Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has said that President Barack Obama needs to get over his "temper tantrum" concerning Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's recent re-election victory. Obama has said that Netanyahu has been misleading in his campaign plans for a two-state solution to create a Palestinian state.
"The President should get over it. Get over your temper tantrum, Mr. President," McCain told CNN's Gloria Borger on "State of the Union" on Sunday.
"It's time that we work together with our Israeli friends and try to stem this tide of ISIS and Iranian movement throughout the region, which is threatening the very fabric of the region," he added. more >>
In a tweet posted just after midnight Monday, Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, 44, became the first presidential candidate to officially declare his bid for the White House in 2016 with a bold 30-second ad in which he called on "a new generation of courageous conservatives to make America great again."
"I'm running for President and I hope to earn your support!" Cruz tweeted with a link to the ad paid for by Cruz for President.
With images of a cornfield, New York City, a church and children in a classroom rolling in the background, Cruz declared his message to America in a 30-second nutshell. more >>
In 2008, many conservatives opposed the bank bailout. Why send $700 billion of hardworking Americans' taxpayer dollars to banks that had failed? Some of us argued it was unfair. Some of us argued it was unnecessary. But among the strongest arguments we made was the moral-hazard argument. Bailing out reckless behavior today will only encourage reckless behavior in the future.
I continue to believe we were right to worry about the bad lesson the bank bailout would teach financial institutions. But in hindsight, we should have also focused on what it would teach others. All across the United States, in high school study halls and college dorm rooms, more than a few young Americans were watching Congress, the President, and Wall Street.
Any parent with children knows that when they are watching what you do, they are learning from what you do. If you swear, they will learn to swear. If you cut corners, they will learn to cut corners. The young learn the habits of the old – for better or worse. more >>
The New York City mayor's office recently announced their plan to allow private pre-kindergarten schools that receive taxpayer funding to have prayer breaks and a flexible calendar schedule.
By the start of next school year, pre-K schools, including religious ones, will be allowed to have time for prayer and religious instruction during the day.
Martyrdom was not new to them or their people. For nearly two thousand years, their Church had prided itself as being the Church of the Martyrs. If martyrdom was a central feature of the early church, it had become the hallmark of its identity in Egypt. Even as early as the third century a quote attributed to Tertullian declared: "If the martyrs of the whole world were put on one arm of the balance and the martyrs of Egypt on the other, the balance would tilt in favor of the Egyptians". From the blood of Saint Mark the Evangelist shed in Alexandria in 68 AD the river continued to flow, each century adding its martyrs. The names of the persecutors had changed; Romans and Byzantines and Arabs, Emperors and Caliphs and Kings. Each had contributed his share, each had attempted to end their faith, and each in turn had failed.
The horrific murder of twenty Copts and a Ghanaian Christian at the hands of ISIS in Libya in February 2015 was followed by swift condemnations from around the world. Most world leaders described the victims the way they identified themselves, as Coptic Christians. Pope Francis recognized that they had been "killed simply for the fact that they were Christians", and that "their blood confesses Christ". Their murderers certainly concurred. ISIS had searched the workers' compound looking for Copts. "People of the cross" they named them in the video. Their beheading was in revenge for Kamilia Shehata; a wife of a Coptic priest, who had briefly disappeared in July 2010 before returning to her family. Soon her cause became a rallying cry for Egyptian Salafis convinced that she had been prevented from converting to Islam and held against her will by the church. Demonstrations by Salafis soon gave way to action by jihadis. Iraqi Christians were the first victims, with the horrific attack later that year on the Our Lady of Salvation Church in Baghdad leaving 58 dead. Even then, the predecessors of ISIS had championed Kamilia's cause. The Two Saints Church bombing in Alexandria that left twenty-three Copts dead on New Year's Eve was probably related.
The White House dissented against the Coptic identity of those killed by ISIS, with a statement describing the victims as " Egyptian citizens". Even in their deaths, their identity was to be buried. For unbeknownst to the White House, they were merely echoing a deep Egyptian tradition that sought to bury any trace of the Coptic identity, despite paradoxically never ceasing from viewing Copts as such. more >>
Dear Mrs. Bush,
Thank you so much for the thoughtful "friend" fundraising letter that you sent me and millions of other Americans this week. You were so kind to solicit donations on behalf of your son Jeb's presidential campaign. Of course, you let us know that you "changed your mind" because on April 25, 2013 you told Matt Lauer of the "Today" show that "there are other people out there that are very qualified and we've had enough Bushes."
I realize that it is a woman's prerogative to change her mind. I also am not surprised that you now have a different view regarding Jeb's aspirations and want to support him since he is surely running for President. Nonetheless, I must respectfully decline your request and inform you that I will be encouraging everyone I know to emphatically tell you "no" as well. more >>