Obama’s Middle Class ‘Grand Bargain’; California’s Hispanic GOP; More Benghazi Testimony; D.C. Vandal Just A Homeless Lady; A Victory For The Stars And Stripes – Tuesday Morning News Roundup 7-30-2013

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  • President Barack Obama will propose a “grand bargain for middle-class jobs” on Tuesday that would cut the U.S. corporate tax rate and use billions in revenues generated by a business tax overhaul to fund projects aimed at creating jobs. Source: Reuters… 

 

  • Cherry farmer and cattle rancher Andy Vidak said he captured his newly-won California Senate seat in last week’s runoff vote by connecting with Hispanic voters with a “common-sense” approach that focused on job creation, affordable energy and opposition to big government. Now, a new kind of GOP leadership suddenly is thinking about making major inroads in California, and they are not embarrassed to say so aloud. Source: The Washington Times… 

 

  • Congress will hear eagerly awaited testimony Wednesday on the Benghazi, Libya, terror attack from a special operations task force commander who is set to retire the next day. Source: The Hill 

 

  • The short national nightmare of vandalism that marred several Washington, D.C. memorials and landmarks has likely come to an end. In a strangely comforting outcome, the culprit appears to be a fairly garden-variety crazy homeless woman with no extremist manifesto or major geopolitical ambitions. More Surveillance! Source: The Daily Caller…

 

  • An injured veteran of the war in Afghanistan who was told to take down the American flag she has flying from the balcony of her apartment is now being told it can stay. Jen Elliot was shocked when she found a notice from property management on her door last week, asking her to remove the flag from her balcony, along with some other items. Public backlash won the day. Source: CBS Sacramento… 

 

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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.

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