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This Ukrainian Regiment Began With Civilian Volunteers. Now It’s Going Pro.

URZUF, Ukraine—At the Azov Regiment’s base in this beach resort town on the Sea of Azov coast, you can sometimes hear the sounds of shelling from the front lines, which are about 42 miles east of here, toward the Russian border. Yet, on this blustery summer day in late August, tourists are out swimming on the public beach down below the military base—even though it’s a little cold out and there’s a war 45 minutes away by car. Even in war, after all, life goes on. Those intrepid tourists are enjoying the last few days of summer before students go back to school on Sept. 1. As summer fades to a close before the new school year, the war was also supposed to end on Sept. 1 as part of a “back … Read entire article »

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Conservative Lawmakers: Hiking Debt Ceiling Is ‘Wasted Opportunity’ If Passed Without Reforms

With the Treasury set to be unable to continue borrowing more Sept. 29, due to the debt limit, conservative lawmakers are looking ahead to what they should do. “This is my third summer in Congress and it’s the same song and dance every year,” Rep. Mark Walker, chairman of the Republican Study Committee, a caucus of conservative lawmakers in the House of Representatives, told The Daily Signal in a phone interview. The debt limit, or debt ceiling, is how much the nation can borrow. Walker, a Republican from North Carolina, added: We understand the ramifications of not raising the debt ceiling, but if we’re going to do that, then why not attach it to some long-term reforms? Not for the sake of just checking the box, but as Republican members to … Read entire article »

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The Absurd Reasoning a Clinton-Appointed Judge Used to Strike Down Sanctuary City Law

A federal judge in San Antonio appointed by President Bill Clinton, Orlando Garcia, has issued a temporary restraining order against portions of Texas’ new sanctuary city law. SB 4, which was set to take effect on Sept. 1, outlawed sanctuary policies by Texas counties, cities, and municipalities. This order is wrong on two levels: It interferes with the prerogatives of a state government, and it misinterprets federal immigration law. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton as well as Gov. Greg Abbott (the state’s former attorney general) have already announced that they intend to appeal to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. As Garcia explains, SB 4 (which applies to illegal aliens already arrested or lawfully detained) does four things. It prohibits local government entities from preventing their police officers from: 1) Checking the immigration … Read entire article »

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‘Gone With the Wind’ Is Now Too Controversial to Play in Theaters

The Daily Signal’s Facebook Live show “Top 10” features the top news stories of the week, many of which often go underreported by the mainstream media. This week, the film for which the first African-American won an Oscar for, “Gone With the Wind,” is now deemed “too controversial” to play in theaters. And an Indiana elementary school teacher told her students not to say God in class—and parents were outraged. We also bring you some of the heroic acts from Hurricane Harvey—demonstrating America at its best. We covered all of this and much more on this week’s top 10 must-see moments. Check out the video. The post ‘Gone With the Wind’ Is Now Too Controversial to Play in Theaters appeared first on The Daily Signal. … Read entire article »

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Texas to Fight on After Federal Judge’s Sanctuary Ruling

A Texas case, in which a federal judge halted the state’s crackdown on sanctuary cities, could serve as a test case for federal sanctions on such municipalities, an immigration law expert said. U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia ruled Wednesday that the part of the Texas law requiring cities to assist federal immigration officials was unconstitutional, and put a temporary halt on the law. Currently, Chicago and San Francisco are suing the Justice Department over a threat to withhold grants from sanctuary cities. “These are two separate legal questions,” Art Arthur, a former federal immigration judge and immigration counsel for the House Judiciary Committee, told The Daily Signal. “These cases are all politically motivated.” Arthur anticipates the district court ruling will be overturned. “I expect certain aspects of the injunction will be reversed after review by … Read entire article »

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New Study on Electricity Grid Suggests the Need for Market Reforms

The Department of Energy recently released its much-anticipated report on electricity markets and grid reliability. Much like the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor boxing match, the main event was compelling but completely overhyped. But despite the unnecessary politicization, the study does provide useful information that federal and state policymakers should leverage to implement market-oriented reforms in the electricity industry. Before diving into the findings and policy recommendations of the report, let’s take a step back to remember how we got here. In an April 2017 memo, Energy Secretary Rick Perry requested a study examining the country’s electricity markets and reliability. Before any analysts at the Energy Department or contractors had time to put pen to paper, the report was attacked from all angles. Democratic senators called it a “thinly disguised attempt” to promote coal … Read entire article »

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23 Powerful Photos of Harvey Rescues This Week

23 Powerful Photos of Harvey Rescues This Week

The disaster in Texas brought out the best in us this week. These 24 moving photos prove it: (Photo: Juan DeLeon/Icon Sportswire/Newscom) (Photo: Juan DeLeon/Icon Sportswire/Newscom) (Photo: F. Carter Smith/Polaris/Newscom) (Photo: Michael Stravato/Polaris/Newscom) (Photo: Michael Stravato/Polaris/Newscom) (Photo: Reuters/Adrees Latif/Newscom) (Photo: Reuters/Nick Oxford/Newscom) (Photo: Reuters/Jonathan Bachman/Newscom) (Photo: Reuters/Jonathan Bachman/Newscom) (Photo: Reuters/Rick Wilking/Newscom) (Photo: Reuters/Rick Wilking/Newscom) (Photo: Reuters/Jonathan Bachman) (Photo: Reuters/Carlo Allegri/Newscom) (Photo: Reuters/Rick Wilking/Newscom) (Photo: Song Qiong/Xinhua/Sipa USA/Newscom) (Photo: Jimmy/Aftonbladet/IBL via ZUMA Wire/Newscom) (Photo: Martha Nigrelle/Planet Pix via ZUMA Wire/Newscom) (Photo: San Antonio Express-News via ZUMA Wire/Newscom) (Photo: Reuters/Carlo Allegri/Newscom) (Photo: REUTERS/Rick Wilking/Newscom) (Photo: Reuters/Adrees Latif/Newscom) (Photo: Michael … Read entire article »

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Spewing Outrage at Voter Fraud Commission, Judge and Media Miss Facts

Once you know the facts, the latest narrative painting President Donald Trump’s Election Integrity Advisory Commission as a shady group refusing to make its documents public falls apart. Let me backtrack. Here is the key section from a Washington Post article published Aug. 30: U.S. District Judge Colleen ­Kollar-Kotelly of Washington said the Election Integrity Commission released only an agenda and proposed bylaws before its first meeting at the White House complex last month. But once gathered, commissioners had thick binders that included documents the public had not seen, including a specially prepared report and a 381-page ‘database’ purporting to show 1,100 cases of voter fraud, both from the think tank Heritage Foundation. Ah, yes, those scary thick binders. (What is it with the left and binders? Maybe Mitt Romney could give me some insight.) Well, … Read entire article »

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How the Trump Administration Is ‘Draining the Swamp’ at State Department

The State Department’s special envoys have long needed reform. That reform could be just around the corner if Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s new proposal pans out. Earlier this week, Tillerson sent a letter to Chairman Bob Corker of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee detailing his plans for eliminating and reorganizing nearly 70 special envoys, representatives, coordinators, and other senior positions that have proliferated over the years. Some have cast Tillerson’s proposal as illustrative of the Trump administration’s disregard for the issues that envoys address. But Tillerson’s proposal has far more to do with efficiency, policy coherence, and reasserting the primacy of the State Department’s regional and functional bureaus. Special envoys can be useful tools to cut across bureaucratic silos to bring focus to discrete issues, and their special status can grant access … Read entire article »

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Iran Could Become Fiercer Adversary Than North Korea, Experts Say

In a decade, Iran could emerge as a major nuclear power—and an entirely legal one under the international nuclear agreement reached by the Obama administration, experts fear. “In about 10 years time, Iran will have, thanks to this deal, an industrial-sized nuclear program,” said Mark Dubowitz, CEO of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, during a Heritage Foundation forum Wednesday. “All they have to do is wait until the key restrictions on the deal sunset and they will emerge with a legal, internationally recognized, industrial-sized nuclear program.” Iran’s economy could also grow enough that it would be somewhat immunized from U.S. sanctions unless policy changes are made now. “If you like what North Korea is doing today, you’re going to love what Iran is going to be doing a few years down the road,” … Read entire article »

Filed under: Economic/Financial Collapse, Government Corruption, Government Waste, Main Stream Media Bias, Political Campaigning, Politics, Problems of Big Government, Restoring America

Obama Gutted Work Requirements for Welfare. Why Trump Is Right to Restore Them.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday reversed an Obama administration policy that undermined one of the most successful domestic policy reforms in the last half-century. In doing so, Trump took strong steps to preserve the original intent of the 1996 welfare reform law: to weaken the cycle of poverty by reducing dependence and promoting self-sufficiency through work and marriage. This is a sound decision for two key reasons. First, the decision enforces the 1996 welfare reform law, which deliberately made the core work requirements of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program mandatory and nonwaivable by future administrations of the law. The Obama administration effectively gutted the law’s requirements in July 2012 when it released a policy directive through the Department of Health and Human Services that allowed states to waive the TANF program’s work … Read entire article »

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As Houston Reels From Harvey, Here’s Where Relief Funding Stands

As remnants of Hurricane Harvey move northeastward, the U.S. Gulf Coast continues to be drenched. Harvey, which made landfall last Friday night as a Category 4 storm, is the strongest hurricane to hit the U.S. in over a decade, with winds exceeding 130 mph in some areas. But beyond the extreme winds and storm surge, Harvey has crippled southeast Texas with widespread flooding. The storm stalled just south of Houston and is only now moving toward the northeast. Parts of Houston were hit with more than 40 inches of rain. As Harvey moves into Louisiana, more people will be displaced and will need rescuing. If you are in areas adjacent to those hardest hit, you may be in a unique position to help by providing shelter, offering your boat, or volunteering to help those … Read entire article »

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