report, Gun Running Nation: How Foreign-Made Assault Weapons are Trafficked from the United States to Mexico and What to Do About...

What The Stanford Rape Case Reveals
Ethics and Public Policy Center • Thursday, Jun 9

The phone has been ringing off the hook at Judge Aaron Persky’s chambers at the Santa Clara County court for the past several days. “Tell your judge he can go to hell, and I hope his kids get raped and he rots in hell,” said one caller. The judge and members of his family have received death threats — which seems to be the way America rolls these days. Just a suggestion: If you disapprove of something strongly, consider the words shame, scandal, or debacle. Try not to commit a...

5 Economic Problems That The Next U.S. President Will Face
Center for the National Interest • Friday, Nov 27

The next president, regardless of ideology, would be wise to begin addressing the economic challenges of the coming decade long before arriving on Pennsylvania Avenue.1. The Federal Reserve’s “new normalizing”:Regardless of when interest rates rise and by how much, the next president will face a less accommodative monetary policy. On the surface, a moderately tighter policy stance from the Fed would be a positive for an incoming president: a modestly tighter stance typically...

Study Reveals Education Decline Across Immigrant Generations
Center for Immigration Studies • Wednesday, Jul 6

Deeply ingrained in American mythology is the notion that succeeding generations of immigrants always do better than their forefathers. This belief is predicated on the success that descendants of last century's great wave of immigration achieved. While researchers have pointed out that that success was often slow and the result of specific historical forces, most importantly a 40-year period of significantly reduced immigration, it has nonetheless become romanticized and held up...

Get Ready: China Could Build New Artificial Islands Near India
Center for the National Interest • Wednesday, Jul 29

There are growing fears, particularly in India, that China may soon launch an island reclamation project in the Indian Ocean.The fears stem from a constitutional amendment passed by the small archipelagic nation of Maldives last week, which for the first time allows foreign ownership of Maldives territory. Specifically, the constitutional amendment allows foreigners who invest over $1 billion to own land, provided that at least 70 percent of the land is reclaimed from the sea.Since...

Surveillance In The Cyber Sphere
American Institute for Contemporary German Studies • Friday, Jul 1

Hours after the Orlando shooting, the world knew where Omar Mateen had taken his cell phone in the days and months before the massacre. To Disney World with his son, to the Pulse Club on multiple occasions alone, and to a Disney Springs shopping and entertainment center the day before the attack. Investigators hope that his cell phone, and the tower data released by his phone company, could provide vital digital clues about his motives. Is the encryption and surveillance debate now...

Sanctions Relief in the Iran Deal: Not Solely Nuclear
Bipartisan Policy Center • Friday, Jul 17

Throughout negotiations with Iran, the position of the United States has consistently been that it would only lift “nuclear-related” sanctions as part of a final agreement. Given the complexity of the U.S. sanctions regime and numerous overlapping reasons for which sanctions have been placed on Iran, distinguishing between those measures which are and are not “nuclear-related” will pose a significant challenge to the deal’s implementation. An in-depth look at The Joint...

Links and quotations for October 1, 2015: Presidential money maps and BlaBlaCar, Europe’s version of Uber
American Enterprise Institute • Thursday, Oct 1

With the latest fundraising numbers reported in today from presidential candidates, a quick look at how they’ve done up to this point. That, how Twitter predicts your income level, Mark Zuckerberg waivers on free speech and censorship in Germany, and an introduction to BlaBlaCar, Europe’s translation of Uber.Bosses Bribe Workers to Take Vacation in Healing U.S. Job Market – BloombergStudy: Racially charged hate crimes go up as broadband expands – Ars...

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