March for Life


By John Feehery

The start of the 2009 March (2009)

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Washington is flooded with young people.

As happens every January 22, hundreds of thousands of Americans stream in from around the country to make the case for life.

The vast majority of them are high school and college students.

It’s an interesting dynamic. (more…)

Why GOP Should Listen to Carlos Curbelo on Immigration


By John Feehery


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(This originally appeared in the Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank)

I’m with Carlos Curbelo.

He gave the Spanish language version of the Republican response and in it he said, “We should work through the appropriate channels to create permanent solutions to our immigration system, modernize legal immigration, and strengthen our economy.”

That phrase was left out of Joni Ernst’s response, which went to a broader, non-Spanish speaking audience. (more…)

Fix the Problem on Border Security


By John Feehery

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Mike McCaul, the Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, is preparing to mark-up the most effective border security bill in history later today.

It dedicates billions of dollars to the latest technologies to seal up the Southern border, authorizes 27 miles of new fencing in the high-traffic areas that need it, put tough penalties on government bureaucrats who don’t do their jobs and otherwise keeps the promise of Republicans to do something about illegal immigration.

And for his efforts, he is getting pounded by anti-immigration activists. (more…)

Obama’s Opportunity


By John Feehery

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“2011 State of the Union” by Chuck Kennedy (Executive Office of the President of the United States) – Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

(This originally appeared in The Hill.)

Ronald Reagan called on a Democratic Congress to give him a line-item veto and to pass a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution in 1987. Bill Clinton, fresh after a failed effort to impeach him, called on the Republican Congress to lock the newly found budget surplus away in a Social Security lockbox. George W. Bush, in 2007, challenged the new Democratic Congress to balance the budget in five years.

It’s somewhat traditional for a second-term president to ask the Congress to do something he knows it won’t do in his second-to-last State of the Union.  (more…)

The Free Market Reformer


By John Feehery

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I posted this a couple years ago, and I thought it was worth reposting:

Barack Obama. Oprah Winfrey. Robert Johnson. Dick Parsons. Bill Cosby. Michael Jordan. Tiger Woods.

It goes without saying that all of these individuals owe a great deal to Martin Luther King Jr., who is remembered today on the anniversary of his birth. (more…)


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