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."
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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 @mattklewis.
Asked by Fox News' Bret Baier about his "flip-flop" on immigration reform, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker responded by unilaterally redefining the term: "A flip would be someone who voted on something --- and did something different," he averred.
A candidate for Lt. governor in Louisiana has released a new ad featuring "all original footage shot with the Inspire UAV drone."
I've been critical of Jeb Bush's inability to answer the question of whether -- knowing what we know now -- he would have invaded Iraq (it took him five times to get it right).
In many ways, running for president as governor of a state is easier than running from Washington. Senators are forced to take votes on all sorts of random hot-button issues, while governors are back in the states, making the trains run on time, and gaining executive experience.
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.
Jonathan Martin is out with a good piece today, which raises an important question: Who will be allowed in the GOP primary debates?
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."
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).
According to a source, Jeb Bush is close to naming New York Jets owner Woody Johnson as his national finance chairman.
Medicaid already takes up about a third of Florida's budget, but if Republicans in the state Senate have their way, the program will be expanded.
Peter Schweizer, author of the new book "Clinton Cash," was on my podcast Thursday to discuss his new book about The Clintons --- and the response it has received.
While some African-American pastors and community leaders worry Dr. Ben Carson's presidential campaign might tarnishing his reputation as a positive example to the black community, I also worry conservatives might be losing a messenger.
Former Gov. Mike Huckabee is expected to announce his presidential run on Tuesday in Hope, Arkansas, and a new video only serves to remind us of just how formidable a candidate he can be.
During our bloggingheads discussion the other day, Bill Scher asked me why the reaction to the Baltimore riots was different than the initial reaction to Ferguson, where conservatives (including yours truly) were more inclined to question police behavior.
If Wikipedia is to be believed, today is the 25th anniversary of the release of "The Dance," which I would argue was Garth Brooks' greatest hit and signature song. (Note: Brooks' eponymous album featuring the tune came out in 1989, but there were so many hits that they parceled them out over the course of a year.)
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.
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.
Amid growing threats of boycott, Ian Reisner, one of the gay men who hosted an event for Ted Cruz, finally issued a confession on his Facebook page: Hosting the conservative Republican had been "a terrible mistake."