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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 @mattklewis.

Ben Carson’s Secret Weapon: He’s Getting Better With Age

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson speaks during the Freedom Summit in Greenville, South Carolina May 9, 2015. (REUTERS/Chris Keane)

Ben Carson is the rarest of political candidates: He actually learns from his mistakes.

Donald Trump (Getty Images/New York Daily News Archive)

Donald Trump Has A Point About ‘Carried Interest’

1:19 PM 09/01/2015

Of all the problems I've had with Donald Trump (and there have been many), his recent comments about going after "carried interest" probably bother me the least. In fact, I think he has a point. Why should a teacher or police officer pay a higher tax rate than someone whose primary income is derived from betting on the stock market?

The Coming Conservative Crackup?

9:17 AM 08/31/2015

Does the rise of Donald Trump signal the end of conservatism as we know it? It's premature to write the obituary, but one has to wonder if the patient isn't terminally ill.

Donald Trump greets crowd in Mobile, Alabama. (Mark Wallheiser/Getty)

Should We Vote For ‘Excitement’?

12:49 PM 08/27/2015

I work in an industry that covers politics the way TMZ covers celebrities and ESPN covers sports. So I probably shouldn't be surprised we've arrived at a point where excitement isn't merely the icing on the cake of a good candidate -- it's the whole damn cake.

Donald Trump doesn't like Bill Cosby

The Trump Gamble: Why Desperate People Make Dangerous Voters

10:11 AM 08/19/2015

The other day, Dave Weigel talked to people gathered around a Flint Assembly Plant about why they like Donald Trump. It's pretty much what you'd expect -- lots of comments like: “Immigration and jobs going to China — this area’s really suffered from that. I just like somebody that stands up for what he speaks about.”

Ted Cruz answers a question at the first official Republican presidential candidates debate in Cleveland, Ohio, August 6, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

From Trump To McDaniel: Is Ted Cruz Running A Brilliant Stealth Campaign?

11:08 AM 08/17/2015

Sen. Ted Cruz was overshadowed during much of the first GOP debate, but he finished strong. And this might turn out to be a microcosm of his larger campaign plan.

Republican 2016 U.S. presidential candidate businessman Donald Trump answers a question at the first official Republican presidential candidates debate of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign in Cleveland, Ohio, in this file photo taken August 6, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder/Files

Ann Coulter Unintentionally Makes The Case Against Donald Trump

9:20 AM 08/14/2015

It's time we accept the fact that Ann Coulter and her ilk are solely animated by, and utterly obsessed with, the issue of illegal immigration. This is not merely a facet of their larger conservative worldview, but, instead, the defining issue. You can be for single-payer healthcare -- or taxpayer-funding of Planned Parenthood -- so long as you say mean things about Mexicans. You can flip-flop on all sorts of litmus test issues, and do things that would get any other conservative voted off the island. Screaming about "amnesty" covers a multitude of sins.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a news conference near the U.S.-Mexico border outside of Laredo, Texas July 23, 2015. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Behind Donald Trump’s Dangerous Worldview

10:42 AM 08/12/2015

A recent Newsweek piece asked "Is Donald Trump a Fascist?" Another column at The Week (where I'm a contributing editor) is titled: "How Nietzsche explains the rise of Donald Trump." These are just two examples of the many "think" pieces examining the dangerous roots behind Trump's style and ideology (to the degree he has an ideology). To put it mildly, the criticism transcends concerns about populism that might have been found in William Jennings Bryan, or even Ross Perot.

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio speaks at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, United States, July 18, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

I’m Worried About Rubio’s Abortion Stance

11:59 AM 08/10/2015

Sometimes my "Spidey sense" is pretty good. Way back in September of 2011, I warned that then-Texas Gov. "Rick Perry should take his immigration problem very seriously." I similarly warned that "Bridge-gate" looked like a very serious problem for Chris Christie, during the early part of that scandal. I think I was ahead of the curve in realizing how dangerous these situations were.

On Trump, Erick Erickson Rises To The Occasion (Rush Limbaugh Does Not)

2:08 PM 08/08/2015

A while back, I urged Rush Limbaugh to use his incredible influence on the right and call out Donald Trump for his irresponsible comments. In the intervening weeks, Trump's rhetoric only intensified. Yet, even after Thursday night's GOP debate -- when it became painfully obvious that Donald Trump is a liberal -- Limbaugh continued to prop up The Donald. I don't want to be accused of misrepresenting what he said, so I'll simply provide the headline and link from his own website: "The Orders to Take Out Trump Must Have Gone to Fox, Not the Other Candidates."

Republican U.S. presidential candidate and Ohio Governor John Kasich participates in the Voters First Presidential Forum in Manchester, New Hampshire August 3, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

John Kasich Botched The ‘God’ Question

3:15 PM 08/07/2015

It should have been a layup, but I found myself disappointed at the flippant way the Republican candidates talked about faith during Thursday night's GOP primary debate. And, arguably the worst was Ohio Gov. John Kasich -- a man who frequently talks about his faith.

Anti-abortion demonstrators participate in the annual March for Life in Washington, January 22, 2014. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Why The ‘Pro-Life’ Cause Was Winning (While ‘Traditional Marriage’ Was Losing)

11:40 AM 08/05/2015

A few weeks ago, I journeyed out to Baltimore's Camden Yards to watch the Orioles play the Nationals. The one thing that struck me more than anything was Bryce Harper's body language. At the risk of sounding like one of those old scouts in Moneyball, he, more than anyone -- and there are great hitters on both ball clubs -- stood at the plate like a man on a mission -- as if he had something against the ball.

President Barack Obama is shown the inside of a cell as he visits the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in El Reno, Okla., July 16, 2015. With Obama is Bureau of Prisons Director Charles Samuels.  (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)

Can Criminal Justice Reform Unite The Right?

11:33 AM 08/04/2015

"Criminal justice reform is the right thing to do from a moral perspective, a constitutional perspective, and a fiscal perspective," says Mark V. Holden, General Counsel and Senior Vice President for Koch Industries, Inc.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump arrives to speak at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, July 18, 2015. (REUTERS/Jim Young)

Making Peace With President Trump

9:12 AM 08/04/2015

As the Donald Trump boomlet turns into the Donald Trump movement, I'm closing in on the "acceptance" stage of the grieving process.

Planned Parenthood Protest October 14 32 (Katie Frates/Daily Caller)

Planned Parenthood — And The Pro-Life Movement’s Catch-22

11:44 AM 07/31/2015

As I noted the other day, the release of those Planned Parenthood videos constitutes huge win for the pro-life cause. The reason is simple: When the topic is late-term abortion, the harvesting and selling of organs, or -- frankly, anything that unmasks the unseemly "process" of abortion -- it's good for the pro-life cause. And that's precisely what these videos force us to grapple with.

U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) questions U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew (foreground) at the Senate Finance Committee on the U.S. government debt limit in Washington October 10, 2013. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

Pat Toomey Endorsed An AFL-CIO Leader

5:52 PM 07/27/2015

Sen. Pat Toomey's endorsement in an August 4 special election for the Pennsylvania state house is raising some eyebrows. That's because the candidate he's backing,Paul Mullen, is also the head of the Delaware County AFL-CIO -- and business manager of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

Cuckoldry. Getty Images

What’s Behind The ‘Cuckservative’ Slur? (NSFW)

11:54 AM 07/23/2015

Erick Erickson recently stumbled across the term "cuckservative." It's a word that has been popping up on Twitter a lot lately, but this was the first time I'd seen someone of any consequence reference it. But the definition Erickson tweeted doesn't really do it justice -- as it elides the truly sleazy implications of the term. The goal is to obviously combine the words cuckolded with conservative.

Taking Back The States’ Rights Argument

10:26 AM 07/23/2015

The story of states' rights began with abolitionists, according to Adam Freedman's "A Less Perfect Union: The Case For States' Rights." Although the term has become tarnished by being associated with segregation, during a recent conversation, Freedman argued that abolitionists were the original guardians of state sovereignty in the antebellum era.

Paging Rush Limbaugh…

9:08 AM 07/22/2015

Imagine a world where Rush Limbaugh channels Bill Buckley -- and embraces his leadership responsibility on the right. That's the thrust of my latest column at the Daily Beast. I'm picking on Limbaugh only because he's the one guy who has the moral authority on the right to play the role of pope and excommunicate apostates and phonies the way Buckley did so many years ago.