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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>.

Pence, They Say: Why Indiana’s Governor Isn’t A ‘Wartime Consigliere’

U.S. Representative Mike Pence (R-IN) (C) talks with reporters as he departs a meeting about debt ceiling legislation with fellow Republicans at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, July 28, 2011. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst  (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS) - RTR2PEKD

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.

Immigrants who have been caught crossing the border illegally are housed inside the McAllen Border Patrol Station in McAllen, Texas July 15, 2014, where they are processed. (REUTERS/ Rick Loomis/Pool)

Does Illegal Immigration Cost Jobs? (A Debate)

5:05 PM 03/31/2015

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."

Members of the New York Police Department join in prayer at the Islamic Cultural Center of New York in the Manhattan borough of New York August 26, 2010. The Islamic Cultural Center was the first mosque built in New York City and was completed in 1991. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: RELIGION) - RTR2HL0V

Reminder: Religious Liberty Laws Also Protect Muslims

10:41 AM 03/30/2015

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.

A man wears a bow tie styled on the American flag at the 42nd annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Md., Feb. 26, 2015. (REUTERS/Joshua Roberts)

Good News: America is Still Awesome

11:13 AM 03/26/2015

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).

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R-WI) participates in a panel discussion at the American Action Forum in Washington, Jan. 30, 2015. (REUTERS/Yuri Gripas)

Scott Walker Has A Micromanagement Problem

1:50 PM 03/25/2015

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.

Actress and humanitarian campaigner Angelina Jolie leaves a G8 Foreign Ministers Meeting in London April 11, 2013. (REUTERS/Toby Melville)

Son Of ‘Unbroken’ Hero: We’re Praying For Angelina Jolie

4:58 PM 03/24/2015

"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.

Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz gestures as he confirms his candidacy for the 2016 presidential election race during a speech at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., March 23, 2015. (REUTERS/Chris Keane)

Ted Cruz Channels John Lennon

1:54 PM 03/23/2015

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.

Stanford University students Fabian Bock (L) and Josephine Chen (R) present a semester project to a group of visiting venture capitalists during their Technology Entrepreneurship class in Stanford, California March 11, 2014. Picture taken March 11, 2014. To match Special Report USA-STARTUPS/STANFORD       REUTERS/Stephen Lam (UNITED STATES  - Tags: EDUCATION BUSINESS SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY) - RTR4HHTB

Don’t Hide From Scary Ideas

9:35 AM 03/23/2015

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.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks at the Iowa Agriculture Summit in Des Moines, Iowa March 7, 2015. (REUTERS/Jim Young)

Yes, The Political Opinions Of Staffers Do Matter

9:27 AM 03/19/2015

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.

The Liz Mair Affair

9:26 AM 03/18/2015

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.

Ferguson resident, Blake Ashby, tries to separate Michael Brown supporters from Ferguson police supporters, outside the Ferguson Police Department and Municipal Court in Ferguson, Missouri, March 15, 2015. Ashby believes in transparency and reforming the Ferguson Police Department while supporting his community's police force. News of Sunday's arrest of suspect Jeffrey Williams in last week's shooting of two policemen during a protest rally in Ferguson, prompted a show of support for Ferguson's beleaguered police force. Williams, 20, has admitted to firing the shots that wounded the officers early on Thursday, said St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch, and told investigators that he was not targeting police but was shooting at someone else. REUTERS/Kate Munsch  (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW POLITICS CIVIL UNREST SOCIETY) - RTR4TH1L

Jonathan Capehart and Leon H. Wolf: 2015 ‘Yglesias Award’ Nominees

11:07 AM 03/17/2015

Andrew Sullivan's now defunct blog The Dish used to award something called The Yglesias Award. It was "for writers, politicians, columnists or pundits who actually criticize their own side, make enemies among political allies, and generally risk something for the sake of saying what they believe."

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks at the Freedom Summit in Des Moines, Iowa, January 24, 2015.  REUTERS/Jim Young  (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR4MROK

Report: Cruz Aide’s ‘Front Group’ Ran Ads Against Candidate Who Killed Himself

2:24 PM 03/16/2015

A committee that financed a negative ad aimed at Missouri state auditor and gubernatorial candidate Tom Schweich -- just before he committed suicide -- is a "front group" operated by top Ted Cruz strategist Jeff Roe, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Paul Begala Didn’t Want Al Gore On The ’92 Ticket

8:57 AM 03/16/2015

Paul Begala who, along with partner James Carville, served as chief strategist to Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign, did not want Al Gore on the ticket. "I was not for Gore," Begala told Bill Kristol recently. "I don't think he knows that, so hopefully he won't watch this tape."

A disclosure

5:42 AM 03/16/2015

My wife has accepted a role consulting for RickPAC -- the leadership PAC affiliated with former Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Additionally, as I have previously disclosed, she formerly consulted for Ted Cruz's 2012 senate campaign.

Republican Tom Cotton speaks after the results of the midterm elections in North Little Rock, Arkansas, November 4, 2014.  REUTERS/Jacob Slaton   (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS) - RTR4CUZH

The GOP’s Non-Interventionist Moment Has Passed

4:15 PM 03/13/2015

National Review's Charles C.W. Cooke was on my podcast the other day to discuss his new book "The Conservatarian Manifesto." According to Cooke, the "conservatarian" label includes people who were "disappointed by the Bush administration," but also skeptical of libertarianism on (among other issues) foreign policy.

Former United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a news conference at the United Nations headquarters in New York March 10, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Segar   (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR4STN8

Hillary Clinton’s ‘Dog Ate My Homework’ Problem

11:44 AM 03/11/2015

There's a "dog-ate-my-homework quality to this Clinton episode, with Hillary saying: Sorry, I deleted the remaining 30,000 or so e-mails, so I just can’t show them to you," writes Larry Kudlow. He has a point. But that wasn't the only thing from yesterday's press conference that felt childish.

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a news conference at the United Nations headquarters in New York, March 10, 2015. Clinton said on Tuesday she did not email any classified material to anyone while at the State Department. REUTERS/Mike Segar   (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR4STON

Hillary’s Other Presser Problem: She Was Utterly Unlikable

9:15 AM 03/11/2015

After Hillary Clinton's disastrous press conference yesterday, a thought hit me that hadn't hit me in nearly a decade: The next president could actually be a Republican.

Warning For Hillary: James Carville Reeks Of Yesterday

2:16 PM 03/09/2015

"He reeks of yesterday. If I think of an old calendar, I think of George Bush."

Young activists cheer at the conclusion of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland February 28, 2015. CPAC closes after three days where thousands of conservative activists, Republicans and Tea Party Patriots gathered to hear politicians, presidential hopefuls, and business leaders speak, lobby and network for a conservative agenda, ahead of the presidential election in 2016.     REUTERS/Mike Theiler   (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR4RKWP

A Détente For Log Cabin Republicans And The Right

3:54 PM 03/05/2015

I couldn't attend CPAC this year, but one of the most talked about events coming out of this year's conference was a panel titled: "Putin's Russia: A New Cold War?" (Anti-interventionism, it seems, didn't fare well at CPAC this year.)