Reclaiming the Constitution for We the People is the one area where political Left and Right intersect in a way that will attract a significant, perhaps decisive, segment of the 2016 electorate. The establishment candidates of the Republican and Democratic Parties, Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton, are not talking about reclaiming the Constitution because they are fully invested in the extra-constitutional policies that are threatening our liberties; the surveillance state, a dominant and unaccountable federal executive and Congress’ abandonment of its constitutional responsibility to check the executive through the power of the purse.

The abuses of Rory Reid using his father’s power as an enforcement tool on behalf of his lobbying clients appears to go much deeper than the EB-5 visa program and this pattern of apparent corruption should be followed wherever the facts lead.

“Natural born Citizen” is a legal term of art that Congress has defined in a way that rendered Cruz eligible to be President long before the present controversy over his birthplace erupted. Where Ted Cruz was born, or like Shakespeare's Macduff, how he was born, is of little legal consequence to the question of whether or not he is a “natural born Citizen.” We urge conservatives to support or oppose Ted Cruz for his policies and record and not to be distracted by the spurious argument over whether or not the geographical location of his birth renders him ineligible to run for President.

UPDATE: On Friday, multiple news sources reported a discovery of “significance” in the apartment of the co-pilot who is being accused of slamming Germanwings Airbus A320 into the French Alps and a German news website claimed that based on the find, the pilot, Andreas Lubitz, was a Muslim convert who crashed the plane as a mass murder act of terrorism, however, as of Monday morning no new evidence has been revealed to substantiate the claim of a jihadi connection.

Fearing that Republicans will ultimately nominate an establishment presidential candidate like Jeb Bush, leaders of the conservative movement have mounted an ambitious effort to coalesce their support behind a single social-conservative contender months before the first primary votes are cast. CHQ Chairman Richard A. Viguerie told the New York Times' Trip Gabriel he was involved in the effort to rally behind a candidate so “we won’t go into this season divided six or eight different ways.”

Richard A. Viguerie, CHQ Chairman

Ted Cruz's base is the conservative movement and his almost spiritual bond with America’s country class – the voters outside the Beltway who have looked with alarm at Obama’s fundamental transformation of America and seen not a spending bill to be negotiated or a deal to be cut, as the Republican establishment does, but an existential threat to American exceptionalism and the future of constitutional government that must be resisted at every turn.

CHQ Exclusives

Reclaiming the Constitution for We the People is the one area where political Left and Right intersect in a way that will attract a significant, perhaps decisive, segment of the 2016 electorate. The establishment candidates of the Republican and Democratic Parties, Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton, are not talking about reclaiming the Constitution because they are fully invested in the extra-constitutional policies that are threatening our liberties; the surveillance state, a dominant and unaccountable federal executive and Congress’ abandonment of its constitutional responsibility to check the executive through the power of the purse.

The abuses of Rory Reid using his father’s power as an enforcement tool on behalf of his lobbying clients appears to go much deeper than the EB-5 visa program and this pattern of apparent corruption should be followed wherever the facts lead.

UPDATE: On Friday, multiple news sources reported a discovery of “significance” in the apartment of the co-pilot who is being accused of slamming Germanwings Airbus A320 into the French Alps and a German news website claimed that based on the find, the pilot, Andreas Lubitz, was a Muslim convert who crashed the plane as a mass murder act of terrorism, however, as of Monday morning no new evidence has been revealed to substantiate the claim of a jihadi connection.

“Natural born Citizen” is a legal term of art that Congress has defined in a way that rendered Cruz eligible to be President long before the present controversy over his birthplace erupted. Where Ted Cruz was born, or like Shakespeare's Macduff, how he was born, is of little legal consequence to the question of whether or not he is a “natural born Citizen.” We urge conservatives to support or oppose Ted Cruz for his policies and record and not to be distracted by the spurious argument over whether or not the geographical location of his birth renders him ineligible to run for President.

The Export-Import Bank authorization expires in June. The Capitol Switchboard is 1-866-220-0044. We urge you to call your Representative and tell him or her to support Chairman Hensarling’s plan to let the Export-Import Bank’s authorization expire.

Fearing that Republicans will ultimately nominate an establishment presidential candidate like Jeb Bush, leaders of the conservative movement have mounted an ambitious effort to coalesce their support behind a single social-conservative contender months before the first primary votes are cast. CHQ Chairman Richard A. Viguerie told the New York Times' Trip Gabriel he was involved in the effort to rally behind a candidate so “we won’t go into this season divided six or eight different ways.”

Don’t get us wrong, House Republicans were right to look at Obama’s national security budget and conclude it was dangerously thin, but their budget gimmickry and unwillingness to make tough choices in other areas of the budget – or even choices that should be easy for conservatives – shows that they are unwilling to be honest with the American people and acknowledge that the national security and fiscal challenges facing America intersect.

Conservatives who opposed Obamacare's government intrusion into the personal health records of millions of Americans were ridiculed during the Obamacare debate. Our friends at Judicial Watch have now demonstrated those concerns were legitimate by uncovering new documents that show it was pressure from the Obama White House, desperate to boost enrollment in its unpopular government health care program that may have led to a mass breach of the privacy of innocent Americans.

It is easy for today’s generation of conservative commentators to forget or to simply not be aware of the long history various Fox News personalities have with the Bush political operation, and especially the ties between the Bush family and Fox News Boss Roger Ailes.

Our friend Becky Gerritson, President of the Wetumpka, Alabama TEA Party organization, correctly identifies the Obama plan to punish states whose governors don't acknowledged global warming by depriving them of disaster relief funds as the new "thought police." Gerritson asks in a post on her www.bornfreeamericanwoman.com website a question every American ought to ask when confronted with another act of lawlessness by President Obama, "Why in the world is Congress allowing this to continue?"

Richard A. Viguerie, CHQ Chairman

Ted Cruz's base is the conservative movement and his almost spiritual bond with America’s country class – the voters outside the Beltway who have looked with alarm at Obama’s fundamental transformation of America and seen not a spending bill to be negotiated or a deal to be cut, as the Republican establishment does, but an existential threat to American exceptionalism and the future of constitutional government that must be resisted at every turn.

Country class voters understand that when the establishment attacked Gov. Sarah Palin, as they are now attacking Sen. Ted Cruz, it is really them and their interests and values that are being attacked and they are in no mood to turn the other cheek this time around.

Front Page Headlines

  • Brahm Resnik, AZ Central

    Arizona Congressman Matt Salmon is letting conservative groups try to persuade him to take on Sen. John McCain in the 2016 Republican primary for the U.S. Senate, according to 12 News political insider Chris Herstam.

  • Evan McMurry, Mediaite

    According to video taken by CBN News, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) told a gathering of faith leaders last Thursday that America was in a “moral crisis,” in part over gay marriage, and that government had a role in addressing it.

  • Ross Ramsey, Special to The Washington Post

    The executive editor of the Texas Tribune says in a remarkably short period, Ted Cruz has become a national figure — one who is often misunderstood. Here are five myths about Ted Cruz explained.

  • CBS Baltimore

    Potential Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley says the country needs new perspectives, and he’s criticizing the prospects of another Clinton and Bush seeking the White House again. He also questions whether former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton would take on special interests.

  • FoxNews.com

    Former CEO and potential Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina said Sunday the probability she’ll formally start a 2016 campaign is “higher than 90 percent” and that she will probably announce in late April or early May. Fiorina, a former Hewlett-Packard chief executive officer, told “Fox News Sunday” that she still needs to get "the right team in place ... the right financial resources lined up, just as all the other potential candidates are doing."

  • Carol E. Lee and Jay Soloman

    As negotiations with Iran on a nuclear deal come down to the wire, the White House is ramping up a yearlong campaign to persuade lawmakers and the public to support an agreement. Widespread opposition from lawmakers in both parties has forced the White House to begin considering a potential compromise with Congress if that helps Mr. Obama achieve his top foreign policy goal, officials said.

  • Indianapolis Star Archives

    Gov. Mike Pence signed a controversial "religious freedom" bill Thursday morning in his Statehouse office, culminating a three-month battle over the most divisive issue of the 2015 session of the Indiana General Assembly.

  • Mark J. Fitzgibbons, Esq., The American Thinker

    In the year that the Magna Carta turns 800, Senator Ted Cruz began his bid for the presidency with an appropriately active, as opposed to passive, choice of words that “[i]t is a time to reclaim the Constitution of the United States.” The term “reclaim” used by Ted Cruz in referring to the action needed on the Constitution is not the same as “restore,” the latter suggesting a subtler approach to returning America to the rule of law. His choice of words instead suggests taking back what has been lost or is otherwise wrongfully possessed by someone other than the rightful owner, like good citizens taking back the streets from an unsavory element.

  • Newsmachete, The American Thinker

    There are many, many inconsistencies and "evolutions" in Scott Walker's positions, but this write says Walker has finally broken an egg that can't be re-shelled.  He reportedly endorsed amnesty not six years ago, not two years ago, but two weeks ago, in a private group dinner.

  • Dana Bash, Jeff Zeleny and Alexandra Jaffe, CNN

    Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said Friday he won't seek reelection in 2016, a surprise move that's certain to open a fierce battle for his seat as well as a fight to lead the Democratic party in the chamber. The fifth-term Nevada Democrat had denied retirement rumors for months.

  • Associated Press

    Indiana Gov. Mike Pence vigorously defended the state religious objections bill that he signed into law Thursday as businesses and organizations including the NCAA pressed concerns that it could open the door to legalizing discrimination against homosexuals.

  • John Fritze & Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun

    Democrats at it again. A long-awaited audit of Maryland's health insurance exchange has found that the state improperly billed the federal government $28.4 million as former Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration struggled to launch what would become one of the most troubled websites in the nation.

  • Reuters

    Gross domestic product expanded at a 2.2 percent annual rate, unrevised from last month's forecast, the Commerce Department said on Friday in its third GDP estimate. The economy grew at a 5 percent rate in the third quarter. The government also reported that after-tax corporate profits fell at a 1.6 percent rate in the fourth quarter, as a strong dollar dented the earnings of multinational corporations.

  • Ron Elving, NPR

    Before Obama had been in office for a month, much of the nation saw an astonishing meltdown by cable TV personality Rick Santelli, an investment analyst on business news network CNBC. For close to three minutes, Santelli harangued the live host and other on-air contributors with a fiery denunciation of the Obama plan to help homeowners whose property was worth less than its mortgage.then he uttered the magic phrase that altered the course of politics, if not history, on that chilly morning: "We're thinking about having a Chicago tea party in July," he shouted. "All you capitalists that wanna show up to Lake Michigan. I'm gonna start organizing."

  • Time.com

    In an olive branch to defense hawks hell-bent on curtailing his White House ambitions, the libertarian Senator introduced a budget amendment late Wednesday calling for a nearly $190 billion infusion to the defense budget over the next two years—a roughly 16 percent increase.