McConnell’s vote for Lynch was a sort of “go to hell” moment that conservatives should recognize for what it is: Mitch McConnell saying directly to the conservative Republican grassroots and the conservative movement that opposed Lynch that, despite the fact that conservative voters handed back the Senate majority to the Republican Party in 2014 to make him Senate Majority Leader, he not only doesn’t care what they think, he will go out of his way to disrespect them and will vote with Democrats to confound conservative policy goals.

We think Vince Haley’s dynamic conservative campaign for the open Virginia State Senate District 12 seat has the potential to help shape the national conversation during this important off year election.  First, on the issue of federal overreach Haley’s willingness to confront the EPA's illegal plan to shut down power plants would challenge Gov. McAuliffe to defend higher electricity rates in the fall elections. Second, Haley’s plan to phase out Virginia's state income tax would force McAuliffe (and his establishment GOP enablers) to defend uncontrolled spending if they oppose the plan to control spending to enable the phase out of the unpopular tax.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and various other business interests pumped millions of dollars into Scott Walker’s campaigns in Wisconsin, particularly his successful effort to fight a union-inspired recall, and according to the “dance with the one what brung ya” calculus of politics you’d think Walker would adopt their position on amnesty and expanding legal immigration, but this week Scott Walker joined Ted Cruz and came out strongly against the Bush – Rubio positions on those issues.

Our friend Andy McCarthy makes a case that supports our contention that the Republican establishment leadership of the Senate has ceded control of that body to President Obama because they agree with much of his agenda – especially on amnesty for illegal aliens – but they don’t have the political courage to take that position to the voters in a Republican primary where they would surely lose. Thus, by confirming Loretta Lynch and failing to use the power of the purse to rein-in Obama's lawlessness, they get the results they want by simply acquiescing to Obama’s policies. The Capitol Switchboard is 1-866-220-0044. Please call your Senators and demand that they vote to support and defend the Constitution by opposing the confirmation of Loretta Lynch as the next Attorney General of the United States.

Paul Ryan and Ted Cruz have made a powerful argument that trade deals are good for the economy, good for job creation and good for American international competitiveness and that when we have a trade agreement with a country we tend to have a trade surplus, when we don’t have one we tend to have a trade deficit. So why the discomfort on the Right with giving President Obama the same kind of Trade Promotion Authority Congress gave President George W. Bush?

One clear way conservatives will know who their friends are on Common Core is who, like Ted Cruz, has signed the Eagle Forum Pledge To STOP Common Core, and who hasn’t and won’t.  Jeb Bush’s wiggling and trying to put some air between his position and Hillary Clinton’s, when there really isn’t any, is why the Eagle Forum STOP Common Core Pledge is so important. There’s no wiggling – you either sign and promise to oppose Common Core, no matter what its proponents call it, or you don’t.

Big Business is pulling out all the stops to keep the crony government subsidies flowing, that's why we need a strong grassroots effort to show that Americans want an end to the Export – Import Bank – a New Deal relic that now forms the backbone of the federal government’s politically motivated management of trade that is also rife with corruption. Please join the leaders of over 50 conservative organizations by signing the conservative letter to Congress demanding that your Representative and Senators let the Export - Import Bank expire on June 30, 2015.

Rep. Louie Gohmert's phrase summarizes the reason the American economy has been in the doldrums for almost a decade, why we, our children, and our children’s children must repay an $18 trillion and rising national debt, much of it to overseas investors, and why the Social Security Trust Fund remains an unfunded myth created to paper over the spending of the one branch of government the Framers of the Constitution put in charge of the purse strings of government – the United States Congress.

CHQ Exclusives

McConnell’s vote for Lynch was a sort of “go to hell” moment that conservatives should recognize for what it is: Mitch McConnell saying directly to the conservative Republican grassroots and the conservative movement that opposed Lynch that, despite the fact that conservative voters handed back the Senate majority to the Republican Party in 2014 to make him Senate Majority Leader, he not only doesn’t care what they think, he will go out of his way to disrespect them and will vote with Democrats to confound conservative policy goals.

We think Vince Haley’s dynamic conservative campaign for the open Virginia State Senate District 12 seat has the potential to help shape the national conversation during this important off year election.  First, on the issue of federal overreach Haley’s willingness to confront the EPA's illegal plan to shut down power plants would challenge Gov. McAuliffe to defend higher electricity rates in the fall elections. Second, Haley’s plan to phase out Virginia's state income tax would force McAuliffe (and his establishment GOP enablers) to defend uncontrolled spending if they oppose the plan to control spending to enable the phase out of the unpopular tax.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and various other business interests pumped millions of dollars into Scott Walker’s campaigns in Wisconsin, particularly his successful effort to fight a union-inspired recall, and according to the “dance with the one what brung ya” calculus of politics you’d think Walker would adopt their position on amnesty and expanding legal immigration, but this week Scott Walker joined Ted Cruz and came out strongly against the Bush – Rubio positions on those issues.

Our friend Andy McCarthy makes a case that supports our contention that the Republican establishment leadership of the Senate has ceded control of that body to President Obama because they agree with much of his agenda – especially on amnesty for illegal aliens – but they don’t have the political courage to take that position to the voters in a Republican primary where they would surely lose. Thus, by confirming Loretta Lynch and failing to use the power of the purse to rein-in Obama's lawlessness, they get the results they want by simply acquiescing to Obama’s policies. The Capitol Switchboard is 1-866-220-0044. Please call your Senators and demand that they vote to support and defend the Constitution by opposing the confirmation of Loretta Lynch as the next Attorney General of the United States.

Paul Ryan and Ted Cruz have made a powerful argument that trade deals are good for the economy, good for job creation and good for American international competitiveness and that when we have a trade agreement with a country we tend to have a trade surplus, when we don’t have one we tend to have a trade deficit. So why the discomfort on the Right with giving President Obama the same kind of Trade Promotion Authority Congress gave President George W. Bush?

One clear way conservatives will know who their friends are on Common Core is who, like Ted Cruz, has signed the Eagle Forum Pledge To STOP Common Core, and who hasn’t and won’t.  Jeb Bush’s wiggling and trying to put some air between his position and Hillary Clinton’s, when there really isn’t any, is why the Eagle Forum STOP Common Core Pledge is so important. There’s no wiggling – you either sign and promise to oppose Common Core, no matter what its proponents call it, or you don’t.

Big Business is pulling out all the stops to keep the crony government subsidies flowing, that's why we need a strong grassroots effort to show that Americans want an end to the Export – Import Bank – a New Deal relic that now forms the backbone of the federal government’s politically motivated management of trade that is also rife with corruption. Please join the leaders of over 50 conservative organizations by signing the conservative letter to Congress demanding that your Representative and Senators let the Export - Import Bank expire on June 30, 2015.

We love Ben Carson’s big message of being an outsider who is above the pettiness of inside-the-Beltway politics, but we agree with Iowa's top conservative talker Steve Deace: Dr. Ben Carson had a bad April and comparing himself to Al Sharpton, embracing his “goal” and shaking hands with that proven liar, charlatan, tax cheat, race-baiter, and riot inciter will not be a big selling point in any GOP primary. Dr. Carson would have been miles ahead by “talking truth to power” and taking Sharpton to task to his face, as he did President Obama at the National Prayer Breakfast.

Some 12.2 million people, more than half of the population, are estimated to need humanitarian assistance. A similar number have been displaced—between 6.5 million and 7.8 million within Syria and three to four million on to neighboring states. Americans can’t be expected to make Syrians’ war their own. But they are an ever generous people who should do what they can to help other peoples in desperate need. There’s no reason for them to wait for politicians to act. One of the best ways to help those suffering from the Syrian conflict is through private relief groups. 

Rep. Louie Gohmert's phrase summarizes the reason the American economy has been in the doldrums for almost a decade, why we, our children, and our children’s children must repay an $18 trillion and rising national debt, much of it to overseas investors, and why the Social Security Trust Fund remains an unfunded myth created to paper over the spending of the one branch of government the Framers of the Constitution put in charge of the purse strings of government – the United States Congress.

Senators have a choice when the nomination of Loretta Lynch for Attorney General comes to the floor of the Senate; they can vote to continue Obama’s lawless actions by confirming Lynch or they can strike a blow against Obama’s lawlessness by defeating Lynch and demanding the next Attorney General uphold his or her oath of office to support and defend the Constitution.

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.

Front Page Headlines

  • Matthew Boyle, Breitbart

    Shirley & Banister Public Affairs will be handling strategic communications for Walker’s Super PAC, the Unintimidated PAC, and providing historical context that will prove crucial for the campaign. Since the firm’s two partners—Craig Shirley and Diana Banister—are extraordinarily connected among major players in the conservative movement, they’ll be filling a key gap in Walker’s growing team of influential staffers.

  • Mark J. Fitzgibbons, American Thinker

    Today Americans live in a soft police state. We may not sense its severity and doom like runaway slaves or Anne Frank, but the freedoms of the greatest number of Americans have never been more threatened and violated institutionally -- both openly and secretively -- by our own government. The Fourth Amendment, which is the law limiting government power to search and seize our persons and most private property, has been gutted by executive and administrative actions, Congress, and the courts -- the very bodies that were supposed to enforce it on government. 

  • Real Clear Politics

    On Thursday's broadcast of MSNBC's The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell, journalist Nina Burleigh dismissed the Peter Schweizer, the author of the highly-anticipated upcoming book Clinton Cash, as a "right-wing hatchet man." Burleigh said "it's not good" that major newspapers like The New York Times and The Washington Post had to "farm out" their work. Burleigh argued the outlets could have done the investigative work on their own because "[the] material is already out there."

  • Lindsay Dunsmuir and Richard Cowan, Reuters

    The Senate confirmed Lynch by a vote of 56-43 to end a five-month partisan deadlock over her nomination by President Barack Obama. Ten Republicans voted for Lynch, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The tally in Lynch's favor was larger than expected, perhaps reflecting political concerns. Of the Republicans who backed her, four are up for reelection next year.

  • NBC News

    Ted Cruz was the only Senator to miss Lynch's final confirmation vote Thursday. Cruz spoke on the Senate floor this morning against Lynch's nomination, and then voted against the procedural vote to move forward with consideration of her nomination, but Cruz missed the actual vote on her nomination because he needed to catch a flight for a previously scheduled commitment in Texas. According to a fundraising invitation obtained by Real Clear Politics, Cruz had a fundraiser in Dallas, TX scheduled for 6pm Thursday.

  • Leada Gore, AL.com

    Attorney General Loretta Lynch was approved by the Senate Thursday afternoon, despite "no" votes from Alabama's two Republican Senators. "The Senate must never confirm an individual to such an office as this who will support and advance a scheme that violates our Constitution and eviscerates established law and Congressional authority. No person who would do that should be confirmed. And we don't need to be apologetic about it," Sessions said during the vote.

  • Matthew Daly, Associated Press

    The chairman of a House committee investigating the 2012 attacks on Americans in Benghazi, Libya, on Thursday called Hillary Rodham Clinton to testify at a public hearing next month, setting up a high-profile showdown over the Democratic presidential candidate's use of a private email account and server while she was secretary of state. Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said he wants Clinton to testify the week of May 18 and again before June 18. 

  • Paul Blumenthal, Huffington Post

    Americans for Limited Government, a conservative group founded by wealthy activist Howard Rich, will begin radio ads in New Hampshire on Thursday, calling on Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) to oppose the fast-track legislation moving through Congress. All three senators are running for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

  • Sean Piccoli, NewsMax

    Republicans will lose the 2016 presidential election if they nominate an "establishment" GOP candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz told Newsmax TV on Wednesday. In a candid and wide-ranging interview at Newsmax headquarters, Cruz predicted that a candidate in the mold of a Mitt Romney, John McCain, or Bob Dole will nearly guarantee that Democrat Hillary Clinton wins the White House.

  • Luciana Lopez, Reuters

    Marco Rubio, the youthful Republican presidential hopeful who touts himself as the candidate of his party's future, has been making moves to court a socially liberal faction of his party that represents gay conservatives. The Florida senator's staff have held quarterly meetings with the Log Cabin Republicans "going back some time", their executive director, Gregory Angelo, told Reuters. 

  • Dana Blanton, Fox News

    More voters than not think President Barack Obama is giving away too much in the nuclear talks with Iran -- and that it’s pointless to make a deal with Iran anyway. By a 51-34 percent margin, voters think Obama is “being too soft” rather than “striking the right balance” in talks with Iran. Democrats think Obama is striking the right balance by a 27-point margin.  Republicans (by 69 points) and independents (by 17 points) say he is being too soft.  

  • The Associated Press

    Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, predicting a “strong bipartisan vote” for “fast track” legislation. But liberal Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., a fierce opponent of the trade legislation, invoked a Senate scheduling rule to delay the committee’s actions. “This job-killing trade deal has been negotiated in secret,” said Sanders, who made a lengthy Senate speech denouncing the legislation. “It was drafted with input by special interests and corporate lobbyists, but not from the elected representatives of the American people.”

  • Fox News

    A feud between Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., escalated Wednesday when McCain called the 2016 presidential hopeful “the worst possible candidate” on the issue of national security. McCain’s comments, made on Fox News’ “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” were in response to Paul calling McCain and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C,. “lapdogs for President Obama” on foreign policy.

  • Ruth Gledhill, Christian Today

    David Lane wants to expose senior Republican politicians who secretly support gay marriage, abortion and other issues traditionally associated with a liberal or left-wing platform. Already Lane has 100,000 pastors working to make sure 80 million evangelicals and 40 million Catholics use their vote in 2016 to return a conservative Republican to the White House. "We need to bring these things up on the table. Evangelical pastors aren't as much interested in budget issues as they are social issues," says Lane.

  • Fredreka Schouten, USA Today

    Charles Koch, his brother David and their team have identified five candidates who have the right message and "a good chance of getting elected," he told USA TODAY in an exclusive interview at Koch Industries' headquarters. They are Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, former Florida governor Jeb Bush and Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Marco Rubio of Florida.