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  • Vivek Murthy shouldn't be confirmed as surgeon general

    In December 2013, I sent a letter to President Obama expressing my nonpartisan concerns about Dr. Vivek Murthy, his nominee to be the next surgeon general. Now as senators consider his nomination, I would like to share those concerns with them and the American public. This is not meant to be...

  • How the coercion coalition is imposing the new 'freedom' in America

    Oral arguments at the Supreme Court on Tuesday in the Conestoga Wood Specialties and Hobby Lobby case showed bureaucrats and special interest groups led by the abortion lobby are willing to coerce you to participate in anything they say is a “right,” especially abortion. The government's...

  • Manhattan Moment: The Final Four of college basketball subsidies

    While college basketball fans will have to wait until the end of this weekend to find out if their team made the Final Four in the NCAA tournament, the final four schools in terms of athletic subsidies have already been decided. Even though all of their teams lost in the second round of the...

  • Former PHMSA administrator: Keystone XL is safe and should be approved

    There’s no logical reason this project should be denied. It is clearly in America’s international interest to shift global energy supplies westward and away from Moscow. And domestically, there are no good reasons to allow political considerations to sacrifice safety in energy transportation.

  • Does Eric Holder care that votes against Pennsylvania's voter ID law were bought?

    The differences in the case against former Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia and the case against the four democratic lawmakers in Pennsylvania are distinctive. In Virginia, the investigation was completed; charges were considered, and ultimately rendered. In Pennsylvania, the...

  • Genetically modified foods are as safe as conventional ones

    From buying “organic” to “gluten-free,” consumers seem to be more interested than ever in the ways their food is produced. This spring, legislators in more than 20 states will consider proposals to mandate special labeling of genetically modified foods, to give shoppers one more bit of...

  • Opposing lawlessness, at home and abroad

    Since Teddy Roosevelt counseled, “Speak softly and carry a big stick,” U.S. presidents have mostly followed his advice, cautioning adversaries to resolve conflicts peacefully or suffer consequences. Even President Carter brandished America's big stick upon learning that bad things happen...

  • Bobby Jindal: America needs an 'all of the above' strategy to expand educational opportunity

    President Obama has promised to make 2014 a “year of action” dedicated toward “opportunity for all.” Unfortunately, the actions his administration is taking are moving our country in exactly the wrong direction, and will deny educational opportunities to families most in need of them....

  • Placing tolls on interstate highways doesn't work

    As Congress debates funding solutions for our national transportation needs, we will hear many suggestions, but tolls on existing interstates should not even be on the table. There is little argument about the need for increased, sustainable funding for transportation infrastructure...

  • U.S. can't project power with diplomacy alone

    A certain worldview in the White House overlooks reality: The nation doesn’t need a strong military because there are no significant threats to it, and the president can handle any crisis through diplomacy.

  • Why the U.S. must spend more on defense

    As threats and challenges to America metastasize internationally, the imperative for a dramatically new defense strategy grows ever clearer. Unfortunately, President Obama's remaining three years in office will not meet that objective, as his just-released FY 2015 defense budget reveals. After...

  • Manhattan Moment: Obamacare needs bipartisanship its Democratic sponsors rejected

    President Obama's signature legislative achievement, the Affordable Care Act, has been off to what can be described, at best, as a rocky start. Thanks to a terribly designed website, far from the Amazon.com-like experience promised by the administration, the first day of open enrollment saw a...

  • It's always 'Groundhog Day' with the Israeli-Palestinian 'peace process'

    The 1993 movie “Groundhog Day,” in which the character played by Bill Murray relives the same day over and over again, is an apt description of official Palestinian attitudes toward Israel and the peace process. The repeated Palestinian rejection of Israeli overtures raises the stakes and...

  • Business aviation isn't just a privilege for the rich

    For businesses, an aircraft is as much of a necessity as a computer. That's why when a company buys its own aircraft, it depreciates in the same way as other comparable business investments, including cars, trucks, bulldozers and computers.

  • IRS doubles down on lawbreaking with regulation to kill free speech

    Proposed regulations from the IRS for 501(c)(4) "social welfare organizations" would censor speech such as legislative scorecards, voter registrations and get-out-the-vote projects. They also would eliminate communications before elections that name candidates, even if done in a neutral...



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