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Amarillo Globe News: Immigration action is overdue

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Last week, Mexican President Felipe Calderon addressed a joint session of Congress. In many ways, one cannot help but admire him. Calderon has embarked on a mission to take back his country from the violent drug gangs that dominate much of Mexico and which inflict an incredible amount of death and suffering on the people there. His life is in danger every day. But his criticism of the Arizona stat... Read more »

POLITICO: Terrorism Policy Risks Disaster

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This article first appeared in Politico on May 6, 2010: Once again, we were fortunate. The bomb did not explode as intended. As with the Christmas Day bombing attempt, many lives were saved by sheer good luck. But we cannot count on luck to keep Americans safe the next time — and the next. Eventually, luck runs out. The pace of planned or attempted terrorist attacks inside the United States seems ... Read more »

Taking the Bite Out of Tax Day

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Two-thirds—that is the percentage of Americans who said they are overtaxed according to a new nationwide poll. After talking to folks in our part of Texas last week, I believe that number is probably even higher in our area. And it is no wonder. As millions of Americans file their income taxes this week they are reminded how we live under a tax system that discourages saving, investing, and hard work. Sadly, at a time when 15 million Americans remain unemployed and many more are struggling to make ends meet, the Democratically-controlled Congress and President Obama continue to advocate policies that increase taxes and add to government spending that is already out-of-control. Read more »

What this Health Care Bill Means for You

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Health care reform has now passed. The path it took has really has been extraordinary. It started with an issue that touches every single American and represents one-sixth of the U.S. economy. Then came 2,000 plus page bills to overhaul the system and give vast new powers to federal regulators. That led to public outrage and concern and to increased political interest and activism throughout the country. It all culminated in the use of unusual procedures to limit debate and prevent amendments. And now it has passed, despite the clear opposition of a majority of the American people. Read more »

Human Events: The big intelligence chill

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Across the country, people are angry and frustrated at a government that seems to care more about itself than about the American people and their future. Among the most troubling developments is the increased use of national security to provide political cover -- both for politicians and for controversial legislation that cannot pass on its own. Read more »

Amarillo Globe News: Honor vets with words and action

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WASHINGTON - Veterans Day is a time for Americans to remember and honor those men and women who have bravely served their nation in our armed services. On this day, we are thankful for people like Warren Smith of Wichita Falls and his active-duty grandson. Smith was a gunner mate, third class in the United States Navy during World War II, who helped liberate the Philippines. His grandson is serving in the Navy, having recently returned from the war in Afghanistan. Read more »

Thornberry Op-Ed on Digital Television Delay

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Washington, DC—Texans have been preparing for some time for the digital television (DTV) transition. During this time, broadcasters and the government have been busy educating the public about the transition and preparing their broadcasting equipment for the switch. With the recent passage of the DTV Delay Act, the deadline for the DTV transition has been pushed back to June 12, 2009 from its original deadline of February 17, 2009. However, the passage of this legislation merely gives broadcasters the option of delaying the switch; therefore, many broadcasters are going ahead with the February 17 switch. Read more »

Inauguration a Celebration of the Peaceful Transition of Power

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Washington, DC - The weather was cold but clear. As I looked out into the crowd, searching for a familiar Texas face, I worried whether those who had traveled from our area to Washington were prepared for the cold and the crowds. Tight security and long lines were everywhere amid a sea of people that was the largest crowd ever gathered on our national mall. Read more »

Texas Soldier's Name To Be Added To Vietnam Veterans Memorial

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Memorial Day 2008 A Family Chooses to Serve: How we can all learn from the selfless service and unconditional love of Perryton’s Naylor Family By Congressman Mac Thornberry Service to our nation comes in many forms. We, of course, think of the brave men and woman of the Armed Forces, risking their lives to answer the call of our country. But, not every act of service comes with a uniform. Opal and... Read more »