We've arrived at the point in the campaign where it's time begin worrying about Sen. Marco Rubio's hawkish tendencies (this is a good sign for him, inasmuch as it signals people are at least starting to imagine him as commander-in-chief).
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Matt K. Lewis is a senior contributor to The Daily Caller, and a contributing editor for The Week. He is a respected commentator on politics and cultural issues, and has been cited by major publications such as The Washington Post and The New York Times. Matt is from Myersville, MD and currently resides in Alexandria, VA. Follow Matt K. Lewis on Twitter <a>@mattklewis</a>.
On a Spring day in 1987, a German teenager (and amateur pilot) named Mathias Rust managed to land a rented single-engine Cessna in Moscow's Red Square ... near the Kremlin!
When word leaked that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was planning to announce her candidacy on Sunday --- one day prior to Sen. Marco's scheduled announcement --- the conventional wisdom seemed to be that she might overshadow him. Instead, she turned out to be the perfect foil, casting him as the clear contrast to Clinton.
You've heard the quadrennial cliché: "This is the most important election in history!" Whether or not that's true, the 2016 contest is poised to be one of the most interesting. So I thought it might be helpful to conduct an interview with someone who could shed some light on what to expect. And -- in the spirit of Ross Douthat -- I figured: Who better to interview than yours truly? Yes, I'm interviewing myself.
I've watched this Rand Paul interview with Savannah Guthrie a few times, and though there are several angles one could take with this, I keep coming back to one main point: These are the exact kinds of questions journalists ought to ask.
During his presidential announcement on Tuesday, Sen. Rand Paul took a stand for term limits. "We limit the president two terms" he said. "It is about time we limit the terms of Congress."
Members of the mainstream media sometimes scoff at new media outlets and reporters, but a good look at the MSM's journalistic rap sheet implies there is little to boast about.
Let's begin with the usual disclaimer: Nobody knows what's going to happen. We're in "Jaws versus the monkey" territory.
Why does the media continue to ask Elizabeth Warren if she will run for president?
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is taking a lot of heat today -- from the left and the right -- from national media and local media -- over his handling of the Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
My friend Ken Blackwell's recent op-ed, "Obama's Immigration Legacy: Lower Wages And Less Security For Americans," got some pushback from Cafe Hayek's Don Boudreaux, who argued the growth in wages from 1915-2015 "occurred, not despite, but largely because of population growth."
Aside from the occasional reference to Native American peyote rituals, you'd be forgiven for assuming that laws protecting religious liberty --- such as Indiana's new Religious Freedom Restoration Act --- are solely beneficial to Christians.
It is an occupational hazard that we tend to obsess about problems and disasters. What is more, at this moment in time, "the paranoid style in American politics" seems most acutely observed on the Right (this is no doubt due to the fact that Democrats hold the presidency; during the Bush years, the loudest conspiracy theories seemed to come from the Left).
Ronald Reagan has sometimes been referred to "The Great Delegator." He had some big priorities he wanted to stay on top of (such as defeating the Soviets), but generally, he surrounded himself with capable and competent people who were empowered to implement his goals and visions. Everyone working for him, after all, knew what he believed.
"Unbroken" hero Louis Zamperini and Angelia Jolie became close friends when she produced and directed an inspirational film about the famed Olympian who survived 47 harrowing days adrift on the ocean, only to wind up in a Japanese POW camp.
Imagine there's a presidential announcement. It's easy if you try. That's what my latest piece at The Week is about --- how Ted Cruz is branding the word "imagine" --- and encouraging conservatives to believe that he can magically fix all our problems.
A New York Times op-ed titled "In College and Hiding From Scary Ideas" has sparked a lot of discussion. Most of the chatter is about political correctness run amok; college is supposed to be a time of learning and challenging one's own ideas, yet too many campuses become a "safe space" where opposing viewpoints and free speech are deemed disruptive and even hostile.
In the wake of the Liz Mair affair, it has become popular to suggest that politicians shouldn't care one iota what positions their staffers hold.
By now, you've heard about Scott Walker's decision to fire social media consultant Liz Mair for controversial tweets and statements (technically, she resigned). With the exception of the Breitbart empire, most national conservatives I know are defending her today.