Kim Ketola for Townhall | Are We Capable of Feeling Pain?


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By Kim Ketola

Congress voted Tuesday night to pass H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The law would ban abortion after 20 weeks except for cases of rape or incest, a life-endangering physical condition or when medically necessary to save the life of the pregnant woman, in which case “the abortion must be performed by the method most likely to allow the child to be born alive unless this would cause significant risk to the mother.”

The House has passed versions of this bill, most recently in 2015, and earlier this week President Donald Trump formally endorsed this latest version.

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Dan Celia for Townhall | Changing America’s Trajectory Could be as Simple as Tax Reform


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By Dan Celia

In these days of controversy and political wrangling, we seem to forget that America’s woes from an economic standpoint stem from eight straight years of GDP growth hovering around an average of 2.1 percent.

Yes, the United States’ economy is still the largest in the world, but when we look at the past two decades, America’s growth rate has dropped dramatically. In the 1950s and ’60s, the average growth rate was about 4 percent. In the ’70s and ’80s, that dropped to around 3 percent. In the past ten years, it’s been around 2 percent. Continue reading…

Sam Rohrer for LifeZette | Monumental Test of Faith


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Little has been said about the causes building up to the tragic events of Charlottesville or about whether this national breach can be repaired. I believe unity will not be restored until we seek God’s answer for our troubled nation.

Truly, the light once emanating brightly from this “shining city on a hill” is flickering and at risk of being snuffed out — unless America awakens now. Continue reading…

Frank Gaffney for Townhall | The Blackout Next Time


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During and after Hurricane Harvey, a chemical plant suffered repeated explosions. Because the power went out. Beaumont, Texas was without drinking water. Because the power went out. Gasoline prices across the nation have spiked, thanks to oil refineries going off line. Because the power went out.

Now, we are being told that Hurricane Irma has knocked out the power for Puerto Rico for between four and six months, with repercussions that may prove not just burdensome but life-threatening for large numbers of the island’s residents. Far less powerful hurricanes have taken down the electric grid in parts of Florida and it is anybody’s guess how long and how widespread that problem will be after what’s being called a “nuclear storm” assaults most, if not all, the peninsula, and perhaps beyond.

If all these naturally precipitated nightmares were not enough, North Korea’s dictator, Kim Jong Un, has explicitly threatened to destroy the rest of the U.S. electricity infrastructure with an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack. Should that happen, blacking out large parts of the continental United States for a protracted period of a year or more duration, the chairman of a blue-ribbon congressional committee has estimated that 9 out of 10 Americans will die.

Because the power went out – and stayed out.

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Alex McFarland | Burning Man a Carnival of Lies


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If you want to know what the America of tomorrow will increasingly resemble, look at the annual festival, “Burning Man.”  Held each year in the Nevada desert, Burning Man is a multi-day sensory experience of music, art, technology, self-expression, networking, and just “being there.”  Drug use, public nudity, and free and open sex is rampant – all in keeping with the event’s themes of “radical self-expression” and “immediacy.”

Over the last 30+ years Burning Man has grown in both attendance and notoriety.  Hundreds of acres of Black Rock desert annually become the temporary home for thousands of campers, districts of sculptures and exhibitors, and dozens of stages.  Campfires, along with artistic and ceremonial burnings culminate in the annual torching of a 40-foot tall human effigy.  As each year’s festival famously concludes with the enormous spectacle of the burning man, countless attendees find the event to be a spiritual (and largely cathartic) experience.  Continue reading…

Dan Celia for Townhall | With Strong Congressional ‘Leadership,’ Is Prosperity Right Around the Corner?


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By Dan Celia

It’s certainly a possibility that tax reform won’t be accomplished this year. That’s ironic, because I believe Republicans are desperate to get something done after the fiasco of seven years of unsuccessfully preparing to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Of course, one thing we know is that Congress never truly debated or even thought about repeal and replace for the past seven years. Their words were nothing more than talking points to continue to win elections. If tax reform does not get done by the end of this year, it’s not the end of the world. But, whether it’s 2017 or 2018, failure to pass it could signal the end of the Republican Party as we know it. Continue reading…

 

 

Twila Brase for Townhall | President Trump, Are You Listening? Why We’re Urging for the End Cost-Sharing Reduction Subsidies


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By Twila Brase
Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom

Health care is at the front line in a power play for America. A White House official announced Wednesday that the Trump administration will continue President Barack Obama’s unconstitutional payment of cost-sharing reduction (CSR) subsidies to insurers through August.

Despite outward appearances and media commentary, this is not ultimately about health care. The Affordable Care Act is focused on nationwide leveling of American incomes. Redistribution of workers’ wages is taking place through skyrocketing premium subsidies and billions in illegal CSR subsidies. Continue reading…

Christopher Hull for The Daily Caller: Report On McMaster Proves Fired Staffer Right


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By Christopher Hull

A newly issued Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) report on Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, President Trump’s national security advisor, supports a former National Security Council (NSC) staff member’s contention that a multi-front attack is being waged against President Trump by globalist, leftist and Islamist forces, including at the highest levels of the bureaucracy.

In fact, the ZOA report suggests the attack is coming in part from McMaster himself.

Earlier this year, Rich Higgins, then-director for strategic planning at the NSC, penned a brilliant memo describing the all-out assault against President Trump and his national security agenda, and making recommendations for countering and defeating it. Continue reading…

Alex McFarland for Fox News: College Success is About Character


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By Alex McFarland

Students who will be starting or returning to college in the next few weeks are getting no shortage of advice on how to succeed and lay the foundation for their careers. In my decade-plus in church youth ministry, I’ve handed out a lot of that advice myself, including to confused students and irate parents. I’d like to share some of it here as the fall semester begins.

I remember one meeting in particular with parents and their college-age son who attended our church. The beleaguered dad was red-faced with anger over the costs of time and money because his son had changed majors three times. The family meeting got really tense as “Jr.” – who had never previously expressed much interest in music – announced that he was now pursuing a degree in orchestral percussion.

“What kind of job are you going to get with that?!” the parents wanted to know. Continue reading…

A Pathetic Show of Bureaucratic Garbage


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By Dan Celia

On Wednesday, we learned that the Department of Veterans Affairs has been forced to rehire the former director of the VA Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Brian Hawkins had been fired in July after the completion of an internal investigation.

This fireworks-laden firing stemmed from Hawkins’ incompetence in handling the administrative duties of medical care for our veterans. Removed as director in April, an inspector general’s report later revealed that under his leadership the hospital endangered patients with its rampant organizational and managerial dysfunction.

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