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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>.

Andrew Sullivan — And Surviving As A Blogger

Local resident Andreas Gibson celebrates after being the first to exit the Fifth Avenue store after purchasing an iPhone 6 on the first day of sales in Manhattan, New York September 19, 2014.  REUTERS/Adrees Latif  (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY TELECOMS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTR46X6H

Andrew Sullivan is retiring as a blogger, and though there's some suggestion his influence has waned, his farewell message raises questions about the medium and the toll it takes on writers. It's hard to bitch about being paid to blog (working a "real" job would be tougher), but being tied to a blog -- where you are perpetually expected to immediately have an opinion on every issue, and where the demand for constant content requires five or ten posts a day, every day -- can become a man-made prison.

Reagan, Rhetoric, And The Challenger Disaster

2:25 PM 01/28/2015

Today marks the 29th anniversary of the Challenger disaster, and, of course, the speech President Ronald Reagan delivered that night.

Senator Marco Rubio of Florida speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Maryland March 14, 2013. Two senators seen as possible candidates for the 2016 presidential election will address a conservative conference where Republicans will try to regroup on Thursday after their bruising election loss last year.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque  (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR3EZQO

The Hero’s Journey Of Marco Rubio

10:02 AM 01/28/2015

A source tells Politico that Sen. Marco Rubio won an informal straw poll of donors at a recent Koch Brothers meeting.

Christie To Reporter Questioning ‘Snowmageddon’ Bust: ‘We Were Listening To All Of You’

8:54 AM 01/27/2015

One of the biggest mistakes a mayor or governor can make is to be unprepared for a storm. Say what you will about New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, but this is a part of the job he has always embraced. And yesterday, when reports indicated a crippling snow was imminent, he instituted a travel ban.

Actress Sienna Miller (R) and actor Bradley Cooper arrive for the premiere of the film

Why Won’t Hollywood Make More Films Like ‘American Sniper’?

11:28 AM 01/23/2015

My Sunday column in the London Telegraph will be on "Why The Left Hates American Sniper." (That's my beta title, at least.) You'll have to read it for more on why liberals are off base on this one. But my thoughts on the film exceed the 750 word column limit, and there's one aspect to this whole controversy that I didn't have room to address, and that is this: Despite the fact that patriotic and/or Christian-themed movies tend to do terrific at the box office (and, in the case of Sniper, also received six Oscar nominations), Hollywood doesn't seem to make that many of them.

Anti-abortion activists stage a mass

The GOP’s Stupid And Cowardly Abortion Bill Debacle

9:23 AM 01/22/2015

By now, you've probably heard that pusillanimous Republicans have abandoned a bill that would have banned the vast majority of abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. (That's five months, for those keeping score.) Mollie Hemingway has written the definitive explanation for why this is cowardly and stupid. But I'd like to add a few additional thoughts....

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady smiles after beating the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium. (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

No Rooting Interest: Are The Pats And Seahawks Impossible To Like?

10:27 AM 01/21/2015

Footballs aren't the only thing deflated. News that the "NFL has found that 11 of the New England Patriots' 12 game balls were inflated significantly below the NFL's requirements" may make it harder for the casual fan to root for the Pats in good conscience.

A sign in Selma, Alabama, January 8, 2015. The movie

‘Selma’ — And How To Win Converts

10:00 AM 01/20/2015

We spend a lot of time these days playing to the base and preaching to the choir, hurling fiery banter and red meat, and then -- when we win (forgive me for the mixed metaphors) -- dancing in the End Zone.

U.S. President Barack Obama smiles as he arrives to deliver his State of the Union speech on Capitol Hill in Washington January 28, 2014.   REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTX17Z90

We’re All To Blame For Income Inequality

9:26 AM 01/19/2015

President Obama will call on tax hikes for top earners, coupled with other measures designed to help the middle class, during his upcoming State of the Union address. Regardless of the merits of these proposals (and I suspect there are pros and cons), this is a smart political fight to pick.

Pope Francis smiles as he delivers his messages during a mass at the Cathedral church in Manila January 16, 2015. Pope Francis called on the Philippine government on Friday to tackle corruption and hear the cries of the poor suffering from

He Hit Me With A Surprise Left

10:20 AM 01/16/2015

In the wake of the attack on Charlie Hebdo, you might have heard Pope Francis' most recent comments: "If my good friend Dr. [Alberto] Gasparri says a curse word against my mother," the pontiff said, "he can expect a punch. It's normal. You cannot provoke. You cannot insult the faith of others. You cannot make fun of the faith of others."

U.S.Vice President Dick Cheney (L) listens over the shoulder of President George W. Bush as the president speaks to reporters in the Rose Garden after a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington December 14, 2007.   REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque  (UNITED STATES) - RTX4QME

Blame Dick Cheney For Jeb Bush’s Base Problems

9:19 PM 01/14/2015

My latest column for The Week grapples with why the conservative base backed George W. Bush in 2000, but is giving the cold shoulder to brother Jeb today. There are multiple reasons, but RedState's Erick Erickson hits on a fascinating theory that I missed. In short, blame Dick Cheney.

French President Francois Hollande is surrounded by heads of state including (L to R) European Commission President European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel, European Council President Donald Tusk, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as they attend the solidarity march (Marche Republicaine) in the streets of Paris January 11, 2015. French citizens will be joined by dozens of foreign leaders, among them Arab and Muslim representatives, in a march on Sunday in an unprecedented tribute to this week's victims following the shootings by gunmen at the offices of the satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo, the killing of a police woman in Montrouge, and the hostage taking at a kosher supermarket at the Porte de Vincennes.          REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer (FRANCE  - Tags: CRIME LAW POLITICS CIVIL UNREST SOCIETY)   - RTR4KXHE

Yes, But They’re Our Cheese-Eating Surrender Monkeys…

8:49 AM 01/13/2015

Writing at the Washington Post, Dana Milbank mocks Republicans who are criticizing President Obama's absence from the Paris unity rally, noting that "A decade ago, Republicans in Congress were renaming French fries 'freedom fries' and French toast 'freedom toast' because of that country’s refusal to support the Iraq war."

A placard reading

What We Can Learn From Bill Donohue’s Stupid Comments

9:50 AM 01/09/2015

Yesterday, my friend and former colleague Hugh Hewitt destroyed Catholic League president Bill Donohue, over the latter's recent statement, titled: "Muslims Are Right to Be Angry." (The term "destroyed" is frequently bandied about in order to generate clicks, but in this case, I think it's a fair description of the interview.)

House Speaker John Boehner takes the gavel from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi after being re-elected speaker on the House floor at the U.S. Capitol in Washington Jan. 6, 2015.  (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

Proof The ‘Dump Boehner’ Movement Wasn’t About Ideology

9:00 AM 01/07/2015

For years now, I've been lamenting that we tend to conflate passion with ideological purity. For too many of us, the measuring stick for determining "how conservative" you are is based on one's level of anger --- not commitment to a conservative philosophy (as demonstrated by a voting record).

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) (R) steps away from the lectern after addressing reporters following a House Republican caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol in Washington December 2, 2014. Boehner urged fellow Republicans on Tuesday to pass a spending bill that funds most of the federal government through Sept. 30, 2015, avoiding a shutdown fight over President Barack Obama's immigration action.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR4GF7U

How To Beat Boehner

9:47 AM 01/05/2015

You say you want a revolution? On Tuesday, conservatives will attempt what looks like yet another quixotic effort to topple Speaker John Boehner, and a question arises: Is it nobler to try and fail, or to observe the maxim: "When you strike at a king you must kill him.”

U.S. House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) (L-R) confers with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) as House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) (R) addresses reporters after a House Republican caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol in Washington December 2, 2014.   REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR4GF6X

Some Conservatives Want Steve Scalise Gone (For All The Wrong Reasons)

5:50 PM 12/30/2014

If House Majority Whip Steve Scalise knowingly spoke at a White Supremacist rally, then he should obviously be removed from leadership. At this moment, though, I'm on the fence because we simply don't know the details.

              Former Governor Jeb Bush gestures as he speaks during a Dallas Council of World Affairs luncheon Wednesday, April 24, 2013, in Dallas.  Bush and Hillary Rodham Clinton are hitting the speakers' circuit on the eve of the opening of George W. Bush's new presidential library, stoking speculation about their own political futures.    (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Let’s Root For A Smaller GOP Primary Field In 2016

7:13 PM 12/28/2014

You've probably heard former Gov. Jeb Bush is leading in a CNN/ORC poll, and you might be wondering what this all means. First, let's not get carried away. Bush has huge name recognition (for obvious dynastic reasons) which always inflates early surveys. What is more, at this point in the 2008 cycle, a lot of smart analysts thought Rudy Giuliani would be the nominee (earlier, then-Sen. George Allen had been the odds-on favorite). And lastly, Bush has take formal steps toward "actively running" -- which set him apart from the pack.

A woman with child enjoys the scenery at a country house estate in the village of Grabovnica near Cazma, central Croatia December 19, 2014. The seven-hectare estate owned by the Salaj family is lit with 1.5 million Christmas lights and turns into a winter wonderland every December, attracting thousands of visitors. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic (CROATIA - Tags: SOCIETY) - RTR4IR0W

Bored On Boxing Day? Interview Your Relatives

10:02 AM 12/26/2014

I recently discovered one of my first cousins was highlighted as part of Time Magazine's Person of the Year edition (The Ebola Fighters).

United States Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) is greeted by audience members as he arrives for a campaign stop with Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate Scott Brown in Derry, New Hampshire October 7, 2014.    REUTERS/Brian Snyder    (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR49AWR

The Good Son: Marco Rubio And The ‘Young Fogey’ Label

11:51 AM 12/22/2014

Sen. Marco Rubio's forceful criticism of President Obama's decision to begin normalizing relations with Cuba has sparked speculation about his campaign strategy. While most have argued that Rubio benefits greatly from becoming Obama's primary foe on any issue, others have suggested that this casts him as a "young fogey" still fighting the last (cold) war.