The first Republican presidential debate is set for Thursday night. Fox News on Tuesday announced the…
CFIF on Twitter CFIF on YouTube
Your Weekly Mencken: Republican Presidential Debate Edition

The first Republican presidential debate is set for Thursday night. Fox News on Tuesday announced the lineup, which includes the top 10 of 17 GOP contenders based on an average of national polls.

In: Donald Trump; former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush; Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker; former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee; retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson; Texas Sen. Ted Cruz; Florida Sen. Marco Rubio; Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul; New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie; and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

Out: former Texas Gov. Rick Perry; former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum; Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal; former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina; South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham; former New York Gov. George Pataki; and former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore.

What to make of this motley crew? H. L. Mencken made an art of…[more]

August 04, 2015 • 11:53 pm

Liberty Update

CFIFs latest news, commentary and alerts delivered to your inbox.
Jester's CourtroomLegal tales stranger than stranger than fiction: Ridiculous and sometimes funny lawsuits plaguing our courts.
Of Course Democrats Deserve the Blame for What's Happening in Baltimore
By David Harsanyi
Thursday, April 30 2015
If a person happens to point out that Baltimore's criminally inept government has been run exclusively by Democrats since 1967 (with one Republican mayor since 1947) and features not a single city councilor who isn't a liberal, he may be called a lazy apparatchik. Because not everything, you see, is reducible to mere party politics. Now, if an economic renaissance sparked by the progressive policies of Stephanie Rawlings-Blake had lifted Baltimore from poverty, I imagine Democrats would be eager to claim credit for the accomplishment. Entire political debates are predicated on the effectiveness…
 
Two-Thirds of ObamaCare Subsidy Recipients Had To Pay Back the IRS
If you like your ObamaCare subsidy, chances are you won’t be able to keep it. “Almost two-thirds…
Read more...
Debunking Obama's Bilious Baltimore Babble
It's never enough. American taxpayers have surrendered billions and billions and billions of dollars…
Read more...
 
About Those Smoking Guns
In January, Robert F. McDonnell, 71st governor of Virginia, was sentenced to two years in prison followed…
Read more...
For Hillary Clinton, No War but the Class War
Near the end of a recent New York Times article detailing the imaginary populist roots of Hillary Clinton…
Read more...
 
Ten Years After Kelo, Supreme Court Can Make Property Rights Course Correction
"...nor shall private property be taken for public use without just compensation."  —United…
Read more...
Three Senators, Three Challenges: Cruz, Paul, Rubio and the Road to the White House
Republicans have no idea how good they have it. Back in 2012, the GOP presidential field looked like…
Read more...
 
Florida Will Sue to Stop ObamaCare Coercion to Expand Medicaid
Was the U.S. Supreme Court serious when it upheld ObamaCare, but said the federal government couldn’t…
Read more...
SleazeBob Menendez's 36DD Visa Program
America has an alphabet soup of visa programs for foreigners to choose from: B-1 for business visitors…
Read more...
 
Hillary's Vietnam
Headless bodies lie in the sand. Above those corpses stand the black-clad minions of ISIS, outlined against…
Read more...
Obama: Cuban Information Minister?
Two relatively recent photos of Barack Obama with foreign leaders reveal much about his deep-dyed leftism.…
Read more...
Question of the Week   
Which one of the following Obama Administration officials stated in April 2015 that under the nuclear deal with Iran, “you will have anywhere, any time 24/7 access as it relates to the nuclear facilities that Iran has”?
More Questions
Quote of the Day   
 
"On the eve of the first Republican primary debate, state party leaders across the nation say the 2016 contest is in a state of flux, as unpredictable and wide-open as any they can remember. A sprawling field of contenders, no clear frontrunner, still-unsettled primary election dates and rules, the combustible presence of Donald Trump -- all of it has top GOP officials scratching their heads over…[more]
 
 
—Katie Glueck, Kyle Cheney and Eli Stokols, POLITICO
— Katie Glueck, Kyle Cheney and Eli Stokols, POLITICO
 
Liberty Poll   

On August 6, Fox News will televise two debates with the Republican presidential candidates, at 9 p.m. with the top 10, and at 5 p.m. with the rest of the field. Do you plan on watching one or both?