Voting Index

Freedom Index: A Congressional Scorecard Based on the U.S. Constitution.
This voting index is currently published twice a year in The New American magazine. Each index scores all 535 members of Congress on 10 key votes on a scale of 0% to 100%. The more the Representatives and Senators adhere to the Constitution in their votes, the higher their scores on this index.
 Among all types of U.S. educational institutions, Americans believe that public schools offer the worst quality of education, according to a new Gallup poll released August 29. In addition to public education, the survey examined four types of U.S. schooling: charter schools, independent private schools, parochial or church-related schools, and homeschooling.
 Bill Nye “the Science Guy,” the techno-geek turned actor who turned kids on to science through an innovative weekly show that aired on PBS during the 1990s, has lately become a secular evangelist, preaching to parents about the dangers of allowing their children be sucked into believing that someone bigger than man created the earth.
 The Obama campaign spared not a moment to respond to Paul Ryan’s and Mitt Romney’s convention speeches. Yet its reply was at least as negative in character as it accused Ryan’s and Romney’s speeches of being. Rather than speak to the substance of their rivals’ remarks, Barack Obama continued the same assault against the Republican candidates’ characters that he has been waging for months.
 The official GOP platform approved at the Republican National Convention in Tampa included tough language rejecting the United Nations “sustainability” scheme known as Agenda 21 for the threat it represents to national sovereignty, drawing praise from conservative and Tea Party leaders across the country. The Republican Party document also rejected any form of UN global taxes and slammed a wide range of the international body’s controversial programs.  
 In my previous column I wrote that it is almost impossible to become a good, innovative teacher in today’s public schools. I base that statement on the experiences of one of America’s great teachers, Marva Collins, who tried to teach her students to read with intensive phonics in a public school in Chicago, and was finally forced to leave the system and create her own private school where she could teach in the one traditional way that produces high literacy as opposed to the public school way that produces functional illiteracy.
On August 30 the Obama administration announced that it would not charge CIA agents with any crime in the deaths of two men who reportedly died during interrogation by U.S. intelligence officers.  The decision ends a criminal investigation begun in June 2011 by Attorney General Eric Holder. 
 According to the CNN "Political Ticker," the mystery is "solved": "Clint Eastwood will be the 'mystery guest' at the Republican National Convention's final night, a GOP source confirmed Thursday," the cable news channel announced on its political blog.
 In advance of law enforcement’s deployment of their drones, the Aviation Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) issued recommended guidelines for the lawful use of the unmanned aerial vehicles.  
 The attorney general of New York has launched an investigation into whether the energy-drink industry is misleading consumers about the ingredients and overall health effects of its products. Eric Schneiderman issued subpoenas to three manufacturers — including Monster Beverage Corp., Living Essentials LLC, and PepsiCo Inc., which manufactures the popular AMP energy beverage — last month requesting details regarding the firms’ marketing and advertising practices.
 A union-owned bank agreed to loan Scranton, Pennsylvania, $6 million on condition that all city union members be paid in full, and that all of Scranton's tax revenues be sent directly to the bank to pay off the loan.
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