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The release of President Donald Trump’s budget last week set off a bipartisan outrage that gave new meaning to the phrase “March Madness.” As beltway bureaucrats come to terms with the fact that President Trump is actually determined to shrink the size of government, the rest of America is celebrating a budget that would lead […]


As I wrote last week, Virginia’s statewide elections this November will be a critical bellwether on how voters are feeling about Donald Trump, the Republican White House, and the Republican agenda. Democrats will pour millions of dollars into the race, seeking to test their message in a purple state before the 2018 midterm elections. Republicans […]


Perhaps the biggest surprise on Election Night last year was Wisconsin. Nobody — well, almost nobody (apologies to The National Pulse’s Steve Wagner who, after all, is a somebody) — expected Donald Trump to win Wisconsin, and even fewer people thought Republican Sen. Ron Johnson could win re-election, yet he did, shocking former Sen. Russ Feingold […]


A recent piece in the Washington Examiner accuses President Trump of abandoning social issues and thereby, the Republican Party of “rebranding” itself. This could not be further from reality. We have never seen an administration so actively engaged in social issues in its first two months. Traditionally, it has been the practice of Republican leaders […]


It’s hard to underestimate the importance of the statewide elections in Virginia in 2017. Virginia is the epitome of a purple battleground state, with Democrats dominating the densely populated Washington, D.C., suburbs in Northern Virginia, and Republicans dominating pretty much everywhere else. As one of two states to have constitutionally-required statewide elections every year, it’s […]


The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is boasting that 53 major corporations signed onto its amicus brief in G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board, alleging that permitting schools to base locker room and bathroom policies on biological gender will be bad for their business and violates their core corporate values. The lopsidedly tech-heavy list includes: Airbnb, […]


Last week, amidst the increasingly heated political debate over Obamacare, President Trump offered an important message to those obstructing health care reform. In his remarks to CPAC, Trump stated: From a purely political standpoint, the single best thing we can do is nothing. Let it implode completely. It’s already imploding. You see the carriers are […]


Sam Brownback, governor of Kansas, has a message for Republicans about the social issues: they can help you win elections. On banning late-term abortions and defunding Planned Parenthood, for example, he told me, “These life issues are winners in the political body. The country is pro-life.” Gov. Brownback should know. He and the GOP-controlled Kansas […]


According to multiple reports, Andy Puzder, President Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Labor, has withdrawn from consideration for the post. I am withdrawing my nomination for Secretary of Labor. I’m honored to have been considered and am grateful to all who have supported me. — Andy Puzder (@AndyPuzder) February 15, 2017 Puzder was opposed by […]


Republicans in the House Oversight Committee voted yesterday to block D.C.’s rapidly advancing move towards legalizing assisted suicide in the District. Though the District of Columbia has the right to elect its own city officials and pass its own laws, Congress retains the ability to veto any of the city’s legislation, if a vote can […]


I know it’s way too early to talk about 2018, but — come on — have you looked at the Senate map yet? 2018 favors the GOP in a way that few cycles ever have historically. Of the 33 Senate seats up for election in 2018, just eight are currently held by Republicans, while 23 are held by […]


Frank argued quite persuasively last week that it wasn’t House Bill 2 itself that doomed North Carolina’s Gov. Pat McCrory in his reelection bid, but rather the overwhelming negative publicity dumped on the state by the left-leaning media and corporate-entertainment-sports complex. But while Democrats and their allies were busy outspending McCrory in the governor’s race […]


On March 3, 2015, as the early stages of the Republican presidential primary campaign were just getting under way, our team launched ThePulse2016.com to keep readers like you up to date on the latest developments in the 2016 election. Now, just over 20 months since that day, the 2016 election has finally come to a […]


On Tuesday night, history was made. Not only because Donald Trump came through the finish line with the electoral college victory that people never thought he would achieve, but also for the issues that he stood for and won on. One of the most historic aspects of Trump’s campaign has been his stance on life. He has […]


With just a few hours now separating us from the first election results, here are the five states I’m watching most closely tonight: 1.) North Carolina Obviously, North Carolina is a key swing state in the presidential race, which is likely to be very close, but I’m even more interested in the results of the […]


Tomorrow is Election Day. Tomorrow, we vote. I want to talk a little bit about why I am voting for Donald Trump. Early on in the GOP primary, I did not support Trump. My feelings on Trump were mixed. I thought his debate performances were entertaining. I enjoyed watching him destroy squishy establishment Republicans like […]


The only thing a candidate can ever offer is words. He can’t act on what he will do because he’s speaking about the future, not the present. Yet Donald Trump has actually raised the bar for what pro-lifers can expect from Republican candidates, despite his troubling personal history on the issue. This sounds counter-intuitive: even […]


I really wish Republicans were more like outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid. In a wide-ranging interview with Talking Points Memo, a left-wing news outlet, Reid (D-Nev.) proudly declared that he is setting the stage for the Democrats to eliminate the 60-vote filibuster rule should they win control of the Senate in November, allowing for […]


Check out this poll released today by Bloomberg. When Republican voters were asked whether Donald Trump or Paul Ryan better matches their own view of what the GOP should stand for, they responded as follows:   Republican leaders should take this result very seriously as they start to think about what the post-2016 GOP will […]


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