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Decades of big government result in massive doubts it fixes anything

We've tried big government solutions for decades, and they haven't worked. So why does the federal government keep returning to them? Reason Magazine reports:

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Senator Tom Coburn: How to kill the cancer (video)

Senator Tom Coburn knows a thing or two about beating cancer: both in his own life and in the national government. Check out the video below to hear what he has to say.

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Two words that explain the national debt

The $19 trillion national debt can in large part be explained by two words: waste and fraud. 

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Federal overreach and the growth of the administrative state

What do we mean when we say the federal government is out of control? As John Yoo explains in the following excerpt, it means the uncontrollable growth of the unaccountable, unelected administrative state. (We've published a short segment below, but the entire article is worth a read.)

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Americans' satisfaction with federal services hits a record low, Obama proposes pay increase for federal workers

Want proof the feds are out of touch? Here it is.

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Fox News: Don't overlook an out-of-control burgeoning bureaucracy

With the political season in high gear, it is clear Americans are concerned about the top issues like terrorism and the economy.

And with the focus now squarely on the presidential race, it’s important to remember there’s another issue that demands the attention of all Americans – a burgeoning bureaucracy that is totally out-of-control.

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Report: economic freedom in U.S. sinks to record low

Economic freedom in the United States declined again in 2016, matching the lowest score it has ever received on the Heritage Foundation’s Index of Economic Freedom.

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Feds cut aerial surveillance at Mexican border

The Obama administration is cutting back on border security that Congress has already funded and is drawing bipartisan criticism from Texans in the process.

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Convention of States movement picks up steam in presidential battleground states

The following article was written by Niels Lesniewski and originally published on

Just before New Year’s, GOP presidential hopeful Marco Rubio added an element to his stump speech sure to appeal to conservative voters: his support for a [Convention of States] aimed at limiting the powers of the federal government.

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Weekly Standard: Convention of States could limit federal power

The following article was written by Terry Eastland and originally published in The Weekly Standard.

As Texas attorney general, Greg Abbott spoke with evident pride about how many times he’d sued the federal government. The total came to 31, and invariably the lawsuits challenged actions that Abbott believed violated federal statutes or the Constitution. Now, as Texas governor, he is no longer in court but has hardly quit objecting to federal overreach. In a speech last month to the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Abbott declared it's time for state legislatures to address the problem by amending the Constitution.

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In the News: New Jersey's "Convention of the States" movement comes to the Chatham Library

The following article was written by Ed Barmakian and originally published on Tap Into Chatham.

Once Barbara Brock took a course about the U.S. Constitution, she was hooked on spreading her knowledge. She admits, it is pretty much all she talks about these days.

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Feds spend $80,000 to see what effect spaceflight has on herpes

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is spending $80,000 to see what effects space flight has on oral herpes.

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The $19 trillion national debt is only the tip of the iceberg

The federal government will be flirting with $30 trillion in debt within a decade, the Congressional Budget Office reported Monday, blaming an aging population, new spending and tax cuts approved on Capitol Hill, and the growing burden from Obamacare for erasing the progress Washington had made over the past few years.

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Americans hate the U.S. government more than ever

Americans hate the U.S. government more than ever, according to a new report. Americans' satisfaction level in dealing with federal agencies -- everything from Treasury to Homeland Security -- has fallen for a third consecutive year, reaching an eight-year low.

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AP Poll: Public doubts government’s problem-solving ability

As the first voting nears in the presidential race, most Americans have little or no confidence in the federal government to confront what they see as the country’s most important priorities, according to a national survey.

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Time to close the Supreme Court's constitutional loopholes

CONTRARY TO all indications from the president’s recent State of the Union address, things are not all rainbows and unicorns. Any American who cares about the rule of law is well aware that our nation is drifting further and further from it — further and further from the truly federal system of government to which our forefathers consented when they ratified the Constitution.

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Video: Gov't spent $400,000 to send text messages to Latino men

Washington Free Beacon reporter Liz Harrington appeared on Fox Business Wednesday to discuss her story detailing how the federal government has spent more than $400,000 sending text messages to Latino men to encourage them to exercise.

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Judicial Watch: Obama family’s October weekend fundraising getaway to San Diego cost taxpayers $2,001,468.90 in travel expenses alone

Judicial Watch announced today that it has obtained records from the U.S. Department of the Air Force revealing that the October 2015 Columbus Day getaway enjoyed by President Barack Obama and his family cost taxpayers $969,783.90 in flight expenses alone.  The documents regarding the Obama travel expenses came in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request first filed on October 13, 2015.

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Glenn Reynolds: Blow up the administrative state

Glenn Reynolds published an op-ed on the USA Today last week in which he imagined what a Convention of States could do to force the federal government to become both smaller and more accountable to the people. The article isn't free of error (he calls a Convention of States a "constitutional convention," for example), but we thought this excerpt was worth a read:

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Obama eyes 'audacious' use of executive power in final year

President Obama's pledge to pursue "audacious" executive action during his final year in office is stirring a frenzy of speculation about what he might have up his sleeve.

White House chief of staff Denis McDonough this week said “audacious” executive actions on tap for 2016 are being carefully crafted to “make sure the steps we have taken are ones we can lock down and not be subjected to undoing through [Congress] or otherwise.”

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