A Republican at the end of 1928 could look back on the previous few decades and smile: His party was quite clearly the dominant force in American politics. Starting in 1896, Republicans had held the White House for 24 of 32 years, interrupted only by the GOP split that helped Democrat Woodrow Wilson get elected in 1912. (Another Republican, Herbert Hoover, was about to stretch that streak in the White House to 28 of 36 years.)
In the House, Republicans also had held control for 24 of 32 years, and Hoover's 444-electoral vote landslide in 1928 boosted the House GOP majority to 270 seats, a Republican edge whose size was only eclipsed by the 302-member Republican caucus elected in 1920 (the House expanded to its present 435 seats in 1913).
Things appeared so bleak for the Party of Jackson that "there was real fear at the time that the Democrats would follow the Whigs into oblivion," according to the recently deceased prolific historian Robert Remini in The House: The History of the House of Representatives. more >>
You've no doubt seen those polls where Americans are asked if they think our country is heading in the right direction. Perhaps you've even been asked that yourself.
Whether the answer is yes or no, we all know it's not scientific. It's based on a general impression, and those impressions are shaped by what we read and see on the news, and on what we know is happening to ourselves and our friends and family.
But what if we could actually measure the direction we're going in? And not just in a general sense, but on a whole host of factors. Surely we could give a more informed answer. more >>
Former President Jimmy Carter, who once accused Israel of being an "apartheid state" worse than South Africa, has gone even further, rebuking the Jewish State for the way it has waged war with Hamas while actually siding with the terrorists.
Writing together with former Irish president Mary Robinson in Foreign Policy magazine, Mr. Carter stated that, "There is no humane or legal justification for the way the Israeli Defense Forces are conducting this war," calling on Israel and the West to recognize Hamas's "legitimacy as a political actor."
Mr. Carter claims that Hamas, by recently joining together with the Palestinian Authority, "pledged to adopt the three basic principles demanded by the Middle East Quartet comprised of the United Nations, the United States, the European Union, and Russia: nonviolence, recognition of Israel, and adherence to past agreements." more >>
Rising seas and melting polar ice caps and glaciers documented by impressive satellite imagery capture the attention of the news media and make headlines. Yet, the most consequential aspect of any change in climate, no matter the cause, receives scant attention. The single most pressing repercussion of any significant alteration in climate, whether global in scale or localized, will be in the shifting patterns and distribution of infectious diseases.
Substantial alterations in either localized or global temperature and humidity can directly relate to the distribution and virulence of many microbial pathogens, no matter the underlying cause. This correlates with the rich complexity and diversity of all ecologies in which pathogens thrive. So shifts in the distribution of vegetation, the dispersal and range of animal predators or their prey, or distortions in the variety, concentration or specific strains of vectoring insects or disease carrying organisms can all influence the transmission of pathogens or their relative abundance.
We can already see its effects. more >>
A member of the U.S. Army Band said he was forced out of the U.S. Army for having anti-Obama bumper stickers on his personal car, serving Chick-fil-A sandwiches at a party and reading books written by conservative authors like Sean Hannity, a federal lawsuit alleges.
Master Sergeant Nathan Sommers, a 25-year veteran of the military and a decorated soloist in the U.S. Army Band Chorus, claims he was forcibly retired from the Army due to his religious and conservative political beliefs. I first told you about Sommers last year in a series of exclusive Fox News reports.
John Wells, an attorney representing Sommers, called him a "true hero" who lost his career while trying to stand up for his religious beliefs." He alleges that he drew the ire of his superiors because of his belief in traditional marriage. more >>
New data shows that health insurance premiums do not appear to be increasing as much as they have been since companies began adjusting to the new health care law last year. While the average is lower than expected, the variation is large. Some will pay much more while others will pay less.
PriceWaterHouseCoopers Health Research Institute's preliminary look at the 2015 individual health care market rate finds that, including the 27 states and Washington D.C. that have reported health insurance premium proposals from health insurance companies, the national average health insurance premium will increase by 7.5 percent for 2015.
"Obamacare's" popularity has reached an all time low in August with 53 percent Americans finding the Affordable Care Act unfavorable according to the Kaiser Family Foundation monthly tracking poll. But one of the law's instrumental architects, Jonathan Gruber, told The Christian Post that if the 7.5 percent mark holds up when all the states have reported their data, it should be celebrated as positive stride for the Affordable Care Act. more >>