• Historic Midterms: Shellackings, Triumphs, Could’ve-Been-Worse Results

    Historic Midterms: Shellackings, Triumphs, Could’ve-Been-Worse Results

    President Donald Trump isn’t on the ballot, but will face the biggest electoral test of his presidency so far during Tuesday’s midterm election—one that may well end in repudiation or vindication.

    History is not on any president’s side in a midterm election. Since 1862, the president’s party on average loses 32 House seats and more than two Senate seats in a midterm.

    And in the 47 midterms since 1826, the president’s party lost seats in 41 of them.

    Several scenarios could play out.

    The opposition party could gain what President Barack Obama called a “shellacking” when Republicans won 63 House seats in 2010. It could be a rare victory for the president’s party—which occurred only three times in the past 100 years: 1934, 1998, and 2002. READ MORE...

  • Some State Officials Want to Adopt Bernie-Style Health Care. Here’s What It Would Cost.

    Some State Officials Want to Adopt Bernie-Style Health Care. Here’s What It Would Cost.

    Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has not let up in his push for single-payer health care—and some state legislators are matching his proposal.

    Earlier this year, Sanders introduced a big and comprehensive “Medicare for All” proposal that would create a government-controlled health care system at the national level. The plan has gained momentum among Senate Democrats, but has also slammed into a fiscal reality check.

    Three independent estimates from a diverse range of health care economists and policy analysts have highlighted the enormous additional cost of Sanders’ proposal. The liberal Urban Institute estimated that the 10-year costs would amount to a stunning $32 trillion, while the conservative Mercatus Center at George Mason University put the cost at $32.6 trillion. READ MORE...

  • October Showed Huge Economic Gains. Here’s How Congress Can Keep It Going.

    October Showed Huge Economic Gains. Here’s How Congress Can Keep It Going.

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics shattered expert predictions on Friday, reporting that the economy added 250,000 new jobs in the month of October. The labor force participation rate also climbed, unemployment stayed at a record low, and the number of employed Americans stands at a record high.

    The economy saw gains in crucial sectors like manufacturing (+32,000 jobs), construction (+30,000 jobs), transportation and warehousing (+25,000 jobs), leisure and hospitality (+42,000 jobs), professional and business services (+35,000 jobs), and mining (+5,000 jobs). READ MORE...

  • Founder of #WalkAway Campaign Hopes to Make It a ‘Roadshow’

    Founder of #WalkAway Campaign Hopes to Make It a ‘Roadshow’

    The founder of the #WalkAway Campaign, a movement showcasing stories of why Americans walk away from leftist ideology and the Democratic Party, says he is pleased with an organized march last weekend in the nation’s capital and plans to take the idea on the road.

    “I thought it was spectacular. I am so proud of the entire weekend from beginning to end,” Brandon Straka said in an interview with The Daily Signal.

    “I have very high expectations, which is why I usually feel let down all the time, but it was one of the rare moments in life where you have the highest possible hopes and expectations and it goes so far beyond,” Straka said. READ MORE...

  • In 5 Points, a Former Drug Czar’s Prescription to Combat Opioids and Pot

    In 5 Points, a Former Drug Czar’s Prescription to Combat Opioids and Pot

    America needs leaders who will actively discourage recreational drug use and promote “meaningful prevention” and recovery, a former White House drug czar said in remarks to a Heritage Foundation audience.

    Public debate over opioid deaths and legalized marijuana could spur real change in how society approaches public health, Robert L. DuPont said in his appearance Tuesday at the think tank’s Capitol Hill headquarters.

    “This is a historic opportunity,” he said.

    “I think we need leadership that actively discourages recreational pharmacology … and promotes recovery and meaningful prevention.” READ MORE...

  • Trump Aims to Stop ‘Meritless’ Asylum Claims at Border

    Trump Aims to Stop ‘Meritless’ Asylum Claims at Border

    President Donald Trump said Thursday he is working on an executive order to deny automatic entry to the U.S. to illegal immigrants claiming asylum unless they go to a legal port of entry.

    “My administration is finalizing a plan to end the rampant abuse of our asylum system, to halt the dangerous influx, and to establish this control over America’s sovereign borders,” Trump said.

    “Under this plan, the illegal aliens will no longer get a free pass into our country by lodging meritless claims in seeking asylum,” he said. “Instead, migrants seeking asylum will have to present themselves lawfully at a port of entry.” READ MORE...

  • Here’s Why Trump’s Constant Criticism of the Media Resonates With Americans

    Here’s Why Trump’s Constant Criticism of the Media Resonates With Americans

    Americans aren’t fans of their media.

    A recent poll shows that while many Americans find President Donald Trump divisive, even more find the media to be divisive.

    A Politico/Morning Consult poll showed that 56 percent of Americans think Trump has done more to divide the country, while 64 percent of Americans think the media has done more.

    Only 17 percent of respondents said that they thought the national media has done more to unite the country.

    There were sharp partisan divisions over whether Trump has worked to unite or divide the country, but Americans across the political spectrum gave the media low marks. READ MORE...