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troops boarding aircraftNational service is often associated with patriotism, but the degree to which it becomes compulsory is the same degree to which it becomes involuntary servitude.

ROBERT BORKJudge Robert Bork was a circuit court judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia when in 1987 he was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan. His was one of only three nominations to ever be rejected — savaged, some said, by Senate detractors including Ted Kennedy and now-VicePresident Joe Biden.

Ropes raise handsBarack Obama's national-service plan purports to be voluntary, yet nonparticipating schools would lose funding, and uncooperative individuals would be denied tax credits.

ultrasound babyCNN reported on Tuesday that three Democratic sources indicate newly sworn in President Obama will issue his first executive order to reverse the Mexico City Policy that prohibits U.S. money from funding international family planning groups that promote or provide abortions.

timothyTreasury secretary nominee Timothy Geithner's biography on the website of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York mentions a curious affiliation of Geithner.  No, not his admitted membership in the world-government-promoting Council on Foreign Relations, but a far more exclusive club — the so-called "Group of Thirty."  This organization, while not clandestine, is not well known outside of high-level financial circles.

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