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Rand Paul’s mistake: Talking honestly about the pro-life issue

Republican Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul speaks during the inaugural Freedom Summit meeting for conservative speakers in Manchester, N.H., April 12, 2014. (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson)

In case you missed it, a minor controversy has erupted over Rand Paul's recent comments about abortion.

Samantha Siegel, 31, organizer behind the grass roots Save the Angel Oak petition, poses in front of the Angel Oak tree in Charleston, South Carolina September 24, 2013.  Massive canopy shades stretching more than 17,000 square feet and a trunk wider than 25 feet in circumference have drawn generations of visitors to the centuries-old live oak tree on an island near historic Charleston. A group aiming to preserve the majestic tree for decades to come is racing against a fall deadline to raise the $1.2 million needed to protect surrounding land from development that environmentalists say would harm the oak's health.  REUTERS/Randall Hill  (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT POLITICS) - RTR3FG10

Tree huggers hate immigrants?

1:53 PM 04/22/2014

Numbers USA, an anti-immigration outfit, is celebrating Earth Day 2014 with an important announcement: Immigrants are to blame for the destruction of farm land and natural habitats.

GOP’s Terri Lynn Land mocks ‘war on women’ line

6:09 AM 04/22/2014

Terri Lynn Land -- the former Michigan secretary of state who's running in what has become a highly-competitive race for the U.S. Senate -- is out with a fun new ad, titled, "Really?" In it, the female candidate pokes fun at the suggestion that she's "waging a 'war on women.'"

U.S. President Barack Obama sits with 3- and 4-year old students in a pre-kindergarten class at Powell Elementary School in Washington March 4, 2014. Obama chose the school as a venue Tuesday to propose an expansion of popular tax credits for middle class and working poor Americans in a fiscal 2015 budget designed to serve as a blueprint for Democrats in this year's congressional elections.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst    (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS EDUCATION BUSINESS) - RTR3G1D9

What the Common Core backlash says about us

12:10 PM 04/21/2014

There are many legitimate reasons to oppose the Common Core, but the illegitimate ones are the most compelling.

Former President Bill Clinton joins U.S. Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes for a campaign event in Louisville, Kentucky February 25, 2014.  Grimes, currently the Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Grimes is running against current Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell.  REUTERS/John Sommers II  (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR3FPT4

Alison Lundergan Grimes taps famous friends; rakes in out-of-state cash

3:26 PM 04/16/2014

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes outraised her incumbent opponent again, reportedly hauling in 2.7 million (compared to Sen. Mitch McConnell's 2.4 million).

U.S. President Barack Obama (R), Director of the Office of Management and Budget Sylvia Mathews Burwell and outgoing U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius (C) walk after Obama announced Burwell as his nominee to replace Sebelius, at the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, April 11, 2014. REUTERS/Larry Downing  (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS HEALTH) - RTR3KWJU

The Fall Gal? (If only anyone got the reference)

9:44 AM 04/15/2014

It happened again.

Singer Miley Cyrus performs on NBC's 'Today' show in New York, October 7, 2013.    REUTERS/Carlo Allegri  (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) - RTX142R4

Markos and Miley: What liberalism has wrought

9:01 AM 04/15/2014

They're a year behind me in noticing, but some prominent liberals are starting to raise the "mission accomplished" banner, declaring the culture war over -- even as they concede it isn't "WON won" (because nothing's ever really over, is it?).

Claire Shipman’s flexibility

12:42 PM 04/14/2014

Over at the Federalist, Mollie Hemingway flags this excerpt from a recent Washingtonian profile of of ABC News contributor Claire Shipman (wife of White House Press Secretary Jay Carney): "Shipman," the Washingtonian notes, "works part-time now for ABC News, something she’s done for five years, which has given her more flexibility to write and hang out with her children. Flexibility, she says, is what most working mothers really want."

Catholic children hold palm fronds during a Palm Sunday mass outside the Metropolitan Cathedral in Caacupe April 13, 2014.  REUTERS/Jorge Adorno (PARAGUAY - Tags: RELIGION) - RTR3L3K5

Palm Sunday — and the search for a political savior

9:03 AM 04/14/2014

The other day, I penned a semi-controversial column for The Week, titled For Christians, a silver lining to losing the culture war?

Republican Scott Brown announces his bid for the United States Senate primary election in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, April 10, 2014. Former U.S. Senator Brown of Massachusetts launched a Republican campaign on Thursday to represent neighboring New Hampshire in the Senate, with an attack on incumbent Democrat Jeanne Shaheen's vote for Obamacare. REUTERS/Dominick Reuter  (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS HEADSHOT) - RTR3KSP2

5 reasons the ‘carpetbagger’ tag won’t stick to Scott Brown

11:42 AM 04/11/2014

You can't beat a man at his own game, which is why I always respect the analysis of local political reporters. It was a 2007 lunch with a former New Hampshire reporter, for example, that convinced me John McCain could win The Granite State, and reinvigorate his struggling campaign -- a tip that informed my reporting (and helped me avoid writing the premature political obituaries that many of my contemporaries did).

How to burnout at writing (hint: do it for the wrong reasons)

1:05 PM 04/10/2014

Over the years, I've read more than a few Rolling Stone profiles. And, like every genre, there are the standard tropes that gets recycled precisely because they are true. Here's one that could be assigned to almost any male musician of the last fifty years: "Why did I first learn to play guitar? Girls, of course!" 

U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) listens to a phone message as he sits at a desk in his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 23, 2012. Paul was stopped at an airport on Monday for setting off an alarm and refusing a patdown, prompting his father, U.S. presidential candidate Ron Paul, to accuse security officials of being part of an

Rand Paul sweats the details

4:00 PM 04/09/2014

There's a fine line between being a detail-oriented legislator and a pain-in-the-ass obstructionist. Rand Paul has been known to walk that line.

Susana Martinez, Republican gubernatorial candidate for New Mexico, speaks with telephone bank workers at the Las Cruces, N.M. Republican headquarters. (AP Photo/William Faulkner)

N.M. Gov candidate campaigned with rancher accused of torturing kids

12:33 PM 04/09/2014

It's a good practice to avoid putting much stock in anything a political party disseminates. But this from the New Mexico GOP caught my attention:

Charles Murray’s sincere advice about work and life

4:57 PM 04/08/2014

In a world where too many young people no longer respect their elders, Charles Murray is offering a generous gift to the next generation. If only they'll take his advice.

Yes, the conservative ‘wonk gap’ is real

2:09 PM 04/08/2014

Over at Mediaite, Noah Rothman pokes holes in the notion that there is a "wonk gap" on the right. After all, Rothman writes,

Breitbart’s Californication (and the liberal pearl clutching)

2:43 PM 04/07/2014

My initial response to the punk iconography surrounding the launch of Breitbart California was to dismiss it as weird, silly, and a transparent attempt to ape the left and appear "edgy."

The new Bush-Cheney regime?

9:32 AM 04/07/2014

Between the near coronation of Jeb Bush at an event honoring his dad's presidency, and Liz Cheney's defense of her dad's policies, it was a good weekend for Republican royalty.

Former President Bill Clinton joins Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes for a campaign event in Louisville, Kent., Feb. 25, 2014. Grimes, currently the Kentucky secretary of state, is running against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. (REUTERS/John Sommers II)

Alison Lundergan Grimes, paper tiger?

11:03 AM 04/04/2014

On paper, Alison Lundergan Grimes was the perfect recruit to run against Sen. Mitch McConnell. McConnell's negatives are high, and Grimes is seen as an attractive (just me, or does she resemble Molly Parker?) young Secretary of State -- with potential cultural crossover appeal in the "Bluegrass State." And it also doesn't hurt that she happens to be the daughter of former Kentucky Democratic Party Chairman (and Bill Clinton pal) Jerry Lundergan, either.

Bullet holes are seen in the car in which Associated Press (AP) photographer Anja Niedringhaus and reporter Kathy Gannon were travelling when they were shot at, in Khost province April 4, 2014. A man dressed as a policeman shot the two foreign journalists in eastern Afghanistan on Friday, killing one and critically wounding the other, police, a doctor and a local official said. The AP news agency said on Friday in a dispatch that Niedringhaus had been killed and Gannon wounded in Afghanistan on the eve of a presidential election.     REUTERS/Stringer (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: CIVIL UNREST MEDIA) - RTR3JWN6

Reminder: Journalism can be noble — and dangerous

9:14 AM 04/04/2014

There have (thankfully) been few things I've written and then later regretted. But here's one: Last year, I criticized the "effete" liberal media for bias against what might be described as America's "gun culture." It was a short blog post calling for ideological and cultural diversity in the newsroom -- worthwhile goals, I still contend -- but the criticism was harsh, and much too broad -- inadvertently encompassing everyone from cable news commentators, to local crime reporters, to war correspondents.