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FREEDOM: A ‘Common Core’ enhancement for political leaders

FREEDOM: A ‘Common Core’ enhancement for political leaders

RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., September 22, 2014 – Whether the Common Core State Standards Initiative is a success or failure, it was spawned by the plummeting performance of the public education system in the United States. Given the plummeting performance of our political leaders, perhaps it is time to consider establishing a set of expectations for those

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Benghazi’s 13 Hours: Perhaps the ‘fog of war’ is finally lifting

RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., September 11, 2014 – Two years have passed since the attacks on the diplomatic Mission and the CIA Annex in Benghazi during which Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, U.S. Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith, and CIA Security Operators Tyrone “Rone” Woods and Glen “Bub” Doherty were killed. Yet, the details

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Election season and ISIS: The two contexts of ‘degrade and ultimately destroy’

RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., September 8, 2014 – In recent months, the Islamic State went from “a JV team,” according to President Obama, to “a threat to the civilized world… beyond anything that we’ve seen … (and) as sophisticated and well-funded as any group,” according to Secretary of Defense Hagel. The President has since revised his position to

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Putin, Cameron and Obama: A vivid contrast in leadership

RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif., August 30, 2014 — While many members of the media seem preoccupied by President Obama’s fashion choices, those of us who live in the real world have a greater concern about his choice of priorities. He appears to place a more significant emphasis on political fund raising and delivering canned speeches

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