Lawmakers are putting the death penalty on trial

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Capital punishment is on its last breath in the U.S. Interestingly enough, it's the GOP that may deliver the final blow.

In six different states this year, Republican lawmakers have introduced bills to repeal the death penalty. This is good news—but the GOP shouldn't stop there. Indeed, taking steps toward eliminating the death penalty nationwide would show a true dedication to limited government principles, and help the party appeal to a more diverse set of voters.

The anti-death penalty wave in the GOP hasn't emerged out of nowhere. Over the past decade, Republican state lawmakers have been introducing more and more death penalty repeals, even though that means going against the opinion of 77 percent of their own party. Unfortunately, support for capital punishment prevailed last week when the Wyoming Senate failed to pass a repeal. But even the fact that the bill passed with ease in the GOP-dominated Wyoming House of Representatives could be a sign of what's to come in the party's national agenda.

Opposition to the death penalty is actually in line with the Republican Party's nature, which is inherently skeptical of big government. In principle, the death penalty is the government's greatest power—control over life and death.

It'll come as no surprise to any small-government conservative that the state does a terrible job of enacting this supposed justice. For one, enforcing the death penalty costs states millions every year. Even worse, innocent Americans are often sentenced to death and in some cases killed. To top it off, three percent of executions are botched in an excruciating process that violates the Eighth Amendment's ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

Not only would a firm opposition to the death penalty in the GOP better align with its core philosophy, it would help the party's image with three groups it often fails to resonate with: young people, women, and African Americans. A 2018 Pew Research poll found that 45 percent of woman and 46 percent of Americans age 18 to 29 oppose the death penalty, which is above the nation's average opposition of 39 percent.

And it makes sense that the poll also showed 52 percent of African Americans oppose the death penalty, considering that many studies show racial bias in its enactment nationwide. While roughly half of the murder victims in the U.S. are African American, about 80 percent of those executed are sentenced to death for killing a white victim. At the federal level, 80 percent of submitted cases from 1995 to 2000 for death penalty prosecution involved a black defendant. These trends are consistent from state to state. When the GOP abolishes a government tool that disproportionately affects African Americans, it will send a clear message that Republicans govern for all Americans. The result could be a dent in the Democratic Party's monopoly on black voters.

A GOP working to repeal the death penalty nationwide is a party working to limit big government—while promoting a compassionate conservatism that aims to benefit everyone.

The GOP is already doing much better on this front. Last year, the Republican-led Senate passed criminal justice reform via the First Step Act — a shift away from the party's long-held "tough on crime" mentality, and a pleasant surprise for the ideologically diverse set of activists who had been working to rollback the overreaches of our nation's criminal justice system. The GOP has typically been the face of death penalty support in modern day politics, but it's clear that many in the party are ready to alter its criminal justice platform for the better when new developments call old ideas into question.

A GOP working to repeal the death penalty nationwide is a party working to limit big government—while promoting a compassionate conservatism that aims to benefit everyone. Republican lawmakers have already begun this process, but their ideas have yet to become mainstream in the GOP. For the future of the party, but more importantly, for the future of America, let's hope that opponents of the death penalty win the GOP's internal battle so our country can better respect the value of human life.

Patrick Hauf (@PatrickHauf) is a writer for Young Voices and Lone Conservative. His work can be found in the Washington Examiner, Townhall, FEE, and more.

Bill O'Reilly: Adam Schiff is in 'wonderland' during the Senate impeachment trial

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Friday, Bill O'Reilly gave his latest take on the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, and explained why he thinks House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) is like "Alice in Wonderland."

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Friday to discuss the latest developments in the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

According to Cruz, Thursday was a "very consequential day" in the otherwise tedious and redundant impeachment proceedings.

"Yesterday, the House managers effectively threw Joe Biden under the bus," Cruz said. "They doubled down on what they started doing on the first day of arguments, which was making their entire case ... based on the proposition that there was zero evidence to justify investigating Burisma [the Ukrainian natural gas company that paid then-Vice President Joe Biden's son, Hunter, $50,000 a month to sit on the board]."

Cruz went on to explain that every time the Democrats, namely House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), rehash the "zero-evidence" argument, they open the door for Republicans to present the overwhelming evidence that contradicts those claims.

"That proposition, that there's zero evidence to investigate Burisma, is utterly and completely absurd. So, I'm looking forward to Saturday when the president's lawyers will begin presenting his case. Because what the Democrats have done, is they have opened the door to this. And I hope the president's lawyers will stand up and systematically lay out the case," Cruz said.

"They've been arguing that Hunter Biden is completely irrelevant to this case. Well, the House managers have now, through their arguments, made Hunter Biden not only relevant — he was always relevant — but critical now," he continued. "They built the entire case, like a house of cards, on the proposition that there was no reasonable basis to investigate Burisma. And that's just absurd."

The two also discussed Cruz's new podcast, "Verdict with Ted Cruz," which he records with Daily Wire host Michael Knowles each night following the Senate trial.

"Last night's podcast went through systematically ... all of the overwhelming evidence of corruption from Burisma that any president, not only had the authority to investigate, but the responsibility to investigate," Cruz said. "And that, ultimately, is why President Trump is going to be acquitted at the end of this process."

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The violent crime rate in the United States has continued to decline every year since 1991 and last year the violent crime rate nationwide was down another 3% from the previous year.

Unfortunately for the people living in Minnesota's 5th Congressional District, represented by Ilhan Omar (D), this trend toward a safer and more secure America does not apply in Minneapolis. In fact, Minneapolis police report a 53% increase in robberies since the controversial congresswoman took office in January 2019.

Minneapolis has also become the terrorist recruitment capital of the U.S. More people in Rep. Omar's district have either joined or attempted to join terrorist organizations, including Al Qaeda, al-Shabab, and ISIS, than any other place in the nation.

So, how is Rep. Omar addressing these issues? Is it just a coincidence that Minneapolis' representative in Congress is known for sowing division and hatred?

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Glenn Beck: Adam Schiff is a LIAR — and we have the proof

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On the radio program Wednesday, Glenn Beck didn't hold back when discussing the latest in a long list of lies issued by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) during the Democrats' ongoing endeavor to remove President Donald Trump from office.

"I'm going to just come out and say, Adam Schiff is a liar. And he intentionally lied. And we have the proof. The media being his little lapdog, but I'll explain what's really going on, and call the man a liar to his face," Glenn asserted. "No, I'm not suggesting he's a liar. No, I'm telling you, he's a liar. ... Adam Schiff is a lying dirtbag."

A recent report in Politico claimed Schiff "mischaracterized" the content of a document sent to House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) as evidence against President Trump in the Senate impeachment trial. Read more on this here.

"Let me translate [for Politico]," Glenn said. "House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff lied about a text message exchange between two players in the Ukrainian saga. And we know it, because of the documents that were obtained by Politico."

A few of the other lies on Schiff's list include his repeated false claims that there was "significant evidence of collusion" between the Trump campaign and Russia leading up to the 2016 presidential election, his phony version of President Trump's phone call with the president of Ukraine, and his retracted claim that neither he nor his committee ever had contact with the Trump-Ukraine whistleblower. And the list just keeps getting longer.

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