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Ernest Istook

Ernest Istook

Ernest Istook spent 25 years in public office, including 14 years in Congress. He was rated one of the top 25 conservatives in the U.S. House of Representatives. Then was a Heritage Foundation fellow and a fellow at Harvard's Insitute of Politics, where he led a study group on Propaganda in American Politics Today. Now as a radio host and a commentator, Ernest aims to expose Washington's gimmicks--to help you avoid the pitfalls. He brings clarity out of the confusion. Native to Texas, Ernest transplanted to Oklahoma after graduating from Baylor University.

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FILE - In this March 25, 2014 file photo, Barbara Green, wife of David Green, founder and chief executive officer of Hobby Lobby, speaks to the media in front of the Supreme Court in Washington. The Monday, June 30, 2014 Supreme Court ruling that the Hobby Lobby crafts store chain does not have to provide all forms of birth control marks the first time the high court has said some businesses can hold religious views under federal law, in cases where there is essentially no difference between the business and its owners. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

ISTOOK: Ruling thwarts Obama’s attack on the profit motive

Hobby Lobby’s court case was as much about economic freedom as religious freedom, which is why news stories always mention that Hobby Lobby is a for-profit company. Only those willing to denounce profits get considered for more-favored treatment under Obamacare. It’s part of Mr. Obama’s constant attack on free enterprise. Non-profits: good. For-profits: bad.

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A man stands in the street during a protest Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, for Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Mo. Brown's shooting has sparked more than a week of protests, riots and looting in the St. Louis suburb. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Holder and Obama must enforce the Anti-Riot Act against agitators now

The rioting in Ferguson, Missouri, involves left-wing militants from across the country. It is not simply local unrest over the police shooting of Michael Brown. Out-of-state anarchists, Communists, Occupy movement members and other agitators are exploiting the situation to create chaos. That is their method for trying to bring down the American way of life that they detest.