Drones and Rand Paul’s Filibuster: A Lesson from Exodus

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The Biblical book of Exodus may not be the first place you'd think to find wisdom for harnessing modern technology, but I think Rand Paul's filibuster over drone use finds some support there.This week, Senator Rand Paul (KY-R) initiated a talking filibuster -- a rare event in these days of virtual filibusters -- to protest what he sees as the Obama Administration's lack of a transparent policy regarding when drones may be used to kill American citizens without due process of law as … [Read more...]

Immigration Reform 2.0: I Want to Believe

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When it comes to immigration reform, I want to believe. I really do.I want to believe that the latest efforts at immigration reform -- call it immigration reform 2.0 -- will actually do something to help the 5 million children trapped in limbo within our society. And since we just celebrated School Choice Week last week, we should note that most of them end up in the very worst schools.I want to believe that our political leaders might actually reach a solution that dismantles the labor … [Read more...]

Clinton on Benghazi: “What Difference Would It Make?”

Ms. Clinton seems to be losing her cool before Congress on Benghazi.Key word -- seems. Remember the campaign trail tears?Testifying before a Senate committee this morning, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton responded to Senator Ron Johnson's inquiry about the cause of the attack on Benghazi with an adamnant and passionate, "What difference would it make?"Johnson had been asking her about the Administration's blaming the attack on a You Tube video that allegedly sparked a protest that got … [Read more...]

An Inauguration Day Prayer for President Obama

Great and sovereign God, the Just Judge of all men, the Hand of Providence to which so many of our Founders appealed so often for direction and purpose, the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, the One who exalts Presidents and nations for Your purposes and before whom every knee must one day bow -- to you O God, my Father, I offer this prayer for the newly re-inaugurated President of the United States of America, Barack Obama.You are the one who ordains all who come into authority. You have … [Read more...]

5 Inconvenient Truths about School Shootings [VIDEO]

From Reason’s Nick Gillespie and Amanda Winkler: "No one wants to ever again see anything like the senseless slaughter of 26 people – including 20 children - at a school. But as legislators turn toward creating new gun laws, here are five facts they need to know." HT: HotAir … [Read more...]

What Do You Think We Should Do about Our National Budget Deficit?

We all mostly agree that running deficits of over a trillion dollars each year can't be good. Even the more liberal amongst us aren't thrilled about it. And I know our kids aren't going to be happy once they find out about it.Maybe you agree with me and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell that we have a spending addiction. Or maybe you agree with President Obama that we need to raise taxes more. Maybe both.But seriously, if it were up to you, what would you do about it. Maybe it would … [Read more...]

What Star Wars Can Teach Us about the Fiscal Cliff Fiasco

I know. We've just about had it with the whole fiscal cliff fiasco. Maybe that's why most of us want the words "fiscal cliff" banned from the English language. We should be frustrated with our national leaders. In the words of my own Congressman LaTourette: "This is disgusting, and everybody involved should be embarrassed," said Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-Ohio), marching glumly from a GOP conference meeting in the House Monday evening. "It's not even small ball -- it's a pingpong ball," he said of … [Read more...]

Election 2012: Let’s Not Be Too Hasty

This a guest post from Dr. Brian Mattson, Senior Scholar of Public Theology for the Center For Cultural Leadership. Follow him on Twitter (@BrianGMattson) and bookmark his website. His newest book is Politics & Evangelical Theology: A Guide For Concerned Christians and Political Progressives. Stinging electoral defeats always produce huge amounts of angst, second-guessing, and hand-wringing, and the one that took place for Republicans on November 7th is no exception. Is it immigration … [Read more...]


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