Welfare Warfare, Fought in Shallow Waters

This morning the Republican National Committee held a conference call with former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum to continue the GOP assault on Barack Obama over welfare. Republicans and the Romney campaign are driving their charge that the Obama Administration is gutting the strict work requirements imposed by the 1996 welfare reform law, passed by the Gingrich-Dole Congress and signed by […]

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How Cyber Security Could Be a Winning Issue for Obama

A blackout in Manhattan. A major dam failure. Mayhem at a chemical plant. Those are all potential, and entirely plausible, consequences of a cyber attack, according to a range of current and former national security officials, including the top American commander in charge of cyber security. But after months of inconclusive debate, Congress skipped town last week without passing a […]

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New Welfare Reform Directive Creates Unlikely Political Issue for Obama

During the 2008 presidential campaign, pastor Rick Warren asked Senator Barack Obama if he had changed his mind on any substantive issue in the past decade. Obama’s answer: welfare reform. Obama said he initially thought President Clinton’s 1996 welfare-reform bill would have disastrous results. By 2008, he was “absolutely convinced” that the work-centered approach in Clinton’s law must be “the […]

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U.S. Evangelicals See Political, Religious Cause in Syria Conflict

Catholic Father Paolo Dall’Oglio of Syria’s Mar Musa monastery stood before Rock Springs Congregational United Church of Christ in Arlington, Virginia, on July 23 and pleaded for U.S. intervention in his homeland’s escalating civil war. Already half of Syria’s two million Christians have fled, he said, comparing the exodus of Christians to the one out of Iraq. “It is already […]

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Ron Paul’s Role at the Republican Convention Now in Romney’s Hands

After Ron Paul failed to get the plurality of Nebraska delegates at their state convention this past weekend, some in the media declared him “smoked.” His insurgency had ended. Goodbye, good doctor. In one sense, it was a final loss: Nebraska was the Texas congressman’s last chance to qualify for a nomination (however hopeless) and the accompanying limelight at the […]

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Romney: Obama trying to change ‘the nature of America’

Mitt Romney repeatedly seemed to question whether President Barack Obama believed in the American dream in an energetic campaign speech Tuesday, calling his rival’s approach to leadership “foreign” and accusing him of trying to change “the nature of America.” “President Obama attacks success and therefore under President Obama we have less success, and I will change that,” Romney told more […]

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Romney Feels the Bain, But It’s Still a Close Race

Democrats have thoroughly enjoyed the past few days of the presidential campaign, and with good reason. Mitt Romney’s camp has been on the defensive, responding to Obama’s attacks with confusing and even goofy answers, and drawing criticism from prominent Republicans. A week that followed another terrible jobs report could have revolved around Barack Obama’s economic record. Instead Americans have heard […]

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