1. Face of a GOP Serious About Good Policy? How About Sarah Palin? By Dan Calabrese

So, Republicans, you’re looking for people who can serve as faces of a party on the upswing. What qualities would we want to see in such people? (read the rest)

HT: Josh Painter

2.  Gallup: “Conservatives” Are Single-Largest Ideological Group by Lydia Saad

PRINCETON, NJ — Thus far in 2009, 40% of Americans interviewed in national Gallup Poll surveys describe their political views as conservative, 35% as moderate, and 21% as liberal. This represents a slight increase for conservatism in the U.S. since 2008, returning it to a level last seen in 2004. The 21% calling themselves liberal is in line with findings throughout this decade, but is up from the 1990s. (read the rest)

HT: Kate Stokes

3.  Christianity Today: How Tim Keller Found Manhattan by Tim Stafford

When Tim Keller came to Manhattan in 1989, New York City had a well-deserved reputation as a snarling, scary place. Violent crime, drug dealing, and other urban pathologies had weakened or chased off many of the faithful. While a barely perceptible renewal was under way, it seemed as if the few remaining orthodox Protestants were huddled together in historic buildings. All of Keller’s formal pastoral experience had happened in a small, blue-collar town in Virginia. (read the rest)

HT: Paul Stewart

4.  Big Hollywood: Uncle Sam’s First Name Isn’t Daddy by Skip Press

So here we are, America. It’s 222 years after the close of the Constitutional Convention of 1787, when the basic policies of the United States of America were set in place in Independence Hall in Philadelphia. What were we given in 1787? That’s what a woman asked Benjamin Franklin as he left the building.

“Well, Doctor, what have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?”

Franklin replied, “A Republic, if you can keep it.”

What have we done with that Republic? (read the rest)

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