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ROLL CALL: Thornberry--The Best Defense Starts with a Good Offense

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By Rep. Mac Thornberry Special to Roll Call Nov. 21, 2011, Midnight No one has a crystal ball that can tell us what will happen in the future, especially with national security. But we can predict one thing based on past experience: There will be change and turbulence in the world. America needs to be prepared to deal with it. We face great security challenges in an increasingly interconnected wor... Read more »

WALL STREET JOURNAL: The Budget Sequester's Silver Lining

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The Budget Sequester's Silver Lining By PHIL GRAMM AND MIKE SOLON Uniting a divided Congress around a major deficit-reduction plan was never going to be easy, but it is virtually impossible when the incumbent president campaigns instead of governs and seeks to divide the nation based on how much money people make. As markets and the media conclude that the congressional super committee on deficit ... Read more »

Always Use Caution in Cyberspace

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Every day most of us take common-sense precautions about our personal safety and valuables. We lock our doors; we keep our cash in a safe place; we do not give out our bank account or Social Security numbers to anyone we do not trust. Yet, too many of us do not take such precautions in one of the most dangerous places where many go every day — cyberspace. There are a wide variety of threats in cyb... Read more »

COLUMN: "Staying Safe and Secure in a Digital World"

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Every day most of us take commonsense precautions about our personal safety and valuables. We lock our doors; we keep our cash in a safe place; we do not give out our bank account or Social Security numbers to anyone we do not trust. And yet, too many of us do not take commonsense precautions in one of the most dangerous places where many go every day – cyberspace. There are a wide variety of thre... Read more »

A Step in the Right Direction

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A Step in the Right Direction By: Rep. Mac Thornberry (R - Clarendon) The long debt limit debate provoked a lot of comments about how dysfunctional our federal government is and how increasingly partisan Washington has become. There is a lot of truth in such criticisms. It does seem harder and harder for Washington to confront the serious problems facing our country. There is certainly partisanshi... Read more »

Opposing view: Washington won't solve our drought

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Tags: Energy

This year's drought in Texas and much of the southern U.S. has been devastating. In fact, it has been historic. The Texas State Climatologist calls it the most severe one-year drought on record. Last year, my hometown of Clarendon, Texas, recorded 27.95 inches of precipitation. This year, we received a total of 2.08 inches through Aug. 10. My family has been ranching in northern Texas for more tha... Read more »

Special Ops Critically Needed

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This year will mark the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. We also approach the 25th anniversary of the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), created by Congress and activated in 1987. It is a good opportunity to look at how the threats to the United States have evolved, to review USSOCOM’s roles and missions, and to evaluate if and how those should chan... Read more »

Serious changes necessary in US budget

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The long debt limit debate provoked a lot of comments about how dysfunctional our federal government is and how increasingly partisan Washington has become. There is a lot of truth in such criticisms. It does seem harder and harder for Washington to confront the serious problems facing our country. There is certainly partisanship, and there is growing intolerance of other viewpoints, which may, a... Read more »

OP ED: Turning the page on business as usual in Washington

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Turning the page on business as usual in Washington Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) This week begins a new page. So far this year, Congress has been working primarily on last year's business. In 2010, for the first time in nearly 40 years, the House never even voted on a budget and Congress did not pass any of the 12 appropriations bills that fund government. The back-and-forth between the Repub... Read more »

What happens when Washington knows best

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It has been a little over six months since the health care reform bill passed Congress and was signed into law. Already we are seeing some effects of the new health law on the health insurance market. Premiums are rising, coverage for part-time employees might become a thing of the past, and some insurance companies are no longer offering child-only plans. Unfortunately, these consequences may just be the tip of the iceberg of the Washington-knows-best attitude. Read more »