• Religious Freedom: What’s at Stake If We Lose It

    The First Amendment to the United States Constitution begins, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof … ”

    Fast forward almost 250 years and religious freedom is one of the most pressing issues in American culture today.

    Let’s take a look at some of the concerns surrounding this debate.

    First of all, what is religious freedom?

    Religious freedom is more than the “freedom to worship” at a synagogue, church, or mosque. It means people shouldn’t have to go against their core values and beliefs in order to conform to culture or government.… Read More...

  • Here’s My Plan to Fix Student Debt Without Raiding Taxpayers

    Confounded by rising piles of student debt, cash-strapped graduates across the country are realizing that their degrees don’t offer enough bang for the buck.

    It’s time we rethink the way students pay for college.

    College is an investment. The conventional wisdom tells us to borrow for college now and be proportionally rewarded in the job market later. But increasingly, Americans are learning—once it’s too late—that they borrowed too much, or studied a subject that won’t pay in the job market.

    Collectively, 44.7 million Americans owe a total of $1.56 trillion in student debt and face an average monthly payment of $393, according to the Federal Reserve.… Read More...

  • The Second Amendment Saved These Gun Owners’ Lives in April

    The right to keep and bear arms is based on the natural, immutable right to defend oneself and one’s liberties from crime and tyranny.

    Unfortunately, too many well-intentioned people today advocate severely restricting the ability of law-abiding Americans to defend themselves and others with the most effective firearms.

    Their desire for strict gun control laws is based largely on misperceptions. They believe that Americans rarely use firearms to protect their rights and liberties, and they think commonly proposed gun control laws will meaningfully address gun-related violence.

    But the reality is quite different.

    Measures like universal background checks, depriving young adults of their Second Amendment rights, and banning commonly owned semi-automatic firearms or magazines impose huge burdens on law-abiding gun owners, and they fail to address the underlying realities of suicidal and criminal behavior.… Read More...

  • Raising Budget Caps Is ‘Last Thing We Need’ With $22 Trillion Debt

    Republicans in the conservative House Freedom Caucus are opposing Democrats’ attempts to increase discretionary spending despite a national debt of more than $22 trillion.

    “Our country is $22 trillion in debt,” the group said in a statement released Friday. “The spending caps are one of the few tools left to slow down the runaway growth of the federal budget. We will oppose another deal to blow through these limits.”

    The Budget Control Act, passed in 2011, sought to curb government spending and control the growth of federal programs, capping discretionary spending at $1.07 trillion for fiscal year 2018, which began Oct.… Read More...

  • Liberals Were Very Wrong About Tax Cuts. Again.

    For those of you who survived the Great GOP Tax Cut Massacre, things are finally looking up. The unemployment rate fell to 3.6% last month, the lowest level since 1969. We’ve now experienced over a full year of unemployment at 4% or lower. The economy beat projections, adding another 263,000 jobs in April. Wages are rising.

    It was Larry Summers, Bill Clinton’s former treasury secretary and Barack Obama’s White House economic adviser, who warned that tax reform would lead to over 10,000 dead Americans every year in December of 2017. Summers, considered a reasonable moderate by today’s political standards, was just one of the many fearmongers.… Read More...

  • Conservatives Urge White House to Oppose Democrats’ Equality Act White House Yet to Issue Formal Statement Opposing Democrats’ Equality Act

    Conservative organizations are holding firm against House Democrats’ legislation they say would undermine religious liberty, and some conservatives want the White House to take a stronger stance.

    Almost 100 conservative leaders signed onto a statement Friday opposing the Equality Act.

    Names on the statement from the Conservative Action Project include leaders of the Family Research Council, the March for Life, Heritage Action for America, the Media Research Center, Judicial Watch, and American Values.

    Under President Donald Trump, the White House routinely issues a statement of administration policy for various bills–stating whether it would suggest the president sign or veto legislation and why.… Read More...

  • ‘Dangerous’ Equality Act Would Force Doctors to ‘Do Harm’

    Doctors who are uncomfortable prescribing hormone treatments or doing gender reassignment surgeries could soon potentially be in violation of federal law, warns Dr. Michelle Cretella, a pediatrician and executive director of the American College of Pediatricians. And they’re not the only ones at risk: Parents, too, could find themselves unable to decide on their own child’s medical treatment. Read our interview with Cretella, posted below, or listen to it on the podcast:

    We also cover these stories:

    • The U.S. seizes a North Korean ship.
    • President Donald Trump pledges to take action to end surprise medical billing.
    • Colorado teens walk out of a vigil following a school shooting when politicians start advocating gun control.
  • New York Times May Have Broken Law by Publishing Trump’s Tax Returns

    The New York Times no doubt considers it quite a coup to have obtained and published President Donald Trump’s tax return information from 1985 to 1994. But doing so violated Trump’s right under federal law to the confidentiality of his tax returns.

    The Times—which reported that Trump’s businesses lost $1.17 billion during the 10-year period—has no more right to Trump’s tax returns than it has to mine or those of any of you reading these words.

    Confidentiality, as the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held in 1991 in U.S. v. Richey, is essential to “maintaining a workable tax system.”

    Taxpayer privacy is “fundamental to a tax system that relies on self-reporting” since it protects “sensitive or otherwise personal information,” said then-Judge (now Supreme Court Justice) Ruth Bader Ginsburg in 1986 in another case when she served on the U.S.… Read More...

  • California’s Sex Ed Guidelines Suggest Asking Kindergartners What Gender They Identify As

    “It’s pornography.” That’s how one mom described California’s new guidelines for sex ed.

    Patricia Reyes, who spoke up Wednesday during a hearing in Sacramento, can’t fathom sending her children to school to learn about things that would be embarrassing for most of us to say out loud—let alone teach to elementary students.

    “If this continues, I’m not sending them to school,” she said.

    And she won’t be the only one.

    Hundreds of parents protested the new framework Wednesday—which includes everything from lessons in self-pleasure to transgenderism.

    As CBN pointed out, the guidelines even go so far as to encourage kindergarteners to think about whether they might identify with another gender.… Read More...

  • The Injustice of the Left’s Fury Against Barr

    Democrats have grown infuriated by Attorney General William Barr’s indifference to their hysteria over the Trump-Russia collusion narrative.

    Barr recently released a brief summary of special counsel Robert Mueller’s conclusions that President Donald Trump did not collude with the Russians to warp the 2016 election.

    Barr added that Mueller had not found enough evidence to recommend that Trump be indicted for obstruction of justice for the non-crime of collusion.

    Progressives, who for 22 months had insisted that Trump was a Russian asset, were stunned—but only for a few hours.

    Almost immediately, they redirected their fury toward Barr’s summation of the Mueller report.… Read More...

  • Keeping Fake Illegal Immigrant Families Together

    Who remembers the hysterical sound and fury of open borders leftists last summer over President Donald Trump’s detention and enforcement policies at our besieged southern border?

    Remember the #FamiliesBelongTogether, #WhereAreTheChildren, #AbolishICE, and #MeltICE hashtags?

    Remember the “Trump Child Abuse,” “Free the Children,” “Save the Children,” and “AMERICANS DON’T USE CHILDREN AS PAWNS” posters wielded at protests across the country?

    Remember the 24-hour hunger strikes and Instagram-friendly border photo-ops by actresses and supermodels of the anti-Trump resistance who care, care, care so much more than you about the suffering of migrant children?

    Remember Time magazine’s fake news “Crying Girl,” promoted in June 2018 as a global symbol of Trump’s heartless “zero tolerance” stance?… Read More...

  • Equality Act Is About Civil Tyranny, Not Civil Rights

    The House Judiciary Committee has voted out the Equality Act of 2019. It now heads for a vote on the House floor with 240 co-sponsors, which means its passage is virtually certain.

    The legislation amends all major civil rights law, including the 1964 Civil Rights Act, to include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” along with race, sex, and religion as classes that are protected from discrimination.

    There is so much wrong here it is hard to know where to start.

    My dictionary defines psychosis as “a severe mental disorder in which thought and emotions are so impaired that contact is lost with external reality.”

    We now have a majority of members of Congress who are prepared to pass into law that the sex individuals are born with—their chromosomal and physical reality—will take a back seat to how those individuals choose to define their own sexual identity.… Read More...

  • Where the US-Iran Confrontation Is Heading

    Where the US-Iran Confrontation Is Heading

    The slow-motion confrontation between the United States and Iran is heating up, one year after Washington withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal.

    On Sunday, national security adviser John Bolton issued a terse statement:

    In response to a number of troubling and escalatory indications and warnings, the United States is deploying the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and a bomber task force to the U.S. Central Command region to send a clear and unmistakable message to the Iranian regime that any attack on United States interests or on those of our allies will be met with unrelenting force. The United States is not seeking war with the Iranian regime, but we are fully prepared to respond to any attack, whether by proxy, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, or regular Iranian forces.… Read More...

  • US, Russia Vie Over the Future of Venezuela

    US, Russia Vie Over the Future of Venezuela

    The crisis in Venezuela is only getting worse by the week. And with Russian backing, it looks less likely that dictator Nicolas Maduro will step aside. Ana Quintana of The Heritage Foundation explains what’s at stake, and what’s going on. Read our interview, posted below:

    Kate Trinko: Joining us today is Ana Quintana, a senior policy analyst specializing in Latin America at The Heritage Foundation. And she is here to explain to us what’s going on in Venezuela and what the U.S. should do. Ana, thanks for joining us.

    Ana Quintana: Thanks for having me.

    Trinko: For those of us who don’t have the best memories.… Read More...

  • Senate Confirmed Trump’s 100th Judge. Let’s Put That in Perspective.

    Senate Confirmed Trump’s 100th Judge. Let’s Put That in Perspective.

    Last week, the Senate confirmed the 100th federal judge nominated by President Donald Trump.

    That’s a nice, round number, and it might sound like a significant milestone, but let’s put that number in perspective.

    Trump achieved that mark ahead of some presidents, but behind others. In fact, the 849 days it took for Trump is almost exactly the average 848 days it took the previous five presidents.

    But that’s really where the similarities end.

    President Bill Clinton, for example, appointed 100 judges in his second year alone, with a Senate of his own party. President George W. Bush hit the 100 mark five months earlier than Trump with a Senate controlled by the opposition party.… Read More...