This week saw Hillary Clinton demonstrate why she is the Democratic candidate conservatives want to run against; Jeb Bush demonstrate once again that he and Clinton share many of the same positions, and why he is the "great white hope" of the Republican establishment; Rand Paul and Marco Rubio undercut their own campaigns with votes in the Senate, Ted Cruz make an important speech no one reported, and not-a-candidate-yet Donald Trump take the laurel for the week by making the best case we've heard yet for Ted Cruz's candidacy.

In his first post announcement test – the vote on the dangerous Iran nuclear weapons treaty bill put forward by Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker – Rubio voted for that dangerous bill and failed to take the bold conservative stands that would have distinguished him from the huge Republican field. What's more, Rubio wilted under pressure and withdrew a strong conservative amendment demanding Obama certify Iran recognized Israel's right to exist.

Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling and Congressman Jim Jordan have been among the driving forces in Congress for ending the cronyism and abuses inherent in the government managed trade model the Ex-Im Bank represents. But they can’t do it alone. We urge you to join CHQ, The Club for Growth, Americans for Prosperity and other conservatives opposed to this shameful example of crony government.

The cost of government isn't what it taxes, it is what it spends. While tax collections are at record highs, so is spending, the deficit and the national debt. And there's only one branch of government that controls spending -- and that's the United States Congress. While they talk a good game spending has soared under Republican control and shows no signs of abating under the present leadership. We urge you to check to see if your local Tea Party is hosting a Tax Day rally or sign waving and then join them in sending Congress a message: Stop the spending, End the deficit, Pay off the debt.

In caving to Obama on the Iran nuclear weapons treaty, Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee has betrayed the constitutional principle of Senate advice and consent on treaties. The world will be a much more dangerous place for his inexplicable failure to grasp the existential threat a nuclear armed Islamic Republic of Iran poses. And in that willful blindness he has betrayed the United States and all peoples across the globe who share the values of freedom of conscience, freedom of religion and freedom of speech. 

Our concern is not with the Marco Rubio who announced on Monday, our concern is with which Marco Rubio is going to show-up on Inauguration Day if he were to win the presidency.  Would it be the “pre-Gang of Eight bill” Marco Rubio we saw yesterday, or would it be the  “after the Gang of Eight” Marco Rubio, who has spent much of the last two years scorching conservatives and advocating a bill intended to destroy the American exceptionalism Rubio claims he has launched his campaign to restore?

CAIR has well documented ties to the Muslim Brotherhood – a terrorist organization outlawed in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and dedicated to Islamic supremacism, terrorism as a means of achieving political objectives and spreading the misogynistic totalitarian ideology of Sharia. Yet it operates in the open in America and its leaders wage an unrelenting war against liberty under the Constitution.

Richard A. Viguerie, CHQ Chairman

Hillary Clinton is the perfect foil for a campaign run on reclaiming limited constitutional government, traditional values and peace through strength. Two-thirds of Americans are already dissatisfied with the direction of the country, what they need, and are looking for, is a candidate who will provide a clear conservative alternative to the third term of Obama that Hillary Clinton offered on Sunday.

CHQ Exclusives

This week saw Hillary Clinton demonstrate why she is the Democratic candidate conservatives want to run against; Jeb Bush demonstrate once again that he and Clinton share many of the same positions, and why he is the "great white hope" of the Republican establishment; Rand Paul and Marco Rubio undercut their own campaigns with votes in the Senate, Ted Cruz make an important speech no one reported, and not-a-candidate-yet Donald Trump take the laurel for the week by making the best case we've heard yet for Ted Cruz's candidacy.

Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling and Congressman Jim Jordan have been among the driving forces in Congress for ending the cronyism and abuses inherent in the government managed trade model the Ex-Im Bank represents. But they can’t do it alone. We urge you to join CHQ, The Club for Growth, Americans for Prosperity and other conservatives opposed to this shameful example of crony government.

In his first post announcement test – the vote on the dangerous Iran nuclear weapons treaty bill put forward by Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker – Rubio voted for that dangerous bill and failed to take the bold conservative stands that would have distinguished him from the huge Republican field. What's more, Rubio wilted under pressure and withdrew a strong conservative amendment demanding Obama certify Iran recognized Israel's right to exist.

The cost of government isn't what it taxes, it is what it spends. While tax collections are at record highs, so is spending, the deficit and the national debt. And there's only one branch of government that controls spending -- and that's the United States Congress. While they talk a good game spending has soared under Republican control and shows no signs of abating under the present leadership. We urge you to check to see if your local Tea Party is hosting a Tax Day rally or sign waving and then join them in sending Congress a message: Stop the spending, End the deficit, Pay off the debt.

In caving to Obama on the Iran nuclear weapons treaty, Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee has betrayed the constitutional principle of Senate advice and consent on treaties. The world will be a much more dangerous place for his inexplicable failure to grasp the existential threat a nuclear armed Islamic Republic of Iran poses. And in that willful blindness he has betrayed the United States and all peoples across the globe who share the values of freedom of conscience, freedom of religion and freedom of speech. 

CHQ Chairman Richard A. Viguerie will appear TONIGHT on MSNBC staple "The Ed Show" hosted by progressive commentator Ed Schultz. Viguerie is scheduled for the 5:00 p.m. hour along with Democratic strategist Bob Shrum and Professor of Politics at Occidental College Caroline Heldman to discuss the presidential prospects of Marco Rubio versus Hillary Clinton and the impact of Rubio's comment that he is more experienced than President Obama was when he took office. 

Our concern is not with the Marco Rubio who announced on Monday, our concern is with which Marco Rubio is going to show-up on Inauguration Day if he were to win the presidency.  Would it be the “pre-Gang of Eight bill” Marco Rubio we saw yesterday, or would it be the  “after the Gang of Eight” Marco Rubio, who has spent much of the last two years scorching conservatives and advocating a bill intended to destroy the American exceptionalism Rubio claims he has launched his campaign to restore?

CAIR has well documented ties to the Muslim Brotherhood – a terrorist organization outlawed in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and dedicated to Islamic supremacism, terrorism as a means of achieving political objectives and spreading the misogynistic totalitarian ideology of Sharia. Yet it operates in the open in America and its leaders wage an unrelenting war against liberty under the Constitution.

Lee’s meeting with Union commander Ulysses S. Grant on April 9, 1865 was both the practical end of Confederate resistance and essential beginning of national reconciliation. The conflict killed perhaps 750,000 Americans, ravaged much of the South, malformed the national government, and destroyed America’s political checks and balances. The Civil War offers important lessons for Americans today.

Richard A. Viguerie, CHQ Chairman

Hillary Clinton is the perfect foil for a campaign run on reclaiming limited constitutional government, traditional values and peace through strength. Two-thirds of Americans are already dissatisfied with the direction of the country, what they need, and are looking for, is a candidate who will provide a clear conservative alternative to the third term of Obama that Hillary Clinton offered on Sunday.

It is time for the cover-up and the weirdness to end; the new Republican led Capitol Police Board, consisting of the Senate Sergeant at Arms, the House Sergeant at Arms, and the Architect of the Capitol, should release the reports and come clean about what really happened at Harry Reid's Henderson, Nevada home on New Year's Eve and day.

When Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says Obama is “lying” about the proposed terms of the nuclear deal, being “deceptive,” and having “devilish” intentions, this is one time we’ve got to go with the Ayatollah. 

Front Page Headlines

  • Matthew Boyle, Breitbart

    Over the course of this week, Republicans in Washington have caved on everything from the Iran deal legislation from Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) to the national debt with the “doc fix” bill to gay marriage to trade promotion authority. Just a few short months into 2015, Republicans have caved on everything from abortion to Obamacare to immigration and more. And they’re currently looking for a way to cave on the Loretta Lynch nomination for Attorney General. “The Republicans fold at every corner and nobody really understands why,” Trump said.

  • David Harsanyi, The Federalist

    In Colorado this week, Republicans introduced a fetal homicide bill that would enable prosecutors to file murder charges when an unborn baby is killed against the mother’s wishes, but for Colorado Democrats, even those who kill unborn babies against the mother’s wishes aren't murderers.

  • MJ Lee, CNN

    Gee her son-in-law works for one, but Hillary Clinton's got a problem with hedge fund managers -- or at least with the way they're taxed. The expected frontrunner for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination is avoiding policy specifics for now, but the taxation of hedge fund managers -- an elite class of investors who will no doubt pour millions into Clinton's second White House bid -- has been an early exception.

  • Dennis Lynch, IBT

    Hillary Clinton now supports offering driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants, a 180-degree turn on her stance on the issue eight years ago, a news report released Thursday said. Clinton is known for a 2007 flub when she said doing so “makes a lot of sense,” but that she didn’t support such a measure. Her opponents vying for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination, including then-Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, slammed her for not taking a firm stance on the issue.

  • Jeff Seldin, Voice of America

    U.S. defense officials say that in private meetings, Abadi made clear that with Tikrit largely in Iraqi hands, his next focus is Anbar province, an effort which would require more U.S. assistance. But at a Pentagon briefing Thursday, the highest ranking U.S. military official indicated that while Ramadi is already “a humanitarian problem,” U.S. military priorities lie elsewhere.

  • CHERYL CHUMLEY, WND

    A move in Virginia to rein in government powers and bolster the Fourth Amendment – and halt a perceived emerging police state – may have stalled in committee, but supporters aren’t giving up and have now turned to Capitol Hill for redress, pushing for a constitutional correction. “We now live in a soft police state because the courts have weakened the Fourth Amendment so much,” said Mark Fitzgibbons, a constitutional attorney and leading voice behind Virginia’s SJ 302 and HJ 578, the “‘Fourth Amendment’ for the 21st Century” introduced into the General Assembly a few weeks ago.

  • Robert Barnes, The Washington Post

    Another day, another town. Ryan T. Anderson, the conservative movement’s fresh-faced, millennial, Ivy League-educated spokesman against same-sex marriage, has another busy schedule. The Supreme Court will soon be deciding the question of whether there is a constitutional right to same-sex marriage. And Anderson, a 33-year-old scholar at the Heritage Foundation, has emerged as a leading voice for those who resent being labeled hopelessly old-fashioned — or, worse, bigoted — for believing marriage should be only between a man and a woman.

  • Patrick Caldwell, Mother Jones

    Hillary Clinton's now-official presidential campaign has so far opted for gauzy announcement videos and vague feel good promises over much in the way of policy specifics. But on Wednesday, Clinton's team clarified one stance she she will take: same-sex marriage is a constitutional right that should be legal in every state.

  • Gabriel Debenedetti, Kenneth P. Vogel and Ben White, POLITICO

    Hillary Clinton sounded like a woman on a mission after her long drive into the heartland: “There’s something wrong,” she told Iowans on Tuesday, when “hedge fund managers pay lower taxes than nurses or the truckers I saw on I-80 when I was driving here over the last two days.” But back in Manhattan, the hedge fund managers who’ve long been part of her political and fundraising networks aren’t sweating the putdown. Populist rhetoric, many say, is good politics — but doesn’t portend an assault on the rich.

  • Melissa Hayes, northjersey.com

    The differences in stagecraft between Christie’s first town hall-style event in New Hampshire Wednesday and the 134 he’s held so far in New Jersey – 135 counting Thursday’s event in Hasbrouck Heights – were mostly subtle. But there was one major, distinguishing factor: Christie faced pointed questions on federal policy and national programs instead of the usual, parochial New Jersey concerns. Sometimes his answers were very specific, like his opposition to taking Cuba off the state-sponsored terror list and his support for vaccinations. But others were vague with promises of more details to come.

  • Reuters

    Islamic State militants gained ground in western Iraq on Wednesday, overrunning several villages on the edge of the capital of Anbar province, police sources and local officials said. Iraqi police came under attack from the insurgents at dawn in Albu Ghanim and withdrew from the area, about 5 km (3 miles) northeast of the provincial capital Ramadi, sending hundreds of families fleeing. Abu Jasim, who left Albu Ghanim soon after it fell early on Wednesday, said the insurgents had set up a checkpoint at the main entrance to the village and planted their black flag there.

  • Wall Street Journal Editorial

    President Obama says he wants Congress to play a role in approving a nuclear deal with Iran, but his every action suggests the opposite. After months of resistance, the White House said Tuesday the President would finally sign a bill requiring a Senate vote on any deal—and why not since it still gives him nearly a free hand.

  • Michael D. Clark, cincinnati.com

    For the first time, the Cincinnati Tea Party's annual tax day rally is being held near the booming northern suburbs of the Interstate 75 corridor. The new location is in part a "bridge" move, say Tea Party officials, to better connect with the growing, politically conservative influence of Greater Cincinnati communities in Butler and Warren counties as well as southern Dayton, Ohio.

  • DefenseNews

    The US military is well equipped to defend the country against cyber attacks but is not yet ready to wage digital warfare, a senior defense official told lawmakers on Tuesday. The military's Cyber Command, created in 2009, lacks the means to lead an offensive campaign in a fast-moving digital conflict, said Eric Rosenbach, the Pentagon's principal adviser on cybersecurity.

  • Jeremy Pelzer, Northeast Ohio Media Group

    Speaking at the Ohio Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush reiterated his support for Common Core educational standards and expanding legal immigration during a speech Tuesday to a key business group.