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Register Today for the Institute's 2014 Western Women's Summit on October. 9-11

The Western Women's Summit is a unique retreat for conservative women to gather for networking, learning about critical issues, and hearing from top women speakers.

The Summit will be held at the Reagan Ranch Center, home to state-of-the-art exhibit galleries featuring priceless Reagan memorabilia, in Santa Barbara California from Thursday, October 9, to Saturday, October 11, 2014.

Full registration for the Summit includes meals, all speaking sessions, and a rare private tour of President Reagan's "Western White House" and former mountain-top home, the beautiful Rancho del Cielo.

Speakers confirmed, with additional speakers to be announced, are:


Donatelli: What Part of Constitution Do Liberals Still Support?

"What is most radically different about the Obama liberals' interpretation of the Constitution is its neutering of the Bill of Rights," writes Frank Donatelli, a former Reagan White House official and Institute board member. "To be sure, liberals never had much good to say about the Second, Ninth and 10th Amendments, but now they're striking at other amendments, even those they once revered."

Donatelli highlights several examples of liberal-progressives' recent abandonment of Fifth and First Amendment rights, concluding: Liberals of a generation ago accepted limits on government action, especially those limits contained in the Bill of Rights. Progressives, by contrast, have always found limits on their power to be inconvenient. ... If progressive government in this administration has taught us anything, it is that liberties that run counter to great progressive ambitions are in serious danger."


Study: How Relationships Today Affect Successful Marriages Later

"A new study shows that the more relationships you've had prior to marriage, the less likely you'll have a good marriage," writes Mollie Hemingway, reporting on a new study from the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia.

She highlights findings in the study that point to the kinds of sound pre-marital decisions made today can improve our chances of marital quality and success. Read more in What You Do Before You Say 'I Do' Matters for Marriage Happiness.


Institute Intern Nicole Poole Challenges 'Intellectual Intolerance' of Campus Protest Against Conservative Speaker

In an article at, Institute summer intern Nicole Poole (pictured) challenged the "intellectual intolerance" of students who called for Valdosta State University to cancel its Evening with Dr. Ben Carson scheduled for this fall.

"There is no doubt in our minds that the reason the tickets are no longer available [for the event] is not because Dr. Ben Carson has some contentious agenda, but because he is an exceptionally qualified, accomplished individual, who happens to espouse conservative values. We would like for the VSU campus to hear his message that hard work and dedication are what it takes to succeed and are what makes America great."


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