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Not Libertarian: Johnson supports a carbon tax

Don’t look now but Gary Johnson is once again spitting in the face of Libertarians and dumping the party’s philosophy in favor of big government progressivism. In an interview with the Juneau Empire on Sunday, Johnson discussed how he was a big believer in man-made climate change and how he supports a carbon tax in an effort to […]

Real estate ‘tax discrimination’ benefits the rich while millennials miss out

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When it was revealed by gaming license applications that Donald Trump paid $0 in taxes for at least four years in the 1970s and ’90s, Trump said such low tax rates are normal in the real estate business. While it was notable that Trump was living a lavish lifestyle and that he is unwilling to […]

Trump: immigrants who come to this country need to respect women & gays

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks in Youngstown, Ohio, Monday, Aug. 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Donald Trump outlined his plan to defeat ISIS and protect America with “extreme vetting” of immigrants in a speech at Youngstown State University on Monday. “The rise of ISIS is a direct result of policy decisions made by President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton,” he remarked. This is more plausible version of his […]

Hillary targets ‘DREAMers’: “Mi Sueño, Tu Voto” (My Dream, Your Vote)

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Hillary Clinton, who already has sizable support from the Hispanic community, is calling on DREAMers to help get her elected. The “Mi Sueño, Tu Voto” (My Dream, Your Vote) campaign announced on Sunday will “recruit undocumented ‘DREAMers’ into a voter registration army even though they are not allowed to vote,” the Washington Examiner reported. The DNC published […]

Less than 50% of people caught at border are from Mexico

FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2016 file photo, a U.S. Border Patrol agent patrols Sunland Park along the U.S.-Mexico border next to Ciudad Juarez. A new Cronkite News-Univision News-Dallas Morning News Border Poll released Monday, July 18, 2016, says a majority of residents surveyed on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border are against the building of a wall between the two countries. The poll also suggests residents feel Democrats and Republicans are ignoring their concerns and aren't proposing solutions to help their economy and combat drug trafficking and human smuggling. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras,File)

According to new data from the U.S. Border Patrol, slightly less than half of the people that were apprehended at the Mexican border are from Mexico. In the first six months of 2016, of the 264,165 people were apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border, only 49.6 percent of them were from Mexico. While many of the […]

Your Starbucks coffee is getting more expensive — and wage hikes are to blame

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You thought Starbucks couldn’t charge any more for a cup of coffee — but you’re wrong. Drinks increased by as much as 30 cents this week. Brewed coffee prices are up by 10-20 cents and espresso and tea latte drinks are 10-30 cents more, according to a statement on the Starbucks website. Why? On Monday, […]

Syrian refugees to U.S. doubled in June, 0.3% of them are Christian

In this Saturday, June 25, 2016 photo, Syrian refugees carry water bottles at the Ruqban border camp in northeast Jordan. Syrian refugees and international aid officials say little water and no food has reached 64,000 Syrian refugees stranded in the desert since Jordan sealed its border last week in response to a suicide attack. (AP Photo)

The number of Syrian refugees admitted into the United States reached a new peak this past June and doubled the number of refugees admitted into the U.S. in May, according to CNSNews. In June, 2,381 Syrian refugees were allowed to resettle, the overwhelming majority being Sunni Muslims. According to State Department Refugee Processing Center data, […]

Antitrust vs. Anti-Trust: Rand Paul won’t eat Sherman’s birthday cake

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The Sherman Antitrust Act was born 126 years ago today, and Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) wants to make this birthday bash its very last. His legislation, the Anti-Trust Freedom Act, will rip the teeth out of this business-killing legislation in one fell swoop, making all voluntary economic agreements between consenting parties legal again. And that’s […]

Military lifts ban on transgender people, will pay millions for ‘transitions’ for troops

Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks during a news conference at the Pentagon, Thursday, June 30, 2016, where he announced new rules allowing transgender individuals to serve openly in the U.S. military. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

On Thursday, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter lifted the Pentagon’s ban on transgender people serving openly in the military. The change is part of a year-long plan that Carter initiated, which includes opening all combat roles to women and the first appointment of an openly gay army secretary. Last July, Carter announced the rule changes to […]

Marines change to gender-neutral titles, angering corps members

FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2013 file photo, female recruits stand at the Marine Corps Training Depot on Parris Island, S.C. New physical standards established so women can compete for combat posts in the Marine Corps have weeded out many of the female hopefuls. But data obtained by The Associated Press shows they’re also disqualifying some men. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith, File)

A number of U.S. Marines are outraged after they were told the word “man” would be removed from their job titles to make the Marines more gender-neutral, according to The Telegraph. Nineteen of the 33 titles used in the Marines Corps will be altered. With most of the titles, “Marine” will replace “man.” For example, […]

Unlikely allies: Sanders, Trump, and Ron Paul rail against NAFTA

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Donald Trump gave a press conference Tuesday where he excoriated Hillary and Bill Clinton’s support for the North American Free Trade Agreement, stating it has created billion-dollar trade imbalances and hurt American workers. Oddly enough, the likely Republican nominee found support from libertarian and socialist icons Ron Paul and Bernie Sanders. In his speech, Trump said that […]

The cost of foreign interventionism is immigration [Opinion]

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More than 4 million Syrians have left their war-torn country since civil war began in 2011, and with ISIS on the move that human flood seeking solace is unlikely to recede any time soon. This spate of refugees comes on top of lesser-known but equally desperate migrations from the sites of early entrants into the […]

Bad news, millennials: Social Security will be insolvent decades before you retire

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The Social Security trust fund is expected to run out in just 18 years, according to a government report released on Wednesday. The Social Security and Medicare trustees’ annual report concluded that if lawmakers do not act by 2034, the Social Security program will only be able to pay retirees 79 percent of promised benefits. […]

Pro-#FightFor15 (& 17-year incumbent) D.C. councilman loses reelection bid

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D.C. City Councilman Vincent Orange lost to challenger Robert White on Tuesday after serving on the city council for 17 years. Orange was a proponent of D.C.’s push to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour and prided himself on creating worker-friendly laws. Reports indicate that Orange may continue his push to raise minimum […]

Clinton, Trump pledge to sacrifice civil liberties for fake safety

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In the face of tragedy, Americans are all too willing to sacrifice the values of the West for a phantom security. Politicians of all stripes, unfortunately, have been all too willing to oblige them. Since it was revealed that the Orlando shooter had been on a terrorist watch list, though he was no longer on […]

Senate passes bill requiring women to register for the draft

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The Senate passed a defense policy bill on Tuesday that included a provision requiring young women to register for the draft when they turn 18 years old. Since the Defense Department opened all combat jobs to women back in December, Congress has battled over the role of women in the military, particularly whether they are physically able […]

White House pledges $50 million in women’s equality initiatives

President Barack Obama addresses the White House Summit on the United State of Women in Washington, Tuesday, June 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

The White House announced $50 million in commitments to expand opportunities for women and girls on Tuesday, including efforts to address the gender pay gap and promote gender equality worldwide. The Obama administration has partnered with a number of businesses and organizations on the new White House Equal Pay Pledge, in which companies commit to […]

Trump narrows his Muslim ban, cuts religious test

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Donald Trump’s speech on Monday showed the Republican nominee making a slight — but important — pivot on one of his most controversial political positions. While his speech focused mostly on the terror attack in Orlando, Trump tied it into his proposals for changing the immigration system, including Muslim immigration. Unlike previous statements, though, the […]

White House’s “Fair Chance” pledge to give past criminals a better life, college access

President Barack Obama waves as he walks from the Oval Office to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, June 8, 2016, for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md. then onto New York for an appearance on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and attend Democratic fundraisers. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(Susan Walsh via AP) On Friday, the White House announced a higher education pledge to help previous criminals improve their livelihoods. The White House markets the “Fair Chance” pledge as a way for “businesses and higher education institutions to invest in their communities and eliminate unnecessary hiring barriers for individuals with criminal records.” The pledge, a […]

Liberals unfairly stigmatize the mentally ill for mass shootings

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The danger of gun control policy is that it will limit Constitutional rights while making the most vulnerable in society less-protected and more stigmatized. The emotional debate surrounding gun violence encourages fear-mongering. It becomes nonsensical and demands action — any action — over thought. “Unfortunately, a consistent and dangerous narrative has emerged—an explanation all-too-readily at hand […]