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Food Stamps for Cash

Robert Romano

Perhaps the foolish ones are those who keep working. As it turns out, many federal and state-based welfare programs, including the federally funded $17.3 billion a year Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), legally allow for cash withdrawals from ATMs and cash back options at grocery stores and elsewhere.

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Motherhood: Women and Wages

Robert Romano

“[T]here is the issue of marriage and children. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that single women who have never married earned 96 percent of men’s earnings in 2012.The supposed pay gap appears when marriage and children enter the picture," said American Enterprise Institute’s Mark J. Perry and Andrew G. Biggs. It is stating the obvious. Women have babies, and when they do, a significant percentage of them leave the labor force.

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ObamaCare Uninsured Enrollee Number Off by Millions

Robert Romano

The numbers are in for Obamacare sign-ups on the exchanges in accordance with the April 1 deadline to enroll: 7 million have enrolled. But apparently, only about one-third were previously uninsured, reported the Los Angeles Times on March 30: "At least 6 million people have signed up for health coverage on the new marketplaces, about one-third of whom were previously uninsured."

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NASA: No Warming Over the Past Decade

Robert Romano

No warming. That is what can be deduced from data compiled by NASA as it relates to temperature over the past decade. The average temperature in 2003 was 14.61 degrees Celsius. And the average temperature in 2013 was 14.61 degrees Celsius, at a growth rate of 0 percent.

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The ObamaCare Mandate Silver Lining

Robert Romano

Turns out Republican governors and legislatures that blocked Medicaid expansion in their states may have done both their constituents and taxpayers a big favor. One of the so-called hardship exemptions under Obamacare is “You were determined ineligible for Medicaid because your state didn’t expand eligibility for Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act,” according to the new Healthcare Marketplace form.

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EPA Demands Technology That Doesn’t Exist

Robert Romano

Here’s a bright idea. When the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issues a new regulation requiring retrofitting or that some new technology be used by energy providers, perhaps they should double-check to see if the technology actually exists yet.

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Why Did Only 7 Democrats Vote Against Cop Killer Defender Adegbile?

Robert Romano

7 Senate Democrats had the good sense to dodge a political attack ad nightmare when Debo Adegbile was defeated to be the next Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division. What is remarkable is that only 7 Democrats voted no. Too bad for Harry Reid he can’t count to 50.

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Pleading the Fifth For Trampling the First

Robert Romano

A lot has happened since former Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Exempt Organizations head Lois Lerner refused to testify in May 2013 about the agency targeting of the tea party and other 501(c)(4) organizations, asserting her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. For starters, it turns out the scandal goes much higher than was originally stated.

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FCC Regroups on News Monitoring

Robert Romano

A recent Wall Street Journal oped by Ajit Pai, the sole Republican commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), called attention to an alarming study commissioned by the agency that would have “ascertain[ed] the process by which stories are selected, station priorities (for content, production quality, and populations served), perceived station bias, perceived percent of news dedicated to each of the eight [critical information needs], and perceived responsiveness to underserved populations.”

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Is the FCC Obsolete?

Robert Romano

Why do we need an agency to determine whether Verizon can charge Netflix for broadcasting on its server? Or to determine if Comcast-Time Warner will somehow take up too large a share of the marketplace?

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A map of the 2014 (as of April 11, 2014) pro-Russian protests and unrest in Ukraine, by oblast. Severity of the unrest, at its peak, is indicated by the colouring. (Credit: R Gloucester)

War is Coming!

JD Longstreet

The Ukraine is effectively gone. The moment Russian forces set foot in the Baltic States they will face resistance from NATO troops. The US will be committed -- as an attack on ANY NATO member is considered an attack upon all NATO members.

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The Education Empire Strikes Back

Tom Toth

The Maryland State Education Association (MSEA) is engaging in extreme bullying tactics against a local teachers union trying to disassociate from the state union and the NEA, according to local news reports from Maryland’s monoblogue.

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Rising Russian Nazism in the Ukraine

Rick Manning

Jews in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk have reportedly been told to register themselves, their families and their property by pro-Russian separatists under the threat of expulsion from the country and confiscation of their property cry out for universal condemnation. Even if these reports turn out to be disinformation or fallacious the fact that they are published is enough.

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U.S. Senate Candidate Stace Nelson on Illegal Immigration

Bob Ellis

While some candidates run their mouths, South Dakota Rep. and U.S. Senate Candidate Stace Nelson acts. While some candidates claim to be conservative while betraying conservative principles, South Dakota Rep. and U.S. Senate Candidate Stace Nelson supports and seeks to advance conservative principles.

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On Resurrection Day

Michael Day

This year, on April 20th Christians will celebrate Easter — that is, in most Western churches. In 325 the Roman Emperor Constantine assembled the First Council of Nicaea, consisting of approximately 318 bishops, each of whom was allowed to bring two priests and three deacons with him, making the total number in attendance perhaps 1800 or more. One of the items on their agenda was to agree on when to celebrate Easter.

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