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Reagan Authors Clash: Craig Shirley Accuses Rick Perlstein Of Lifting Copy

Reagan basically set the standard with the most presidential picture known to man. (Photo: Michael Evans/ Wikimediacommons)

As Page Six is reporting, "Craig Shirley, who wrote two award-winning books on Ronald Reagan, claims Rick Perlstein plagiarized his prose in at least 45 instances in his new book, 'The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan.'"

An anti-immigration protester holds a flag and waves to motorists on a highway overpass on Murrieta Hot Springs Blvd in Murrieta, California July 19, 2014. U.S. President Barack Obama will meet with the leaders of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador next week to discuss cooperation on the influx of child migrants from Central America into the United States, senior administration officials said on Friday.  REUTERS/Sandy Huffaker  (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY IMMIGRATION CIVIL UNREST POLITICS) - RTR3ZD18

Is Reagan Optimism Passé For Conservatives?

11:20 AM 08/01/2014

Over at The Week, I've penned a short essay on the border crisis.

House Border Bill Blues

1:11 PM 07/31/2014

The paralysis in Washington is on full display once again, as efforts to pass what seems like a fairly reasonable response to the humanitarian crisis on the border are in jeopardy of being stymied by a coalition of the right and the left.

Actor George Takei gestures at the premiere of the movie

George Takei Praises John Wayne

8:49 AM 07/30/2014

He's no fan of William Shatner, but Star Trek star and LGBT activist George Takei has fond memories of the late, legendary actor (and proud Republican) John Wayne.

Cast members Mike Myers (R) and Dana Carvey pose before a screening and panel discussion for the reunion of the cast of the 1992 movie

Mike Myers’ Advice: ‘Don’t Want To Be Famous; Want To Be Legendary’

10:37 AM 07/29/2014

As someone constantly trying to spur creativity, I'm fascinated by the stories and techniques of smart and creative people. Whether it's an actor, politician, comedian, architect -- you name it! -- I want to know their secrets of success and wisdom they have accrued.

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The Direct Mail Fundraising Racket: Is It Ethical?

11:25 AM 07/28/2014

The Fox affiliate in Detroit deserves some kudos for this hard-hitting investigative report on the direct mail fundraising racket. Since this is a topic I know a bit about, I figured I would rant a bit on its ups and downs.

2014 Baseball Hall of Fame Electee Frank Thomas visits at The Empire State Building on Jan. 9, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)

Frank Thomas’ Unfair Advantage

10:18 AM 07/28/2014

The Big Hurt needs to check his privilege.

A particapant wears an Uncle Sam hat during Santa Monica's seventh annual Fourth of July parade in Santa Monica, California, July 4, 2013.  REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn (UNITED STATES - Tags: ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTX11CYM

3 Big Lessons America Needs To Remember Right Now

11:39 AM 07/25/2014

The big story this week is the convergence of horrific news, including the downing of Malaysia flight MH17 (apparently by Russian separatists in Ukraine), the rising death toll in Gaza, and the removal of Christians by ISIS in Mosul.

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul (R) looks on as Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jack Conway talks with commentator Bill Goodman (C) before the last of their four debates at the Kentucky Education Television network headquarters in Lexington, Kentucky October 25, 2010. REUTERS/John Sommers II (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS) - RTXTU08

Tonight’s Big Libertarianism vs. Conservatism Debate

11:34 AM 07/24/2014

The contest between conservative and libertarian ideas is one of the most interesting and significant intellectual debates of our time, and will likely provide the backdrop for the 2016 Republican primary race -- if not the General Election.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) makes remarks to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Oxon Hill, Md., March 6, 2014. (REUTERS/Mike Theiler)

Why Hillary Clinton Is The Best Argument For Marco Rubio in 2016

1:50 PM 07/22/2014

In a comment The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza is calling "the single best argument against Hillary Clinton," Sen. Marco Rubio Tuesday called the former secretary of state "a 20th century candidate" who "does not offer an agenda for moving America forward in the 21st century, at least not up till now."

Members of the Australian Ukrainian community hold placards as they hold a rally in Sydney July 19, 2014, demanding that Russian President Vladimir Putin not be allowed to attend the G20 Leaders Summit in November. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott blamed Russia on Friday for the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines passenger jetliner MH17 over eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board, including 28 Australians. Abbott appeared to go further than other Western leaders in apportioning blame over the crash, demanding that Moscow answer questions about the

Let’s Admit It: Russia Is An ‘Evil Empire’

9:59 AM 07/22/2014

Moral clarity requires clarity -- and failing to properly define our hostile relationship with the Putin regime hasn't helped anything. In fact, things have only gotten worse. Forget the talk about Russia being our "geopolitical foe," it's time to admit the Russian bear is back on the march.

AIDS Experts Killed On MH17: Why It Feels Especially Tragic

10:13 AM 07/21/2014

When I heard that several top AIDS researchers were aboard the Malaysian Airlines plane shot down, it struck me as especially tragic. Whether or not this was the most compassionate response, I'm guessing I wasn't alone in thinking this: It's impossible to quantify what cures they might have discovered had fate (and Russian-backed separatists) not intervened, prematurely ending their lives and work.

On Happiness And Fame

8:38 AM 07/21/2014

Last week, I penned a rather tongue-in-cheek essay on How to become a cable news pundit. This included some sincere advice for those who aspire to punditry, but it also suggested the urge might be best left unconsummated.

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Tony Gwynn or LeBron James: Who’s The Better Role Model?

6:47 AM 07/18/2014

If you want to know if loyalty pays, all you have to do is look at the stark contrast between the way LeBron James and Tony Gwynn were treated this week.

Journalist and director of film

Jose Antonio Vargas: Symbol For Immigration Reform, An Illegal, Or Both?

10:44 AM 07/15/2014

He was tempting fate for a long time, and now, after having been trapped at the border, journalist and immigration reform activist Jose Antonio Vargas has reportedly been detained at the McAllen-Miller airport.

Commentator Glenn Beck arrives at the 45th Country Music Association Awards in Nashville, Tennessee November 9, 2011. REUTERS/Harrison McClary (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT HEADSHOT MEDIA) - RTR2TSW6

What Glenn Beck Got Right About The Border Crisis

10:59 AM 07/11/2014

You've probably heard that Glenn Beck is going to McAllen, Texas --- and bringing a few truckloads of food, water, teddy bears and soccer balls for the for the thousands of underage refugees who were detained at the border.

Pro-Lifer Physically Attacked By Woman Wearing ‘Burger King’ Shirt [VIDEO]

5:37 PM 07/09/2014

A woman who appeared to be wearing a Burger King shirt became enraged Wednesday at a picture of a fetus displayed by a Pro-Life group called Created Equal.

A combination photo shows Tea Party candidate Chris McDaniel (L) attending a rally in Madison, Mississippi and Republican U.S. Senator Thad Cochran campaigning in Pass Christian, Mississippi June 19, 2014.REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman/Lee Celano/files

The Mess In Mississippi

2:29 PM 07/09/2014

At some point, fights cease to be about the grand things we pretend they are about, and take on a life of their own. Did the Hatfields and McCoys even remember what started the feud? Probably not. Whatever started it was overwhelmed by tribalism, standing on "principle," and the avenging of personal wrongs.

A Cleveland Browns fan sits alone during the fourth quarter of the Browns NFL football game loss to the Miami Dolphins in Cleveland, Ohio September 8, 2013. REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL) - RTX13D9F

RNC Taking Its Talents To…Cleveland?

12:59 PM 07/08/2014

When I heard that Cleveland had landed the 2016 RNC convention, my thoughts immediately went back to Tony Kornheiser's response upon learning that Jacksonville would host the Super Bowl: "What Tuscaloosa was booked?"