Lamb’s Win Highlights the Trouble Brewing Among Democrat Factions

“This is a wake up call. Wake up,” Steve Stivers, the Ohio congressman who chairs the National Republican Congressional Committee, told his colleagues following Democrat Conor Lamb’s victory in a Pennsylvania special election. The race does leave Republicans with reason to be concerned. After all, Lamb was successful in a district that President Trump won…
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The False Choice Between Free Speech and Inclusivity on Campus

Benjamin Franklin famously wrote that “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” It’s a quote that resonates with our times given how often we are now asked to cede our privacy in order to, we are told, remain safe. Now, our generation is grappling…
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Booming Jobs Report Shows GOP’s Economic Policies are Working

Here’s a sentence that was rarely, if ever, written during the Obama presidency: The latest jobs report blew economists’ expectations out of the water. In the years immediately following the Great Recession, when job growth should have been at its peak, the United States was nevertheless treated to a string of disappointing jobs reports. Economic…
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Democrats’ Hope for a Wave Election May Be Crashing on the Rocks

It wasn’t long ago that Democrats were predicting a wave election that would wash away Republican majorities and put Democrats back on the path to the permanent majority they’ve long dreamed of. The idea was silly at the time. Although Democrats’ advantage in the generic congressional ballot was 14 points a month ago—a lead that…
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Rift Between Establishment and Activists Threatens to Sink Democrats

Democrats sit at an uncomfortable political crossroads. Does the party meddle from the top-down in winnable races in which they are threatening to field a losing candidate? Or do they back off and let the activist left learn the hard way what voters will and won’t support? As of now it appears they haven’t made…
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Republicans Working to Make Their Mark on Judiciary

Republicans’ successful tax reform package is rightfully receiving a lot of attention for buoying the party’s midterm hopes. But one issue that isn’t receiving a lot of attention could very well be the GOP’s secret midterm weapon: President Trump’s dramatic reshaping of the judiciary. Judicial appointments don’t receive much publicity and yet the actively move…
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Second Amendment Poses Problem for Democrats in Moderate Districts

Following the knock-down, drag-out presidential primary, which pitted the Bernie Bros against the Hillarybots, it looked as if Democrats would be forced to deal with internal factionalism for the foreseeable future. That turned out to be half true. Democrats are involved in myriad messy skirmishes across the midterm map, but the divisions are not between…
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Democrats’ Infighting Threatens Key Midterm Races

Being forced to spend time in the political wilderness does some strange things to parties. Republicans, for instance, spent the early years of the Obama Administration figuring out how to harness the grassroots energy of the Tea Party while also taming their predilection for unelectable candidates. As Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said recently: Look,…
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