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Michael Barone The Census Bureau has sent out its Christmastime gift to its millions — or thousands, or dozens — of fans across the United States: the official Census estimates of the population of each state as of July 1, 2014. The numbers shouldn’t be regarded as etched in stone

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(Steven Hayward)There is fierce competition for Power Line’s coveted Green Weenie of the Year Award. Up until just a few days ago I’d have said that the Westboro Environmentalists (better known by their trade name “Greenpeace”) had our annual supreme Weenie award locked up fo

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Catch and release.

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The American Spectator

Here’s the Real Case for Normalizing Relations

In his move to normalize relations with Cuba, some conservatives complain that President Obama has thrown a lifeline to the enemy—in this case, potentially prolonging the life of a tyrannical regime that is careening toward a richly deserved bankruptcy. As a strong believer in the potency of

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President Obama quickly gained a giddy cheerleader for his historic move toward normalizing relations with Cuba: People’s World, flagship publication of Communist Party USA. In fact, communists are commending not only Obama’s hand in Cuba but also Pope Francis’ hand. They are proc
This piece was originally published on December 23, 2002. According to the Dickens Society of London, there have been more than 3,000 adaptations of Charles Dickens's works, most of them for the stage, but 156 for the movies and television, not including, however, the bowdlerized, bastardized and o
Two news stories, both from New York City, suggest that 2015 may be a grim year, but the grimness might be tinged with whimsy—at least in the second case. First the grimness, and I write as an American with two proud police officers prominent in my family tree, my great-grandfather and my gre

The Federalist

Are Hobbits For Hippies? Or, How Would J.R.R. Tolkien Vote?

Here's what we can learn about J.R.R. Tolkien's views of man and government from The Hobbit.

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This Christmas, our government should demand that the Castro brothers end their decades-long reign of terror.
Clint Eastwood’s new film, ‘American Sniper,’ refuses to insert liberal platitudes into the true story of an imperfect American hero.
You might not be interested in the culture wars, but the culture wars are interested in you.

The Washington Free Beacon

NIH Spending $433,577 to Find Out What Kids Think of Fat Characters in Movies

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is spending almost a half million dollars to determine what children think about fat characters in movies.

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Each year, The Economist attempts to forecast the events to come over the next year. The magazine is not particularly good at predicting things, a Washington Free Beacon analysis of The Economist’s “The World in 2014” issue found. Here are the five worst predictions
A pro-Israel student leader at Brandeis University has been deluged with threats following his exposure of a fellow student who expressed support of the violent execution of two New York City police officers.
A Utah man determined to win a office holiday party contest ended up hospitalized for three days after chugging a quart of eggnog in just 12 seconds.

Big Government

Pope Francis' Disturbing Cuba Activism

On Wednesday, President Barack Obama announced that the United States would be changing its policy toward Cuba, opening a Havana embassy and expanding travel. “Through these changes, we intend to create more opportunities for the American and Cuban people and begin a new chapter among the na

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President Barack Obama revealed his favorite film of the year to People Magazine in an interview released on Wednesday.  Obama named Richard Linklater’s Boyhood his favorite movie of 2014.  “Boyhood was a great movie,” he told People Magazine. “That, I think,
On Wednesday's broadcast of ABC's "World News," network report Cecilia Vega confirmed North Korea was behind the cyber-attack on Sony. “Tonight, ABC News has learned federal investigators have determined North Korea is responsible for the worst corporate cyber-attack in history,” Vega
Minnesota State Representative Greg Davids is calling for embattled MIT economics professor Jonathan Gruber, the "architect" of Obamacare, to return all $329,000 he was paid by the state of Minnesota as a subcontractor on a 2011 contract to analyze the state's plan to develop its Obamacare he

American Thinker

Defending Vice President Cheney

Unbelievably, the New York Times Editorial Board is calling for a special prosecutor to conduct a criminal investigation of Vice President Dick Cheney.

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My wife loves shopping; I don't.  So just going with her is a pretty good Christmas gift!
It's interesting to see what the U.N. and others are not interested in blaming on Israel.
All the leaders and politicians who have ever cracked down on free speech have had highfalutin reasons to do so: “freedom of speech requires responsibility” or certain expressions can have “serious repercussions”; which is precisely what many Leftists/progressives t

Heritage Foundation

Here’s What Christmas Means to These Americans

Just over half of Americans view Christmas as a religious holiday, according to a Pew Research poll conducted a year ago. To them, President Obama’s... Read More The post Here’s What Christmas Means to These Americans appeared first on Daily Signal.

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I knew what I wanted to see on my friend’s third test. A friend of mine recently had her routine mammogram. Scarily, the results came... Read More The post What Prenatal Tests Can’t Show Us appeared first on Daily Signal.
Today, on Christmas Eve, the UN’s Arms Trade Treaty takes effect, giving Americans a lump of coal in their stockings this holiday season. The ATT... Read More The post This Terrible Anti-Gun Treaty Goes Into Effect Christmas Eve appeared first on Daily Signal.

24 Dec 2014, 2:01 am

The Christmas season is on and shoppers are out in full force. This means nothing for Washington. Here, Santa Claus seems to hand out gifts... Read More The post 12 Days of Waste-mas appeared first on Daily Signal.


Meriam Ibrahim Is Role Model of the Year

In a year when some of the most exalted public figures in the United States distinguished themselves by advancing unjust causes or cowardly refusing to seriously resist them, a pregnant mother imprisoned in Sudan with her 18-month-old American son set a standard for saintly courage.

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I will not be shooting any Black Panthers this week because I am Kwanza-reform, and we are not that observant. Kwanzaa, celebrated exclusively by white liberals, is a fake holiday invented in 1966 by a black radical/FBI stooge.

24 Dec 2014, 12:21 pm

NEW YORK -- I wanted to like the movie because I love the book. Laura Hillenbrand's bestseller, "Unbroken," is a classic.

24 Dec 2014, 7:58 am

Its that time of year for us to realize how far societies tend to veer from the true essence of things.

The Corner

Preparing for Christmas

These photos of Iraq Christians refugees are not to be missed. May all Christians receive Him with such love and courage this Christmas. 

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In my latest syndicated column, among other things I talk with Johnnie Moore, chief of staff for Survivor creator Mark Burnett. Burnett and his wife Roma Downey, known best for her role on Touched with an Angel, have launched the Cradle Fund to meet the needs of Christian refugees of ISIS. Yes

24 Dec 2014, 12:46 pm

A pre-Christmas study that’s gotten a fair amount of attention points to the ubiquitous availability of pornography as gravely harmful to marriage, contributing to its decline. On St. Joseph’s Day this year, Paul S. Loverde, the bishop of the Catholic diocese of Arlington, Va., dissemi
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Red State

Dynamic scoring takes another step forward in Congress.

Well, this is a promising first step: “House Republicans are moving to increase the use of dynamic scoring through a rules change that would require long-term estimates of the economic effects of major legislation. The macroeconomic estimates required under the rule would include the projecte

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24 Dec 2014, 12:49 pm

Peace on Earth, goodwill toward men.  That’s not just a hopeful prayer, it’s a formula.  Peace cannot be long sustained without goodwill. The third ingredient in the formula, according to Luke, is “Glory to God in the highest heaven.”  That’s unfashionab
France is providing us with a very good case study on what happens when you raise taxes too high. The 75% tax rate imposed upon the richest French residents* was a centerpiece of Socialist Francois Hollander’s campaign for the French Presidenc *=Unlike the United States, which bases its tax l
Erick wrote a post yesterday titled "To Understand the Beginning of the End, You Must Understand the End of the Beginning" which beautifully described God's covenants with Abraham, Moses and Israel, and the connection to Christmas. I posted a comment posing the question "Did you ever wonder why Go