The Worst Argument for Common Core Ever!

From Fortune magazine come two stories about the saga of Common Core and the presidential candidates’ approach to the national standards. One piece identifies four candidates — Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina, and Mike Huckabee — who have flipped from supporting to opposing the national standards. Bush really shouldn’t be listed here, because the only change he’s made is to stop using the term “Common Core” when describing what he supports. In any event, note that all of these candidates focus primarily on the federal involvement in pushing the standards. They seem to think that if the feds would bow

Rand Paul Lets Loose, Airs His Grievances on “Festivus”

Today is Festivus, a made-up holiday introduced to the world in 1997 on an episode of “Seinfeld.” Read more about it here. Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) took to Twitter this morning to “air his grievances” against the other candidates. Here were some of his best tweets: Good morning and HAPPY #Festivus! I will be airing my grievances soon. — Dr. Rand Paul (@RandPaul) December 23, 2015 “I’ve got a lot of problems with you people and now you’re gonna hear about them!” #Festivus — Dr. Rand Paul (@RandPaul) December 23, 2015 On Donald Trump: Where to start but @realDonaldTrump. If u

Trump Leads New Polls in N.H. and Nationally

The latest Boston Herald poll of New Hampshire voters (taken partially before and partially after the debate) shows Donald Trump holding steady at 26 percent, up 14 points over the field.  What happens next will be fascinating: there is basically a four-way tie for second at this point between Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, and Chris Christie all bunching between 10 and 12 percent, within the margin of error. The very first post-debate national poll just released by PPP (a Democratic pollster) shows Trump holding steady up 16 points at 34 percent. Cruz has pulled 5 points ahead of Rubio to hold

Chris Christie’s Lack of Courage on Religious Liberty

Chris Christie appeared to get a boomlet from the Nevada debate this week. Why? For a hawkish foreign policy posture about Russians violating his proposed no-fly zone in Syria. Here’s some love from WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza, for example, on why Christie was a winner on Tuesday: Chris Christie: The New Jersey governor had one goal in this debate: distinguish himself from the likes of Cruz and Rubio as someone who has never spent any time in Washington. He did so — repeatedly and successfully. He effectively injected himself into an extended back and forth between Cruz and Rubio on the NSA to

How Common Core Killed Conventional GOP Candidates

I wanted to piggy back on what Paul wrote last week about an article written by Fred Barnes in The Weekly Standard. Barnes said that governors making the best presidential candidates is conventional unwisdom. I agree. The crop of candidates who are governors or were previously governors have demonstrated time and time and time again that they will put pragmatism above principles. One such instance is with the Common Core State Standards. Barnes notes that this is a serious problem for the remaining governors in 2016: A serious problem for Republican governors has been all but ignored by the media

Six Candidates Pledge to Sign First Amendment Defense Act Within First 100 Days

American Principles Project has joined together with Heritage Action for America, the action arm of the Heritage Foundation, and FRC Action, the legislative affiliate of the Family Research Council, to invite each of the candidates running for President to sign the following pledge: If elected, I pledge to push for the passage of the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) and sign it into law during the first 100 days of my term as President. So far, six candidates have signed the pledge: Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida) Dr. Ben Carson Carly Fiorina Former Senator Rick Santorum (R-Pennsylvania) Former

On the Tenth Day Before Christmas, the CNN Debate Gave to Me…

The most keenly interesting element of the CNN GOP presidential debate was the clear split in sentiment among the candidates on how to handle the most pressing national security problem America confronts. They split between the tough doves, Cruz and Trump, massively leading in the polls, and five militant hawks, Bush, Rubio, Christie, Kasich, and Fiorina, who are lagging. And Dr. Carson, who talks like a dove but promises hawkish policy. Call him a partridge. Most commentators focused on the social dynamics, such as Donald Trump’s very gallant praise for his most potent rival, Ted Cruz, as well as for

Common Core Killed These GOP Candidates

I recently gave The Hill some insight into the politics of Common Core: Republican governors struggling in the GOP presidential contest are weighed down by their failure to fully rebuke Common Core education standards, according to the conservative think tank American Principles Project (APP). Common Core, the set of education standards that were adopted by 46 states five years ago but have since become toxic with the conservative base, has not been at the center of the Republican primary debate, which has so far been dominated by national security and immigration. However, APP and its education director Emmett McGroarty argue that

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