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Income Inequality, Beltway Style

I had to be in Washington the other day, so I squirreled away an hour to drive by my old house in northern Virginia. My wife Jane and I had bought it when we went to Washington with Reagan. Heady days, those. We were young and idealistic and determined to help The Gipper beat the Soviets in the Cold War, free up the American economy, and put a halt to the spreading bureaucracy of central government. In time, we came around to the idea that two out of three ain’t bad. It was a great house to raise a family – a graceful Cape Cod-style clapboard with a big yard. Shade trees with swings for the kids. A garden for Jane, a library for me. First thing ...

The IRS won’t turn over Lois Lerner’s emails. You’ll never believe why.

Remember last week when a federal judge started the countdown clock on the deadline for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to put up or shut up on Lois Lerner’s missing emails [1]? Judge Emmet Sullivan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia made it very clear: either release Lerner’s lost-and-found emails by Friday (June 12) or have a good explanation ready. On Monday, the IRS had its excuse ready. And it’s a doozy. Reports Fox Business [2]: The Internal Revenue Service may have found 6,400 emails from Lois Lerner, who oversaw the tax agency’s Exempt Organizations Unit, but the government agency has no plans to share....

Tea Party Patriots Announce New Board Members

Veterans of Conservative Movement to Join National Tea Party Group ATLANTA, GA –Tea Party Patriots co-founder and CEO Jenny Beth Martin today announced the election of two new members to the Tea Party Patriots Board of Directors. Mr. Bill Walton will be joining as the board’s Chairman. Mr. Walton comes to Tea Party Patriots with both a background in private equity, and extensive experience serving on the boards of conservative organizations. Mrs. Ellene Busby will also be filling a seat on the Board, and will bring more than 40 years of accounting and small business experience to the Board of Directors. Mrs. Busby has been involved with ...

Longtime combatant Neal B. Freeman looks at the GOP, and conservatives’ place in it, from the early days of NR on.

Note: This column originally appeared in National Review on December 4, 2013   I understand that you’ve been involved in the GOP civil war for some time. Only 50 years or so. I came in late.   How did you first become involved? I headed Youth for Goldwater in New York. Wasn’t Goldwater’s principal opponent for the Republican nomination, Nelson Rockefeller, governor of New York at the time? I had grown up in New York and at some point began to fear that Rockefeller would be governor for life. Mine, as well as his.   Why didn’t you support Rockefeller? His big-government Republicanism was ’roided up. ...

We suffered through Obama’s amnesty order and all we got was a lousy 11-story building!

Now that the Obama Administration has had to stop implementing the president’s unconstitutional amnesty program, some sunlight is finally being shined on just how far the White House went to institutionalize amnesty. Indeed, according to a new Washington Post report, legal setbacks have halted Obama & Co.’s “intensive preparations” to reward illegal immigrants with amnesty, even while “community organizers” move forward with their arrangements. For starters, the Department of Homeland Security halted plans to hire another 3,100 employees. Which means they also had to halt plans to house those employees in the 11-story, building the ...

Neal B. Freeman: An Introduction

He may well be the most influential conservative you don’t know. History records that on the day he was born – the day after Independence Day, 1940 – a flotilla of British warships left England, dodging Nazi submarines in the north Atlantic, carrying almost $2 billion in gold bullion destined for safekeeping in the Bank of Canada. We can find no evidence that news of his birth had anything to do with Churchill’s decision to send gold abroad, but, well, a good scheme wouldn’t leave obvious clues like that, would it? Graduated from a Yale class that included two Nobel Laureates, a Pulitzer Prize winner, the architect of Ronald Reagan’s ...

The Tea Party Strikes Back (U.S. News & World Report – Peter Roff)

With little fanfare, and after a long and protracted struggle on Capitol Hill, President Barack Obama quietly signed the USA Freedom Act into law shortly after it cleared the Senate by a vote of 67 to 32... Continue here.

Tea Party Patriots attorney testifies before Congress

Tuesday afternoon Cleta Mitchell, attorney for Tea Party Patriots, testified before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. The topic of the Committee hearing was “Ensuring transparency through the Freedom of Information Act”. Unfortunately, in Tea Party Patriots’ experience, federal agencies have been anything but transparent. In her testimony, Ms. Mitchell outlined Tea Party Patriots’ experience with a federal government that is unresponsive, uncoordinated, and as Ms. Mitchell put it, “has evidenced a pattern of stealth and arrogant disregard for the statutory rights of the American people to know what their government is ...

News Briefing for Wednesday, June 3

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Patriot Act Renewal: Senate Overwhelmingly Votes To Proceed “…Conservative groups are arguing against McConnell’s amendments, and that could augur trouble in the House. So far, the USA Freedom Act has enjoyed unusual support from both tea party groups and the American Civil Liberties Union. “We support passage of the USA Freedom Act as passed by the House, and see no need whatsoever for these amendments which are obviously designed to weaken the bill,” Tea Party Patriots CEO Jenny Beth Martin said in a statement. “Simply put, if it is amended in the manner that the Majority Leader desires, we will be forced to ...

Tea Party Patriots: “Liberty 2, McConnell 0″

Tea Party Defeats Sen. McConnell for Second Time This Week Atlanta, GA - Tea Party Patriots CEO Jenny Beth Martin and the American people declared victory this afternoon, after the Senate rejected Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's attempts to weaken and, ultimately, defeat the USA FREEDOM Act as passed by the House. After rejecting the Majority Leader's desire to renew the PATRIOT Act earlier this week, today's Senate action to maintain the USA FREEDOM Act in its original form was icing on the cake. "The American people have spoken: Security and freedom do NOT have to be mutually exclusive" said Martin.  “Bless his heart,” she continued, ...