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French Malaise Over This Sunday’s Election Cuts Across Party Lines

PARIS—After three years under a state of national emergency in France due to terrorism, it is no longer extraordinary to observe armed military patrols weaving among the hordes of fanny-packed, selfie-stick-wielding tourists below the Eiffel Tower. Similarly, an army squad with weapons drawn on the Renaissance-era Cours Mirabeau in the southern city of Aix-en-Provence on Wednesday hardly drew a single turned head from the scores of cafe revelers enjoying the shaded sidewalk terraces. On Monday on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, where an Islamist militant killed 86 people with a truck on July 14, 2016, runners, cyclists, pedestrians, and street performers nonchalantly weaved around a fireteam of army soldiers who were clad in body armor and had their fingers resting on the trigger guards of their assault rifles. France has been … Read entire article »

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Is the White House Embracing Human Rights in US Foreign Policy?

With the myriad U.S. interests at stake in foreign policy, where exactly do human rights fit in? Secretary of State Rex Tillerson spoke to this question on Wednesday while discussing the role of values in U.S. foreign policy decision-making. Now I think it’s important to also remember that guiding all of our foreign policy actions are our fundamental values: our values around freedom, human dignity, the way people are treated. Those are our values. Those are not our policies; they’re values. And the reason it’s important, I think, to keep that well understood is policies can change. They do change. They can change … Our values never change. Tillerson’s remarks suggest that human rights will be a component of the Trump administration’s foreign policy paradigm. As in past administrations, U.S. engagement with foreign nations … Read entire article »

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Find Out Which Republicans Voted Against House’s Obamacare Replacement Bill

The House of Representatives voted by a razor-thin 217-213 to pass Republicans’ revised Obamacare replacement bill and move it to the Senate, where more changes are expected. House Speaker Paul Ryan needed 216 votes to pass the legislation, and 20 GOP members voted no Thursday along with all 193 Democrats. BREAKING NEWS ? The House of Representatives just voted to #RepealAndReplace #Obamacare. pic.twitter.com/yu35Qr8YjC — Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) May 4, 2017 Immediately after the roll call vote concluded around 2:30 p.m., House Republicans began boarding buses to head to a celebratory event at the White House. BREAKING ? The House of Representatives just voted to #RepealAndReplace #Obamacare. pic.twitter.com/KXQQfcGOhc — Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) May 4, 2017 The 20 Republican House members who voted no included Andy Biggs of Arizona, Mike Coffman of Colorado, Barbara Comstock of Virginia, Ryan Costello of Pennsylvania, … Read entire article »

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The House Acts on Obamacare. Time for the Senate to Follow Suit.

By passing the American Health Care Act by a vote of 217-213, the U.S. House of Representatives has taken a major step in the process of repealing and replacing Obamacare. It’s now time for the Senate to act. In paving the way for successful House floor action, the House Rules Committee adopted an amendment enabling states to reverse the upward trajectory of premiums in their health insurance markets. As Heritage analysts have argued, the right policy is to liberate states from Obamacare’s insurance mandates. This is a step in that direction. New Jersey Rep. Tom MacArthur’s amendment would give the secretary of health and human services the authority to grant a waiver to states that wanted an exemption from costly Obamacare rating rules and benefit mandates. In order to secure a waiver from these federal … Read entire article »

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Conservative Agricultural Policy Certainly Doesn’t Include Central Planning and Cronyism

The taxpayer-subsidized “safety net” for agricultural producers represents a long-standing policy failure that would make a Soviet central planner blush. The current “safety net” doesn’t just protect farmers from major crop losses, such as from recent snowstorms in the Midwest. Instead, it’s a system to ensure agricultural producers, primarily large agribusinesses, are given handouts when they merely don’t do as well as they had hoped. Legislators, including self-proclaimed conservatives, have allowed insiders to maintain a web of handouts that are inconsistent with conservatism. That understates the case though. The system is inconsistent with any remote belief in capitalism; it is consistent with a strong belief in central planning and cronyism. >>> Read the report: Farms and Free Enterprise: A Blueprint for Agricultural Policy This needs to change in the next farm bill, but it will … Read entire article »

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Confirmed: Jonathan Gruber STILL thinks everybody’s stupid

Confirmed: Jonathan Gruber STILL thinks everybody’s stupid

**Written by Doug Powers Jonathan Gruber, of “stupidity of the American voter” infamy, actually wrote this: And he doubled down on Sunday: With Ringling Bros. circus shutting down at least one clown has been forced to go free range. **Written by Doug Powers Twitter @ThePowersThatBe … Read entire article »

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