Michael Patrick Leahy

Michael Patrick Leahy

Michael Patrick Leahy is a Breitbart News contributor, Editor of Broadside Books’ Voices of the Tea Party e-book series, and author of Covenant of Liberty: The Ideological Origins of the Tea Party Movement.

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Four Tea Party Challengers to Lindsey Graham Vie for One-on-One in Runoff Election

In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News, Joe Dugan, the executive producer of next month's South Carolina Tea Party Coalition Convention, said that the gathering of more than 600 Tea Party activists will play a critical role in efforts to defeat incumbent Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) in June's Republican primary. Dec 20, 2013 12:10 AM PT

Leftist Catholics Wary of Koch $1M Donation to Catholic University

On Friday, a group of left-wing Catholic academics bashed the Tea Party in a letter to John Garvey, President of Catholic University. They objected to the school's recent acceptance of a $1 million donation from the Charles Koch Foundation to help fund a new school of business. Dec 17, 2013 3:44 AM PT

Pope Francis Clarifies: 'Marxist Ideology Is Wrong'

In an interview with the Italian newspaper La Stampa published Sunday, Pope Francis offered a clarification of the economic views he articulated in his November 24th apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium. "The Marxist ideology is wrong," he told La Stampa. The pontiff added that "I have met many Marxists in my life who are good people." Dec 16, 2013 3:10 PM PT

Astrodome Gave Birth to Modern Crony Capitalism in Sports

The Astrodome was the first domed stadium. It blazed the path for the modern sports stadium. No earlier sports stadium contained its previously unknown levels of opulence, both on and off the field. The Astrodome also set a new standard for the role of public financing in the construction of professional sports stadiums. Dec 14, 2013 12:30 PM PT

Catholic Hospital Spokesman Thanks Breitbart News for Role in ESPN's Reversal on Ad

In an exclusive statement made to Breitbart News on Thursday, Dan Buck, Vice President of Cardinal Glennon Children’s Foundation, thanked Breitbart News for the role its reporting played in ESPN's reversal on Thursday of its initial decision to reject a Foundation ad that mentioned "God" and "Jesus." Dec 12, 2013 3:20 PM PT

Pope Francis Hugely Popular Among American Catholics

An ABC News/Washington Post poll released Wednesday shows that Pope Francis is hugely popular among Roman Catholics in America. The poll came out on the same day that Time magazine named the pope its "Person of the Year" for 2013. Dec 11, 2013 2:02 PM PT

Tea Party Leads Opposition to Atlanta Braves Stadium Deal in Potential Test Case

The deal in which the Cobb County, Georgia County Commission approved what the county says is its $300 million contribution to the proposed $672 million new stadium for Major League Baseball's Atlanta Braves by a a 4 to 1 margin on November 26 moved at a breathtaking pace. The first inkling the public had that such a deal was even in the works did not come until November 11, a mere 15 days before the County Commission voted its approval, when the Braves and Cobb County made the shocking announcement. This case could test the boundaries of sports crony capitalism at the local level. Dec 10, 2013 2:06 PM PT

Report: Unions Funding GOP Super PAC That Targets Tea Party

On Monday, the National Journal reported that "documents filed by other groups show that two labor organizations, the International Union of Operating Engineers and the Laborers' International Union of North America, directed a combined $400,000 to the Republican group [the Defending Main Street super PAC] in September and October." Dec 9, 2013 8:56 AM PT

Battle over NFL's Tax-Exempt Status Focuses Attention on Sports Crony Capitalism

In a Senate filled with colleagues who eagerly rush to co-sponsor popular bills, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) has failed to find a single co-sponsor for a bill designed to end the tax-exempt status of the NFL. On September 18, when Coburn introduced the bill in the Senate, it was read twice on the floor, as is the custom, and was sent to the Senate Finance Committee on the same day. Nothing has been heard of it since. The reasons why the bill is going nowhere sheds light on the intricate connection between the major players in the sports world and our national problem of special-interest crony capitalism. Dec 8, 2013 7:39 PM PT


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