Matt K. Lewis
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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>.

Time To Worry About Marco Rubio And Military Adventurism?

Republican party paraphernalia vendor Kelly Steele displays a pair of campaign eyeglasses for U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) prior to Rubio's formal declaration of his bid for the 
Republican nomination in the 2016 U.S. presidential election race, at the Freedom Tower in Miami, Florida April 13, 2015. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri  - RTR4X7DT

We've arrived at the point in the campaign where it's time begin worrying about Sen. Marco Rubio's hawkish tendencies (this is a good sign for him, inasmuch as it signals people are at least starting to imagine him as commander-in-chief).

People walk past a gyro copter that was flown onto the grounds of the U.S. Capitol before it was towed from the west front lawn in Washington April 15, 2015. A bomb squad has determined there was nothing hazardous on the small, open-air helicopter that landed on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, the U.S. Capitol Police said in a statement, adding that the

When A Teenager Can Land His Plane In Red Square …

8:50 AM 04/16/2015

On a Spring day in 1987, a German teenager (and amateur pilot) named Mathias Rust managed to land a rented single-engine Cessna in Moscow's Red Square ... near the Kremlin!

Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio holds up his son Anthony as he stands with family members, including his wife Jeanette (R), after he announced his bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 during a speech at Freedom Tower in Miami, April 13, 2015. (REUTERS/Joe Skipper)

Marco Rubio Owes Hillary Clinton A ‘Thank You’ Note

8:23 AM 04/14/2015

When word leaked that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was planning to announce her candidacy on Sunday --- one day prior to Sen. Marco's scheduled announcement --- the conventional wisdom seemed to be that she might overshadow him. Instead, she turned out to be the perfect foil, casting him as the clear contrast to Clinton.

Jeb Bush smiles while being interviewed  at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor in Maryland  February 27, 2015.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque  (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR4RHCC

Interview With A 2016 Pundit

1:52 PM 04/09/2015

You've heard the quadrennial cliché: "This is the most important election in history!" Whether or not that's true, the 2016 contest is poised to be one of the most interesting. So I thought it might be helpful to conduct an interview with someone who could shed some light on what to expect. And -- in the spirit of Ross Douthat -- I figured: Who better to interview than yours truly? Yes, I'm interviewing myself.

Savannah Guthrie Was Just Doing Her Job

1:41 PM 04/08/2015

I've watched this Rand Paul interview with Savannah Guthrie a few times, and though there are several angles one could take with this, I keep coming back to one main point: These are the exact kinds of questions journalists ought to ask.

A sign in support of the presidential candidacy of Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is left behind in the seats after Paul announced his candidacy for president during an event in Louisville, Ky., April 7, 2015. (REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein)

Rand Is Wrong About Term Limits

10:24 AM 04/08/2015

During his presidential announcement on Tuesday, Sen. Rand Paul took a stand for term limits. "We limit the president two terms" he said. "It is about time we limit the terms of Congress."

Actress Juliette Lewis shields herself from photographer's flashes at the Rolling Stone Magazine's Hot party in Hollywood, California October 4, 2007. The party celebrates the unveiling of the issue containing their annual Hot List. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES) - RTR1ULQZ

Rolling Stone — And Why Americans Distrust The Media

11:47 AM 04/07/2015

Members of the mainstream media sometimes scoff at new media outlets and reporters, but a good look at the MSM's journalistic rap sheet implies there is little to boast about.

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor in Maryland Feb. 27, 2015. 
(REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)

Rand Paul Begins Campaign With A Narrow Path To Victory

3:17 PM 04/06/2015

Let's begin with the usual disclaimer: Nobody knows what's going to happen. We're in "Jaws versus the monkey" territory.

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) speaks at the Credit Union National Association Governmental Affairs Conference in Washington March 11, 2015.   REUTERS/Gary Cameron     (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR4SXXR

Why The Media Won’t Give Up On Elizabeth Warren For President

9:40 AM 04/06/2015

Why does the media continue to ask Elizabeth Warren if she will run for president?

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

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

11:01 AM 04/01/2015

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.