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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. ...

Freeloaders and Obamacare’s Individual Mandate: CNN’s Jake Tapper Weighs In

Over the last several years, CNN “The Lead” host and former ABC News White House Correspondent Jake Tapper has gained a large fan base for holding the Obama Administration’s feet to the proverbial fire. However, on Wednesday, in an exchange with Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) on the individual mandate, Tapper created a false dichotomy for his viewers that bears correcting. In the interview (H/T to Mediaite), Tapper and the Senator had the following summarized exchange about why Republicans don’t support the mandate (the full transcript of the discussion can be found here): “When did Republicans start saying, ‘That’s okay, you can freeload...

Wishful thinking: “DC Tea Party Rally Bombs”

Yesterday, Tea Party Patriots was joined by nearly 10,000 activists on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Despite a hot, humid day and the difficulties of taking time off of work in the middle of the work week, activists showed they are not going to stand for IRS and other government intimidation and abuse any longer. The day was a resounding success by all relevant measures, which is why this assessment by one popular liberal website was so humorous: “DC Tea Party Rally Bombs.” First, and most ridiculously, the article estimates 5,000 to 10,000 people attended the rally, and thus it was a failure. Consider that a rally by Occupy Wall Street ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 6/25/17

CALENDAR: The House will return on Monday, with the first votes scheduled for 6:30 PM. The House will stay in session through Friday, with the last vote scheduled to be no later than 3 PM. The Senate will return on Monday, with the first vote set for 5:30. The Senate is also scheduled to stay in session through Friday. LAST TWO WEEKS ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: Two weeks ago, the House returned on Monday, June 12, and took up two bills on the Suspension Calendar. On Tuesday, June 13, they took up H.R. 2581, the Verify First Act, and S. 1094, the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act. Both passed. On ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 5/21/17

CALENDAR: The House will return on Monday, with the first votes scheduled for 6:30 PM. The House will stay in session through Thursday, with the last vote scheduled to be no later than 3 PM. And then they’ll be gone for the Memorial Day recess, and won’t return until Tuesday, June 6. The Senate will return on Monday, with the first vote set for 5:30. They’ll stay in session through Thursday, at which point the Senate will embark on its Memorial Day recess. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: On Thursday, the House passed H.R. 115, the Thin Blue Line Act, by a vote of 271-143. The bill makes the killing of a state or local law ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 4/30/17

CALENDAR: The House will return on Monday, with no votes scheduled before 6:30, and will stay in session through Thursday, with the last vote scheduled no later than 3 PM. The Senate will return on Monday, and will stay in session through Friday. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House returned on Tuesday and took up and passed two bills on the Suspension Calendar. On Wednesday, the House took up and passed the rule for H.R. 1695, the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act. Later that day the House took up and passed the bill, by a vote of 378-48. The bill changes the process for choosing the head of the U.S. ...

It costs lots of money to comply with federal tax law – here’s how much

Tax Day is approaching and Americans nationwide, in an effort to comply with federal tax law, lose $234 billion a year in man hours and direct expenses combined – and those figures are expected to climb even higher in the years ahead. The Washington Free Beacon has the details: Pete Sepp, president of the National Taxpayers Union, said that tax compliance costs taxpayers $234 billion per year in direct costs and lost productivity. "The problem is the status quo—thinking that, well, if we don't do tax reform this year it will just be that bad," Sepp said. "No, the status quo is not the static quo—it's going to get worse." "The paperwork ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 3/05/17

CALENDAR: The House will return Tuesday, with no votes scheduled before 6:30 PM, and will be done for the week on Friday, with no votes scheduled later than 3 PM. The Senate will return Monday, with the first vote set to take place at approximately 6 PM. The Senate is set to stay in session through Friday. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House came back into session on Monday evening and passed two bills under Suspension of the Rules. On Tuesday, the House took up H.R. 998, the SCRUB Act. After dealing with four amendments on Tuesday, the House came back in on Wednesday and took up where they left off. There were four more ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 2/19/17

CONGRESSIONAL CALENDAR: The House and Senate are both out of session for the Presidents Day Recess, and they won’t be back until Monday, February 27. That means they’ll be in their districts and states next week, at local events and townhall meetings. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: On Monday evening, the House came back into session and passed both H.R. 244, the HIRE Vets Act, and H.R. 974, the BRAVE Act, under Suspension of the Rules. On Tuesday, the House took up and passed H.R. 428, the Red River Gradient Boundary Act. The bill would commission a survey of the gradient boundary along the Red River in TX and OK. On Wednesday, ...

ICYMI: Trump supporter in D.C. for inauguration leaves 625-percent tip for ‘Women’s March’ waitress

A D.C.-area waitress and ‘Women’s March’ advocate with a 1,000-watt smile on Monday at restaurant Busboys and Poets received a $450 tip from a Texas dentist in town celebrating the peaceful transfer of power and all the inaugural festivities that went along with President Donald Trump’s inauguration. The Washington Post has the details: “We may come from different cultures and may disagree on certain issues, but if everyone would share their smile and kindness like your beautiful smile, our country will come together as one people,” the note reads. “Not race. Not gender. Just American.” Then he added, “God Bless!” The $450 ...