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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 […]

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STOP School Violence Act of 2018

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In the wake of the Parkland High School shooting, Republican bill HR 4909, known as the STOP School Violence Act of 2018, passed the House on March 14 with nearly unanimous, bi-partisan support (407-10).  The Student, Teachers, Officers Preventing School Violence Act of 2018 extends funding of $50 million per year through 2028 for the […]

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Trump’s nomination for the EECO, meet Chia Feldblum

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In December 2017, President Trump renominated the current Commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Chia Feldblum, to serve a third term extending her service through July 2023. Prior to serving as Commission of the EEOC, Ms. Feldblum was a professor of law at Georgetown University’s Law Center where she founded the Law Center’s […]

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World Bank Accountability Act

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One of President Trump’s most ambitious campaign promises was to cut government regulation.   While Mr. Trump campaigned on a plan to eliminate 2 old administrative regulations for every new 1,  the Administration has far exceeded the initial 2 for 1 goal in stated “Trump style” of under-promising and over-delivering with a stunning 22 to […]