The One O’Clock Review Of The News

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Camden Takes Drastic Measures to Combat Crime

On any given night in the most dangerous city in America, fewer than 12 police officers patrol the streets. In a city that is home to 77,000 of the nation’s poorest residents, municipal administrators in 2011 responded to drastic state funding cuts by laying off all but 220 personnel, then using grant money to incrementally rehire 40 of them.

The city is Camden, where in a desperate attempt to unlock crime’s relentless stranglehold, elected officials are disbanding the 141-year-old police department and replacing it with a new Camden County force whose sole initial task will be to establish and operate a Camden metro division.  Click here to continue reading this story.

Morning Bell: It’s Time to Balance the Budget

Today, the House will vote on a proposal that would suspend the debt ceiling until May 19, buying a bit more time for the overarching budget debate. This puts off the difficult decisions that are needed to get the country’s fiscal situation in order. Heritage’s vice president for domestic and economic policy, Derrick Morgan, wrote recently:

Benjamin Franklin once said, “Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.” That’s why Congress should not raise the debt ceiling unless it includes immediate reforms today that put us on a sure path to balance, keep us in balance over time, provide for the common defense—and do not raise taxes.

Yesterday, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) took up an idea promoted by a coalition of conservative organizations including our sister organization, Heritage Action for America.

They pledged to produce a path to balance—a balanced budget in 10 years.  Click here to continue reading this article.

Four More Lost Years of Empty, Clueless Rhetoric

WASHINGTON - If you thought President Obama’s first term was one long, uninterrupted political brawl, the next four years will make that period look tame by comparison.

If you need any evidence for this prediction, Obama’s in-your-face, second inaugural address is Exhibit A. It was a speech tailored to make the hearts of liberal Democrats beat faster, cheering what some in the Washington news media called “Obama unbound.”

It was a speech that sent an unmistakable message to his party’s base that this time around, it’s no more Mr. Nice Guy. The gloves are off, these are my issues, and it’s time to pass the rest of my liberal agenda.  Click here to continue reading this story.

Nebraska Backs Pipeline; Obama Back in Hot Seat

Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman signed off Tuesday on the segment of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline that would run through his state, placing the onus back on the White House to reach a decision on the politically charged issue.

President Barack Obama had previously rejected an application by pipeline builder TransCanada, citing concerns about the original route through Nebraska’s ecologically sensitive Sand Hills region. But the president did invite TransCanada to submit a new application once it had mapped out an alternative route for the pipeline, which would carry oil from the western Canadian tar sands to Gulf Coast refineries.

Nebraska’s decision will raise the pressure on Obama. Environmentalists oppose the pipeline, contending that it would result in drastic increases of greenhouse gas emissions, and they see Obama’s decision as an early test of his commitment to take on global warming.  Click here to continue reading this story.

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