Faith Takes Centerstage at Family Leadership Summit as Rubio Reads From the Bible

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Ten Republican presidential candidates spoke about their faith and how they care for issues such as marriage, religious freedom and defeating Islamist terrorism as they addressed a big annual gathering of evangelical voters at the Family Leadership Summit in Iowa Saturday.

The candidates spoke to the crowd and faced questions from the moderator, Frank Luntz, a political consultant and Fox News contributor, and the audience, with a Bible placed on the table next to them.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, the first presidential candidate to address the annual event, picked up the Bible and read from Luke 12:48: “… From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”

The 44-year-old freshman senator spoke about his responsibility to others and said he doesn’t lack experience.… Continue Reading

In Cook County, Judge-Making is Like Sausage-Making

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Written by Russ Stewart

It is often remarked, not facetiously, that squeamish people don’t want to know how sausage is made and intelligent people don’t want to know how judges are made. The “best and the brightest” on the bench? Not a chance.

This article is not about sausage. In Cook County, it’s judge-making time, and it ain’t pretty. On June 25 and 26, at the Democrats’ “pre-slating,” 41 lawyers who are appointed judges appeared and begged and groveled for party slating. There are two 1st District (Cook County) Appellate Court vacancies and 10 countywide Circuit Court vacancies (which may expand to 12 to 15 by the December filing deadline).

The slated candidates will be anointed in late August. That means that 31 lawyers’ egos will be sliced, diced and eviscerated, but who really cares about suffering attorneys?… Continue Reading

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Trump On Obama In 2009: “I Think He’s Doing A Really Good Job…He’s Totally A Champion”

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“Well, I think he’s sort of a guy that just has a wonderful personality,
a good speaker, somebody that people trust.”

Written by Andrew Kaczynski

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump praised President Barack Obama in 2009 in his book Think Like A Champion and on CNN’s Larry King Live.

Trump, who is currently hovering near the top of the Republican field in recent presidential polls, wrote of Obama in his book, “what he has done is amazing.”

Trump added, “the fact that he accomplished what he has—in one year and against great odds—is truly phenomenal.”

Trump also wrote he thought Obama “has the mark of a strong leader” and said Obama’s comments on the economy “have led me to believe that he understands how the economy works on a comprehensive level.”

Here’s the full except, which is in the first chapter of the book:

After the election in November of 2008, I was interviewed by Dominic Carter of New York 1 (who has recently, as of late 2009, gone through a great deal with spousal abuse) on his program called “Inside City Hall.” New York 1 is an all-news program that is popular in New York City, and Dominic has a dynamic television presence.

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The Many Ways in Which Donald Trump Was Once a Liberal’s Liberal

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Written by Hunter Schwarz

Has Donald Trump ever been wrong about anything? (Also, does he ever cry? Has he ever had self-doubt? Has he ever lay in bed awake at night crippled with anxiety?)

Perhaps no presidential candidate has the self-confidence he does, even in the face of some glaring flip-flops on his political positions. Where lesser candidates would dodge questions about why they’ve changed their mind or give a focus-group-tested line about how they evolved, Trump doesn’t admit to ever having a different opinion.

He loved Hillary Clinton; now he thinks she’s the worst. He was very much in favor of abortion rights before he opposed them. And he might be running as a Republican today, but he was once a registered Democrat who called forlegalizing drugs, a massive one-time 14.25 percent tax on the wealthy and staying out of wars that didn’t present a “direct threat” to the U.S.… Continue Reading

Food Stamp Beneficiaries Have Exceeded 45 Million For 48 Straight Months

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Written by Ali Meyer

The number of beneficiaries of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), otherwise known as food stamps, has exceeded 45 million for 48 straight months, according to data released by the Department of Agriculture (USDA).

In April 2015, the latest month from which data is available, there were 45,438,832 beneficiaries of the food stamp program.

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The number of food stamp recipients first exceeded 45 million in May 2011. Since then, the number has consistently exceeded 45 million, hitting a record high of about 47,800,000 in December 2012.

In April 2015, households on food stamps received an average benefit of $256.93, and total benefits for the month cost taxpayers $5.7 billion.

The USDA has been tracking data on SNAP participation since fiscal year 1969, at which time average participation stood at about 2,800,000.… Continue Reading

Senate Democrats Unsure If Religious Schools Should Have Religious Liberty

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Written by Ray Nothstine

On Wednesday, in lieu of the Supreme Court’s recent decision on gay marriage, Democratic Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, was asked about revoking the tax status of religious schools. He and other Senate Democrats claim to be undecided on the matter.

“There’s no question this was an historic decision,” said Durbin, “and now we’re going to go through a series of suggestions for new laws to implement it.”

The Weekly Standard asked Durbin Wednesday if the tax exempt status for religious schools was in jeopardy and Durbin stated there is no “quick answer.”

Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisc., the first openly gay U.S. Senator in history, came out against pulling the tax exemptions from religious organizations, however

“I just think that religious organizations should not be taxed,” declared Baldwin.… Continue Reading

Hustler’s Larry Flynt Endorses Hillary Clinton

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Hustler Magazine Founder Larry Flynt’s recent endorsement of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is not only raising eyes across political lines, but hopes on the Left … and for good reason.

Written by Michael F. Haverluck

As a longstanding supporter of the Clintons, the millionaire who’s built his fortune on pornography for decades is fully aware of the far-reaching ramifications of a Hillary election.

“I’m endorsing Hillary Clinton for president,” Flynt told Bloomberg. “If Hillary gets in, chances are she’s going to have an opportunity to appoint two, maybe three justices … and we could shift the balance there.”

The notorious publishing tycoon is known to be quite savvy when it comes to political posturing working to the advantage of his business.

“The structure of the high court relates to how Flynt is permitted to do ‘business,’” informed Grove City College Political Science Professor Paul Kengor on Center for Vision & Values.… Continue Reading

Iowa Paramount for Walker, Says Pundit

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Written by Chad Groening

A conservative political pundit believes Scott Walker must win the Iowa caucuses next year if he has any chance to win the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.

After months of speculation, the Wisconsin governor made it official on Monday, announcing he is a candidate for 2016 Republican presidential nomination. David Bozell, president of the politically active not-for-profit ForAmerica, describes Walker as “living proof that conservatism works if you’re willing to fight for it.”

“Walker doesn’t back down, unlike the GOP leadership in Washington he’s never intimidated and, because of that, he gets results that benefit the people who elected him,” adds Bozell.

Governor Walker has built a national profile largely due to his clashes with labor unions, and he has consistently held on to the number-two spot in most polls, trailing frontrunner Jeb Bush.… Continue Reading

Illinois Ranked State in Worst Financial Condition

Written by Michael Hausam

The Mercatus Center at George Mason University just completed a study of the financial health of each state in the country. Considering debt, pensions, and health-care costs, they’ve ranked them in order of fiscal solvency.

Here is a map showing the overall ranking of the states [click on the maps to zoom]:

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The rankings are based on relative economic stability based upon five separate categories:
  1. Cash Solvency – Can the state cover short term bills?

  2. Budget Solvency – Is there a budget shortfall or can revenues cover expenses?

  3. Long-run Solvency – Can it meet future commitments?

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  4. Service-level Solvency – Could it accommodate an increased demand for services?
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  5. Trust Fund Solvency – What are the debt levels, unfunded pension liabilities, and health care liabilities?

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A quick observation about these states: Firstly, the top five fiscally healthy states, Alaska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Florida, are controlled by Republicans in their state governments.… Continue Reading

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