Prisons, Like the Government, Have Grown Too Big

While the spotlight continues to shine bright on the race to the White House, another race—the push for a criminal justice reform bill—is slinking beneath the radar. RealClearPolitics’ James Arkin reports: For more than a year, there has been growing momentum on both sides of the aisle, inside and outside of Congress, for restructuring federal…
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Paul Ryan’s Unshakeable Optimism in the American Dream

This is far from the first time that America has faced a worrisome future. In many ways, the economic uncertainty and looming international threats mirror those of 1980. At the time, the country was facing high unemployment, rising inflation, a lurking menace in the Soviet Union, and incredible tension with Iran, which had taken 50…
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GOP Candidates Trade Ideas, Not Barbs, At Poverty Forum

It’s easy to think of the Republican primary race as a gladiator-style, winner-take-all, bloodbath in which attacks ads are the norm and debates are decided based on who landed the most zingers. But what’s often forgotten amidst that media-friendly narrative is that these candidates have big hearts and big ideas, and what may come as…
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Conservatives are Fighting to Win the War on Poverty

Republicans have created a messaging monster. Not too long ago we were known as a party that fought poverty, promoted opportunity and ensured everyone had an opportunity to succeed. The spread of the American Dream was our goal and capitalism and free markets were our tools. But somehow, over the course of the past decade…
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Four Resolutions for a Republican New Year

The gifts have been unwrapped, the tree has been untrimmed, and the decorations have all been put away. It’s now time to move away from Christmas lists and begin thinking about New Year’s resolutions. It’s a time for admitting hard truths and identifying things that need fixing, but it’s also an opportunity to start with…
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Republicans Wrap Up the Year With a Whirlwind of Progress

If nothing else, at least Sen. Harry Reid is bold in his mistakenness. In an attempt to end the legislative year on a sour note, not only did he declare that this Congress was the least productive in history, he dared the fact checkers to review his claim. “One of the newspapers here has a…
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Republicans Work to Keep Washington Out of the Classroom

Economist Milton Friedman once said that “one of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results.” And by that measure No Child Left Behind (NCLB)—President George W. Bush’s attempt to bring objective standards to K-12 education, has been a disappointment. There is no doubt that President Bush’s…
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Paul Ryan Lays Out Vision for Republican Governance

In his first interview after being elected House Speaker, Rep. Paul Ryan sought to diagnose what  he believed ailed the Republican majority. “We fight over tactics because we don’t have a vision,” Ryan said on Fox News Sunday. “We’ve been too timid on policy; we’ve been too timid on vision – we have none.” “We…
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Paul Ryan: “A Fully Functioning House” Best Serves the People

There is no doubt that Paul Ryan faces a difficult, bordering on impossible task after being elected the 54th speaker of the House. The media has already reported endlessly about the challenges he’ll face from his right flank. They wail about the Freedom Caucus’ extreme demands and inexhaustible intransigence. Take the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza…
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Bigger, Bolder Ideas On Tap for House Republicans (…And Not a Moment Too Soon)

House Republicans officially nominated Rep. Paul Ryan to be the next Speaker of the House. Ryan defeated Florida Republican Daniel Webster, the Freedom Caucus’ initial choice, by a tally of 200 for Ryan versus 43 for Webster. South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy, who at one point was a favorite of many conservatives to ascend to…
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