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July 4, 2016
BYRON YORK — In the last few months, the veteran Republican operative Barry Bennett did lots of interviews in his role as a senior adviser to the Trump campaign. But Bennett, who earlier served as Ben Carson's campaign manager, stressed that his role with TrumpWorld was not a key position and was not strictly defined.... (more)


July 4, 2016
ROBERT KNIGHT — On a July 4th that fell on a Sunday a few years ago, I made a mistake. A guest speaker at a suburban Maryland church, I mounted the pulpit after a color guard had gone down the aisle with Old Glory. The congregation applauded those who had served in the armed forces. Then they settled in for what they hoped would be a Christian-themed patriotic message.... (more)


July 4, 2016
ASSOCIATED PRESS — A devastating truck bombing on a bustling commercial street in downtown Baghdad killed 115 people early Sunday, brutally underscoring the Islamic State group's ability to strike the capital despite a string of battlefield losses elsewhere in the country.... (more)


July 3, 2016
CLIFF KINCAID — Apologists for Vladimir Putin, including his propaganda channel Russia Today (RT), have been telling us for months that Turkey has been facilitating and even funding the global Islamic terrorist group ISIS. But the carnage at the Istanbul, Turkey, airport, apparently carried out by ISIS, demonstrates this is a big lie.... (more)


July 3, 2016
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Two top campaign aides to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, Kevin Kellems and Erica Freeman, abruptly left the campaign Friday, according to news reports. Kellems had only been hired two weeks prior, indicating further behind-the-scenes turmoil for the GOP candidate's campaign.... (more)


July 3, 2016
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Michael Grebe, president of the Milwaukee-based Bradley Foundation, one of the nation's most prominent conservative groups, said Friday that he would not be attending the Republican convention in Cleveland, citing Donald Trump as the reason. It was the latest sign of continuing bad blood between the candidate and the broader conservative movement.... (more)


July 3, 2016
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Donald Trump sought Saturday to tamp down reports of behind-the-scenes turmoil at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this month. In a tweet, he said all of the speakers for the event had been picked, but did not reveal who they were.... (more)


July 3, 2016
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Despite the legal questions raised by this week's private meeting between Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton, many in the press have said they accept that the impromptu 30-minute exchange was totally innocent, and won't bias the probe into Hillary Clinton's email scandal.... (more)


July 3, 2016
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — Why isn't Pete Rose in the Hall of Fame? So he gambled. So what? There's no code of ethics for athletic prowess. There are plenty of baseball players who've done far worse -- racists, druggies, sex abusers, fathers who abandon their children. And on the other side of the coin, many players who were stellar enough to make it to Cooperstown couldn't hold a candle to Charlie Hustle.... (more)


July 3, 2016
NEWSMAX — Islamist militants shouting "Allahu Akbar" attacked an upscale cafe in the Bangladeshi capital, killing 20 foreigners inside, before police stormed the building on Saturday and rescued 13 hostages, officials said.... (more)


July 3, 2016
BOB UNRUH — The complaint against Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore for ordering state judges to adhere to the state law on marriage instead of the U.S. Supreme Court's 2015 decision will be reviewed by the Alabama Court of the Judiciary on Aug. 8.... (more)


July 2, 2016
DAILY WIRE — On Friday, Marc Racicot, former governor of Montana and former chairman of the Republican National Committee, announced he would not support Donald Trump for president, adding that he hoped the GOP would find another nominee with a "miracle in Cleveland."... (more)


July 2, 2016
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Democrats have no Plan B for a presidential nominee if Hillary Clinton is indicted for her handling of sensitive information during her tenure as secretary of state, at least according to the White House. "Not that I'm aware of," White House spokesman Josh Earnest answered on Friday when asked if Democrats have a contingency plan.... (more)


July 2, 2016
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Attorney General Loretta Lynch is expected to announce Friday that she would accept the indictment recommendations of the FBI in the Clinton email case should such action be suggested by law enforcement agents.... (more)


July 2, 2016
NEWSMAX — The U.S. Justice Department investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's email use is being handled completely independently of the White House and President Barack Obama, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Friday.... (more)


July 2, 2016
WORLDNETDAILY — A federal judge appointed by President Obama has struck down a Mississippi law -- hours before it was set to take effect Friday -- that would have protected the religious freedom of clerks and businesses that refuse to participate in same-sex marriages.... (more)


July 2, 2016
NATIONAL REVIEW — When I am asked which Supreme Court justice I most admire, I usually decline to answer and insist that I don't look for heroes among Supreme Court justices, past or present. Indeed, I do not care much for most of the justices who are viewed by others as heroes, such as "the great chief justice" John Marshall or "the great dissenter" Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. But sometimes I relent and identify one justice I admire more than all the others: Justice Clarence Thomas.... (more)


July 2, 2016
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Robert Califf is disputing a federal payment database that shows he received a financial benefit from a major drugmaker while on a trip last year.... (more)


July 1, 2016
NEWSMAX — Hillary Clinton has a double-digit advantage over Donald Trump in a new Iowa poll. There's also evidence that Trump's misfortunes may already be creating a drag on Republican "down-ballot" races. The same poll shows Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley with just a 1-point lead over his Democratic challenger.... (more)


July 1, 2016
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Sen. Mike Lee is rebuffing demands to endorse Donald Trump that are coming from some conservative media personalities. The Utah Republican is withholding support for Trump, citing the presumptive GOP presidential nominee's insufficient commitment to constitutional and conservative principles.... (more)


July 1, 2016
NEWSMAX — Resistance is reportedly hardening against presumptive nominee Donald Trump among some Senate Republicans -- even as a die-hard, anti-Trump contingent continues to buck long odds in a plot to make a last stand at the party's convention.... (more)


July 1, 2016
NATIONAL REVIEW — Enid Mickelsen will be the establishment's enforcer at this summer's GOP convention, working on behalf of Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus to squash dissent and facilitate the uneventful nomination of Donald J. Trump.... (more)


July 1, 2016
RED STATE — One of the biggest running jokes of the campaign season has been Trump's repeated assertion that he hires "the best people" in spite of all the evidence to the contrary (which is quite a lot). Trump himself has proven remarkably resilient and has far surpassed expectations, mainly due to the fact that people vastly underestimated the number of idiots who exist in this country - a mistake that Trump did not make.... (more)


July 1, 2016
WORLDNETDAILY — Two days after a former Department of Homeland Security employee testified that his agency "purged" records related to a terrorist network in the United States, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, confronted DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson in a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.... (more)


July 1, 2016
TOWNHALL — The House is in recess for the Fourth of July holiday, but that doesn't mean Democrats' push for more gun control is taking a halftime break after the Orlando attack. In that horrific incident, Omar Mateen shot and killed 49 people at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, making it the worst mass shooting in American history.... (more)