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Tom DeLay

Tom DeLay

Tom DeLay is a former House majority leader, the second-ranking leader in the U.S. House of Representatives. As majority leader, he was responsible for developing the issues and policies that formed the Republican agenda. When Mr. DeLay left Congress in 2006, he devoted himself to helping conservatives. He is the founder of First Principles LLC, a consulting firm that works with a range of political organizations in the fields of grass roots, new media, communications and issue advocacy.

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MIT economist Jonathan Gruber listens as he testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, before the House Oversight Committee health care hearing. Congressional Democrats charged Tuesday that Republicans are seizing on a health adviser's self-described "thoughtless" and misleading remarks to attack President Barack Obama's signature health care law.  (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

Gruber, Feinstein and the consequences of deceit

After years of deception and cover-up, the American people, through the hard work of their congressional representatives, finally learned the ugly truth this week about terrible acts done in their name but without their knowledge. While many of those responsible continue to defend their handiwork, the revelations are sure to leave a permanent stain on those in government who played any role in the atrocities revealed. Published December 11, 2014

Going to the mat with the president, passing bills that everyone knows Mr. Obama will veto, will only undermine the Republican cause and turn voters off for 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

No time for a GOP surrender: A call to arms

In the wake of the great Republican midterm triumphs, when the American people decisively rejected the agenda of President Obama and the Democrats, we're already hearing voices counseling moderation — that we should run from a fight with the president before it's even begun. Published November 20, 2014

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., second from left, listens to a question from a reporter on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, after Senate Republicans voted on leadership positions for the 114th Congress. From left are, Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., and Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn of Texas. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

GOP must be rock steady to fight the spin

The American people better hope Obamacare covers Dramamine, given the furious amount of spin coming out of Washington since the midterm elections. Published November 13, 2014

Senate Majority Leader-in-waiting Mitch McConnell should reject President Obama's calls for cooperation. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Compromise with whom? GOP must stand firm

That wasn't a wave. That wasn't even a tsunami. Tuesday was a Category 5 political hurricane in which the American people effectively wiped out the entire agenda of President Obama and the Democrats. Published November 6, 2014

A woman walks past voting booths at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections in Cleveland, Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014. Early voting began in Ohio after the U.S. Supreme Court stepped into a dispute over the schedule, pushing the start date back a week in the swing state. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan) **FILE**

Prediction: A very good Tuesday for the GOP

The debates are done. The arguments have all been made. The closing ads have all been shot. So let's skip the philosophical debates for one week and just talk about on who's going to win next Tuesday. Published October 30, 2014

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Zeke Emanuel reveals the progressives' death wish

When Zeke Emanuel writes a provocative, 5,000-plus-word polemic on why he — and by extension the rest of us — should hope to die at 75 in order to ease the burden on family, friends and society, it can't be written off as the ravings of a rogue intellectual. Published October 9, 2014

President Obama, flanked by Secretary of State John Kerry and National Security Adviser Susan Rice, speaks  during his meeting with the representatives of Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, United Arab Emirates and Iraq in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

A war president whose heart isn't in it

I majored in biology, not psychology, in college, but I think you can tell a lot about this president by analyzing his body language during this very momentous week. Published September 25, 2014

President Barack Obama listens to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko speak after a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House, on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Uncertain trumpet: An anti-war president goes to war

As the Congress and the country debate the momentous question of how to meet the threat posed by the Islamic State and other enemies in the war on terrorism, one thing has become increasingly clear: It's impossible to conduct and win a war when you're led by an anti-war president. Published September 18, 2014

FILE - In this June 30, 2014 file photo, President Barack Obama, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, pauses while making a statement about immigration reform, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. President Barack Obama, who has postponed until after Election Day his plan for executive actions that could shield millions of immigrants from deportation, is already on pace this year to deport the fewest number of immigrants since at least 2007, according to a new analysis of Homeland Security Department figures by The Associated Press.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

A day to remember, a war to fight

When the first plane hit, I was participating in a press conference so insignificant I can't even recall what the topic was. Published September 11, 2014

U.S. President Barack Obama, center, waves as he arrives for a group photo during a NATO summit at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, Wales on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. In a two-day meeting leaders will discuss, among other issues, the situation in Ukraine and Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

DeLAY: Obama's schedule, rhetoric belie world realities

You can tell a lot about a person from his appointment book, and that's certainly true of our president this week. Meeting with Democratic supporters in Wisconsin one day and world leaders in Europe just a few days later, President Obama told us all we need to know about his administration's shortcomings, in both foreign and domestic policy. Published September 4, 2014

Boys await medical appointments in a holding area where hundreds of mostly Central American immigrant children are being processed and held at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Nogales Placement Center on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, in Nogales, Ariz.  CPB provided media tours Wednesday of two locations in Brownsville, Texas, and Nogales, that have been central to processing the more than 47,000 unaccompanied children who have entered the country illegally since Oct. 1. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool)

DeLAY: Failed policy the real reason Obama skipped a border trip

In a funny way, you can totally understand why President Obama decided in the end not to make the trip down to the border on his trip to Texas this week, to view for himself the failure of his immigration policy and the devastating results of his open-borders approach for Texas and the rest of the border states. Published July 10, 2014

President Barack Obama speaks at 1776, a hub for tech startups, Thursday, July 3, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

DeLAY: From King George III to King Obama I

"The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny." Published July 3, 2014