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Tell Me What All Those Cabinet Departments Do

Bruce Bialosky, Discussions swirl about the apparent fact that four cabinet secretary-designees have previously spoken of terminating their cabinets. A lot of us would be delighted if they were the last cabinet secretaries for their respective departments. Hopefully, in the interim they will terminate many of the bureaus and agencies under their control. The question

History Shows The Electoral College System Works

Those who demand direct popular election of the president should be advised that this is what we have — in 51 jurisdictions (the states and the District). And the electoral vote system quarantines electoral disputes. Imagine the 1960 election under direct popular election: John F. Kennedy’s popular vote margin over Richard M. Nixon was just 118,574.

The Inevitable End of the Prototypical Liberal Presidential Candidate

Emmett Tyrrell, WASHINGTON — What is it like in the Clinton household now that the last prototypical liberal presidential candidate has lost her run for the White House? Hillary the Inevitable? I attempted to correct that mediawide delusion months ago, as I did in 2008. Where is my Pulitzer? Close students of presidential politics, such

‘Healing Divisions’ and ‘Unity’ Are Unconstitutional

Bruce Thornton, Does it matter what America’s Founders wanted? Thanksgiving Day elicited several calls for “unity” and “healing,” following a divisive and bitterly fought presidential election. Several pundits referenced Abraham Lincoln’s wish “to heal the wounds of the nation,” which he articulated in the speech instituting Thanksgiving Day in 1863. Donald Trump said in his

Trump must continue to refuse to play the game

Bruce Thornton, Trump-haters of both parties are using the president elect’s conciliatory meeting with Obama to suggest he dial back on his campaign promises and govern like the typical politicians he ran against. The old mantras of “healing the divisions” and “bipartisanship” are being chanted once again, with the usual mythic anecdotes about Ronald Reagan

Mark Twain: The reason we get to vote is it doesn’t make much difference?

Judge Andrew P. Napolitano, What if the most remarkable aspect of this presidential election is not how much the two principal candidates disagree with each other but how much they actually agree? What if they are both statists? What if they both believe that the government’s first duty is to take care of itself? What

When a President Falls Ill: A Lesson from History

William Hazelgrove,  One would think there is protocol in place for when a presidential nominee falls ill, but surprisingly there is no official guideline.  In fact, until the Twenty-Fifth Amendment was passed after the Wilson presidency, there was no clear definition of what being “unable to fulfill the duties of President” meant. With Hillary Clinton’s

Mini-Kaepernicks: High school football players kneel for National Anthem

Victor Skinner, NORFOLK, Va. – Forty-niners backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s distaste for the National Anthem is rubbing off on highschoolers. The majority of Maury High School’s varsity squad took a knee during the National Anthem during a game against Grassfield High School at Powhatan Field on Friday, The Virginia Pilot reports. A photo of the

Bill Clinton Could Serve Third Term If Hillary Becomes Sick in Office

Kit Daniels, Several former first ladies acted as de facto presidents. Former President Bill Clinton could practically serve an unconstitutional third term as president if Hillary Clinton becomes sick in office if elected, given the previous first ladies who acted as presidents on behalf of their sick husbands. Former First Ladies Nancy Reagan, Mamie Eisenhower

Judge Napolitano: Why I will always defend the Second Amendment and the right to self-defense

Most of the mass killings by gun in the United States in recent years — Columbine, Virginia Tech, Aurora, Newtown, Charleston, San Bernardino and now Orlando — took place in venues where local or state law prohibited carrying guns, even by those lawfully licensed to do so. The government cheerfully calls these venues “gun-free zones.”

The Conservative Case Against Trump

Ross Douthat, THERE are many lessons that conservatives need to learn from the rise of Donald Trump. There are elements of his message that the party should embrace. There are grievances among his voters that the Republican Party must address. But for conservatives to support Trump himself, to assist in his election as president of

Pat Buchanan: Is the GOP Risking Suicide?

Donald Trump has brought out the largest crowds in the history of primaries. He has won the most victories, the most delegates, the most votes. He is poised to sweep three of the five largest states in the nation — New York, Pennsylvania and California. If he does, and the nomination is taken from him,