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“WAR ON WOMEN” FLOPS WITH BOTH GENDERS

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New polling shows that the “War on Women” theme with which Democrats hope to rally their female base seems to be flopping across the country. In the crucial Senate race in Arkansas, women voters give GOP Senate challenger Tom Cotton a solid edge, joining their husbands and brothers and sons in rejecting the Obama agenda. In Colorado, where Senator Mark Udall has emphasized women’s issues so heavily that some reporters call him “Mark Uterus,” males and females give an identical and...

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THIRD PARTY GAMES DISTORT OUR POLITICS

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Conservative outside groups have launched surprising ads for a Libertarian nominee in North Carolina’s tight Senate race—with the Republican Thom Tillis challenging incumbent Kay Hagan. “More Weed, Less War,” say new commercials for pizza delivery man Sean Haugh, who favors legalized marijuana and big defense cuts. According to the conservative PAC who created the ads, they could serve two purposes for Republicans: First, they may encourage some liberals to desert Democratic Senator Kay Hagan by throwing...

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WHY I.D. FOR TRAVEL OR GUNS, BUT NOT FOR VOTING?

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If it’s somehow racist and discriminatory to require identification as a condition for voting, then how is it any less discriminatory to impose similar conditions for air travel, mortgages, receiving or cashing government checks, or purchasing guns? Voting is a crucial right—but so is the ability to purchase property or to keep and bear arms. The Democratic claim that black people don’t have equal access to identification is obviously false: black voting participation in crucial states actually went up...

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OUT-OF-DATE STATISTICS DISTORT PUBLIC POLICIES

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Out-of-date or non-existent statistics often spur irrational conclusions about major issues. For instance, many liberals today worry about military-style assault rifles and call for a renewed ban on their sale. But government figures show only 2 percent of gun crimes involve so-called assault weapons and overall gun homicides declined an amazing 49 percent since 1993—despite expiration of the assault weapon ban. Meanwhile, some conservatives still decry a tidal wave of illegal immigration from Mexico, even...

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MINIMUM WAGE HIKE PUNISHES THE DESERVING –AND THE NEEDY

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Democrats campaign on the slogan “America needs a raise!” but their bid to hike the minimum wage would hurt the chances of income growth for the middle class. Nearly 80 percent of all workers already get more than $10.10 an hour, so a government mandated boost for those earning less, would do nothing for the great majority of workers. With business required to increase payments to new-hires and part-timers—the majority of minimum wagers—it means less money for salary boosts for more experienced, productive...

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Dems Pit Needy Against Deserving-Damaging Both

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As the president’s flailing, failing campaign on behalf of beleaguered Congressional Democrats coughs, wheezes and stumbles its way toward decision day, he increasingly reverts to a tired theme that has inspired scant enthusiasm from the voting public. “America needs a raise!” the chief executive thunders, suggesting that his fanciful proposal to boost the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour all the way to $10.10 will magically boost salaries for the middle class. Never mind that figures from his own...

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TRANSGENDERED INSANITY MUDDLES HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

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In California, Minnesota and other states, efforts are underway to enable “transgendered” students to participate in sports teams of the opposite sex. Boys who identify as girls could play girls’ basketball, while girls identifying as boys compete in boys’ gymnastics. But what about hormone treatments commonly used in “transitioning” from one gender to another? In Minnesota, a former-female playing soccer on a boy’s team would be allowed to take male sex hormones forbidden to boys on the same team. A...

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AN IDIOTIC NEW HOLIDAY

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Though most of the country celebrated Columbus Day on Monday, October, 13th, Seattle, Minneapolis and other cities refused to honor the explorer and proclaimed a new festival called “Indigenous Peoples Day.” The activists behind the change blame Columbus because his discovery of the New World led to devastating results for native tribes. But a political commentator and attorney named Rob Dickson raises a brilliant objection to this argument: if Columbus hadn’t found a way to the New World, someone else would...

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Unexpected Lessons from the Jobs Numbers

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This column appeared originally at TruthRevolt.org on October 7, 2014 — Last Friday, the Obama administration celebrated new numbers showing the national unemployment rate plummeting to 5.9% – the lowest official measure of joblessness since the beginning of 2008 and the financial collapse under the Bush administration. While most economists agree that this improvement amounts to encouraging economic news, a closer reading of those Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers  provides significant lessons, some...

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DIANE MEDVED: Feds Say: Food Stampers Too Fat, Spend More Dough

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Somebody said “Do something” about the 47,636,000 people receiving government food stamps. They’re too fat because they buy sodas and junk food, and don’t have the knowledge or access to fresh produce in order to change. Voila: another big government program. The press release today from the US Department of Agriculture is basically a call for organizations to apply for their slice of a $31,500,000 pie–make that broccoli pie. The government wants to fund programs to lure these...

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