Imprimis: Three Lessons of Statesmanship
The following is adapted from a speech delivered on December 1, 2017, at Hillsdale College’s Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship in Washington, D.C. Imprimis (info.hillsdale.edu/e1t/sc2/MmZ-8ykLyqkW7wV7gW5J8gN2W8zMhLr7j1Fj-W4qYkzj61lh_FdBzP8M04 ) December 2017 • Volume 46, Number 12 Three Lessons of Statesmanship Larry P. Arnn President, Hillsdale College Larry P. ArnnLarry P. Arnn is the twelfth president of Hillsdale College. He received his B.A. from Arkansas State University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in government from the Claremont Graduate School. From 1977 to 1980, he also studied at the London School of Economics and at Worcester College, Oxford University, where he served as director of research for Martin Gilbert, the official biographer of Winston Churchill. From 1985 until his appointment as president of Hillsdale College in 2000, he was president of the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy. He is the author of Liberty and Learning: The Evolution of American Education; The Founders’ Key: The Divine and Natural Connection Between the Declaration and the Constitution; and Churchill’s Trial: Winston Churchill and the Salvation of Free Government. The following is adapted from a speech delivered on December 1, 2017, at Hillsdale College’s Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship in Washington, D.C. separator2 “Wars and rumors of wars” are all around us. At Hillsdale College we have been thinking about the greatest of all wars, the Second World War. If we study that war and the actions of its profoundest statesman, we can find some lessons to guide us today. We think of World War II in part because a fine film has just come out about the beginning of that war. The film is called Darkest Hour, and we know and admire its lead actor Gary Oldman and its producer Doug Urbanski, both of whom will be visiting our campus soon. We also think of that war because we have just sent to the printer Volume 20 of The Churchill Documents, the series of documentary volumes that will soon complete the official biography of Winston Churchill, of which Hillsdale College Press is the publisher. Volume 20, entitled Normandy and Beyond, ends on December 31, 1944. . . . continue reading (info.hillsdale.edu/e1t/sc2/MmZ-8ykLyqkW7wV7gW5J8gN2W8zMhLr7j1Fj-W4qYkzj61lh_FdBzP8N04 ) Continue Reading (info.hillsdale.edu/e1t/sc2/MmZ-8ykLyqkW7wV7gW5J8gN2W8zMhLr7j1Fj-W4qYkzj61lh_FdBzP8P04 ) Share This Issue Share on Facebook (info.hillsdale.edu/e1t/sc2/MmZ-8ykLyqkW7wV7gW5J8gN2W8zMhLr7j1Fj-W4qYkzj61lh_FdBzP8Q04 ) Share on LinkedIn (info.hillsdale.edu/e1t/sc2/MmZ-8ykLyqkW7wV7gW5J8gN2W8zMhLr7j1Fj-W4qYkzj61lh_FdBzP8R04 ) Share on Twitter (info.hillsdale.edu/e1t/sc2/MmZ-8ykLyqkW7wV7gW5J8gN2W8zMhLr7j1Fj-W4qYkzj61lh_FdBzP8S04 ) Share on Email (mailto:?subject=Check%20out%20https%3A%2F%2Fimprimis.hillsdale.edu%2Fthree-lessons-statesmanship%3Futm_medium%3Dsocial%26utm_source%3Demail%20&body=Check%20out%20https%3A%2F%2Fimprimis.hillsdale.edu%2Fthree-lessons-statesmanship%3Futm_medium%3Dsocial%26utm_source%3Demail) Winston Churchill DVD (info.hillsdale.edu/e1t/sc2/MmZ-8ykLyqkW7wV7gW5J8gN2W8zMhLr7j1Fj-W4qYkzj61lh_FdBzP8T04 ) Reserve Your DVD Box Set of “Winston Churchill and Statesmanship” Today Learn More (info.hillsdale.edu/e1t/sc2/MmZ-8ykLyqkW7wV7gW5J8gN2W8zMhLr7j1Fj-W4qYkzj61lh_FdBzP8V04 ) separator Hillsdale College Cruise (info.hillsdale.edu/e1t/sc2/MmZ-8ykLyqkW7wV7gW5J8gN2W8zMhLr7j1Fj-W4qYkzj61lh_FdBzP8W04 ) Roundtrip from San Francisco July 15-31, 2018 Learn More (info.hillsdale.edu/e1t/sc2/MmZ-8ykLyqkW7wV7gW5J8gN2W8zMhLr7j1Fj-W4qYkzj61lh_FdBzP8X04 ) separator file-1695345821.png (info.hillsdale.edu/e1t/sc2/MmZ-8ykLyqkW7wV7gW5J8gN2W8zMhLr7j1Fj-W4qYkzj61lh_FdBzP8Y04 ) Refer a Student to Hillsdale College Learn More (info.hillsdale.edu/e1t/sc2/MmZ-8ykLyqkW7wV7gW5J8gN2W8zMhLr7j1Fj-W4qYkzj61lh_FdBzP8Z04 ) Hillsdale College Hillsdale College 33 East College St Hillsdale, MI 49242 USA You received this email because you are subscribed to Imprimis from Hillsdale College. Update your email preferences (info.hillsdale.edu/hs/manage-preferences/unsubscribe ) to choose the types of emails you receive or to unsubscribe.
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· Fri, Dec 15 · fund-conservative

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· Fri, Dec 15 · mpyle

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· Fri, Dec 15 · clinton-hillary

Poinsettias: Texas’ Mark on the Festive Flower
The Lonestar Weekly The Lonestar Weekly About For Texans Issues Newsroom Contact Poinsettias: Texas' Mark on the Festive Flower 'Tis the season of anticipation, and all around us are signs of the upcoming celebration. In church courtyards, three wise men eagerly look upon still-empty mangers. Elsewhere, some unsuspecting Texans have already seen their first snowfall of the season - or even the decade. And all across the state, Christmas lights twinkle at nightfall, while during the day, vibrant red poinsettias keep the mood merry and bright. Poinsettias have become a staple of the season, but did you know the Christmas flower has ties to the Texas border? Photo by U.S. Dept. of Agriculture In 1825, President John Quincy Adams appointed the first U.S. Minister to Mexico: Joel Roberts Poinsett. Poinsett travelled south to Mexico with the task of renegotiating the U.S.-Mexico border and bringing Texas into the U.S. once and for all. At that time, the southern border of the U.S. sat at the Red River, north of modern-day Texas. President Adams dreamed of the United States extending all the way south to the Rio Grande River, and he was willing to pay one million dollars for that prize. Of course, Mexico saw great value in Texas and did not budge. Unfortunately for him, Poinsett never succeeded in his mission of purchasing Texas. However, during his failed attempt in moving the U.S.-Mexico border, the amateur botanist discovered a plant near Taxco de Alarcón so beautiful that he cut its stems and had them sent back home to the United States. He mailed the vibrant red blooms to friends, fellow botanists, and botanical gardens across the country, and by 1836 - the very same year Texas won its independence from Mexico - the flowers had become widely known across the country not by their scientific name (Euphorbia pulcherrima), but by the name of the diplomat who brought them here: poinsettias. Today, Texas is a top poinsettia producer, although cultivating the red Christmas poinsettias is no easy feat. To grow the brightest blossoms, poinsettias require at least five consecutive twelve-hour nights and warm, bright sunny days. These plants still grow best in the Taxco region of Mexico, where Joel Roberts Poinsett found them almost two centuries ago, and where they're still known as Flores de Nochebuena (Christmas Eve flowers). Texas' own native poinsettia has a distinct splash of red-orange, and is therefore aptly called the "Painted" Poinsettia or the "Fire on the Mountain" Poinsettia. Texas Painted Poinsettia Photo by Judy Gallagher During Christmastime in Texas, poinsettias of all kinds adorn town squares, gardens, and homes. In Big Spring, Texas, the annual 'Poinsettias in the Park' attraction features multiple enormous metal poinsettias wrapped in Christmas lights. The Concho Christmas Celebration is also known for its life-like poinsettia light exhibit. And the winter wonderland display at the Gaylord Texan hotel in Garland, Texas boasts more than 2,000 live poinsettias in all. As you see these famed poinsettia displays and others in Texas this season, I hope you'll take a moment to remember their history. To all Texans who produce, decorate with, and admire the beauty of poinsettias, I wish you and your family a very merry Christmas. 517 Hart Senate Office Bldg. Washington, DC 20510 Main: 202-224-2934 Fax: 202-228-2856 Get Assistance This message was intended for: xxx You were added to the system October 8, 2015. For more information please follow the URL below: newsletter.senate.gov/p/isv0T8coEN Follow the URL below to update your preferences or opt-out: newsletter.senate.gov/p/osv0T8coEN To unsubscribe from future mailings, send an email to mailto:xxx?Subject=Unsubscribe&body=Please%20remove%20me%20from%20further%20mailings with "Unsubscribe" as the subject line.
· Fri, Dec 15 · cornyn

Congressman Griffith's Weekly E-Newsletter 12.15.17
Internet Freedom The recent stir about the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) repeal of “net neutrality” reminds me of The Wizard of Oz, when Dorothy and friends worry about what lies in the enchanted forest. Rather than lions and tigers and bears, however, “net neutrality” supporters incant about the threat posed by “Google and Facebook and Twitter, oh my!” The Internet is famous for its free, open nature. If the federal government announced that it planned to impose extensive controls on the Internet, there would be an uproar. Yet that is exactly what the Obama Administration’s FCC set out to do in 2015. Supporters of “net neutrality” say it is vital to a free and open Internet, but the Internet as we know it came about before “net neutrality.” The Web thrived when an open market and a light government touch empowered inventors and entrepreneurs. This environment allowed small enterprises to become giants. Companies like Google, Apple, Facebook, and Twitter are household names now, but began with just a few people and ideas. “Net neutrality” will strangle similar successes before they occur. The core of the policy is reclassifying the Internet as a utility under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934. The FCC invoked Title II in 2015, taking legislation that was aimed at entities like the Ma Bell telephone monopoly and applying it to the Digital Age. Supporters of the FCC’s decision raised the specter of Internet service providers (ISPs) blocking websites or charging for access to content if their rules were not implemented, but ISPs weren’t engaging in this practice before the FCC’s new “net neutrality” rules of 2015. According to the website BroadbandNow, the United States has 2,682 ISPs. If an ISP engages in the practices that “net neutrality” supposedly shields consumers from now, customers can choose another ISP. If these practices become widespread, another ISP can enter the market to serve dissatisfied consumers. Time and again, the free market has shown itself to be far more agile in meeting consumers’ needs than the government. It was doing so before “net neutrality.” The bad things “net neutrality” was supposed to address were not happening, but the drawbacks it imposes on today’s Internet are real. Innovation, investment, and expansion have suffered. From 2014 to 2016, spanning the time net neutrality went from consideration to implementation, wireless capital investment declined by $6.8 billion, or about 20%. It shrank even as traffic grew. Companies find themselves spending more on compliance with the FCC’s rules and less on their actual business. They are reluctant to make long-term decisions about investment because they don’t know what rules the FCC will establish under Title II. The companies best positioned to survive in this era are the big companies that currently dominate the market. Start-ups will be grounded before they ever take off. “Net neutrality” freezes in place the status quo. This development is bad news for rural areas like much of Southwest Virginia. More money for investment should expand broadband networks into areas they haven’t yet touched, but “net neutrality” has had a chilling effect. Large companies aren’t going to profit much from rural expansion, so they won’t do it. Preserving the current rules leaves them dominant, but deters the innovators who are looking to change the world and seek out a little profit wherever it can be found. When ATT’s Bell telephone monopoly was broken up in the 1980s, many people feared the disruption the breakup would cause. There was indeed disruption: an explosion of new technology and the arrival of cell phones to the mass market. Ending “net neutrality” should deliver this type of disruption. The type that delivers choice and value to consumers. If the fears being fanned by the industry giants of today come true, Congress has the responsibility to address them, not unelected bureaucrats. As an example, my colleague on the Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Adam Kinzinger, has already been working on such a bill. The FCC has pointed out that the end of “net neutrality” leaves the Federal Trade Commission the power to break up any company with a monopolistic hold on the industry, as it did with Ma Bell. Far from “the end of the Internet as we know it,” the demise of “net neutrality,” the return to the light touch of government, and the freedom to innovate have the potential to take the Internet to heights not yet imagined by you or me. But in a garage or a basement somewhere in the United States, young minds are at work who have already imagined the future, and now they have the freedom to make it so. Feel free to contact my Abingdon office at 276-525-1405 or my Christiansburg office at 540-381-5671. To reach my office via email, please visit my website at www.morgangriffith.house.gov. ### Unsubscribe: morgangriffith.house.gov/Forms/EmailSignup/
· Fri, Dec 15 · griffith

This Celeb Won't Run in 2020 — But He Won't Rule Out 2024
American Update This Celeb Won't Run in 2020 - But He Won't Rule Out 2024 Other trending American Update news stories: Matt Damon defends Al Franken in 'trainwreck' interview Megyn Kelly gets a major bump from this Trump story Sent from: American Update | 107 S West Street Suite 944 | Alexandria, VA 22314 www.americanupdate.com This message was intended for: xxx You were added to the system December 1, 2017. For more information please follow the URL below: paracom.paramountcommunication.com/p/isKeGscomN Follow the URL below to update your preferences or opt-out: paracom.paramountcommunication.com/p/osKeGscomN To unsubscribe from future mailings, send an email to mailto:xxx?Subject=Unsubscribe&body=Please%20remove%20me%20from%20further%20mailings with "Unsubscribe" as the subject line.
· Fri, Dec 15 · fund-conservative

A message from Mitch McConnell:
Friend -- "The message is that the American people, all across the country, are asking us, even in Massachusetts, to stop this healthcare bill. There will be no more healthcare votes in the Senate prior to the swearing in of Scott Brown." -- Mitch McConnnell, 1/20/10 Before Obamacare was voted on, Sen. McConnell demanded the Senate wait for Scott Brown, a special-election winner just like Doug Jones. They did. Before he tries to gut the middle class to give tax breaks to millionaires and corporations, he should listen to the American people -- and follow his own rules. Call a key senator now and say so: my.ofa.us/Call-A-Key-Senator Thanks, Organizing for Action
· Fri, Dec 15 · obama

6 Hottest Up-And-Coming GOP Women In Politics
American Action News MSM ATTACKS TRUMP JR. FOR THIS?! 6 Hottest Up-And-Coming GOP Women In Politics Plus 1 Italian Conservative! [SLIDESHOW] More Top AAN Stories Below Media Attacks Donald Trump Jr. For Something He Did In PRESCHOOL Shaking My Head <> Classic Christmas Carol Is RACIST, Says This Professor Latest Christmas Controversy [WATCH] <> Forward to a friend Sent from: American Action News | 2331 Mill Road Suite 100 | Alexandria, VA 22314 www.americanactionnews.com This message was intended for: xxx You were added to the system August 28, 2017. For more information please follow the URL below: paracom.paramountcommunication.com/p/isPkENcoNr Follow the URL below to update your preferences or opt-out: paracom.paramountcommunication.com/p/osPkENcoNr To unsubscribe from future mailings, send an email to mailto:xxx?Subject=Unsubscribe&body=Please%20remove%20me%20from%20further%20mailings with "Unsubscribe" as the subject line.
· Fri, Dec 15 · fund-conservative

Five For Friday: First Ladies Five Questions, New Scorecard, Freedom Elf, and More
[image: George W. Bush Presidential Center] Five for Friday A Weekly Digest from the Bush Center December 15, 2017 Explore More BUY ENGAGE TICKETS <forms.bushcenter.org/page.redir READ THE CATALYST <forms.bushcenter.org/page.redir UPCOMING EVENTS <forms.bushcenter.org/page.redir Enjoy the season with the Bush Center Holiday Calendar Relive some of our favorite Bush Center moments from 2017 with our online holiday countdown calendar. Visit the calendar each day to reveal a new memory from one of the special events, significant projects, and notable visitors we’ve had at the Bush Center this year. Find out today's story <forms.bushcenter.org/page.redir In Focus Watch | Politico Looks at Bush Institute’s Report on First Ladies Politico sat down recently with Natalie Gonnella-Platts, deputy director of the Women’s Initiative, and Anita McBride, former chief of staff to Mrs. Laura Bush and a Bush Institute fellow, to learn about A Role Without A Rulebook , which examines the influence and leadership of global first ladies. Learn more about the role first ladies play [image: arrow] <forms.bushcenter.org/page.redir discover | NEWEST NORTH AMERICA COMPETITIVENESS SCORECARD IS LIVE On Tuesday, the Bush Institute’s Economic Growth Director Matthew Rooney presented the latest version of the North America Competitiveness Scorecard at the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Canada Institute in Washington, D.C. See our new data to learn how North America leads the world in economic competitiveness and how NAFTA has helped our economy grow. Explore the Scorecard [image: arrow] <forms.bushcenter.org/page.redir Read | BUSH INSTITUTE TO WORK HAND-IN-HAND WITH SCHOOL DISTRICTS TO IMPROVE SCHOOL LEADERSHIP Last week the Bush Institute announced it will work with four selected school districts across the nation to help them find, support and keep their best principals. From working with human resources to superintendents, the Bush Institute aims to create system-wide change in these districts that improves school leadership, and in turn, improves student achievement. Learn more about improving school leadership [image: arrow] <forms.bushcenter.org/page.redir Celebrate | FREEDOM THE ELF IS BACK Freedom the Elf, our beloved Elf on the Shelf is making mischief and spreading holiday cheer at the Bush Center now through Christmas Eve. You can follow Freedom's adventures on Instagram @thebushcenter <forms.bushcenter.org/page.redir or spot him in person at the Bush Library and Museum. Don't miss other holiday festivities taking place at the Bush Center. Come find Freedom today [image: arrow] <forms.bushcenter.org/page.redir [image: George W. Bush Presidential Center] <forms.bushcenter.org/page.redir 2943 SMU Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75205 T. 214-200-4300 | E. xxx [image: Twitter] <forms.bushcenter.org/page.redir [image: Instagram] <forms.bushcenter.org/page.redir [image: Facebook] <forms.bushcenter.org/page.redir [image: Flickr] <forms.bushcenter.org/page.redir [image: YouTube] <forms.bushcenter.org/page.redir Email Preferences <forms.bushcenter.org/page.aspx | Privacy Policy <forms.bushcenter.org/page.aspx | Give Today <forms.bushcenter.org/page.redir
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The Laudable Pursuit: Higher Education Needs a HERO
December 15, 2017 "to elevate the condition of men--to lift artificial weights from all shoulders, to clear the paths of laudable pursuit for all, to afford all an unfettered start and a fair chance, in the race of life." --Abraham Lincoln Chairman's Note: Higher Education Needs a HERO The dawn of the 21st century has brought tremendous opportunities and changes to our economy. Everyone now needs some kind of education after high school. Yet, only four in ten Americans achieve an associate's degree or higher. It's a new game, and it's essential that all citizens can still pursue their American dreams. We need a higher education system that works better for more Americans and their families. We can begin this process by focusing on four key reform principles: accountability, affordability, transparency, and innovation. These principles are at the heart of the Higher Education Reform Opportunity (HERO) Act introduced in the Senate this past week. Affordability Between 1982 and 2007, the average cost of a four-year college education rose by 439%, according to the biennial report from the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education-and costs have only continued to rise in the past decade. The typical solution to the unaffordability problem has been to increase the amount and types of loans that students can access. However, this solution has actually contributed to the exponential rise in tuition rates. In 2015, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York issued a study that found "a pass-through effect on tuition of changes in subsidized loan maximums of about 60 cents on the dollar." This means that for every additional dollar the federal government allows students to borrow, colleges and universities increase their tuition by 60 cents, thus increasing the number of students who "need" loans to "afford" college in the first place. The HERO Act would address the affordability issue by streamlining the current duplicative menu of student loan programs into one option and creating one repayment period for undergraduate loans and another for graduate loans. Additionally, the act would establish caps on loan amounts, which would help to keep university rate increases in check and lower the amount of debt students need to repay once they graduate from college. Transparency Informed consumers are a critical component of a free-market economy. Yet when it comes to choosing a good college and major, parents and students are often left to make these life-changing decisions in the dark. The HERO Act would ensure that parents and students have access to information about how effective their college of choice is in helping students graduate on time; how burdened by debt students are after obtaining their degrees; and how successful graduates in a particular major are at obtaining jobs that enable them to pay back their loans. Accountability Nearly half of borrowers today are not making payments on their student loans. This alarming statistic is one of the reasons some economists have predicted that student loans are the next financial bubble. It is time for a change. One promising solution is to make sure that all parties in higher education have "skin in the game." The HERO Act would ensure that colleges have a financial stake in their programs by requiring schools with poor student loan repayment rates to pay a fine. The possibility of a penalty would motivate schools to invest in the success of their students. Innovation Today's post-secondary students come from a range of different backgrounds, from the traditional 18-year-old high school graduate, to the single mom going back to school, to the laid-off worker who needs to retrain mid-career. Meeting the needs of this diverse population means we need a lot more options than we did when current federal policies were first written decades ago. The HERO Act would accomplish this by changing the way schools are accredited. The HERO Act would enable each state to accredit any institution that provides post-secondary education. With this new accreditation power, states would be able to authorize innovative new education options (for example, massive online open courses, competency-based offerings, and certification exams) for students in any learning situation. Today's students deserve an innovative higher education system that provides more and better options to prepare them for the challenges and opportunities of today's job market. The HERO Act is an important first step toward building that new system. It would open the door to the American Dream for the millions of Americans who are pursuing it. Higher Education Reform Opportunity Act Click here to watch video Issue in Focus: The Rise in Unwed Childbearing Too often, legislators pass bills that seem to be solutions in search of problems. But those problems are rarely as straightforward as they appear to be. This is why my staff at the Joint Economic Committee (JEC) have worked so tirelessly on the Social Capital Project - a multi-year research initiative that explores the evolving nature and importance of our associational life, specifically why the health of those associational relationships seems so compromised. And of all the relationships people have in their lives, the most important and formative is the one children have with their parents. This relationship is the foundation of a healthy associational life, which is why the JEC's most recent study focused on parent/child relationships and how they've changed in the last few generations. As many of you already know, there has been a significant uptick in children born to unwed parents since 1960. And numerous studies show children of stable, married couples outperform children born to single parents, especially when it comes to laying the foundation for engagement in associational life. This isn't to say a child born to single mother or father will necessarily face more challenges in life, or that a child born to a married mother and father will automatically succeed. But there is a statistically significant pattern that shows having two stable parents in a committed relationship does give a child a leg up. Yet, in the past few decades, we've shifted from this two-parent model of child-bearing. In 1960, just 5.3% of children were born to single mothers. As of 2008, that number jumped to 40%, and that number is even higher for children born to mothers who are under 30. This means 35% more of the children born today are born into a situation that disadvantages them. While it would be simple to point to increased sexual activity as the obvious cause, our research found two even larger factors: 1) there are fewer married women, and 2) the cultural norm often referred to as the "shotgun" marriage has all but disappeared. The causes for these two trends are also very complicated, but they appear to be a result of an increase in affluence and opportunity in society as a whole. Rising affluence and opportunity is absolutely something we should celebrate, but that doesn't negate the fact that the uptick in non-married births is something that should be addressed. Problems are rarely as straightforward as they appear to be. I am proud of the work my staff on the JEC is doing to shine a light on the complexities of this issue, and we will continue to pursue this line of inquiry to ensure all children are born with the leg up they deserve. Washington, D.C. Office 361A Russell Senate Office Building Washington, D.C., 20510 Phone: 202.224.5444 Fax: 202.228.1168 Salt Lake City Wallace F. Bennett Federal Building 125 South State, Suite 4225 Salt Lake City, UT 84138 Phone: 801.524.5933 Fax: 801.524.5730 St. George Office of Senator Michael S. Lee 285 West Tabernacle, Suite 200 St. George, UT 84770 Phone: 435.628.5514 SaveSaveSave SaveSave SaveSaveSave Save Save Save Save Save Save SaveSave SaveSaveSave SaveSave Save This message was intended for: xxx You were added to the system October 2, 2015. 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· Fri, Dec 15 · lee

Only hours left to get covered:
Friend -- This is it. Find an affordable health care plan for 2018, before the federal marketplace closes tonight at midnight ET. Tell your family and friends that there's still time. Find a plan: my.ofa.us/Explore-Your-Health-Care-Options Thanks, Organizing for Action
· Fri, Dec 15 · obama

This Week in Washington
Richard Burr, US Senator North Carolina id="content_main"> This Week in Washington While House and Senate Conferees finalize critical tax reform legislation, the rest of Congress has been hard at work this week on important issues facing our country. North Carolina was a big winner on a number of different fronts, including the signing of the National Defense Authorization Act, Fort Bragg's selection as the base for the second of six new Army Security Force Assistance Brigades, and my introduction of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Reauthorization Act. North Carolina stands to benefit tremendously from this year's Defense bill, as our state alone will receive nearly $300 million in military construction for bases at Camp Lejeune, Cherry Point, Fort Bragg, and Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. In addition, all of our service members will see an across-the-board 2.4 percent pay raise, one that was long overdue. I was especially pleased to see the Army's decision to stand up the second of six new Security Force Assistance Brigades at Fort Bragg. These units are the Army's first permanent units to be focused on train-advise-assist missions, allowing combat brigades to focus solely on combat missions. As what I like to call the "Pentagon of the Army," Fort Bragg is the perfect place for this unit, and I couldn't be prouder of our troops there. Senator Tillis and I also introduced the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Reauthorization Act of 2017. This enormously successful National Heritage Area has added more than 30,000 jobs and $2.39 billion to the western North Carolina economy with minimal federal assistance. By simply authorizing this Area for an additional four years with no extra money, millions more will be able to enjoy the beautiful landscapes and culture of western North Carolina for years to come. Next week, there are more vital issues on the agenda. We will take the final steps to pass a historic tax reform bill and fund the government. Rest assured, I will keep North Carolina foremost in mind as I consider anything that comes before the Senate.
· Fri, Dec 15 · burr

This Martin Luther King, Jr. Day:
Friend -- The Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday is the perfect opportunity for Americans in all corners of the country to honor Dr. King's legacy through acts of service and community building. In past years, OFA volunteers have partnered with local organizations to host community service events. This year, OFA volunteers are also focusing on Dr. King's vision of a compassionate, fair society -- one where everyone's voice is heard. For the 2018 MLK Day of Service, in addition to community service events, supporters will be putting on voter registration events, to not only help more people get themselves registered to vote, but to bring their communities closer together. We believe voter registration events are just one more way we can honor Dr. King's legacy of fighting for a more fair and inclusive democracy. We hope you'll take this opportunity to put on your own event and help people in your community get themselves registered to vote. Get more information here, and sign up to host an event: my.ofa.us/Sign-Up-To-Host-An-Event As we work to make sure that everyone in our communities is able to have their voice heard in the democratic process, these events will be a great way to bring our friends, family, and neighbors together and begin conversations about civic engagement and the issues affecting all of us. I hope you'll take the first step, and sign up to put on an event in your area: my.ofa.us/Sign-Up-To-Host-An-Event Thanks, Jennifer Jennifer Warner National Organizing Director Organizing for Action
· Fri, Dec 15 · obama

‘I don’t know if we’ll have any left to cut’
1600 Daily click.mail.whitehouse.gov/ ‘I don’t know if we’ll have any left to cut’ President Donald J. Trump pulled out the ceremonial gold scissors yesterday to show Americans exactly what his Administration is doing to Washington’s vast regulatory state. A few highlights from his speech: - In 1960, there were 20,000 pages of federal regulations; today, there are 185,000—a stack about as tall as one of the reporters covering yesterday’s speech. (He’s 6’3”.) - “We canceled or delayed over 1,500 planned regulatory actions, more than any previous president by far.” - The President’s simple message for agency heads: Slash even more red tape in 2018. “And that should just about do it. I don’t know if we’ll have any left to cut.” - One stat to remember: The Administration promised to cut 2 regulations for each new one added. Agencies blew that 2:1 goal out of the water, instead eliminating rules at a 22:1 clip. - Why it matters: “Reductions in regulation are happening now,” financial expert Peter Wallison wrote earlier this fall. “That’s why the markets are exuberant.” click.mail.whitehouse.gov/ Read the President’s full remarks. It’s a good day to celebrate Just as the Administration unveils its plan to continue pruning the administrative state next year, it’s time to commemorate 10 of our Nation’s most important Founding principles. President Trump signed a proclamation last week that honors today as Bill of Rights Day, part of the larger Human Rights Week that began Monday. “We recognize the importance of the first 10 Amendments to our Constitution to protecting our liberty and freedom against the inevitable encroachment of government,” the President wrote. Our Founders “understood the fundamental truth that liberty is best secured when the state’s power is carefully limited.” click.mail.whitehouse.gov/ Read President Trump’s full proclamation. The next generation of law enforcement leaders This morning, President Trump addressed the 222 newest graduates of the FBI National Academy at a ceremony in Quantico, Virginia. He congratulated students for completing the 270th Session of the academy, a challenging 11-week professional course of study covering intelligence theory, terrorism, management, law, behavioral science, law enforcement communication, and forensic science. Included in this latest class are members of law enforcement agencies from the District of Columbia, 20 international countries, three military organizations, and four federal civilian organizations. click.mail.whitehouse.gov/ Watch the President’s remarks here. Photo of the Day President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump’s official 2017 Christmas portrait | December 5, 2017 (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks) COMING UP Next week, the Vice President travels to Egypt and Israel. The President will hold a meeting of his Cabinet on Wednesday. click.mail.whitehouse.gov/ Privacy Policy | click.mail.whitehouse.gov/ Contact the White House | click.mail.whitehouse.gov/unsub_center.aspx Unsubscribe
· Fri, Dec 15 · presidenttrump

Here's MORE EVIDENCE The FBI Let Hillary Off The Hook
American Action News SHOCKING Illegal Alien Stats Here's MORE EVIDENCE The FBI Let Hillary Off The Hook Key Documents Leaked [WATCH] More Top AAN Stories Below Illegal Immigration Creeps Back Up Progress Stalled? <> Libs Boycott THIS For Christmas They're Not Dreaming Of A White Christmas <> Forward to a friend Sent from: American Action News | 2331 Mill Road Suite 100 | Alexandria, VA 22314 www.americanactionnews.com This message was intended for: xxx You were added to the system August 28, 2017. For more information please follow the URL below: paracom.paramountcommunication.com/p/iWsMMe7oNt Follow the URL below to update your preferences or opt-out: paracom.paramountcommunication.com/p/oWsMMe7oNt To unsubscribe from future mailings, send an email to mailto:xxx?Subject=Unsubscribe&body=Please%20remove%20me%20from%20further%20mailings with "Unsubscribe" as the subject line.
· Fri, Dec 15 · fund-conservative

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· Fri, Dec 15 · obama

Another Dem Gets Hit With Sexual Harassment, Drops Out Of Race
American Action News IRAN BREAKS PROMISE Another Dem Gets Hit With Sexual Harassment, Drops Out Of Race Liberal Woman Accused More Top AAN Stories Below Haley Shows Concrete Proof Iran Broke HUGE Promise Caught Red-Handed <> At Liberal ESPN, Sexism Runs Deep This Is SportsCenter? <> Forward to a friend Sent from: American Action News | 2331 Mill Road Suite 100 | Alexandria, VA 22314 www.americanactionnews.com This message was intended for: xxx You were added to the system August 28, 2017. For more information please follow the URL below: paracom.paramountcommunication.com/p/iWH3LB7oN6 Follow the URL below to update your preferences or opt-out: paracom.paramountcommunication.com/p/oWH3LB7oN6 To unsubscribe from future mailings, send an email to mailto:xxx?Subject=Unsubscribe&body=Please%20remove%20me%20from%20further%20mailings with "Unsubscribe" as the subject line.
· Fri, Dec 15 · fund-conservative

Because of you…
Dear Unity, Because of you, a record number of Christians turned out to vote for Biblical values in 2016. The Christians who used our My Faith Votes voting technology had a high voter turnout rate of 82% far surpassing the national average voter turnout rate of only 55%. And again in 2017, you helped us draw Christian’s attention to over 2,000 local elections that took place around the country. Because of your support in 2017, we were able to send over a quarter of a million election reminder emails to Christians about their local elections and reach hundreds of thousands more through social media. Your investment in our work made this possible. Thank you. Twenty-seventeen is now almost over, and the political election map of 2018 is taking shape. The fight for the Senate and House will be fierce. It will be critical we elect leaders in 2018 who are willing to boldly stand for Biblical principles. To engage more Christians to vote in 2018, we must reach our $500,000 year-end goal. Unity, your support right now will make a big difference as we prepare for the crucial 2018 midterm elections. So I challenge you to help equip more Christians to vote their faith so that America Stands Strong for God, and our nation’s future is protected. Please give your best gift now – and take advantage of the $50,000 Matching Grant opportunity that will double yourcontribution! <www3.myfaithvotes.org/2017121401> But you must act now – any part of the grant that’s not met in full will be lost. Thank you for your support and prayers to be ready for 2018! It’s an honor to stand with you. United. We Stand. Mike Huckabee Honorary National Chairman <www.myfaithvotes.org/> <www3.myfaithvotes.org/2017121401>
· Thu, Dec 14 · carson-ben