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Columns

  • New evidence warrants an investigation

        I’ve been wondering why “Democrats” seem to be almost hysterical about the House select committee that Speaker of the House John Boehner is setting up to investigate the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack on the U. S. consulate in Benghazi that killed our ambassador to Libya, among other Americans. They seem like they are actually afraid of it and I wonder if  they know, or suspect, that there is a huge embarrassment for their party lurking out there, waiting to be discovered.

  • Has Va. GOP punted the Senate race?

    With municipal elections across Virginia complete, voters won’t be asked to go to the polls again until November for the “mid-term” races.
        The current Congress, with Democrats controlling the Senate and Republicans running the House, is set to renew itself as it does every two years.
        Congress has seen its approval ratings steadily sink, even falling to single digits. Ideological stances have tightened and getting things done for the people is less important than clinging to ideology.

  • Seeking an independent IRS investigation

    On May 10, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service admitted to inappropriately targeting conservative groups for “extra scrutiny” in connection with their applications for tax-exempt status.  President Obama denounced this behavior as “outrageous” and “unacceptable.” He pledged that the Administration would “find out exactly what happened” and would make sure wrongdoers were “held fully accountable.” In testimony before the House Judiciary Committee just days later, Attorney General Eric Holder promised that “this will not be ab

  • A threatening gesture?

        I couple of articles I’ve read in the Wall Street Journal this month have gotten me thinking about the Baltic States.
        One was an opinion piece in the Journal’s weekend edition on May 3 written by a German fellow named Hans-Werner Sinn, who was identified as president of the Ifo Institute for Economic Research in Germany. In the commentary, entitled “Why we should give Putin a chance,” Mr. Sinn wrote:

  • GOP campaign cry: “Benghazi, or Impeach?”

    With 2014 being the year of mid-term elections in President Obama’s final term, you’d think Republicans would be out and about telling the country about their ideas.
        But old habits really do die hard, and especially the old habits of the modern GOP, whose aging, white male conservatives not only have no new ideas of their own, but they’ve never been able to advance beyond their simple hatred and resentment of this particular president.

  • Putting an end to the government’s bulk data collection

    After months of oversight and collaboration between members from both sides of the aisle, the House Judiciary Committee approved legislation to address concerns surrounding our nation’s intelligence gathering programs. The bipartisan USA FREEDOM Act (H.R.

  • The House is leading the way with a full investigation into the Benghazi attacks

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • A thought on ending the strife

        I’ve been thinking about how to end the strife that’s been getting a lot of attention recently.
        No, I’m not talking about the fighting in Eastern Ukraine. I’m talking about the current hissing and spitting contest between the board of supervisors and the school board over the budget.

  • Study: America no longer a democracy

        There was a story a few weeks ago that breezed through the news cycle in about 24 hours – as most of them do – and left, probably without a lot of Americans paying any attention, or really thinking about it.
        It was a comprehensive study conducted by academics who spent years on interviews trying to determine where the power really is in this country.

  • Our children are not for sale

    Human trafficking is an extensive problem worldwide. Even though many of these crimes occur outside of the public eye, the impacts are very real. According to the FBI, sex trafficking is the fastest growing business of organized crime and the third largest criminal enterprise in the world.