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By Special Contributor | February 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

By Kirsten Lombard

So much ‘accountability,’ so little improvement…

When it comes to education today, the drumbeat is constant: accountability, accountability, accountability.

Private foundations, institutes, and policy centers continually think up “new” ways we can achieve accountability.

Education-based businesses rush to create “new” standards, curricula, assessments, and teacher training programs to facilitate accountability.

Federal and state legislators, governors, and state superintendents and boards of education regularly seek more stringent ways to impose accountability.

Yet, oddly, no amount of increased accountability seems to change a single thing—except …

By Special Contributor | January 2, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Robbed at knife and machete point in broad daylight just outside of the Coconut Bay Resort.

We stayed eight nights at the Coconut Bay Resort on the southeast end of St. Lucia. On the second morning (December 14th) we wanted to go for a walk and experience the local culture in the nearby town of Vieux Fort. We stopped by the Resort’s Guest Services desk and specifically asked about this town and whether it was safe to walk there …

By Special Contributor | December 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
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This fast moving account by auditor Hugh Iwanicki of life in Baghdad during the surge by United States forces in the Iraq War is a rewarding read. It profiles the dangers, frustrations and comradery that shaped the experiences of Americans and their allies living in the city’s Green Zone. From that location, generals, diplomats and contractors guided efforts to break the insurgency and terrorism that gained momentum following the defeat of Saddam Hussain’s military by the United States in 2003. …

By Special Contributor | December 13, 2015 | 0 Comments
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By Daniel Horowitz

Whenever one proposes a series of solutions to a public policy problem, especially one that represents an existential threat to our sovereignty, security, and society, it is important to first identify the problem.

Defining the Problem

The problem we face is not ISIS. The Islamic State is a symptom of the problem. After all, we’ve had hundreds of cases of homegrown terror long before ISIS. It is now clear that the San …

By Special Contributor | December 13, 2015 | 4 Comments
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By Wendy Rogers, Lt Col USAF (ret)

Horrific terror attacks on America and our NATO allies in recent weeks should serve as powerful reminders of the importance of maintaining our country’s edge in matters of national defense.  As a career Air Force pilot who flew worldwide airlift and humanitarian missions, I understand firsthand the importance of ensuring our military is equipped with the absolute best technology we have to offer.

That is why, as a nation, it is critical we reaffirm our …

By Special Contributor | December 3, 2015 | 1 Comment
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By Daniel Horowitz

Last week, Texas health commissioner Chris Taylor sent a letter to a refugee resettlement organization threatening a lawsuit if they fail to cooperate with state officials and continue unilaterally with resettlement activities.  Many in the media are scoffing at the state’s efforts to fight the Islamic resettlement, claiming that states have no power to influence federal immigration policy.

That assertion is simply not true.

Nobody disputes the fact that Article 1 Section …

By Special Contributor | November 20, 2015 | 4 Comments
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By Daniel Horowitz

So much for the open amendment process.

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) initially promised he would change the direction of the House by allowing members to offer important amendments to pending legislation.  Last night, the Rules Committee, which serves as an arm of the Speaker’s office, rejected an amendment by Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA) and other conservatives that would have placed a six-month moratorium …

By Special Contributor | November 14, 2015 | 0 Comments
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By Daniel Horowitz

Over the past few decades, Israel has served as the harbinger for everything the Islamic jihad has wrought on western civilization.  The suicide bombings began there and have now become widespread throughout the world.  Now Israel is suffering from the most devastating form of terror – the ubiquitous threat of spontaneous stabbing attacks from Muslims living among them.

Well, it didn’t take long for the knife intifada to come to America, too.

Last Wednesday, 18-year-old Faisal Mohammad, in a scene …

By Special Contributor | October 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

By Janet Levy

The meeting today between Pakistan Prime Minister Sharif and President Obama at the White House is a continuation of a dangerous charade engaged in for decades by the United States. By perceiving Pakistan, a failed Islamic terrorist state, as a valuable strategic ally when it, in fact, has a blatant history of actions and circumstances to the contrary, the United States is pursuing a delusional foreign policy that further endangers American national security.

The meeting with Pakistan occurs …

By Special Contributor | October 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
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This week, as Obama ratchets up his focus on releasing large numbers of felons from prison, Republicans are using the cover of the Benghazi hearing to push through a bill (S. 2123) that will codify Obama’s get out of jail free agenda.  For …