Social Issues


The consensus seems to be that Gov. Pat McCrory did a much better job in this week’s North Carolina debate than the robotically-programmed, soundbite-stuffed Roy Cooper. Here’s one exchange over HB 2: MODERATOR: As you know, since its passage businesses have cancelled plans to expand in the state. NBA, ACC, the NCAA, have all moved […]


Amidst this tumultuous election season, it has been easy to lose sight of the shockingly radical policies being quietly enacted by the Obama administration as the president approaches the end of his term. One of the most extreme of these policies was covered by The Pulse back in May: a new rule promulgated by the […]


As is being widely reported today, WikiLeaks recently released a set of emails featuring bigoted, anti-Christian diatribes from three staffers and advisors to Hillary Clinton. The leaked emails also included a confession from John Podesta, Clinton’s campaign chairman, to commissioning an effort via the Center for American Progress to launch a “Catholic spring” to foment rebellion within […]


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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 […]


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 […]


Heard about HB 2 in North Carolina? You know, the law the media’s been calling the “bathroom bill”? Then you’re probably aware of all the big corporations, musical artists and sports leagues crying “bigotry.” Thankfully, the Institute for Faith and Family is giving voice to the other side. A new commercial uses the testimony of […]


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, […]


Back in August, Jon Schweppe reported on a bill being signed by Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner which would force pro-life medical professionals to provide information about and referrals for abortion services, even if doing so would violate their consciences. Although Rauner, a Republican, had campaigned on having “no social issues agenda” two years ago, he […]


Today marks the 40th anniversary of the Hyde Amendment, bipartisan policy that prevents taxpayer funds from being used to pay for abortion on-demand through Medicaid. For decades, the Hyde Amendment — named for its lead proponent, the great pro-life Congressman Henry Hyde — has protected unborn children as well as the conscience rights of pro-life […]


According to the Washington Examiner, 19 Senate Democrats have introduced a resolution recognizing Planned Parenthood for the 100th anniversary of its founding, which took place on October 16, 1916: “The resolution, spearheaded by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., praises the women’s health and abortion provider for leading significant changes in women’s health and civil rights, being […]


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 […]


Hillary Clinton has now joined the political left, Corporate America, and the sports-entertainment complex in attacking North Carolinians for the passage of HB 2, a law that protects privacy and prevents biological men from having the right to use the same bathroom and shower facilities as women. Via Newsmax: Hillary Clinton criticized North Carolina’s Republican […]


Amidst the anticipation of last night’s presidential debate, USA Today reported yesterday afternoon that Planned Parenthood has announced it intends to spend “seven figures” in North Carolina to push its pro-abortion agenda in an attempt to shift close state races toward the Democrats: Planned Parenthood Action PAC North Carolina, Planned Parenthood Action Fund and Planned Parenthood […]


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 […]