Author: Bethany Bowra

Review: John Lott’s Powerful New Gun Study

“Obama has changed the gun control debate by repeating claims over and over again until they become accepted facts to many people. The media absorb and amplify these claims, reinforcing the idea that America would be safer if only it were more like Europe. That’s not the case.” That claim is the end of a new article in the LA Times by John Lott, known for his extensive research on gun control that he outlined in a well known book entitled More Guns, Less Crime.  As the foremost authority on the positive effect guns produce, Lott now tackled another element of the gun...

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What’s Going On in Iraq?

Although much of the United States has seemingly forgotten about Iraq after most of its soldiers withdrew from the country, other parts of the world want to using it to gain more ground and control.  Last week, ISIS began a series of targeted attacks within the country in hopes of regaining some of the power that was lost following the American air strikes that helped reclaim the country for its Shia government.   More than one-hundred-forty people have been killed and hundreds more injured in a string of terrorist attacks across Iraq this week.  Suicide bombers and car bombings have been used most...

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A Recap of the Democratic Town Hall Meeting

The three Democratic candidates came together Monday night to make their final cases to Iowa voters, just a week before the state’s first-in-the-nation contest.  While very little new content was introduced, each candidate did bring forth a new personality trait that has remained hidden on the campaign trail thus far.  With the Iowa caucus within arm’s reach, each did their best to present clear contrasts from the other candidates at the town hall style meeting. First and foremost, we saw Governor Martin O’Malley.  My personal favorite part of the night was Governor Martin O’Malley’s passionate plea to the people of...

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Top Ten Wasteful Spending Projects of 2015

Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) released his first “government wastebook” today, which he aptly titled, “The Farce Awakens.”  Outlining the egregious misuses of taxpayer dollars in fiscal year 2015, the document reaches two-hundred-eighty-four pages and includes quite an array of expenditures that are sure to evoke laughter, tears, frustration, and amazement.  Here are ten of the most wasteful spending projects documented by Senator Flake’s report: 1. Monkeys on a Treadmill – $1 million Your government sent $1 million to the National Institutes of Health in Texas and Maryland to teach monkeys how to run on treadmills.  Twelve monkeys were placed into “transparent rodent...

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Chaos in the Speaker’s Race

House Republicans met Thursday in what was intended to be a secret vote for their next Speaker of the House, following current Speaker John Boehner’s resignation from the post taking effect later this month.  In what apparently came as a shock to everyone in the room, front-runner Kevin McCarthy removed himself from the race due to his inability to secure the 218 votes necessary to win. With the Majority Leader stepping out, the field is once again wide open, and candidates who seemed dead in the water are now swimming quickly toward their goal.  Because of the sudden chaos, it...

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