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This Rehab Center Lifts Men and Women from Hopelessness of Poverty to Homeownership

Recovering addict Leann Lecik says her problems all began when she had surgery in the mid-2000s. The former pharmaceutical representative and national sales consultant was prescribed a pain medication during her recovery, and an ugly addiction soon kicked in. Lecik says she began abusing the pills, then drinking heavily. The Michigan native eventually was charged with driving under the influence. The court ordered her to attend several rehabilitation programs, where she got clean. In an interview with The Daily Signal, Lecik says she stayed sober for four years before she relapsed. She met her the man who would become her husband at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting and, at age 39, became pregnant. After her cesarean section in early 2013, a doctor sent her home with a prescription for the opioid Dilaudid, and she descended … Read entire article »

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On ISIS, Barack Obama Refuses to Lead

Following the ISIS attacks on Paris, to say that President Obama looks weak on the world stage would be an understatement. And Monday’s performance at the G-20 summit in Antalya, Turkey, was an embarrassment. In tone, his remarks were defiant, arrogant, and dismissive. In substance, he offered no ideas or proposals for combating the ISIS threat. Indeed, he openly rejected the idea that America should lead, saying: But what I’m not interested in doing is posing or pursuing some notion of American leadership or America winning, or whatever other slogans they come up with that have no relationship to what is actually going to work to protect the American people, and to protect people in the region who are getting killed, and to protect our allies and people like France. I’m too busy for … Read entire article »

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Tunisia Is Now a Hot Spot for ISIS Recruitment. How the US Could Help Change That.

In Tunisia, the one nation progressing in the struggle to build a democracy from the Arab Spring revolutions, the governing party of President Beji Caid Essebsi has fractured. On Sunday, more than a third of the legislators from the Nidaa Tounes party resigned their membership, in a leadership dispute that the dissidents say is largely about nepotism and corruption. The schism increases political uncertainties for Essebsi’s government. This dispute underscores the need for the United States to revitalize its engagement with Tunisia, where a stable, free-market democracy is central to U.S. interests in North Africa and the Middle East. Five years after a despairing Tunisian street vendor, Mohammed Bouazizi, set himself on fire and ignited the Arab Spring, Tunisia’s progress toward that democracy has been impressive, but its success is not assured. Tunisia’s ability to … Read entire article »

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Why Isn’t ISIS Afraid Attacking West Will Lead to Invasion of Its Middle East Regions?

ISIS, Russia, Iran, and China all share a common concern: the United States. In short, it’s a problem. As conventional states, three of them have a view of how the world ought to be organized, but America stands in their way. They all also have the same idea—to win without fighting. Of the four, ISIS has shown that it is the least risk-averse. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his boys have sent clear signals they are willing to bloody the other side and risk America’s wrath. Likely as not, ISIS believes that the caliphate can get away with it. Of course, in a way, ISIS is already fighting the rest of the world. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., noted in a recent interview that “we have done about 8,000” bombing runs against the caliphate. Further, the … Read entire article »

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It’s Time to Stop Laughing at the Idea of Returning to Gold Standard

During the last Republican debate, Senator Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, Mike Huckabee, and Senator Rand Paul all waded into monetary policy, a hot topic since the 2008 crisis. Predictably, the last few days have seen a flurry of news articles attacking their views. Some of these stories, such as Greg Ip’s, are quite thoughtful. But on balance, they are too dismissive of legitimate policy issues. One critique landed on the Politico Wrongometer, but it definitely shouldn’t have. After one candidate suggested monetary policy was too tight in 2008, the Wrongometer responded as follows: But what did the Fed do in 2008? It wasn’t tightening money. The Fed actually cut rates repeatedly in 2008. Some economists have argued policy makers didn’t cut rates fast enough given the economic conditions. But that’s only “tightening” if you measure it against the demand for liquidity and … Read entire article »

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Could We Soon Be 3D Printing, Not Cooking, Thanksgiving Dinner?

Just this month, 3D Systems in Los Angeles, Calif., opened “their new culinary innovation center, the 3DS Culinary Lab … a first-of-its-kind workshop kitchen where avant-garde culinary experts and artists can experiment with the latest in 3D printed food innovations.” That’s one step (for man) closer to cranking out a turkey feast with all the trimmings. 3D printing is a wedding between computing and manufacturing—a process for creating three-dimensional solid objects from a digital file. This is often called an “additive” manufacturing process. “In an additive process an object is created by laying down successive layers of material until the entire object is created,” explains 3DPrinting.com. “Each of these layers can be seen as a thinly sliced horizontal cross-section of the eventual object.” These technologies are already beginning to transform the manufacturing processes in many industries. When it comes to … Read entire article »

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Some States Talk About Border Security. Arizona Is Taking Action.

While the presidential candidates clash over how to handle illegal immigration and border security, Arizona is doing something about it. When Doug Ducey ran for governor, he made doing something about all the illegal activity on the border with Mexico a cornerstone of his campaign. Since taking office, he has made a high-profiled effort to deliver. His latest move? According to news reports, the governor has ordered “ the Arizona Department of Public Safety to create a border strike force comprised of state troopers who will help law enforcement agencies along the Mexican border respond to crimes.” There are lots of reasons why what Ducey is doing makes a lot of sense. While securing the border is a federal responsibility and a core mission of the Department of Homeland Security, states have a vested interest in seeing that … Read entire article »

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Are Unions Losing Their Grip in West Virginia?

West Virginia may well become the next right-to-work state. Bill Cole—the state-Senate president and probable GOP gubernatorial nominee—has made passing right-to-work legislation a top priority. However, Cole didn’t bring it up for hearings or a vote in this year’s legislative session. At the time, liberal groups celebrated the fact that right-to-work was bumped from the agenda. That changed Sunday. The West Virginia legislature held an out-of-session hearing on right-to-work. Witnesses testified that making union dues voluntary attracts jobs and investment, tends to reduce union membership, and has little effect on wages. Since the legislature is out of session, the committee could only take testimony. Yet it seems almost certain the legislature will put right-to-work on its agenda when it reconvenes in January. Supporters have good reasons to hope for passage. Republicans in the … Read entire article »

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Reuters Agrees to Correct Questionable Abortion Statistic

A spokeswoman for Reuters told The Daily Signal that the news agency will issue a correction after distributing a misleading statistic on self-induced abortion in Texas. Reuters’ original report suggested that the rate of self-induced abortions has increased in Texas since the state passed a ban on abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. “We are issuing a correction on the story and are looking into the error,” the spokeswoman for the wire service told The Daily Signal. At least several news outlets published the questionable statistic regarding the legislation, known as HB 2 and signed into law by then-Gov. Rick Perry, a Republican.  The Texas law, besides prohibiting abortion after 20 weeks, put in place new regulations on abortion clinics—such as requiring physicians performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles. The statistic comes from a study by the Texas … Read entire article »

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We Can’t Afford the Latest Budget Deal

On November 2, President Barack Obama signed the Bipartisan Budget Act (BBA), which passed Congress with 233 Democrats and 97 Republicans voting in its favor. Enactment of the BBA was a historic event. For the first time in modern history, Congress granted a president unlimited borrowing authority for nearly an entire term in office. The last statutory limit that constrained how much new debt the Treasury Department could issue expired just 15 days into Obama’s second term. During his presidency, the federal debt has soared, to the point that it now exceeds the size of our economy. Now, with the BBA in the books, the federal debt can continue to grow unchecked for the rest of Obama’s tenure. Many Republicans who voted for the BBA claimed that raising the debt limit was necessary. … Read entire article »

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How the NYPD Works to Counter Terror Threats

As we saw in Paris and Mali, local law enforcement officers are on the front line of defense against terror. Now that ISIS is threatening similar attacks here at home, police should have a keen understanding of what happened there to inform their efforts here. A unique program devised by the New York City Police Department aims to do just that. Not satisfied that the FBI (or other federal agencies) would sufficiently share information about foreign incidents with NYPD, then-Commissioner Ray Kelly established his own overseas program in 2003. In his recent memoir, Kelly reflected on his decision to stand up the program in the wake of 9/11: “The terrorists knew no national boundaries. Why should the New York City police?” The terrorists knew no national boundaries. Why should the New York … Read entire article »

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Student Protesters React to Paris: ‘Pay More Attention to Us’

Millions of people worldwide were horrified to learn that Paris had been attacked by terrorists. But some supporters of the student protests at the University of Missouri had a unique reason for their dismay: outrage over what had happened in France was taking the spotlight off their grievances. “Wow, all this ruckus on the news and on social media about Paris in ANOTHER COUNTRY, but nothing about #Mizzou in AMERICA,” read one tweet reported on by the Daily Caller. “I see a lot of celebrities posting about Paris and nothing about #Mizzou,” another whined. And those are the less profane reactions. Never mind that the protests at Mizzou and other campuses had dominated the news for days at that point, right? Or that a large-scale terrorist attack on a major American ally … Read entire article »

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Democrat Legislator, a Self-Proclaimed ‘Spy,’ Wants to Destroy ALEC

MADISON, Wis.—It’s pretty clear that state Rep. Chris Taylor doesn’t much care for the American Legislative Exchange Council and its limited-government, free-market principles. But now the Madison Democrat and self-described anti-ALEC spy wants to put regulatory chains on the organization for doing what Taylor’s left-leaning allies freely do every day. Taylor is the author of the “ALEC Transparency Act,” legislation driven directly by her loathing of the model legislation group, a proposal that on its face appears to be unconstitutional. It would “require organizations like ALEC” to register and report their “lobbying activities” in the legislature. It would seem that organizations such as the State Innovation Exchange, also known as SiX, the liberal answer to ALEC, would be bound by the same restrictions. So, too, would a long list of other tax-exempt nonprofits, such … Read entire article »

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The Islamic State Will Thrive Only as Long as the US Lets It

For almost two generations, since Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution, self-proclaimed jihadis have been fighting to re-establish Islamic supremacy and domination in the world. Leaders of the nations they have been targeting have regarded them as a problem—but mostly not as dangerous enemies who must be decisively defeated. And so their numbers have grown and their ability to project power has increased. The Islamic State, an al-Qaeda splinter that arose after America’s withdrawal from Iraq in 2011, was quick to take responsibility for last week’s carnage in Paris. This follows by less than a year its attacks on Charlie Hebdo and a French Jewish supermarket. Also attributed to the Islamic State: a double suicide-bombing in Beirut on Thursday and, in October, a bombing in Ankara and the blowing up of a Russian passenger … Read entire article »

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Cartoon: The Real J.V. Team

Jim DeMint wrote earlier this week on President Obama’s leadership: On Nov. 12, President Barack Obama said of ISIS: “What is true is that from the start, our goal has been first to contain, and we have contained them.” On Nov. 13, ISIS-connected terrorists left 129 people dead and 352 wounded in Paris. ISIS naturally dominated Obama’s Monday press conference at the G20 summit in Turkey. Yet although the president used the words “leader” and “leadership” fourteen times, the concept was, ironically, absent from his remarks. Speaking with as much passion as an instructional video on waste reclamation, he doubled down on his legacy of inaction, infighting, and incompetence. The first question came from a reporter for Agence France-Presse: “The equation has clearly changed. Isn’t it time for your strategy to change?” The president responded, … Read entire article »

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Harry Reid (D-Espicable) preemptively blames Republicans and NRA for the next terrorist attack in the U.S.

**Written by Doug Powers Senator Harry Reid (D-Espicable) has said he’ll block a bill that passed the House yesterday with a veto-proof majority that would intensify screenings on refugees entering the United States. Instead of tightening down those “loopholes,” Reid would rather set things up so the Dems can blame the GOP and NRA for any Paris-style attacks in the U.S.: Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) slammed Republicans Friday, suggesting they are prioritizing their support for the National Rifle Association (NRA) at the expense of national security. “Republicans care more about kowtowing to the NRA than preventing terrorists from legally buying assault rifles and explosives like the ones used in the Paris attacks here in America,” Reid said in a statement. “Shockingly, Republicans continue to preserve a loophole that allows FBI terror … Read entire article »

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When It Comes to Security Preparedness, the TSA Needs Improvements From Congress

As we approach the holiday season, one thing that many Americans will have in common is travel. In light of recent high-profile mistakes, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) needs to make some serious changes to security methodology. The TSA has already taken some steps to better manage risks at airports. It cut back on the “managed inclusion” program that allowed individuals to enter the TSA PreCheck lines without being fully vetted. Despite congressional concern, however, they have still yet to completely cancel the program. Beyond such measures, however, Congress should make significant reforms to the TSA. One area in which the TSA can improve its protection of passengers is by strengthening their last line of defense—Federal Air Marshalls (FAMs) and Federal Flight Deck Officers (FFDOs). As famously portrayed by Liam Neeson in Non-Stop, … Read entire article »

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‘These Are Tyrannical Students’: What a Former Harvard Professor Thinks of College Protests

Watching student protests spread like wildfire across college campuses nationwide, a former Harvard Law School professor of 50 years is speaking out, warning that students are “moving to the absurd,” and faculty and administrators are doing nothing to stop it. “It’s gotten to the point where it is so abused and so hypocritical, and yet nobody is concerned,” Alan Dershowitz told The Daily Signal in a phone interview. “After 50 years of teaching at Harvard, I have never met a less courageous group of people than tenured faculty.” The last thing administrators or faculty want to do is get into fights with minority students, because then they’re perceived as being racists and sexists and homophobes, and these are epithets that are hard to respond to. So it’s much easier to go with … Read entire article »

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‘We Witnessed the Horror’: 15 Comments From Band’s Facebook Post After the Paris Attacks

Fans responded with emotion as Eagles of Death Metal, an American hard rock band, posted the first lengthy statement since the terrorist attack during its Nov. 13 concert at the Bataclan theater in Paris. Mark Backwell, a fan who said he traveled from London to hear the band and escaped with nine friends, some injured, expressed gratitude on Facebook to a woman—a stranger—who stopped the bleeding from a bullet wound in his arm. “She was a marvel,” he said. “While the band is now home safe, we are horrified and still trying to come to terms with what happened in France,” the California band wrote on Facebook. The Islamic State’s attacks in Paris left 129 dead and hundreds wounded. Terrorists, whose gunfire interrupted the band’s show, killed 89 men and women at the Bataclan concert hall, the … Read entire article »

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Congress Is Finally Considering Real Criminal Justice Reform

I was recently bemoaning the fact that mens rea reform was not part of the various proposals that were being considered in the House and the Senate under the rubric of criminal justice reform, and that what was really being discussed was criminal sentencing reform. Well, I need lament no longer. This week, significant mens rea reform bills were introduced in both the House and the Senate Judiciary Committees. Both bills would set a default mens rea standard for federal criminal laws that lack such a standard. It’s about time. As I have previously written, there is a pressing need for such legislation. While sentencing reform addresses how long offenders should be incarcerated, mens rea reform addresses those who should not be convicted of crimes in the first place. Mens rea, which … Read entire article »

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