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Iran nuclear deal proves Washington is broken

The following op-ed was written by Louisiana District Captain Steve Gardes. It's a fantastic piece, and a great example of how volunteers can use their local newspaper to spread the word. Plus, given the recent news about the Iran deal, we thought it was especially pertinent.

If America ever had any doubts that Washington is broken, the Iran Nuclear Deal should remove forever those doubts.

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Liberty's Heroes: Vietnam Vet Still Fights for Constitution (video)

The year was 1964, and Gary Porter wanted to fly.

“This one ROTC instructor really made an impression on me and convinced me the Air Force was the best way to go,” Porter says. He was sent to pilot training where he met his wife Phyllis. Married for 45 years, they have two children and seven grandchildren.

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Feds spend $224,767 on anti-smoking video game

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is spending over $200,000 on an anti-tobacco video game for fifth graders, where they will navigate through “cancer rooms” to find hidden objects to beat cigarettes with.

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Top-down regulations keep North Dakota business from growing, hiring

One-size-fits-all regulations don’t work -- that’s just common sense. So why does Washington, D.C., continue pumping them out year after year?

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Majority of Americans think Congress is corrupt, focused on the needs of special interests

Members of Congress are increasingly losing the trust of many Americans, as a majority view representatives as out of touch, focused on the needs of special interests, and corrupt.

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Mark Levin: Ousting Boehner isn't enough

Mark Levin took to the airwaves recently to explain why ousting Boehner isn't enough to fix the structural problems plaguing the federal government.

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Veterans and state legislators: Working together for America

The following was originally published on The Patriot Post.

Author's Note: This article is an appeal for my fellow military veterans to support state legislators in their efforts, as described herein, to ensure the survivability of our American republic. In doing this, we will continue to honor our oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States.” If successful, the efforts of the state governments can provide a long term remedy for many of the internal governance problems plaguing our nation such as a tremendous lack of accountability, federal fiscal irresponsibility, widely spread corruption, and abuses of power at the highest levels of our national government. Thankfully, most legislators and politicians have a very high regard for the concerns and opinions of America’s veterans numbering over 21 million men and women. Therefore, we need to make sure that our voices are heard “loud and clear” concerning the future of our country! It’s time for us to get involved in a major way, and suggested actions for veterans are listed below.

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One killer vs. 230 million armed Americans

The following article was originally published on September 1st, following the deaths of two journalists in Roanoke, VA. We believe it's still relevant in light of the recent tragedy in Oregon. 

The American people have always had heart, and lots of it. 

Perhaps that’s why the same day as the horrific shooting of two journalists in Roanoke, Va., the White House decided to capitalize on the tidal wave of grief to push its own agenda. 

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Feds spend $440,885 for robots to tell preschoolers stories

The National Science Foundation is spending nearly a half a million dollars to create robots that can tell stories to preschoolers.

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The government follows a 3000-PAGE Constitution

The following article was originally published on The Red Millennial. 

You might be surprised to learn that the federal government does, by-and-large, follow the US Constitution–but not the one that was penned in 1787.

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Can't find a job? Regulations may be to blame

You've likely seen the news -- a record 94,610,000 people (ages 16 and over) were not in the labor force in September. This number represents the lowest participation rate since October of 1977.

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House report: Planned Parenthood spent millions on ‘blowout’ parties, travel, salaries

Planned Parenthood and its affiliates have spent millions in recent years on "blowout" parties, first-class travel and "lucrative" salaries, according to a report from the chairman of the House oversight committee. 

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The ten worst Supreme Court decisions of all time: Episode 3 — How Congress turned the state legislatures into their slaves

South Dakota v. Dole (1987)

Congress put a rider on a highway funding bill that required every state to adopt a drinking age of 21 or face a loss of 5% of their federal highway funding. South Dakota's legislature had passed a drinking age of 19 for certain beverages.

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USDA spent housing funds on Christmas parties, trips to Six Flags

Taxpayer funding intended to improve rural housing developments was spent on Christmas parties, alcohol, and trips to Six Flags, according to a new audit from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of Inspector General.

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Audit: IRS improperly withholding information requested by taxpayers

The federal agency that wants your money still has a problem with transparency.

A new audit shows the Internal Revenue Service improperly withheld information from requesters under the Freedom of Information Act 12.3 percent of the time.

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Defund Congress

Michael Farris, co-founder of the Convention of States Project, posted the following note on his Facebook wall earlier today. Whatever your position on the issues he mentions, one thing is clear: Congress doesn't have the constitutional authority to spend money on the vast majority of the federal budget. So spread the word! Only a #conventionofstates can #defundCongress.

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What Hillary's ratings tell us about the state of American politics

Hillary Clinton’s personal favorable ratings have fallen 11 points since May -- not among Republicans (though that number has dropped as well), but among Democrats. Her fall from favor within her own party coincides almost perfectly with the new damning information surrounding her use of private email servers, and her continued attempts to downplay the extent of her actions..

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The ten worst Supreme Court decisions of all time: Episode 2 - Chevron v. National Resources Defense Council (1984)

This was a case about federal regulation of air pollution. Congress passed a law establishing general rules for clean air standards but left a wide latitude for the EPA to establish binding detailed rules. 

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How a famous English convention clarifies to the role of a Convention of States

The following article was written by Prof. Rob Natelson, one of the nation's leading Article V experts, and originally published in The American Thinker.

In the Anglo-American constitutional tradition, a “convention” can mean a contract, but the word is more often applied to an assembly, other than a legislature, convened to address ad hoc political problems. The “Convention for proposing Amendments” authorized by Article V of the Constitution is designed to be that kind of assembly.

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Bloomberg poll: 72% of Americans say country isn't as great as it once was

Americans are “fed up” with politics, suspect the wealthy are getting an unfair edge, and think the country is going in the wrong direction, according to a new Bloomberg Politics poll that lays bare the depth and breadth of the discontents propelling outsider candidates in the Republican presidential field.

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