"1984" had its Ministry of Truth, the Soviets had their Gulag. Today’s Russians, like their kindred spirits among the American left, may be less overt in policing speech but don’t let a less visible barbarity fool anyone into believing that the goal is any less of an assault on free speech. 

Current Russian law punishes speech or public engagement that questions Russia’s invasion of Ukraine or even protests that call it a war. As University of Massachusetts Amherst Associate Professor Lauren McCarthy puts it, "public activities aimed at discrediting the use of Russia’s military...Read more

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Last week, the Senate voted on the 2,741-page omnibus spending package, clocking in at a whopping $1.5 trillion. It was released in the middle of the night, just hours before we were expected to vote on it.

Mind you, when we vote on things, we’re expected to know what we’re voting on. At least that’s the expectation of the folks we represent back home.

But do you really think there is a single person in the United States who actually believes that Congress is filled with speed readers capable of digesting thousands of pages in a matter of hours? Probably not. But the big...Read more

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In light of the recent $1.5 trillion spending package — that was released in the dead of night, mere hours before a vote took place — I’m renewing my call for Congress to do the bare minimum and read the very bills they are voting on.

Do you think there is a single person in the U.S. who believes that Congress is filled with speed-readers capable of digesting thousands of pages in a matter of hours?

The omnibus spending package was 2,741 pages long. Say it takes one minute to read each page of the bill, that roughly equates to 45 hours or almost two days of straight reading,...Read more

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This week marks the two-year anniversary of the COVID lockdowns. I join the American people in mourning the lives lost to this virus. I also mourn those we lost to the crushing and overbearing lockdowns and mandates that were based on junk science. 

The toll of COVID doesn’t stop there. We lost more than individuals. We lost our freedoms. Our liberties. Our vibrant small town Main Streets. Our children’s growth and learning. For two years our lives were held captive by petty tyrants and power-hungry bureaucrats. 

We’ve learned a lot over the past two years, but one...Read more

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Most of us who believe in a foreign policy of restraint know John Quincy Adams’ advice by heart:

[America] . . . goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own. She will recommend the general cause, by the countenance of her voice, and the benignant sympathy of her example.

Less attention is paid to the preceding sentiment in Adams’ Fourth of July address that: “Wherever the standard of freedom and independence has been or shall be unfurled, there will [America...Read more

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This past December, Kentucky endured a series of tornadoes that proved to be the deadliest storms in the Commonwealth’s history. 

I was at home in Bowling Green at the time, as 155+ mph winds whipped through the city and leveled full blocks. 

The next day I surveyed the destruction, overwhelmed by the scale and concerned for our city’s path to recovery.

The debris is now mostly clear, but lives are still damaged. Only through community efforts can we fully recover, and Kentuckians have shown their firm resolve. Over the past two months, I have witnessed some...Read more

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We are now over two years into this pandemic, and while most school boards across Kentucky have lifted mask mandates or at least made it optional, some continue to participate in Dr. Fauci’s anti-science charade requiring children to wear masks. 

From the very beginning, I’ve said that we risk immeasurable damage to an entire generation, and frankly we might now be past that point.

All across the Commonwealth, many kids haven’t experienced a normal school day since the beginning of 2020. And while we’ve mostly gotten past the point of virtual learning, cancelled...Read more

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Realism in foreign policy means that tactics and strategy change as the facts on the ground change. The best tools for deterring Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine are less relevant now that Russia has invaded.

Prior to Putin’s invasion, sanctions and threats of an embargo were levers to deter his ambition. Many sanctions were levied, including sanctions on the Nord Stream II pipeline from Russia to Germany. Absent an invasion, many diplomats considered sanctions or an embargo provocative, akin to killing the hostage without seeking any demands.

Arguably, the German threat...Read more

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Marie Thompson was sentenced to death in 1904 for the crime of resisting the tyranny of Jim Crow. She was not afforded an opportunity to defend herself in a court of law, nor was her constitutional right to due process recognized. Her sentence was not imposed by an impartial judge, but rather by a bloodthirsty mob. 

When a white farmer, John Irving, verbally and physically assaulted Marie Thompson’s son, who Irving accused of stealing a pair of pliers, she came to her child’s defense. Irving attacked Marie with a knife while her back was turned to him. The fight ended when...Read more

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Soon President Biden will have the privilege of nominating someone to the Supreme Court, a privilege Presidents often do not have the opportunity to partake in as Supreme Court Justices hold lifetime appointments.

The appointment to the highest court in the land is a great responsibility. This person is expected to uphold our nation’s Constitution, safeguarding the rights and liberties enshrined by our Founding Fathers for millions of Americans.

Once Biden makes his pick, the U.S. Senate will begin the process of taking up the nomination, which involves meetings and hearings...Read more

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