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  • Trump Forces GOP to Decide What Kind of Party to Be

    Republicans & Conservatives
    29 Jul 2015 | 2:26 pm
    The crowded GOP field is like the Tour de France peloton, with the candidates pumping promises and throwing surprise attacks on each other as they pedal furiously down the campaign trail. And now that clown from Manhattan - if you believe the GOP establishment - has the nerve to wear the yellow jersey. Donald Trump is out in front in the latest poll, by CNN and ORC with 18% support, even among GOP voters. While Donald on steroids is unsettling to say the least, it's more likely that his cheating centers on his hair color, if we need to accuse him of something. And the GOP establishment is…
  • Bernie Sanders calls for an end to “establishment politics.” Wait… what?

    Hot Air » Top Picks
    Jazz Shaw
    1 Aug 2015 | 1:01 pm
    Well, something's not working, that's for sure In a series of speeches given before the National Urban League this week, most of the attention seemed to focus on the proxy battle between Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush, who sought to outdo each other in pandering for a slice of the black vote in next year’s election. But there was another speech which, […] Read this post »
  • Better, Faster, Stronger

    Patrick Ruffini
    12 Jul 2015 | 9:52 am
    2015 has been one of the most exciting years in Engage’s history.  We’ve settled in to our shiny new Old Town offices, we’ve continued to add to our diverse roster of clients, and today, we’re greatly expanding our core capabilities as a firm. I’m thrilled to announce that David Almacy has joined Engage as partner.  David brings two decades of experience in public affairs, media and digital from the White House and Congress to C-SPAN, and most recently as senior vice president at Edelman Public Relations.  Most importantly, he is an old friend and one of the most widely-respected…
  • Hillary! Goes Full Otter [OregonMuse]

    Ace of Spades HQ
    1 Aug 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Sacred honor compels me to state that I wrote this piece a couple of days before moron commenter 'The Great White Snark' posted this comment. He obviously hacked into my computer and stole my stuff. Yeah, that's the ticket. So...
  • Paul Rudd: One of the Really Good Guys

    Stately McDaniel Manor
    Mike McDaniel
    1 Aug 2015 | 12:27 pm
    credit: medseycare.com Gentle readers: Hi there. Sorry I haven’t posted anything yesterday and today, but I’ve been absolutely laid low with a bout of flu. And of course, when more or less incapacitated, pretty much everything that could fall apart around the Manor has, well, fallen apart. The air conditioner started malfunctioning, a shower drain clogged, and a toilet clogged. So it’s pretty much been lay around moaning, fix the toilet, vomit, lay around moaning, call the A/C guy, do the preliminaries for his visit, vomit, lay around moaning, etc. Still working on the shower drain, but…
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    Hot Air » Top Picks

  • Bernie Sanders calls for an end to “establishment politics.” Wait… what?

    Jazz Shaw
    1 Aug 2015 | 1:01 pm
    Well, something's not working, that's for sure In a series of speeches given before the National Urban League this week, most of the attention seemed to focus on the proxy battle between Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush, who sought to outdo each other in pandering for a slice of the black vote in next year’s election. But there was another speech which, […] Read this post »
  • New State Department releases show dozens of Hillary e-mails recently classified

    Ed Morrissey
    1 Aug 2015 | 11:31 am
    Plus, Ramirez on the Dems' woes. Yesterday, the State Department released a new tranche of e-mails from Hillary Clinton’s private e-mail server, and it certainly provided plenty of amusement for people on social media. It included plenty of insight into office politics at State during Hillary’s tenure, including this obsequious exercise in extolling the “Secretary of Awesome”: So much of this. […] Read this post »
  • Baltimore’s best mayor evah presides over homicide rate not seen in nearly half a century

    Jazz Shaw
    1 Aug 2015 | 10:01 am
    Record achievement You may recall that earlier this year, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was named President of the US Conference of Mayors for her outstanding work in serving the people of her city and demonstrating innovation in turning things around. As part of that process, she decided to summarily fire Police Commissioner Anthony Batts back in the […] Read this post »
  • Clintons release tax returns, earned over $140 million in seven years

    Ed Morrissey
    1 Aug 2015 | 8:31 am
    $57.5 million as Secretary of State? As Friday afternoon document dumps go, this one’s a doozy. People knew the broad outlines of the income levels achieved by Bill and Hillary Clinton since their supposedly “dead broke” departure from the White House, but the release of their tax returns might surprise many anyway. From 2007 to 2014, the Clintons earned more than […] Read this post »
  • Huma Abedin never got sick or took vacation in four years at State?

    Jazz Shaw
    1 Aug 2015 | 7:01 am
    And you had three jobs? Weren't we paying your salary? The one thing Hillary Clinton was no doubt looking forward to was some sort of scandal which might affect her presidential candidacy, particularly given how smooth and drama free it’s been thus far. (/snark) The State Department’s Inspector General has raised questions about Huma Abedin’s pay records while serving under Hillary Clinton during her tenure […] Read this post »
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    Patrick Ruffini

  • Better, Faster, Stronger

    12 Jul 2015 | 9:52 am
    2015 has been one of the most exciting years in Engage’s history.  We’ve settled in to our shiny new Old Town offices, we’ve continued to add to our diverse roster of clients, and today, we’re greatly expanding our core capabilities as a firm. I’m thrilled to announce that David Almacy has joined Engage as partner.  David brings two decades of experience in public affairs, media and digital from the White House and Congress to C-SPAN, and most recently as senior vice president at Edelman Public Relations.  Most importantly, he is an old friend and one of the most widely-respected…
  • Engage Announces the Launch of Two House Committee Websites

    16 Jun 2015 | 1:21 pm
    The Internet has become the primary source for citizens to learn about and communicate with Congress. That’s why now, more than ever, simple, streamlined design that accurately represents a member or committee’s mission and goals is key. We’re proud to have contributed design and development services to help advance the mission of two key committees on Capitol Hill: the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the House Committee on Ways and Means. The newly redesigned sites connect citizens to the work of each committee through beautiful, intuitive design. With an active…
  • A Culture of Possibilities

    30 Mar 2015 | 2:02 pm
    “What is it like to work at Engage?” That’s a question I receive on an almost daily basis. It is not easy to condense what it means to be a part of the Engage team into a few short conversational sentences (or into one blog post for that matter). However, I believe Engage is a company that encourages new ideas, and the people behind that talent, to make those ideas a reality. In a nutshell: Engage is fueled by the concept of solving problems and aspiring to make things better. This is at the core of everything we do. In my time as Project Manager, I’ve seen ideas born into reality in…
  • 8 Tips For Every New Intern

    20 Mar 2015 | 6:40 am
    Looking for the perfect internship to gain experience and new skills? Although you’ll learn on the job, you can also prepare beforehand and kick off your internship with the right impression and mindset. Here is our advice: the secrets for success that we (Alex, Colleen, Franny and Lindsay) wish we knew when we started at Engage. These tips will give you a headstart on making the most of your internship from day one. 1. KNOW THE COMPANY’S VIBE Observe how the other employees interact, read the mission statement of the business, know how the upper management interacts with the staff, and…
  • Engage Client Wins Big at PR News’ Nonprofit PR Awards Program

    18 Mar 2015 | 6:31 am
    Engage is proud to announce the Illinois Policy Institute, a longtime Engage partner, won PR News’ “Nonprofit PR Award” in the “advocacy campaign and lobbying efforts” category last week. Illinois Policy won this competitive category based on their success in stopping the so-called “fair tax”, that was anything but. Engage proudly designed and managed the digital home for the effort, UnfairforIL.com, which allowed Illinois citizens to see exactly how much this proposed tax hike would affect them and their families. After using the custom tax calculator, users could sign the…
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    Ace of Spades HQ

  • Hillary! Goes Full Otter [OregonMuse]

    1 Aug 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Sacred honor compels me to state that I wrote this piece a couple of days before moron commenter 'The Great White Snark' posted this comment. He obviously hacked into my computer and stole my stuff. Yeah, that's the ticket. So...
  • A Few Weekend Links [CBD]

    1 Aug 2015 | 11:30 am
    But first some wild footage of an Eagle descending from the tallest building in the world:...
  • Saturday Politics Thread: Carly Fiorina [Y-not]

    1 Aug 2015 | 9:30 am
    Good morning, morons and 'ettes. Welcome to your regular Saturday Morning Politics thread! Next Thursday Republicans will hold the first of their primary debates: The Aug. 6 debate is hosted by Fox News, in conjunction with Facebook and the Ohio...
  • Driver Download Websites

    1 Aug 2015 | 8:33 am
    AboutTech: 10 Driver Download Websites Reviewed. I looked for this article because of my recent computer problems. I almost, almost clicked on a driver download place called DriverInstaller.com. That site didn't even make the list. So, one more word to...
  • Early Morning Thread 08/01/15 [krakatoa]

    1 Aug 2015 | 8:10 am
    I'm going to say it: Hillary is toast. It's going to come down to Sanders or Joe Biden, and for my L.I.B. money, I'll take Pokin' Joe hip-sliding across the hood of a stretched '78 Trans Am T-Tops every. single....
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    Stately McDaniel Manor

  • Paul Rudd: One of the Really Good Guys

    Mike McDaniel
    1 Aug 2015 | 12:27 pm
    credit: medseycare.com Gentle readers: Hi there. Sorry I haven’t posted anything yesterday and today, but I’ve been absolutely laid low with a bout of flu. And of course, when more or less incapacitated, pretty much everything that could fall apart around the Manor has, well, fallen apart. The air conditioner started malfunctioning, a shower drain clogged, and a toilet clogged. So it’s pretty much been lay around moaning, fix the toilet, vomit, lay around moaning, call the A/C guy, do the preliminaries for his visit, vomit, lay around moaning, etc. Still working on the shower drain, but…
  • The Sickness Of The National Soul

    Mike McDaniel
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:19 pm
    Kitty Genovesecredit: checkthisyo.com During my yearly media unit, I usually bring up the case of Kitty Genovese. In 1964, 28 year-old Genovese was attacked three times over 35 minutes, brutally stabbed, robbed and raped. While media accounts are now known to be inaccurate, what is unmistakable is that multiple people saw at least part of what was happening, but few called the police. There is also evidence that the police dispatchers didn’t understand what was happening. By the time the police did arrive after the final attack, it was too late. Genovese died on the way to the hospital. It…
  • Global Warming: Icy Irony

    Mike McDaniel
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:59 am
    Global warming scientists caught in ice that has already melted… One of my favorite articles of all time was titled: Icebreaker Irony.  It began: You’ve heard of the ship stuck in the Antarctic–the MV Akademik Schokalskiy–and the unsuccessful attempts of Chinese and French icebreakers to reach her?  What a tragedy…but hey, what was that ship doing so far out in the Antarctic this time of year anyway?  Are you ready for this?  Sit down… The ship is full of climate scientists and assorted supportive greenies on a mission to prove global warming due to melting Antarctic…
  • Barack Obama: Transforming Kenya?

    Mike McDaniel
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:18 am
    On July 25, President Obama traveled–for no apparent reason other than spending millions in taxpayer money–to Kenya, a nation he had hitherto ignored. Following his diplomatic triumph as Iran’s lawyer he was in a particularly haughty mood. As is his usual practice, he harangued the Kenyans on topics that reflected his personal whims, and as always, he got in a few good jabs at America. The Miami Herald Reports: President Barack Obama nudged African nations Saturday to treat gays and lesbians equally under the law, a position that remains unpopular through much of the continent.
  • Ta-Nehisi Coates: Means Of Knowing Nothing

    Mike McDaniel
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:15 am
    Ta-Nehisi Coates Upon occasion, I come across a statement from a progressive that so perfectly illuminates their muddled, nearly incomprehensible thinking as to be nearly breathtaking. Have they no idea they’ve descended directly into self-parody? I think. Of course, they have no idea; this really is the way they think, and what passes for reason and intellectual discourse in progressive circles. I speak primarily of academia and politics. The man spouting the assertion that inspired this brief article is one Ta-Nehesi Coates, who is an editor for The Atlantic. As well as being an obviously…
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  • The Cringing, Servile Search for Head Pats from Liberals

    <a href="/users/leon_h_wolf/">Leon H. Wolf</a> (<a href="/diary/leon_h_wolf/">Diary</a>)
    1 Aug 2015 | 11:55 am
    There is a piece that is making the rounds on the liberal side of the Internet today that concerns the Planned Parenthood videos. I am not going to link the piece here because I view it as either a transparent attempt to curry head pats from liberals and/or the media, or a dangerously naive missive that is tremendously damaging to the pro-life cause. Either way, I will not give it more traffic than it has already gotten in spite of the fact that I respect the website where it currently sits and its proprietors tremendously, and count them among my personal friends. Suffice to say that if you…
  • Would you believe it? The judge who blocked the @PPact videos is an Obama guy!

    <a href="/users/joesquire/">Joe Cunningham</a> (<a href="/diary/joesquire/">Diary</a>)
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:00 pm
    I know. I was shocked, too. Via Mollie Hemmingway at The Federalist (if you don’t have a fainting couch, you may need to invest in one before reading this): A federal judge late Friday granted a temporary restraining order against the release of recordings made at an annual meeting of abortion providers. The injunction is against the Center for Medical Progress, the group that has unveiled Planned Parenthood’s participation in the sale of organs harvested from aborted children. Judge William H. Orrick, III, granted the injunction just hours after the order was requested by the…
  • Don’t Fear The Shutdown… well, it *kind* of scans.

    <a href="/users/moe_lane/">Moe Lane</a> (<a href="/diary/moe_lane/">Diary</a>)
    31 Jul 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Still, this tweet nicely encapsulates matters: From the people who brought you “The Koch Bros will hurt Republicans in 2014″ comes “Attacking @PPAct will hurt Republicans in 2016″ — SunnyRight (@sunnyright) July 31, 2015 With some clarifications, sure. First off: yes, very little that happens with a shutdown in Congress this year will have any effect on the national elections next year.  This is, of course, broadly similar to what happened in 2013: everybody who wasn’t part of the Republican grassroots (and a few of them, too) was convinced that the shutdown…
  • From the Mailbag: Dear John

    <a href="/users/joesquire/">Joe Cunningham</a> (<a href="/diary/joesquire/">Diary</a>)
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:00 pm
    From the Mailbag: Dear Mr. Erickson: How irresponsible and stupid for you and other right-wing media types and tea party Congress members to be calling for another government shutdown over Parent Parenthood — you drama queen will try to shut down the government over anything — the last government shutdown orchestrated by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 100% cost taxpayers $24 billion — once again, it would be a Republican shutdown and you would be one the people to blame — if you want a shutdown Mr. Erickson, pay for it out of your own pocket. John J. Mesh Enid, Okla. Dear…
  • Pro-Lifers, Be Wary of Mitch McConnell on Planned Parenthood

    <a href="/users/erick/">Erick Erickson</a> (<a href="/diary/erick/">Diary</a>)
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:05 am
    I saw Al Mohler of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary tweet out this link earlier today. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) 58% is calling on Planned Parenthood being defunded. I hope McConnell will stick with this, even at the risk of President Obama shutting down the government in the fight. But we should remember that we are at this point because of legislation McConnell supported. In 1991, Democrats introduced legislation to allow tissue donation for experimentation from elective abortions. President George H. W. Bush was vehemently opposed to the legislation. Nonetheless, it passed the…
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  • Tips and Tricks for Apple Watch

    Mari Saito
    1 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Now that Apple Watch has been out a while, it’s time to get familiar with the awesomeness of this new invention by letting you in on some of the functionality of the first major piece of Apple tech since Steve Jobs’ death. Clear All Notifications Now this is truly cool. When you’ve viewed all your notifications, just press firmly on the screen, then press the button that says “clear all.” Presto! No more notifications. Toggle Between Apps With this, you can double press the digital crown to jump back and forth between the app you were using and another app, such as the…
  • How Reading Apps for iPad Have Revolutionized the Industry

    Eric Dye
    1 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Ebooks are not new by any stretch of the imagination. When the prospect of the eBook was first introduced, there were many who boldly and stated their dissent with the phrase, “I’ve never been excited about the idea of curling up with a good computer.” At the time this was actually quite true; one could not take their computer monitor to bed with them—at least not easily. Palm pilots and personal organizers became one of the preferred method of eBook reading, but there were two problems. First of all, they were small and therefore not the same as books. Secondly, converting text to…
  • How to Preserve Your SEO When Rebranding

    Eric Dye
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:56 am
    Perhaps you are aware that rebranding is not an easy task. Apart from all the legal, creative and repositioning headaches you will no doubt have to deal with, you must also ensure Google is OK with all of this. A lot of what marketers do is connected with building online visibility and brand recognition, and if this is not done the right way, a transition to a new domain and name may put all of this at risk. If you wish to change the name and logo of your company as well as your website, keep reading. Before you begin Verify both your old and new website in Google Webmaster Tools to make the…
  • Church Tech Snack Pack #082

    Eric Dye
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    I hope after digging through this week’s grab-bag of link snackage, you’re left satisfied. Enjoy! I'm running for President on the platform that usage of Comic Sans should be outlawed. — Chris Huff (@behindthemixer) July 30, 2015 Free Photos from Mopho.to Sweet! Great photos, too. 16 NAMES FOR CHURCH MID-WEEK GROUPS My favorite is “Fight Clubs” — LOL 12 Great Ways To Use Instagram For Your Church Needs some inspiration? THIS. 8 Vital Statistics You Should Track Every Week Are you tracking these? 7 Characteristics to Look for in Your Church’s Communications…
  • Social Media Fails: United Breaks Guitars

    Rachel Blom
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    The whole idea behind studying history is to learn from mistakes from the past and not repeat that. With that in mind, we’ll discuss some famous social media fails in a short series to see what we can learn from companies, organizations, and people who got it spectacularly wrong. Our first example is almost ancient considering how long social media have been around: it’s the infamous 2009 case commonly known as United Breaks Guitars. Here’s what happened: country singer Dave Carroll’s guitar got severely damaged on a United flight. When his complaint was met with…
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    Outside the Beltway

  • Taking A Look At The Second Quarter Money Race

    Doug Mataconis
    1 Aug 2015 | 11:57 am
    Taking into account money raised by both the campaigns and supporting SuperPACs, Jeb Bush seems to have clear won the money race for the second quarter of 2015 according these figures which I obtained from The New York Times: Jeb Bush — $120 million raised ($11.4 million by the campaign, $108.5 million by SuperPACs) Hillary Clinton — $67.8 million raised ($47.5 million by the campaign, $20.3 million by SuperPACs) Ted Cruz —- $52.5 million raised ($14.3 million by the campaign, $38.1 million by SuperPACs) Marco Rubio — $42 million ($8.9 million by the campaign, $4…
  • Donald Trump Courting Sarah Palin’s Supporters

    Doug Mataconis
    1 Aug 2015 | 8:39 am
    The New York Times reports that Donald Trump seems to be making a play for whatever might be left of the so-called “Palin vote”: Donald J. Trump appears to be making a serious play for the “Mama Grizzly” vote. This week the Republican presidential candidate flattered Sarah Palin — who gave herself the bear of a nickname — calling her a “strong” and “special” person and proclaiming that he would love to have her in his cabinet if he won the White House. On Thursday, Mr. Trump showed another sign of respect for Ms. Palin, hiring…
  • A Photo for Friday

    Steven L. Taylor
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Well, weekly hasn’t taken yet, but here’s another: 4th of July, 2015 (Montgomery, AL) More fireworks here. At some point I might get a rhythm going…
  • Ebola Vaccine Proves To Be Very Effective

    Doug Mataconis
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:23 am
    A vaccine to fight Ebola is showing very promising success: In a development that could change the way the deadly Ebola disease is fought, researchers have announced promising results of a new vaccine’s trial in Guinea, one of several countries affected by a historic outbreak in West Africa. “The estimated vaccine efficacy was 100 percent,” a team of researchers say. The trial was called Ebola ça Suffit — French for “Ebola that’s enough.” Funded by the World Health Organization and other groups, it started in April and ended on July 20, relying…
  • Driven Largely By Republicans, Public Opinion On The Supreme Court Hits A Low

    Doug Mataconis
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:08 pm
    A new poll indicates that the Supreme Court has become much less popular over the past several years: Don’t let the cheering crowds outside the Supreme Court fool you. The largest share of Americans in 30 years has a negative view of the Supreme Court, according to a July survey by the Pew Research Center. The Pew survey, released Thursday, found that 43 percent of Americans have an unfavorable opinion of the Supreme Court, compared with 48 percent of Americans who have a favorable opinion of it. The increase in unfavorable views of the Supreme Court was driven by a rise in unfavorable…
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  • Donald Trump Proved Right AGAIN! Mexican Murders Two in Montana

    Michael Becker
    1 Aug 2015 | 12:25 pm
    A family in a small town in Montana was murdered by a Mexican immigrant. Chalk up another one in the "Donald Trump is right about Mexicans" column.
  • “Pro-Life” Jeb! Bush Was a Director of a Foundation that Funneled Millions to Planned Parenthood

    Michael Becker
    1 Aug 2015 | 11:10 am
    Jeb Bush likes to focus on what a pro-life guy he is. He talks about his record as a pro-life governor of Florida. That mask got shattered this week. In 2010 Jeb Bush accepted a position as a Director of the Bloomberg Family Foundation, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s foundation. Bush said he took the job because of Bloomberg’s support for education. In my book that’s a lot like supporting the Nazi party because they brought full employment to Germany. Bloomberg and his foundation support “education” in the form of Common Core, but they also…
  • Yes That Black Panther Party Historical Marker in North Carolina MUST Come Down

    Warner Todd Huston
    1 Aug 2015 | 10:45 am
    Did you know that there is a historical marker in Winston-Salem, North Carolina celebrating the founding of a chapter of domestic terrorists and hate group the Black Panther Party? Now there is a petition demanding that the city remove the marker celebrating the hate group. The marker, situated at the corner of Fifth Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard in Winston-Salem, N.C., was erected in 2012 and celebrates the fact that the state’s fist chapter of the racist group formed on that spot in 1969. This photo by Bruce Chapman depicts the 2012 unveiling of the historic marker. The…
  • Obama: Biggest Threat to Safety is Americans With Guns NOT Muslim Terrorism

    Michael Becker
    1 Aug 2015 | 9:42 am
    If you own a gun you're a bigger threat to peace and safety than Muslim terrorists according to Barack Obama.
  • The Iran Deal – Iran Gets $150B and They’re Out in 90 Days

    Michael Becker
    1 Aug 2015 | 8:18 am
    President Obama and John Kerry have been touting the "15 year deal" they've made with Iran to "stop" their development of nuclear weapons.
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    Drudge Retort

  • Biden Taking New Look at Presidential Run

    1 Aug 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Amy Chozick, New York Times: Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his associates have begun to actively explore a possible presidential campaign, an entry that would upend the Democratic field and deliver a direct threat to Hillary Rodham Clinton, say several people who have spoken to Mr. Biden or his closest advisers. "The No. 1 thing voters want is a candidate who is honest and trustworthy, and the veep is leading in those polls," said William Pierce, executive director of Draft Biden, a super PAC that is trying to build enthusiasm for his possible candidacy."
  • Illegal Hunter Kills Cecil the Lion's Brother

    1 Aug 2015 | 12:54 pm
    The brother of Cecil the lion, whose death sparked widespread outrage this week, was killed by a hunter Saturday afternoon in Zimbabwe, a local conservation group said. "I'm heartbroken," Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force chairman Johnny Rodrigues said about the illegal killing of the lion named Jericho. "It's just too much." The news comes after Cecil was shot with a bow and arrow before being tracked and killed early last month by Minnesota hunter and dentist Walter Palmer, who allegedly paid $50,000 to hunt him.
  • Bin Laden Relatives Killed in Plane Crash in England

    1 Aug 2015 | 11:33 am
    Three members of Osama bin Laden's family were among four people killed in a small plane crash at a car auction site in southern England Friday. Among those killed were three members of bin Laden's family. Osama bin Laden was one of dozens of children of Mohammed bin Laden, whose large family is spread all over the world. The relatives who died were visiting the U.K. on vacation.
  • Salter: Donald Trump is P.T. Barnum with Bad Hair

    1 Aug 2015 | 10:32 am
    Mark Salter, RealClearPolitics: Either the phoniness in American politics has reached record levels or I've grown irremediably cynical in my old age. I am reminded these days of a notorious 19th century hoax as I observe from a safe distance the weird descent of the 2016 presidential contest into a cringe-inducing reality show, which happens to feature a veteran of embarrassing entertainment. I'm referring, of course, to Donald Trump.
  • Texan Shoots Armadillo, Armadillo Returns Fire

    1 Aug 2015 | 10:16 am
    An East Texas man was hospitalized Thursday after a bullet he fired at an armadillo ricocheted back at his head. The man shot at the armadillo just before 3 a.m. on Thursday after seeing it on the freeway in the town of Marietta, Texas, according to a Cass County sheriff's official. The bullet ricocheted back at his head. The man was treated for minor injuries. The armadillo's condition is not known.
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    Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines

  • Progressives Need to Be More Radical Than Bernie Sanders—Here’s Why

    1 Aug 2015 | 9:19 am
        Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders. (David Becker / AP) None of the 2016 presidential candidates’ approaches to politics will fix this country; they won’t even come close, argues Robert Kuttner at The American Prospect. Kuttner then goes on to list all the issues that ail the economy and the “radical reform” that needs to take place. From The American Prospect: Nothing in mainstream politics takes seriously the catastrophe of global climate change. Few mainstream politicians have the nerve to call for a carbon tax. The budget deadlock and the…
  • AUDIO: ‘Left, Right & Center’: Republican Media Stunts, NSA Data Dump and Cecil the Lion

    1 Aug 2015 | 8:46 am
    Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the upcoming GOP presidential debate, the NSA’s dump of metadata collected over the last five years, and why the illegal killing of Cecil the lion has outraged so many when so much awfulness abounds. Related Entries July 31, 2015 Can Bernie Sanders Win Minority Hearts, and Votes? July 30, 2015 WATCH: Bernie Sanders: The Koch Brothers Would Love to Open U.S. Borders
  • Israeli Troops Kill 2 Palestinian Teens Protesting Arson Death of Infant

    1 Aug 2015 | 8:46 am
        Palestinians carry the body of Ali Dawabsheh during his funeral in Duma village near Nablus, West Bank, on Friday. The child’s death prompted protests. (Majdi Mohammed / AP) Laith Fadel al-Khaladi and Mohammed al-Masri, both 17, were killed by Israeli forces during protests that broke out after an arson attack on a Palestinian family took the life of 18-month-old Ali Dawabsheh and left his parents and brother with severe burns. Al-Khaladi, who was fatally wounded Friday by an Israeli sniper in Ramallah, died in a hospital Saturday morning. Al-Masri was killed Friday in Gaza during…
  • Banks Rejected Three in Four Requests for Loan Modifications Under Vaunted Obama Program

    1 Aug 2015 | 8:17 am
    Daniel Arauz / CC BY-SA 2.0 The Home Affordable Modification Program—one of the Obama administration’s “signature efforts to help homeowners”—has “allowed big banks to run roughshod over borrowers again and again,” reports The New York Times. Instead of helping some four million borrowers get loan modifications […] banks participating in the program have rejected four million borrowers’ requests for help, or 72 percent of their applications, since the process began. From the outset, Treasury’s loan modification program had problems. Among them were two design…
  • Is Racial Inequality ‘Merely a Symptom of Economic Inequality’?

    1 Aug 2015 | 7:16 am
        “To say that racial inequality is due to hundreds of years of [slavery, colonialism, Jim Crow and urban apartheid] is merely to recount how one particular form of economic inequality came about.” (Murky1 / CC BY-SA 2.0) What were “slavery, colonialism, Jim Crow and urban apartheid if not extreme forms of economic inequality?” historian Seth Ackerman asks in the magazine Jacobin. Ackerman posed the question after Democratic presidential aspirant Hillary Clinton said in a recent Facebook Q&A: “We need to acknowledge some hard truths about race and justice in this…
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    Power Line

  • Suburban Black Flight?

    Steven Hayward
    1 Aug 2015 | 10:58 am
    (Steven Hayward) Suburban “white flight” has long been a staple of liberal grievances against Amerika. But guess what, Hillary? Turns out American blacks are fleeing Democrat-run cities in large numbers now, too. Says the superb demographer William Frey at the center-left Brookings Institution: While much attention is correctly given to alleviating the persisting segregation of blacks in many American cities, it is also important to recognize a newly emergent shift to the suburbs among blacks from major cities with established black populations. Black population losses have been occurring…
  • Clinton aide and confidante was overpaid at State Dept.

    Paul Mirengoff
    1 Aug 2015 | 8:28 am
    (Paul Mirengoff) State Department investigators have concluded that Huma Abedin, one of Hillary Clinton’s closest aides, was overpaid by nearly $10,000 while working at the State Department, the Washington Post reports. The finding emerged publicly from letters sent by Sen. Charles Grassley to Secretary of State Kerry seeking more information about an investigation into possible criminal conduct by Abedin. The finding against Abedin, which she disputes, is that she was improperly paid while on leave. According to Sen. Grassley’s description of the investigation’s findings,…
  • To Honor Cecil the Lion, a $36,000 Smart Phone

    John Hinderaker
    1 Aug 2015 | 8:28 am
    (John Hinderaker) The most overblown news story of modern times shows no sign of going away. If you are still brokenhearted over the cruel fate of Cecil the lion, how can you assuage your pain? With a $36,000 smart phone dedicated to his memory: The Telegraph reports: [G]old plating company Goldgenie has provided a unique way of remembering the mighty lion – by committing Cecil’s image to a gold HTC One M9 to raise funds for a charity dedicated to the conservation of animals in Hwange National Park where he lived. Well, sort of. Actually, ten percent of each sale will go to the…
  • The Power Line Show, Episode 23: From Cecil to Planned Parenthood

    John Hinderaker
    1 Aug 2015 | 5:53 am
    (John Hinderaker) Last night the whole Power Line crew got together to record Episode 23 of the Power Line Show. We kicked around some of the most controversial issues of the day: the pros and cons of Donald Trump, Cecil the lion, the seemingly bipartisan criminal justice “reform” movement, and the dynamite Planned Parenthood videos. To say that the discussion was lively is an understatement. If you haven’t yet been listening to the Power Line Show, this would be a good time to start! Simply tap above to play; this works if you are reading on an iPad or mobile device, too.
  • To Biden or not to Biden?

    Scott Johnson
    1 Aug 2015 | 5:39 am
    (Scott Johnson) I wrote here early last month that this was Biden’s moment. Now Josh Kraushaar joins in at National Journal. We have learned something from Bernie Sanders other than the liberals’ bottomless appetite for political pap. Sanders has demonstrated the large space that exist for a plausible Democratic alternative to Madam Hillary. An avowed socialist is not a plausible alternative. The space is therefore now occupied by a vacuum. I think the vacuum will be filled, but by whom? A plausible alternative to Madam Hillary would have to be liberal and able to pronounce the…
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  • Mises Fellow on House Hunters!

    Thomas E. Woods Jr.
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:50 pm
    Karen, that’s Demelza Hays, who was a Fellow at the Mises Institute this summer. Here she is talking to Jeff Deist:
  • Small shock while watching HGTV

    Karen Kwiatkowski
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:47 pm
    At the moment, on HGTV House Hunter’s International, a young woman is moving to Toulouse France for an economic graduate program.  She opens her suitcase, and what do I see but Man, Economy and State by Rothbard, and upside down she had a book called “Why Austrian Economics Matters! ”  Boom!
  • “Their Malcolm and Mine”

    Charles Burris
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:47 am
    Compare this YouTube interview, How Politically Correct Culture Promotes Racism, with Denis G. Rancourt – a Canadian radical left academic critic of P.C. – with Murray N. Rothbard’s classic article, “Their Malcolm and Mine.” During the interview, Rancourt’s appreciation for Malcolm X is plainly displayed. Rothbard of course shared Rancourt’s appreciation. Both men saw racism as a hegemonic device the elites of the power structure use to oppress people and maintain their control.
  • Ron Paul: ‘I’m Sending a Message to Paul Krugman’

    Daniel McAdams
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:19 am
    Last week Paul Krugman attempted to ridicule Ron Paul and Austrian economics with a nasty piece called, “The Old Man and the CPI.” Today on his Liberty Report, has his turn. The gloves are off!
  • “The Chairman of the Board of the Kennedy Assassination”

    Charles Burris
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:34 am
    Here is an advance, pre-release Kirkus review of David Talbot’s eagerly-awaited new book, The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America’s Secret Government. Talbot has publicly named former CIA director Allen Dulles not only as participant in the cover-up of events concerning CIA in the assassination of President Kennedy, he said Dulles was the chief architect of the assassination. Here is a related article, “JFK, McGeorge Bundy, and the Continuity of Government,” by Michael Swanson. Swanson is the author of The War State: The Cold…
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    Republicans & Conservatives

  • Trump Forces GOP to Decide What Kind of Party to Be

    29 Jul 2015 | 2:26 pm
    The crowded GOP field is like the Tour de France peloton, with the candidates pumping promises and throwing surprise attacks on each other as they pedal furiously down the campaign trail. And now that clown from Manhattan - if you believe the GOP establishment - has the nerve to wear the yellow jersey. Donald Trump is out in front in the latest poll, by CNN and ORC with 18% support, even among GOP voters. While Donald on steroids is unsettling to say the least, it's more likely that his cheating centers on his hair color, if we need to accuse him of something. And the GOP establishment is…
  • Planned Parenthood, Genetics, and Organ-Trading

    27 Jul 2015 | 1:04 pm
    From sexual slavery in first world countries where women from abroad are brought in to be exotic dancers and prostitutes in a dangerous underworld of sex, drugs, and money; to the trading of organs stripped from the fetus - unborn child would be a better description but let's stick to medical terminology - a woman and her child are commodities with precious little rights. While Planned Parenthood would seem a long way from a strip club that beats and imprison's it's female slave labor, they share a contempt for human dignity, all the while, in Planned Parenthood's case, professing to edify…
  • Scott Walker and National Security

    22 Jul 2015 | 12:53 pm
    Scott Walker is not into Nation-Building with capital letters, but he is into protecting America's National Security Interests. And that will be limited to "areas where Americans trade or travel." Ok ... so that would be just about every corner of the planet? In other words, defending national security interests can logically lead you into just about every conflict anywhere. And when oil is involved - given that America still needs oil imports despite shale drilling - there is an economic component that is hard to ignore.Which, of course, leads us to the Middle East, and Syria. And Iraq. And…
  • Special Agent Reinhold Needs to Call It Terrorism

    17 Jul 2015 | 12:07 pm
    Soft-spoken with a sense of humor and if not quite local, he did go to high school in the Chattanooga area. He's 24 and owns his own house, valued at $206,000 which is not bad for a young adult just two years out of UTC with a degree in engineering. And he's almost certainly now an IS-inspired killer, with 4 Marines dead at a Navy recruiting center as a result of his hate-filled shooing spree. Bill Killian, the Eastern Tennessee DA stated clearly "We are treating this as an act of domestic terrorism." The facts line up squarely behind the DA's position with recent IS calls through social…
  • Hillary and the New Gilded Age

    13 Jul 2015 | 1:15 pm
    A slow growth U.S. economy is the bane of the middle class. Or is it the bane of the wealthy as well? While consumer demand is repeatedly signaled out as the engine of American economic growth, containing costs in a globalized economy with China's underpaid work force producing low-cost goods has meant stagnant nominal wages and falling real wages. Falling to such an extent that some studies show that for those not in the top 10% of income earners, wages are where they were in 1987. And for those not in the top 1%, wages are stuck at 1998 levels. As well, wealth is increasingly concentrated…
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  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    31 Jul 2015 | 3:04 am
    The new framework for the Advanced Placement U.S. History course is out and, of course, College Board submitted it to Newsweek before teachers. We have to wait our copy in the mail. One thing they've done is cut down on the learning objectives from 50 to 19. That's good, because it was ridiculous before. And they've responded to conservative critics by adding more on the Founding and American exceptionalism.http://www.newsweek.com/revised-ap-history-standards-will-emphasize-american-exceptionalism-358210They've tried to eliminate language that critics felt was anti-American or a bias against…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:56 am
    Myron Magnet writes about what has happened to New York City under Mayor de Blasio as he describes a couple of random attacks on tourists.A few more incidents like this will stop tourists from coming to Gotham and choke off a rich growth industry, as top cop Bill Bratton recognizes. So while Mayor Bill de Blasio blathers about raising taxes on “the rich” to fight his chimera of inequality (which some days seems like his version of Kryptonite), his heavy anti-cop rhetoric, and the ongoing efforts of his city council allies to decriminalize quality-of-life offenses like fare-beating and…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:56 am
    Steven Groves of Heritage explains what John Kerry doesn't understand about what a treaty is and what the role of the Senate is.At a hearing before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Secretary of State John Kerry was asked why the administration did not submit the Iran nuclear agreement to the Senate for its advice and consent as an Article II treaty.Kerry responded that the agreement wasn’t treated as a treaty “because you can’t pass a treaty anymore.”So, since getting 2/3 of the Senate is difficult and needs consensus, the solution is just to ignore the Constitution. It's no…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    28 Jul 2015 | 4:06 am
    We still don't know how Chuck Schumer is going to vote on the deal with Iran. Yet, by his own standards, the deal fails five of the issues he laid out in May that should be necessary for a deal. We'll see if Schumer was just saying what his audience of Orthodox Jews wanted to hear or he really meant what he said.And I'd be fascinated to hear the logic by which any Democratic senator would defend this.Pompeo says they asked whether they could see those agreements. He says IAEA officials replied, “ ‘Oh no, of course not, no, you’re not going to get to see those.’ And so everybody on our…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:18 am
    Sean Trende, who is one of the sharpest people going when it comes to analyzing polls, explains why we shouldn't put a lot of trust polling today. First of all, the refusal rate is so very high. Then there is all the problems that pollsters have in creating their model of who will be in the electorate this time.For most election analysts, the raw material for a prediction comes in the form of polling data. In theory, polls represent random samples employing uniform methodologies that are lightly weighted. In reality, pollsters use a variety of sampling methods, and then heavily weight the…
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    The Fix

  • Why running for president makes you fat

    Amber Phillips
    1 Aug 2015 | 6:53 am
    Running for president is not a job for those with weak metabolism. Hamburgers. Cheese steaks. Mom 'n pop ice cream. Sodas to wash it all down. Local dessert delicacies you'd be rude to resist. Here's a 24-hour sample of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's diet on the campaign trail this week: Had a double cheeseburger & a beer […]
  • Democrats are heavily dependent on the black vote. That’s an opportunity for the GOP.

    Philip Bump
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:59 am
    Black voters hold an unusual position in American politics. They vote heavily Democratic, as you know, and have for decades. The black population isn't as large as the white population, so that Democratic dominance doesn't tip the scales as much as it might otherwise; in general, the two parties are pretty evenly balanced when it […]
  • Disagree with Jeb Bush? So does his largest donor.

    Janell Ross
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:53 am
    The conventional wisdom in the years since the Supreme Court gave its imprimatur to more money from more sources in politics is this: A kind of arms race to amass the biggest campaign chest and more support from outside and officially unconnected super PACs is now the norm. Candidates have to engage to scare off less-fundraising-talented competition […]
  • This is what Donald Trump should say to win next week’s debate

    Amber Phillips
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:14 am
    The growing number of voters who support Donald Trump aren't put off by the fact that he's rich, brash or narcissistic. They don't even seem to mind that they don't know where he stands on almost any issue of substance. Nonetheless, Donald Trump is the GOP's frontrunner today. He's leading the field in several recent national polls […]
  • What Hillary Clinton’s letter to the New York Times tells us about politics and media

    Philip Bump and Chris Cillizza
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:42 am
    On Thursday night, the Clinton campaign posted on its website  a 1,906-word letter to the New York Times. The letter is a response to an article that originally alleged a criminal investigation into the candidate's e-mail use as secretary of state. After publication, the story was corrected multiple times to remove references to criminality, once the […]
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  • Ai Weiwei's Upcoming London Exhibition Will Have Everything But the Dissident Artist Himself

    Anthony L. Fisher
    1 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    United Kingdom immigration officials have denied Ai Weiwei, the world-famous Chinese dissident artist, a "six-month business visa," which would have allowed him to attend the scheduled exhibition of his controversial work at the Royal Academy of Arts.  As reported by The Guardian: Ai spent 81 days in secret detention in 2011 after being seized by Chinese security agents during a crackdown on activists who Beijing feared were trying launch a “jasmine revolution”. He was subsequently ordered to pay a $2.4m fine for allegedly unpaid taxes although supporters said the penalty was…
  • Rulebreaking Made Silicon Valley

    Robby Soave
    1 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    Halfway through the second season of HBO's Silicon Valley, wannabe tech entrepreneur Erlich Bachman (T.J. Miller) dresses down a nosy neighbor intent on alerting the cops to Bachman's unlicensed commercial activities. "Do you know why your shitty house is worth 20 times what you paid for it in the 1970s?" Bachman rants. "Because of people like us moving in and starting illegal businesses in our garages. [That's] why Silicon Valley is one of the hottest neighborhoods in the world." It's a fitting statement of purpose for this show, which celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit of friends trying…
  • Food Freedom in 2015

    Jason Keisling
    1 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
  • Pro-Life Loss

    Stephanie Slade
    1 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    Late on April 30, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to block the implementation of a Washington, D.C., law called the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act (RHNDA). To actually nullify it, the Senate would have had to take the same step and the president would have needed to sign the resolution by May 2. That didn't happen, so RHNDA is now in effect. The law prohibits discrimination by employers "on the basis of the individual's or a dependent's reproductive health decision making" or "on the basis of an employer's personal beliefs about such services." Proponents say the measure…
  • Bulldozing the Future

    Jim Epstein
    1 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    Once upon a time, New York City's builders blithely turned spectacular monuments into dust. Henry James complained about Manhattan's "restless renewals," but in the old days nostalgia was for writers and poets. Developers were preoccupied with building the future. This ethos of creative destruction allowed New York to become the world's pre-eminent city. And then, on April 19, 1965, Mayor Robert F. Wagner signed the Landmarks Preservation Act. The law made it illegal to destroy any structure that the city's planning elite deem too important not to save. Today 28 percent of the buildings in…
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    Lehigh Valley Conservative

  • Trump Hits a Nerve

    Randy Toman
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:51 am
    This is a must read article : http://chuckbaldwinlive.com/Articles/tabid/109/ID/3343/Donald-Trump-Is-Right-About-John-McCain.aspx The Republican Party had better wake-up to what is really going on these past 30+ years—-even as I might add—it’s been going on for a Hell-of a lot longer.   I would suggest people——take Trump seriously—-for he holds a couple of Trump Cards—-(no joke meant)——if in fact the Republican Party wants to play hard ball.  This thing could get real serious—–real quick. I believe the question coming into play…
  • WHEN?

    The Outsider
    2 May 2015 | 8:57 am
    In view of the recent riots across the country—-When are the blacks going to be held responsible for their criminal behavior? When are they going to marry the women they impregnate? When are they going to pay for their children they are responsible for? When are they going to act civilized instead of living as their ancestors did hundreds of years ago? When are they going to stop killing their own and destroying our cities? And when is the mainstream news media going to cover those unreported stories? When is Al Sharpton going to stop working for the Democrat party to keep racial…
  • 2015 Something Isn’t Right

    Randy Toman
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:40 pm
    I have been going through my past articles in an attempt to see if I was close to getting anything right——as I looked into the future back then.  What I find is things had moved forward with a smoothness that is surprising to me—-even as the same symptoms seem to be prevailing in the culture today as they did then.  The indicators with symptoms and issues seem to be worse today than in the past but somehow things and life seem to move along with smoothness and not seem that bad.  Therefore few notice anything of a serious nature that is wrong and few seem to care one way…
  • What is to Happen?

    Randy Toman
    13 Mar 2015 | 2:07 pm
    What is to happen if unjust or tyrannical laws are put in place?  The question with its answer has history to look to. Thomas Aquinas said, “An unjust law is no law at all.”  The Nurenburg Trials answer that question with condemnation in following a tyrannical magistrate and America’s founders were known to say—-“Disobedience to tyrants is obedience to God”. Christianity has had a salvific effect on the culture and the forming and protecting of Western Civilization—in John Murray book “Principles of Conduct” 1957 we have this—“…biblical ethics has a…
  • Is Reason Enough?

    Randy Toman
    10 Mar 2015 | 5:46 am
    I have attempted to look at this thing called “Reason” and the reasoning process.  Why do conservatives not come together with a sound force in that “Right-ness”?  Herman Dooyeweerd  in his book  “In The Twilight of Western Thought”  gives us this insight with this quote. “If all philosophical currents that pretend to choose their starting points in theoretical reason alone, had indeed , no deeper presuppositions, it should be possible to settle every philosophical argument between them in a purely theoretical way.  But the factual situation is quite different.  A debate…
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    The American Conservative » Daniel Larison

  • The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

    Daniel Larison
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    The British Empire and WWII. William Dalrymple reviews Yasmin Khan’s The Raj at War (a.k.a. India at War). Will Republicans fall for the Iran trap? Robert Merry warns the GOP of the pitfalls of opposing the nuclear deal. The costs of the nuclear deal debate. Michael Cohen fears that the benefits of the deal will be obscured by a “torrent of hand-wringing and threat-mongering.” Yemenis starve, and Saudis are accused of war crimes. Vice‘s Samuel Oakford reports on the latest developments in the war on Yemen. The return of the Venezuelan boundary dispute. Nick Miroff…
  • Will’s Unpersuasive Case Against the Nuclear Deal

    Daniel Larison
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    George Will makes a wholly unpersuasive case against the nuclear deal. This was probably the weakest part of his argument: The best reason for rejecting the agreement is to rebuke Obama’s long record of aggressive disdain for Congress — recess appointments when the Senate was not in recess, rewriting and circumventing statutes, etc. This isn’t the “best reason” to reject the deal. It’s not even a good reason. If one wants to rebuke Obama for ignoring and going around Congress in other situations, it would make sense to rebuke him directly on those. Obama has been…
  • Iran Hawks and Preventive War

    Daniel Larison
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:19 am
    Norman Podhoretz makes a number of risible claims in his recent op-ed on the Iran deal. This was the most preposterous: For in allowing Iran to get the bomb, he is not averting war. What he is doing is setting the stage for a nuclear war between Iran and Israel. None of this is true. Iran isn’t being “allowed” to get a nuclear weapon. Even when all the additional restrictions imposed by the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action are lifted, Iran will still be a member of the Non-Proliferation Treaty and will still be bound by its commitments under that treaty not to build…
  • Rubio’s Costly, Confrontational Anti-Iranian Policy

    Daniel Larison
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:58 am
    Marco Rubio wants to remind us just how reckless and aggressive he would be if he were president: The U.S. should undertake a systematic effort to isolate Iran in the Middle East. The Islamic Republic, its clients and proxies, should find no sanctuary in the region. The U.S. must do all it can [bold mine-DL] to counter Iran’s nefarious plots in places like Iraq, Lebanon, Gaza, Syria or Yemen. It is striking that Rubio’s vision of an aggressive and ambitious U.S. policy in the region never really touches on how any of this serves American interests. He says that the U.S.
  • Iran Hawks and the Loathing of Diplomacy

    Daniel Larison
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    This quote about the deal with Iran from a Republican member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee was quite revealing: “You can’t do a good deal with a bad guy,” said David Trott, a Republican representative from Michigan. That’s a ridiculous thing to say, but it sums up very well the main objection that many Iran hawks have to any deal with Iran: they are offended by the fact that it has been negotiated with the Iranian government. Like Rep. Trott, they take it as a given that there can be no “good” deal negotiated with this government on the weird, ahistorical…
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    Bob McCarty

  • Paul Hollrah Analyzes Upcoming GOP Presidential Debates

    31 Jul 2015 | 1:59 pm
    EDITOR’S NOTE: Below is a guest post by Paul R. Hollrah, a resident of Oklahoma who writes from the perspective of a veteran conservative politico and retired corporate government relations executive whose life experience includes having served two terms as a member of the Electoral College. Even if you disagree with him, this piece will make you think long and hard. Editorial cartoon courtesy David Donar at http://politicalgraffiti.wordpress.com. The Republican National Committee plans to conduct at least nine debates in the 2015-16 presidential primary season, the first of which will be…
  • Off-The-Radar Presidential Candidates Placed in Spotlight

    29 Jul 2015 | 2:27 pm
    As of today, more than 500 candidates — many more than the nation’s major news outlets are telling you about in articles like this one and this one — have filed the Federal Election Commission paperwork necessary to run for president of the United States. Included among them are some very colorful characters as well as several top names who are not eligible to serve. Below, I offer a glimpse of some of those male and female candidates from across the political spectrum who have, for the most part, remained off the radar of most Americans. Click on image above to see the…
  • Joe Biden Misses Opportunity for Another ‘Big F—in Deal’

    26 Jul 2015 | 10:05 pm
    EDITOR’S NOTE: Below is a guest post by Paul R. Hollrah, a resident of Oklahoma who writes from the perspective of a veteran conservative politico and retired corporate government relations executive whose life experience includes having served two terms as a member of the Electoral College. Even if you disagree with him, this piece will make you think long and hard. Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com On Friday evening, the Fox News Channel interrupted regular programming for a short newsbreak. In one of the news briefs, the Fox reporter announced that Barack Obama had arrived in…
  • Military Injustice: Remembering Michael Behenna’s Story

    26 Jul 2015 | 8:37 am
    EDITOR’S NOTE: Though I lost many of the dozens of articles I wrote about a Soldier from my home state of Oklahoma and the tragic situation that consumed his life (See paragraph six of this piece for details about the losses), I managed to save the article below which I share again, only slightly modified since being published three years ago today. Please read and share. Then-1st Lt. Michael Behenna I’m on the road right now, but when I came across some terrible news this afternoon that I simply had to share:  The U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals rejected the appeal of Michael C.
  • Flashback: Did Obama Recycle Words in 2008 Berlin Speech?

    24 Jul 2015 | 10:06 pm
    EDITOR’S NOTE: Seven years ago today, I shared news that seems more true today than it did in 2008. Please read and share the piece as it appears below with only minor modifications. Caricature of Barack Obama by David Donar at http://politicalgraffiti.wordpress.com. After reading the transcript of the speech Barack Obama delivered in Berlin July 24, 2008, I concluded that at least two parts of his speech appear to have been “recycled” (i.e., they were used by others first). In the seventh paragraph of the transcript, Obama said this: “On that day, much of this continent still lay…
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    Cato @ Liberty

  • You Ought to Have a Look: Hillary and Jeb Offer Climate Opinion

    Patrick J. Michaels, Paul C. "Chip" Knappenberger
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:40 pm
    You Ought to Have a Look is a feature from the Center for the Study of Science posted by Patrick J. Michaels and Paul C. (“Chip”) Knappenberger.  While this section will feature all of the areas of interest that we are emphasizing, the prominence of the climate issue is driving a tremendous amount of web traffic.  Here we post a few of the best in recent days, along with our color commentary. This week, the royal families of Clinton and Bush offered up their 2016 campaign insights on climate change.  People have been very interested in what they would say because, as Secretary of…
  • Reserve Requirements Basel Style: The Liquidity Coverage Ratio

    Jeffrey Rogers Hummel
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:10 am
    Over the last couple of decades, reserve requirements all but vanished as a means of bank regulation and monetary control. But now a new variation on reserve requirements is being introduced through the capital controls of the Basel Accords. Canada, the UK, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand, and Hong Kong have all abolished traditional reserve requirements. In many other countries, reserve requirements have become a dead letter. In the U.S., for instance, the Fed under Alan Greenspan reduced all reserve requirements to zero except for transactions deposits (checking accounts), while permitting…
  • Boston Beats Beijing in Olympics Contest

    David Boaz
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:23 am
    News comes this morning that Beijing has been awarded the 2022 Winter Olympics, beating out Almaty, Kazakhstan. Which touches on a point I made in this morning’s Boston Herald: Columnist Anne Applebaum predicted a year ago that future Olympics would likely be held only in “authoritarian countries where the voters’ views will not be taken into account” — such as the two bidders for the 2022 Winter Olympics, Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan. Fortunately, Boston is not such a place. The voters’ views can be ignored and dismissed for only so long. Indeed, Boston should be celebrating…
  • Of Rotten Eggs and Guilty Minds

    Ilya Shapiro, Randal John Meyer
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:23 pm
    It isn’t every day that a person can go to his or her job, work, not participate in any criminal activity, and still get a prison sentence. At least, that used to be the case: the overcriminalization of regulatory violations has unfortunately led to the circumstance that corporate managers now face criminal—not just civil—liability for their business operations’ administrative offenses. Take Austin and Peter DeCoster, who own and run an Iowa egg-producing company called Quality Egg. The DeCosters plead guilty to violating certain provisions of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act because…
  • Mission Creep in Syria

    Emma Ashford
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:54 am
    This week, the United States and Turkey agreed on a deal to expand cooperation in the fight against ISIS, in part through the creation of an ‘ISIS-free zone’ in Northern Syria. The scope of the agreement is unclear, not least because Turkish officials are hailing it as a ‘safe zone’ and a possible area for refugees, while U.S. officials deny most of these claims. U.S. officials are also explicit that the agreement will not include a no-fly zone, long a demand of U.S. allies in the region. But what’s not in doubt is that the United States and Turkey plan to use airstrikes to clear…
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    Mark Serrano

  • The Damage Obama’s Immigration Policies Can do

    Mark Serrano
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:38 am
    Under President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, 87 percent of illegal immigrants in the U.S. have a “degree of protection” from deportation. The president is really saying that amnesty is the official policy of this administration. In other words, he is codifying illegal immigration as an acceptable entry into the United States through executive orders and purposefully lax law enforcement. For American citizens, this means our safety is at risk. The Migration Policy Institute released a study on July 23 that shows us the true impact of Obama’s immigration policies. The study…
  • The Effect of Obama’s Immigration Policy

    Mark Serrano
    24 Jul 2015 | 6:38 am
    “There’s going to be a lot more blood shed going forward, which is why we’ve got to secure the border.”
  • Prime Minister Tsipras is the Hillary Clinton of Greek Politics

    Mark Serrano
    21 Jul 2015 | 3:50 pm
    Bernie Sanders uses the terminology of victimhood to claim that it is cruel and unusual to force austerity measures on the people of Greece in order to help the country out of its debt-laden economic crisis. What leftists in both Greece and the United States don’t appreciate is that what is truly cruel and unusual are the socialist policies that got Greece into this mess in the first place and the ones that have led to the worst economic recovery in the history of the United States. Ironically, there are a lot of parallels between Greek and US politics these days. Prime Minister Tsipras won…
  • Greek Lawmakers Approve of Austerity

    Mark Serrano
    16 Jul 2015 | 2:26 pm
    “What we need is some leadership; what we see in Greece is emblematic of problems in other places of Europe.”
  • Retrumplicans

    Mark Serrano
    10 Jul 2015 | 7:05 am
    “What the Republicans need to do as a party is talk about economic policies that will rise everyone up.”
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    Washington Free Beacon

  • Till We Have Faces

    James Braid
    1 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    At the core of every science fiction novel is a coherent theory, an implied, but boldfaced assertion of The Way We Will Live Someday. These dynamics make writing books set in the near future particularly difficult, even for the best authors. Predictions being what they are, which is to say nearly always wrong, near-future science fiction must navigate a narrow passage between two fatal hazards. Get too specific, and in a few years your book will take on the characteristic irrelevancy of an old newspaper article. Too broad, and things start to feel generic. Persona, Genevieve Valentine’s…
  • CNN: Clintons ‘Not Dead Broke By Anyone’s Standards’

    Blake Seitz
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:22 pm
    CNN reporter Jeff Zeleny said on Friday that the Clintons’ $141 million pay day over eight years indicated that the family is “not dead broke by anyone’s standards.” Hillary Clinton said last year that she and her husband Bill Clinton were “dead broke” after leaving the White House in 2001. In light of her family’s impressive earnings, Clinton’s “dead broke” comments have played into the candidate’s perception as out of touch with the concerns of ordinary Americans. “Just a little over a year ago she told ABC’s…
  • Hillary Strategist Evasive About Candidate’s Tanking Poll Numbers

    Washington Free Beacon Staff
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:54 pm
    Hillary Clinton’s senior strategist tried to duck questions about his candidate’s sinking poll numbers on Friday, eventually stating he has “no idea” whether her unfavorability would keep her from being elected. Polls have consistently found that the public does not view Hillary Clinton as honest or trustworthy, due in part to the cloud of scandal that envelops her. Clinton’s favorability numbers have declined sharply in recent months, reaching “near Trump-ian” lows in several key swing states. “Can she be elected president even if more…
  • WFB’s MacLean on Islamic State: ‘Go After Them in the Middle East’

    Blake Seitz
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:33 pm
    Free Beacon Managing Editor Aaron MacLean slammed the Obama administration’s tepid military response to the Islamic State terrorist group on Friday. “There is kabuki theater aspect to this,” MacLean said on Fox Business. “A cynic might suggest that the purpose of this is not to degrade or defeat ISIS but to give the American people the impression that something is being done on their behalf while avoiding a meaningful commitment for the military in the Middle East.” The U.S. has carried out airstrikes against IS strongholds as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, but has not…
  • Alex Wagner’s Last Word On Her Canceled MSNBC Show Was ‘Shit’

    David Rutz
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:12 pm
    MSNBC’s Alex Wagner, in closing the final edition of her canceled liberal commentary program Now With Alex Wagner, said “Woo! Shit,” as the camera faded to black one last time. It is unknown at this time why she did this. Wagner finished the broadcast by thanking the behind-the-scenes crew of the show, inviting them on-set with her. ”For one last time, that is all for now,” she said, amidst applause. “The Ed Show is up next. We did it! Oh my God, that was massive. Woo! Shit.”
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