Multiple news sources are reporting a discovery of “significance” in the apartment of the co-pilot who is being accused of slamming Germanwings Airbus A320 into the French Alps on Wednesday. Authorities found “something of significance” in co-pilot Andreas Lubitz’s apartment, but they’ve given no details yet as to what that item is, other than to say it is not a suicide note. However, a German news website now claims that based on the find, the pilot, Andreas Lubitz, was a Muslim convert who crashed the plane as a mass murder act of terrorism.

“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.

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.

CHQ Exclusives

Multiple news sources are reporting a discovery of “significance” in the apartment of the co-pilot who is being accused of slamming Germanwings Airbus A320 into the French Alps on Wednesday. Authorities found “something of significance” in co-pilot Andreas Lubitz’s apartment, but they’ve given no details yet as to what that item is, other than to say it is not a suicide note. However, a German news website now claims that based on the find, the pilot, Andreas Lubitz, was a Muslim convert who crashed the plane as a mass murder act of terrorism.

“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.

Christians continue to be the most persecuted faith, and were penalized or harassed in various ways in 102 countries in 2013. Jews suffer disproportionately, targeted in 77 nations yet making up just .2 percent of the world’s population. The Middle East, dominated by Muslim states, shows the greatest tendency toward persecution and intolerance. 

Here is a rush transcript of Ted Cruz speech to Liberty University. Sen. Ted Cruz kicked off a new phase in the 2016 presidential race Monday when he declared himself a candidate for the GOP nomination, setting the stage for a frenetic battle among Republicans eager to take back the White House.

Saying during a speech at Liberty University Monday that he believed "millions of courageous conservatives" were ready to rise up and vowing to restore the "promise of America," Cruz announced: "And that is why, today, I am announcing that I'm running for president of the United States."

Front Page Headlines

  • 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.

  • David Weigel, Bloomberg

    Indiana's Senate seats, for strange and unpredictable reasons, have been the white whales of Tea Party politics. In 2010, when Democratic Senator Evan Bayh retired, conservative state Senator Marlin Stutzman jumped into the race to replace him. So did John Hostettler, a former congressman. So did Coats, a fixture in Republican politics who had moved to North Carolina but moved back for another chance at power in Washington. The result was a Coats primary victory with 39.5 percent of the vote. 

  • Henry J. Gomez, cleveland.com

    Conservatives aren't quickly embracing Jeb Bush. Quinnipiac University's most recent poll of likely Republican caucus-goers in Iowa measured Bush's support from Tea Party-aligned voters, who accounted for nearly a third of the sample, at only 3 percent. 

  • Bob Cusack and Molly K. Hooper, The Hill

    An unlikely critic of Hillary Clinton could pose significant problems for the Democratic front-runner for the White House. Dan Metcalfe, who previously oversaw the implementation of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) at the Department of Justice, has been publicly ripping Clinton for her exclusive use of a private email account during her time as secretary of State. Metcalfe notes he is a registered Democrat and will vote for the former first lady if she runs for the White House. That makes his criticism even more damaging.

  • SFChronicle.com

    Ohio Gov. John Kasich is heading to Maine as he tries to gain support for a federal balanced budget amendment. Kasich will be joined by Republican Gov. LePage and legislative leaders at the Statehouse on Thursday. The Republican governor of Ohio is considering a presidential bid in 2016.

  • Kristina Wong, The Hill

    The Army on Wednesday charged Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with desertion, reigniting the debate over whether President Obama paid too high a price to secure his release from the Taliban.Bergdahl, 28, who went missing from his base in 2009 while serving in Afghanistan, could face life imprisonment for the separate charge of misbehavior before the enemy. Some suggested that other soldiers had died while looking for Bergdahl.

  • Matthew Boyle, Breitbart

    Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) is mulling a bid for the U.S. Senate in 2016, now that Sen. Dan Coats (R-IN) has announced he won’t run for re-election. Coats was originally recruited by the estabishment to stymie a 2010 Tea Party backed Senate bid by Stutzman. Stutzman is a conservative leader in the U.S. House, and at the beginning of this year voted against John Boehner for Speaker.

  • Katie McHugh, Breitbart

    Over a hundred alien Somali Muslims, imported into the U.S. courtesy of policies that continue to allow these toxic immigrants into America, swarmed St. Cloud Technical High School on Friday. Somali leader Abdul Kulane, who curiously agitates against America instead of helping poverty-stricken Somalians, told KARE11 that unhinged violence was a positive good, so long as it was directed against Minnesota taxpayers, who funded the school districts that Muslim aliens have swamped.

  • Niels Lesniewski, Roll Call

    GOP supporters of President Barack Obama’s pick to be the next attorney general are sticking by her, meaning Loretta Lynch is still on track for confirmation — if she can ever get a vote. That’s even as announced Republican opposition to Lynch continues to mount as the nomination sits on the Senate calendar.