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For Women's History Month, celebrate the conservative women that the media ignore

March 26 2019
by Patrice Lee Onwuka

You won’t catch them parading around in vulgar pink hats or tweeting anti-Semitic rhetoric...

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Public Schools Are No Longer a Foundation of America's Republic

March 20 2019
by Inez Feltscher Stepman

Education was never meant to be values-neutral, and recent decades have shown that the public schools are indeed aggressively teaching a set of values to the almost 90 percent of American kids who travel through their halls. They’re just not the small-r republican values Jefferson had in mind...

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The Renewal Schools Disaster

March 15 2019
by Naomi Schaefer Riley

An epic $773 million failure in New York City...

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The Biggest Higher Education Scam Isn't Hollywood Fraud, It's Academia Itself

March 14 2019
by Inez Feltscher Stepman

The justifications for propping up universities, which often act as little more than elite sorting mechanisms as well as left-wing indoctrination centers, are growing thin...

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Seen But Not Heard

March 13 2019
by Naomi Schaefer Riley

Child-welfare agencies generally know when kids are in dangerous home situations, but all too often, they lack the will to remove them...

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Senators Ernst and Lee Introduce Conservative Earned-Leave Bill

March 12 2019
by Carrie L. Lukas

Today, Senators Mike Lee and Joni Ernst are introducing the Child Rearing and Development Leave Empowerment (CRADLE) Act...

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How parental leave aids families

March 12 2019
by Patrice Lee Onwuka

Feeling forced out of the labor force and ending up on government assistance, disrupts a young woman’s career path and can have long-term consequences...

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Ayanna Pressley thinks your 16-year-old should be able to vote. Let that sink in a minute

March 11 2019
by Jennifer C. Braceras

Representative Ayanna Pressley thinks your 16-year-old should be able to vote...

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Tuition-free college will insufficiently improve higher education outcomes

March 10 2019
by Christina Villegas

The growing emphasis on tuition- or debt-free, college, as a means of increasing universal access to higher education, has resulted in large part from widely promulgated claims that a college degree guarantees upward mobility — and that the financial gains resulting from the acquisition of a degree far outweigh the large sums of money used to finance that degree...

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Moving Kids From Foster Care to Adoption

March 9 2019
by Naomi Schaefer Riley

It’s tough to find families who will take children with behavior problems, but one nonprofit has a solution...

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Republicans Need to Wake Up on Paid Leave

March 8 2019
by Hadley Heath

There are better and less expensive ways to help families...

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Let's build a bipartisan women's rights agenda

March 7 2019
by Karin Agness

Women have come a long way, but there is more work to be done to protect women and girls from exploitation — in America and around the globe. Republicans and Democrats should commit to working together to make it happen...

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Ten Years Into Obama's Russia ‘Reset’

March 6 2019
by Claudia Rosett

Today brings the tenth anniversary of that famously mortifying scene in which President Obama’s first secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, presented Russia’s foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, with a big red plastic button meant to symbolize a reset in U.S.- Russia relations...

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It's Not Just AOC Who's Got Radical Ideas for Expanding Government

March 5 2019
by Carrie L. Lukas

But it isn't just AOC proposing to dramatically expand government's role in American life...

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Trump, Kim and the Death of Otto Warmbier

March 1 2019
by Claudia Rosett

Even some of President Trump's habitually vociferous critics are right now inclined to agree that he did the right thing in walking away from the Hanoi summit with North Korean tyrant Kim Jong Un...

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Jussie Smollett Isn't Biggest Setback for Blacks, Ignoring Progress Is

March 1 2019
by Patrice Lee Onwuka

If you consume any kind of news, you might think race relations in America has hit an all-time low...

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Likability always matters in politics

February 28 2019
by Carrie L. Lukas

Likability isn't a sexist criteria. It's a criteria that people consider in most situations...

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The tax cuts didn't steal your tax refund

February 28 2019
by Patrice Lee Onwuka

Lawmakers who oppose the tax cuts are now banking on Americans accustomed to receiving big returns not understanding the basics about taxes and mistaking smaller refunds for paying higher taxes overall...

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E-cigarettes are much safer than smoking but few know it. That's a public health tragedy.

February 28 2019
by Julie Gunlock

Vaping makes it easier to quit smoking than patches or gum, and it's a lot less dangerous than smoking. Americans should be encouraged to switch.

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Limited State Action is Required to Stop Disease Outbreaks

February 26 2019
by Julie Gunlock

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported earlier this month that more than 100 cases of measles have been diagnosed in 10 states...

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Timeline of the ISIS Bride

February 23 2019
by Claudia Rosett

In the media coverage of this case, all that bloody record of deliberately inflicted human agony seems to have faded into some remote and misty past...

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Elizabeth Warren’s Misguided Child-Care Plan

February 19 2019
by Carrie L. Lukas

The senator’s proposal would heavily subsidize parents’ least favorite care option — day care — while doing nothing to make all the others more affordable...

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Ocasio-Cortez Lives Up to Worst Stereotypes of the Participation Trophy Generation

February 19 2019
by Melissa Ortiz

Perhaps nothing better embodies this phenomenon than Ocasio-Cortez’s signature Green New Deal plan...

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Federal Report Finds U.S. Department of Education a Massive Failure

February 19 2019
by Vicki E. Alger

Bad oversight, data quality, and evaluation methodologies have plagued the department since its creation in 1867. We still don't know what we're getting for billions in dollars spent, besides meddlesome federal mandates...

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Nothing to fear from Title IX reboot, except long arm of the law

February 19 2019
by Jennifer C. Braceras

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh fancies himself a “feminist.” And so, the mayor says, he is morally obliged to oppose the Department of Education’s proposed regulations on sexual misconduct under Title IX...

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