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From Steadfast Conservatives to the Faith and Family Left: Highlights from Pew Research’s Political Typology Survey

In discussions of political issues, the American public is too often described in a binary format: Left/Right, Republican/Democrat, Red State/Blue State. But a new survey by the Pew Research Center takes a more granular look at our current political typology by sorting voters into cohesive groups based on their attitudes and values: Partisan polarization – the vast and growing gap between Republicans and Democrats – is a defining feature of politics today. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 06.27.14

Supreme Court Holds That Pro-Lifers Have First Amendment Rights Too Andrew Kloster, The Daily Signal Ultimately, though, this is a victory for pro-life advocates and for the First Amendment. And it is yet another 9-0 loss for the Obama administration, which weighed in on behalf of the State of Massachusetts. Continue Reading...

Video: Rev. Sirico on Pope Francis and the Mafia

Earlier today, Rev. Robert Sirico spoke with Fox News’ Lauren Green on ‘Spirited Debate’ about Pope Francis’ decision to excommunicate members of the Italian mafia. From Heard on Fox: “Italy has become increasingly more secular and that has impacted the secularity of the mafia – they don’t have the kind of dramatic religious ties that they might have had at one time … the stuff of which movies portray,” said Sirico. Continue Reading...

Using Drones for Good

Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), have been a prominent and controversial topic in the news of late. Today, the Washington-based Stimson Center released its Recommendations and Report on US Drone Policy. Continue Reading...

Calvin Coolidge’s Warning Against an Entrenched Bureaucracy

As we read about the increase of scandal, mismanagement, and corruption within our federal agencies, it is essential once again to revisit the words of Calvin Coolidge. Recent actions at the IRS, Veterans Administration, and the ATF gunwalking scandal all point to systemic problems that come from an entrenched bureaucracy. Continue Reading...

The Moral Value of Economic Growth

In 1820, America’s per capita income averaged $1,980, in today’s dollars. But by 2000, it had increased to $43,000. That economic growth has benefited the rich, of course. But it has also transformed the lives of the poor — and prevented many more from becoming or staying poor. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 06.26.14

Is Surrogate Pregnancy Another Form of Human Trafficking? Jennifer Lahl, OnFaith Touching stories of infertile couples are blinding us to the devastating human consequences of some fertility technologies. Asian Nations, Once Again, Among the Worst Human Trafficking Offenders Olivia Enos, The Daily Signal An estimated 30 million people are trapped in the mire of human trafficking, with over half of trafficking victims living in Asia. Continue Reading...