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    The future of liberty depends on reclaiming America’s first principles.

    Why Does MSNBC Want to Go Backwards?

    Who knew that telling people they have rights would be so controversial? In his nationally televised address Wednesday night, Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) reminded Americans that “our rights come from nature and God, not from government.” MSNBC’s Chris Matthews went apoplectic. “It’s clear that Paul Ryan was talking to people … More

    Eisenhower, Goldwater, and Reagan on GOP Foreign Policy

    In an election year dominated by worries about jobs and the economy, it’s easy to forget that the president’s major constitutional concern is supposed to be handling foreign policy. But over the next four years, we can count on events overseas that will demand a response. How did previous nominees … More

    Do Political Conventions Matter?

    Delegates have known for months (or longer) whom their parties will nominate for President. With such predictability, the national conventions have been taken for granted, and a few myths have arisen. Chief among these myths is that conventions no longer matter. As AP managing editor Michael Oreskes puts it, they’re … More

    The Building Blocks of “You Didn’t Build That”

    Tuesday is “We Built This” night at the Republican National Convention. “The GOP is turning what some see as a presidential slight aimed at business owners and entrepreneurs into a theme,” reports Fox News. That slight, of course, was contained in some off-the-prompter remarks President Obama made during a speech … More

    Morning Bell: Political Convention Drama Begins

    This week’s Republican National Convention is already experiencing its own drama thanks to Tropical Storm Isaac, which has postponed most of the events until tomorrow. But this year marks the 100th anniversary of another Republican Convention embroiled in political drama of a different nature. Unlike today’s conventions, which are little … More

    New Mexico Photographer’s Religious Freedom Case Goes to State Supreme Court

    The New Mexico Supreme Court recently announced that it will consider the case of a Christian photographer who objected for religious reasons to photographing a same-sex commitment ceremony. The photographer, Elaine Huguenin, says she refused to photograph the ceremony because the message it communicated was in conflict with her religious … More

    Olympics Put Value of Competition on Display

    This weekend, the U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team is widely favored to capture a gold medal. Favored to, but not guaranteed to. The Americans struggled against Argentina on Monday (up just a point at the half) and edged Lithuania by just five points last week. This team can be defeated. … More

    New Heritage Series Profiles Woodrow Wilson: The Godfather of Liberalism

    Woodrow Wilson came to Washington in 1913, and he never left. He’s the only President buried in D.C. He became the first President since John Adams to personally address Congress, thus creating the spectacle that grew into the modern State of the Union address. And we’re all still living under … More

    Rise in Food Stamps Part of Growing Dependence on Washington

    America was supposed to be the land of self-government. Citizens were to govern themselves politically and morally. But such an independent citizen is proving to be less common every year. Now, more people than ever before depend on the federal government for housing, food, income, student aid, or other assistance. … More

    Women's Gymnastics and the Fairness Olympics

    Today, 24 young women will defy gravity on vault, uneven bars, beam, and floor, vying for the gold medal in the women’s all around artistic gymnastics finals. But a few of the best gymnasts are missing from the lineup. Anastasia Grishina of Russia, Jennifer Pinches of Great Britain, Jinnan Yao … More