Dear Moms and Dads: Big Brother Is About to Join the Family

Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Donald Trump are making noise against the Common Core and the Democrats’ support for it. But have they looked at the gift the GOP-controlled Congress just gave the progressive movement? The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) just laid the groundwork for a federal takeover of basic, deeply personal functions of the family. Former Education Secretary Arne Duncan is excited about the many gifts the Republican Congress tucked into the Every Student Succeeds Act (see here and here to learn how your House member and senators voted). Among the bill’s progressive delights is the expansion of government schools and other

Cruz Vows to Undo Common Core on Day One

Cruz imagines a pretty busy first day in office: Cruz, a Texas U.S. senator running for the Republican nomination, said he would spend his first day in office undoing “illegal and unconstitutional” executive orders by President Barack Obama, order the U.S. Department of Justice to launch an investigation of Planned Parenthood and “rip to shreds” the recent agreement with Iran on nuclear weapons. He told this to a crowd when campaigning in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, according to the Advocate, the newspaper there. “Under no circumstances will Iran be allowed to acquire nuclear weapons,” he said. Cruz said the U.S. Department of

The Fight Over Common Core Ain’t Over Yet

This piece was co-authored by Jane Robbins, an attorney and senior fellow at the American Principles Project. The passage of the new No Child Left Behind reauthorization bill (the Every Student Succeeds Act) hasn’t ended and, in fact, will intensify education debates in this country. In the coming months, we’ll see whether the state legislature leaders and governors like Doug Ducey (AZ), Pat McCrory (NC), Charlie Baker (MA), Asa Hutchinson (AR), John Bel Edwards (LA), Andrew M. Cuomo (NY), Earl Ray Tomblin (WV), and Matt Bevin (KY) fight on behalf of citizenry, or whether they spiral into disrepute like Jeb

Former Obama Administration Aide Boasts GOP-Passed Bill (ESSA) Cements Common Core

Breitbart reports that another voice from the Left has entered the conversation about the recently rammed-through Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This time, the commentary comes from Peter Cunningham, former U.S. Department of Education (USED) Assistant Secretary for Communications. Cunningham confirms what recent Education Secretary Arne Duncan said about ESSA — that the messaging from bill’s primary author, Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) is, shall we say, misleading when he claims that ESSA eliminates the federal mandate for the Common Core national standards. According to Cunningham, “[T]he new law that the senator from Tennessee is so proud of . . .

Our Top 10 Posts of 2015

We had a great year at ThePulse2016.com. Thank you for being a consistent reader. Here were our top 10 most popular posts (ranked in order by unique page views) on ThePulse2016.com this year: 10.) “Rand Paul Just Destroyed the Democrats On Abortion“ April 8, 2015 By: Jon Schweppe Wow. Senator Rand Paul just gave the best answer on abortion I’ve ever seen—a complete home run. Pro-abortionists love to force pro-life candidates to be very specific on abortion, and the media is often their willing accomplice. The media will happily force pro-life candidates to explain which exceptions they support, which they

Obama Administration Reveals GOP Leaders’ Betrayal on Common Core in Ed Bill

Anti-Common Core activists tried for months to warn Congress that the new federal education bill (the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA) was a disaster that would cement, not overturn, the odious progressive-education philosophies of the Obama Administration. Except for 64 House members (click here to see how your member voted) and 12 senators (click here to see how your senators voted) who were brave enough to buck Republican leadership, their warnings were dismissed. Now comes confirmation that the activists were dead on — and that Republican leadership, including Sen. Lamar Alexander, Rep. John Kline, and House Speaker Paul Ryan,

The GOP’s Corrupt Obamacore Bargain

The success of Donald Trump, Ben Carson, and Ted Cruz this year is a great and anguished shout from Republicans voters to the powers-that-be in Washington: The system is broken; it’s not working for us. If you want to know why Republicans voters hate their party in Washington, pay close attention to what massive GOP majorities in the House and the Senate just did: Extend and give new life to the failed No Child Left Behind Act. They did it the way Washington politicians do such things, by renaming it — No Child Left Behind is now called the Every

Republican Congress Thwarts American People, Passes Obama-Backed Education Bill

Several Republican presidential candidates had a great opportunity over the last two weeks to take the lead on an issue critical to millions of conservatives – federal control over public education. A couple helped their cause, a couple did not, and one blasted further down into the crater he’s been in from the beginning. On Wednesday, the Senate followed the House in passing the conference report reauthorizing No Child Left Behind. Propaganda for the new bill, called the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), trumpeted that it would return education control to the states, allow them to discard the Common Core

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