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    In December 1828, South Carolina had 5,000 copies of John C. Calhoun’s “Exposition and Protest” printed and distributed throughout the state. A defiant document, Calhoun’s “Exposition” outlined a theory of constitutional interpretation first adumbrated in the infamous Kentucky and Virginia…

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    Mitt and Me: Romney at Cranbrook—a Personal Glimpse

    by Mark W. Hendrickson

    What interesting timing. I had recently planned a column on my observations about Mitt Romney at Cranbrook. Why? Not because of anything in the news related to Cranbrook—at least not yet—but because our careers there (mine and Mitt’s) overlapped. Then…

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    The Controversial Faith of Barack Obama

    by Gary S. Smith

    President Obama’s recent statement on gay marriage has again thrust his religious views onto the front pages. In defending his position, Obama stressed that he and his wife were “practicing Christians” and that his stance was supported by Christ’s teaching…

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    Afghanization: A Half Year Plan

    by Earl Tilford

    President Barack Obama’s five-point plan for turning the war back to the Afghans is designed to cover the withdrawal of U.S. and NATO forces and “forge a just and lasting peace.” What does the plan involve, and can it work?…

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    An Unsurprising Marriage Epiphinay

    by Sheila Gribben Liaugminas

    It may have erupted in the Twitterverse and on MSM sites, but the only possible surprise element may have been the timing. Maybe. Because President Obama’s was among the most expected and awaited coming out moments in the nation. Which…

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    Obama Devolves

    by Robert R. Reilly

    Both Vice-President Joseph Biden and President Barack Obama have said that their positions regarding same-sex marriage have evolved. When you are “evolving,” you should really watch your grammar. Otherwise, people might suspect you are devolving instead. Take for instance, the…

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    Is the Answer Really Blowing in the Wind? Obama’s Green Scandals

    by Alex Newman

    By now, almost everybody realizes that President Obama’s “stimulus” billions to so-called “green energy” projects were a textbook example of why crony capitalism and central planning don’t work. Over a dozen taxpayer-backed companies have already failed. Think Solyndra. And incredibly,…

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    Carter Redux: Same Old Story on Energy

    by Jarrett Skorup

    As spring bloomed, the president addressed the nation on energy. The president told us, “Without our planning for the future, it will get worse … The oil and natural gas that we rely on for 75 percent of our energy…

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    On Hope and Hate: Week One of Obama v. Romney

    by Paul Kengor

    Something wonderful unfolded in American politics the last few days. Almost immediately after Rick Santorum dropped out of the Republican presidential hunt, David Axelrod and the Obama reelection team unleashed the class-warfare cannons. They expected to enjoy the first salvo…

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    Obama, the Russians, and Missile Defense

    by Paul Kengor

    President Obama has caused quite a stir with a private comment made to Russian President Dimitri Medvedev. In discussing missile defense, Obama suggested he would be prepared to yield to Russian demands after the November election. “This is my last…

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    To Isolate and Marginalize: Obama takes Cue from Castro

    by Christian Tappe

    Next week, Pope Benedict XVI will visit Cuba in an effort to repair relations between the country and the Church. Perhaps he should pay a visit to the United States as well. As the Papal visit draws near, there is…

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    People Say the Darnedest Things

    by Mark W. Hendrickson

    Those of you past a certain age may remember the old Art Linkletter show “Kids Say the Darndest [sic] Things.” The one I still remember was when Linkletter asked a little boy if he looked like his daddy. “No,” replied…

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    Leviathan Groaning

    by Anthony Esolen

    On June 25, 2009, a seven year old boy was abducted at gunpoint from his terrified parents. They had just boarded a plane to fly to the country where the boy’s mother had been born, and where her kin still…

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    The Bleak Legacy of “Progress”

    by Thomas Sowell

    Although Barack Obama is the first black President of the United States, he is by no means unique, except for his complexion. He follows in the footsteps of other presidents with a similar vision, the vision at the heart of…

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    Why Not Ask “Why?”

    by Rev. George W. Rutler

    In the vault of modern political oratory is a speech of one senator in the 1960’s quoting George Bernard Shaw: “You see things; and you say,’Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say,’Why not?’ “ There are…

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    Can Obama Order Grocers to Give Away Bread?

    by Terence Jeffrey

    In October 2009, I published a column titled, “Can Obama and Congress Order You to Buy Broccoli?” Now I need to ask a follow-up: Can Obama order grocers to give away bread? I wrote the broccoli column after Sen. Orrin…

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    Obama Repeals First Amendment

    by Jennifer Roback Morse

    No, I’m not exaggerating. The American experiment in religious liberty is officially over. The First Amendment provided institutional structures that allow different religions to peacefully coexist. All groups agree to not try to capture governmental structures for the benefit of…

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    God and Man at CPAC

    by Marvin J. Folkertsma

    Amidst the hoopla, cheers, and ear-piercing whistles of enthusiastic approval for Republican presidential nominees at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference, several themes emerged. The most important of these centered on the conflict between what may be titled American foundationalism…

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    Borrow from Peter to Pay Peter

    by Jacob Sullum

    Decrying “a decade of deficits” on Monday, President Obama declared that “my budget lays out a path for how we can pay down these debts.” It is hard to see how that can be true, since his plan would add…

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    Obama vs. Our “Obsolete” Constitution

    by Paul Kengor

    What a fitting capstone to the Obama presidency. And imagine that a majority of professing Roman Catholics elected this man in November 2008.

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    Was Romneycare Unconstitutional?

    by Terence Jeffrey

    You can now divide Americans into two groups: Those who believe government rightfully has the power to force people to purchase goods and services they do not want and those who don’t. Among the former are two subgroups: Those who…

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