Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
Pro-Russian rebels, right, walk by plane wreckage as they arrive for a media briefing at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 on July 22, 2014. (AP Photo)

Pro-Russian rebels, right, walk by plane wreckage as they arrive for a media briefing at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 on July 22, 2014. (AP Photo)

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When the New Hampshire Legislature raised the gasoline tax, gas prices in the state were "skyrocketing."

More than 3,000 homicides were committed by "illegal aliens" over the past six years.

"We've recovered (from the recession) faster and come farther than almost any other advanced country on Earth."  

Obama’s 2012 policy on younger immigrants "created these children coming across" the border.

Says a new report shows the "devastating tax hikes (in the health care law) will have on middle-class Kentuckians."

"Right now, one third of all illegal aliens are going to California."  

Under Gov. Tom Corbett, "Pennsylvania ranks 49th in job creation."

The number of jobs created and people lifted out of poverty during Bill Clinton’s presidency was "a hundred times" what it was under President Ronald Reagan.

There are fewer wars, there are fewer people dying in wars "now than there have been in quite some time."

Says former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said that "if the workers are more insecure, that's very healthy for the society" because "they'll serve the masters gladly and passively."

In Syria, "we struck a deal where we got 100 percent of the chemical weapons out."  

"The so-called defense minister of the People's Republic of Donetsk ... actually posted a bragging social media posting of having shot down a military transport. And then when it became apparent it was civilian, they pulled it down from social media."  

The Obama Administration is suing a Wisconsin company for forcing employees to speak English.

"More women are graduating from college now than men."

Amid the "crisis at our southern border," there are "reports of illegal migrants carrying deadly diseases such as … Ebola virus."

"For the first time in history, (Thor’s) hammer is being held by a woman."

Says the Obama administration never responded to his 2012 letter flagging the uptick in unaccompanied children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

Alaska Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich "vote as much as 80 percent of the time together."

"Latinos now make up the majority population in Texas."

Says Charlie Crist "voted against raising the minimum wage."

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