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Stop the Testing Circus

Pep rallies and matching shirts send kids the wrong message about standardized tests.


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Rand Makes a Stand

Rand Paul's filibuster against a controversial NSA surveillance program drew attention to the post-9/11 erosion of privacy.

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Clinton Is Making Small Business a Big Deal

Republicans should be worried that Hillary Clinton is in the lead when it comes to small business issues.

In this June 6, 2013 file photo, a sign stands outside the National Security Agency (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md.

Out of Date Intelligence

Lawmakers need to take a long hard look at U.S. intelligence agencies, not rush through a hasty Patriot Act rewrite.

 In this May 5, 2015 file photo, Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell of Ky. walks to his office on Capitol Hill in Washington. Senate leaders said Tuesday that Democrats have enough votes to block action on President Barack Obama's trade initiatives unless the parties can work out disagreements on how to package various bills. Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio, a strong opponent of Obama’s trade agenda, said Democrats have more than enough votes to block action for now. McConnell agreed.

Embrace the Filibuster

Aiming for 60 votes will require Senate Republicans to change strategy for the better.