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The Fast Track to Free Trade

BY CHRIS GIBSON As the United States draws closer to completing a major trade agreement with eleven Asian and Latin American countries including Japan and Australia, attention is turning away from the negotiating table and towards Congress.  When the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is completed, each individual member country must pass the agreement according to its…

Is Texas Finally Feeling Blue?

BY ALEX BEAULIEU No one said it was possible. No one be­lieved anyone could accomplish such a feat. Even the rather liberal New York Times declared that, “turning Texas blue – or even purple – is going to be a lot harder than most folks imagine.” But has the time fi­nally arrived? Can one state…

A Medical Emergency: When States Opt Out of Providing Care

BY NATHANIEL THOMAS This past May, the Republican-controlled legislature in Mis­souri voted to opt out of the federal government’s upcom­ing Medicaid expansion. This decision is not unique to Missouri—25 other states have opted out as well, claiming that the increased tax burden of a Medicaid expansion outweighs its benefits. The majority of states that rejected…

Revival and Reinvention in the Conservative Caucus

BY JIMMY LOOMIS An all-star lineup of prominent conservative political lead­ers and activists convened on September 28 at the St. Charles Convention Center to kick off the pinnacle of conservative ideological gatherings: the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). CPAC is an annual forum sponsored by the nation’s leading conservative political body, the American Conservative Union…

D. Clemons Guns
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Call to Arms or Arms to Recall?

There are over 11,000 annual gun murders in the United States, making gun violence an incontrovertibly critical issue. The issue has roughly divided the country into two camps. The first espouses that the only solution to gun violence is government firearm control; the second suggests the only answer to an armed criminal is an equally…

President Obama returns early from his holiday vacation in Hawaii to attempt to hammer out a budget deal.
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Don’t Jump! Avoiding the Fiscal Cliff

The first task that awaits President Obama as he wraps up the quadrennial “year off” that we give to campaigning Presidents is to reduce the deficit and to confront the impending fiscal cliff, defined as the scheduled end of the Bush tax cuts coupled with a series of massive cuts to discretionary and defense spending…

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