• Agitation for Impossible Policies Is Political Malpractice

    Agitation for Impossible Policies Is Political Malpractice

    The GOP is currently divided—with a narrow faction arguing that we should abolish birthright citizenship, even though real-world chances of achieving this proposed change register at close to zero. Some legal scholars may challenge the common understanding that the 14th Amendment grants citizenship to anyone born in the U.S., but…

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  • Rank Hypocrisy on Birtherism

    Rank Hypocrisy on Birtherism

    Four years ago, when Donald Trump briefly campaigned for president before quitting the race, he focused on the issue of Barack Obama's birth certificate, claiming to possess evidence that the president was born abroad and therefore ineligible for his office. But this year, Trump respects the candidacy of Ted Cruz,…

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  • How to Beat Planned Parenthood

    How to Beat Planned Parenthood

    To win the battle over funds for Planned Parenthood, conservatives must make clear that we're trying to end government sponsorship, not destroy the organization. Federal money provides only a third of the Planned Parenthood operating budget: the rest comes from donations and fees for services. Those who admire the organization…

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  • The Question Trump Can’t Answer

    The Question Trump Can’t Answer

    In the GOP debate, Donald Trump said he couldn't commit to support the ultimate nominee, and refused to rule out a third party run, but he never faced the obvious follow-up question. If he really cares about the conservative principles he now espouses, why wouldn't he promise to support the…

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  • Complainers vs. Planners

    Complainers vs. Planners

    In the wake of the Republican presidential debate, the Wall Street Journal observed that GOP candidates are now trying to win support as either “fighters” or “statesmen.” The fighters concentrate on battling against forces that they fear and resent, while the statesmen promise to build consensus for a reform agenda.…

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  • Score Card from the Big Debates

    Score Card from the Big Debates

    All Republicans should feel relieved, if not jubilant. Lots of winners who helped themselves, and no disastrous losers. Major gains for Marco Rubio who was lucid, passionate, self-assured, Kennedyesque – cementing his status as everyone's second choice, which may win him the nomination, ultimately. John Kasich also moved his campaign…

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  • Lessons from a Lion

    Lessons from a Lion

    The sad case of Cecil the Lion demonstrates the superiority of conservative common sense over leftist notions of political correctness. First, there's the question asked by many conservatives: why should anyone feel more upset by the death of a lion 5,000 miles away than by dismemberment of human babies in…

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  • Joe Biden is Hillary’s Worst Nightmare

    Joe Biden is Hillary’s Worst Nightmare

    The New York Times reports preparations by Vice President Biden and his aides to join the a presidential race – a looming disaster for Hillary. It's not that Biden is more competent, moderate or popular than she is – he's none of the above. But he is closer to the…

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  • Avoid the Anger Trap

    Avoid the Anger Trap

    As Republican candidates prepare for their first televised debate, they should avoid the temptations of anger and negativity. It's true that rage merchants can grab headlines and make temporary gains in the polls – and it's also true that the angriest candidate, Donald Trump, is the current front runner. But…

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