Ben Smith

Ben Smith is from Statesville, North Carolina and graduated in May 2014 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he double majored in political science and U.S. History. In 2012, Ben began to write for the Carolina Review Daily, the only conservative/libertarian magazine on campus. He also was the UNC College Republican Secretary and the liaison between the College Republican National Committee, the Romney Victory Campaign, and the UNC for Romney groups. Ben interned at Young America’s Foundation.

Hillary ’16: The Most Inevitable Candidacy Since Hillary ’08?

 

For months, the Republicans’ prospective 2016 contenders have been taking pot shots at each other. But things are now heating up on the Democratic side as well. Andrew Stiles at the Free Beacon notes that the Democrats’ coalition—centered around a Clinton candidacy—seems to be fracturing. Stiles cites a piece by Ezra Klein titled, “Hillary Clinton’s […]

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Hillary Clinton Picks a Fight With Barack Obama

 

Since the beginning of her Hard Choices book tour, Hillary Clinton has been actively courting the media and positioning herself as the next heir to the presidency. That task now includes taking shots at her former boss, President Obama, in a seeming shift away from the administration’s agenda. Most notably, the Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg published […]

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Could Cameras on Cops Have Prevented the St. Louis Incident?

 

Tragedy struck the community of Ferguson, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis, on Saturday, when police shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown. Despite officials’ urgings to remain calm, protests almost immediately formed with local residents accusing the police of brutality and murder. The officer who pulled the trigger is on leave and pending investigation. As […]

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Inspectors General: Obama Administration Blocks Investigations

 

In a scathing letter released this morning, forty-seven inspectors general hammered the Obama administration, specifically singling out several bureaucratic agencies that have been less than forthcoming in ongoing investigations. The letter, addressed to several congressmen—including Darrell Issa, House Republicans’ chief watchdog as the chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform—sums up what many […]

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Tea Party Has One Last Chance to Knock Off an Incumbent Tonight

 

It is Republican primary day in the Volunteer State, and today’s matchup pits Senator Lamar Alexander against GOP state senator Joe Carr. This primary looks like the Tea Party’s last real chance to unseat an incumbent—certainly a high-profile one. Upsetting Alexander will be a difficult task. The incumbent, who has been in the senate for […]

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The Truth Gets Weirder in Mississippi Runoff Controversy

 

The controversies in the runoff for the Republican Senate nomination in Mississippi refuse to die down. Since the unfavorable results for Tea Party candidate Chris McDaniel came in, there has been a suicide of a Tea Party leader, lawsuits filed, accusations of fraud from both sides. On Monday, McDaniel, who lost the race to incumbent […]

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Two Primaries to Watch Tonight

 

It’s primary day once again, as four states head to the polls to choose their party’s candidates for the upcoming 2014 midterm elections. Two of the races being decided today, one in Kansas and one in Michigan, have garnered national attention for their importance to the Tea Party and the antics of the involved candidates. […]

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Obama Makes News by Taking Reporters’ Questions

 

For most of his tenure, Barack Obama has seemed content to ignore the White House press corps—so much so that now the president has made news simply by taking questions. Politico reports: President Barack Obama had just done the unthinkable. He took questions last week from the White House press corps — not just once, […]

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House Debates Useless Pro-Optics Border Bill

 

Yesterday it seemed Republican Party unity was breaking down when its leadership pulled an immigration reform bill from the House floor. The removal of the bill caused consternation from both sides as members were slated to leave on their August recess. As debate this morning began, members of the Democratic minority were lining up to […]

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Scott Walker Wins Wisconsin Ruling

 

With a five-to-two ruling today by the Wisconsin Supreme Court, Governor Scott Walker won a major battle against the long-entrenched unions in his state. After a knock-out fight against a stubborn Democratic minority in the state assembly, during which assembly members pulled the ultimate media stunt and fled the state in protest, the Wisconsin Supreme Court […]

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