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In the News: Nebraska state senator continues Convention of States tour

The following article was written by Eugene Curtin and published in the Bellevue Leader.

Laura Ebke can perhaps relate to those small bands of colonial Americans who first began muttering about royal oppression while downing mugs of ale and composing rousing pamphlets.

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National debt spikes $578 billion in three weeks

The national debt has surged more than half a trillion dollars in the last three weeks, as the suspension of the debt ceiling in late October has allowed the government to borrow as much as it wants.

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The FCC, still lawless

The following is an excerpt from an article written by Randolph J. May and published on The Hill.

On the second day of this now nearly gone year, I published an essay, "A Question for 2015: Is the FCC Unlawful?" In it, I stated that "there are reasons why this year will be a propitious time to examine — even more intensely than in the past — the FCC and its actions through just such a lawfulness frame of reference."

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New Reuters poll: 62% believe country on "wrong track"

A new Reuters poll released Friday proved what many Americans know to be true: our country is headed in the wrong direction.

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Less than 1 percent of federal rules get a cost-benefit analysis

When it comes to the federal regulatory state, we don’t know what we don’t know.

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No one knows how much HHS spent on Obamacare advertising

A Senate committee is looking into the millions of taxpayer dollars being spent on ads to promote ObamaCare enrollment.

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Is the EPA to blame for 1,500 GE layoffs in Pennsylvania?

President Barack Obama’s war on coal has helped claim 1,500 more victims, this time in Erie, Pa., at a 100-year-old locomotive plant.

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Harry Reid objects to bill that would ban taxpayer funding for portrait of Harry Reid

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) objected to legislation that would prevent taxpayer funding from going towards oil paintings for members of government such as Harry Reid, Wednesday.

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New Poll: Anxiety and mistrust dominate American consciousness

The 2015 American Values Survey was released yesterday by the Public Religion Research Institute, and the results are bleak: Americans overwhelmingly believe their country is headed in the wrong direction. Here are some high(low)lights.

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Utilities commissioner: Clean Power Plan could hammer North Dakota’s economy

The Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan is expected to dramatically affect how Americans get their power.

But perhaps it’s better to describe the ultimate effect as extreme, given that dozens of states immediately filed lawsuits to block implementation of the plan.

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Feds spend $649,682 on computer game starring a ‘novice world leader’

What a great idea for a video game! But why are taxpayers footing the bill? The Washington Free Beacon reports:

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Feds take $4.5 billion worth of private property from Americans in 2014

The Department of Justice took $4.5 billion in private property including cash, cars and homes from Americans in 2014, which includes both civil and criminal forfeitures, according to a report from the Institute for Justice.

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EPA's new clean-water rule worries Tennessee farmers

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency boasted back in May that its new clean-water rule would mark a historic step to protect the nation's streams and wetlands from pollution.

But U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander sees the new rule as government overreach at its worst — or, as he described it recently, yet another "big wet blanket of burdensome regulations."

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Even after stunning October jobs report, regulations are holding the economy back

The national jobs report for October was released Friday, and it was so good the media almost ran out of synonyms for “so good” to describe it.

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Mark Levin: Our strength is in the states (video)

"The federal government trumps anything and everything it wants to trump at the state and local level," Mark Levin said on a recent episode of The Levin Show. So what's the solution? Listen to the excerpt below to find out.

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When a veteran becomes a trucker

Bob Strawder parked his semi-truck after a draining day on the road and walked into a fuel station.

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A tribute to our veterans

To every man and woman who has risked it all to protect the freedom we enjoy -- thank you. Your service does not go unnoticed, and we are forever in your debt.

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Federal bureaucrats find ‘superhighway’ around Fourth, Fifth Amendments

Leave it to federal bureaucrats to find a way around pesky constitutional requirements. The Daily Caller reported last week that federal officials are using “administrative subpoenas” to circumvent the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition against warrantless searches and seizures. These subpoenas aren’t issued by a judge -- federal agencies simply cook them up whenever they need information for an investigation.

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Our veterans deserve better: Federal lawmakers dismissed evidence of VA hospital abuse

Medical workers at an Illinois VA hospital say two prominent lawmakers were aware that veterans were at risk due to rampant medical neglect at the facility, but neglected to seriously address the problems despite multiple requests.

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DHS spends $1 billion and 10 years to digitize 1 immigration form

Mismanagement and incompetence continue to plague the Department of Homeland Security. After spending $1 billion in taxpayer money -- and working for over a decade -- the DHS has only digitized one immigration document out of over 100. The rest of the documents still have to be filled out and submitted via paper and mail.

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