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  • Washington’s original swamp creatures: Big Oil’s refineries
  •  With Republicans in control in Washington, the original K Street swamp creature, Big Oil, is getting nearly everything it wants. Their lobbyists have secured more drilling, the gutting of environmental regulations, new pipelines, and oil guys...

  • Some tax reform provisions might hurt universities, our country’s overall competitiveness
  • Aristotle famously described education as the ultimate predictor of a thriving society: “All who have reflected on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of nations depends on education.”Aristotle has been proven right over...

  • Trump’s other wall: Private immigration jails planned near sanctuary cities
  • While much attention has been paid to the debate over President Trump’s proposed border wall, it’s not the only anti-immigrant wall his administration wants to build.In October, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) took steps to identify...

  • Administration eyes tax cuts for the wealthy as it seeks to hike Park Service fees
  • In Donald Trump’s world, the super-rich deserve low taxes but should pay exorbitant fees for outdoor recreation at private golf clubs and resorts. Disappearing tax bills and princely membership fees are badges of honor.Now Mr. Trump wants to run the...

  • Tax cuts for Scrooge McDuck? Dispelling myths of tax reform
  • Roger Harris, CEO of Producers Chemical Company in Sugar Grove, Ill., employs about 30 people. He pays plenty in taxes—all told, federal, state and local governments take more of his business income than Roger does. For Producers Chemical, tax...

  • The Dream Act: It’s a moral matter of justice
  • Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it. - Hebrews 13:2Political gamesmanship in Washington is thrusting millions of peoples’ lives into uncertainty.  DREAMers—and...

  • The food industry needs to stop hiding nutrition information 
  • Nearly four in ten American adults are obese according to new government data. That's an all-time high.  The Food and Drug Administration has proposed two rules to help combat this obesity epidemic. The first would require chain...

  • The real tax on troops
  • A recent blog post by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) highlights an alarming trend as recruits join today’s All-Volunteer Force. According to CFPB, during last fiscal year, 70 percent of new recruits paid into the...

  • What border communities want and need in a Dream Act
  • Southern border residents are joining communities across the nation in urging Congress to pass a DREAM Act before the end of the year. An estimated 1 in 5 DREAMers live in the southern border region, and about half of all DREAMers reside...

  • On this we agree: Congress must act on gun violence
  • Twenty-five years ago Thursday my dear friend was murdered on his college campus by a fellow student with a semi-automatic weapon that he purchased with no waiting period and bullets he ordered by mail.With his long dark hair often pulled...

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