Part One: A Step Backwards

It is easy to convince oneself that the world outside your borders can be ignored, but time and again the policy of isolationism has proved misguided.  History has taught us that we must learn from our mistakes and attempt to not repeat them, and at no time in history has the world been more interconnected than now.  The events that plague one corner of the globe can easily inflame another in a moment’s notice, and Afghanistan is no exception.  When the White House made the decision to exchange five Taliban leaders for a US POW the administration essentially rolled the dice on foreign policy.

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Attention America: “Conservative Women Fight Back”

Republican candidate Annette Bosworth is proving she’s no victim and used personal attacks against her in an unconventional, ‘adults only’ press conference.

Bosworth explained the toll running for South Dakota’s Senate Seat has taken on her 10 year old son. Teased at school because of the vile things being said about his mom on the internet, she explained there is no way to avoid it. Fighting hard to hold back tears, Bosworth speaks of her son’s encouraging words when he told her, “I know it’s hard to be brave, this is why we pray.”

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Will Senator Kay Hagan Breaking Ranks Pay Off?

North Carolina’s Senator Hagan broke ranks with President Obama earlier this week, and echoed a growing bipartisan chorus calling for VA Secretary Eric Shinseki’s resignation. This uncharacteristic move by Sen. Hagan, who has a 96% in-line voting record with Obama, comes after originally refusing to call for his resignation and might be due to public pressure and her state’s large military constituency. 

North Carolina’s upcoming election is proving to be a state worth watching, with Hagan’s GOP challenger, Thom Tillis currently carrying a 5pt spread.  Together with Alaska, Louisiana, and Arkansas, there will be much attention paid to these battle ground states and incumbents will be answering, at least for now, to their constituents in order to hold their seats. 

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Economy Shrinks: What Happened to Recovery?

Graph.pngAmericans are still feeling the effects of the great recession and now they are getting squeezed again. The economy shrunk by 1% in the first quarter of 2014. This is the first time the economy has contracted since 2011, however, this contraction reveals just how fragile the United States economy continues to be.

According to USA Today, "Economists expected the report to show that the nation's output declined about a half a percentage point compared to the fourth quarter" while the Commerce Department estimated a .1% increase. Either way, both estimates were substantially off.

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Federal School Lunch Program Championed by First Lady Gets Mixed Reviews

There are mixed reviews about Michelle Obama’s healthy school lunch initiative.  For some schools, it is simply costing too much money in general. For others, the decline in students who buy lunch due to the food lunches has hurt them economically.  Yet others have complained the kids don’t eat the food and end up throwing much of it away.  There are still some who are very happy with the changes. 

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