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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 @mattklewis.

Tea Party Group Teams With ACLU, NAACP On Patriot Act

Growing concerns about the Patriot Act's renewal are creating strange bedfellows. The Tea Party Patriots and the ACLU are running TV ads urging Americans to "tell Congress [to] protect our privacy." On top of that, the executive director of Iowa's ACLU and Tea Party Patriots' boss Jenny Beth Martin have coauthored an op-ed in the Des Moines Register on "the need for significant reforms to curtail government surveillance authorities, like some of those included in the Patriot Act."

Is Opposing The Iraq War Now The Default Republican Position?

11:27 AM 05/13/2015

This whole Jeb Bush/Iraq thing is remarkable. First, you've got the fact that this debacle has come from interviews with ostensibly friendly interlocutors -- Megyn Kelly and Sean Hannity. That's an interesting aspect, to be sure. But what is even more remarkable to me, at least, is that you now have mainstream Republican candidates like Gov. Chris Christie and Sen. Ted Cruz (who worked for Dubya) -- not to mention Sen. Rand Paul and Dr. Ben Carson -- publicly criticizing the invasion.

By Accepting Apology, Ted Cruz Sets Classy Example

8:18 AM 05/12/2015

After his controversial interview with Bloomberg's Mark Halperin (which ThinkProgress dubbed "the most racist interview of a 2016 candidate"), Sen. Ted Cruz responded to Halperin's apology with magnanimity: "Mark Halperin is a serious and fair-minded journalist," Cruz wrote on his Facebook page. "Today he kindly issued an apology for some silly questions he asked me in an interview. The apology was unnecessary -- no offense was taken, nor, I believe, intended -- but is certainly appreciated."

What Bill Simmons Taught Me About Blogging, Podcasting, And Modern Journalism

2:13 PM 05/11/2015

There's a lot of handwringing in journalism these days about how hard things are in the business. And rightly so. Things have changed. Just as creative destruction and globalization upended a lot of American jobs, technological changes have changed journalism. There are winners and losers. You can either clutch your pearls and lament this, or you take advantage of the new system. After all, the old rules had gatekeepers that kept people like me out (it also kept some people out who really deserved to be kept out; these things are always a double-edged swords).

Blame ‘Progressive Reformers’ And Politicians For Ruining Baltimore

9:39 AM 04/30/2015

My essay the other day (about my dad's experience during the 1968 riots) leads us to the sad conclusion that not much has changed in the last 50 years. Over at Slate, Jamelle Bouie's latest thought-provoking piece argues that Baltimore's lingering problems are actually 100 years in the making. Some of the conclusions his piece led me to were probably unintended. Still, a good column, like a song or book, can sometimes spark unique ideas and interpretations.

The Last Time The National Guard Was Deployed To Baltimore: A Personal Story

2:31 PM 04/28/2015

Forty-seven Aprils ago, Baltimore was in flames following the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., and my dad's National Guard unit was ordered in to curb the unrest. By sheer coincidence, he ran into my uncle (his brother-in-law) who was in town for the Orioles' April 10 opener. I thought about that last night when it was unclear until fairly late whether or not the O's would cancel their game against the White Sox.