The great – and most important message of a Trump – Cruz media event on the Iran nuclear weapons deal isn’t that two Republican presidential candidates are against it; it is that the two populist conservative message carriers are going to get together to let the American people know that we have been betrayed by Obama and the Capitol Hill Republican leadership.

Tea Party leader Becky Gerritson reminds us Congress holds the power of the purse specifically for the purpose of reigning in the executive branch, and it needs to commit to using every tool at its disposal to ensure that Planned Parenthood is not propped up by taxpayer dollars. Gerritson says, one needs to remember, as Senator Ted Cruz stated, “If the bill is attached to the budget and the government does shut down, it would be the fault of President Barack Obama, not the GOP."

New poll not all good news for Trump. Plus, what Trump knows that you don’t; Ted Cruz – principled or merely a shrewd politician?; Rand Paul’s starting to sound more libertarian; Carly complained, CNN said no, and, Quinnipiac poll shows depth of Bush dynasty problem.

Glenn Beck says he would never vote for Donald Trump and that he's a constitutionalist, not a Republican. Beck normally has a good ear for what's going on in the conservative grassroots, but his near-endorsement of establishment spare prince Marco Rubio over country class message carrier Donald Trump shows a strange disconnect from the millions of constitutional conservatives who would run, not walk, from the Republican Party if a candidate like Rubio, Jeb Bush or John Kasich becomes the GOP’s 2016 presidential nominee.

In their "free" college plans Bush and Clinton are competing for the same voters; millennials who made poor choices and their indulgent parents who enabled them and are now stuck with the bill. Most importantly, Bush and Clinton are competing for the support of the same corporate interests who favor Common Core and its focus on producing compliant workers, instead of citizens who have the information and thinking skills to actively participate in the civic life of a republic.

The truth behind Ben Carson's appeal. Plus, Fiorina goes after the RNC and CNN; The Donald should answer… but will he?, and, Blunting Jeb’s massive cash advantage – can it be done?

We’d like to be able to agree with Jeb Bush when he gets something right, and his initial criticism of granting birthright citizenship to “anchor babies” certainly looked like an opportunity to agree with Bush on something important. And the anchor baby phenomenon is important.

It’s pretty clear that Lois Lerner knew what she was doing was wrong, took active steps to cover her tracks – including conducting government business on a private email account under the phony name "Toby Miles"  – and yet she has not been called to account before any judge or jury.

CHQ Exclusives

The great – and most important message of a Trump – Cruz media event on the Iran nuclear weapons deal isn’t that two Republican presidential candidates are against it; it is that the two populist conservative message carriers are going to get together to let the American people know that we have been betrayed by Obama and the Capitol Hill Republican leadership.

Tea Party leader Becky Gerritson reminds us Congress holds the power of the purse specifically for the purpose of reigning in the executive branch, and it needs to commit to using every tool at its disposal to ensure that Planned Parenthood is not propped up by taxpayer dollars. Gerritson says, one needs to remember, as Senator Ted Cruz stated, “If the bill is attached to the budget and the government does shut down, it would be the fault of President Barack Obama, not the GOP."

New poll not all good news for Trump. Plus, what Trump knows that you don’t; Ted Cruz – principled or merely a shrewd politician?; Rand Paul’s starting to sound more libertarian; Carly complained, CNN said no, and, Quinnipiac poll shows depth of Bush dynasty problem.

Glenn Beck says he would never vote for Donald Trump and that he's a constitutionalist, not a Republican. Beck normally has a good ear for what's going on in the conservative grassroots, but his near-endorsement of establishment spare prince Marco Rubio over country class message carrier Donald Trump shows a strange disconnect from the millions of constitutional conservatives who would run, not walk, from the Republican Party if a candidate like Rubio, Jeb Bush or John Kasich becomes the GOP’s 2016 presidential nominee.

In their "free" college plans Bush and Clinton are competing for the same voters; millennials who made poor choices and their indulgent parents who enabled them and are now stuck with the bill. Most importantly, Bush and Clinton are competing for the support of the same corporate interests who favor Common Core and its focus on producing compliant workers, instead of citizens who have the information and thinking skills to actively participate in the civic life of a republic.

The truth behind Ben Carson's appeal. Plus, Fiorina goes after the RNC and CNN; The Donald should answer… but will he?, and, Blunting Jeb’s massive cash advantage – can it be done?

We’d like to be able to agree with Jeb Bush when he gets something right, and his initial criticism of granting birthright citizenship to “anchor babies” certainly looked like an opportunity to agree with Bush on something important. And the anchor baby phenomenon is important.

It’s pretty clear that Lois Lerner knew what she was doing was wrong, took active steps to cover her tracks – including conducting government business on a private email account under the phony name "Toby Miles"  – and yet she has not been called to account before any judge or jury.

Official Beijing’s unhappiness with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is evident, though China continues to bankroll the Kim Jong-un regime. It’s a position some Chinese would like to change, including a scholar in Shenyang, just a couple hours away from the North Korea - China border.

Focus group of Trump supporters reveals why he's leading. Plus, the Trump/Fox News truce is over – now it’s war; Ben Carson takes on #BlackLivesMatter; Rand Paul: Real conservatives stand for private property, and, Jeb Bush wants free college, just like Obama!

Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush are fading in the polls because the momentum in this election has shifted away from rule by the political class and toward a populist majority that rejects government by a deceitful and avaricious self-selected elite. The question the election of 2016 will settle is whether the voters will choose populism on the right or populism on the left to replace the fading dynasties.

186 years ago, when Democratic presidents actually believed in and defended the sovereignty of the United States, Old Hickory had an answer to those who sought to nullify federal authority to enforce the laws Congress passes, as so-called "sanctuary" cities and states are doing today.

Front Page Headlines

  • Todd Beamon, NewsMax

    More rank-and-file Democrats are backing Ted Cruz's campaign for the Republican presidential nomination because "working men and women are getting hammered by the Obama-Clinton economy," the Texas senator told Newsmax TV on Thursday. "They want to defend our Constitutional liberties," he told "The Hard Line" host Ed Berliner. "We started this discussion talking about religious liberty. Religious liberty is an issue that cuts across."

  • Brian Fanney, NWAonline.com

    Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon turned Republican presidential contender, told the crowd at the state Capitol that personal responsibility lifted him out of poverty and could improve the country as a whole.

  • Nate Cohn, The New York Times

    Carly Fiorina has surged in the polls after her strong performance in the so-called kiddie debate — the debate for candidates who weren’t in the top 10 in public opinion polls to qualify for the main Fox News debate on Aug. 6. She has moved up to sixth place in the Huffington Post Pollster average. But that still might not be enough to get into the next debate for the top 10 candidates, on Sept. 16 on CNN.

  • Fox News

    Pro-Life activists held a rally Thursday outside the National Portrait Gallery to demand the Washington museum remove a bust of Margaret Sanger, a controversial eugenicist who founded the organizations that later became Planned Parenthood. Our friend E.W. Jackson, a minister and lawyer led the rally in Washington urging the removal of the Sanger bust.

  • Erick Erickson, RedState

    The Republican Party of 2015 more often than not responds to the fierce urgency of now with palms outstretched waiting for the highest bidder to purchase its policy positions while running from any fight that might get it criticized by a Washington press corps increasingly composed of former leftwing activists masquerading as objective journalists.

  • Alex Pappas, Daily Caller

    For Cruz, the attack could be helpful: Boehner is not beloved by the conservative grassroots activists the Texas senator is courting. And it could further endear Cruz to voters who find Donald Trump’s anti-Washington message appealing.

  • David Sherfinski and Stephen Dinan, Washington Times

    Combined, Donald Trump and Ben Carson have 40 percent of the vote in the latest Quinnipiac University Poll. Add in businesswoman Carly Fiorina’s 5 percent, and nearly half of Republicans say their No. 1 choice for president is someone who has never won a public election.

  • Fred Barnes, The Weekly Standard

    Barnes attended a Frank Luntz focus group of Trump supporters and concluded one thing stood out: Trump has a solid base of support that won’t soon fade away. Those who think otherwise are kidding themselves.

  • Alyssa Montemurro, Hollywood Life

    Poor Megan Kelly —she just can’t seem to get through an interview these days without being being chewed out by her subjects!  The latest drama unfolded when the Fox News host pressed Sen. Cruz on a question that Donald Trump was asked on the network one day prior: If a husband and a wife were undocumented immigrants and had two children who were born in the United States and citizens, would you deport the citizen children? 

  • Michael Catalini, AP

    The Iran nuclear agreement is a bad deal and Congress should vote to block it, including an undecided U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, Gov. Chris Christie said Tuesday as he stood alongside Jewish leaders.

  • Manchester Union Leader

    Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz announced additions to his New Hampshire leadership team, which he says now numbers 107. The latest roll-out of 66 conservatives comes as Cruz plans a busy weekend of campaigning in New Hampshire. The list features several prominent conservatives, activists, faith leaders and state and local lawmakers.

  • Lauretta Brown, CNS News

    In the latest undercover investigative video of Planned Parenthood, a biotech CEO says her company could handle delivery of  “another 50 livers a week” taken from aborted babies and then, while discussing the shipment of intact baby heads and brains, the CEO laughs about making sure the child’s eyes are closed and says, “Tell the lab it’s coming!”

  • Erick Erickson, RedState

    After yesterday’s senseless murders, immediately calls for gun control rang out, but there is thus far no evidence that more laws would have prevented these tragedies.

  • Jeffrey T. Brown, American Thinker

    The target of gun control is the vestige of the America that Barack Obama and his malcontents hate. Gun control is only “commonsense” if the people owning the guns stand in the way of what the left still seeks to achieve, which is political and cultural anarchy.

  • AllahPundit, Hot Air

    If you’re in the “Not Trump” camp, who’s left realistically except Ted Cruz? His right-wing competition, i.e. Rick Perry and Bobby Jindal, seems to be going nowhere. He’s raised far more money than anyone expected he would, so he’s likely to be competitive deep into next spring at least. He’s well positioned in Iowa, South Carolina, and the “SEC primary” thanks to his evangelical cred. And as the staunchest conservative in the top tier, he’s a natural draw for righties who dislike Trump because they believe (correctly) that he’s a phony conservative.