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A GOP Rising Star Victimized by Lavish Decor

A staff member works at the office of Rep Aaron Schock (R-IL) on Capitol HillA staff member works at the office of Representative Aaron Schock (R-IL) on Capitol Hill, March 17, 2015. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

Aaron Schock has always been considered something of a prodigy. At age 19, he became the youngest elected school board member in Illinois history. At age 23, he set another record when he won election to the legislature as the youngest member ever of the Illinois General Assembly. Four years later, at the ripe old age of 27, the hard-charging Republican won election to the US House as the youngest member of Congress. And now, in the midst of his fourth Congressional term, at age 33, Representative Schock became...

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Hillary and Jeb Could Both Lose “The Story Primary”

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Ted Cruz got one thing right when he became the first officially announced presidential candidate: He launched his speech by telling his story, describing his parents and their struggles. This might not win a nomination for the Republican senator from Texas, but history strongly suggests that voters will select the next president by choosing a favorite story, far more than they will weigh issues or even personalities. The public prefers biographical narratives that inspire, reassure or fascinate, and then provides...

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Conservative Lessons for 2016 from Israel Elections 2015

Yesh Atid leader Lapid and his wife Lihi walk past Likud election campaign posters as they walk to a polling station in Tel Aviv

The Israeli elections look confusing and almost indescribably complicated to most Americans but conservatives eager to put an end to the Obama era can still learn some important lessons from the results. First, those results from Israel will remain opaque and indecisive for days, even for weeks, after the ballots are actually counted on Tuesday. With at least ten parties likely to win seats in Israel’s 120 seat parliament, and with no party given a real chance to win more than 26 seats in Knesset, the question...

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WHO GAINS BY PEDDLING IDEA OF “RACIAL CRISIS”?

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Is America in 2015 facing a crisis regarding racism? Major forces in the corporate world apparently want you to think so. Starbucks Coffee has combined with USA Today to launch “Race Together” in order to force unsuspecting readers and coffee consumers to face difficult questions about discrimination and oppression. The formal announcement declares: “Racial inequality is not a topic we readily discuss. It’s time to start.” But the real question should be by what standards has racial inequality gotten...

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FEDS SUPPORTING MILLIONS WHO’VE BEEN DEAD FOR DECADES

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Recently, figures from Washington seemed to indicate some remarkably good news: with the increase in life expectancy, Social Security now handles 6.5 million Americans who are 112 years old or older! This is absolutely amazing, since more accurate numbers show only 42 individuals in the entire world who are actually that old! The truth is Social Security now provides active numbers – and sometimes benefits – for millions who passed away many years ago. This helps explain why federal agencies just admitted...

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WORKING TOWARD RECOVERY

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On January 31st, I sent an open letter to my “radio family” about my throat cancer and the course of treatments that would take me off the air for some time as I recovered. The response from listeners was overwhelming and deeply touching: we heard from literally thousands of people, many of whom had gone through their own experiences with similar health problems and come out strengthened and renewed. It was wonderfully encouraging to hear these stories of hope and determination. I’m convinced that the...

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A GOP Rising Star Victimized by Lavish Decor

A staff member works at the office of Rep Aaron Schock (R-IL) on Capitol HillA staff member works at the office of Representative Aaron Schock (R-IL) on Capitol Hill, March 17, 2015. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

Aaron Schock has always been considered something of a prodigy. At age 19, he became the youngest elected school board member in Illinois history. At age 23, he set another record when he won election to the legislature as the youngest member ever of the Illinois General Assembly. Four years later, at the ripe old age of 27, the hard-charging Republican won election to the US House as the youngest member of Congress. And now, in the midst of his fourth Congressional term, at age 33, Representative Schock became...

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Lessons from Israel’s Confusing Election

Yesh Atid leader Lapid and his wife Lihi walk past Likud election campaign posters as they walk to a polling station in Tel Aviv

The Israeli elections look confusing to most Americans, but conservatives should learn important lessons from their results. One of the big questions involves the real chance that the Left-Center coalition challenging Prime Minister Netanyahu could come out a winner, even though all polls show the electorate leaning to the right and a clear plurality favoring Bibi’s continuance as prime minister. How could this be? Very simply, the Left-Center did a much better job of unifying its interests and subordinating ego...

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The Most Depressing Number about the 2016 Election

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What’s the most depressing number concerning the upcoming presidential election? I nominate 11 – why? No – that’s not the number of Republicans running for the nomination – actually, we have even more – and it’s not the number of hundreds of millions that people will spend in campaigns that go nowhere. Eleven is particularly alarming because that’s the number of months between the recent kick-off of active campaigning in New Hampshire and the actual date of the nation’s first primary early next...

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Hebrew Names and Popular Misconceptions

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According to popular misconceptions, traditional Judaism treats women like chattel (property) if not outright like cattle (beasts, obviously). That’s not true, of course, and it’s why people are asking for my mother’s Hebrew name for prayer, not my dad’s. Whenever you pray for mercy, for a special kindness from God, you pray in the name of the mother—in the name of parent who is most likely to grant it to you. That’s the same parent who granted you life. The Hebrew name for...

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