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Topic - Jim Demint
There is an authentic intensity about the annual OSS Society awards dinner, an autumnal rite that celebrates the Office of Strategic Services — OSS — the agency created during World War II by Army Maj. Gen. William J. Donovan that was the predecessor of the CIA. The time has come again.
Marriage, abortion and religious liberty are the top cultural topics to be addressed at this weekend's Values Voter Summit.
Will the liberal media heed the Values Voter Summit? The annual gathering opens Friday in the nation's capital for three days of smart, authentic and, yes, fervent talk about faith, freedom and politics, as told by 66 speakers with much on their minds in troubled times. The opening line-up in the first hours tells all: GOP Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas and Tim Scott of South Carolina, plus GOP Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, Dr. Ben Carson and Mark Levin.
When Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell bumped into Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus near Capitol Hill recently, the discussion turned to the man who has become the undisputed public face of the government shutdown: Republican Ted Cruz.
The mainstream press continues to rant about the divisions in the Republican Party and the bodacious behavior among certain conservatives. But those very same conservatives will soon gather in a show of unity and resolve, boasting an all-star lineup. Lest critics forget, the Values Voter Summit is scheduled for mid-October in the nation's capital, and the tenacious heavyweights are ready to rumble, whether journalists pay attention or not.
The public budget debate has been hijacked by a vociferous minority of activist conservatives aligned with a number of outside activist groups led by the likes of Sen. Ted Cruz and former Sen. Jim DeMint.
Conservatives are sometimes their own worst enemy. A group of Capitol Hill aides who worked for Jim DeMint when he was a senator from South Carolina have set up a political action committee, the Senate Conservatives Fund, to cleanse Congress of whom they consider squishy Republicans. It's a worthwhile endeavor, except when the "squishes" turn out to be conservatives.
When he was in the Senate, Jim DeMint wasn't shy about trying to recruit conservatives he thought would buck the Republican Party establishment and gum up the collegial workings of the legislative process. Now on the outside, running the Heritage Foundation, the former senator from South Carolina may have even more levers to pull.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said Friday that Sen. Jeff Flake is a "strong conservative," putting him at odds with some voices in the GOP who have hammered the Arizona Republican's reluctance to embrace a government shutdown in order to stop funding for Obamacare.
Thousands of people gathered to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech in Washington on Wednesday, but the historic event was missing the country's only black senator.
The Let Freedom Ring event commemorating the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech in Washington today was missing the country's only black senator.
A top conservative group on Monday launched a nationwide tour and a half-million-dollar ad campaign to whip up support for defunding Obamacare as a prerequisite for a deal on federal spending next month, a last-ditch effort to roll back the health care law before its principal features take effect.
In a banner day for supporters of gay marriage, a closely divided U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal provision that denied benefits to legally married same-sex couples and, in a separate case, cleared the way for California to resume offering marriage licenses to gay couples.
Republican Mark Sanford, the former South Carolina governor whose extramarital affair derailed his political career, returned to Congress on Wednesday with his Argentine "soul mate" at his side.
Sen. Marco Rubio on Thursday disputed the recently released study from the conservative Heritage Foundation that warned comprehensive immigration reform would cost taxpayers $6.3 trillion, saying the findings in the report are "deeply flawed."
"I would rather have 30 Republicans in the Senate who believe in principles of freedom than 60 who don't," Mr. DeMint said on leaving the Senate for Heritage.
Sen. Jim DeMint, South Carolina Republican and the ranking member of the subcommittee, wrote asking Mr. Obama to hold hearings and poking fun at him for going so long without any action.