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Happy July 2: "The most memorable Epocha in the History of America"

Yes, yes, July 4 is when we officially celebrate American independence, commemorating the day 56 men pledged their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor for the cause of liberty. But John Adams for a moment believed the more momentous occasion was July 2, when the delegates of the Continental Congress cast the fateful vote to draft the Declaration of Independence that would sunder America’s ties with Great Britain. Adams, along with Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, formed the drafting committee.

Those were heady days, the culmination of years of argument, abuse, and violence, with plenty more to come. Adams, standing at the center of history, took time to take stock and convey his thoughts to his beloved wife Abigail in two letters he wrote the morning and evening of July…[more]

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31 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 it was made up of guys who had responded to a Craigslist ad. While only three candidates — Senators Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio — have officially announced that they’ll be pursuing the Republican nomination in 2016, each member…

32 Why Marco Rubio Is Probably the GOP's Best Hope

Sen. Marco Rubio announced his candidacy for president of the United States at the Freedom Tower in Miami on Monday, highlighting his family's hardscrabble immigrant roots and embracing traditional values but also vowing to usher in a "new American century." As a matter of political pragmatism, is there any convincing reason Rubio shouldn…

33 Gwyneth Paltrow's Poverty Voyeurism

Gwynnie P is down with the struggle, comrades. She may make $19 million a year, own mansions in London, New York, Brentwood, Malibu and the Hamptons, charge $550 for her Goop.com "travel backgammon set," and fly by private jet, but she feels your pain. OK, it's not as painful as her last $5,200 Thermage session in Santa Monica, but still…

34 The New Inquisition

How long will this country remain free? Probably only as long as the American people value their freedom enough to defend it. But how many people today can stop looking at their electronic devices long enough to even think about such things? Meanwhile, attempts to shut down people whose free speech interferes with other people's political agendas…

35 VA Reform: Another Obama "Success Story"

Eight months ago, President Obama put on a grand show for the troops. Surrounded by new Secretary of Veterans Affairs Bob McDonald, assorted politicians, military leaders and a bevy of TV cameras, the commander in chief signed the "Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act." He's good at inking things. Obama condemned the "inexcusable…

36 2016: Obama's Presidency Has Decimated His Own Party

Barack Obama has undermined American interests in innumerable ways during his presidency, both domestically and abroad.  As we detailed last week, one cannot identify a single important theater of the globe in better condition today than when Obama and his Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took office in 2009.  Domestically, Obama's policies…

37 The NAACP's Fomenters of Fear

They just can't help themselves — and their agenda-driven media enablers never, ever learn. This week, the NAACP made national front-page headlines with a local press release demanding that the feds investigate the hanging death of a local man in Port Gibson, Miss. Derrick Johnson, president of the NAACP Mississippi State Conference, immediately…

38 The Hillary E-mails Revealed [Satire]

Hillary Clinton thought she could get around this. When the news broke that the former Secretary of State had been using private e-mails during her tenure in President Obama’s Cabinet, Mrs. Clinton did what she does best: obfuscated. While she claimed that she turned over all relevant e-mails to the government, Mrs. Clinton also said that she…

39 Will Carly Fiorina Be the Sleeper Candidate of 2016?

God help any Republican aspiring to break out of obscurity in the 2016 presidential race. Sure, there have been dark horses who have emerged in the past: Few people knew who Mike Huckabee was before the former Arkansas governor won the Iowa Caucuses and a handful of southern primaries in 2008. Similarly, former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain…

40 The Hillary Cover-Up and the End of Democracy

On Monday, The New York Times reported that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton never — not once — used her official State Department email address for her official communications. Instead, she utilized a private email account, effectively protecting her emails from public scrutiny. The Washington Post then broke the news that…

41 The Honesty Gap

There may be some poetic justice in the recent revelation that Hillary Clinton, who has made big noises about a "pay gap" between women and men, paid the women on her Senate staff just 72 percent of what she paid the men. The Obama White House staff likewise has a pay gap between women and men, as of course does the economy as a whole. Does…

42 CNN, DHS and SPLC's Blame-Righty Hit Job

The Department of Homeland Security refuses to release a report on "right-wing" terrorism that somehow found its way into CNN's hands last week during the farcical White House summit on Don't Say Islamic Extremism. Your tax dollars are once again hard at work — defaming conservatives, deflecting from worldwide murderous jihad and denying…

43 Giuliani Versus Obama

The firestorm of denunciation of former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani, for having said that he did not think Barack Obama loved America, is in one sense out of all proportion to that remark — especially at a time when there are much bigger issues, including wars raging, terrorist atrocities and a nuclear Iran on the horizon. Against that background…

44 The Obama Record: U.S. Stagnates in Annual Index of Global Economic Freedom

As an amber sun descends on the Obama Administration and its shadow grows long, his emerging legacy becomes increasingly clear.  A recent Rasmussen survey broadly captures the negative character of that legacy.  When asked at the dawn of the Obama tenure in January 2009, the American public was closely divided on the question of "whether…

45 Obama’s 2015 State of the Union: All You Need To Know

Ok, admit it: You might not have found the time. It was a weeknight after all, and there were dinners to be made and kids to put to bed. And yeah, you could have DVRed it, but were you really going to choose an hour’s worth of political bromides over a new episode of Game of Thrones? And you know it’s sort of a civic duty, but if you had…

46 Third Time Wouldn’t Be a Charm for Romney

Time heals all wounds. Unless, of course, you insist on picking the scab. That’s a lesson that Mitt Romney never seems to have learned. Over the past week, the former Massachusetts governor and 2012 GOP presidential nominee has arrived back on the front pages by stoking rumors that he might be pursuing a third consecutive presidential bid in…

47 Senate Change Reveals Obama Was the Obstructionist All Along

Throughout Barack Obama's White House tenure, he and his apologists have scapegoated House Republicans as the source of governmental obstruction and dysfunction.  The allegation was inaccurate, as a simple comparison between the number of House bills passed under Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) versus the number of Senate bills passed under former…

48 2014: The Year in Review

2014 has just about come and gone. Because the first big story of the year was Colorado legalizing the use of marijuana in January, we thought you might be having a harder time than usual keeping the year’s events straight. With that in mind, here’s your annotated guide to lessons learned in 2014. — There were two possible ways…

49 Obama Plays Word Games with Executive Power

President Barack Obama and his allies like to say he’s issued far fewer executive orders than his predecessors, giving the false impression that his unilateral actions can be compared on the same terms. “The truth is, even with all the actions I’ve taken this year, I’m issuing executive orders at the lowest rate in more than…

50 CFIF Christmas Quiz

Take our 12-Question Christmas Quiz and test your knowledge of Christmas-related Americana. (Answer key may be found at the bottom) 1. General George Washington crossed the Delaware River on which one of the following nights in 1776 to surprise (and defeat) the Hessian garrison at Trenton, NJ?  a. Christmas Eve b. Christmas…

51 Song of the South: Democrats Whistling Past Dixie

Will the last Democrat out of the South please turn out the lights? With Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu going down to defeat by a crushing margin in last weekend’s runoff election, the party is now at a modern-day nadir in the region. Landrieu’s loss made her the third incumbent Democrat from the South to lose reelection to the Senate…

52 Chuck Schumer Is Right: Why Democrats Are Flailing

Here’s a basic fact about modern American politics: a diverse party is a successful party. This isn’t diversity as measured by race, gender or any of the other variables characteristic of identity politics; it’s diversity of ideas. When Democrats lose elections, there’s always carping about the fact that their candidates were…

53 Obama's Emerging Legacy: U.S. Plummets in Another Global Ranking

In 2008, Barack Obama boldly suggested that he could be a transformative president in the manner of Ronald Reagan, as opposed to the comparatively non-consequential Bill Clinton.  That suggestion rightfully draws laughter today, as Obama's legacy begins to congeal.  Reagan's leadership and policies quickly revived our economy, rebuilt our…

54 Why It’s a Mistake to Underestimate Scott Walker

We knew this was coming. With the midterm elections behind us, it’s now open season for 2016 presidential contenders. With Hillary Clinton looking set for a coronation by Democrats (don’t fool yourself, it will get tougher for the former First Lady — but she’s still the favorite to take the nomination) most of the attention…

55 Liberal Triumphalism Turns to Panic

In 2009, Democratic political strategist James Carville published a book entitled Forty More Years: How the Democrats Will Rule the Next Generation. Five years later, that work has proved to be instructive for more than the creeping illiberalism suggested by the use of the verb “rule.” In the volume’s opening, Carville declares that…

56 Pax Republicana: GOP Now Dominates the American Political Landscape

In 2010, Barack Obama labeled his election setback a "shellacking."  This week, he petulantly avoided offering a description of what happened when asked by reporters.  Perhaps we can help.  How about a bright red tattoo of the word "Rejected" on his forehead?  His apologists naturally struggled to dismiss…

57 Obama Blurs the Line Between Deception and Denial

During his Wednesday press conference reacting to the massive gains Republicans made in this year’s midterm elections, President Obama said that he still believes in the principle he espoused on the night of his election in 2008: that “We are simply more than just a collection of red and blue states — we are the United States.&rdquo…

58 What to Look for in 2016

For the next few days, political chatter is going to be focused largely on the U.S. Congress. Don’t get used to that. For one thing, the strong probability that Republicans will take over the U.S. Senate in this year’s midterm elections means that Barack Obama will likely spend his last two years in office with a Capitol Hill controlled…

59 A Farewell to Czars

I’ve got a new working theory about Barack Obama’s second term: It’s all one elaborate practical joke. It’s not just the increasingly improbable string of bad news — after terrorist beheadings and the Ebola virus, I’m pretty sure plagues of locusts come next — but also the White House’s ability to react…

60 Folly: Paul Krugman Ranks Obama Presidency Above Reagan, Clinton, Kennedy, Eisenhower, Truman

"Obama has emerged," says New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, "as one of the most consequential and, yes, successful presidents in American history."  At this point, the most salient question regarding Krugman shouldn't be what he thinks about any particular issue, but why anyone continues to pay him attention.  Sure…

 
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