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Donald Trump Was Right. Democrats Have Filed A Birther Lawsuit Against Ted Cruz

Donald Trump was right. A birther lawsuit would be filed challenging Cruz's eligibility to run for president. The post Donald Trump Was Right. Democrats Have Filed A Birther Lawsuit Against Ted Cruz appeared first on RedState.

The Democratic Debate As Seen Through The Eyes Of Fox 'News'

I think our readers would take comfort in the fact that most viewers, including pundits at Fox 'News,' found the Democratic Debate hosted by PBS last night, painfully boring. Of course they found it hard to watch, there weren't third...Show More Summary

Why Bernie Sanders Is More Electable Than People Think

A few days ago, I wrote a popular post about the ideological differences between Bernie Sanders, the egalitarian committed to shrinking the financial sector and boosting consumption by raising wages, and Hillary Clinton, the neoliberal...Show More Summary

In U.S. Congress: On Boko Haram and Good Governance in Africa

African Great Lakes Region This past February 9, 2016, in the US House of Representatives, in the Capitol Visitor Center, we attended an "Africa Policy Breakfast" sponsored by Rep. Karen Bass, the House Africa Subcommittee Ranking Member, on the topic "Boko Haram and its Regional Impact". Rep. Show More Summary

Jake Tapper Criticizes Mocking Press Coverage of Trump

Some of the mocking press coverage of Donald Trump is so over the top that it is a surprise that there has been so little criticism of the absurd antics of such media outlets as the New York Daily News and the Huffington Post. Fortunately there is one bright light to counter this absurdity in the form of Jake Tapper of CNN. Show More Summary

Marco Rubio Opposes Drafting Women into Combat, in Shift From Tentative Support

Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio said Friday he opposed extending the military draft to women in combat roles, reversing his earlier qualified support.

In South Carolina, Ben Carson Appeals to Evangelicals He Needs to Revive His Campaign

Ben Carson made his pitch to a gathering of evangelical Christian voters in South Carolina on Friday, in an effort to cultivate the influential conservatives and rescue his faltering presidential bid.

‘El Chapo’ Guzmán is willing to testify on behalf of Kate del Castillo

Jailed Sinaloa cartel kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán would be willing to testify on behalf of Mexican actress Kate del Castillo, according to comments from one of his lawyers, reported by EFE. “I don’t see any problem [with] any legal...Show More Summary

Black Democrats question Sanders' commitment to Obama

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign enlisted the support of black Democrats on Friday to undermine Bernie Sanders' push to claim a piece of President Barack Obama's legacy, arguing she is the rightful heir to the...Show More Summary

House panel calls governor, EPA chief to testify on Flint

The Republican governor has come under heavy criticism for the Flint crisis, which occurred after a state-appointed emergency manager switched the city's water supply to the Flint River in 2014 to save money. Flint is under a publicShow More Summary

Donald Trump mocks Jeb Bush for getting campaign help from big brother George

No matter what the hapless Jeb! Bush does, he'd going to be the butt of Donald Trump's bullying. That includes relying on his famous family for a boost in the polls. "Don't fall asleep when I mention the name," Trump said, when he brought up Jeb Bush during a rally in Louisiana on Thursday. "I see he's bringing his brother in now. Show More Summary

Obama administration to extend Medicaid coverage to pregnant women and children in Flint

In a bit of good news for the people of Flint, Michigan, members of the Obama administration indicated today that they would be able to provide expanded Medicaid services for pregnant women and children affected by the lead crisis. Politico reports: During...Show More Summary

Less Is More (Where GOP Candidates Are Concerned)

By Brian Fahy & Garrett Fahy Let the winnowing begin. The day after Donald Trump dominated the New Hampshire primary by taking 35% of the vote and ten delegates, New Jersey governor and former federal prosecutor Chris Christie and former Hewlett Packard chief Carly Fiorina dropped out. Show More Summary

Iran Releases Video of Captured U.S. Sailor Crying

New video broadcast on Iranian state TV today appears to show a U.S. sailor crying while briefly detained by Iran in January. He was one of 10 U.S. sailors aboard two small Navy vessels that strayed into Iranian waters in the Persian Gulf. Show More Summary

A Defeat for Conservative Feminism, Cont'd

Clare has a great piece today examining how Carly Fiorina’s departure from the presidential race will diminish the discussion of women’s issues on the Republican side. A conservative feminist reader comments via hello@: Fighting for female equality, like most things, can be done in 1,000 different ways. Show More Summary

Hillary Clinton Needs To Win The Voters She Lost In 2008

Just as in 2008, Tuesday’s New Hampshire’s primary created an “a-ha moment,” illuminating the contours of each Democratic candidate’s coalition. It’s becoming increasingly apparent that Hillary Clinton is relying on a coalition that looks almost the opposite of the one she assembled in 2008. Show More Summary

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