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    Problems with the Cornyn Amendment

    The so-called Cornyn amendment, though touted by some as a “poison pill” to the Gang of 8’s S. 744, is little more than a fig leaf for the toothless border security measures in the underlying bill. Despite some improvements, the Cornyn amendment adopts the same framework (and, in many cases, the exact language) of the Gang of 8 bill–granting legalization before border enhancements, encouraging more | Read More »

    CONFIRMED: Georgia Right to Life Opposes Legislation to Prohibit Abortions

    With friends like these…Life News confirms Georgia Right to Life is opposed to one of the most pro-life pieces of legislation to come out of Congress since the partial birth abortion ban.While the rest of the pro-life movement lobbies today for the ban on abortions from 20 weeks to the point of birth, one pro-life organization is apparently calling members of Congress to oppose it.Georgia | Read More »

    How Many Kids Will Die Before Pro-Lifers Are Willing to Move the Ball Toward Life?

    How Many Kids Will Die Before Pro-Lifers Are Willing to Move the Ball Toward Life?

    House Republicans have the opportunity to save the lives of children and put the Democrats on defense all in one turn. They are set to consider legislation that would prohibit abortions in the United States after 20 weeks, which is the point a child in the womb can feel pain. In light of the Kermit Gosnell horror story, you would expect a majority of Americans | Read More »

    The Benefit of the Doubt and Marco Rubio

    Believe it or not, I agree with Marco Rubio on much of the immigration issue, but I think the actual legislation produced is a bad piece of legislation not worth supporting. I know many of you are deeply hostile towards him now and the quote that lingered much of yesterday from an aide was not helpful.As I noted in that post, I doubt, and you | Read More »

    Five Years

    Five years ago I put up a post at RedState asking if, after four years of knowing each other online, did anyone want to get together in Atlanta to meet face to face. I expected a few dozen to say yes. More than 400 did. Thus the RedState Gathering was born.Each year, the first weekend in August, we meet somewhere. Elected officials and candidates join | Read More »

    Activate Damage Control, Senator Rubio

    Activate Damage Control, Senator Rubio

    This cannot stand, particularly if you want to run for President. Ryan Lizza is a liberal and has occasionally written about things he does not understand, i.e. Christianity, but Ryan Lizza doesn’t make sh. . . tuff up. He’s good.So when Ryan Lizza writes that a Rubio aide told him Senator Rubio had “sided with the Chamber against the construction workers,” we have to take | Read More »

    They That Are Fated To Be Fools Have One Consolation

    They That Are Fated To Be Fools Have One Consolation

    Marco Rubio told Sean Hannity yesterday that he had wanted border security before amnesty, but now thinks we need amnesty first so, in paying the government for their amnesty, we can use the illegal aliens’ to pay for securing the border. After all, the border will take several years to secure, so we should encourage people to cross the border illegally and forge documents to | Read More »

    No More Games

    No More Games

    So many conservatives have been dancing around the issue of Senator Marco Rubio’s collaboration with Chuck Schumer to pass comprehensive immigration reform. We have blamed his staff. We have blamed Democrats. We all like and respect the Senator, even if we disagree on this issue. We do not want to blame him for the mess the GOP now finds itself in holding a legislative tiger | Read More »

    American Sugar Policy

    Believe it or not, American sugar policy is up for debate. Often, American sugar prices are higher than world prices in what amounts to a pretty protected market. Today at the Newseum in Washington, I’m going to moderate a debate on American sugar policy. You can watch it live here from RedState. It’s the first in a new series of RedState Thought Leader discussions. This | Read More »

    Over Criminalization and the NSA

    One of the sites I routinely read, Kottke.org, linked to a new book out I have not read. It is called Three Felonies A Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent. This is an issue I care deeply about from my days as an indigent criminal defense attorney to my present study and review of prosecutorial overreach in the United States.The issue of over criminalization | Read More »

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    Trust and Taps

    Trust and Taps

    It is long held that the government can look at the outside of an envelope as it passes through the postal system. The government can see who is sending a letter, to whom it is being sent, and from which postal location the letter was mailed. The government, in the twenty-first century, is trying to come to terms with a society that transmits information differently | Read More »

    A Faith To Stand Firm

    A Faith To Stand Firm

    The Boy Scouts, as by now you know, has decided to allow in gay scouts while keeping two prohibitions. The first is that which prevents gay scout leaders. The second, which has gone mostly without notice, is the prohibition on sexual activity by scouts. This has put many Christians in a position they never asked to be in, in a fight they never asked for | Read More »

    D-Day at 69

    D-Day at 69

    On this day in 1944, 195,700 naval and merchant navy personnel and 160,000 soldiers participated in Operation Neptune, the landing on the beaches in Normandy to begin the end of World War II in Europe. One of the most famous remembrances of that effort is Ronald Reagan’s speech to, at the time, commemorate the 40th anniversary.  The Reagan Foundation has posted it in its entirety | Read More »

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    Saxby Chambliss Did Not Blame Sexual Assault on Hormones

    Saxby Chambliss Did Not Blame Sexual Assault on Hormones

    It is amazing this headline must even be written. Two days ago Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) made a rather — in context at least — innocuous remark at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing. Because the political left has decided to take every possible statement from every possible Republican that might be used to perpetuate the idea the GOP is at war with women, the | Read More »

    The Predictable Narrative May Not Be

    We are used to hearing the GOP is doomed with hispanic voters unless they do all sorts of things. I think much of what is said is said in a vacuum. Events and personalities change things. Likewise, I just don’t think the narrative is really as awful for the Republicans as so many in the press would have us believe.Consider Florida.Today, Governor Rick Scott vetoed | Read More »