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  • This Traitor Belongs in Jail, Not Free in Cuba
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on July 14, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs, Homeland Security

    Wall Street Journal The Obama administration is reportedly in secret negotiations with Cuba that would result in the release from federal prison of one of the most damaging American spies in U.S. history. Such an extraordinary gesture would be preposterous for many reasons. Ana Belén Montes, who is serving a 25-year sentence as part of a 2002 plea deal, was a U.S. Justice Department official with a top-secret security clearance when she was approached by Cuban intelligence agents in 1984. At the... Read more

  • A Kickstart for the Startup Nation
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on January 13, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Government Reform, Taxes

    Medium.com America is renowned as a startup nation. The American people have always encouraged and admired daring entrepreneurs who — through ingenuity, courage, and determination — create something out of nothing. These are the brave men and women who begin with an idea for an innovation and then start a new business that transforms their vision into reality. Considering the risk involved in creating a startup, it’s unsurprising that most fail. But the survivors are critical to the American eco... Read more

  • Man-Made Drought: A Guide To California's Water Wars
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on June 12, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water

    Investor's Business Daily In the summer of 2002, shortly before I was elected to Congress, I sat through an eye-opening meeting with representatives from the Natural Resources Defense Council and several local environmental activist groups. Hoping to convince me to support various water restrictions, they argued that San Joaquin Valley farmers should stop growing alfalfa and cotton in order to save water — though they allowed that the planting of high-value crops such as almonds could continue. ... Read more

  • An Historic Opportunity
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on May 22, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs, Trade

    GOP.gov Congress is currently debating trade promotion authority, whose passage is a vital step in approving the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a landmark free-trade agreement between the United States and eleven other nations. Further down the road we will finish negotiations on the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a free-trade agreement between the United States and Europe. The immense economic benefits of these pacts have been widely discussed – the U.S. economy will ... Read more

  • Congress must act to protect against cyberattacks
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on March 31, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs, Defense, Homeland Security

    The Hill In the virtual equivalent of a jewel heist in which thieves make their way into a heavily defended showroom through the ventilation shaft, cyberattackers are exploiting vulnerabilities in our digital networks to steal millions of Americans’ personal, financial and medical records. In today’s digitally connected world, America’s businesses, critical infrastructure, government and consumers are at risk like never before — and the threat comes not from a handful of brilliantly misguided mi... Read more

  • The Bear Out There
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on August 29, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs, Homeland Security

    Washington Times by Devin Nunes On my recent expedition to Eastern Europe and Ukraine, I was particularly affected by two things – people’s overwhelming fear of Russian aggression and the omnipresence of Russian state media broadcasts. Consider this: On July 17, 2014, Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over Ukraine, killing all 298 aboard. Most of the world quickly recognized that Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine had brought down the plane. This conclusion was strongly supported by ... Read more

  • Don't Shackle the NSA Now
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on July 22, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs, Defense, Homeland Security

    National Review Online by Rep. Devin Nunes The Middle East is in turmoil. Syria has collapsed, essentially transforming into a giant battlefield between Sunni Islamists and Iran-backed entities. U.S. gains are still tenuous in Afghanistan, which is subject to attack from assorted terror groups, and the scheduled withdrawal of U.S. troops from there could empower warring militias and terror organizations, as is happening in Iraq. Meanwhile, many parts of Libya are now controlled by Islamist warlo... Read more

  • America's response to Iraq should begin with approving Keystone XL
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on July 2, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy, Foreign Affairs, Defense, Homeland Security

    Washington Examiner by Rep. Devin Nunes With the lightning advance of ISIS' jihadist army to the outskirts of Baghdad, Iraq is falling into chaos. The country's Shiites are mobilizing militias to fight the Sunni terrorists, while the nation faces a good possibility of some sort of Iranian intervention. Regardless of who ultimately wins this conflict, Iraq looks destined for a prolonged period of instability. This once again jeopardizes a crucial source of the world's oil - crude prices spiked to... Read more

  • All Is Not Well
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on June 23, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs, Defense, Homeland Security

    Washington Times by Rep. Devin Nunes “This is what happens at the end of wars.” That is how President Obama justified his order to release five Taliban commanders from Gitmo in return for the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who, according to many accounts, was captured by Islamic militants after deserting from the U.S. Army in Afghanistan. The main elements of the Bergdahl swap — the unequal trade, the likelihood of encouraging future hostage-taking, the administration’s failure to consult Congre... Read more

  • No More Detroits
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on August 14, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget & Federal Spending, Government Reform

    Washington Times The bankruptcy filing by the city of Detroit garnered a lot of media attention, but it was not unexpected. It’s hardly shocking to learn that after decades of chronic mismanagement by a corrupt political machine, even America’s richest city — which Detroit once was — can be laid to waste. The Motor City’s downfall stems from a lot of bad policies, but one has been especially damaging: overspending on public-sector employees. In Detroit, pension and health care benefits for publi... Read more