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This year’s Corruption Perceptions Index reveals that the continued failure of most countries to significantly control corruption is contributing to a crisis in democracy around the world. The index, which ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption according to experts and businesspeople, uses a sc... Read more



Rep. Ilhan Omar is an antisemite and, as the actions of the congressional Democratic leadership last week made clear, hating Jews is a perfectly acceptable position in today’s Democratic Party. Consider the chronology of events. Last month, Rep. Steven King (R-IA) was stripped of his committee assignments following a statement he made to the ... Read more



Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson tried to cover up his office's collusion with labor unions after a think tank asked for public records about their communications, according to a lawsuit. Ferguson is one of several Democrats seeking to resist the Trump administration's directive that would prohibit states from siphoning Medicaid payme... Read more



Police say the man who opened fire in the gun-free Henry Pratt Company facility in Aurora, Illinois, had his Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) card revoked and possessed his gun illegally. According to the Chicago Tribune, “[Gary] Martin was issued an Illinois Firearm Owner’s Identification Card in January 2014. Two months later, he purch... Read more



China's military is expected to deploy a laser weapon capable of destroying or damaging U.S. military satellites in low earth orbit in the next year, the Pentagon's Defense Intelligence Agency disclosed in a report on space threats. The Chinese directed energy weapon is among an array of space warfare tools that include ground-based anti-sate... Read more



House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is pressing House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff for answers about his interactions with Glenn Simpson, the founder of the opposition research firm behind the Democrat-funded Steele dossier. In a statement released on Friday, McCarthy questioned whether Schiff, a California Democrat, should re... Read more



China’s authoritarian government has been sending mixed signals about population control to the populace. On one hand, the government admits it faces a demographic crisis that can only be solved by increased fertility rates and large families, sending signals to the public that having two or three children is now their patriotic duty. On the ... Read more



Menendez, appearing on the “Situation Room” with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, was asked to respond to a claim by Matt Albence, deputy director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), who said capping the number of beds at immigration detention centers would be “extremely damaging to public safety.” When asked by Blitzer how he responds to Albence’s... Read more


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Manufacturing wage growth hit its highest level in over a decade in December and stayed there in January. The 12-month moving average of wage growth rose to 3.9 percent in December, the highest level recorded since May 2008, according to the Atlanta Fed’s wage growth tracker. January saw wages remain at this very elevated level. The Atlant... Read more



After fretting about whether she'd be able to afford rent, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) has moved into a luxury apartment building in the District of Columbia's Navy Yard neighborhood, the Washington Free Beacon has learned. Ocasio-Cortez, a member of the Democratic Socialists of America, got a big raise with her election to Congr... Read more



Fraud, bribery, witness tampering, and embezzlement may boost big screen box-office sales, but corruption crimes aren't good for the cities that rank high on a new report based on Department of Justice data. Find out where your city ranked on the list, according to a study released Monday by the University of Illinois at Chicago. (To see the ... Read more



The Senate Intelligence Committee is finishing its investigation into Russian interference during the 2016 presidential election, and neither Russian nor Democrats have found any evidence collusion. The report cited politicians of both parties on the committee who confirmed that no collusion was uncovered after more than two years of investig... Read more



WARSAW, Poland—Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is galvanizing European allies to oppose a new Russian energy pipeline known as Nord Stream 2, calling it a key "national security" threat that will embolden Moscow and give it greater leverage over Europe, according to State Department officials and sources on Capitol Hill. Pompeo, who is in Wars... Read more



Strict voter ID laws do not suppress turnout, a new paper finds, regardless of sex, race, Hispanic identity, or party affiliation. Requiring photo ID to vote is a hotly contested subject in American political discourse. Proponents argue that it is necessary to insure against fraud and preserve the integrity of the American electoral system. O... Read more



A DRIVE ALONG the narrow county roads of Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, used to be a sleepy affair. You would spot a pumpkin farm, the odd homestead and red barn. But a recent visit revealed a cacophonous building site: a factory is emerging in this corner of the Midwest. Where chicken coops once stood, Foxconn, a Taiwanese contract-manufacturing gi... Read more



Russian authorities made a deal with Google to censor search results in the country by deleting links to banned websites, AP reported Friday. Russian state media oversight agency Roskomnadzor, which fined Google about $7,600 for not deleting sites banned in Russia in December of 2018, reached an agreement with the tech giant. The agreement wi... Read more



The 7 train goes through Ocasio-Cortez’s 14th district. The MS-13 gang member was arrested Monday in connection with the shooting on the 7 line. Ramiro Gutierrez is believed to be one of a group of MS-13 members who were arrested by ICE on various charges in December of last year. Read more



Democratic representative Gregory Meeks (N.Y.) pushed tens of thousands more to a company that was incorporated by the wife of his chief of staff in his New York district office, Federal Election Commission filings show. Meeks additionally used more than $20,000 in funds from his committee on lease and car expenses for a Lexus and Mercedes-Be... Read more



Mass legal immigration is driving Democrats towards full electoral dominance, with left-wing politicians winning nearly 90 percent of congressional districts with larger than average foreign-born populations, analysis finds. The Atlantic senior editor Ronald Brownstein analyzed Census Bureau statistics for the 2018 midterm elections, finding ... Read more



On Monday, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), blocking a Senate bill that would require doctors to give aid to babies who survived abortions, objected to the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, and her one vote was enough to prevent the Senate from passing the bill in a unanimous consent vote, LifeSiteNews reports. Read more



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