Supreme Court refuses to hear pro-life’s group donor disclosure challenge

AZ: Secularist lobby group takes on Christian-based center

5 reasons why being Speaker of the House ain’t what it used to be

Boehner re-elected as Speaker; Nine Republicans defect in vote

Under pressure, Boehner is said to promise votes on hurricane Sandy relief

Illinois: “GOP chair urges support for same-sex marriage”

Report: $51 million spent on Montana senate race

    The Hill: Sen. Jon Tester was helped in his reelection bid by $10.2 million in spending from liberal outside groups, nearly twice as much as that spent by conservatives, according to a report from ProPublica. About $4.2 million of that was “dark money,” funds that come from organizations that are not required by law to disclose their donors.


  • Posted: 12/31/2012
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  • Source: thehill.com

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Will Boehner’s speakership survive until Plan C?

Bork Nomination Fight Altered Judicial Selection | AP

We’re Still Paying the Price for the Borking of Robert Bork | Jeffrey Rosen at the New Republic

“The Decline of Evangelical America” | John S. Dickerson at NYT

    John S. Dickerson at the NY Times: I believe the cultural backlash against evangelical Christianity has less to do with our views — many observant Muslims and Jews, for example, also view homosexual sex as wrong, while Catholics have been at the vanguard of the movement to protect the lives of the unborn — and more to do with our posture. The Scripture calls us “aliens and exiles” (1 Peter 2:11), but American evangelicals have not acted with the humility and homesickness of aliens. The proper response to our sexualized and hedonistic culture is not to chastise, but to “conduct yourselves honorably among the Gentiles, so that, though they malign you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God” (1 Peter 2:12).


  • Posted: 12/18/2012
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  • Source: www.nytimes.com

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Can the President Have a Marriage Agenda Without Talking About What Marriage Is?

Tim Scott to Be Named for Empty South Carolina Senate Seat, Republicans Say

The End of Birth-Control Politics: Over-the-counter sales of oral contraceptives will cut off a disingenuous attack line. | Bobby Jindal at WSJ

“Glenn Beck Pretending To Support Marriage Equality To Expand Republican Party”

GOP mute as Supreme Court tackles marriage

Teachers Unions Shut Down School Districts to Protest Right-To-Work Law

Republican Congressman Won’t Challenge Speaker John Boehner

    LifeNews: A conservative GOP congressman announced he will not challenge pro-life House Speaker John Boehner, squelching rumors that the top Republican in Washington will face a contest for his position. The office of Rep. Tom Price’s (R-GA), a pro-life lawmaker from Georgia, told conservative media outlets mid-day today that he will not seek the Speakership in an inter-party fight against Boehner.


  • Posted: 12/10/2012
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Kansas Rep. Huelskamp charges Boehner punished him and others for conservative votes

Conservative blog calls on GOP to depose Boehner

McConnell pushes back against super-PAC donor disclosure

Gallup: 53 Percent of Democrats Have ‘Positive Image’ of Socialism

Taxby’s Troubles: Senator Saxby Chambliss may have a primary problem.

Boehner to members: Leadership is watching their voting patterns, already punished four

Germany To Seek Ban Of Far-right Party

Just How Potent Are Teacher Unions? State by State

“Central Pa. GOP lawmaker Mike Fleck comes out as gay”

“Illinois poll of Hispanics finds agreement with GOP on guns, gays, abortion”

Conservative groups rebel against John Boehner – Conservatives booted off committees

    Politico: And Club for Growth, a longtime small-government group, said Reps. David Schweikert (R-Ariz.), Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) and Justin Amash (R-Mich.) were “free of the last remnants of establishment leverage against them” after they were booted from their committees by the House Republican Steering Committee for crossing leadership too often.


  • Posted: 12/04/2012
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  • Source: www.politico.com

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The Deepest Source of Our Troubles

    Paul. A. Rahe at Ricochet: The heart of the matter is this. As a people — thanks in part to our astonishing prosperity, thanks in part to technological change, and thanks in part to the ordinary human propensity for self-indulgence — we have abandoned the notion that impulse-control is a thing both good and necessary, and we have abandoned it in a sphere that is fundamental. We are creatures of habit. In the absence of sexual self-control, there is apt to be very little self-control of any kind.


  • Posted: 12/04/2012
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  • Category: Featured
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  • Source: www.ricochet.com

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Mo. Republican Emerson leaving Congress in Feb.

Boehner Threatens To Shut Out Senate Bills If Filibuster Rules Changed

    Human Events: House Speaker John Boehner escalated a battle in the Senate this week to make rules more favorable to the Democrats in charge by issuing a threat to block all future bills passed under the new filibuster procedures. “Any bill that reaches a Republican-led House based on Senate Democrats’ heavy-handed power play would be dead on arrival,” said Boehner, Ohio Republican.


  • Posted: 12/03/2012
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  • Source: www.humanevents.com

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The GOP’s Weakest Leg | Gary Bauer at Human Events

I was bullied out of Oxford for being a Conservative

Republicans Shouldn’t Abandon the Pro-Life Movement | Kathleen Hunker at the Bell Towers

After the Crack-Up: Conservatives need to support their arguments with creative storytelling.

Norquist: Pledge Wavering Republicans Are Democratic Pawns

NH: “1st Transgender Elected To Office Asked To Resign: Lawmaker was convicted felon for credit-card fraud”

Saving Free Elections | Robert Knight at Townhall

    Robert Knight at Townhall: Pawing through the ashes of the Romney defeat, it’s clear that if the Republican Party wants to compete nationally, it has to do several things, such as re-message timeless traditional values, attract more young and minority voters, particularly Hispanics, and do a better job of getting out the vote. But this will be moot if the integrity of the voting process is not restored.


  • Posted: 11/28/2012
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  • Source: townhall.com

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GOP Divide Surfaces Early In 2014 Senate Contest

GOP debates stance on abortion as it looks to expand its voting base

Ohio Supreme Court lets legislative map stand

Republicans Will Win When They Re-Focus on Family Values | Ken Connor at LifeNews

    Ken Connor at Life News: In the wake of President Obama’s decisive reelection, the GOP is engaged in some serious soul-searching. Pundits on the Right and Left are cautioning Republicans that their party is facing extinction unless some major changes are made. They maintain it’s evolve or die for the GOP. The question is, how much can an institution change without losing its identity? If “change” for the Republican Party means ceasing to stand for the conservative principles that have defined it since the time of Abraham Lincoln, is that what Republicans want? Is that what America needs?


  • Posted: 11/27/2012
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.lifenews.com

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Lesbian Republicans are raising their profiles

Rand Paul: I Won’t Break the No-Tax-Increase Pledge I Made to the People

Forget the Gender Gap, America Has a Fertility Voting Gap

UK: “At least 118 Tory MPs to rebel over gay marriage”

Something changed: Picking a Supreme Court justice is now a partisan battle

Round Up the Usual Social Conservative Suspects: A majority of Americans call themselves pro-life. So now is a good time to dump them? | Ralph Reed at WSJ

    Ralph Reed at Wall Street Journal (access via Google): Republicans have now lost four of the six presidential elections since the Berlin Wall came down in 1989. A season of soul-searching will be healthy, and it is needed to retool and rebrand the party.Yet despite the stinging defeat and a post-electoral narrative that suggests otherwise, Republicans need not abandon their principles. They must resist the temptation to form a circular firing squad, especially one with evangelicals and their social-conservative allies in the middle. The media trope that the Grand Old Party resembles a Star Wars bar scene of theocrats and religious zealots has by now become a cliché . . .


  • Posted: 11/26/2012
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life

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Sen. Graham ready to ‘violate’ anti-tax pledge for ‘fiscal cliff’ deal

The Future of Marriage: Why “The Inevitable” Is Not Inevitable

“Gay community urges Cory Booker to challenge Gov. Christie”

GOP Legally Barred From Fighting Vote Fraud

Making the Same-Sex Case | Ken Mehlman at the WSJ

    Ken Mehlman at the WSJ (access via Google): They say demography is destiny, and in American politics destiny has belonged to those who best aligned their core beliefs with the rapidly changing and ever-improving citizenry. Conservatives—and I count myself as one—succeed when we attract new supporters to timeless traditions. The Republican Party’s loss in this month’s presidential election resulted partly from a failure to embrace some of America’s fastest-growing constituencies. One area of significant change is in attitudes toward legal equality for gay Americans.


  • Posted: 11/21/2012
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‘Unskewed Polls’ founder claims Obama stole election

Conservative Republicans fight back after Romney loss

French Conservatives Pick Leader With 98-vote Edge

Unions Flexed Muscles In State Campaigns

Allen West concedes to Patrick Murphy

Push for Genderless Marriage within GOP is a Red Flag for Free Speech

Marco Rubio: Earth’s age ‘one of the great mysteries’

The GOP and Social Issues: Sophomoric Arguments at the Wall Street Journal

Republicans look to oust Franken

Dobson: Where Have GOP Values Gone?

    WorldNetDaily: He noted he and a handful of other conservative leaders, including Tony Perkins of Family Research Council, Gary Bauer and Gen. William Boykin, had met with the GOP candidate to encourage him to address social issues important to Christians across the nation. “We begged him to deal with eight issues. We listed first the sanctity of life, marriage, religious life, ‘Don’t Ask,’ ENDA, on it went,” Dobson said. “We said we really are not here to jump on you, but evangelicals are not excited about your candidacy, not energized. … You could connect if you’ll even mention these things. “He nodded and he smiled and he was gracious as he always is, and he went out and was silent,” Dobson said.


  • Posted: 11/19/2012
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GOP’s Senate Crack-Up

    WSJ (via Google): Senate Republicans hunkered down this week to reflect on their drubbing last week. Perhaps they should have invited Bama football coach Nick Saban to give them pointers on how to identify and recruit talent. A lesson in blocking wouldn’t hurt either. The GOP fumbled every opportunity to pick up a Senate seat save for in Nebraska, where political amateur Deb Fischer steam-rolled veteran Bob Kerrey


  • Posted: 11/19/2012
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Election Officials Miss Deadline To Report Recount Results In Allen West Race

Is Rush Limbaugh’s Country Gone? | NY Times

    NY Times: Limbaugh echoed a Republican theme that was voiced before and after the election: Barack Obama has unleashed a coalition of Americans “who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it — that that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them” — as Mitt Romney put it in his notorious commentary on the 47 percent. You can find this message almost everywhere on the right side of the spectrum . . . In fact, the 2011 Pew Research Center poll Bennett cites demonstrates that in many respects conservatives are right to be worried:


  • Posted: 11/19/2012
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Abortion support rising? If so, thank the GOP for aiding and abetting | Jill Stanek at LifeSiteNews

Faith on the Hill: 113th Congress Increases in Religious Diversity

“Gay Vote Proved a Boon for Obama” | NY Times

Moderate Senate Republicans Fall Off Their Own Cliff

    Stuart Benjamin at the Volokh Conspiracy: The most commonly used scores for ideological distance are DW-Nominate scores, based on representatives’ actual votes. These measures reduce various flavors of “liberal” and “conservative” to a single metric, but they are the scores most widely used and trusted by political scientists and political commentators because they measure virtually all the actual votes in a careful and rigorous way. As many people have noted, there used to be lots of ideological overlap between the parties, and lots of moderates in both parties, but there is less overlap, and in particular there are fewer moderate Republicans.


  • Posted: 11/16/2012
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.volokh.com

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Tenn. GOP Congressman’s Ex-wife Had 2 Abortions

Do elections indicate the death of the Christian Right? Not so fast.