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    The Candy-Cane Cops

    People who are supposed to be teaching our children civics want to deny them the protection of the Constitution. It’s known as the candy-cane case. And it’s all about religious discrimination. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments today [May 23, 2011] in Morgan v. Swanson. The … More

    All I Want for Christmas… The Top 10 First Principles Books

    You camped out by Best Buy for Black Friday, perused the neighborhood shops on Small Business Saturday, crashed the computer on Cyber Monday, but still didn’t get a gift for your father-in-law, stocking stuffers (that aren’t socks), or a good book to survive that four-hour layover in Atlanta. You need … More

    Morning Bell: Remembering the Providential Gift of America

    Christmas, 1776. Summer had begun with strong declarations of noble ideals, but by winter the cause of liberty seemed to be at low ebb. Having suffered defeat after defeat, many had all but given up hope. It looked like freedom would succumb yet again, as it had throughout history, to … More

    Morning Bell: Why Does Religious Freedom Matter?

    Last weekend NPR legal correspondent Nina Totenberg inadvertently created a mini-controversy when she said on Inside Washington: “I was at — forgive the expression – a Christmas party at the Department of Justice.” Some thought that Totenberg added “forgive the expression” as a cave to political correctness. But in fact … More

    How the Grinch Stole Mexico’s U.S.-Grown Christmas Trees—Again!

    When the Mexican government imposed punitive tariffs last year on $2.4 billion in American products the average Mexican citizen may not have noticed.  But no more.  Try finding a U.S.-grown Christmas tree in Mexico City this week.  They are scarce since Mexico’s usual suppliers of holiday evergreens, growers in the … More

    Christmas Tree Plot an Inside Job

    On Friday, a Somali-born man attempted to blow up a van full of explosives at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, Oregon. The FBI, however, had supplied him with a fake bomb and was able to arrest him immediately as part of a well-orchestrated string operation. Kudos to the … More

    Christmas with the Presidents

    Christmas in the nation’s capital has evolved through the years. President George Washington held a Christmas party for Congress, starting with an early morning fox hunt. First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln raised money to provide Christmas dinners for wounded Civil War soldiers. Benjamin Harrison set up the first Christmas tree … More

    Morning Bell: Remembering the Providential Gift of America

    Christmas, 1776. Summer had begun with strong declarations of noble ideals, but by winter the cause of liberty seemed to be at low ebb. Having suffered defeat after defeat, many had all but given up hope. It looked like freedom would succumb yet again, as it had throughout history, to … More