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4 Jul 2015, 4:00 am

On July 4th, 1826, a Washington newspaper published one of the most poignant letters penned in American history. An ailing Thomas Jefferson regretfully declined an invitation to celebrate the 50th anniversary of American independence with the citizens of the nation’s capital. “[T]o be

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4 Jul 2015, 4:00 am

And in those days, a genius arose among the people, and she taught them greatly the ways of … um, well, the writing of mystery novels. However much it was clearly a breakthrough of small but real genius, what Agatha Christie achieved in 1920 with her first book, The Mysterious Affair at Style

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As conservatives, we hold to our positions not for economic prosperity or physical safety, but for something greater than either.

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The American Spectator

The Declaration of Independence: Vindication and Defeat

Something we ought to consider in the controversy over the Confederate (battle) flag: The United States defeated the Confederacy on the battlefield, but eventually gave in to the political principles that the Confederacy stood for. In the years leading up to and through the Civil War, Abraham Linco

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3 Jul 2015, 3:00 am

“Where the sole employer is the state, opposition means death by slow starvation,” Leon Trotsky, whose death came slowly by way of a quick icepick, famously observed. Nonconformity appears as the capital offense when the market serves as the main employer. If you’ve ever carried t
From our July 1984 issue, a review of James Webb’s third novel, A Country Such As This (Doubleday). Yesterday Webb announced he’s running for president, the fifth Democrat to declare, and certainly the most distinguished literary talent in the race for either party. Which can’t be
I’ve always found President Obama declaration that he will “degrade and destroy ISIS” to be odd. If he wants to destroy ISIS then he should simply state that he will “destroy ISIS.” Well, it doesn’t really look like Obama is in any hurry to degrade ISIS, muc

The Federalist

Poll: Only 47% Of Democrats Are ‘Extremely Proud’ To Be Americans This July 4th

A new poll released by Gallup this week revealed that a minority of Democrats, 47%, say they are "extremely proud" to be Americans this July 4th.

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Ben remembers the men who made freedom more than an ideal on the Fourth of July.
If you need talking points to guide you through the exotic process of talking with non-leftists, then you need to get out more. Here's a handy guide.
The Internet loves creating and destroying pariahs, so it's very rare to see the reddit rally in support of Victoria Taylor.

The Washington Free Beacon

Happy Independence Day!

The Washington Free Beacon staff wishes its readers a happy Fourth of July!

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4 Jul 2015, 4:00 am

On July 4th, 1826, a Washington newspaper published one of the most poignant letters penned in American history. An ailing Thomas Jefferson regretfully declined an invitation to celebrate the 50th anniversary of American independence with the citizens of the nation’s capital. “[T]o be


4 Jul 2015, 4:00 am

And in those days, a genius arose among the people, and she taught them greatly the ways of … um, well, the writing of mystery novels. However much it was clearly a breakthrough of small but real genius, what Agatha Christie achieved in 1920 with her first book, The Mysterious Affair at Style
Recently the Free Beacon sat down with several World War II veterans to ask them about Memorial Day. After explaining the importance of the holiday, the veterans were kind enough to share their stories. Each veteran told the Free Beacon about their own unique experience in the military.

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

Kimberly Guilfoyle Speaks Out

Behind the scenes glimpses from the cohost of "The Five".

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The contemporary Left in the face of surrender will not grant its opponents terms as lenient as Grant offered Lee -- magnanimity is not its style.
The dirty little secret is that gays, like blacks and Hispanics, are being used to declaw the silent majority.
Today, the principles of law and liberty argued by Otis are being ignored by America’s soft police state.

Heritage Foundation

What an Iran Deal Won’t Cover

With the deadline pushed off until July 7, I’m betting that an Iran nuke deal actually will be trumpeted over the July 4 holiday weekend,... Read More The post What an Iran Deal Won’t Cover appeared first on The Daily Signal.

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“We the People.” We’ve heard that phrase so often it’s easy to overlook its significance. But as we mark our nation’s birthday, we should take a moment... Read More The post What the Role of ‘We the People’ Is appeared first on The Daily Signal.
American Enterprise Institute published a public opinion report evaluating Americans’ sense of patriotism. The report compiled information from various studies, including those done by Pew... Read More The post Are Americans Still Patriotic? What Polls Reveal appeared first on The Daily Signa
What to make of reports that ISIS may try to pull off a terrorist attack on Independence Day? Let’s look at the facts. It is not the... Read More The post What Fireworks Does ISIS Plan for the 4th of July? appeared first on The Daily Signal.

Townhall.com

Obama and EPA Imperil Minority Welfare

Clean Power Plan would bring imaginary benefits and real health and welfare damage.

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Chris Christie gives good speech. He definitely is a professional at passionately communicating and effectively donning Im a regular guy whos pissed off about whats going on attire. In his announcement speech on Tuesday he certainly showed that, but there were two comments he made that are worthy of


3 Jul 2015, 11:01 pm

When the hateful rantings of fictional members of the United Federation of Planets speak for a real segment of your country, your country could be toast.
Now that the Supreme Court has declined to gut President Obamas health reform, its time for Republicans in Congress to re-think how they have been responding to the law. They should begin by asking three questions

The Corner

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Why not get amazing wines delivered right to your door by joining the National Review Wine Club! Join today and you’ll save $100 on 12 world-class wines. Plus, you’ll get two bottles of elegant Gracenote Pinot Noir worth $50 at no additional cost. For more information, click

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Yesterday — just in time for the Fourth of July holiday — Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian issued his long-awaited ruling against Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of the since-closed Sweet Cakes by Melissa. Finding them guilty of sexual orientation discrimination for refu
One of the oddest and most interesting political trends is the resurgence of identity politics. “Resurgence” may be the wrong word here because identity politics never really went away; it simply had occasional periods of slumber when other issues dominated the national imagination. But


3 Jul 2015, 12:24 pm

Brad Thor is a writer of thrillers, and best-selling ones at that. (His latest is Code of Conduct.) But he is more than a storyteller: He’s an expert in defense, counterterrorism, and other such matters. He is also a political conservative (and doesn’t care who knows it). Are thriller-

Red State

Hot Take from Vox.com: the American Revolution was a mistake

Upfront, let me say I disapprove of link-whoring and click-baiting. Because of that, and because that is what Vox.com is doing doing with this article I am not providing a link to the article because that would simply reward bad behavior. On the other hand, the hipster-kale-with-quinoa crowd actual

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Are you the parent of a teenager or a child getting close to those troublesome teenage years? Do you wish to avoid those awkward conversations about sex, sexual practice, and sexual health with your children? Wish you could dump off all that embarrassing part of parenthood on the State? Good news!
On today's edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson is joined by Francis Cianfrocca to discuss the disappointing June jobs report, Greece's big bailout vote, and Independence Day. The post A Disappointing Jobs Report and Greece’s Big Vote appeared first on RedState.
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