Samantha Gilman

Samantha is studying journalism at Hillsdale College in Michigan, and has contributed to The Washington Examiner. This native Oregonian loves tea, ballet, tractors, and guns. Follow her on twitter @upwardglances.

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Obama gives Hillary Clinton a fond farewell on ’60 Minutes’

Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton

Get out your hankies, because the former rivals President Barack Obama and outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are really, really going to miss each other.

The two of them appeared for the first time ever in a joint interview that aired on Sunday evening on ’60 Minutes.’ Obama requested the interview in order to “publicly say thank you” to Clinton for her service to the administration.

“I think Hillary will go down as one of the finest Secretary of States we’ve had,” Obama said. “I am gonna miss her. Wish she was sticking around.”

Romney and Obama similar on foreign policy, spar on leadership during last presidential debate

The third and final presidential debate was largely a cockfight rather than a contrast between the foreign policies of Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and President Barrack Obama. As The Washington Examiner’s senior political analyst Michael Barone wrote, “There was more consensus on foreign policy than many expected.”

The competitors contrast more sharply on domestic policy than on foreign policy, so last night’s event became more about crowing about whose leadership is more vigorous and trustworthy.

Obama and Romney agree that America needs a robust military. Romney began in his remarks about the Middle East, stating, “I congratulate him on – on taking out Osama Bin Laden and going after the leadership in Al-Qaeda.” Romney also made sure to emphasize the need to fight violent extremism in the Middle East.

Documentarian Discusses Conservative Message in New Movie “Runaway Slave”

Pritchett Cotton wanted to restart conversations about conservative principles in his latest film, Runaway Slave. In an exclusive interview with Red Alert Politics, the documentarian shares the intent of the new release, and tells what he learned while creating it.

The film begins with Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream speech,” and compares the age of slavery and the following era of segregation to the current day, where the government is the new “plantation.”

Runaway Slave stars Reverend C.L. Bryant and features interviews with noted conservatives Herman Cain, the late Andrew Breitbart, and Glenn Beck. Through the efforts of Freedom Works and the Tea Party, the film has premiered in Louisiana, Georgia and Pennsylvania, and will be opening on August 3 in Texas and Missouri.

Fox’s Monica Crowley tells young conservatives to bravely fight the left’s ‘brutal tactics’

Most of the problems in America today can be traced to ideas coming from the left, and young conservatives are in a position to fight back  because they “hold the future in their hands”, according to Fox News commentator Monica Crowley.

Crowley spoke with Red Alert Politics at the premier of “The Conservatives” at the Young America’s Foundation’s Reagan Ranch Center in Santa Barbara, Calif.

“…[E]very major catastrophe we are facing in this country can be traced to liberalism, progressivism, Marxism, communism, whatever you want to call it,” Crowley said. “The label doesn’t even matter.”

She includes the nation’s massive debt, weakened military power, high unemployment and “rotting” public-education system as just a few examples of where leftist ideologies have undermined the nation’s social fabric.

Are conservative students less likely to see Facebook privacy as a right?

Following reports that potential and current employers have begun relying on social media for background checks, Rasmussen recently surveyed 1,000 adults on whether a potential employer should have access to interviewees Facebook pages as part of the hiring process and whether an employer should be able to fire workers for something they post on Facebook.

One in three people thought it was OK for employers to fire employees based on their behavior on facebook, while only one in five people thought facebook activity should affect companies’ hiring decisions.

To compare this to a distinctly college-age group, I unscientifically surveyed a random selection of my peers at Hillsdale College.

Politics Isn’t Rocket Science If You Know How To Win

Fundraise, fundraise, fundraise. Establish a dichotomy between yourselves and the opposition. Be careful what you say to the press. Focus your message. Get your mailings out on time. Demand debates. Look up past donors, take them out to coffee. Remember, always remember, your precinct is your battleground. You have one goal from now until Election Day: get your candidate in office.

That’s just a sample of the invaluable real-world advice American Majority, a conservative non-profit organization specializing in training political candidates and grassroots activists, taught students at Hillsdale College last week during a campus training.

Top 5 Reasons NOT to vote for Mitt Romney

Romney has played off the importance of job creation in a slow recovery from recession, but his ability to create jobs is doubtful.

Romney claims that his experience in business has equipped him with the abilities to create jobs. The experience he cites is his role in Bain Capital LLC, a private assessment management firm that spun off of Bain & Company. However, his role in actually creating jobs is questionable.

Bloomberg reported in July of last year that 1,600 jobs were cut from companies in which Bain invested, and many companies Bain Capital controlled ended in bankruptcy. “Employees who lost jobs at Bain-controlled companies more than a decade ago say they still hold Romney responsible,” Bloomberg said.

Their research showed “a picture of an operation that wasn’t focused on expanding employment,” but instead on making money for their investors. The article states that a former managing director of Bain had no data to prove that the company had created a net positive number of jobs.

Only 23 Members of Congress Receive Coveted 100% Rating from ACU in 2011

The American Conservative Union (ACU) released their 2011 ratings of Congress on today.

For years, the ACU has been rating members of Congress based on the way their votes on defining issues. The ACU’s ratings are considered the “Gold Standard” of conservative rankings by many.

Here’s how each member’s ranking is determined: If a member of the House or Senate votes completely in alignment with the organization’s views on key issues, he or she receives a score of 100 percent. On the flip side, if they vote completely contrary to ACU’s beliefs, they receive a score of 0 percent.

Only nine Republican senators, including Marco Rubio of Florida, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Jim DeMint of South Carolina, scored 100 percent ratings.

Exclusive: @JonahNRO interview

Did you like our #TCOT Tuesday profile of the National Review’s Jonah Goldberg? Read our exclusive interview with him where we talk twitter, the best advice his dad gave him and why he’s a conservative (hint: it involves tattoos).

Santorum to speak at Hillsdale Monday evening

When Rick Santorum speaks at Hillsdale College Monday night, it will not be about foreign policy, trade wars, or even abortion. He will speak about the Constitution of the United States of America.

Students at Hillsdale College invited GOP hopefuls Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul to speak at the college about the Constitution in a nationally broadcasted symposium.

Breathe a sigh of relief now – this is not another debate. Each candidate will have 15 minutes to speak about the Constitution, have a few minutes for questions, and leave the stage to the next candidate.

#TCOT Tuesday: Jonah Goldberg (@JonahNRO)

If you’re even slightly interested in politics and you have a twitter account, you’re probably one of the 32,528 people already following Jonah Goldberg on twitter. With an average of 41 tweets a day, @JonahNRO definitely falls in the category of prolific tweeters who are hard to miss.

Goldberg is an editor for National Review Online and writes for the LA Times and USA Today. He’s the author of a #1 New York Times best-selling book, Liberal Fascism, and is set to release his second book The Tyranny of Clichés: How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas on May 1. Goldberg is also a Fox News Contributor and a fellow at American Enterprise Institute, where he got his start in Washington.

Santorum the highlight at pro-life rally

Early Thursday morning at CPAC, GOP hopeful Rick Santorum encouraged a crowd of young pro-lifers to continue to take a stand against abortion.

The event – hosted by Students for Life – was to be held in a tiny conference room, but became packed and steamy fifteen minutes before it began, forcing organizers to move attendees to the hallway where the crowd grew to more than 200 people. Several well-know pro-lifers spoke before Santorum arrived, including Mike Huckabee and Andrew Breitbart. And though they were well received by the crowd, Santorum’s arrival brought enthusiasm that eclipsed the rest.

Jim Jordan’s positivity at CPAC 2012

Jim Jordan, R-OH, told conservatives at CPAC today to “be positive” in this season of trial for America. The upbeat attitude of the Chairman of the Republican Study Committee reinforced his motivational call to get back in the game of politics.

“This administration is doing everything wrong, making it more difficult to remain the political superpower in the world,” Jordan said, and his remedy is for conservatives to take big risks.

Occupy CPAC #Fail

Occupy DC came to protest CPAC on Friday afternoon, fully equipped with banners and a large yellow “fat cat” balloon. Police officers kept conference attendees safe, and blocked occupiers from coming up to the Marriott where the conference was taking place. Conference attendees were told to “stay on the sidewalk” as they made their way […]