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Conservatism In The United States

George F. Will: Americans fed up with cupcake cops

WASHINGTON — In physics, a unified field theory is an attempt to explain with a single hypothesis the behavior of several fields. Its political corollary is the Cupcake Postulate, which explains everything, from Missouri to Iraq, concerning Americans' comprehensive withdrawal of confidence f…

August 21, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Robert J. Samuelson: Less thinking ahead for think tanks

WASHINGTON — Unless you're a dedicated policy wonk, the name Stuart Butler probably doesn't ring a bell. For 35 years, Butler has been a senior researcher at the conservative think tank Heritage Foundation. He was among the most visible figures — and possibly the most visible — shaping conse…

August 01, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: GOP campaigns ignore true meaning of conservatism

Mail-in ballots are out and hundreds of thousands of dollars are being spent on advertising.

May 16, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

E.J. Dionne: Discredited economic theories lead to government paralysis

WASHINGTON — One of my favorite moments during the 2012 Republican presidential contest came when Ron Paul, fresh from his strong showing in Iowa, triumphantly told his supporters: “We’re all Austrians now!”

February 11, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

E.J. Dionne Jr.: America's hidden consensus for justice

WASHINGTON — Why are we arguing about issues that were settled decades ago? Why, for example, is it so hard to extend unemployment insurance at a time when the jobless rate nationally is still at 7 percent, and higher than that in 21 states?

January 07, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

E.J. Dionne Jr.: A nuclear end to Senate's era of denial

WASHINGTON — Those who lament the Senate Democrats’ vote to end filibusters for presidential nominations say the move will escalate partisan warfare and destroy what comity is left in Congress. Some also charge hypocrisy, since Democrats once opposed the very step they took last week.

November 26, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

George F. Will: Virginia's other choice: Libertarian becomes man of moment

ARLINGTON, Va. — When William F. Buckley, running as the Conservative Party’s candidate for mayor of New York in 1965, was asked what he would do if he won, he replied: “Demand a recount.” Robert Sarvis, Libertarian Party candidate for governor of Virginia, will not need to do this.

October 24, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

E.J. Dionne Jr: Religion challenges political beliefs of left, right

WASHINGTON — Whenever I write sympathetically about religion, I get bombarded by tweets and notes from readers who normally agree with me but cannot abide the idea that religious belief should be seen as intellectually serious.

August 07, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

George F. Will: Conservatives must encourage judicial activism

"The legislative department is everywhere extending the sphere of its activity, and drawing all power into its impetuous vortex."

May 05, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Cokie Roberts and Steven V. Roberts: Agents of intolerance hinder GOP

A group of rich Republicans is raising money to support same-sex marriage. By doing so, they reveal a fundamental split in conservative ranks between two very different philosophies.

May 03, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Just say no to public funding for private schools

This session in Helena we’ve heard a lot of bills that bear a striking similarity to model bills from the legislative agenda of the corporate bill-mill ALEC. Whether a bill is an ALEC model bill, whether its subject is just high on the ALEC agenda, or whether it was written by a former ALEC …

March 23, 2013 12:10 amLoading…

Cokie Roberts and Steven V. Roberts: Profit motive drives course correction at Fox News

Roger Ailes, the head of Fox News Channel, is a very smart man. And he knows how to count, a skill that has apparently eluded many of his fellow conservatives.

February 17, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: GOP must stop being the anti-party

Will the GOP go back to living in the real world?

December 05, 2012 12:30 amLoading…

Steven V. and Cokie Roberts: No more rigid partisan pledges

''The only pledge I'd sign is a pledge to sign no more pledges." That bit of wisdom came from Rep. Jeff Flake, an Arizona Republican, during his successful run for a U.S. Senate seat. Now a few of his more courageous colleagues are taking the same path and renouncing the politics of purity.

December 02, 2012 12:05 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Post-election dos and don’ts for conservatives

There’s no question that this past election has been a major defeat for Republicans. Not only did the Democrats keep the White House, but more Americans voted Democratic than Republican in congressional elections, with the Republicans keeping control of the House only thanks to post-2010 red…

November 17, 2012 12:10 amLoading…

UW law student worked to bring Scalia to campus

LARAMIE, Wyo. — The University of Wyoming law student who invited Antonin Scalia to speak on campus says she's following through on a pledge to bring more big-name speakers to Laramie as president of the Federalist Society.

October 22, 2012 10:10 amLoading…
Americans for Prosperity targets Obama with bus tour

Americans for Prosperity targets Obama with bus tour

Americans for Prosperity, the conservative group behind millions of dollars of TV ads targeting Democrats, rolled into Billings on Monday to speak about President Barack Obama’s “failing agenda.”

September 24, 2012 7:22 pm Video Loading…

E.J. Dionne Jr.: Opposition to good government is America's problem

WASHINGTON — Why don’t Democrats just say it? They really believe in active government and think it does good and valuable things. One of those valuable things is that government creates jobs — yes, really — and also the conditions under which more jobs can be created.

June 13, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
3 years later, Tea Party still molding GOP

3 years later, Tea Party still molding GOP

Three years ago, Eric Olsen was a petroleum engineer hungry for employment and fed up with the skyrocketing national debt, newly elected U.S. President Barack Obama and a seemingly lost Republican Party.

April 15, 2012 6:47 pm Photos

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George F. Will: A prophet who warned against the politics of everything

WASHINGTON — The most accomplished social scientist of the last half-century would occasionally visit his friend and Harvard colleague Pat Moynihan at the White House when Moynihan was President Nixon’s domestic policy adviser. Once Moynihan took him to Nixon and said: “Mr. President, James …

March 07, 2012 12:05 amLoading…

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