CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 27:  Protestors demonstrate calling for immigration reform in front of the Illinois GOP headquarters on June 27, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. Today the U.S. Senate passed an immigration reform bill with broad bipartisan support that would overhaul immigration laws for the first time in more than two decades.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

I am a conservative, and I support immigration. Those are two statements that you don’t hear together nearly often enough. I have seen the positive impact of immigration in my own life. My parents are both naturalized Americans. My mother is originally from Italy, and my father is from Costa Rica. Like most immigrant parents, […]


“And so what we’re doing is we’re planning for both contingencies.” Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz called a brokered GOP convention “a possibility” that “could happen” given the wide range of candidates running for the Republican nomination. “It is certainly a possibility. It hasn’t happened in a long, long time, but you’ve obviously got a […]


And so begins “Dynasty: Politics Edition,” as the establishment candidates of 2016 reset their campaigns: Hillary Clinton did so on Saturday, with a tribute to her mom on New York’s Roosevelt Island, and Jeb Bush showed off his makeover at Miami Dade College on Monday. Bush’s rally made his run official. Delaying the announcement allowed […]


Why are Democrats losing the debate over voting rights? The biggest political fight shaping the 2016 campaigns for the White House and Senate is over limiting the Democrats’ base of likely voters. President Obama twice won the White House by bringing more young people and minorities, his biggest supporters, into the political process — and […]


A grass-roots revolt from the left could remake the party into something electable again The Democratic Party’s official symbol is a jackass — and that’s exactly how the party is perceived by the American electorate right now. Only 18 states have Democratic governors, and Democrats hold a majority in both legislative houses in just 11 […]


Not as much as liberals hope, but the GOP does need to change its rhetoric on some issues This is a time when it’s necessary to read beyond the headlines. A May 10 Gallup survey shows that the share of Americans calling themselves social liberals has risen to 31% from 25% in 2009, while the […]

Kathryn Goppelt, an anti-Common Core activist, prepares to speak to the House Education Committee, Wednesday, May 13, 2015, in Baton Rouge, La. The committee passed the first piece of a compromise on Louisiana’s use of the Common Core education standards, which Goppelt called “a step in the right direction.” AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte

Getting a fresh set of standards should be easy in a state where Common Core is opposed 39 percent to 51 percent, right? Louisiana is poised to join the roster of states putting the Common Core standards under review. But in states that have scuttled the standards, namely South Carolina and Indiana, the replacement standards […]


AMONG liberals, it’s almost universally assumed that of the two major parties, it’s the Republicans who have become more extreme over the years. That’s a self-flattering but false narrative. This is not to say the Republican Party hasn’t become a more conservative party. It has. But in the last two decades the Democratic Party has […]

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He’s as well-liked as other candidates with Hispanic ties, but still trails Clinton. Former Florida governor Jeb Bush announced his presidential candidacy Monday afternoon in a filled auditorium at Miami Dade College’s Kendall campus. By 2016 standards, he’s a relative latecomer: 14 candidates have already launched their campaigns. Though not Hispanic by blood, Bush has […]


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