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Senators are currently considering an amendment to the United States Constitution that would “repeal the free speech protections of the first Amendment.”

During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing entitled “Examining a Constitutional Amendment to Restore Democracy to the American People,” Tuesday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 94% delivered a passionate defense of the First Amendment and free speech — which is why he so adamantly opposes the amendment in question.

Who Feels Motivated by Obamacare?

A look at the polls shows Democrats aren’t motivated by Obamacare, and they don’t think it is an important issue for the upcoming 2014 midterm elections, says Aaron Blake of the Washington Post.

Democrats who consider Obamacare to be one of the most important issues in the 2014 campaign are outnumbered three to one by Republicans who say the same, according to a new Washington Post-ABC poll.

Why are Democrats feeling so blasé about Obamacare? 

Cost of Earning a College Degree Prohibitively Expensive for Many

Is Congress serious about making college more affordable and increasing access to college for more students?

Historically, their efforts to do so have failed, which is why “approximately 60 percent of students who earned a bachelor’s degree during the 2011-12 academic year left school more than $26,000 in debt.”

Fortunately, the Heritage Foundation’s Lindsey M. Burke has real solutions to this problem, which she discussed in a testimony before the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection.  Watch the testimony below.

If Ex-Im is Watching Over American Businesses, Who is Watching Over Ex-Im?

In the war to prevent its due extinction, the Export-Import Bank has hidden behind hard-shelled bureaucratic artillery. Its advocates concede certain dangers and cannot deny taxpayer exposure, but insist they have guarded against the worst. Offered as proof are the reform requirements, stress testing measures and protection provisions reflected in Government Accountability Office reports and the oft-cited recommendations of the Office of the Inspector General of the Export-Import Bank (OIG).

In other words, Ex-Im assures us it is on top of things and presents the in-house supervision of its Inspector General as proof. The IG conducts its scheduled audits, cites areas of concern and makes formal recommendations for reform.

Hillary Clinton’s Choices: Hard or Harmful?

Why would Hillary Clinton stop at a Denver-based plastics company the same day the EPA announced regulations that will hammer domestic manufacturing?  That’s the question I ask in myDaily Caller column this week:

While there, Clinton toured the plastics molding factory for an hour, spent another hour in a conference room, and emitted a climate change inducing chemical compound, carbon dioxide, as she discussed the need to recruit young people to jobs in scientific and technological industries, a task that would be far easier if her ideological ilk were not so eager to foist math standards via Common Core on students that set them two grade levels behind their international peers.

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