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Sen. Cruz in Charge of the Conservative Movement

 In what appears to be the ultimate modern demonstration of “drinking the Kool-Aid,” Republicans across the spectrum seem to have entered a pact in sticking together to defend, and even celebrate, campaign tactics predicated on gross voter fraud and manipulation of minority voters. In fact, given recent campaign finance disclosures, it seems clear some Senate […] Continue reading →

This GOP Leader Wants Cruz To Leave Party

 The internal battle between establishment and conservative Republicans has gained intensity recently, especially as more and more frustrated Americans align themselves with Tea Party values like limited government and individual liberty. Desperate to retain power, many in the party’s left wing choose to focus their efforts on fellow Republicans rather than the corrupt Democrats currently […] Continue reading →

The tea party grows up

Throwing tantrums may be fun, but they’re no way to build a movement.  Ever since a wave of conservative insurgents arrived in Washington after the congressional election of 2010, Congress has careened from one tea party-inspired fiscal crisis to another, from the debt-ceiling showdown of 2011 to last year’s 16-day government shutdown. But last week, […] Continue reading →

The Underpants Gnome Caucus

Derek Hunter  I have to preface this column with a disclaimer: I’m a big fan of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. His policy goals are my policy goals. But here comes the traditional “but.” But although his goals are admirable and shared by conservatives across the country, he has no idea how to achieve them. In […] Continue reading →

Obama signs debt ceiling measure into law

 President Barack Obama on Saturday signed separate measures into law to lift the federal debt limit and restore a cut in benefits for younger military retirees. Obama signed the bills during a weekend golf vacation in Southern California. The debt limit measure allows the government to borrow money to pay its bills, such as Social […] Continue reading →

Bedrock GOP principle dropped in debt ceiling vote

It was once the backbone of the House Republican majority — the hard-line stand that brought President Barack Obama to the negotiating table and yielded more than $2 trillion in deficit reduction. On Tuesday, it abruptly vanished, the victim of Republican disunity and a president determined not to bargain again. During the summer budget negotiations […] Continue reading →

GOP weighs undoing vets pension cuts as debt price

 House Republican leaders Monday unveiled a plan to reverse a recently passed cut to military pensions as the price for increasing the government’s borrowing cap, but it received a rocky reception from skeptical conservatives. GOP leaders briefed rank-and-file GOP lawmakers at a meeting in the Capitol on Monday evening in hopes of passing it on […] Continue reading →

Washington gridlock at a crossroads

 President Barack Obama and Congress stand at a junction. The road the country has been on for the past five years is now beginning to come to an end. The Federal Reserve, which pumped $3 trillion into the economy to keep the Great Recession from worsening, is withdrawing its financial lifeline amid signs of fresh […] Continue reading →