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Clemson University

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Should We Require Higher Ed to Teach the Constitution? One State Says ‘Yes’

Bruce Hausknecht

How important is it for citizens to understand the nation’s history, including our founding documents? South Carolina thinks it is critically important, and has a new bill that requires higher educational institutions to teach a course on the subject.

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Logan Jones

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Student Suspended 10 Days for Wearing MAGA Attire

Bruce Hausknecht

Now comes word from Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) of an Arizona high school student, Logan Jones, who was suspended for 10 days for wearing her “Make America Great Again” sweatshirt as part of the school’s “spirit week,” on a day when students were encouraged to wear “patriotic or other USA-themed clothing.”

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Massachusetts Family Institute: On the Frontlines for Religious Freedom and Free Speech

Jeff Johnston

Andrew Beckwith found out on a Friday that a bill denying minors help from licensed mental health professionals for unwanted homosexuality or transgenderism would be up for a joint committee hearing in the Massachusetts Legislature the next Tuesday.

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United States Supreme Court Building

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Cases of Interest still Waiting at the Supreme Court

Bruce Hausknecht

The U.S. Supreme Court’s 2018-2019 term, which began in October of 2018 and closes out at the end of June, 2019, has been punctuated by a growing number of cases of interest to Christians and social conservatives filed with the Court (called “petitions for cert”) which await a decision from the justices as to whether the Court will officially accept any of them (called “granting cert”).

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Justice Stephen Reinhardt

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Supreme Court to 9th Circuit: Deceased Judges Can’t Vote

Bruce Hausknecht

Judge Stephen Reinhardt was probably the most liberal judge in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, if not the entire nation, up until his death in 2018.

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Charlotte Ray

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The First Female African-American Scholars

Glenn Stanton

No reasonable person would deny that education, and more specifically higher education, is a key indicator of social progress and personal empowerment. As we celebrate Black History Month and the significant achievements of African-Americans, it’s essential to appreciate the first African-American academics, and particularly black women.

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United Stated Capitol Building

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Senate GOP Moves to Stop Obstruction of the President’s Nominees

Bruce Hausknecht

The President of the United States has authority to appoint roughly 1,200 people to executive positions within the federal government that require Senate “advice and consent,” i.e., a confirmation vote.

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Alice H Parker

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Black History Month: Alice H. Parker

Glenn Stanton

Alice H. Parker from Morristown, New Jersey, holds the patent for the first natural gas whole-house furnace, awarded to her in 1919, celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.

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Baseball team

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Baseball, Racism and Healing

Joel Vaughan

Pitchers and catchers began arriving at Major League Baseball camps in Florida and Arizona this week, an annual tradition that marks the unofficial beginning of spring.

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Madam C. J. Walker

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Who Was the First Female African-American Millionaire?

Glenn Stanton

The first two self-made female millionaires in America were African-American women, and they both have remarkable stories. One of them is relatively well-known; the other, not so much. Sarah Breedlove, better known by her later attained business name, Madam C. J. Walker, is usually credited with being the first self-made female millionaire in America.

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Courtroom gavel

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Senate Judiciary Committee Sends 44 Nominees to Senate Floor

Bruce Hausknecht

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) wasted no time as the new Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee last Thursday as he held votes for 44 federal judicial nominees, all of whom were successfully approved and passed on to the full Senate for a final confirmation vote.

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Phyllis Wheatly

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Phillis Wheatley: First Published African-American Author

Glenn Stanton

How many of us imagine that an early American slave could have been among the world’s most noted poets? Miss Phillis Wheatley was. She earned the distinction of being the first African-American to publish a book, with the encouragement and assistance of her owners.

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Gavel

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Judges Back on the Agenda, While Democrats Obstruct

Bruce Hausknecht

From January, 2017 through January 2019, the U.S. Senate confirmed thirty appellate judges, a record. Adding two Supreme Court justices and district court nominees into the mix, a total of 85 judges were confirmed. That’s the good news.

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Starbucks sign

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Starbucks Problem with Porn, How the Nation’s Largest Coffee Chain Is Hesitant to Filter Its Wi-Fi

Brittany Raymer

Howard Schultz, founder of Starbucks, has recently announced his intention to consider a presidential run in 2020 as an independent. Although Schultz is no longer running the world-famous coffee restaurant to focus on his presidential ambitions, there is an important issue facing the coffee empire he built. Porn.

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Colorado State Capitol Building

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Colorado Turns Blue; Re-ignites Effort to Undermine Electoral College

Bruce Hausknecht

The 2018 elections resulted in Democrats winning the trifecta in Colorado; they now control both houses of the legislature as well as the governor’s mansion. That victory was bound to manifest itself in a number of liberal hobby horses being trotted out as new legislation, and that’s exactly what’s happening. 

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State of the Union 2018

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Can Speaker Pelosi Really Cancel the State of the Union Address?

Bruce Hausknecht

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi made political waves this week in Washington, D.C. after sending a letter to President Trump asking him to either postpone the January 29 State of the Union Address to a joint session of Congress, or simply send a written message instead. Her reasoning? The current partial shutdown of the federal government may hinder security preparations for the event.

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Supreme Court building

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Time to Think About the Next Supreme Court Justice?

Bruce Hausknecht

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was absent this week from oral arguments at the Supreme Court as she recovers from cancer surgery, prompting a wave of speculation about her future at the Court, as well as the Court’s future without her. 

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United States Capitol Building

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Beating Swords into Plowshares: 116th Congress Starts With Bipartisan Prayer Service

Bruce Hausknecht

The 435 recently elected members of the U.S. House of Representatives began what is predicted to be a contentious two years of partisan wrangling with a hopeful, bipartisan prayer service.

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We the people

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New State Laws in 2019

Bruce Hausknecht

Although Congress draws most of the nation’s attention when it passes laws affecting issues such as life, abortion, and religious freedom, the new year also brings with it a raft of state laws that took effect January 1. 

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President Obama signs the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

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Federal Judge Declares Obamacare Unconstitutional – What You Need to Know

Bruce Hausknecht

Yes, it’s true: A federal judge has declared Obamacare unconstitutional. The eight-year old law, affecting one-sixth of the nation’s economy, was seemingly here to stay, despite soaring premiums, people losing their favorite doctors and health plans, failures of state exchanges, and the specter of big government deciding what health care we can receive.

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Thomas Perez

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DNC Chairman Frets About Voters Listening to Their Pastors

Bruce Hausknecht

Tom Perez is the current Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, and his job is to help Democrats get elected around the country. He spoke last week at a conference of like-minded progressives about the problem his party was having with being able to “penetrate” the American electorate. Translation: He’s confused about why more people aren’t voting for Democratic candidates, especially in the traditionally Democratic Midwestern states that President Trump won in 2016.

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Dane Best

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A 9-Year-Old Fights for the Right to Throw Snowballs

Brittany Raymer

Dane Best learned it's never too early to get into politics. Recently he learned an important civics lesson while fighting for the right to throw snowballs.

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President George H.W. Bush

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The Humility and Integrity of George HW Bush

Tim Goeglein

I had been working as the deputy director of The White House Office of Public Liaison for President George W. Bush in 2001 for less than a year when I found myself late for a 10 a.m. meeting.  I had just concluded a teleconference and was departing my office for the meeting just a few doors away in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.

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