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Marriage and the Constitution: What the Court Said and Why It Got It Wrong

The Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges is a significant setback for all Americans who believe in the Constitution, the rule of law, democratic self-government, and marriage as the union of a man and a woman. The ruling is as clear an example of judicial activism as we’ve had in a generation. Nothing in the Constitution justified the redefinition of marriage by judges. The Court simply imposed its judgment about a policy matter that

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Anti-Israel Movement Based on Fallacies

The Obama administration rarely misses an opportunity to take a swipe at Israel. This week President Barack Obama signed the fast track trade bill that includes admirable language rejecting the unjust boycott-Israel movement. The very next day the State Department said not so fast. The language aimed at the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement in Europe was the work of Reps. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) and Juan Vargas (D-Calif.). The goal was to make opposition

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Freedom First!

The Fourth of July we celebrate this weekend heralds a document proclaiming both our nation’s independence and our unwavering commitment to freedom.  It’s true, of course, that our nation was far from perfect in pursuit of this ideal. The continuation of slavery in a land proclaiming that all men are created equal is a lasting stain on our history. However, in the world of 1776, the claim that we all had rights no government

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Vigilance Is Patriotic

My fellow Americans: If you see something, say something -- even if it means CAIR will threaten to sue you. Multiple federal agencies and the Department of Defense are on high alert for a possible Islamic terrorist attack on U.S. soil this Independence Day weekend. They've increased security at military bases and sent bulletins to law enforcement officials across the country. The heightened stance comes in the wake of a bloodthirsty ISIS call to arms

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SCOTUS: Congress Doesn't Want to 'Destroy' Our Health-Care System? Oh, Yes, It Does!

For the second time, Chief Justice John Roberts breathed life into Obamacare and rescued it from the Constitution. In the first big Obamacare ruling, Roberts called Obamacare a "tax," and therefore lawfully enacted as consistent with the powers of Congress -- and not a violation of the Commerce Clause. Never mind the Obama administration sold Obamacare with the assurance that individuals who failed to purchase health insurance would incur a penalty -- not a tax.

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Why the Culture Wars Refuse to Die

Regardless of what you think about last week’s Supreme Court decision on gay marriage, you have to admire the raw capitalistic pluck of the dozens of American corporations that decided, upon the majestic release of Justice Kennedy’s addled mandate from Mount Make-Up-A-Law, to immediately go full rainbow. After the ruling—which cheered many Americans, but which also included an alarming cavalcade of disastrous, slapdash legal reasoning—social media transformed into a colorful, giddy sea. Companies including American

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Rick Perry Makes Appeal to Black Voters

Two weeks after a mass shooting at an African-American church in Charleston, S.C., sparked an urgent discussion about racism in America, Rick Perry opened a speech Thursday with a graphic description of a 1916 lynching in Waco, Texas. The anecdote, recalling the brutal death of 17-year-old Jesse Washington, framed an economic policy message in which Perry reached out in particular to African-Americans, a strategy that is being adopted broadly by Republican candidates as they look

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Bernie Sanders' Fundraising Haul: million

Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign has raised roughly $15 million since the Vermont senator entered the race two months ago, the campaign announced Thursday. The campaign says 250,000 people made nearly 400,000 contributions, 99 percent of which were $250 or less. Almost all were transacted through the campaign’s website. (Sanders, an independent senator who is seeking the Democratic nomination, launched his campaign on April 30.) The fundraising announcement comes just one day after Sanders, who is

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