Thomas Valentine

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Chicago-area Congressman Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.), one of the last pro-life Democrats in Congress, staved off a fierce primary challenge from a ferociously pro-abortion candidate last night. Rep. Lipinski defeated Marie Newman — an ultra-leftist who had the backing of Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice America, Human Rights Campaign, and Bernie Sanders — by a margin of […]

It’s been two weeks since the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., and the country is still searching for answers — and solutions. For one side, the problem is with guns: they’re too easy to buy and should be more heavily restricted, if not outright banned in some cases. And for the other side, the problem […]

A Tale of Two Discussions

by Thomas Valentine

Earlier this week I was transfixed by the drama of the White House “listening session” with President Trump and survivors of school shootings. Here were people on different sides of a sensitive, emotional issue, coming together to discuss real solutions and find common ground. Those types of discussions rarely even happen these days, much less […]

Politico is reporting this week that Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) is reconsidering his retirement and thinking about once again running for re-election. The reason? Moderate “Republicans” in Tennessee fret that the conservative likely to win the GOP nomination, Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, could lose the general election. I’m admittedly not familiar with the political dynamics in Tennessee. But […]

Pro-life Democrats? They still exist? The answer is just barely, and if far-leftists have their way, they will be almost completely gone from the national party. Up until the Obama years, there was a fairly sizable contingent of pro-life Democrats in Congress. This bloc of a dozen or so lawmakers were the last major holdouts preventing […]

Never content to let a good week go by without botching something, several Senate Republicans admitted to a Politico reporter that they’ve surrendered on repealing Obamacare. And what a great week it had been for the GOP: the enduring image being Democrats at the State of the Union sitting on their hands looking like — in the […]

Yesterday, 44 Democrats and 2 Republicans voted to continue allowing the barbaric practice of legalized abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, when the baby is capable of feeling excruciating pain and, as science advances, capable of surviving outside the womb. The bill, called the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, was not expected to pass because the […]

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced today that the Senate will vote early next week on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks. It will be a high-stakes vote with heavy consequences for both parties and the country as a whole. The bill bans abortion on the […]

Amazon has released its list of 20 finalists to host its second headquarters — and the massive influx of new residents that comes with it. However, although the various city councils for these 20 finalists are currently patting themselves on the back, there are reasons they should perhaps temper their excitement. First, a list of […]

Good or bad, Virginia never fails to excite. As one of only two states to have elections every year, and a purple state, Virginia is often a battleground and proxy war for national politics. In 2005, a Democratic victory in the governor’s race foretold a Democratic takeover of Congress the following year, and the reverse […]

Liberal Republicans are reportedly plotting to ally with Democrats to bail out Obamacare — and to make matters worse, they’re doubling down on Obamacare’s worst excesses. The possible bailout, most commonly known as Alexander-Murray — named after Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.), who have worked on the bill — would resume the […]

Today is a pretty normal Thursday in America for 2017. There’s some intense negotiating going on in Congress, some political speculation fueled by a Politico article, and some snow on the ground in many places. Just what you’d expect for a December weekday. But if you go on Reddit (which I don’t recommend, since it can be […]

Bobby Schindler, brother of the late Terri Schiavo who was starved to death by a hospital under court order in 2005, says there is a legal reality that should send shivers down all our spines. According to Schindler, “it is presently legal in every state deliberately to bring about the end of a patient’s life by denying […]

Virginia always elects a new governor the year after a presidential election, and it almost always elects a governor from the party opposite that of the president (9 of the last 10 times, in fact). So everyone knew it would be hard for Republicans to pull out a victory this year. But Republican Ed Gillespie […]

This week, a George Soros-backed PAC supporting Virginia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Ralph Northam released an ad against Republican Ed Gillespie so disturbing that even the far-left Washington Post called it “vile”: The ad came out one day before the terrorist attack in New York, where a man used a truck to mow down and kill 8 people. […]

As I’ve written several times before, Virginia’s 2017 statewide elections are critical for both national parties. Polling in Virginia races is notoriously wild, and this year has been no exception. While most polls have shown Democrat Ralph Northam leading Republican Ed Gillespie, they have almost all been within the margin of error. That is, until […]

This year, CNN has hosted a series of televised debates between prominent members of Congress from both parties on specific topics. Called “CNN Debate Night,” these prime-time debates have been an incredibly good thing for America. Typical debates and panels on cable news pit a commentator versus a host, or 2-4 commentators against each other, […]

Bill O’Reilly was once the king of cable news. Now he’s out, and his replacement — Tucker Carlson — is better than O’Reilly ever was. I didn’t watch Bill O’Reilly in his heyday in the early-to-mid 2000s. I started watching during the early Obama years but quickly grew tired of the show. It was mostly […]

The closely-watched race for governor in Virginia is heating up — with good signs for Republicans. Virginia is one of two states that has elections every year, and its gubernatorial elections are always the year after presidential elections, so they are viewed as important bellwethers for how the president is doing. This year, all indications are that […]

In the aftermath of the GOP’s summer collapse in which it failed to deliver on a seven-year promise to repeal and replace Obamacare, an unlikely but familiar face was working behind the scenes to salvage that promise, the GOP’s dignity, and the American system of governance: Rick Santorum. Santorum is one of the most underappreciated […]