Senator Mike Lee Pushes to Definitively Bar Women from the Draft
As early as Thursday, Senator Mike Lee will drop in a new bill that would definitively bar women from registering for the selective service, pairing legislative text with the recent explosion in debate on the issue.
The exclusion of women ...
Over on the home page, I’ve written a complete overview of the budget talks currently escalating in the House.
Republican leadership hopes to pass a budget that adheres to the $1.07 trillion spending framework established by President Obama and John ...
How a Quiet Baptist Preacher Could Be Paul Ryan’s Secret Weapon in the House
Early last fall, walking off the House floor, newly minted speaker Paul Ryan approached a colleague who’s been deemed one of the most anonymous figures on Capitol Hill: North Carolina freshman Mark Walker.
Ryan had a question.
In Final Push, Jeb Bush Deploys Veterans Coalition Into Iowa
In one last push to claim the so-called establishment lane in Iowa, Jeb Bush is deploying prominent veterans to campaign for him across the state, according to two Bush advisors.
Today, the advisors say, Bush will announce endorsements from 12 retired ...
Mike Lee Bids to Reclaim Congressional Power from the Executive
‘Do you see those stacks of papers over there?”
Just pointing won’t suffice for Senator Mike Lee. He gets up from his chair and walks over to a wooden cabinet in the corner of his office.
#ad#The shelves ...
After Cruz Scores Laxalt Endorsement, Rubio NV Chair Blasts Out Fundraising Appeal
The battle for a victory in the Nevada caucuses is heating up between Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz.
On the heels of Cruz’s endorsement by Nevada attorney general and tea-party darling Adam Laxalt, Rubio’s team is wasting no ...
Heritage Action Is Making Its Priorities for Paul Ryan’s ‘Bold Conservative Agenda’ Known
In advance of the House Republican conference policy retreat this week — where members will breathe life into Speaker Paul Ryan’s “bold conservative agenda” — Heritage Action is seeking to make its priorities known.
On Tuesday, Heritage Action, the political arm ...
How the Republican Congress Expanded Guest-Worker Immigration
One of the shortest measures in the $1.15 trillion government-funding bill passed last month generated outsize controversy in conservative circles.
Tucked away on page 701 of the 2,009-page spending bill is a provision that some say quadruples the number of H-2B ...
'Women Rise' Initiative Showcases Women's Support for Jeb Bush
As part of a campaign-wide effort for Jeb Bush, a group of female politicians and activists has launched an initiative called “Women Rise” to educate voters on Bush’s broader policy platform, and “specifically his strong record of advocating policies ...
With Veterans, Jeb Bush Is Winning
Milford, N.H. — “On day one, I will ask the military for options to destroy ISIS,” says Jeb Bush. “And I will commit to you that we will do it.”
It’s an unseasonably balmy Thursday evening in this small ...
In Face of Controversy, Trump Supporters Stand By Their Man
Straightforward. Awesome. President.
These are a handful of phrases supporters of Donald J. Trump used to describe the current GOP frontrunner in Frank Luntz’s focus group Wednesday evening. They were a group filled with emotion. For one man, a ...
Pro-Cruz Super PAC Launches New Digital Ad
‘When we launched our campaign, the New York Times promptly opined, ‘Cruz cannot win because the Washington elites despise him,’” Ted Cruz tells a crowd of cheering supporters. “I kinda thought that was the whole point of the campaign!”
Why Pastor Darrell Scott Is Hoping Black Voters Give Trump a Chance
Pastor Darrell Scott’s favorite thing about Donald Trump? “As they say in African American vernacular,” Scott says, “I like his swag.”
Scott, a 56-year-old evangelical minister from Cleveland, Ohio, whose New Spirit Revival Center boasts thousands of members, first ...
Has the Cruz Campaign Alienated Endorsement Target Tim Huelskamp?
On November 18, as Ted Cruz pitched his candidacy to select congressional Republicans in the main dining room of the Capitol Hill Club, he faced an uncomfortable question from Representative Paul Gosar. Why, Gosar asked, was the consulting firm owned by ...
Can Paul Ryan Maintain a Unified House GOP?
On Wednesday evening, under the fractured light of three chandeliers in a meeting of the House Rules Committee, Representatives Alcee Hastings (D., Fla.) and Doug Collins (R., Ga.) began to shout.
“We’re making a hurry out of something there ...
Paul Ryan Moves Forward on Syria Refugee Strategy
Amid the rising chorus of Republican lawmakers demanding a moratorium on the program, Speaker Paul Ryan is seeking legislation this week to take action on President Obama’s Syrian refugee resettlement initiative.
In a closed-door conference of House Republicans early ...
Ted Cruz Gets No Respect...But That's Why He's Pulling Ahead
Rich wrote an excellent piece on Ted Cruz this morning, on why the Texas senator, in the face of bombproof organization, policy chops, and top debate performances, can’t seem to generate media buzz. As Rich notes: “The Atlantic tracks ...
Gowdy Positions Himself as Key 2016 Surrogate
The Villages, Fla. — “Some people think my hair is a toupee. It’s not. Who would have a toupee this bad?”
Laughter ripples across the Savannah Center auditorium in this central Florida retirement community, but Trey Gowdy is just getting ...
BREAKING: Kevin Brady Will Succeed Paul Ryan as Ways & Means Chairman
The Republican Steering Committee has chosen Texas’s Kevin Brady, a longtime ally of Paul Ryan, to succeed the new speaker as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.
Wednesday afternoon, in the same conference room where Ryan announced ...
Devin Nunes Won't Seek Ways and Means Gavel, at Ryan's Request
House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes (R., Calif.) will remain in that position rather than attempting to succeed Paul Ryan as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.
Nunes’s decision sets up a one-on-one race between Representative Kevin ...
The Third GOP Presidential Debate: Spin vs. Reality
Boulder, Colo. — The third GOP debate has come and gone in this picturesque college town where the Rocky Mountains meet the Great Plains. Here’s a look at how candidates are spinning their performances — and what really happened.
Paul Ryan Pledges: No Immigration Reform under Obama
Paul Ryan has signed off on a letter promising restless members of the House Freedom Caucus (HFC) that he won’t bring immigration-reform legislation to the House floor while President Obama remains in office.
The letter, obtained exclusively by National ...
BREAKING: House Freedom Caucus Will Not Endorse Ryan
House Freedom Caucus members confirmed that they were not able to reach the 80% threshold required to endorse Paul Ryan for Speaker.
Representative Raul Labrador called it a “supermajority support” for Ryan. “We were not able to reach a consensus” on ...
Speaker Ryan's Conditions
It looks like Paul Ryan will do the job, but he’ll do it on his own terms.
He laid them out at a Republican-conference meeting on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, telling his colleagues he wants the bickering to end. ...
What’s Driving Conservative Opposition to Paul Ryan
It was beginning to look as though Republicans had fashioned a semblance of unity in the House. They would rally around Paul Ryan, urging him to step up and fill the void left when Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy dropped out ...
Jeb's Fight with Rubio Gets Personal
It’s a moment Republican onlookers always knew would come, though they did not know precisely when: The long-simmering tension between former Florida governor Jeb Bush and his one-time protégé, Florida senator Marco Rubio, has become a public spat. ...
Inside the Carson Campaign’s Dominance of Social Media
Barry Bennett, Ben Carson’s campaign manager, works out of an office suite in Alexandria, Va. dubbed the “Operating Room.”
It’s an overcast Monday morning, and Bennett has just wrapped a 90-minute meeting on the campaign’s Facebook strategy. ...
Black Conservatives See an Opportunity for Growth in 2016
Editor’s Note: This story quoted as fact CJ Pearson’s claim that he was blocked by President Obama on Twitter. Pearson’s claim has subsequently been called into doubt by multiple other media outlets and the White House. NR ...
Jeb Campaign Manager: ‘We’re Playing to Win in All Four Primary States’
Jeb Bush’s campaign manager Danny Diaz pushed back against rumors of a slowdown in the governor’s campaign in a panel discussion with National Review editor Rich Lowry on Monday.
“We’re playing to win in all four primary ...
Pat Toomey Announces Reelection Bid in Critical Pennsylvania Senate Race
On Sunday, addressing a crowd of supporters in King of Prussia, Pa., Republican senator Pat Toomey announced that he will seek a second term.
In a speech decrying the “wasteful spending,” “crony capitalism,” and “disastrous foreign policy” of the Obama ...
How Ben Carson Saved a Four-Year-Old Boy's Life
In nearly all of his speeches on the campaign trail, Ben Carson sketches the following scene: When a four-year-old boy was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 1985, doctors across the city of Atlanta told his parents to prepare for the ...
Still Pining for Mitt: Some GOP Donors Hoping Romney Will Jump in the Race
Though this election cycle was supposed to feature the most impressive field of Republican presidential candidates in decades, a handful of the party’s major donors and bundlers remain underwhelmed by their options. They are longing for the bad old ...
Carly Rips CNN Debate Criteria, Calls On RNC to Intervene
Carly Fiorina’s presidential campaign is weighing in for the first time on CNN’s criteria for including candidates in the second presidential debate — slamming the network for its reliance on old polls, blasting the “political establishment,” and calling on ...
As my study-abroad roommate and I went searching for a taxicab in Beijing in shin-deep water on July 20, I didn’t think it was so bad. I had never been in a flood, much less a flood in Beijing, ...
Senator Mark Kirk: Tammy Duckworth is a “Naïve Fool”
Illinois senator Mark Kirk tweeted up a storm this morning in response to Democratic representative Tammy Duckworth, who is running to take his seat in November, after Duckworth suggested that politicians like Kirk were to blame for the radicalization of ...
House GOP Divided as Budget Fight Looms
As House Republicans prepare to bring a budget to the floor by the first week of March, the internal strife that has wracked the conference in recent years is flaring up once again, despite Speaker Paul Ryan’s repeated pleas ...
At Heritage Action Summit, Ryan Argues for 'Anger'-Free Agenda
Not 17 seconds into his keynote address at the Heritage Action policy summit Wednesday, Speaker Paul Ryan invoked his mentor, the late New York congressman Jack Kemp.
Ryan’s speech hit on a theme that has become familiar during his short ...
Ryan to Keynote Heritage Action Policy Summit Next Week
Heritage Action has tapped House speaker Paul Ryan to deliver the keynote address at its third annual policy summit next Wednesday, February 3, according to an agenda obtained by National Review.
“Speaker Ryan intends to address the opportunities we have to ...
House GOP Gets Its 'Bold Conservative Agenda' as Fear of Cruz Nomination Grows
The Republican Congress gathered this week in Baltimore to begin developing Speaker Paul Ryan’s conservative agenda, but the presidential race — and the prospect that Donald Trump or Ted Cruz might become the party’s standard bearer — was on everyone’...
Ted Cruz Scores Nevada AG Laxalt's Endorsement
Nevada attorney general Adam Laxalt — who won an upset bid to become the nation’s youngest AG in 2014 — will endorse Ted Cruz for president this morning.
Sources close to Laxalt say the decision materialized as Cruz began to climb to ...
Ryan Hopes for Big Reforms, but GOP Nominee May Have Other Ideas
Early last week at the Historic Inns of Annapolis, Speaker Paul Ryan stood before a scattering of House Republican leaders — the Elected Leadership Council, or ELC — to kick off the two-day retreat that lays the groundwork for the chamber’s ...
New McCarthy Aide Wins Praise from Conservatives
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is kicking off the new year by tapping Will Dunham, executive director of the Republican Study Committee, as his new policy director, in another sign that relations between the conference’s establishment and conservative wings ...
Nevada Is Rubio’s Firewall, but Cruz Could Tear It Down
Las Vegas — Marco Rubio is going all in to win Nevada.
Though the Florida senator has eschewed the idea that he needs to hunker down in any particular state, his campaign has quietly and steadily poured resources into the Silver ...
Ryan to Address Steve King-Led House Conservative Group Next Week
Next Wednesday at the Capitol Hill Club, Speaker Paul Ryan will headline a closed-door breakfast with Iowa representative Steve King’s Conservative Opportunity Society (COS) to discuss “the year ahead,” according to an invitation obtained by National Review. Ryan is ...
Cruz Skips ISIS Hearing for Fox News Appearance, NY Fundraiser
Texas senator Ted Cruz skipped Wednesday’s Armed Services Committee hearing on the American strategy to counter the Islamic State. Instead, he was making an appearance on Fox News and then set to attend a fundraiser in New York City. ...
New 527 to Defend Cruz's Economic Policy in Early States
As Ted Cruz continues to surge in the polls — he now sits squarely atop the most recent Iowa survey — his campaign is consolidating support from outside groups intent on seeing him sweep the early-voting states. New to that list is ...
Chamber of Commerce May Target Tim Huelskamp in 2016
As the U.S. Chamber of Commerce identifies its targets for the 2016 congressional cycle, Kansas representative Tim Huelskamp and other House Freedom Caucus members may well find themselves in the group’s crosshairs.
According to sources familiar with its internal ...
Ted Cruz’s Protectionist Gamble
On Friday, during a campaign stop in Harlan, Iowa, Ted Cruz made clear his stance on President Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), telling a crowd of supporters that the colossal 12-nation trade accord was “deeply concerning.”
“There are a number ...
House Conservatives Not Yet Sold on Refugee Bill
In a closed-door meeting on Wednesday morning, House Freedom Caucus (HFC) members were unable to take an official position on a Republican bill that would institute stricter security screenings on Syrian refugees seeking American asylum, with several members preferring a ...
House Republicans Call for Halt to Syrian-Refugee Program
As the aftershocks of Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris continue to reverberate, members of the House Armed Services Committee are paving a legislative path forward, grappling with provisions in the soon-to-be-signed National Defense Authorization Act, and with funding for ...
Marco Rubio's Billion-Dollar Sugar Addiction
When Marco Rubio announced his bid for president in April, he delivered a message of opportunity. He lamented the increasingly hollow promise of the American Dream, as small-business owners find themselves crippled by “the weight of more taxes, more regulations, ...
Scarborough’s Shots at Rubio Raise Eyebrows
Editor’s Note: This piece has been updated since its original posting.
Marco Rubio has gotten some glowing notices in the press lately. But if the last few years are any indication, he won’t be receiving any from one ...
Reid Backs Scandal-Tarred Candidate in PA Senate Race
Last month, the political world was enthralled by a House speaker’s race that put the rift between the GOP’s establishment and its conservative grassroots on full display. Now, as they fight to pick off one of the more ...
House Conservatives Give Ryan a Pass on Budget Deal
Paul Ryan’s decision to vote for the controversial budget deal John Boehner negotiated with the White House isn’t expected to complicate his ascension to the speaker’s chair.
Members of the House Freedom Caucus (HFC), despite making plain ...
BREAKING: Paul Ryan Wins GOP Speaker Nomination
It’s official: Pending the general election on the House floor Thursday, Paul Ryan will be the next speaker of the House.
In the Republican conference election that ended just moments ago, Ryan managed a sweeping victory with 200 votes. Florida ...
How the Freedom Caucus Warmed to Paul Ryan for Speaker
House Freedom Caucus (HFC) members filed into the Capitol early on Wednesday morning. They’d had a restless night, grappling with the quiet chaos unleashed by Paul Ryan’s announcement of a conditional bid for speaker. Ryan’s terms were ...
Will the Freedom Caucus Heed Paul Ryan's Demands?
Many House Republicans were upbeat on Tuesday evening when they left the private conference where Paul Ryan finally broke the silence on his potential Speaker bid. Ryan’s message was definitive: he will run, he said, if members of each ...
NH GOP Hits Maggie Hassan on Sanctuary Cities
As the Senate voted on the hot-button issue of sanctuary cities for illegal immigrants Tuesday, New Hampshire Republicans were calling out Governor Maggie Hassan, a Democrat running to unseat incumbent Senator Kelly Ayotte, for her past efforts to safeguard sanctuary-city ...
Kelly Ayotte’s Fight for Political Survival
The starting gates for the New Hampshire Senate race opened last week when the state’s Democratic governor, Maggie Hassan, announced her bid for Republican Kelly Ayotte’s seat. It wasn’t a surprise to anyone, least of all Ayotte ...
Carly Fiorina as Secretariat
To wrap up the second GOP debate on September 16, candidates were asked what Secret Service code names they’d choose if elected president. Carly Fiorina’s response was “Secretariat.”
Secretariat, of course, is the legendary racehorse whose prolific ...
Trump Draws Cheers in Speech to Religious Conservatives Despite Downplaying Religion
Religious conservatives applauded Donald Trump throughout a speech that hardly mentioned religion on Friday.
#ad#In his address at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C.— an annual conference on social-conservative values hosted by the Family Research Council —Trump ...
Carly Fiorina: Triumph and Adversity
Carly Fiorina’s super PAC is redoubling its efforts to fight the stringent criticism detractors are making of the candidate’s business career. Fiorina, who was fired from her post as CEO of Hewlett-Packard in 2005, has faced skepticism from the ...
Club for Growth Goes After Trump with $1 Million Ad Buy
The Club for Growth, a conservative anti-tax organization, is launching a $1 million television campaign against Republican front-runner Donald Trump. The ads, to air in battleground state Iowa starting Thursday, will hammer Trump on his record supporting national health care, the ...
John Schindler, the NSA ‘Spook’ Who Speaks His Mind
It takes a quick eye to keep up with John Schindler’s Twitter feed. Schindler, a former analyst at the National Security Agency, a former professor at the Naval War College, and a self-proclaimed “sometime provocateur,” fires off an average ...
Amid Growing VP Buzz, Nikki Haley Charms Crowd in D.C. Speech
In a full ballroom at Washington, D.C.’s National Press Club on Wednesday, Nikki Haley confirmed her openness to a vice-presidential run next year.
“If Trump is the Republican nominee,” came the question from the audience — the speaker’s ...
Experts Criticize Walker's Stand against Chinese Premier's Visit
China experts across the political spectrum are not keen on Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker’s demand that President Obama cancel Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to the White House. They’re calling the proposal, echoed on Wednesday ...
Can Russell Moore Unite the Religious Right?
‘How do you use the bully pulpit to teach people about the importance of religious liberty?”
Russell Moore’s words echoed across Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, where 14,000 Evangelicals were gathered for the SEND North America Conference, organized by Southern Baptist ...