Michael joined CNSNews.com in 2007. He has worked as a writer for The McLaughlin Group; associate editor of Consumers' Research magazine; associate editor of Human Events; editorial page editor of The Lima News; journalism fellow for The Phillips Foundation; editorial writer and national issues reporter for Investor's Business Daily; and editorial director of the Cato Institute. Michael's reporting has been cited/published in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, New York Post, The Drudge Report, the Mark Levin Show, Fox Nation, Washington Times, National Review, Associated Press, Scripps Howard, CBS, ABC, and Congressional Quarterly, among other outlets, including the following books: The Vision of the Anointed by Thomas Sowell; The Encyclopedia of Libertarianism From West to East: California and The American Scene by Stephen Schwartz; The Venona Secrets: Exposing Soviet Espionage and America's Traitors by Eric Breindel and Herbert Romerstein; and Sacred Secrets: How Soviet Intelligence Operations Changed America by Jerrold and Leona Schecter. Michael graduated with Special Honors in English (B.A.) from the University of Chicago. He lives with his wife, Claire, and their five children in Virginia.

My Articles

May 18, 2017, 11:20 AM EDT
(CNSNews.com) -- Based on Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests of the Secret Service and the Air Force, the government watchdog Judicial Watch reported this week that the cost of President Obama's family travel during his eight years as president totaled $99,714,527, nearly $100 million. 
May 17, 2017, 2:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) -- Former Congressman and Reagan administration official David McIntosh said that regarding former FBI Director James Comey's "memo" or notes on a conversation he had with President Trump about an ongoing case, the president "acted appropriately if he gave guidance" to Comey "on an investigation." McIntosh, a lawyer who was taught by Antonin Scalia, further said the president "has the power and wuthority to direct the FBI how to do their job." 
May 17, 2017, 11:52 AM EDT
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May 12, 2017, 3:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) -- The Oklahoma House of Representatives passed a resolution on May 8 declaring abortion to be murder and directing "every public official" in the state to use their authority "to stop the murder of innocent children by abortion."
May 11, 2017, 11:59 AM EDT
(CNSNews.com) -- Commenting on the investigations about alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election and reported U.S. intelligence surveillance, Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said "some in the media" were wrong in their reporting because Donald Trump certainly was wiretapped or "surveilled."
May 10, 2017, 4:51 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) -- In the May 9 Department of Justice (DOJ) memo detailing the major reasons for recommending the removal of FBI Director James Comey, Obama administration Attorney General Eric Holder is quoted as saying that Comey's actions concerning the Hillary Clinton email investigation "violated long-standing Justice Department policies and traditions," broke "fundamental principles" at DOJ, and undercut the "public trust" in the DOJ and the FBI. 
May 10, 2017, 2:56 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) -- Because the State Department failed to respond to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for files about alleged Russian tampering in the 2016 election that were sent to Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) prior to Donald Trump's inauguration, Judicial Watch has filed a lawsuit in federal court to obtain the documents. 
May 9, 2017, 11:16 AM EDT
(CNSNews.com) -- The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts criticized Boston Cardinal Archbishop Sean O'Malley for attending the 2017 Profile in Courage Award event on Sunday, where former President Barack Obama was honored, stressing that Obama is "the most pro-abortion president" in U.S. history and that O'Malley's presence displayed an "appalling betrayal of the pro-life movement." 
May 8, 2017, 4:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) -- Because the Air Force, Marines, and Secret Service failed to respond to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for cost details about all of President Trump's Air Force One travel, and that of vice President Mike Pence and first lady Melania Trump, the government watchdog Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit in federal court to obtain the cost records.