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Tuesday, November 24, 2015
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IRS Complaint Filed Against GMU Professor Shukla’s Nonprofit For Abuse Of Funds

Today the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) and Cause of Action (CoA) filed a joint complaint asking the IRS to revoke the tax-exempt status of the Institute of Global Environment and Society, Inc. (IGES), an organization that has received over $60 million in federal grants. > Read more

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Big Sexy Holiday Fun With The Fall 2015 Unified Agenda Of Federal Regulations

While the overall Agenda count is down (except in the long-term category), that seems to obscure an increase in the volume of more costly rules over the past several years. > Read more

> Interview Wayne Crews



Government Submits TSA Body Scanner Final Rule Schedule to Court

We are pleased the TSA is now providing the public insight into its body scanner rulemaking process, although it took years of work to get this far. > Read more

> Interview Marc Scribner



House Commerce Committee Approves "Pizza" Bill to Ease Onerous Calorie Labeling Rule

Starting on December 1, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is supposed to require all chain food restaurants with 20 or more locations will have to list calorie information for “standard menu items” on all signs and printed menus. > Read more

> Interview Michelle Minton





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FreeKeeneNews - Shire Sharing Feeds Over 600 Families Across New Hampshire for Thanksgiving!

Shire Sharing Feeds Over 600 Families Across New Hampshire for Thanksgiving!

Shire Sharing 2015 KeeniacsToday, more than 600 households statewide (39 in the Keene area) were delivered full Thanksgiving meals including turkey, stuffing, gravy, eggs, cornbread mix, vegetables, pumpkin pie ingredients, and some cooking supplies as part of the "Shire Sharing" charity now in its fifth year. Shire Sharing is based in Manchester and headed by state representative Amanda Bouldin, a Free State Project early mover.

Amanda has managed to continually grow the yearly charity event, which she began in memory of her father who did something similar in Dallas when she was growing up. In an interview for Free Keene today, Amanda reported that fundraising for 2015 reached record levels, allowing more than 600 families to be fed. She was hoping to raise enough for 500 families. (Last year, Shire Sharing fed 350 families - a huge increase in just one year!) This year, at least $17,000 was raised by direct contributions and fundraiser events.

State Representative Amanda BouldinThough the first year of Shire Sharing was supposed to be a one-time event, Amanda says, "when the second year rolled around, everyone encouraged me to repeat the project. so we just keep going". Despite the obviously high stress level involved in organizing such a massive operation, she's committed to continue: "I know SS is very important to a lot of people -- not just the recipients but the volunteers, too. I can't quit!"

Yesterday, over 100 volunteers met at a warehouse in Manchester to help sort and bag the meals for delivery today, as Free Keene blogger Shire Dude reported here.

Last night, newer Keene-area mover Maria Korfiatis headed to Manchester to grab dozens of the bags for delivery, then this morning volunteers from this area gathered at the Church of the Invisible Hand's "Society for Love and Peace" (SLAP) at 75 Leverett Street to head out on routes taking meals to Keene, Winchester, Ashuelot, Westmoreland, Swanzey, and Chesterfield. It was Keene's second year as part of the ever-growing Shire Sharing operation, and like last year, recipients were grateful for the special delivery! 


Daily Signal - This Addict Tried 9 Government-Funded Rehab Centers Before Finding Healing at a Donor-Funded Christian Center

The Daily Signal

Nov. 23, 2015

Good morning from Washington, where Congress is on recess this week but the focus remains on terrorism. Heritage Foundation policy analyst Joshua Meservey has a report on the attack in Mali. Meanwhile, here in America, we continue to examine college protests—this time with a perspective from Harvard. Did you watch "Scandal" last week? The Daily Signal's Katrina Trinko offers her take on Olivia Pope's abortion.


This Addict Tried 9 Government-Funded Rehab Centers Before Finding Healing at a Donor-Funded Christian Center

Grace Centers no longer accepts government funds, grounding many of the life skills classes in religious faith (clients are required to attend services at nearby Grace Gospel Fellowship) and operating a $5.7-million budget built mostly on private donations.

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'These Are Tyrannical Students': What a Former Harvard Professor Thinks of College Protests

Watching student protests across college campuses nationwide, a former Harvard Law School professor of 50 years is speaking out, warning that students are "moving to the absurd," and faculty and administrators are doing nothing to stop it.

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Terrorists Strike Again, but This Time It's Probably al-Qaeda, Not ISIS

Hard on the heels of attacks in Beirut and Paris, terrorists have struck again. This time, an unconfirmed number of gunmen stormed the upscale Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako, capital of the West African country of Mali.

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Are Unions Losing Their Grip in West Virginia?

If West Virginia became a right-to-work state, a majority of states would protect workers from compulsory union dues for the first time since the National Labor Relations Act passed.

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The Misleading Abortion Statistic the Mainstream Media Pushed

News outlets had reported that up to 240,000 women in Texas tried to self-induce abortions because a state law barred the procedure after 20 weeks.

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Planned Parenthood Loved This 'Scandal' Episode. It Shouldn't Have.

Planned Parenthood gave the winter finale of "Scandal," a TV drama about politics, a big thumbs up for its portrayal of a character's abortion.

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CSNH takes out full page UL ad on Hassan's Gitmo position 


If Governor Maggie Hassan supports closing Gitmo, Granite Staters deserve to know where she would send the terrorists


MANCHESTER - Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire took out a full page advertisement in the New Hampshire Union Leader today - calling on Governor Maggie Hassan to fully explain her position on closing the Guantanamo Bay detention facility (also known as Gitmo).

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While there are currently over 100 dangerous individuals still at Gitmo, President Barack Obama vowed on Thursday to continue his push to close it despite delays. A review of possible U.S. sites for the prisoners is part of the plan the White House and Pentagon have been drafting for months, but it has been reported that facilities on the East Coast are being considered.

In addition, the Defense Department announced on Monday that five Yemeni nationals were released from Gitmo, including an Al Qaeda terrorist who reportedly had close ties to Osama bin Laden. According to the Pentagon, they were transferred to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). 
Governor Maggie Hassan told the New Hampshire Union Leader in an interview last month that "she would consider closing the Guantanamo Bay military prison," but she has not elaborated further on the issue since.

Organizations like ours have been pressing Governor Hassan for weeks to explain what she believes we should do with Gitmo detainees if the facility is closed. Considering how important this issue is to the safety and security of all Americans, Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire even caught up with the governor hoping she would finally be able to give an in-depth explanation to her position, but she refused to answer questions.

Derek Dufresne of Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire released the following statement;

"Some of the most dangerous individuals in the world currently reside at Gitmo. Especially after last week's terrorist attacks in Paris, Granite Staters are rightly concerned about the Obama Administration's plan to eventually close the facility. Those concerns are heightened further given reports that the Pentagon is considering prisoner relocation areas only hours from the New Hampshire border.

"If Governor Maggie Hassan truly supports closing Gitmo, it stands to reason that she also must have developed a position on what we should do with the more than one hundred dangerous detainees still being held there. It is beyond time for her fully convey that plan to Granite Staters."