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Ted Cruz calls for a defense of the Constitution during CPAC speech

On Saturday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) defined the 21st century Republican Party by uniting an old call for Constitutionalism with a new emphasis on economic opportunity.

CPAC panel focuses on getting that perfect job in DC

Getting a job in politics in D.C. may be difficult, but it’s not impossible. During the panel “How to Get a Job in Politics” at the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference, job recruiters and advisors gave advice on how to nab that perfect job within the Beltway.

Obama looks to historical giants for inauguration inspiration

MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell caused a storm when he suggested the Bible should not be used at inauguration ceremonies. But President Barack Obama’s actual choice of Bibles – rather than a liberal red herring about not using one – should concern Americans who recognize his messiah complex.

As National Review Online’s Eliana Johnson reported, Obama has constantly compared himself to Lincoln, even though he bluntly said, “I never compare myself to Lincoln.” Last year, he told a crowd in Decorah, Iowa this gem: “Lincoln, people used to talk about him almost as bad as they talk about me.”

In 1861, Abraham Lincoln swore the Presidential oath of office on a King James Bible. Later, his family donated it to the Library of Congress, where it remained on display until 2009, when another president – of the opposite party – used it to swear the same oath.

Californians wake up: Students detect liberal bias at public universities

California public colleges, mired in liberal bias, can no longer hoodwink voters. The people have realized they do not get the “fair and balanced” education they paid for.

A recent Reason-Rupe survey found that a majority (53 percent) of Californians believe their state’s public university professors teach with a bias, and two-thirds of college-age respondents (ages 18-24) reported biased instruction.

Brace yourselves: America’s next revolution may be just around the corner

After a status quo election, American politics seems fairly stable – two relatively equal parties are jockeying for position. Nevertheless, James Piereson, a Manhattan senior fellow at American University, sees President Barack Obama as “a figure from a dying era.” The bureaucratic state, he says, teeters on the edge of collapse.

Monday night, Piereson told a brief story of America – past, present, and future – to a crowd of about 80 concerned citizens at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), in Washington, D.C. as part of a lecture explaining why he believes that American’s next revolution is just around the corner. In order to predict the future, we must first learn from the past, he argued.

Lincoln’s Lesson for Obama

Steven Spielberg’s new film Lincoln has received praise from both sides of our increasingly hostile political divide. But amid stunning screenplay, brilliant acting, and surprising historical accuracy, one potentially negative feature emerges – timing.

National Journal’s Jill Lawrence aptly called the film “a lesson in realpolitik for a squeamish age.” In a Huffington Post article, film critic Marshall Fine wrote “with any luck, Barack Obama will not only see it but take it as a template for the current lame-duck session of Congress and for his impending second term.”

Republicans and Democrats unite to honor World War II veterans at U.S. Capitol showing of ‘Honor Flight’

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In this time of heated partisanship, Senators and Congressmen from both political parties came together to host a viewing of documentary film Honor Flight at the Capitol Visitor Center Tuesday night. The film celebrates World War II veterans – 900 of whom die every day – and the group that brings them to Washington to visit their memorial.

“There is no better feeling than to stand and face that bus – when it rolls up from Reagan to the World War II memorial – to greet these veterans as they arrive,” said Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.).

Young progressives, conservatives agree that hard work pays off

Young conservatives and progressives may have two fundamentally different ways of looking at the world, but they agree on the value and importance of hard work in achieving one’s goals.

On Thursday, progressive student group Campus Progress hosted a panel discussion on “How Young People are Changing Politics” as part of its 2012 national conference. The panelists discussed many issues, but one message stood out above the rest: if you want to get ahead, you need to work hard.

Economist argues sequestration will be “a true guillotine” to the economy

Last summer’s debt ceiling increase deal could cost Americans 2.14 million jobs next year, George Mason University Economist Stephen Fuller argues.

After releasing his report at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill Tuesday, Fuller spoke at the Heritage Foundation, calling planned domestic and defense cuts “a true guillotine.”

At Heritage US Solicitor General Donald Verrilli distances himself from Obama’s attacks on SCOTUS

At a Heritage Foundation event on Wednesday US Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli promised to stand with President Barack Obama but bailed at the last second, opting to agree that the President’s attempts to undercut the Supreme Court’s reputation ahead of the Obamacare ruling were uncalled for.

Verrilli said, “I’m not going to be offering anything personal,” promising to support the Obama Administration’s published positions, but during the final moments of the panel, he seemed to change course.

Pro-lifers say the Girl Scouts promote Planned Parenthood’s agenda

The Girl Scouts have a “truth-in-labeling” problem especially when it comes to matters related to sex and abortion, according to pro-life activists.

They take particular issue with the Girl Scouts’ close relationship with Planned Parenthood and its embrace of comprehensive sex education that they see as running contrary to traditional Judeo-Christian ethics.

The Girls Scouts “comprehensive sex-ed [program], has nothing to do with plumbing,” but “it has everything to do with teaching that sex of any kind is acceptable…because sexual pleasure is the be-all and end-all,” according to Mary Rice Hasson, a fellow of the Center for Ethics and Public Policy, who spoke Saturday at the National Right to Life Conference in Arlington, Va.

Truth-in-labeling, she said, “matters when it comes to the decisions we make for our children, decisions like who is going to mentor them, who is going to teach them, what group should they belong to?”