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  • Eric Cantor: Poster boy of the Beltway crapweasels

    Michelle Malkin
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:22 am
    Eric Cantor: Poster boy of the Beltway crapweasels by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2015 Ooouuuch. My sides are still aching after last week’s comical announcement by GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush that he had snagged the coveted endorsement of notorious electoral reject Eric Cantor, the former House majority leader kicked to the curb by disgusted voters in Virginia’s 2014 primary election. Newsflash to GOP elites: Getting Cantor’s support is not like landing a prized marlin. It’s like hooking one of those hideous bottom-feeding blobfish named the…
  • New anti-gun strategy: “swatting” open carry permit holders

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    Jazz Shaw
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:21 am
    Abuse of the system Here’s a new trend which can only end badly. Having lost one battle after another in the courts, anti-Second Amendment groups have begun pushing some “extra-legal” means to intimidate legal gun owners in the public square. Unfortunately, the method of choice is probably going to wind up getting somebody killed. You may be familiar with […] Read this post »
  • Darby Rousseau Joins the Engage Team

    Patrick Ruffini
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:54 am
    As I sit amongst the flying Nerf bullets and glossy white walls, I have to remind myself that this is indeed work. In fact, just 10 minutes before I was privy to an enlightening conversation about our creative process and the countless steps we take to ensure our clients are completely satisfied with the work we provide for them. This is Engage. A digital agency with a team of smart, innovative, creative problem solvers who appreciate the value in the phrase “work hard, play hard.” I chose to join Engage after meeting with and learning about their impressive collective and individual…
  • Wednesday Morning News Dump

    Ace of Spades HQ
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:29 am
    Economics And Good Intentions Iran Vows To Violate UN Restrictions On Ballistic Missiles Mitch McConnell And The Planned Parenthood Atom Bomb 188 Newly Released Clinton E-mails Contain Classified Data, Including Spy Satellite Date Of North Korean Nukes Republicans Like...
  • The Freddie Gray Case, Update 20: Profiling The Police

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    Mike McDaniel
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:49 pm
    credit: cnn.com The Baltimore Sun is not, by any stretch of the imagination, a conservative-leaning media outlet. That its coverage of the Freddie Gray case has been, for the most part less than helpful for the prosecution and the social justice narrative is not an indication that The Sun is striving to be balanced and professional, but that there is no actual known evidence against the officers. There is nothing to spin. It is in editorials that The Sun reveals its real political leanings, and tries mightily to uphold the progressive, social justice as in this example:  Brian E.
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  • Eric Cantor: Poster boy of the Beltway crapweasels

    Michelle Malkin
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:22 am
    Eric Cantor: Poster boy of the Beltway crapweasels by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2015 Ooouuuch. My sides are still aching after last week’s comical announcement by GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush that he had snagged the coveted endorsement of notorious electoral reject Eric Cantor, the former House majority leader kicked to the curb by disgusted voters in Virginia’s 2014 primary election. Newsflash to GOP elites: Getting Cantor’s support is not like landing a prized marlin. It’s like hooking one of those hideous bottom-feeding blobfish named the…
  • Commence victimization phase: HuffPo finds the terrible truth Hillary’s emails reveal

    Doug Powers
    2 Sep 2015 | 3:59 am
    **Written by Doug Powers How many federal laws did Hillary Clinton break with her email shenanigans? How much classified information did foreign governments manage to get their hands on? Put all that on the back burner, because HuffPo Politics reported what Hillary’s emails really reveal Hey, that was exactly my takeaway too! Hillary Clinton has long been a champion of policies to facilitate work-life balance, particularly for women. Yet as secretary of state, members of her staff reported feeling stressed and found it difficult to take time off. Part of the trove of State Department…
  • Peer-reviewed study: Obama’s mixed messages contributing to climate change, mass confusion

    Doug Powers
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:19 am
    **Written by Doug Powers Do a simple search for “Arctic ice melt” and you’ll see all kind of alarming results. Here’s just one from May: Arctic Ice Melting Faster and Earlier With Dire Results. And just a few days ago: Extreme Arctic sea ice melt forces thousands of walruses ashore in Alaska. President Obama is in Alaska making the same warning, and then some: Pres Obama said melting glaciers contribute to rising sea levels – "projected to rise another one to four feet this century." — Mark Knoller (@markknoller) September 1, 2015 Obama also said…
  • Hillary Clinton email proves without a doubt she’s the ‘future’

    Doug Powers
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:26 am
    **Written by Doug Powers The wind-up: And the pitch, from the latest batch of non-deleted emails the State Department released last night: An exchange with former staffer Phillippe Reines on July 24, 2010, had the subject line “I-Pad Questions.” Clinton’s questions include how to charge the Apple tablet and how to update a news reader app. Reines asks Clinton if she has a wireless Internet connection, and she replies: “I don’t know if I have wi-fi. How do I find out?” Totally qualified to run a private server containing information foreign nations would be…
  • Salesmanship fail: Rep. Patrick Murphy channels his inner Neville Chamberlain to pitch Iran deal

    Doug Powers
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:57 pm
    **Written by Doug Powers You might have thought that with all the memos, emails and phone calls flying back and forth among those who were trying to sell Congress and the American public on the Iran deal that somebody at the top would have made an important point to fellow supporters: “When pitching the deal, never, ever say anything that remotely sounds like Neville Chamberlain at Munich. EVER!” But that kind of warning obviously was either never issued or not heeded, as Florida Dem Rep. Patrick Murphy demonstrated: “I believe deeply in the unbreakable bond between the…
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    Hot Air » Top Picks

  • New anti-gun strategy: “swatting” open carry permit holders

    Jazz Shaw
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:21 am
    Abuse of the system Here’s a new trend which can only end badly. Having lost one battle after another in the courts, anti-Second Amendment groups have begun pushing some “extra-legal” means to intimidate legal gun owners in the public square. Unfortunately, the method of choice is probably going to wind up getting somebody killed. You may be familiar with […] Read this post »
  • WaPo: Yeah, Hillary sent six e-mails with classified material — so far

    Ed Morrissey
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:41 am
    Plus: Did she order a Code Red, too? Those denials by Hillary Clinton look pretty ragged after the most recent release of e-mails from her secret server — and more than just the New Media have noticed. The Washington Post’s Carol Leonnig and Rosalind Helderman count up at least six e-mails in this tranche that originated with the former Secretary of State that […] Read this post »
  • Are liberals facing a string of coming defeats at the Supreme Court?

    Jazz Shaw
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:01 am
    A hard rain's gonna fall Most all of the news coming out of SCOTUS this year has been less than heartening for the conservative battalions around the nation. Okay… who am I kidding? It’s been pretty much of a disaster. But you might find a bit of good cheer to kick off September by reading this bit of prognostication from […] Read this post »
  • Quotes of the day

    1 Sep 2015 | 7:41 pm
    Surge. Don’t forget Ben Carson. The retired pediatric neurosurgeon isn’t generating the headlines or drawing the crowds of Donald Trump, but his numbers in some surveys suggest the appetite for his presidential candidacy might be just as great, if not greater. Consider a recent survey by TargetPoint Consulting, a top Republican polling and data-research firm. Roughly […] Read this post »
  • Apparently “cops’ lives matter” is now an insult

    Jazz Shaw
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:01 pm
    Mob rules Janell Ross is listed as a “race, gender, immigration and inequality reporter” at the Washington Post, and someone we’ve run across here at Hot Air before. In keeping with her assigned “beat” in public news, Ms. Ross has chosen to pick up on the story of the assassination of Deputy Darren Goforth and, specifically, the […] Read this post »
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    Patrick Ruffini

  • Darby Rousseau Joins the Engage Team

    27 Aug 2015 | 7:54 am
    As I sit amongst the flying Nerf bullets and glossy white walls, I have to remind myself that this is indeed work. In fact, just 10 minutes before I was privy to an enlightening conversation about our creative process and the countless steps we take to ensure our clients are completely satisfied with the work we provide for them. This is Engage. A digital agency with a team of smart, innovative, creative problem solvers who appreciate the value in the phrase “work hard, play hard.” I chose to join Engage after meeting with and learning about their impressive collective and individual…
  • 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…
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    Ace of Spades HQ

  • Wednesday Morning News Dump

    2 Sep 2015 | 9:29 am
    Economics And Good Intentions Iran Vows To Violate UN Restrictions On Ballistic Missiles Mitch McConnell And The Planned Parenthood Atom Bomb 188 Newly Released Clinton E-mails Contain Classified Data, Including Spy Satellite Date Of North Korean Nukes Republicans Like...
  • Top Headline Comments 9-2-2015

    2 Sep 2015 | 6:52 am
    Happy Wednesday....
  • Overnight Open Thread (9-1-2015)

    1 Sep 2015 | 11:23 pm
    Quote of the Day I There are no rational means of predicting the 'future of humanity' over a long period or foretelling the nature of 'social formations' in ages to come. The idea that we can make such forecasts 'scientifically,'...
  • Sept 2, 1945

    1 Sep 2015 | 9:26 pm
    The signing of the Japanese Instrument of Surrender. That's what we called victory back then, we win you surrender. It was about now or an hour ago, 70 years ago. It's around 10:30am local time, Sept. 2 in Tokyo....
  • Quickies: CNN Caves; Jeb Falls; Dow Collapses; Norm MacDonald Is Awsome

    1 Sep 2015 | 5:49 pm
    CNN has caved on its stupid rules for determining who will be at the big kids' table at the debate. They will now only use polls since the FoxNews debate. This will certainly put Carly Fiorina into the debate, as...
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    Stately McDaniel Manor

  • The Freddie Gray Case, Update 20: Profiling The Police

    Mike McDaniel
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:49 pm
    credit: cnn.com The Baltimore Sun is not, by any stretch of the imagination, a conservative-leaning media outlet. That its coverage of the Freddie Gray case has been, for the most part less than helpful for the prosecution and the social justice narrative is not an indication that The Sun is striving to be balanced and professional, but that there is no actual known evidence against the officers. There is nothing to spin. It is in editorials that The Sun reveals its real political leanings, and tries mightily to uphold the progressive, social justice as in this example:  Brian E.
  • Hubris and The Reality of Nature

    Mike McDaniel
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:27 pm
    The Mission SanMiguelcredit: aukeuisser.nl Man, proud man. Dress’d in a little brief authority. Measure for Measure William Shakespeare This is fascinating. Via Fox News: JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii –  Researchers made a surprising find when diving in the waters off Hawaii: a large US naval tanker that had been sitting unseen in 80 feet of water for nearly 60 years. ‘I turn around, and this giant, looming structure, so eerie,’ Melissa Price, a maritime archaeologist, told Hawaii News Now. Price was one of three divers to discover the Mission San Miguel on Aug. 3 off the…
  • Soft Tyranny Times 2

    Mike McDaniel
    30 Aug 2015 | 10:01 pm
    credit: en.wikipedia.org It’s the beginning of the second week of the 2015-2016 school year. What better time to examine two trends in K-12 education that do not bode well for the future, unless Americans once again take control of their laws and their schools? First, from Fox News, the Left’s continuing attempt to drive any mention of the influence of faith from our public schools, and one community’s bravery in fighting back:  There was no halftime show under the Friday night lights at Mississippi’s Brandon High School — the marching band had been benched. The band was ordered…
  • EPA Cockroaches v. Wyoming Welder, Part 3

    Mike McDaniel
    30 Aug 2015 | 1:45 pm
    The Johnson family, environmental criminalscredit: Andy Johnson/Facebook On August 24, 2014, I asked these questions: Imagine there was a federal government agency that could make up its own rules as it went along. Imagine that it could declare crimes, making previously lawful practices and benign daily actions illegal, independent of any congressional legislation. Imagine that it could deny those accused of violating its regulations and pseudo-laws due process and assess fines beyond the ability of any but the obscenely wealthy to pay. Imagine that it could seize lands and buildings whenever…
  • Shameless Automotive Pandering

    Mike McDaniel
    29 Aug 2015 | 6:36 pm
    2014 Ford Focus Okay. I’m finally going to do it. I’ve avoided such pedestrian “what’s the best” arguments, but as she often does, my pal Bookworm, has inspired a brief article. I say brief, because I intend to state my preference and flee for the exits as from a pestilence before those with a differing opinion can get out of the starting blocks. I refer, of course, to my current preference for Ford vehicles. Bookworm’s article is about the fact that electric cars really aren’t good for the environment, nor do they save the vast amounts of money their proponents claim. The SMM…
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  • Carly Fiorina’s Merit is Not that She’s a Woman

    <a href="/users/kimberly_ross/">Kimberly Ross</a> (<a href="/diary/kimberly_ross/">Diary</a>)
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    I like Carly Fiorina. She is a fantastic communicator with a precise, measured delivery. She appears firm in her resolve to be a leader, and not just an entertaining candidate. I believe she is an excellent addition to the race for the White House. Her inclusion is not just a positive addition to the GOP field, but to the idea of a presidential campaign as a whole. Like it or not, women are always outnumbered when it comes to running for president. This isn’t to say we’re not allowed to do so or have been discouraged, we just don’t choose that path. Some like Time, while…
  • Mitch McConnell: sorry, we only have a majority, we can’t defund Planned Parenthood

    <a href="/users/streiff/">streiff</a> (<a href="/diary/streiff/">Diary</a>)
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:00 am
    Senate Majority Leader [mc_name name='Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)' chamber='senate' mcid='M000355' ] talks to reporters after the Senate Republican weekly policy luncheon at the Capitol in Washington, July 8, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin LamarqueSen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) 58% has announced that they do not have the votes to defund Planned Parenthood. I guess that cute little bill he gave Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) 87% to sponsor was just more fakery. “We just don’t have the votes to get the outcome that we’d like,” McConnell said in an interview taped Monday with WYMT-TV, which…
  • As Global Growth Slows, The Dow Jones Industrial Average Goes Down

    <a href="/users/repair_man_jack/">Repair_Man_Jack</a> (<a href="/diary/repair_man_jack/">Diary</a>)
    2 Sep 2015 | 4:00 am
    Cue The Drudge-Siren : The NYSE put Rule 48 in effect to “smooth” the market opening Monday morning. Oh, the glorious smell of idiots panicking in the morning. Dow Jones Industrial Average Futures were off by somewhere between 300 and 400 points Monday morning as the birds happily sang and the grass grew in its bedewed verdure. Last week they panicked because the mean, old nasty Federal Reserve threatened to tighten the money supply and actually make a dollar hold value. Today, Chicken Licken tells Goosey Lucy and Lucky Ducky that South Korean and Chinese exports are down. And now, lo and…
  • Have We Not More Faith Than This?

    <a href="/users/erick/">Erick Erickson</a> (<a href="/diary/erick/">Diary</a>)
    2 Sep 2015 | 1:30 am
    “We cannot compartmentalize our faith. We cannot say I’m a Christian, but this is separate. We cannot tribalize Christianity” One of my favorite emails after the Trump situation at the RedState Gathering was this piece of hate mail, which I present to you in its entirety from email address to email signature line, lightly edited. From: heavenbound****@****.com Subject: What event? Date: August 8, 2015 at 3:40:49 PM EDT To: contact@redstate.com You disinvited Trump! We’ve disinvited you. we had planned on streaming the event. That won’t be happening in our…
  • Barack Obama is Paralyzed by Fear

    <a href="/users/joesquire/">Joe Cunningham</a> (<a href="/diary/joesquire/">Diary</a>)
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Batman is one of my favorite superheroes ever. Among his many winning qualities as a comic book character is his spectacular Rogue’s Gallery, featuring personified neuroses and obsessions. The Joker, of course, is the standard-bearer of crazy. His insanity is truly top-notch. However, one of my favorites outside of the Clown Prince of Crime is Jonathan Crane, more commonly known as The Scarecrow. His obsession with fear and what fear is as fascinating as it is entertaining. Fear, Crane argues, is the primary motivator of our actions as humans. It drives us more than anything else.
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  • Duke Researcher Shows Cars are 80% Risker Than Guns

    1 Sep 2015 | 9:35 pm
    Duke Researcher Shows Cars are 80% Risker Than Guns. All you have to do is drive in the local shopping center to see that.
  • Abilene officer murdered at home in planned, coordinated attack by ‘multiple parties’

    1 Sep 2015 | 9:29 pm
    Abilene officer murdered at home in planned, coordinated attack by ‘multiple parties.’ So far mum’s the word on what transpired or why.

    1 Sep 2015 | 9:05 pm
    WHAT’S REALLY MELTING: OBAMA’S ALASKAN LIES. Steve Milloy at JunkScience.com has some interesting observations about the President’s BS. Wow… even more Obama Exit Glacier fraud… current edge about same place as in 1170 A.D. http://t.co/MvZG6L623z pic.twitter.com/pcXLxDyDme — Steve Milloy (@JunkScience) September 2, 2015  
  • The toughest part of being a foreign correspondent

    1 Sep 2015 | 1:31 pm
    The toughest part of being a foreign correspondent. Hey, call me a crummy foreign correspondent, but we’ve been in Switzerland for the last ten days and these people have the temerity to speak French, German and Italian, but NOT English. How’s a guy supposed to know what’s in the news when he can’t speak the language? Oh, well, we’ll be in England tomorrow, where they speak English, but not American. Check out our crazy adventures at JimandJamie.com.
  • Hillary confidant rips ‘alcoholic’ and ‘lazy’ Boehner in email

    1 Sep 2015 | 10:27 am
    Hillary confidant rips ‘alcoholic’ and ‘lazy’ Boehner in email. Bourbon….it’s what’s for breakfast.
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  • Google Changes Their Logo (And Why Churches Should Be Watching)

    Jeremy Smith
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:37 pm
    If you didn’t know, Google just changed their logo this month. In a 10 day period where they gained a parent company, had the largest jump in their stock, and other additional changes, it would seem that Google is still rapidly evolving even though it is gigantic. They have a YouTube video that we have below to explain why they have made this change: Why Should Churches Watch This Change? Here is Google’s statement about changing their logo: Once upon a time, Google was one destination that you reached from one device: a desktop PC. These days, people interact with Google products…
  • Top Church Tech Blogs [2015]

    Jeremy Smith
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:00 am
    We asked for submissions so that we could put together a new list of ChurchMag’s 30 Top Church Tech Blogs and you guys did not disappoint. With over 25 new submissions, we have never had a more powerful and accurate list (the 2012, 2013, and 2014 lists). The stats have been compiled and the results are in. My tip to you: network with these people, add them to your RSS list, subscribe to the curated Twitter list (via @ChurchMag), and engage with them regularly. How You Should Read The List ChurchMag’s 30 Top Church Tech Blogs took stats from their website, social media networks,…
  • Does Graphic Design Help the Church?

    Bill Segroves
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    I’ve been a fan of graphic art all my life. When I was 10 it was comic books. I vividly remember walking into the grocery store near my house and picking up an issue of Amazing Spider-Man. Seeing illustrations of Spidey swinging through the streets of New York City was life changing. I immediately wanted to recreate the art I found on the pages of that comic book, so I began drawing. I still have the first illustration I did of “Wolf-Spider”, a character my 10-year-old mind thought was totally original and not like Spider-Man at all. He’s twisted in the same way that…
  • 6 Ways to Improve Your Church Bulletin

    Rachel Blom
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Church bulletins. You gotta love ’em. Or not. Since moving to the US, we’ve been visiting many different churches in our search for a new spiritual home. That was an interesting experience, to say the least, and one that has taught us much about what churches are doing right—and wrong. One aspect of our church ‘experience’ we noticed, was the vast variety in church bulletins, both in terms of layout and quality as in content. We’ve seen some really great examples of church bulletins and we saw some bad ones. Based on my experiences, here are 6 ways to improve…
  • The Social Media Pet Peeve Podcast [Podcast #69]

    Eric Dye
    30 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    A few weeks ago we asked you all what your biggest social media pet peeves were—and you answered! On this week’s podcast, we share your social media pet peeves, our own, and discuss. If we didn’t mention your own social media pet peeve on the podcast, be sure to let us know using the #cmagcast hashtag and we’ll be sure to include it on a future podcast. Now…let the fun begin!!! [Subscribe via iTunes | Stitcher | RSS | Proudly Hosted on Buzzsprout] Join-in the discussion: #cmagcast Your Social Media Pet Peeve Submissions @ChurchMag short one worded posts —…
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  • Syllabus Selection Sexism

    James Joyner
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:48 am
    Charli Carpenter calls to my attention an Inside Higher Ed report titled “Syllabus Gender Gap.” Are women more likely than men to include works by women on a syllabus? A new study of international relations courses for Ph.D. students finds that they are. Jeff Colgan, the Richard Holbrooke Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Studies at Brown University, analyzed 73 syllabi of international relations courses for doctoral students at American universities. Women taught 35 of the courses, and the syllabus selections of men and women together reached 4,148…
  • CNN Revises Debate Criteria, Fiorina Now Likely To Make The Cut For The Main Debate

    Doug Mataconis
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:16 pm
    CNN has made a change to criteria for the main Republican Presidential debate on September 16th that seems to largely be in response to complaints from one candidate about her exclusion under the rules that had previously been established: CNN is amending the criteria for its Republican presidential debate on September 16, possibly opening the door for Carly Fiorina to join the other top-tier candidates on the stage. The cause: a lack of national public polling following the August 6 debate has so far provided only three new polls to determine the lineup for the Reagan Presidential Debate,…
  • Iran Nuclear Deal Now Virtually Certain To Survive Congressional Attack

    Doug Mataconis
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:28 pm
    Two more Democratic Senators came out in favor of the Iran Nuclear Deal today, meaning that President Obama is now virtually assured that Congressional efforts to derail the deal will fail: The next “yes” vote will be the deciding vote for President Barack Obama’s Iran deal. Two key Senate Democrats – Chris Coons of Delaware and Bob Casey of Pennsylvania – declared their support for the nuclear agreement on Tuesday, putting the Obama administration just one Senate vote away from blocking congressional attempts to kill the accord. Coons, a key bellwether for…
  • Donald Trump Appeals To The Worst Instincts In Voters, And The Worst Parts Of American Politics

    Doug Mataconis
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:29 am
    The latest national poll from Public Policy Polling is fairly consistent with what we’ve seen from other pollsters lately in that it shows Donald Trump in the lead with 29% followed by Ben Carson at 15%, which is his highest number in any national poll that I’m aware of, followed by Jeb Bush at 9%, Carly Fiorina at 8%, Marco Rubio at 7%, Ted Cruz and John Kasich tied at 6%, and Mike Huckabee and Scott Walker at 5%, with all the other candidates polling under 5%. What’s perhaps most telling about the poll, though, is what it tells us about Donald Trump’s supporters: Our…
  • Kentucky Clerk Loses Another Argument Over Refusal To Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

    Doug Mataconis
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:07 am
    In the latest development in a saga that has been going on since the Supreme Court handed down it’s decision in Obergegell v. Hodges legalizing same-sex marriage two months ago, a Clerk of Court from Kentucky has lost yet another round in her ongoing court battle to continue refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples: WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday refused to allow a county clerk in Kentucky who objects to same-sex marriage on religious grounds to continue to deny marriage licenses to all couples, gay or straight. In June, in Obergefell v. Hodges, the…
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  • “People only find real friendship, life-changing friendship, by facing and working through their differences — un-nicely.”

    1 Sep 2015 | 6:33 pm
    David Mills with some seriously counterintuitive wisdom here: Don’t be nice to other Christians — specifically those in other churches than yours. God doesn’t want you to be nice to them. He doesn’t want them being nice to you. Bad things happen when everyone is nice to everyone else. God wants us to be kind, respectful, generous, empathetic, to turn the other cheek and walk the second mile. He expects us to treat our brothers and sisters in Christ that way. But that’s not being “nice.” Being nice is when you say kind things to others that you don’t really
  • The Ups and Downs of Global Oil Prices

    David Robertson
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Any high school graduate should understand the law of supply and demand. So, why is the oil market so confusing? One can be forgiven if one were to think that the price of crude oil is determined simply by supply and demand. As it turns out, something else is at play in the global oil market. Here is an excerpt from a report by Bloomberg.com. “While oil fundamentals aren’t strong, physical markets do not corroborate the substantial weakness in flat price,” New York-based Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Longson said in a report Monday. The “latest oil pricing pressure appears more
  • Progress… how’s that working out for us?

    31 Aug 2015 | 6:21 pm
    “The superstition of progress asserts itself in some such fashion as this in our class rooms, best-sellers and high-class journals: Man is naturally good and indefinitely perfectible, and thanks to great cosmic floods of evolution will be swept forward and forward until he becomes a kind of a god. Goodness increases with time, while evil and error decline. History represents the gradual but steady advance of man up the hill of the more abundant and happy life. No special institutions, no moral discipline, no Divine grace are necessary for the progress of man; for progress is automatic, due…
  • Ohio’s Congressmen Need A Whaaambulance

    David Robertson
    31 Aug 2015 | 2:21 pm
    Native Alaskans are getting back that which was taken from them, and Ohio’s congressmen are howling about it. The citizens of Alaska in general and the natives of Alaska in particular have finally received the justice long denied them. President Barack Obama is undoing the ethnic insult that took place when Alaska’s Mount Denali had its Athabaskan name taken away and replaced with the name of a white man who never set foot in Alaska. Back during the Nineteenth Century, D.C. politicians, in general, didn’t care if Native Americans were insulted by efforts to deprive them of…
  • How NOT To Be Hired

    David Robertson
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    A résumé is supposed to help one get a job. Some job applicants act as if the opposite were true. Ready to LOL? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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  • Texas Textbook: Some Slaves Were Treated Kindly

    2 Sep 2015 | 6:55 am
    A seventh-grade textbook in Texas, where conservatives revised textbook requirements to "put a conservative stamp on history," had this to say about slavery: "The treatment of enslaved Africans varied. ​Some slaves reported that their masters treated ​them kindly. To protect their investment, ​some slaveholders provided adequate food ​and clothing for their slaves. However, severe ​treatment was very common. Whippings, ​brandings, and even worse torture were all ​part of American slavery. ... Religion gave ​slaves a sense of self worth and a…
  • Cyclists Surround, Attack Car in San Francisco

    2 Sep 2015 | 5:33 am
    San Francisco police are investigating an incident in which a group of bicyclists are seen on video hitting a car with a U-Lock and a bike after trapping a female driver who bumped one of their bikes. The video shows at least a dozen Critical Mass cyclists crossing a marked crosswalk Friday night and steering into oncoming, slow-moving traffic. One car brushes against a bike that stops in front of it. "You --- hit my bike," a cyclist says as around seven cyclists surround the car. Someone yells "Selfish b----," the cyclists keep berating the driver and she starts backing up after a few…
  • CNN Changes Debate Rules to Benefit Fiorina

    2 Sep 2015 | 5:19 am
    CNN is amending the rules for its September 16 Republican debate, dropping a previously announced plan to choose candidates to appear based on an average of national polls from mid-July to September 10. That criteria looked likely to exclude Carly Fiorina, prompting complaints, so CNN now will invite any candidate who ranks in the top 10 in polling between August 6 and September 10. A CNN spokesperson previously said that changing the rules after they were published would violate Federal Election Commission guidelines.
  • As Term Wanes, Obama Champions Workers' Rights

    1 Sep 2015 | 6:31 pm
    Norm Scheiber, New York Times, With little fanfare, the Obama administration has been pursuing an aggressive campaign to restore protections for workers that have been eroded by business activism, conservative governance and the evolution of the economy in recent decades. In the last two months alone, the administration has introduced a series of regulatory changes. Among them: a rule that would make millions more Americans eligible for extra overtime pay, and guidelines suggesting that many employers are misclassifying workers as contractors and therefore depriving them of basic workplace…
  • Sanders: I'm Not Anything Like Trump

    1 Sep 2015 | 4:59 pm
    Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday strongly rejected comparisons between his campaign and that of Republican candidate Donald Trump. "No, I don't accept that for one moment," the Democratic presidential candidate told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell. "We are not engaged here in demagoguery. We're not engaged here in racist attacks, outrageous attacks against Mexicans. What we are trying to do is talk about the reality facing the American people."
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  • Cracking the Cartel

    Theodore Ross
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:00 pm
    For 80 years, the Heisman Trophy has been awarded annually to the college football player “whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity.” Athletes from the University of Southern California, my alma mater, have won six: the tailbacks Mike Garrett, Charles White, and M
  • Donald Trump Is the Favorite to Win the Republican Primary

    Brian Beutler
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:05 am
    The hopeful case for Republicans concerned about Donald Trump’s persistent lead goes something like this: At this point in the last Republican primary, Rick Perry was p
  • More Homework Won't Make American Students Smarter

    Gerald K. LeTendre
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:22 am
    Reformers in the Progressive Era (from the 1890s to 1920s) depicted homework as a “sin” that deprived children of
  • How Digital Media Unionization Can—and Can’t—Strengthen the Labor Movement

    Steven Cohen
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:00 am
    Journalists like writing about journalism, so the dimensions of the industry’s decline are no secret. Across the country, news organizations are contracting—as of last week, Bloom
  • Against Musicians' Biographies

    Sara Marcus
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    "Water Boy” was already an old song when the folksinger Odetta performed her version of it at Carnegie Hall in 1960. Originating with African American convicts in Jim Crow Georgia, or so the story goes, the song’s lyrics give voice to parched laborers as they call for water and defend the value
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  • Hillary Clinton's favorability numbers have gone under water

    2 Sep 2015 | 5:47 am
    <p>Americans' views on Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton have gone under water, nearing an all-time low in ABC News/Washington Post polling, according to the <a href="http://www.langerresearch.com/wp-content/uploads/1144a51ClintonTrumpBushBiden.pdf">latest survey</a> released Wednesday.</p><p>Clinton is seen favorably by 45 percent of Americans, a decrease of 7 percentage points since July, while 53 percent said they did not have a favorable view of the former secretary of state, an increase of 8 percentage points in the same time frame. The…
  • The Jeb-Trump feud gets even nastier

    2 Sep 2015 | 4:43 am
    <p>Donald Trump used those words again -- &quot;low energy.&quot;</p><p>The surging Republican presidential candidate on Wednesday morning uttered what has proven to be his most effective barb against Jeb Bush, the one-time GOP frontrunner who has begun to assert himself as a true conservative with a stiff backbone who will rise above the summer of Trump. It's a not-so-subtle effort on Bush's part to frame the crowded field of 17 candidates as a battle between the two men.</p><p>Already this week, the feud between the non-establishment candidate…
  • Poll: GOP primary voters in Iowa back Trump's deportation call

    2 Sep 2015 | 4:10 am
    <p>Donald Trump's immigration plan to deport 11 million people in the United States illegally has the support of nearly half of likely Iowa Republican caucus-goers in the latest <a href="http://images.businessweek.com/cms/2015-09-01/2125-methodology-document-Wed-2-Sep.pdf">Iowa Poll</a> out Tuesday, conducted by Des Moines' Selzer &amp; Co. for Bloomberg Politics and The Des Moines Register.</p><p>Asked whether they would support such a plan, 47 percent of likely GOP attendees said it would be a &quot;good way&quot; to deal with…
  • Trump tangles with the Club for Growth

    2 Sep 2015 | 3:33 am
    <p>Donald Trump unleashed his latest Twitter fire against Club for Growth, an anti-tax conservative 501(c)4 group that Republican candidates usually seek out as allies.</p><p>In two tweets Tuesday night, the Republican presidential candidate said that the &quot;pathetic&quot; organization had once asked him to contribute $1 million and then &quot;got nasty&quot; when he said &quot;no way!&quot;</p><blockquote lang="en" class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The president of the pathetic…
  • How Social Media Is Ruining Politics

    Nicholas Carr
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:15 am
    <p>Our political discourse is shrinking to fit our smartphone screens. The latest evidence came on Monday night, when Barack Obama turned himself into the country’s Instagrammer-in-Chief. While en route to Alaska to promote his climate agenda, the president took a photograph of a mountain range from a window on Air Force One and posted the shot on the popular picture-sharing network. “Hey everyone, it's Barack,” the caption read. “I'll be spending the next few days touring this beautiful state and meeting with Alaskans about what’s going on in…
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    Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines

  • Malala Yousafzai Calls on World Powers to Spend on Their Money on ‘Books, Not Bullets or Bombs’

    2 Sep 2015 | 6:30 am
        Malala Yousafzai. Photo by Southbank Centre London (CC BY 2.0) The 18-year-old Nobel Peace Prize-winner is certainly wise beyond her years and global leaders would do well to heed her latest piece of advice. From Foreign Policy: Nobel Peace Prize-winner Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot by the Taliban after fighting for her right to go to school, called on the United States and other leading powers Monday to devote more money towards providing educational opportunities to needy children around the world. “World leaders…are only focusing on six years of education, or…
  • Shooters More ‘Trigger-Happy’ When Aiming at Targets Depicting Black People, Study Shows

    2 Sep 2015 | 5:05 am
    Shutterstock Racial bias runs deep in this overly-armed country. From Mother Jones: According to a new report from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, racial bias can affect the likelihood of people pulling the trigger of a gun—even if shooters don’t realize they were biased to begin with. Researchers found that, in studies conducted over the past decade, participants were more likely to shoot targets depicting black people than those depicting white people. A team led by researcher Yara Mekawi looked at 42 studies that used first-person-shooter tasks to identify shooter…
  • Pope Francis Tells Priests to Pardon Women Who Have Abortions

    2 Sep 2015 | 4:38 am
        Pope Francis. (Republic of Korea / CC BY-SA 2.0) Pope Francis has moved against church tradition and empowered priests to absolve women who had abortions of the stigma associated with the decision within the community of the Catholic church. “I am well aware of the pressure that has led them to this decision,” the Pope said in a letter released by the Vatican on Tuesday. “I know that it is an existential and moral ordeal.” The letter indicated that women will have to seek forgiveness from a priest. “The forgiveness of God cannot be denied to one who has repented,” it read.
  • Risk of New Katrinas Rises as Climate Warms

    2 Sep 2015 | 4:26 am
    By Tim Radford, Climate News Network Climate change may drastically increase the risk of simultaneous cyclones and storm surges striking populous coastlines around the world. Related Entries September 1, 2015 One Day Soon, That Drone Overhead May Be Pointing a Taser at You August 31, 2015 Bernie Sanders Says He Wouldn’t End Drone Program
  • U.N. Declares Gaza Will Soon Be Completely ‘Uninhabitable’ If Israeli Blockade and Wars Continue

    2 Sep 2015 | 4:04 am
      Ruins of a residential area in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip. (btselem / CC BY-SA 3.0) Here’s why it’s entirely Israel’s fault that, according to a report released Tuesday by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, the Palestinian territory may become totally unlivable 5 years from now. From Al-Jazeera: The report released on Tuesday by the UN Conference on Trade and Development points to the eight-year economic blockade of Gaza as well as the three wars there over the past six years. Last year’s Israeli war on Gaza displaced half a…
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    Power Line

  • CRB: The politics of Star Trek

    Scott Johnson
    2 Sep 2015 | 4:54 am
    (Scott Johnson) We are winding down our preview of the new (Summer) issue of the Claremont Review of Books. Subscribe here for the heavily subsidized price of $19.95 and get online access thrown in for free. Tomorrow we will conclude the preview with a book review bonus taking up the new book by my friend Michael Paulsen. Today it is time for something completely different. I have led a sheltered life. I have never seen a single episode of Star Trek in any form. Early in my career one of my best friends at work routinely greeted me with the expression, “Beam me up, Scotty.” Years…
  • More Than Half of Immigrants on Public Assistance

    Steven Hayward
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:03 pm
    (Steven Hayward) The Center for Immigration Studies is out with a blockbuster report that finds 51 percent of immigrant households—both legal and illegal—receive some kind of public assistance, versus just 30 percent of native households. Whether immigrants contribute more to total economic activity or public revenues greater than they receive in benefits is not addressed in this report, and remains a subject of fierce controversy. From the executive summary: This study is the first in recent years to examine immigrant (legal and illegal) and native welfare use using the Census…
  • Did Hillary violate the law against disclosing defense information? A preliminary analysis

    Paul Mirengoff
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:21 pm
    (Paul Mirengoff) Last night, I suggested that, pending a review of the just-released batch of emails from Hillary Clinton’s server, we should contemplate a section of the U.S. Code that Clinton may have violated — 18 U.S.C. Section 793(f). 24 hours after the release of these emails, we can now contemplate (but not reach firm conclusions as to) how Clinton’s conduct stacks up against Section 793(f). First, let’s again examine the statutory language: Whoever, being entrusted with or having lawful possession or control of any document. . .relating to the national defense,…
  • Hillary’s Email Scandal? Rush Limbaugh Made Her Do It!

    John Hinderaker
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:20 pm
    (John Hinderaker) In the current issue of the New Yorker, Steve Coll, Dean of the Columbia University School of Journalism, has a brief piece on Hillary Clinton’s private email problems. He traces the current scandal to…Rush Limbaugh! Hillary Clinton, in her memoir “Living History,” recounts her struggle to defend her privacy while residing in the White House. Some of her stories have a gothic tone. After Bill Clinton’s first inauguration, Harry and Linda Thomason, friends from Hollywood, found a jocular note under a pillow in the Lincoln Bedroom. It was from Rush Limbaugh,…
  • Hillary Clinton: The Ultimate Empty Pantsuit?

    John Hinderaker
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:03 pm
    (John Hinderaker) I have spent some time looking through the latest State Department dump of Hillary Clinton’s home server emails. I don’t do this in hopes of finding anything explosive; these are, after all, the emails that Hillary didn’t delete. But they should convey some sense of how Hillary operated as Secretary of State; of who her close associates were, and how she managed them; of how she viewed current events generally. The funny thing is how little one learns about any of these things from Mrs. Clinton’s email traffic. Hardly any of the communications are…
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    LewRockwell » LRC Blog

  • A Clear Distinction

    Butler Shaffer
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:09 pm
    Two recent cases illustrate the utter confusion people have in determining the propriety of some people discriminating against persons who are members of categories grounded in what civil rights attorneys call “suspect bases of classification.” When, and to whom, does the “equal protection” clause of the 14th Amendment apply? When a privately owned bakery in Oregon refused to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple, an administrative agency came down upon the business with heavy fines. That the bakery should have had its refusal legally respected is grounded in the simple…
  • In the Thick of Things

    David Gordon
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:12 am
    A recent debate on “thick” libertarianism pitted Walter Block against Sheldon Richman, The Bionic Mosquito offers a very useful analysis of this debate. In agreement with Block, he maintains that whether you are a libertarian depends solely on whether you accept the Non-Aggression Principle (NAP). You are not required to accept leftist bromides as well. Richman relied in his defense of thick libertarianism on a much-discussed article by Charles Johnson. Suppose, Johnson asked, that the best moral theory supporting the NAP had as a consequence that social hierarchies were morally wrong.
  • The War on Cash

    Daniel McAdams
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:55 am
    The government’s war on cash is a war on privacy, liberty, economy, property, and more. Today the Liberty Report is joined by Mises Institute Academic Vice President, Professor Joseph Salerno, to discuss this dangerous move to make cash illegal. And…might there be a silver (and gold) lining?
  • Despise Political Correctness?

    Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:57 am
    And the leftists who seek to build the state, in the horrific Plato-Rousseau tradition, through enforcing the anti-human, anti-market, anti-freedom evil of egalitarianism? Then join Tom Woods, Tom DiLorenzo, Jeff Deist, and me at an anti-PC summit in Ft. Worth, Texas, on Saturday, October 3, 2015. Go here to register. The price is just $95, including lunch. Students are welcome on scholarship.
  • Soak the Rich

    Laurence M. Vance
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:26 pm
    Trump’s tax plan: simplify, change, soak the rich.
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  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    2 Sep 2015 | 3:24 am
    Now that some more of Hillary Clinton's emails have been released, dedicated researchers poring over them have found a couple of examples where she knowingly allowed and sent classified information over her unsecured private server. Sean Davis reports on how she sent classified information to Sidney Blumenthal, an outsider who was not part of the administration. Emails were redacted when they were published explicitly because they contained classified material. That is because under federal law, information is classified by nature, not by marking. As a result, federal classification…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:05 am
    Elizabeth Warren didn't always think very well of Joe Biden.Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) wrote scathingly of Vice President Biden while she was on the faculty of Harvard Law School, mocking his White House ambitions while slamming his support for a bankruptcy bill that she said “hurts women.”“With his presidential aspirations growing, Senator Biden must be delighted ... with the halo effect that suggests that he is one public official politically active women can trust,” Warren wrote in a 2002 Harvard Women’s Law Journal article....In 2002, years before her political career…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:56 am
    Byron York reports that Trump is about to divide Republicans with his proposal to raise taxes rates on the wealthiest Americans.First Donald Trump antagonized the Republican establishment with his proposals on immigration. Then he irritated some with his stands on trade and Social Security. Now Trump is preparing a tax proposal that will again set him far apart from the party's powers-that-be.The problem for the establishment is that Trump's positions on all three issues are more in line with the majority of American voters than the establishment's preferred policies. By using his popularity…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:05 am
    Sean Trende and David Byler have given political junkies a big gift by providing a tool to try to figure out how shifts in the percentage of the GOP share of the 2016 vote of whites, blacks, Hispanics, and other ethnic groups and then plugged in their estimates of turnout of those groups to see how this would change the Electoral College vote. It's fascinating to see what effect a shift from 2008 or 2012 splits could have an impact on the election. There are some surprises in their results. What is clear is that, for the GOP to win, they need to increase their share of the non-Hispanic white…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:23 am
    Jonah Goldberg has a great column noting how so many Democrats are horrified at the thought of reinterpreting the Constitution concerning birthright citizenship.Now bear in mind, all of these Democrats oppose justices who believe the Constitution should be read narrowly, according to the original intent or plain meaning of the text. They like justices who worship at the altar of the “living Constitution” — you know, the mythical document that magically provides rights never imagined by the Founding Fathers.Meanwhile, the front-runner for the Democratic nomination, Hillary Clinton,…
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    The Fix

  • Jimmy Kimmel ‘proves’ women do use Ashley Madison [Video]

    Amber Phillips
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:28 am
    In the wake of the hack on cheating Web site Ashley Madison, the site's come under criticism that there may have been more men than women signing up to have an affair. Jimmy Kimmel of NBC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" was also skeptical that the guy-to-girl ratio was even, especially after a Gizmodo report that claimed to […]
  • ‘Ben Carson is the smartest man I have ever met’

    Chris Cillizza
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:49 am
    For all the attention paid to Donald Trump in the Republican presidential race, the candidate with the most momentum at the moment is Ben Carson. Carson, a world-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon, is making major gains in Iowa -- with two new polls showing him tied with or running a close second to Trump. I reached out […]
  • Latinos hate Donald Trump. But guess who they like: Jeb Bush.

    Aaron Blake
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:04 am
    Back in 2012, GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney won the white vote 59 percent to 39 percent. He lost Hispanics by a notorious margin, 71-27. All of which makes Jeb Bush's numbers in the new Washington Post-ABC News poll fascinating. That's because the former Florida governor is actually doing better among Hispanics than among whites […]
  • We have reached the George Wallace stage of the same-sex marriage fight

    Janell Ross
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:00 am
    There's a long and not exactly auspicious history in this country of people resisting court orders aimed at defending the civil rights of minority groups. On Tuesday, a Kentucky county clerk named Kim Davis created the basis for the latest chapter. Davis is refusing to issue marriage licenses to anyone so that she might avoid […]
  • Hillary Clinton’s image continues to decline

    Peyton M. Craighill and Scott Clement
    2 Sep 2015 | 4:00 am
    It's been a bad summer for Hillary Rodham Clinton's polling numbers, and a new Washington Post-ABC News poll brings additional bad news for her brand. But it also shows something else: She continues to be popular among a broad coalition of Democrats, and is still better liked than GOP heavyweights Donald Trump and Jeb Bush […]
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  • The Clinton Foundation and the Secretary of State, Transgender Bathroom Controversy, Pot on College Campuses: A.M. Links

    Robby Soave
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    Jeb Bush says he's ready to fight Donald Trump. Hillary Clinton's emails reveal involvement of the Clinton Foundation in State Department policy. Rand Paul says Kim Davis' refusal to grant a marriage license to a gay couple is "part of the American way." A transgender student's request to use the girl's bathroom has ignited controversy. "High" rates of pot smoking at American college campuses (har har). Is social media "ruining politics"? Homeless man imprisoned for stealing a candy bar dies in jail. The six officers accused of contributing to Freddie Gray's death will appear in court today.
  • Liberland: A New Nation Founded on "Love and Freedom"

    Anthony L. Fisher
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:27 am
    "We will have a chance to establish a country if it's mainly about love and freedom," says Vit Jedlicka, a 31-year-old Czech politician and the founding president of Liberland. Nestled on a strip of unclaimed land between Croatia and Serbia, Liberland currently exists as a marshy, mosquito-plagued spit of land in the Danube River that has attracted the ire of its neighboring countries. Jedlicka seeks to create an autonomous nation capable of exisiting with the minimum amount of government authority possible.  With a constitution modeled on that of the United States, Liberland has…
  • Ten Years After Katrina, New Orleans Charter Schools Have Made Real Improvements

    Savannah Robinson
    2 Sep 2015 | 4:00 am
    Last Saturday marked the 10th anniversary of the tragic Hurricane Katrina hitting the city of New Orleans that killed nearly 2,000 people, left thousands stranded and demanded reconstruction of this American city. Prior to the catastrophe, New Orleans’ education system was searching for ways to improve student achievement and the state had created a state school district to manage low-performing schools called the Recovery district. The majority of New Orleans’ schools were transitioned over to the state shortly after the storm. Louisiana’s Recovery School District took over 102 of…
  • We Don't Need 'Decades of Research' to Know Vaping Is Safer Than Smoking

    Jacob Sullum
    2 Sep 2015 | 4:00 am
    Dieter Holger defends his Inquisitr article about e-cigarettes, saying he did not dodge the issue of whether they are less dangerous than the conventional kind, because he never meant to address it: My article wasn't primarily concerned with comparing whether e-cigarettes are safer or more dangerous than cigarettes. My article presented health dangers of e-cigarettes. I never said that e-cigarettes were more harmful—or equally harmful—as cigarettes anywhere. If Holger did not mean to address the relative hazards of vaping and smoking, it is confusing, to say the least, that he opens the…
  • You Know Who Didn't Like His Policies Criticized?

    Charles Oliver
    2 Sep 2015 | 3:00 am
    German Justice Minister Heiko Maas has asked Facebook to remove “racist and xenophobic” posts. Maas sent a letter to Facebook about what he sees as offensive posts complaining about refugees the government is taking in.
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  • It Cannot End Well

    Randy Toman
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:23 am
    The direction of the country will change or it will perish. John Calhoun (1782-1850) —– On March 4th 1850, weaken by pneumonia, appeared in the Senate and ask that his remarks be read for him by his friend and colleague, Mr. Mason of Virginia.  Calhoun was attempting to avoid what he knew was coming—-a clash between North and South.  The general discontent of the south argued Calhoun—“…was not a consequence of the natural course of time and events, but rather of active interference on the part of the federal government.”  Calhoun died less than 30 days later…
  • What Do You Want?

    Randy Toman
    13 Aug 2015 | 5:12 am
    I am quoting from Gabriel Sherman’s article “How Roger Ailes picked Trump, and Fox News Audience, over Megyn Kelly”  (see link below) “Ailes offered Trump the chance to do a special on Kelly’s prime-time show to clear the air — an offer Trump flatly refused. “Donald was sufficiently pissed off that there was no way that was happening,” a person familiar with the call told me. According to the source, Trump’s ire was especially stoked after Howard Stern called to tell him about a 2010 interview in which Kelly joked about her breasts and her husband’s penis. Ailes offered…
  • Who can you trust—-Now?

    Randy Toman
    12 Aug 2015 | 8:47 am
    Not sure which is worse—–the debate on Thursday evening or these couple of news items—taken from the links below: The IMF Threatens to Kill the U.S. Dollar https://www.wholesaledirectmetals.com/the-imf-threatens-to-kill-the-u-s-dollar/?cid=ConservativeConsortiumDedicated&st-t=ConservativeConsortiumDedicated Global Banking System on the Verge of Total Collapse https://www.wholesaledirectmetals.com/global-banking-system-on-the-verge-of-total-collapse/?cid=ConservativeConsortiumDedicated&st-t=ConservativeConsortiumDedicated Both the debate and the two articles are hustling…
  • 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…
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    The American Conservative » Daniel Larison

  • Trump and Iran

    Daniel Larison
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:29 am
    Scott McConnell asks what we could expect from Trump on foreign policy, specifically on Iran: The greater neoconservative goal, of course, is the prevention any American rapprochement with Iran, keeping the sanctions going till they have a president willing to start a war on the country. How does Trump fit into that? I have tried to avoid writing about Trump as much as possible over the last few months, because it is generally a waste of time to attempt to analyze the policy views of an opportunistic demagogue, but since the question has been asked here I’ll try to answer it. As far as…
  • Nothing “Happened” to Walker, He’s Just a Weak Candidate

    Daniel Larison
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:18 am
    Ed Morrissey asks what happened to Scott Walker: Of all the curiosities of the 2016 Republican presidential race — and there have been plenty — the quietest may also be the most difficult to answer. Over the last two months, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has gone from leading the field to barely making the debate cut. Walker’s decline isn’t really all that puzzling. He was treated as a “top tier” candidate months before he announced his campaign, and during that time expectations continued to be raised despite Walker’s obvious lack of preparation on national…
  • Why Democrats Ignore Clinton’s Terrible Foreign Policy Record

    Daniel Larison
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:06 am
    Conor Friedersdorf wonders why there isn’t more Democratic opposition to Hillary Clinton’s candidacy. He notes that her foreign policy record is hawkish and riddled with bad decisions: Most Democrats regard the Iraq War as a historic disaster. Clinton voted for that conflict. That hawkishness wasn’t a fluke. She pushed for U.S. intervention in Libya without Congressional approval and without anticipating all that has gone wrong in that country. She favored U.S. intervention in the Syrian civil war as well. Why haven’t Democrats concluded that she has dangerously bad judgment…
  • The Saudis Are Trying to Drag the U.S. Deeper into Yemen

    Daniel Larison
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:32 am
    When Saudi Arabia’s King Salman comes to Washington later this month, he will have a laundry list of things he wants the U.S. to do for him: Beyond military requests, Salman is likely to seek US backing for his more muscular approach to foreign policy compared with his predecessor. That includes beefed-up US support for his campaign against the Houthis in Yemen and a renewed focus on getting rid of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria [bold mine-DL]. Not surprisingly, the Saudis are offering almost nothing in exchange for this list of “requests,” but they still expect the U.S.
  • Petraeus: Side with Al Qaeda Against ISIS

    Daniel Larison
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:45 pm
    David Petraeus has come up with a horrid idea for the war on ISIS: Members of al Qaeda’s branch in Syria have a surprising advocate in the corridors of American power: Retired Army general and former CIA Director David Petraeus. The former commander of U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan has been quietly urging U.S. officials to consider using so-called moderate members of al Qaeda’s Nusra Front [bold mine-DL] to fight ISIS in Syria, four sources familiar with the conversations, including one person who spoke to Petraeus directly, told The Daily Beast. Once someone starts referring to…
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    Bob McCarty

  • Writer Reveals True Face of the Democratic Party

    31 Aug 2015 | 5:09 am
    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. It first appeared on this site Aug. 31, 2012. […]
  • Bob McCarty Weekly Recap: Aug. 23-29, 2015

    29 Aug 2015 | 5:33 am
    Though I produced only a handful of articles during the period, I consider the past week a bountiful one worthy of another weekly recap. On Monday, I republished an article under the headline, CODE RED: No Easy Day for Green Beret on Witness Stand. It’s a piece I had shared on the same day two […]
  • Preventable ‘Green-on-Blue’ Attack Costs Two American Lives

    28 Aug 2015 | 8:38 am
    Two U.S. Airmen were killed early Thursday in Afghanistan in what appears to have been another “Green-on-Blue (a.k.a., ‘Insider’)” attack at Camp Antonik in Helmand province. According to an Air Force news release, Capt. Matthew D. Roland, 27, and Staff Sgt. Forrest B. Sibley, 31, were at a vehicle checkpoint when two individuals wearing Afghan […]
  • Army Lawyer Surfaces in New Bogus Prosecution Effort

    26 Aug 2015 | 10:16 pm
    Though he might be familiar to those in Army legal circles, Maj. Jacob D. Bashore didn’t become known to me until about four years ago when I began investigating the wrongful prosecution and conviction of Army Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart. Much to my surprise, his name surfaced again today — and in a […]
  • CODE RED: No Easy Day for Green Beret on Witness Stand

    24 Aug 2015 | 8:20 am
    EDITOR’S NOTE: The article below first appeared on this site Aug. 24, 2012. Almost two years later, it vanished — along with nearly 5,000 others written and published since October 2006 — as detailed in a post eight months ago. Today, I rescued it from where it appears on an alternate site in order to […]
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  • North Korea Remembers Libya, So No Iranian-Style Deal

    Doug Bandow
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:20 am
    The Obama administration’s success in negotiating a nuclear deal with Iran has led to hope that a similar agreement might be reached with North Korea. Halt your program, dismantle some of your capabilities, and accept intrusive inspections in return for “coming in from the cold.” Unfortunately, there’s virtually no chance of that happening. As I point out in National Interest online: “The North already has a nuclear capability and views preservation of a nuclear arsenal as critical for domestic politics as well as international policy. Moreover, the West’s ouster of Libya’s…
  • Does Donald Trump Think Washington Politicians Should Have More of Our Money to Prop Up the Entitlement State?

    Daniel J. Mitchell
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:50 am
    I have a very straightforward rule when assessing politicians. Simply stated, if they are open to tax hikes, then it’s quite likely that they have no desire to control the size, cost, and power of the federal government. Based on that rule, I’m skeptical about Donald Trump. To understand my doubts, here are some passages from a story on the topic in the New York Times. For years, Republicans have run for office on promises of cutting taxes… But this election cycle, the Republican presidential candidate who currently leads in most polls is taking a different approach… Mr. Trump…
  • The Right to Anonymous Speech and Association

    Ilya Shapiro, Randal John Meyer
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:03 am
    Since the Enlightenment, anonymous speech has been an integral component of social change, exemplified by Cato’s Letters, the Federalist Papers, and indeed the Anti-Federalist Papers. Accordingly, the Constitution provides a wide breath for the proper “breathing space” that “First Amendment freedoms need … to survive,” NAACP v. Button (1963), by protecting anonymous-speech rights and requiring judges to be skeptical regarding laws that compel disclosure of identifying information. California’s attorney general, Kamala Harris, has broken with this tradition in demanding that…
  • Thailand’s Military Delivers Oppression Rather than Happiness

    Doug Bandow
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:20 pm
    Thailand long has been the land of smiles, a friendly, informal place equally hospitable to backpackers and businessmen. But politics has gotten ugly in recent years. As I warn in Forbes online: “Now a cartoonish dictator out of a Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera runs a not-so funny junta which jails opponents and suppresses free speech. The bombing of a popular Hindu shrine in Bangkok demonstrates the danger of terrorism becoming a tactic by the disaffected, in which case life in Thailand could generate far more frowns than smiles.” General Prayuth Chan-ocha seized power, last year,…
  • Employers Ignore E-Verify

    Alex Nowrasteh
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:41 pm
    Alabama, Arizona, Mississippi, and South Carolina have mandated E-Verify for all new hires in their state (see Table 1), which means that every time an employee is hired the employer must use the E-Verify system to check the worker’s ability to legally work.  In our recent Cato Institute policy analysis, Jim Harper and I document that employers are not using E-Verify despite the mandates in those states.  Washington Examiner reporter Sean Higgins wrote an excellent piece expanding on our findings. Table 1  E-Verify Mandate Dates Alabama Arizona Mississippi South Carolina 4/1/2012…
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  • Kay: The More Clinton Spins on Her Emails, The More Inauthentic She Looks

    David Rutz
    2 Sep 2015 | 4:49 am
    The more Hillary Clinton attempts to spin on her private email server as secretary of state, the less authentic and more lawyerly she appears, MSNBC guest Katty Kay said on Morning Joe Wednesday. The Washington Post reported Tuesday that Clinton wrote and sent at least six emails with her private servers containing what officials now say is classified information, in direct contradiction to her earlier claims to have never sent nor received classified material: Although government officials deemed the e-mails classified after Clinton left office, they could complicate her efforts to move…
  • Scarborough: If You Believe Hillary’s Email Defense, You Shouldn’t Be Allowed Around Dangerous Appliances

    Blake Seitz
    2 Sep 2015 | 4:22 am
    MSNBC host Joe Scarborough poked fun at Hillary Clinton’s private email story on Wednesday, saying that “you have to be really, really stupid” to believe that her private email account did not send or receive classified material as she initially claimed. “I did not email any classified material to anyone on my email. There is no classified material, so I am certainly well aware of the classification requirements and did not send any classified material,” Clinton said in March. In fact, Clinton sent and received classified information from her unsecured email server, the Washington…
  • Dissidents: Obama Should Cancel State Visit for Chinese Leader Who Jails Domestic Opponents

    Daniel Wiser
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:00 am
    President Obama should cancel a state visit to the White House for Chinese President Xi Jinping unless the latter releases dozens of political prisoners and detained human rights lawyers, a group of dissident Chinese lawyers and activists said Tuesday. In comments released by the group Chinese Human Rights Defenders, the activists said the state visit would harm Chinese civil society and tarnish the image of the United States. The summit is scheduled for late September. Since becoming president in March 2013, Xi has developed a reputation as the most authoritarian Chinese leader since Mao…
  • Cheney: Obama Will Regret ‘Train Wreck’ Nuclear Deal

    Alana Goodman
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:00 am
    Dick Cheney called the Obama administration’s nuclear deal with Iran a “train wreck” that will never be forgotten and characterized it as a betrayal of U.S. allies in the Middle East during an interview with the Washington Free Beacon on Tuesday. “I cannot explain [President Obama’s] motives other than he thinks this is going to be a great legacy for his presidency,” said Cheney. “I think it’s going to be a train wreck, and he’s not going to want to claim it down the road. He’ll have to find a way to blame somebody else.” The former vice president is currently promoting…
  • Oldest Fragments of Koran May Pre-Date Prophet Mohammed

    Abraham Rabinovich
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:00 am
    JERUSALEM—British scholars examining the oldest fragments of the Koran ever found believe it might be so old as to pre-date the prophet Mohammed, in defiance of Islamic belief. According to tradition, the Koran contains the words of God as revealed to Mohammed while he was meditating in a mountain cave. The revelations are said to have continued over a 23-year period. Last month, portions of Koranic text written on parchment were identified in England among a collection of documents in the library of the University of Birmingham. Scholars suggested immediately that they might be the…
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