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One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. -- Plato (429-347 BC)

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Whoopi Defends Sudan Over Muhammad Teddy

Hat Tip to Orlando at Ft Hard Knox: Whoopi Goldberg and her other View members discussed being more culturally sensitive to Sudanese and Islamic religion. In the exchange, they never defended the woman facing death, lashings, or prison for the teddybear named Muhammad. An odd view.

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Arkansas AG Dustin McDaniel to join brief supporting gun rights for individuals

Hat tip to John Anderson at The Citizens' Journal for identifying this story:
Pine Bluff Commercial, "Arkansas' attorney general said Tuesday he will join a brief to the U.S. Supreme Court saying the constitutional right to bear arms extends to individuals, not just members of a state militia.

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a lawsuit challenging gun laws enacted by the District of Columbia. AG McDaniel said he would join a Texas brief declaring support for an individual's gun rights. At issue in the D.C. case is to whom gun rights were extended by the Constitution. D.C. officials say their ban on handguns helps reduce gun violence."I believe the Second Amendment confers a Constitutional right to bear arms on individuals, not just on militia members," McDaniel said.The brief is McDaniel's first high-profile entry into the debate over gun control since he was elected attorney general last year.

In his race for the state's top law enforcement office, McDaniel sparred with opponents over gun rights, hunting and the purpose of the Second Amendment. McDaniel faced criticism from Republican nominee Gunner DeLay over his role in a lawsuit following the 1998 Jonesboro school shooting in which four middle-school students and a teacher were killed."McDaniel's father, attorney Bobby McDaniel, sued gun manufacturer Remington Arms. Dustin McDaniel was in law school at the time but said he did some work on the case, which was dismissed in May 2000."

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Breaking News: Arkansas in Top Third in the IWF Nat'l Report Card

Bill Smith, ARRA New Service Editor: We obtained an advance copy of the inaugural edition “2007 Index of Worker Freedom (IWF): A National Report Card” that will be released Thursday at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. by the Alliance for Worker Freedom (AWF).

The 2007 IWF is the first state-by-state comparative study that measures the level of worker freedom by analyzing policy as well as quantitative state data. With this inaugural edition, the AWF has taken the first step in providing a metric to use as a basis for time-series and trend analysis from this point forward.

Brian Johnson, AWF’s Director of Policy related that “With the recent political alignment between the Left and Big Labor unions, and the most recent invasions on worker freedom, it has become apparent that certain states are placing more emphasis on respecting workers rights than those which support controlled and regulated labor markets. This unique, first ever publication has never been more needed.”

Founded in 2004, the AWF is dedicated to the protection of workers rights, to combat anti-worker, pro-union legislation and educate the public about the plight to protect workers rights. AWF serves as an advocate using research, lobbying and education efforts to protect workers rights and to improve the right of ordinary workers. Grounded in free market labor economics and constitutional freedoms, AWF seeks to inform the public and national legislators about the benefits and perils of decisions concerning workers rights. AWF works to raise awareness of abuses by labor unions within the political system. AWF believes that free markets and free citizens are the best formula for workers and that ownership and individual self-determination are the hallmarks of pro-labor public policy.

The IWF National Report card identifed Arkansas with a grade of "B" which placed Arkansas in the top 19 states; 16 states received grades of "D" or "F." The report further addressed Arkansas as follows:
To improve on this grade in the future, Arkansas must increase its personal protection of public employees’ financial rights to become competitive in the region.

With a minimum wage of $6.25, Arkansas is above the Federal minimum wage of $5.85. A higher minimum wage hurts small business investment and increases unemployment in lower classes. Further, by not having paycheck protection laws, union bosses are free to spend members’ dues on any political cause of their choosing— regardless of the member’s personal preferences and/or beliefs. These laws are essential to not only securing worker freedom, but ensuring honest political representation.

Arkansas, by not offering a defined contribution pension plan, limits their employees’ freedom by offering non-portable and non-personally-controlled pensions. In addition, Arkansas law requires prevailing wage determination if the project exceeds $75,000. Virtually all major construction projects on state or federal roads and infrastructure exceed this amount. This prevailing wage hurts the average worker at the benefit of Big Labor.

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Friday, November 30, 2007

Murtha's Flip-Flop- Flip Double Talk on the War

Hat tip to Campaign2008VictoryA for the following comments by Col. William Russel (R-Candidate) concerning John Murtha's (D-PA-12th Dist.) Iraq trip defriefing news conference:
Thank you John Murtha for admitting the surge under the leadership of General Petraeus is working. . . . The Central government in Iraq is taking charge with leaders who have been braving large scale assassination attempts, threats to their families, and an infrastructure ravaged and neglected by Saddam's regime and sabotage by Islamic Radicals. They are rebuilding an army and police forces, getting control of foreign national criminals in their presence, and have actually passed major reforms. Can the same be said of our Democratic majority in the House?

The $14 Billion per month that Murtha says is taking its toll on training and equipping our military here at home is not the issue. It is the political games that Murtha and Obey are playing with military budgets that is causing the Department of Defense to short change training and equipping functions in order to ensure the success of the surge and support our Soldiers on the front lines. Murtha wonders why the next rotation of troops is not ready to back fill those currently deployed while he holds up the funding necessary to equip and train them.

When Murtha cites the Abu Ghraib photos as being the best recruiting tool for Al-Qaida, he is too modest. He has completely forgotten about his endorsement of Al-Qaida's recruiting efforts by publicly accusing United States Marines of cold-blooded murder of Iraqi civilians. Murtha gave the United States Congress's stamp of approval to the enemy's propaganda and placed American service men and women in greater danger of attack by giving credence to the enemy's message on the Arab street. We are eagerly awaiting Murtha's apology to the exonerated Haditha Marines for placing them in greater danger, ruining their careers, and undermining their comrades.

I agree that we should step up our diplomatic and political efforts to help the Iraqi's establish political and economic control. Thanks to the security provided by the surge, the Iraqi civil entities are gaining control. If we had followed the advice and position of Murtha and his Democratic colleagues, we would not have the opportunities we currently have. Rather than pit domestic political and economic policies against our military and political objectives in the war against Islamic Radicalism, why don't we focus on synchronizing those policies so we can keep our troops safer and bring them home from a peaceful theater? Mr. Murtha has proven time and again that he will not support our Soldiers in the fight. . . .

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Ron Paul Surpasses Romney & Giuliani

Today, the Ron Paul campaign identified that U.S. Representative Ron Paul (R-TX) run for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination has reached several milestones.

Ron Paul’s campaign surpassed both Mitt Romney’s and Rudy Giuliani’s third quarter fundraising total. With over one month still remaining in the fourth quarter, Congressman Paul has currently raised $10,093,152. By comparison, Mitt Romney raised only $9,896,719 and Rudy Giuliani raised only $10,258,019 during the three-month period from July to September of this year. “These milestones are the latest indication that Dr. Paul’s message of freedom, peace, and prosperity is resonating strongly with voters across the United States,” said Paul campaign spokesman Joe Seehusen. “New money means new support.”

In another interesting turn of events in Giuliani’s home state of New York, Ron Paul placed first in the New York Young Republicans Club poll.

The Paul campaign has publicly set a $12 million fourth quarter fundraising goal, to be raised by December 31. Paul is also the first presidential candidate in history to make fundraising numbers publicly available in real-time. Recently, Paul’s campaign received widespread recognition for his record $4.2 million one-day fundraising haul on November 5. Over 37,000 citizens contributed in one single day.

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Stem Cell Vindication

by Charles Krauthammer: A decade ago, James A. Thomson was the first to isolate human embryonic stem cells. Last week, he (and Japan's Shinya Yamanaka) announced one of the great scientific breakthroughs since the discovery of DNA: an embryo-free way to produce genetically matched stem cells. Even a scientist who cares not a whit about the morality of embryo destruction will adopt this technique because it is so simple and powerful. The embryonic stem cell debate is over.

Which allows a bit of reflection on the storm that has raged ever since the August 2001 announcement of President Bush's stem cell policy. The verdict is clear: Rarely has a president -- so vilified for a moral stance -- been so thoroughly vindicated. Why? Precisely because he took a moral stance. Precisely because, to borrow Thomson's phrase, Bush was made "a little bit uncomfortable" by the implications of embryonic experimentation. Precisely because he therefore decided that some moral line had to be drawn. . . . [Read More]

Tags: Charles Krauthammer, stem cell research, stem cells

Wal-Mart: Low Prices, High Standards & Return to Family-Friendly Company

Tony Perkins, FRC: If the Human Rights Campaign is complaining about Wal-Mart, then the retail giant must finally be doing something right. After an on-again, off-again relationship with the homosexual lobby, Wal-Mart has decided to set its family-friendly record straight. This summer, after thousands of customer complaints, the company chose not to renew its membership in the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. More recently, executives announced that they won't offer domestic partner benefits to employees or grant special rights to transgenders. As a result, HRC says that the company's rating on its gay-friendly index experienced a record drop--from 65% to 40% in one year. We applaud Wal-Mart for rolling back its politically correct stance and urge shoppers to thank local store managers by taking them a copy of the attached flier from Download a 'Thank You to Wal-Mart' flyer from

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If surge is working, let’s fund the troops

Today, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) said “the surge is working” after returning from his latest visit to Iraq. Reacting to those comments, the Politico carried this response from a “top House Democratic aide”: “This could be a real headache for us … [Speaker] Pelosi is going to be furious.”*

U.S. Rep. John Boozman (R-AR) is formally calling on Congressional leaders to craft a clean, bipartisan, troop funding bill by Christmas in light of the admission by Rep. John Murtha (D-PA), the leading anti-war critic in the House, that “the surge is working.”

“Chairman Murtha’s statement is an acknowledgement of the success the men and women of our armed forces have achieved under the new direction laid out by the administration, and it is one I hope to see embraced by his colleagues. Over the last six months, we have seen greater security, a reduction in attacks, and citizens joining together to put the terrorists on the run. If the surge is working, then let us fund the troops.

“I call on the leadership of this Congress to put forward a bipartisan troop support bill which will allow the military to capitalize on its efforts, and to do so by the time we adjourn for Christmas. This is not a time to play games, but to come together and stand-up for the men and women who continue to implement this successful strategy. We do not need to risk the safety of our troops by delaying a clean bill any further.”
* Looks like that “furious” Pelosi made a phone call this a.m.: Murtha clarifies remarks on Iraq ‘surge’ See also: Murtha's comments on 'surge' are a problem for House Democrats; U.S. deaths in Iraq remain down; Quote of the day concerning Iraq visit by Rep. Norman Dicks (D-WA) : “There is a sense of normalcy you didn’t see before. In that sense, the surge is being successful. . . . I felt kinda embarrassed telling the Iraqis they had to get their act together and pass legislation when we can’t do it back here.”

Tags: Iraq War, John Boozman, John Murtha, military funding, Nancy Pelosi, troop surge, US House

Thursday, November 29, 2007

A Fight to Get to Huckabee!

Hat tip to Michigan Redneck for the lead to this Fox News blog story by Shushannah Walshe:
I’ve seen some serious New York City press gaggles, but nothing like what happened in the spin room after the debate when a reporter slugged Governor Huckabee’s aide trying to get an interview with the Presidential hopeful. Chaos ensued and CNN’s Dana Bash called security. You can overhear the reporter, identified as Joe Shea of The American Reporter online newspaper, denying the punch saying the aide fell to the ground. Security came and threw out the man who is definitely in need of some anger management training.

Afterwards Huckabee said, “I’m going to send Chuck after him.” Referring to Chuck Norris who has endorsed Huckabee for President, but wasn’t breaking up fights instead was talking to media in another part of the spin room unaware that he was actually needed to keep the press off the Governor. I asked the former Arkansas governor if he ever thought the press would be fighting to talk to him. He chuckled, “ I’m just glad they aren’t fighting to get to me so they can fight me. I’m not that good. Chuck’s the fighter. I’m the nice guy.” . . . [Read More plus Video]

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Duncan Hunter to Hillary Clinton on Debate Plant - Send More!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 29, 2007
San Diego, CA - - - GOP Presidential candidate Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) today sent the following response to Senator Hillary Clinton who planted a member of her campaign staff in the audience to ask a question at the Republican debate last evening in Florida. The retired military general, who announced during his question that he was gay, asked the candidates about their position on the Pentagon's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy regarding homosexuals serving in the military.
November 29, 2007
Dear Senator Clinton,>
Regarding the "plant", retired Brig. Gen. Keith H. Kerr, that you sent to ask me the question at the CNN-YouTube debate last night in Florida … Send more!!!

Merry Christmas,
Duncan Hunter

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Rush Limbaugh Speaks Out: Moderates Dominate GOP Debate; Only Fred Sounded Conservative

Rush Limbaugh, The Rush Limbaugh Show: It was fascinating to me, as I said, to watch this because it hit me upside the head -- even though, as I say, I instinctively knew this -- that all of the top-tier candidates . . . There was one candidate who did not display any moderateness or liberalism or have any of his past forays into those areas displayed, and that candidate was Fred Thompson. Now, this is not an endorsement. You know, I don't endorse during primaries. I just point out: These are things I noticed, and I've told you during the course of this one campaign year that one of the things that's bothering me, is I'm a Reagan conservative, and I believe in conservatism. It's in my soul and it's in my heart, and I know it is the best way for us to manage our affairs to ensure the most prosperity for the most, to continue our freedom, to protect our country.

Conservatism sees people and sees potential. Liberalism looks at people and sees victims. Liberalism looks at people and sees incompetence, and, "We gotta help 'em out and keep 'em forever dependent so we'll always have power." Conservatives don't want to use the government to empower themselves. They want to get government out of the way to empower other people. So, to me it matters, and we have a campaign now where most of the candidates are not genuine conservatives. They may be saying they are, but in their past they have done some things that are not conservative in any way, shape, manner, or form -- and I think a lot of those things are being overlooked even by friends of mine in the conservative media because the obsession is Hillary. . . . I don't like seeing "conservatism" being watered down as the way it's defined. I don't want people who are not conservative being said to be representatives of the "new conservatism." There is no "new" conservatism. There is conservatism, and you either are or you aren't.

You can be 80%, but it depends on what the other 20% are, and I'm just telling you that last night, it was Huckabee and Rudy and Mitt Romney, because of these questions, who were all faced with the reality -- and everybody watching saw it -- that they've got some governance in their pasts that is not conservative, . . . You know, one of the arguments about Fred Thompson is, "Well, I can't see the fire in his belly." Well, he's got a different personality than the others. We'll just have to see how all this shakes out . . .
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GOP YouTube Debate Flubs: Falsehoods, exaggerations & stumbles analyzed the debate.
  • Romney
  • Giuliani
  • Huckabee
  • Romney
Again, Fred Thompson got his facts right.
- The CNN/YouTube debate among Republicans lacked any talking snowmen, but we did note a few false and misleading statements by the candidates.
  • Romney claimed New York called itself a “sanctuary city” for illegal aliens. It didn’t.
  • Giuliani denied New York actually was a “sanctuary city.” But the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service has classified it as such, based on immigrant-friendly policies Giuliani still defends.
  • Huckabee claimed he would “abolish the IRS.” He failed to mention that he’d replace it with another big tax bureaucracy.
  • Huckabee said he had proposed to make children of illegal aliens eligible for Arkansas scholarships if they "had been in our schools their entire school life.” Actually, the proposal required only three years in Arkansas schools.
  • Giuliani was correct on two points: While he was mayor, New York snowfall went down and the Yankees won four World Series titles. He was joking, but his gag should remind citizens that it’s a mistake in logic to give mayors, or governors or presidents, all credit or blame for what happens just because they’re in office at the time. . . . [Read More] The Annenberg Political Fact Check is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the Univ. of Pennsylvania and is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, "consumer advocate" for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. We monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases. The APPC accepts NO funding from business corporations, labor unions, political parties, lobbying organizations or individuals. It is funded primarily by the Annenberg Foundation.

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Pro-Life U.S. Rep. Henry Hyde Died Today

by Steve Jalsevac, LifeSiteNews: Early this morning, former U.S. Congressman Henry Hyde, described by Colleen Parro, of the Republican National Coalition for Life, as "one of the most dedicated, eloquent and effective pro-life advocates in American government", died at the age of 83. In addition to chairing the House Judiciary Committee, Hyde was President of the Clinton impeachment trial, a high-level participant in the response to the 9-11 attacks, and a major player in the worldwide response to the HIV/AIDS crisis. However, more than anything else, Henry Hyde is known for his stalwart defense of the right to life of unborn children . . . [Read More]

Gary Bauer: During his 32 years in the House of Representatives, Rep. Henry Hyde (R-IL) was an outspoken defender of the sanctity of human life at all stages and a passionate advocate for a strong national defense. A principled conservative, Hyde was respected by his colleagues on both sides of the aisle. A veteran, lawyer and public servant, Hyde is perhaps best known as the author of the Hyde Amendment, which bans public funding of abortions through Medicaid. The Hyde Amendment is the most important pro-life law on the books, and one that National Right to Life estimates has saved the lives of more than 1 million unborn babies. Earlier this month, Hyde was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award. Henry Hyde will be sorely missed on the frontlines of the battle to defend life, faith, family and freedom.

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CNN - The Clinton News Network!!

by Gary Bauer: Last night's CNN/YouTube debate was an example of yet another "ambush" of the GOP presidential candidates by liberal operatives. One of the final YouTube questions was asked by retired Brig. Gen. Keith H. Kerr (although there are questions being raised about his rank), who outlined his military credentials and then announced he was a homosexual. Kerr proceeded to demand that the GOP candidates allow open homosexuals in the military. After the candidates responded, CNN moderator Anderson Cooper announced that Kerr was actually in the audience. They handed him a microphone and allowed him to confront the candidates - this time in person.

So why was this one questioner given such special treatment on an issue that ranks very low as a priority with average voters? CNN had obviously arranged for him to be in the debate hall and have a seat in the front rows. This morning it was disclosed that Brig. General Kerr had already signed on with Hillary Clinton's campaign!

Kerr is a member of Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender Americans for Hillary (No, I am not kidding) and co-chair of her National Military Veterans group. And he wasn't the only Democrat operative selected to ask a question. The young woman named Journey, who asked the candidates whether women who have abortions would be put in jail after abortion is illegal, is in fact a John Edwards supporter, a fact easily discovered by looking on her YouTube profile page. The Log Cabin "Republican" who posed a pro-gay rights question is an Obama supporter! Before this is over we may discover that the only Republicans on camera last night were the GOP candidates! Seriously, CNN did a lousy job of screening. They are either inept or there was willful collusion. See also:
CNN Takes Heat Over Questions
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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Virginia GOP Primary Voters Must Sign Loyalty Oath

Update: GOP in Virginia abandons loyalty pledge!
On Monday, the Virgina State Board of Elections approved a Virginia Republican Party request for people wishing to vote in the state's presidential primary. The new policy requires that 2008 GOP primary voters sign an oath of loyalty to vote for the Republican presidential nominee next fall. Because voters in Virginia do not register by party, the oath was a concept desired by the Virginia's GOP. Obviously it will have to be self-enforcing oath because there is no practical way to enforce the GOP covenant in the constitutionally guaranteed secrecy of the voting booth.

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What If America Said "No"?

by Bob Parks, Outside the Wire: They came here for several centuries for the same reasons - freedom and hope - and then a Frenchman created a statue that embodied their hopes and dreams. And it embodied America's promise as well. "Give us your poor, your tired, your huddled masses longing to be free."

Is there a point when enough is enough? Not because we have too many people coming in, but not the right kind of people coming in? As "intolerant" as that sounds, "tolerance" is exactly what I'm driving at. As illustrated by the story of
Gillian Gibbons, a British teacher in Khartoum who faces 40 lashes for allowing her class of seven-year-olds to name a teddy bear "Mohammed". Different countries have traditions and one is expected to follow them upon entry. The results can be harsh if you deviate.

But America is different. We allow people from many nations to come to America and being the "tolerant", "inclusive" people we are, we are now allowing the new entrants to not only observe their traditions, but to do so in some cases at the expense of our own. Because of political correctness, those traditions found "offensive" by some are being eliminated one-by-one and our national identity is being altered, and not for the good.

Many people come to America because the conditions in their native lands are not what they could be, and that's being nice. Some fled religious persecution, poverty, and came to America (their first choice) to begin a new life of freedom. But once the freedom and PC gets into their heads, things get ugly. These new arrivals make demands. All of a sudden, our holidays are offensive to them. All of a sudden, they have problems with our schools, workplaces, public meeting areas, our traditions and our speech. America is a prosperous nation and to be quite honest, as a person who has seen the Third World, I really wouldn't want to see her become one of those nations.

But it now appears that the very people who chose to flee their homes are attempting to turn America into that from which they fled. That, is becoming the clear reason why some of us believe that unless new arrivals want to become Americans and cherish all that makes us who we are, they should not even bother to come here. If this keeps up, one day America will say "no" and immigrants will have no one to blame but themselves.

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Is A Do-Nothing Congress Always Bad? -- Kill the Veterans Disarmament Act

Gun Owners of America: Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) made headlines recently when discussing the frustrations that Democrats have had in using their power to push their agenda through the Congress. Earlier this month, Newsday reported that, "Democrats seeking to make good on such promises as... passing stricter gun laws... have found themselves thwarted by Senate rules." Gun owners should say thank you" to Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) who is responsible for this slowdown, as he is the champion who has placed a "hold" on the Veterans Disarmament Act!

This has been very aggravating for Rep. McCarthy. "I thought that since I'd even gotten the NRA's cooperation, this would be a walk in the park," she said in reference to the Veterans Disarmament Act that she introduced in the House. "It has been frustrating." You will remember that it pretty much was a "walk in the park" in the House, as the bill sailed through that chamber without a recorded vote. And that takes us to our unfinished business.

After the bill cleared the House in June, concerned citizens immediately started lobbying your Senators, asking them to oppose the bill. But now that
the bill has stalled in that chamber, it is time to let the House members know that it was reprehensible for gun control to pass the House WITHOUT a recorded vote. Moreover, we need to tell them that if the Senate sends the bill back to the House, we don't want this to happen again.

We realize that most of the rank-and-file congressmen were hoodwinked by the Democratic leadership in June. On the night of June 12, the legislative report (which was sent to every congressman to advise them of the votes they would face the following day) did NOT include the Veterans Disarmament Act on the schedule. But the decision was then made in the early morning hours to ram the bill through before lunch. Most Congressmen never saw it coming. They were fooled once... they need to be on guard the next time and make sure it doesn't happen again.

ACTION: Contact your Representative and ask them to do everything in their power to kill the Veterans Disarmament Act -- or at a minimum, to make sure that the bill gets a recorded vote, should it find its way back to the House. A pre-written message available at the
GOA Legislative Action Center (phone & fax numbers also available).
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Feminist Abuse of Domestic Violence Laws

by Phyllis Schlafly, Eagle Forum: The radical feminists have devised a scheme to cash in on a flow of taxpayers' money in a big way. Their good buddy Senator Joseph Biden (D-DE) has just introduced a bill called I-VAWA (International Violence Against Women Act, S. 2279). I-VAWA earmarks at least 10 percent of its program funds to be granted to a certain type of women's organizations. Biden's press release identifies the favored groups: N.O.W.'s Legal Momentum, Family Violence Prevention Fund, Women's Edge Coalition, and Center for Women's Global Leadership.

I-VAWA would create a new Office of Women's Global Initiatives that would control all foreign domestic-violence programs and funds in the Departments of State, Justice, Labor, Health and Human Services, and Homeland Security. The radical feminists who would be the recipients of I-VAWA's awesome bureaucratic and money power are very selective about the kinds of violence they will target in 10 to 20 foreign countries. They have no interest in speaking up for the hundreds of thousands of unborn girls in China and India who are victims of sex-selection abortions.

Feminist ideology about the goal of gender-neutrality and the absence of innate differences between males and females goes out the window when it comes to the subject of domestic violence. Feminist dogma is that the law should assume men are batterers and women are victims. How this malicious ideology plays out in U.S. courts every day is described in a revealing article in the November Illinois Bar Journal. Titled "Sword or Shield: Combating Orders-of-Protection Abuse in Divorce," the article spells out how petitioners can gain unfair advantage in divorce and child custody by using the Illinois Domestic Violence Act. . . . [Read More]

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Democrats shift to talking down the economy

The latest Pew Research poll shows that “For the first time in a long time, nearly half of Americans express positive opinions about the situation in Iraq.” There have been some noteworthy changes in public opinion on Iraq since Pew’s February poll. The percentage saying the military effort is going well or fairly well has increased 18 points. The increase was seen in Democrats, Republicans and independents. There was a 13 point increase is those who see progress in defeating the insurgents, and a majority of respondents now see progress in preventing terrorist bases in Iraq. And the number of those polled who see progress in preventing a civil war and in reducing the number of civilian casualties doubled. AFP also reports on the new poll that Americans happier about Iraq.

With the news out of Iraq improving,
The Hill reports Democrats have decided to shift from their efforts to talk down Iraq to talking down the economy. Democrats appear poised to join with the media in promoting the idea that the country is headed into a recession despite a record 50 straight months of job creation. Rep. Rahm Emanuel told The Hill, “The executive branch gets credit for a good economy and a bad economy. That’s how it works.” It does? Can anyone recall President Bush getting any credit for good economic news during his term? Amazingly, CNN’s Lou Dobbs admitted yesterday that Bill Clinton would almost certainly be getting credit were he still in the White House. NewsBusters has been ably and diligently reporting on the media’s efforts to talk down the economy and to ignore positive economic news.

Of course, the positive news might not last if Democrats’ tax proposals get enacted.
The New York Sun reports today on the standoff in the Senate over Democrat Rep. Charlie Rangel’s (NY) plan to raise taxes elsewhere in order to fix the AMT. Meanwhile, The Washington Post noted Democrat presidential candidates arguing over whether families making $97,000 are wealthy so they can decide who to raise taxes on.

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Senate GOP Leadership Elections December 6th

Sources inside the beltway revealed that a Senate Republican leadership elections will be held next Thursday, Dec. 6 (9:30 a.m.), at a special Conference meeting. The session is being held to fill any leadership vacancies resulting from Minority Whip Trent Lott's (MS) resignation next month. Currently, Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona is running uncontested for Republican Whip. With Sen. Jon Kyl (AZ) advancement to this position his current post of GOP Conference Chair becomes available. Sens. Lamar Alexander (TN), Richard Burr (NC), and Kay Bailey Hutchison (TX) are running for Sen. Kyl’s current post of GOP Conference Chair. Sen. John Thune (SD) appears to be eying a possible bid.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

CNN cannot abide a black republican candidate.

CNN evident bias, if not prejudice, is on display when they will only abide having a black candidate on the Democrat rostrum talking as a Democrat presidential candidate. However, if a Republican presidential candidate is black, it is anathema. Such a candidate is Former Ambassador Alan Keyes who entered the race later than his non-black Republican counterparts. CNN has established benchmark criteria to exclude Keyes from Wednesday's CNN televised debate in Florida. Keyes is listed among the candidates to be voted on in the Florida GOP Presidential Primary. However on Monday night at 11 p.m., CNN Political Director Sam Feist e-mailed the Alan Keyes campaign to inform the campaign — for the first time — that Ambassador Keyes would not be included in Wednesday evening's CNN/YouTube/Republican Party of Florida Debate. Prior to this notice, the campaign had received no word from the debate's sponsors about their intentions, one way or the other, to include Dr. Keyes, despite several inquires. The most the campaign was able to learn was that the decision was "ultimately up to CNN" . . . [Read More]

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Ties to Arkansas don’t secure delegates to conventions

by Jim Brooks, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: The 2008 presidential race is particularly interesting for Arkansans because two candidates — one in each major party — have links to the state. But . . .those Arkansas ties don’t necessarily give either Republican former Gov. Mike Huckabee or Democratic former first lady Hillary Clinton a procedural advantage in the selection of delegates for next summer’s national conventions.

“There’s no benefit for any one candidate,” said state Republican Party spokesman Karen Ray of her party’s process. “It’s all based on the [primary ] vote totals.” The parties’ mechanisms for selecting delegates differ in a few aspects. The document outlining the Republican Party’s process is four pages long; the Democratic Party’s procedures take up 32. The Democratic delegates pledged to a candidate have to be approved by that candidate’s campaigns, and must be equally divided between men and women, and preference is given to minorities in the selection of at-large delegates. . . .

But about half of the delegates in both parties will be “at-large” delegates, meaning they don’t have to submit a pledge to a specific candidate beforehand. And among those at-large delegates are so-called “super delegates” — party or elected officials, many of whom have already expressed a preference in the race. . . . As super delegates, they would be free to cast their votes for any candidate. . . . There is no special provision in Republican Party rules setting aside delegate positions for other elected officials, meaning that U. S. Rep. John Boozman or the party’s candidate for governor in 2006, Asa Hutchinson, would have to go through the regular delegate selection process . . . .

Arkansas is allowed 34 delegates to the Republican convention, which will be at the XCEL Center in Minneapolis from Sept. 1-4. Twelve delegates — three per congressional district — will be selected at district conventions, with the remaining delegates chosen at a state convention. The district delegates are pledged to a specific candidate, and presidential campaigns can submit lists of their preferred delegates, Ray said. “They can submit their preferences and we will note on the ballot that is the preferred delegate for whichever nominee,” Ray said.

Any candidate in the presidential primary who receives a majority of votes in a district will be awarded all three of that district’s delegates and alternates. If no candidate receives a majority of the vote, the candidate who receives the most votes in that district will be allocated two delegates and two alternates and the runner-up will receive the remaining delegates. At-large delegates will be allotted on the basis of a formula that will give any candidate receiving 10 percent of the statewide vote one delegate and one alternate. The candidate who receives a majority of the primary vote will receive the remaining at-large delegates. . . . [Read More]
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Speaking English on the Job is Common Sense... Right?

by Bobby Eberle, The Loft: A new survey shows that a vast majority of Americans believe that companies should be allowed to require employees to speak English while on the job. This makes perfect sense, right? If you're on a construction site, and there is a large steel I-beam heading for your head, you'd probably want your co-workers to warn you about it... in English! But yet again, this type of policy is causing an uproar, this time in Connecticut, where a sheet metal plant is being sued by five Spanish-speaking workers because the company "ordered its employees to speak only English on the job because of safety concerns."

First, some numbers... According to a new poll by
Rasmussen Reports, 77% of American voters say "companies should be allowed to require employees to speak English while on the job." The telephone survey found only 14% disagree with the position. The English-only worksite sentiment crosses party affiliations with 84% of Republicans and 70% of Democrats in agreement. "Just 13% of American voters believe that requiring workers to speak English is a form of racism or bigotry. Seventy-nine percent (79%) disagree." Rasmussen notes that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) does not feel the same way as the vast majority of the American public. . . . [Read More]

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21st-Century Reaganism

Investor Business Daily Editorial: The war for the soul of the Republican Party was won in 1980 by Ronald Reagan. Presidential candidates who want to re-wage the conflict in 2008 will only weaken the GOP against the Democrats' nominee.

In the aftermath of Vietnam, Watergate and a Jimmy Carter presidency that rendered America an economic and foreign policy basket case, Republicans discovered a tried-and-true recipe for electoral success. They would stand for three sets of principles:
• Lowering high taxes and stemming the growth of government in order to revive the private economy, lower inflation and interest rates, and generate jobs.
• Rebuilding U.S. defenses and unashamedly confronting Soviet expansionism with the goal of winning the Cold War rather than learning to live with communism.
• Reasserting traditional values in the aftermath of the 1960s social revolution, including opposing abortion and smut, especially through the appointment of federal judges holding strict-constructionist views.

. . . Under candidate Reagan in 1980, it suddenly represented a vast cross-section of the country:
• Beleaguered businesses, big and small alike (and those they employ).
• Voters who feared the geopolitical consequences if America didn't soon take the "kick me" sign off its back . . .
•The legions of Catholics, evangelicals and others who deplored America's sinking into a Hollywood-inspired moral sewer.

More than a quarter-century later, sustaining the Reagan coalition remains the recipe for Republican victory in a national election. The candidate most likely to energize all the segments of the Republican grass roots against a Democratic opponent next year is one committed to making the Bush tax cuts permanent and fixing the entitlement spending crisis with free-market solutions, who insists on winning in Iraq and clearly sees Iran for the nuclear threat it is, and who would reverse the radical ACLU mentality on the federal bench.

Yet most of the GOP presidential hopefuls have refused to act as across-the-board Reaganites. . . . Former Sen. Fred Thompson, on the other hand, has managed to gain the endorsement of the National Right to Life Committee (a key stamp of approval from social conservatives) while at the same time espousing the boldest of economic solutions on both Social Security and tax reform. Thompson would solve Social Security's insolvency by giving Americans voluntary control of their own personal retirement accounts. He'd keep the Bush tax cuts, and he announced last weekend that he'd let taxpayers choose between the present, complex tax code and a simplified system with only two rates: 10% and 25%. The movie star politician also proposes a Reaganesque rebuilding of our Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines.

The Republicans running for the 2008 presidential nomination are often accused of being unconvincing actors in repeatedly invoking the name of Ronald Reagan. Funny how the one real actor among them seems to understand what Reaganism is. . . .[Read More]

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Republican Leaders Rep. Dennis Hastert & Sen. Trent Lott Retire

Representative Dennis Hastert (R-IL), former Speaker of the House officially resigned last night at 11:59 pm EST. He made his resignation official in a letter yesterday to Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Hastert said he chose Monday because it would give Blagojevich sufficient time to set a special primary election for Feb. 5 so voters can pick candidates to run for the remainder of his term, which ends in January 2009. Acting like a conservative appreciative of the cost of elections, hes said: "This will minimize inconvenience to the voters and expense to the counties in the 14th Congressional District." If Gov. Blagojevick has not decided whether he will hold the special primary election or appoint a replacement to serve out his term of office. Currently, four Republicans and four Democrats have filed paperwork for Hastert former congressional seat. Hastert's served 21-years in Congress and served as House speaker longer than any other Republican.

Senator Trent Lott (R-MS), the 66-year-old minority whip, also announced yesterday that he would resign in a few weeks. Lott made the surprise announcement in Pascagoula, MS where he grew up. He had been re-elected to a fourth term just last year, and his seat was not expected to be contested until 2012. Lott said he had wanted to leave the Senate after his previous term expired, but “then Katrina intervened” and he ran again “because the people I loved so much were still struggling.” Lott also lost his home to Hurricane Katrina, struggled with clean-up and insurance like his fellow neighbors. Lott served 35 years in Congress and had served previously as Senate Majority Leader.

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Monday, November 26, 2007

Alan Keyes' Campaign Responds to RPA Filing Fees

by Bill Smith, ARRA Editor: Former Ambassador Alan Keyes did not file as a Republican candidate in Arkansas. We suspected that the reason may have been the high fee established by the Republican Party of Arkansas $15,000 filing fee, previously identified as a "ballot tax" in a prior editorial. Since Mr. Keyes is an outspoken conservative supporter of moral and traditional family values and fundamental Republican principles and ideals, we contacted the Keyes' campaign for comment.

Tom Hoefling, associated with Alan Keys for President campaign, expressed that the $15,000.00 filing fee is excessive. He identified that the only state who had a worse (higher) filing fee is South Carolina which charged $25,000 for candidates who filed before May 2007 and $35,000 for candidates who filed later. South Carolina's filing fee amounts to more than all the other states combined. Excepting the South Carolina fee, the Arkansas fee nearly totals of all other states. Hoefling shared that Alan Keyes for President Campaign is grassroots-driven and not a money-driven campaign. Hoefling said, "I can understand a small fee to offset administrative costs, but the South Carolina and Arkansas fees are way out of line. Access to the ballot is critical to the exercise of our form of self-government. I have yet to find someone who can explain to me how excessive fees to gain ballot access as a candidate is different morally from a poll tax that prevents the citizen from voting."

Representatives Duncan Hunter and Tom Tancredo also did not file as a Republican candidate in Arkansas. We request a comment from the Duncan Hunter campaign but have not received a reply. Rep. Tancredo cited the high RPA filing fee and that he felt former Gov. Mike Huckabee should win his home state. Six candidates filed as Republican presidential candidates in Arkansas. The Republican Party of Arkansas received $90,000 without incurring any costs. The Democrats charged $2500 per candidate and received $20,000 from their eight presidential candidates. In Arkansas, the State pays all the cost for conducting primaries. The fundraising efforts of the RPA resulted in Arkansans being denied the option to vote for three of the most conservative candidates who opted not to pay the second highest filing fee in the United States of America for a Presidential primary. See also: Candidates for February Presidential Primary Election Announced
American's Revival: Alan Keyes for President

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Huckabee, the False Conservative

Update - See also: More Reasons To Beware Of Mike Huckabee by Dr. Chuck Baldwin (11/27/07) and Huckabee's Republican Paradox by Dr. Patrick Briney (11/2/07):
by Robert Novak, Real Clear Politics: Who would respond to criticism from the Club for Growth by calling the conservative, free-market campaign organization the "Club for Greed"? That sounds like Howard Dean, Dennis Kucinich or John Edwards, all Democrats preaching the class struggle. In fact, the rejoinder comes from Mike Huckabee, who has broken out of the pack of second-tier Republican presidential candidates to become a serious contender -- definitely in Iowa and perhaps nationally. Huckabee is campaigning as a conservative, but serious Republicans know that he is a high-tax, protectionist, big-government advocate of a strong hand in the Oval Office directing the lives of Americans. Until now, they did not bother to expose the former governor of Arkansas as a false conservative because he seemed an underfunded, unknown nuisance candidate.

. . . he is getting remarkably warm reviews in the news media as the most humorous, entertaining and interesting GOP presidential hopeful. Contrary to descriptions by old associates, he is now called "jovial" or "good-natured." Any Republican who does not sound much like a Republican is bound to benefit from friendly media support, as Sen. John McCain did in 2000 but not today with his return to being more like a conventional Republican. An uncompromising foe of abortion can never enjoy full media backing. But Mike Huckabee is getting enough favorable buzz that, when combined with his evangelical base, it makes real conservatives shudder. [Read More]

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Islamofascists Target Arizona Base

by Gary Bauer, Campaign for Working Families: Fort Huachuca in Arizona is our nation's largest intelligence training center, housing 12,000 personnel and military families. It would be a prime target for the Islamists who have declared war on us. If recent reports are true, an attack on the base has indeed been planned by terrorists working with Mexican drug cartels. According to an article today in the Washington Times, U.S. intelligence has several sources pointing to a plot that would smuggle as many as 60 Afghan and Iraqi terrorists into the U.S. through underground tunnels at the Mexican border. The hit squad would be armed with anti-tank missiles, Soviet made surface-to-air missiles and grenade launchers as well as other weapons. The reports obtained by the Times suggest that some of the terrorists are already in the country and are living in "safe houses" in Texas.

As you can imagine, federal officials are refusing to confirm details of the plot or even acknowledge its existence. But a spokesman for Fort Huachuca acknowledged the plot and admitted that security arrangements at the base have been altered in recent months to make the base more secure. Several other plots by Islamofascists to attack U.S. military facilities within the United States have been broken up over the last year. Such an attack would be a propaganda coup for our enemy, one that could be exploited around the world and used as a recruiting tool to bring more young Islamofascists into the terrorist ranks. It is also a stark reminder that the next president better be prepared to deal with potential threats virtually unimaginable just a few years ago.

Tags: Gary Bauer, Islamist, national security, terrorist

Senate Democrats Gone in 60 Seconds

An editorial in The Wall Steet Journal ends with a point worth noticing:
Most Senators have left Washington for the Thanksgiving recess, but a few Democrats are keeping the Senate in business, technically speaking: The skeleton crew isn't actually doing anything besides gaveling the non-voting sessions in and out twice a week. Majority Leader Harry Reid says this gambit is intended to thwart "controversial recess appointments." . . . The real story is that Democrats are opting for a stunt to show their base that the party is "confronting" Mr. Bush. In a microsession Tuesday, Virginia Democrat Jim Webb presided over an empty chamber for less than a minute, then left. Come to think of it, given their accomplishments so far, Democrats might as well have spent the entire fall doing the same thing.
The Democrats’ lack of accomplishments certainly looms large as the final month of this session approaches. There is little time and a great deal left undone. Congress has still not addressed the alternative minimum tax, which, if left unpatched, will affect 23 million taxpayers next year.
Meanwhile, 11 of the 12 annual appropriations bills still have not been signed into law either because of excessive spending, like the Labor-HHS-Education bill, or because of Democrats playing politics, such as the Military Construction-Veterans Affairs bill. Also, work on the farm bill remains to be completed, after
9 days of futility prior to the Thanksgiving break.

Democrats have also suggested that they want to pass energy legislation before Congress leaves for Christmas and there is still the matter of FISA reform. Most importantly, Congress still has not passed bridge funds for the troops into next year, which could force military base closures in February, according to
DOD Secretary Robert Gates.

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Sunday, November 25, 2007

Democrats Greedily Blocking Healthcare for our Returning Veterans

When reading the following consider the words of Theodore Roosevelt: "A man who is good enough to shed his blood for the country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards."
by Rachel Alexander, Opinions Editorials: The Democrats in Congress did a sneaky thing to try and force massive spending increases for social welfare programs and government education through – they included them in a bill that provided funding for veterans’ healthcare. Instead of including all funding for veterans’ healthcare in a defense appropriations bill, Democrats put part of the authorization for funds for veterans’ healthcare in a $606 billion dollar domestic spending bill that contained more than 2,000 pork earmarks, including a sailing school taught aboard a catamaran, a prison museum, a Portugese language program, $665 million in sheer giveaways to private community organizations, and $225 million for community health centers, something that is already well-served by the private sector.

The bill would have increased spending for social services and government education by more than $10 billion . . . Consequently, Bush was forced to veto this spending monstrosity until a compromise could be made to allow the veterans’ healthcare provisions to pass. Democrats . . . have used the opportunity to blame Bush for blocking veterans’ healthcare provisions. This is a transparent attempt at fooling the voters, considering the Democrats' tradition of advocating for reductions to all things military while Republicans have consistently asked for more support for our troops.

This is despicable considering that our wounded veterans are this country’s greatest heroes. Whether one agrees with the war or not, individual patriotic Americans who signed up to serve our country, putting their lives in jeopardy, should not be blamed. Since the war in Iraq began in 2003, over 60,000 troops have returned with physical injuries or mental health problems. . . . According to CBS, over 120 veterans per week across the U.S. committed suicide in 2005, a total of 6,256 that year.

. . . Our troops who return from Iraq unable to work requiring disability income are encountering bureaucratic delays, no doubt caused by government giving priority to other interest groups over our veterans. . . . according to the American Journal of Public Health, more than one million of our vets have no insurance or access to VA medical care. Unlike illegal immigrants, veterans are screened out from healthcare coverage by income, number of dependents, and the nature of their condition. This is a direct result of Democrats prioritizing medical care for illegal immigrants and designating the medical care of our vets to second-rate citizen status instead, ironically.

Democrats are playing similar games with providing adequate funding for our troops who are still in Iraq. They’ve tacked a “cut-and-run” withdrawal deadline onto a defense bill authorizing continuing funds for our troops in Iraq. They won’t authorize necessary supplies, ammunition, and basic living expenses for our troops unless a deadline for withdrawal is included in the bill. By cutting funds for the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and setting a timeline to leave, Democrats are sending a clear message to our enemies that we are giving up. Democrats are gambling on the risky chance that the terrorists will never make a major attack on the U.S. again. Which party do you feel safer with? If you serve your country, which party do you think will consistently value that service? . . . [Full Article]

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Huckabee waxes eloquent -- and inaccurate on illegal immigration

by Adam Graham: Mike Huckabee is getting some love from the left side of the blogosphere tonight. You see he's made a statement on illegal immigration that is so sensitive, caring, and according to liberals, so UnRepublican: "If a child is gasping for air, asthmatic, and he's on the hospital steps, what do the other candidates suggest we do, let him sit there and gasp until he doesn't have any air left and he dies?. . .We're a better country than that."

Greg Sargent
declares, "Right, but the question is whether the GOP base, not the country as a whole, is "better" than this."Big Tent Democrats says: "Unfortunately for Huckabee and for the Nation, the Republican Party is NOT a better party than that." Sargent's blog isn't called "Talking Points" for nothing.

However, is there a problem with Huckabee's statement? Yes, it's absolute demagoguery, particularly in regards to the bill he
called "AntiChristian" and "UnAmerican" in Arkansas. The sponsor of that bill, Senator Jim Holt was clear that not only didn't the bill bar emergency care, it couldn't: Senator Holt has never stated nor implied that he disapproved of giving emergency treatment to anyone in an emergency situation. . . . Emergency treatment was federally mandated by The Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act, EMTALA in 1986. This law would also cover prenatal care when the prenatal care involves an emergency. The law specifically extends its protection to women who come to the hospital in labor.

I would say a child on the Hospital Steps suffering an asthma attack without medication would qualify as an emergency, wouldn't you? As for his opponents, can Huckabee name one that thinks the kids should die the emergency room steps? . . . No candidate is proposing that emergency care be denied to anyone. Huckabee is either patently ignorant or telling a whopper in order to gain sympathy from a public that's not paying attention to the whole race. Either way, this speaks poorly for his effort. . . .
[Read More]
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Bush Administration Suspends Enforcement of Employment Verification Rule

According to Julia Preston, The New York Times: The Bush administration will suspend its legal defense of a new rule issued in August to punish employers who hire illegal immigrants, conceding a hard-fought opening round in a court battle over a central measure in its strategy to curb illegal immigration, according to government papers filed late Friday in federal court. Instead, the administration plans to revise the rule to try to meet concerns raised by a federal judge and issue it again by late March, hoping to pass court scrutiny on the second try. The rule would have forced employers to fire workers within 90 days if their Social Security information could not be verified. . . . [Read More]

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