Thirty Under Thirty 2012

From the launch of Red Alert Politics, our goal has been to Inform, Engage and Activate young conservatives across the country by serving as a platform for young people to receive news written for young conservatives by young conservatives and to present the opportunity for aspiring young journalists and activists to make their voices heard.

With our inaugural “30 Under 30 List” we’re adding another pillar to our objectives: Inspire.

Every person who was selected for this list has a unique story about just how influential young people can be with hard work and a can-do attitude.

Choosing just 30 young conservatives, libertarians and Republicans was tough. We would have profiled hundreds of young people making a difference on their campuses and communities if we could – we’re already looking forward to compiling next year’s list!

For that reason, we chose to close the list to Red Alert contributors and Clarity Media Group staff (The Weekly Standard, The Washington Examiner) in order to be as fair as possible. We think every single one of our contributors and the writers at our sister publications are doing stellar work and we’d have taken up the entire list if we’d included them all.

We hope that you’re as inspired by this great group of young people as we are and are encouraged to go out this presidential election year and show the country what our generation is capable of accomplishing.

Red Alert Politics Editor Francesca Chambers  

 

Polititainment

Watch Cruz audition for 'The Simpsons'

After Ted Cruz gave an interview at BuzzFeed HQ on Monday, BuzzFeed surprised him with a script to audition for The Simpsons now that Harry Shearer is retiring.

Stewart wants Christians labeled bigots
In the wake of the Supreme Court’s legalization of same-sex marriage nationwide, Christians are worried about being ostracized and treated as bigots for their beliefs. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito expressed this concern is in his dissent, writing, “I assume that those who cling to old beliefs will be able to whisper their thoughts in […]
Colbert wants Scalia to come on his show

The comedian responded to the historic Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage that came down Friday by posting a video to YouTube during which he declares, "Congratulations, gays."

Stewart on Jindal's 2016 'reality show'
Jon Stewart was not impressed by Bobby Jindal’s low-key video announcement of his 2016 candidacy to his kids–while they do things like remark on a passing turtle. “It turns out Jindal’s kids found his presidential announcement less interesting than literally everything else in the backyard,” Stewart remarked. “Hopefully you’ll have a riveting reality show pilot […]
Remy's TSA-themed 'Oops, I did it again'
Remy’s parodies are always on-point, and this time is no exception: a B-Spears-themed skewering of the TSA’s miserable failure rate in country-wide undercover tests, where they couldn’t manage to detect weapons in a stunning 95 percent of cases. Reason even has the lyrics, so you can sing along: Oops, I did it again I missed all […]

2016

Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb to run for president
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb announced his presidential campaign on Thursday, opening a long-shot bid against Hillary Rodham Clinton and a field of Democratic rivals for the party’s nomination. Webb, in an announcement posted on his campaign website, acknowledged he would face major hurdles but vowed to bring an outsider’s voice to […]
Bernie Sanders surges with Democratic voters

Democrats have a fever, and the only prescription is more Bernie Sanders.

Trump: 'Who is doing the raping?'

If there's anything you can say about Donald Trump, it's that he's consistent and doesn't back away from a fight.

Huckabee: Gay people aren't discriminated against

In a recent radio broadcast, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee said he doesn't think that gay people have experienced the same level of discrimination as black people.

Christie on gay marriage: Courts, do your job

Following last week's Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage, Chris Christie said that clerks and law officials, even if they disagree, need to uphold the law.

Policy

This NSA program is as searchable as Google
Two years ago, the Guardian published information about an NSA surveillance program called XKeyscore—the agency’s “widest-reachest” program, which allows NSA analysts to easily search through things like emails and browser history.    Now The Intercept has published 48 classified documents about the program, claiming it’s as easy to search through as Google, and contains a massive […]
Obama talks about gun confiscation
President Obama spoke about the government confiscating certain types of firearms, which many Second Amendment advocates consider the third rail of gun policy. In an interview with comedian Marc Maron on Monday, noticed by National Review’s Charles C.W. Cooke, the President praised Australia for taking away people’s guns after a mass shooting in their country. “It was […]
Nevada school voucher program could go nationwide
Nevada State Treasurer Dan Schwartz (R) announced that he has begun the process to make the state’s new voucher program the largest in the country–and if he’s successful, it could lead to a wave of similar laws nationwide. The Las Vegas Sun reported on Wednesday that starting in January 2016 any parent, regardless of income, […]
TSA broadcasts pic of traveler's cash
Sure, the TSA may fail to apprehend weapons 95 percent of the time–but they did manage to tweet this pic of $75,000 in cash stowed in a law-abiding traveler’s suitcase, with the appearance and location of the suitcase conveniently included. TSA Public Affairs spokesperson Lisa Farbstein tweeted this picture on Tuesday: If you had $75,000, is this how you'd transport it? Just asking! TSA […]
New study finds 1 in 3 Americans own a gun
A new study by Columbia University surveying 4,000 people found that one in three Americans are gun owners. NBC News reported that owning a firearm varies between states and the local gun culture. “One-third of Americans reported owning a gun, ranging from 5.2 percent in Delaware to 61.7 percent in Alaska. Gun ownership was 2.25 times greater […]