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November 10, 2014

Imagine you have Lou Gehrig’s disease. You know you are dying. But your struggle is made even more difficult by advocates who claim: 1) You should commit suicide if you want “death with dignity;” and, 2) Your society should help you do it. That was the circumstance in which my hospice patient–nay, good friend–Robert Salamanca found himself in the late…

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November 10, 2014

Michael Landon, the hugely popular television star of Bonanza, Little House on the Prairie, and Highway to Heaven, died in 1991 at age fifty-four. Landon’s last act—if you will—was widely hailed as his best: He publicly announced his diagnosis with terminal pancreatic cancer, appeared on the Tonight Show to openly discuss his pending death with Johnny Carson (almost unprecedented back…

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November 10, 2014

The San Francisco Chronicle columnist, Debra J. Saunders (my wife), has a really good piece out about the Brittany Maynard tragedy. The Hemlock Society Compassion and Choices wants to exploit her assisted suicide as a crow bar to pry open California and other states to legalizing doctor-prescribed death. That would be profoundly unwise, writes Debra. Source: Wesley J. Smith, nationalreview.com

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November 7, 2014

Beware movements that word engineer and deploy gooey euphemisms to further their agenda. It generally means there is something very wrong with the agenda. In the wake of Brittany Maynard’s death, suicide promoters are now using the word “dignity” as a synonym for suicide, more than implying that dying naturally is not dignity. That is not only cruel, it is wrong.  Source: Wesley…

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November 7, 2014

In a landmark decision last week, a federal judge in Oregon declared ‘secular humanism’ to be a religion, opining that those who profess to be atheists and secular humanists should be afforded equal protection rights under the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution and be allowed to enjoy the same liberties to practice religion that religious groups are able to…

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November 7, 2014

In Tuesday’s elections, Republicans won control of the Senate and expanded their majority in the House. In the coming weeks and months, Republicans in Congress must focus on developing and pursuing a winning agenda over the next two years — an agenda that will help elect a Republican president in November 2016 and provide that president with a governing majority…

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November 7, 2014

Memo to the GOP. You had a great night on Tuesday. But remember: You didn’t win it; the Democrats lost it. This is not to say that you didn’t show discipline in making the election a referendum on six years of Barack Obama. You exercised adult supervision over the choice of candidates. You didn’t allow yourselves to go down the…

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November 6, 2014

Tuesday night was a wave election for Republicans. Check out our chart to see exactly how many seats they picked up.

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November 6, 2014

At the time of this writing, Republicans have picked up nine seats in the House, pushing them to a muscular 243-seat majority. For House Speaker John Boehner, that means the bar is set to high for legislative accomplishments in the next two years. For the national political landscape, that means a lot of red. Here’s the lower chamber of the…

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November 6, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — For anyone expecting post-election contrition at the White House or vows to change course after a disastrous election for Democrats, President Barack Obama had one message Wednesday: Think again. A day after Democrats lost control of the Senate and suffered big losses in House and governors’ races across the country, Obama struck a defiant tone. He defended…

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November 6, 2014

With so much at stake, millions of Americans still did not participate in the midterm elections this week. When the governing structure of our nation was put together, the Founders were excited about the prospect of a nation that placed the needs and desires of its citizens on a higher pedestal than those of the government itself. They also warned…

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