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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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

Sources: Greater Chance Scott Brown Will Run for Senate in NH

On Thursday, the Washington Examiner reported that "sources close" to former Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) "say the odds of him running [for the Senate in New Hampshire in 2014] have risen to 50-50." The political logic behind such a move is compelling. Long term, Brown's chances of winning are much better in New Hampshire than in Massachusetts. Dec 7, 2013 11:20 AM PT

Source: Pope Francis Likely to Offer 'Clarification' to Distance Himself from 'Liberation Theology'

A source familiar with the inner workings of the Vatican told Breitbart News on Monday that Pope Francis is likely to offer a "clarification" of his comments on economics contained in his apostolic exhortation released on November 24, Evangelii Guadium (in English, "The Joy of the Gospel"). Though the timing of such a "clarification" is uncertain, it is likely to come in the form of a speech to a group rather than in a formal papal document. Dec 5, 2013 9:16 AM PT

Creator of Latin American 'Liberation Theology' Notre Dame Faculty Member Since 2001

Since the days of Knute Rockne, Notre Dame University has been known as the home of one of the best college football programs in America. Since 2001, it has also been the home of Father Gustavo Gutierrez, the originator of Latin American "liberation theology." Gutierrez, 85, spent most of his life in his native Peru. He now holds the endowed Cardinal John O'Hara Professorship of Theology at Notre Dame's School of Theology and splits his time between South Bend, Indiana and Lima, Peru. Nov 30, 2013 11:02 AM PT

The Hill: KY Dem Senate Candidate Passes Off Cookbook Recipes as Her Own

The Hill reported on Wednesday that Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate in Kentucky who seeks to defeat Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in the 2014 general election, has something in common with Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren. Both appear to have passed off cookbook recipes from others as their own. Nov 29, 2013 7:50 AM PT

Flashback: Breitbart News on Francis's 'Liberation Theology' Before Becoming Pope

Eight months after Pope Francis I was elevated to the papacy, he has, in effect, placed the worldwide apparatus of the Roman Catholic Church on record in favor of statism and in opposition to free markets. The pope's statement on Tuesday showed a remarkable ignorance of free market capitalism. Indeed, his judgmental rejection of the economic system that has delivered billions of people throughout the world from poverty is chilling. Nov 28, 2013 7:31 PM PT

McAuliffe Selects Operative Who Lied to Police, Covered-Up Crime for Virginia Cabinet Position

Less than a month after defeating Republican Ken Cuccinelli to win the state of Virginia's top political office, Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe has already begun to fill the state's bureaucracy with political hacks. On November 18 McAuliffe named 31 year old Levar Stoney, who was implicated in the coverup of the tire slashing of 25 vans by Democratic operatives in Wisconsin on election day in 2004, to the cabinet position of Secretary of the Commonwealth. Nov 27, 2013 1:48 PM PT

GOP Establishment Donors Target Tea Party's Justin Amash in Michigan

Congressman Justin Amash (R-MI) was endorsed by the conservative Club for Growth, which gives him a 100% lifetime voting scorecard rating, on October 8. However, seven Republican establishment donors who live in his western Michigan district recently endorsed his primary opponent, Brian Ellis, who claims Amash is not a "traditional conservative." Nov 23, 2013 1:52 PM PT

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