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Signs of Hope in the East
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Signs of Hope in the East

In the United States, the forces of the cultural left have been particularly aggressive in seeking to diminish the influence of our Christian heritage on American society. The Obama administration has led the campaign for the complete separation of religion from the public square.  It has used executive orders, regulatory rule-making authority, and the bully...

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Stop Lying About VATs

Writing recently in Forbes, Brian Wesbury continued a theme that is popular among Beltway Republicans, warning about the dangers of a consumption tax system known as a Value-Added Tax (VAT).  Wesbury advances the specious argument that a VAT is bad because it would be placed “on top of the income tax” and “will harm the...

Just Say No to the Kool-Aid
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Just Say No to the Kool-Aid

With the able assistance of Jack Hunter, Sen. Rand Paul has written a must-read book for conservatives wondering why we continue to send Republicans to Washington, D.C., who say all of the right things when running for office and then quickly fall in line with the “inside the Beltway” political elites who have controlled the...

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A Winning Stragey

Michael Steele appears to be a pleasant enough fellow.  But he is off to a rocky start as chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC). Within weeks of his election, Steele gave an interview to GQ in which he was quoted as saying that abortion is an “individual choice,” the refrain generally used by “abortion-rights”...

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Dick Cheney’s Uncertain Future

Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald called a press conference on October 28 to announce a five-count indictment against I. Lewis Libby, chief of staff and principal national security advisor to Vice President Dick Cheney. Fitzgerald indicted Libby on one count of obstruction of justice, two counts of perjury, and two counts of false statements, the charges...

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A New Brand of “Conservatism”

George W. Bush was lauded in the pages of the Wall Street Journal in the summer of 2003 by Fred Barnes, editor of the Weekly Standard, for promoting a new brand of “conservatism.”  According to Barnes, President Bush is a “big government conservative,” and his administration believes “in using what would normally be seen as...

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Karl Rove and the Plame Affair

Karl Rove’s favorite president is Richard Nixon.  What a twist of fate it would be if Rove were driven from power as Nixon was over what both men would consider trivial matters—the leaking of a CIA employee’s name to reporters by Rove in 2004 and the Watergate break-in of the Democratic headquarters at the instigation...