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Ben Bullard Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic. Email this author.


Euro Zone Ditching U.S. Data; SCOTUS’ Future; Snowden Snowbound; Egypt’s Military Tightrope; Organs Off The Shelf — Friday Morning News Roundup 7-5-2013

Here is a collection of some of the stories making the Internet rounds this morning. Click the links for the full stories.

Clapper’s NSA Claptrap: ‘Simply Didn’t Think Of’ Patriot Act When I Lied To Congress

Clapper’s NSA Claptrap: ‘Simply Didn’t Think Of’ Patriot Act When I Lied To Congress

James Clapper, director of the National Intelligence Program, apologized this week for lying to Congress in testimony he gave in March at a hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee. He justified the willed omission (i.e., lie) by saying he “simply didn’t think of Section 215 of the Patriot Act.”

Republican Defectors: This ‘Lesser Of Two Evils’ Bit Is Getting Old

Republican Defectors: This ‘Lesser Of Two Evils’ Bit Is Getting Old

A market research outfit examined the attitudes of GOP voters who’ve had enough and identified a number of reasons why they decided to check out. Chief among those was the fatigue of having to choose from between the “two evils” of traditional two-party politics.

Lois Lerner Will Testify About IRS Scandal — If She’s Granted Immunity

Lois Lerner Will Testify About IRS Scandal — If She’s Granted Immunity

In May, the former director of the Internal Revenue Service’s division responsible for quelling Tea Party groups while fast-tracking liberal nonprofits during President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign refused to testify about it. Now, she’s changed her mind.

Obama’s Approval Numbers Plummet (Again)

Obama’s Approval Numbers Plummet (Again)

President Barack Obama’s rapport with the American people continues to slip. A poll released this week by Investors Business Daily (IBD) shows more than half the country now disapproves of the President’s second-term performance.

Police Chief Tries To Shoot Dog; Shoots Owner Instead; Ignores Victim; Gets Sworn In

A North Carolina woman was hit by a ricocheting bullet meant for her dog, after Winston-Salem police chief in-waiting Barry Rountree got scared of the dog last week and tried to shoot it. The woman, Tamara Whitt, was shot by Rountree as he was responding to a 911 call alleging a man with a gun […]

Toy Gun March On Washington Draws 2nd Amendment Supporters

While there’s no sign that remnant supporters of the dubious, now-cancelled  July 4th armed march on Washington, D.C. are coalescing near the capitol with loaded weapons, 2nd Amendment supporters did turn out Wednesday to stage a legal demonstration – using toy guns. From the “Toy Gun March on DC” Facebook page, the event’s mission is […]

Putting Lipstick On Obamacare; Rick Perry’s Buzz Machine; The Gun Veto That Won’t Stick; FBI Sleeps On IRS; Restoring Rubio’s Conservative Cred — Wednesday Morning News Roundup 7-3-2013

Here is a collection of some of the stories making the Internet rounds this morning. Click the links for the full stories.

Nearly Half Of Americans Want Governors To Spurn Obamacare

Nearly Half Of Americans Want Governors To Spurn Obamacare

With the October start date for State-managed health insurance “exchanges” to begin enrolling applicants, public opinion is souring on Obamacare, as well as on the Governors of States that lined up to become early adopters.

Why Doesn’t America Have Feminist Extremists Like These?

Why Doesn’t America Have Feminist Extremists Like These?

Over the weekend, a coven of Ukranian feminists dressed in black robes went to a mosque in Stockholm. The place was mostly empty, which hurts the impact of what they did a little bit. But we’re all reading about it, so what they did next obviously resonated beyond Sweden.

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