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Response from Senator Toomey on the caravan

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Senator Toomey Official Portrait

October 25, 2018 Dear Mr. Napoli, Thank you for contacting me about the security of our nation’s southern border. I appreciate hearing from you. America has long benefited from immigration and the contributions of those who have come to this country willing to work hard and seek a better life. Nearly every American has some […]

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Trump Tweets and Pennsylvania Doctor thwart attack in Syria

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Dr. Rim Albezem, a Syrian-born cardiologist who lives in Newtown, Penn., personally urged President Trump last month to stop the Syrian regime from launching an all-out attack on the country’s last major rebel stronghold. Photo: Matthew Hall/Philadelphia Inquirer By Dion Nissenbaum WASHINGTON—President Trump usesTwitteras a bully pulpit for everything from the economy to CNN’s ratings. […]

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Visas Halted for Foreign Officials’ Same-Sex Partners

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By Jessica Donati of the Wall Street Journal Oct. 2, 2018 8:04 p.m. ET WASHINGTON—The Trump administration has ordered the State Department to stop issuing visas to unmarried same-sex partners of foreign officials working in the U.S., officials said Tuesday. U.S. officials said the new rule was introduced in July to match the State Department’s […]

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Congress, Take Your War Powers Back

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War is a heavy responsibility. But many of America’s foreign conflicts are now started, executed and largely overseen by one man: the president. Congress has ceded its war-making authority to the executive branch. War and peace are no longer an expression of the will of the people. Syria is a clear example. U.S. military operations […]

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What is the Magnitsky Act?

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The average American probably hadn’t heard of the Magnitsky Act until the term was thrust into the headlines in July 2017 when Donald Trump Jr. took a brief meeting with Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, who purportedly wanted to speak about “the adoption of Russian children and the Magnitsky Act.”   More recently,  members of Congress […]

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Decreasing Recidivism, the FIRST STEP Act

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Much healing is needed in America and the FIRST STEP Act, HR 5682 (and companion bill SB 2795), is an excellent first measure toward reducing recidivism rates, encouraging prison reform nationwide and implementing strong second chance policies for offenders of the law. Many states including Georgia, Louisiana, South Carolina and Texas have implemented successful reform […]

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S. 2554: Patient Right to Know Drug Prices Act

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*Much of the piece is excerpted from Gov.Track  Americans overspend by an estimated $135 million on prescriptions through their insurance, in cases when they would cost less out of pocket. Yet pharmacists are often under gag orders from telling customers about that discrepancy. A new bill introduced in the Senate would end this practice. Context A “pharmacy […]

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Right to Try Act of 2017

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As citizens of a free society, one of our duties in the maintenance of our system is to constantly seek a balance between government intervention and individual liberty.  The debate over HR 878, the Right to Try bill, is an appropriate illustration of how government and liberty must be balanced in order to best serve […]

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Gina Haspel’s Service

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Gina Haspel, four time CIA station chief and agent of clandestine, counterterrorism operations is Donald Trump’s nomination for the nation’s premier American intelligence agency.  As has been true with many of President Trump’s nominations, Ms. Haspel is also meeting resistance in the confirmation process yet, with support, she plans to face the political headwind. Ms. Haspel’s […]