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The 2016 presidential campaign confirms what Marx wrote: “all the events and personalities of great importance in world history occur, as it were, twice… the first time as tragedy, the second as farce.” Karl, not Groucho, Marx. We enter the realm of farce. It’s the economy, Stupid! We are experiencing a reprise of the political […]


I love my country more than I detest vile and disrespectful male, locker room talk. I care about the future make-up of the U.S. Supreme Court more than I detest vile and disrespectful male, locker room talk. I value the lives of millions of unborn babies more than I detest vile and disrespectful male, locker room talk. I […]


The Millennial Vote is being treated like a Magical Unicorn in the 2016 election. It is seen as something valuable and mysterious. As Dan Schwabel, at Quartz, in a piece modestly entitled The complete guide to winning the millennial vote this election recently noted: As we head into November’s US elections, all candidates are vying […]


scha·den·freu·de ˈSHädənˌfroidə/ noun pleasure derived by someone from another person’s misfortune   nar·cis·sism ˈnärsəˌsizəm/ noun extreme selfishness, with a grandiose view of one’s own talents and a craving for admiration, as characterizing a personality type.   This weekend was a time of great sorrow. Sorrow over the state of our country and the growing adversities […]


CatholicVote.org, a prominent Catholic issues organization, yesterday published a letter they received from Donald Trump which indicates an increased commitment to religious liberty from the Republican presidential nominee. As he did in the letter his campaign sent to the American Principles Project last December, Trump discussed the importance of freedom of religion and reiterated his […]


The Associated Press has a very cool interactive tool that allows you to see where Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump — and the various super PACs supporting or opposing them — are spending money on TV ads. Check it out here. Using this tool, we gain a better understanding of the Trump campaign’s electoral strategy. While pro-Trump […]


Planned Parenthood is certainly going all in on 2016 — and Donald Trump is the abortion lobby’s clear enemy number one. Fresh off of their most recent victory in Congress, where they successfully forced Republicans to back down yet again from opposition to federal funding for Planned Parenthood, the pro-abortion behemoth is now finalizing plans on […]


Earlier this week, I wrote about Mike Pence’s complicated past history on religious liberty and argued that he had two choices before him on the issue: take a strong stand or retreat back to ambiguity. While Pence was not asked to address the topic during Tuesday’s debate, he was presented with several questions on social […]


When one side starts complaining that the “polls are skewed,” that side is usually about to lose an election. So for that reason alone, I don’t like to question polling methodology. Polling has a pretty good track record, and it has proven to be accurate most of the time. But… I can’t help it. I’m […]


Speaking on Monday at an event hosted by the Retired American Warriors PAC, Donald Trump fielded a question from a retired chaplain asking what he would do as president to halt the ongoing erosion of military members’ religious liberty. During his answer, Trump began to address the case of a Washington state high school football […]


Last week we launched Connecticut Avenue, the official podcast of The Pulse 2016. Today’s episode, our second, is hosted by Jon Schweppe, contributing editor to The Pulse 2016, and Kevin Dawson, a frequent contributor to The Pulse 2016. Schweppe and Dawson touched on a number of topics today, including last week’s debate between Trump and Clinton (0:00), tonight’s VP […]


With 2016’s first and only vice presidential debate set to take place tonight, speculation has been building as to what topics will be covered once Mike Pence and Tim Kaine take the stage. While recent campaign controversies will certainly draw the headlines, it’s possible that some policy areas ignored in the first presidential debate, such […]


Last June, I attended Donald Trump’s “secret meeting” with social conservatives in New York City. I was impressed then, and I continue to remain impressed with his commitment to the most important issues facing our country. Unlike many Republican candidates who simply check the boxes when talking to social conservatives — yes, I’m pro-life; yes, […]


No, Trump Didn’t Win the Debate

by Shane Vander Hart

Deal Hudson earlier this week claimed Donald Trump won his first debate with Hillary Clinton. He said he won because he didn’t self-destruct. We must have been watching two different debates. I think Donald Trump won the first 20 minutes of the debate, but unfortunately for him and his supporters, it was a 90 minute […]


Remember prosperity? Want it back? Here’s the secret formula, which has always worked and would work again: Cut marginal tax rates and restore integrity to the dollar. Donald Trump is campaigning on meaningful marginal tax rate cuts and implying, with his offstage praise of the gold standard, a solid instinct for monetary integrity and how […]


Since beginning his 2016 presidential run last year, Donald Trump has not always appeared to have the strongest grasp on the issue of religious liberty. However, if his recent actions are any indication, that may be quickly changing. Most noteworthy was a statement Trump released last week vowing to defend religious freedom as president and, […]


Donald Trump is certainly going the full distance in his outreach to pro-life voters. Earlier this month, Trump announced that he would be relying on Susan B. Anthony List president (and The Pulse 2016 contributor) Marjorie Dannenfelser to head up a newly formed pro-life advisory coalition, bringing serious conservative credibility to his campaign. Now, CBN’s David […]


Why Trump Won the Debate

by Deal W. Hudson

Regardless of the morning headlines, Donald Trump won the debate. Why? Hillary Clinton supporters, including most of the media, were betting on Trump self-destructing in the face of personal barbs thrown at him from Lester Holt and Clinton. Trump, however, didn’t take any of the hooks — at least, none of the important ones. Even […]


In the first of the three presidential debates, only Trump’s handlers scored his performance as better than a draw. Both candidates jabbed and scored some points against the other. Pity that Trump did not launch a haymaker against Hillary’s big glass jaw on the economy. Last May, The New York Times reported: Hillary Clinton already […]


Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence was in Iowa this weekend where he addressed social conservatives at the annual Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition dinner. During his remarks, Pence reiterated his full confidence in Donald Trump and made the case for Trump’s candidacy as a response to the increasing threats to Americans’ fundamental liberties: “For the sake […]