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Date : December 2012

MN Social Studies Curriculum Emphasizes American ‘Racism,’ Removes ‘Patriotism’

Last Thursday, the Minnesota Department of Education held public hearings to approve its new social studies education curriculum that leaves out “patriotism” as a civic virtue and teaches that America’s rise as a global power from its agrarian roots led to “institutionalized racism.”

History Standard 20 for the period 1870–1920, in the new social studies/history standards, says:

“The student will understand that as the United States shifted from its agrarian roots into an industrial and global power, the rise of big business, urbanization, and immigration led to institutionalized racism, ethnic and class conflict, and new efforts at reform.”

John Fonte, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, wrote that “nine years ago a group of history professors from the University of Minnesota sent a letter to the state’s education department” complaining that Minnesota’s social studies standards “presented American history too positively.”

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UK: Equal Marriage is “fundamentally flawed” says new in-depth study

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Published on: December 27, 2012

By Chris Sugden
Anglican Mainstream
December 12, 2013

Research sent to constituency Conservatives and Westminster MPs will “strengthen grass-roots Tory opposition” as David Cameron attempts to railroad through gay marriage legislation

A new study of extensive world-wide research published today concludes that government plans to introduce same sex marriage (SSM) legislation in the near future are based on false premises and a deeply flawed understanding of both conventional marriage and gay relationships.

“The long-term impact of such legislation on our children’s up-bringing, on our health and welfare and on our liberties enshrined in law has not been acknowledged by SSM proponents,” says author R S Harris, “nor in its rush has the government encouraged proper debate around these vital issues.”

The study, which comprises secular argument and research and is non-religious in approach, is published by Anglican Mainstream (AM), the UK-based online information resource for the global Anglican Communion, and Voice for Justice UK, a new campaigning group for civil and religious liberties. It is the first of its kind in the UK and is commended by a number of public and political figures, including the former Lord Chancellor Lord Mackay of Clashfern.

“Our report is unashamedly academic and educational,” said AM’s Chris Sugden, “but it is full of hard-hitting facts and evidence against gay marriage that SSM proponents dare not face and try to avoid.”

In view of the government’s impending announcement of gay-marriage legislation this week, the report is being mailed today to all members of both Houses of Parliament and also to over 350 chairmen of Conservative constituency associations, the majority of whom are opposed to the legislation according to surveys. Polling by ComRes has found that seven in ten Tory constituency chairmen want David Cameron to drop the proposal; six in ten believe it will lose their party more votes than it will gain and nearly five in ten report a loss of association members over the issue.

“We want to strengthen the Tory grassroots opposition and give them further research and reasons to reinforce their dissent,” said Chris Sugden. “The study will make compelling Christmas reading for them.”

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Ex-Nazi guard, facing deportation, dies (Pat Buchanan Weeps)

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Published on: December 27, 2012

Anton Geiser, a former Nazi concentration camp guard who fought deportation after settling in Pennsylvania, has died, his lawyer said. He was 88.

Geiser, a retired mill worker with three American-born children, was an armed guard for the Nazis at the Buchenwald concentration camp, federal prosecutors said. Geiser, who was originally born in Croatia but settled in Sharon, Pa., after the war, said he was forced into service by the Nazis as a teenager and never participated in the systematic slaughter of Jews and other prisoners inside the camp.

Federal prosecutors disagreed and were seeking his deportation to face a trial as a war criminal, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said Thursday.

“People need to look at him as an individual, and I think that he actually stood for something he believed in,” said Adrian Roe, Geiser’s attorney. “He hadn’t believed in the Nazis. He had been forced into it. He didn’t want to be kicked out. He wanted to stay with his family.”

His death brings the government’s case against Geiser to a close, Roe said.

Opposed to same-sex marriage, company ends wedding business

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Published on: December 27, 2012


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Matt Grubbs Discover Annapolis Tours owner Matt Grubbs, pictured polishing the trolley’s interior, decided to discontinue the company’s wedding trolley tour service, an icon in Annapolis’ wedding scene, instead of being forced to serve homosexuals.


An Annapolis company whose old-fashioned trolleys are iconic in the city’s wedding scene has abandoned the nuptial industry rather than serve same-sex couples.

The owner of Discover Annapolis Tours said he decided to walk away from $50,000 in annual revenue instead of compromising his Christian convictions when same-sex marriages become legal in Maryland in less than a week. And he has urged prospective clients to lobby state lawmakers for a religious exemption for wedding vendors.

While most wedding businesses across the country embraced the chance to serve same-sex couples, a small minority has struggled to balance religious beliefs against business interests.

Wedding vendors elsewhere who refused to accommodate same-sex couples have faced discrimination lawsuits — and lost. Legal experts said Discover Annapolis Tours sidesteps legal trouble by avoiding all weddings.

“If they’re providing services to the public, they can’t discriminate who they provide their services to,” said Glendora Hughes, general counsel for the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights. The commission enforces public accommodation laws that prohibit businesses from discriminating on the basis of race, sexual orientation and other characteristics.

The trolley company’s decision, publicized by a straight groom offended by what he called “repressive bigotry,” offers a snapshot of a local business navigating a new landscape in Maryland’s wedding industry, and leaving it behind for a competitor to swoop in.

The head of the Maryland Wedding Professionals Association said the trolley company is the second vendor to refuse business over the state’s same-sex marriage law, which voters upheld in November. The Maryland clergyman who led opposition to same-sex marriage called the trolley company’s choice to abandon profits on principle “gutsy” and predicted that more businesses would quietly follow suit.

“That’s a bold and noble statement,” said Derek McCoy, executive director of the Maryland Marriage Alliance. “The other option would have been just to become a legal case.”

Frank Schubert, the political strategist who ran campaigns against same-sex marriage in Maryland and three other states this year, said opponents predicted collateral damage from legalizing same-sex unions.

“This is exactly what happens,” Schubert said, adding that religious liberty is “right in the cross hairs of this debate. … The law doesn’t protect people of faith. It simply doesn’t.”

Schubert pointed to a handful of other examples publicized in news reports across the country of wedding vendors sued for refusing to accommodate a same-sex ceremony: a pair of Vermont innkeepers, a New Jersey church group and a New Mexico wedding photographer.

A Christian conservative group financed an appeal in the case in New Mexico — where same-sex marriages are not recognized but, as in Maryland, “public accommodation” laws prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation. A lesbian couple tried to hire the photographer for their commitment ceremony, but the photographer’s attorneys argued that artists have a constitutional right to refuse to endorse a message they do not support, according to the Religion News Service. Two New Mexico courts have sided with the lesbian couple who sued, and the state’s highest court agreed to hear the case.

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Supreme Court won’t block Obama health law’s contraception mandate

The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to block the Obama administration’s contraception mandate from taking effect.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor rejected a request for an emergency injunction that would have shielded employers from the mandate.

The request was filed by Hobby Lobby, an arts-and-crafts chain. The company’s Catholic owners say the contraception mandate violates their religious freedom.

Hobby Lobby might eventually win on that point, Sotomayor said, but the company didn’t meet the standard for an injunction blocking the mandate from taking effect.

The administration’s policy requires most employers to include contraception in their employees’ healthcare policies, without charging a co-pay or deductible. Churches and houses of worship are exempt, and religious affiliated institutions such as Catholic hospitals don’t have to cover contraception directly. (Their insurance companies cover the cost of making it available at no cost to the employee.)

But some Catholic employers say they should be able to opt out of the mandate simply because it violates their personal faith, no matter what type of business they run.

Hobby Lobby had asked the Supreme Court for an emergency injunction preventing the contraception mandate from taking effect as scheduled on Jan. 1. Lower courts have split on narrow requests for case-by-case exceptions, so Hobby Lobby said the court should block the mandate and immediately hear arguments about whether the policy is constitutional.

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Kwanzaa: Holiday Brought to You By The FBI (Ann Coulter)

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Published on: December 27, 2012

Ann CoulterIs it just me, or does Kwanzaa seem to come earlier and earlier each year? And let’s face it, Kwanzaa’s gotten way too commercialized.

A few years ago, I suspended my annual Kwanzaa column because my triumph over this fake holiday seemed complete. The only people still celebrating Kwanzaa were presidential-statement writers and white female public school teachers.

But it seems to be creeping back. A few weeks ago, House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., complained about having to stick around Washington for fiscal cliff negotiations by accusing Republicans of not caring about “families” coming together to bond during Kwanzaa. The private schools have picked up this PC nonsense from the public schools. (Soon, no one will know anything.)

It is a fact that Kwanzaa was invented in 1966 by a black radical FBI stooge, Ron Karenga — aka Dr. Maulana Karenga — founder of United Slaves, a violent nationalist rival to the Black Panthers. He was also a dupe of the FBI.

In what was ultimately a foolish gamble, during the madness of the ’60s, the FBI encouraged the most extreme black nationalist organizations in order to discredit and split the left. The more preposterous the group, the better.

By that criterion, Karenga’s United Slaves was perfect. In the annals of the American ’60s, Karenga was the Father Gapon, stooge of the czarist police.

Despite modern perceptions that blend all the black activists of the ’60s, the Black Panthers did not hate whites. They did not seek armed revolution (although some of their most high-profile leaders were drug dealers and murderers). Those were the precepts of Karenga’s United Slaves.

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Michael Barone: Obama’s numbers went down, but Romney never inspired voters to vote

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Published on: December 27, 2012

In combing through the results of the 2012 election — apparently finally complete, nearly two months after the fact — I continue to find many similarities between 2012 and 2004 and one enormous difference.

Both of the elections involved incumbent presidents with approval ratings hovering around or just under 50 percent facing challengers who were rich men from Massachusetts (though one made his money and the other married it).

In both cases, the challenger and his campaign seemed confident he was going to win. and had reasonable grounds to believe so.

In both elections, the incumbent started running a barrage of negative ads defining the challenger in the spring. And in both elections, the incumbent had at least one spotty debate performance.

In both elections, each candidate concentrated on a more or less fixed list of target states, and in both elections the challenger depended heavily on outside groups’ spending that failed to achieve optimal results.

The popular vote margins were similar — 51 to 48 percent for George W. Bush in 2004, 51 to 47 percent for Barack Obama in 2012.

The one enormous difference was turnout. Turnout between the 2000 and 2004 elections rose from 105 million to 122 million, plus 16 percent. Turnout between the 2008 and 2012 elections fell from 131 million to 128 million, minus 2 percent.

Turnout is a measure of organization but also of spontaneous enthusiasm.

In 2004 John Kerry got 16 percent more popular votes than Al Gore had four years before. But he lost because George W. Bush got 23 percent more popular votes than he had four years before.

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The Disaster That Is “Plan B”

I fielded 90 minutes of calls of less than 60 seconds on Plan B on Wednesday’s show. Not one caller supported the “up-is-down, a tax hike isn’t a tax hike” plan. Dozens were adamant in opposition and angry. This is Son of TARP, and the GOP caucus will hear it when they get home and for the next two years.

Bottom line:

Plan B raises taxes.

A yes vote on Plan B violates the pledge many if not all GOP candidates took, and convoiuted logic won’t change that and Grover’s pardon won’t matter.

After the routine violations of the “Pledge to America” of 2010, GOP credibility is in tatters.

MSM will begin every story on taxes for the next two years with “The GOP once before broke its pledge not to raise taxes, so…”

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Sentiment: Deja Cliff (Disconnect Over Fiscal Crisis is Worldwide)

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Published on: December 19, 2012

Blah blah Fiscal Cliff blah. Blah blah blahdy blah Cliff. Cliff blah blah republicans blah democrats blah blah blah blah. Blah blah blah blah, blah blah, blah blah blah blah blah, blah blah, Cliff. Blah blah blah blah, blah blahdy blah…. Blah.

Meanwhile in Europe: The only data point confirms what everyone knows – reality sucks, hope surges. As usual.

German Ifo business confidence rises to 102.4 from 101.4, on expected rise of 102. Why the rise? Because forward expectations spike from 96.4 to 97.9. As for the “current assessment”? Why down of course from 108.1 to 107.1, on expectations of 108.0. Apparently in the long run everyone will either be dead, or live in an economic utopia. Just don’t opt for the Buddhist route.

More on this from Vampire Squid:

The Ifo index increased for the second time as corporates become more optimistic about the medium-term outlook. The assessment of the current conditions has weakened at the same time. Together with the flash PMIs, the December Ifo is consistent with our view that German GDP will decline moderately in Q4 before we see a stabilisation at the beginning of the year and a further, modest acceleration during the course of the year.

The Ifo index rose further in December to a level of 102.4 after 101.4 in November and 100.0 in October. Business expectations rose to 97.9 after 95.2 (their highest reading since May), while business conditions erased the improvement seen in November, sliding back to their October reading (107.1 after 108.1).

Looking at the different sectors, business confidence improved in the manufacturing and construction sector, but declined in the wholesale and retail sector.

A less cynical recap of events from DB’s Jim Reid:

With only six more sleeps until Christmas, markets continue to be in a festive mood helped by increasing optimism of a last-minute deal coming together in Washington. Briefly recapping the price action yesterday, equities finished strongly (S&P500 up 1.15%), credit gapped tighter (Xover-16bps) and US treasury yields continued to sell off with the 10yr UST yield adding 5bp to close at 1.81%, and threatening to break through the
1.60% to 1.80% trading range that has held since August. The optimism seems is adding pressure to the precious metals complex – gold lost $27/oz yesterday to close at its lowest level since the 30th August ($1671/oz).

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Why don’t threats against Israel dismay the EU?

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Published on: December 19, 2012
A general view of the quot;E1quot; settlement area,

Photo credit: Getty Images | A general view of the “E1″ settlement area, situated between Jerusalem and the Israeli West Bank in Maale Adumim, West Bank. (Dec. 9, 2012)

More than 40,000 people have been slaughtered in Syria and the death toll rises daily. The European Union does not appear to be particularly concerned.

North Korea’s rulers have launched a three-stage rocket, moving closer to their goal of developing a nuclear-tipped ICBM, and they’re sharing nuclear weapons technology with the world’s leading sponsors of terrorism in Iran. The EU does not seem to be worrying about that, either.

Israel is considering building homes on barren hills adjacent to Jerusalem. The EU’s 27 foreign ministers said they were “deeply dismayed,” and warned Israel of unspecified consequences if the plan is carried out.

The European Union — recent winner, I should note, of the Nobel Peace Prize — has its priorities. So let’s talk about what the Israelis are doing to so distress the EU.

The area in which Israel may build covers 4.6 square miles. For the sake of comparison, Denver International Airport is 53 square miles. Known as E1, this area lies within a territory that has a much older name: the Judean Desert. Might Jews think they have a legitimate historical claim to the Judean Desert? This question is rarely asked.

For Israeli military planners, E1′s strategic value is more germane than its history. Developing it would help in the defense of Jerusalem, a city where Jews and Arabs live for the most part peacefully, with both populations growing. Hamas, however, vows to forcibly expel every Jew from Jerusalem. Such threats of ethnic cleansing also do not trouble the EU too much.

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Krauthammer: Obama Using Massacre To Push Agenda “A Combination Of Self-Righteousness And Narcissism”

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Published on: December 19, 2012

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: I think the president invoking the massacre of children to essential say the Republicans need to accept his terms of surrender in the negotiations is not just a non sequitur, I think it’s sacrilege. And it’s of a piece with the whole tone of his news conference and this is the way he conducts them generally, which is he is excessively self-righteous. He talks about the other side of being unprincipled, not interested in the national interest, slaves of ideology which he says makes no sense. And as you mention, invested in opposing him to the point they are willing to let the country suffer.

So it’s a combination of self-righteousness and narcissism. It’s just a very unpleasant tone and there is no reason he can’t either avoid that or give some credit to the other side for sincerity in just seeing a different way to approach the crisis the country has. I think that would be respectful but it’s a lot to ask of Obama and he never delivers on that.

Clinton accused of faking illness to avoid Benghazi testimony

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Published on: December 19, 2012

The State Department slammed former United Nations envoy John Bolton over his suggestion that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton falsely claimed a concussion to avoid a potentially embarrassing appearance before Congress to explain the deadly terrorist attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya.

In an appearance on Fox News, Bolton said that Clinton’s claim that she had fainted because of the flu, hitting her head and suffering a concussion, was what foreign service officers call a “diplomatic illness,” intended to free a diplomat from an unpleasant duty. Clinton was supposed to appear before congressional foreign affairs committees on Thursday to respond to questions about whether security failures opened the way for the Sept. 11 attack.

“This is a diplomatic illness to beat the band,” said Bolton, who served during the George W. Bush administration. “I mean, I hope it’s nothing serious. But this was revealed in a way that I think was not transparent and I think there is an obligation here.”

Victoria Nuland, a State Department spokeswoman, insisted to reporters Tuesday that suggestions Clinton faked her illness are “completely untrue.”

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Joe Biden Was Behind The Robert Bork Nomination Smear (RIP BORK)

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Published on: December 19, 2012

A quarter of a century ago, a good and great man was slandered to maintain liberal judicial power. It was Vice President Joe Biden, who as a senator, led the injustices committed against Judge Robert Bork.

The Wednesday morning death of Bork, Ronald Reagan’s failed 1987 Supreme Court nominee, should make us think how much freer and better this country would be if Bork’s intellectual power and constitutional integrity had been present within the justices’ deliberations over the past 25 years.

Had Reagan nominated Bork to replace retiring Chief Justice Warren Burger in 1986, when Republicans enjoyed a 53-47 majority in the Senate, as many advised him to do, things might have gone differently. Instead, Bork faced a 55-45 Democratic majority the next year.

(Justice Antonin Scalia, confirmed 98-0 in 1986, could instead have been named to the Bork Court in 1987.)

The new chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee was Biden. Many recall Sen. Ted Kennedy’s outrageous charge that with Bork on the court, “blacks would sit at segregated lunch counters.” But Bork’s chair wasn’t warm before Biden launched his shameful accusation:

“It appears to me that you are saying that the government has as much right to control a married couple’s decision about choosing to have a child or not, as that government has a right to control the public utility’s right to pollute the air.”

We ended up instead with Justice Anthony Kennedy, a champion of foreign law who often sides his swing vote with the court’s liberals.

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Can the Republican Party Remain Relevant?

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Published on: December 18, 2012

Does the Republican Party want to remain relevant? Or are they willing to be cast, by the not so subtle scorched earth tactics of Barack Obama, the Democrats and the mainstream media, into permanent second class status, and eventual oblivion?

The only political weapon, but a potentially powerful one, the Republicans have is control of the House of Representatives. The Speaker of the House thus becomes, by default, the national spokesman and face of the Party. This person is the one sitting alone across the table from the twin juggernaut of Barack Obama and his celebrity persona and the sycophantic mainstream media, with their predisposition against all things conservative.

It is extraordinarily difficult to hold one’s own against this two-headed dragon. However, if the United States is to regain its once lofty economic and societal stature, there is no choice as there must be a guerilla action over the next four years to delay and stop Obama’s plans to transform America. This requires a Speaker of the House with a persona that is not overshadowed by the President, who is unafraid to take on the media and is able to coordinate messaging with not only Republican House members but other conservative voices. But above all, a Speaker willing to confront Barack Obama directly and forcefully.

The current Speaker, John Boehner, while a decent man and a hard working representative for his district in Ohio, is not the right person for the job at this critical juncture in American history. In a cogent and insightful analysis of Mr. Boehner, Peter Ferrara writes:

Boehner is no match for Obama on the national stage. He cannot press the economic arguments articulately. He does not have a compelling personality. Obama is running circles around Boehner with outrageous falsehoods, and Boehner cannot raise a peep to challenge him. Boehner has managed to allow Obama to turn the Bush middle class tax cuts passed by a Republican majority Congress ten years ago into the Obama middle class tax cuts, supposedly opposed by the House majority Republicans.

And from Mark Levin:

We lost the presidency which was a great setback for our nation. Yet we held the House fairly easily and lost only two Senate seats. Even in Obama’s case he received millions less votes. Boehner interprets this as a mandate for Obama and liberalism. He’s not fighting or leading. He’s dragging what little resistance there is left in the GOP down the cliff. Far more damage will be done to the nation and the GOP than ought be done with this kind of quisling behavior.

John Boehner must go. Further, there is no one in the Republican House caucus that has the experience, personality and determination to bring the fight to Barack Obama and Harry Reid in the Senate. With two or four more years of this kind of leadership, the Republican Party will become irrelevant, the ultimate goal of Obama, the Democrats and the media — as their tactics in recent campaign and the so-called fiscal cliff negotiations reveal.

There is an option, (as pointed out by Jeffrey Lord at the American Spectator) and one the Republican Party must seriously consider if they truly are concerned with the fate of the nation.

The Speaker of the House does not have to be an elected member of the House–per Article 1, section 2 of the Constitution. Anyone duly chosen by a majority vote of the House can be Speaker as long as that person is nominated by a sitting member of the House. Thus anyone could declare themselves as a candidate for the Speakership and actively campaign for the position.

There is only one person in the Republican or conservative political sphere that has national name recognition, experience, stature, as well as the proven ability to deal with the media and a popular Democratic President while coordinating an effective messaging operation– that is Newt Gingrich. This choice would bring howls of protest from both the Republican establishment and the Democratic Party cabal– which is among the reasons it would be the ideal option.

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Why the delay in arrest of Menendez (D-NJ) intern who is a registered sex offender?

robert-menendez-tea-party.jpgA Republican congressman asked the Obama administration Friday why it delayed for weeks the arrest of a registered sex offender who was living illegally in the U.S. and working for a Democratic senator.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, chairman of a House oversight subcommittee on homeland defense, asked the Homeland Security Department whether politics played any role in the decision not to arrest Luis Abrahan Sanchez Zavaletahim, 18, until after the Nov. 6 election.

The Associated Press reported earlier this week that the department ordered immigration agents not to arrest Sanchez, an unpaid intern working for Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., until after Election Day.

The department said it did not order such a delay and said it followed standard procedures. Menendez advocates aggressively for pro-immigration policies and was re-elected in November with 58 percent of the vote.

Chaffetz’s inquiry was the first from Capitol Hill on the matter. He called the situation “disturbing” in a letter dated Thursday to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. Chaffetz asked that officials brief him and his staff by Jan. 3 and provide answers in writing.

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