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  • Image: Rainbow fentanyl pills seized by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The variety of bright colors, shapes, and sizes is a deliberate effort by drug traffickers to drive addiction amongst kids and young adults - DEA

    Why Is Fentanyl So Dangerous?

    Mar 20, 2023 | By Will Hurd

    As a former congressman who represented the single largest Southern border district, and a former overseas CIA officer, I’ve been dealing with threats to Americans’ security and well-being for my entire adult life. We are faced today with an alarming rise in fentanyl abuse that is devastating the lives of over 107,000 American families a year because of drug overdose deaths. This is more than two times the number of deaths from gun violence. 66% of these deaths involve synthetic opioids – primarily fentanyl. Fentanyl isn’t just a problem in border states – it’s a problem from California to Maine. 

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  • Photo: My sister, brother, and I (seated) celebrating with my mom.

    5 Essential Leadership Principles for Success in Everything

    Mar 9, 2023 | By Will Hurd

    I’ve always been and will always be a momma’s boy. Mary Alice Hurd wore many hats — a department store buyer, master seamstress, puppet maker, cosmetologist, beauty supply owner, and beauty school director. But her favorite role was being a mom, not just to her three wild kids, but to everyone she met. My mom joined her Heavenly Father on March 1, 2023, and while those who loved her will no longer get to enjoy her physical presence, we can try to live every day by the leadership principles she taught us to be better people.

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  • Photo: Skylines of Kiev, Ukraine; Tehran, Iran; and Taipei, Taiwan.

    Three Conflicts that Could Turn into World War 3

    Feb 22, 2023 | By Will Hurd

    We are living in uncertain and unstable times. There are missile attacks in Ukraine, surveillance balloons over America, and weapons grade Uranium being enriched in Iran. There are several conflict zones that could be the powder keg to start World War III.

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  • Waikiki beach and Diamond Head Mountain in Honolulu, Hawaii

    Would China & Russia Attack Hawaii?

    Feb 7, 2023 | By Will Hurd

    The short answer is: Not in the near future. The long answer is: It’s something we should be actively gameplanning for. Both China and Russia have been expanding their military capabilities in the broader Indo-Pacific region. U.S. military leaders have repeatedly warned about the potential for Chinese Communist Party (CCP)-directed aggression in the Indo-Pacific and our Japanese allies have warned of an attack on Hawaii.

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  • Andy Grove, CEO of Intel, 1992

    An Artificial Intelligence Definition for Dummies

    Jan 24, 2023 | By Will Hurd

    The term artificial intelligence describes a field in computer science that refers to computers or machines being able to simulate human intelligence to perform tasks or solve problems. Within our lifetimes, artificial intelligence (AI) will have altered our world more significantly and faster than any other technology since the discovery of electricity.

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  • Russia, Ukraine, Putin: Why Americans Should Care in 2023

    Jan 19, 2023 | By Will Hurd

    Americans should continue to care about Russia, Ukraine & Putin because they have the potential to impact our economy, our security, and our future. The unprovoked invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces under the direction of Russian President Vladimir Putin is a complex geopolitical issue that has far-reaching consequences.

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    Why is Cybersecurity Important?

    Jan 10, 2023 | By Will Hurd

    The Internet is full of threats that could harm your computers, mobile devices, tablets, or other connected products. It’s important to understand how these threats work so you can keep yourself safe online, prevent data breaches and be protected from a cyber attack.

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  • Santa Elena Canyon in Big Bend National Park

    How Many National Parks Are There?

    Dec 29, 2022 | By Will Hurd

    8 min read

    When it comes to the question of how many national parks there are in the US, the answer isn’t as straightforward as you might imagine. It all depends on what you mean by “national park.” In this blog, we’ll dive into the different definitions and explain why the answer isn’t so simple.

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    Bridging the Digital Divide

    Dec 20, 2022 | By Will Hurd

    6 min read

    Potentially half of the United States of America lacks access to high-speed Internet. We should care about this sobering and embarassing stat because the lack of access to broadband Internet has a direct impact on job opportunities and economic growth. The lowest broadband access and usage are in U.S. counties with the highest rates of unemployment.

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  • China Map

    Why Is Taiwan Important to the US?

    Dec 7, 2022 | By Will Hurd

    9 min read

    Taiwan is a critical partner to the United States for multiple reasons. Economically, the US and Taiwan are top 10 trading partners, with bilateral trade reaching $114 billion in 2021. Taiwan is also one of the world’s leading manufacturers of advanced semiconductors. These critical components are in every electronic device and system, and Taiwan plays a key role in global supply chains for them.

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