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Matt K. Lewis
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>.
Want proof David Axelrod is an evil genius? On Morning Joe earlier today, I asked the former top Obama strategist whether or not the president's insouciance -- the fact that his administration downplays every crisis -- might contribute to the fact that the public no longer trusts him on serious issues like Ebola.
First Things magazine hosted a seminar of religious intellectuals the other day, and the American Conservative's Rod Dreher was on hand to document the conclave. A lot of ground was covered in this generally somber discussion, but this excerpt struck me as especially noteworthy:
Writing in The New York Times, Peter Baker notes Republican criticism of the Secret Service's security lapses, suggesting that "it would not be all that surprising if Mr. Obama were a little wary of all the professed sympathy." Yesterday, my friend Jimmy Williams, a liberal commentator, likewise tweeted that "All the gop outrage over the President's safety is a bit disingenuous."
"It sounds terrible," says Tim Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, "but if you have a family around a table, somebody eventually is gonna see every other person around that table die."
When social conservatives gather to hear conservative movement leaders, activists, and Republican hopefuls this weekend at the Omni Shoreham hotel, there will be an elephant in the room: libertarianism.
(Ted Cruz has responded below.)
"I still don't know how it happened," says former President Bill Clinton regarding the intruder who hopped the White House fence, and made it all the way inside the doors of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
He moves on far too quickly from it, but this paragraph from David Brooks' recent column about our current leadership crisis deserves some attention:
It all started in the 1960s -- everything always starts in the 1960s! In his new book, A Race For The Future, Heritage Foundation Senior Fellow Mike Gonzalez argues that government intervention in that fateful decade laid the foundation for our modern immigration crisis.
In a move that could shake up the conservative-outside-group-world, former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is suing a conservative political action committee called Conservative StrikeForce PAC for allegedly raising millions of dollars for his campaign, and spending only a small fraction of that on his race. According to a report on the lawsuit:
When I awoke to discover the Baltimore Orioles were the American League Eastern Division champions, I did what all modern Americans do to mark such special occasions: I went to Facebook. There, a high school friend who now lives in North Carolina had summed it up perfectly: "I just wish Dad could have been here to watch. Go ORIOLES!!!!"
Bobby Jindal is delivering a lecture, and I'm nodding off. We're at the Heritage Foundation where he is set to release his new energy plan, and the Louisiana governor keeps throwing around acronyms: "LNG" (for liquefied natural gas), "OCS" (for outer continental shelf) and "RFS" (for Renewable Fuel Standard.) WTF?
Gaslighting - verb (used with object), gaslighted or gaslit, gaslighting.
4. to cause (a person) to doubt his or her sanity through the use of psychological manipulation:
A story Justice Antonin Scalia likes to tell: When one of his high school classmates was critical of the William Shakespeare, their Jesuit teacher, Father Matthews, sternly advised: "Mister, when you read Shakespeare, Shakespeare's not on trial. You are."
Ted Cruz's commitment to the state of Israel is sincere and beyond reproach. So too, it seems, is his commitment to grandiosity and self-promotion.
I have resisted the urge to write about the Export-Import bank based on the predictable soporific effect it could have on our readers.
As you probably heard, Janay Rice --- Ray Rice's wife and victim --- took to Instagram yesterday to stand by her man. "No one knows the pain that the media & unwanted [opinions] from the public has caused my family," she wrote.
Only Nixon can go to China, and -- according to Ruben Navarrette -- only a Republican can do immigration reform.