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Donald Trump, a One-Man Wedge Issue, Threatens GOP Future

8:50 AM, Aug 10, 2015

Republicans have been slow in recognizing the real damage Donald Trump is doing to their party.  The harm is not to the party’s image.  What Trump has done is exacerbate the increasingly bitter rift between the party’s leaders and its grass roots.  He’s made the GOP’s future dicey.

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Those Evil ‘Conservatives’

Mar 30, 2015

If you harbor any doubts that “conservative” is an all-purpose epithet in the press, then Simon Denyer, the Washington Post’s China bureau chief, will happily erase those doubts. Writing last week about threats to freedom of speech and scholarly inquiry in the former British colony of Hong Kong (“In Hong Kong, fears of Chinese restrictions on academic freedom grow,” March 15), he made it clear where the problem lies: It’s the People’s Republic of China “and its conserv-ative backers in Hong Kong” who want to censor speech and shut down academic freedom.

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Roger Williams to Lead House Conservatives Fund

10:10 AM, Mar 02, 2015

Roger Williams, a two-term congressman from the Dallas suburbs and longtime GOP fundraiser, will be the new chair of the House Conservatives Fund, a federal political action committee that’s been practically dormant for several cycles. The 65-year-old Williams, who cut his political teeth as a fundraiser for George W. Bush’s gubernatorial and presidential runs, says he plans to be a major fundraising force in the 2016 House races.

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The ‘American Sniper’ Freakout

Why the left can’t tolerate this movie.
Feb 02, 2015

"So-called ‘sand movies,’ the term Hollywood sometimes uses for films set in Afghanistan and Iraq, have a terrible box office track record,” noted the New York Times. Or rather, they had a terrible box office track record. The release of American Sniper, a biopic about Iraq war veteran and legendary Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, has changed all that. 

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The Speaker and His Critics

They wanted a public drama, and got it.
Jan 19, 2015

"I'm for the most conservative outcome that we can get,” Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell told Politico’s Manu Raju last summer. House speaker John Boehner would agree with that goal. But critics to their right disagree. They are for the most conservative outcome they cannot get.

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As the Swedes Go, So Goes Europe

The populist backlash against immigration and the EU superstate continues.
Dec 22, 2014

"The winner,” ABBA advised in 1980, “takes it all. The loser has to fall.” But not in Swedish politics, where proportional representation has created a smorgasbord of parties and has now contributed to a crisis of democracy.

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E Pluribus Conservatibus

Oct 20, 2014

It's a daunting moment for conservatives.

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Growing Pains

Britain’s UKIP raises the question: Can an anti-political party ever be a political success?
May 26, 2014

Lewes, Sussex

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Issa Asks Lerner Devastating Questions

10:46 AM, Mar 05, 2014

Darrell Issa asked Lois Lerner a serier of devastating questions about her involvment in the IRS's targeting of conservatives. 

[Slide 1] In October 2010, you told a Duke University group: “The Supreme Court dealt a huge blow, overturning a 100-year-old precedent that basically corporations couldn’t give directly to political campaigns. And everyone is up in arms because they don’t like it. The Federal Election Commission can’t do anything about it. They want the IRS to fix the problem.”

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Kristol: Conservatives Should Be Serious About Making Work Pay

11:02 AM, Feb 23, 2014

The boss made the argument this morning on ABC's This Week that conservatives have to be serious about making work pay:

One article worth considering is in this week's issue of the magazine, written by Irwin M. Stelzer, called "Back to Work: Conservatives and the unemployed."

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'Why Conservatives Should Say No to Immigration Reform'

12:41 PM, Feb 20, 2014

Laura Ingraham, writing in the Washington Post:

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Conservative Group Endorses Broun for GA Senate

11:06 AM, Feb 11, 2014

Another conservative organization has endorsed congressman Paul Broun in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Georgia. The Madison Project, headed up by former Kansas congressman Jim Ryun, endorsed Broun over four other major GOP candidates.

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CNN Panel on the Budget Deal

8:43 AM, Dec 17, 2013

Bill Kristol, with Matt Kibbe and Paul Begala, last night on CNN:

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Conservatives to McConnell, Boehner: Delay Obamacare, Don't Defund

6:29 AM, Aug 08, 2013

Nineteen conservative activists have signed a letter to Republican leaders in Congress urging the body to fight to delay all of the provisions of Obamacare set to go into effect in 2014. (Update: the number of signatories has increased to 33.)

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The Last Redoubt

Republican attorneys general: the unsung heroes in challenging the Obama agenda
Jul 22, 2013

Can you name the attorney general of your state? I’m betting most folks can’t. There’s a reason. Campaigns for attorney general get scant media attention, causing voters to ignore down-ballot races. This is unfortunate, especially if you reside in a red state. Because in the past few years Republican attorneys general have become a growing force in national affairs. They’re not quite a conservative juggernaut, but they’re headed that way.

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Congressional Testimony: IRS Chief Counsel Played Part in Scandal

12:58 PM, Jul 17, 2013

Career IRS employees have testified on Capitol Hill that the federal agency's chief counsel played a part in the scandal of targeting conseratives, the House Ways and Means Committee announced today in a press release. As a result, House Ways and Means Committee chair Dave Camp, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chair Darrell Issa, Ways and Means Subcommittee chair Charles Boustany Jr, and Oversight Subcommittee chair Jim Jordan have sent a letter to the IRS requesting "new documents related to IRS employee discussions about the 2010 election, the Citizens United Supreme Court decision, and the tax-exempt status of Tea Party groups," a press release announces.

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Dem Congressman Calls for Continued IRS Use of 'BOLO Lists'

10:18 AM, Jun 27, 2013

Democrat Rep. Jim McDermott says the IRS should continue to use "BOLO lists," the Be On the Look Out lists that had agency officials targeting conservatives:

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IRS Commissioner: Our Review Doesn't Show Progressives Were Targeted

9:59 AM, Jun 27, 2013

The IRS commissioner said today at a Capitol Hill hearing that the IRS's internal review doesn't contradict the inspector general's report that says progressives weren't targeted by the federal agency:

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Cameron's NHS Error

7:47 AM, Jun 24, 2013

Charles Moore, writing in the Telegraph:

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IRS Staff Blame Washington for Targeting Conservatives

6:11 AM, Jun 06, 2013

The Wall Street Journal reports

Two Internal Revenue Service employees in the agency's Cincinnati office told congressional investigators that IRS officials in Washington helped direct the probe of tea-party groups that began in 2010.

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Doesn’t Matter If Holder Stays or Goes

9:29 AM, May 31, 2013

A longtime friend and savvy D.C. veteran emails with these worthwhile thoughts:

Bill, I trust conservatives will resist temptation to join the chorus to “sack Holder.” As Jack Germond used to say, “It is like wetting yourself in a dark suit, it feels good, but nobody notices.”

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History of Targeting Conservatives

9:55 AM, May 24, 2013

Kimberley Strassel, writing for the Wall Street Journal:

The White House insists President Obama is "outraged" by the "inappropriate" targeting and harassment of conservative groups. If true, it's a remarkable turnaround for a man who helped pioneer those tactics.

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We'd Like to Ask You a Couple Of Questions

8:33 AM, May 15, 2013

When the IRS went fishing for information from those Tea Party groups, it cast a very wide net.  

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Carney: W.H. 'People Were Aware' of IRS Targeting Conservatives, But Didn't Do Anything About It

1:14 PM, May 14, 2013

Spokesman Jay Carney said some at the White House "were aware" of reports that IRS was targeting conservatives, but that nobody bothered to do anything about it:

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Acting Labor Secretary Mocks ‘Small-Government’ Conservatives, CEOs

9:31 AM, Mar 19, 2013

Acting Labor Secretary Seth D. Harris addressed the Annual Legislative Conference of the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) on Monday. As part of a scathing attack on attempts to reform public employee labor unions, Harris told a joke that he said was “making the rounds a few years ago”:

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The Party of Prison Reform

Conservatives lead the way.
Mar 18, 2013


Michael Hough​—​a second-term Republican state legislator from Frederick County, Md.​—​is about as conservative as blue-state legislators come. He played a prominent role in opposing the state’s new gay marriage law, holds an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association, and received a 100 percent score from the state’s business lobby.

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'DeMint's Zeal'

8:53 AM, Dec 10, 2012

Ross Douthat, writing in the New York Times:

IN November 2008, just after John McCain was routed by Barack Obama, Jim DeMint addressed a Myrtle Beach conference on the future of the Republican Party. The first-term South Carolina senator was there to reassure his audience: Republicans might have lost an election, but conservatism hadn’t lost the country.

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Poll of Grassroots Conservatives: United Around . . . Santorum

5:31 PM, Mar 08, 2012

Are conservatives ready to coalesce around a presidential candidate? A new poll commissioned by the Committee for Work Families PAC finds that a vast majority of grassroots conservatives want the Republican party to unite around one particular candidate: Rick Santorum.

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Gallup: Gingrich, Romney Only 'Acceptable' Nominees for GOP Voters

4:17 PM, Dec 05, 2011

A new poll from Gallup today finds that a majority of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents find Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney "acceptable" nominees for the GOP. For Gingrich, 62 percent of those polled said the former House speaker was an acceptable Republican nominee, while 54 percent said the same for Romney. The remaining six Republicans, including former candidate Herman Cain, were deemed "not acceptable" candidates for the party's nomination.

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