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  • Engage Announces the Launch of Two House Committee Websites

    Patrick Ruffini
    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…
  • Proof-positive that Hillary Clinton has the press on the ropes (a post-4th open thread)

    Doug Powers
    5 Jul 2015 | 9:54 am
    **Written by Doug Powers I’m still recovering from an Independence Day evening of grilling, fireworks and threatening to drop Roman candles down the pants of anybody who tried to lecture us about Obamacare, so here’s an open thread for whatever we feel like talking about, which may or may not include the following… Leading off, the Clinton campaign created moving rope lines for the press while Hillary marched in a New Hampshire 4th of July parade: Clinton advance aides create a rope line for the press, moving with the candidate pic.twitter.com/9S7CpVt7x4 — Maggie…
  • Quotes of the day

    Hot Air » Top Picks
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:41 pm
    Borders. The shooting death of a woman on San Francisco pier allegedly by convicted felon illegally in the United States illustrates a disconnect between federal immigration officials who wanted him deported and local officials who ultimately let him go… “As a result, an individual with a lengthy criminal history, who is now the suspect in a […] Read this post »
  • Overnight Open Thread (7-6-2015)

    Ace of Spades HQ
    6 Jul 2015 | 10:25 pm
    Will Russia Revoke Recognition of Baltic Independence? Russia Rehearsed a Takeover of Danish Island in March NATO Forming a Baltic (Semi-)Rapid Reaction Force But geography and force attrition work against them. NATO has long been dependent on the USAF (and...
  • The Mental Rape And Sadness Of Wedding Cakes

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    Mike McDaniel
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:24 am
    Around about the Fourth of July, it’s worthwhile–and becoming more and more necessary–to revisit our founding documents, particularly the Declaration of Independence.  Consider these two passages: WE hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness—That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed, that whenever any form of Government becomes…
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  • Proof-positive that Hillary Clinton has the press on the ropes (a post-4th open thread)

    Doug Powers
    5 Jul 2015 | 9:54 am
    **Written by Doug Powers I’m still recovering from an Independence Day evening of grilling, fireworks and threatening to drop Roman candles down the pants of anybody who tried to lecture us about Obamacare, so here’s an open thread for whatever we feel like talking about, which may or may not include the following… Leading off, the Clinton campaign created moving rope lines for the press while Hillary marched in a New Hampshire 4th of July parade: Clinton advance aides create a rope line for the press, moving with the candidate pic.twitter.com/9S7CpVt7x4 — Maggie…
  • Vigilance is patriotic

    Michelle Malkin
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:19 am
    Vigilance is patriotic by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2015 My fellow Americans: If you see something, say something — even if it means CAIR will threaten to sue you. Multiple federal agencies and the Department of Defense are on high alert for a possible Islamic terrorist attack on U.S. soil this Independence Day weekend. They’ve increased security at military bases and sent bulletins to law enforcement officials across the country. The heightened stance comes in the wake of a bloodthirsty ISIS call to arms for Ramadan; multiple jihad outbreaks in Kuwait, France…
  • Obama admin: Honor the spirit of Independence Day by convincing your family this gov’t mandate is awesome; Updated

    Doug Powers
    3 Jul 2015 | 5:55 am
    **Written by Doug Powers The Obama administration wants you to remind your family and friends this 4th of July that nothing honors the spirit of the occasion more than a gigantic government mandate. Obamacare’s the best thing that ever happened to independence, even if some of your family members are in denial: The Obama administration wants you to bring a side of healthcare politics to your family picnic this weekend. After ObamaCare’s big win at the Supreme Court last week, federal health officials are serving up some tips about talking to family members who may be…
  • Activist worlds collide: Anti-cop demonstrator protected by police

    Doug Powers
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:38 pm
    **Written by Doug Powers Wednesday evening, the movement Disarm NYPD continued their “no cop zones” crusade with a flag burning at a Brooklyn park. Veterans and bikers counter-protested and chased off the vermin after they’d managed to set fire to an American flag. That’s when one demonstrator decided just this once it might be a good idea to disregard the anti-cop group’s mission statement: When word got out that the flag burning was underway, dozens of counter protesters, along with the NYPD, sprinted toward the scene. Emotions quickly escalated and one biker…
  • Feel the Bern, Hillary! Packed house in Madison, WI cheers Bernie Sanders’ plan to turn US into Greece

    Doug Powers
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:19 pm
    **Written by Doug Powers With Greece going down the crapper overseas and the Obama administration working the plunger, Bernie Sanders is pitching his plan to re-create it in America. Judging from this crowd in Madison, Wisconsin, Sanders has some backing. Feel the Bern, Hillary: Sanders calls for a political revolution in Madison. pic.twitter.com/L5ZIztpHFH — Dan Merica (@danmericaCNN) July 2, 2015 Bernie Sanders in Madison is a natural draw — like Buddy Hackett in the Catskills. Hillary can draw adoring crowds that large, but they’re all “reporters” and Clinton…
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    Hot Air » Top Picks

  • Quotes of the day

    6 Jul 2015 | 7:41 pm
    Borders. The shooting death of a woman on San Francisco pier allegedly by convicted felon illegally in the United States illustrates a disconnect between federal immigration officials who wanted him deported and local officials who ultimately let him go… “As a result, an individual with a lengthy criminal history, who is now the suspect in a […] Read this post »
  • After the mob has moved on, we learn Nobel scientist Tim Hunt isn’t a sexist monster

    Mary Katharine Ham
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:01 pm
    Oops. It will likely surprise no one here that a story of international import with which social justice warriors took the most serious umbrage, hounding a Nobel-prize-winning 72-year-old scientist out of several honorary and employment positions, turned out not to be, strictly speaking, completely true. Such is the case with the story of Sir Tim Hunt, […] Read this post »
  • Reddit CEO Ellen Pao apologizes after Reddit community revolts

    C.T. Rex
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:21 pm
    "The people are revolting!" "You said it, they stink on ice." The “front page of the Internet” has had a rough time the last several months, but perhaps none more so than last week.  Following the unexpected termination of one of the site’s most popular admins, many of the Reddit communities (also known as “subreddits”) shut down in protest, thereby closing off some of the most high-traffic parts of the site […] Read this post »
  • “True Detective” grumble thread: Blogger not sure he can take another week of this

    6 Jul 2015 | 5:41 pm
    Nope. I’ve watched 67 episodes of “The Walking Dead” with no serious prospect of quitting yet I find the thought of another week of Farrell, McAdams, Kitsch, and Vaughn looking weary and not doing much of anything almost too much to bear. I’m going to force myself through it only because I know that I’m in […] Read this post »
  • NYT: Gee, there are more intact families living in red counties

    Matt Vespa
    6 Jul 2015 | 5:01 pm
    Yup. To circle back on my previous post about the blue and red state models regarding families, there are positives and negatives to each model. Blue state families–for lack of a better term–are usually better educated, which leads to greater financial stability that often translates into a more stable marriage, according to new research. Families in blue states […] Read this post »
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    Patrick Ruffini

  • 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…
  • Introducing OverView for Basecamp

    4 Mar 2015 | 11:09 am
    Here at Engage we take pride in our project management process. We are constantly looking at how to improve and make our processes both more efficient and effective. Because of this forward thinking culture at Engage, we have developed an internal tool to give our project manager a clearer overview of each team member’s progress and workload. Basecamp is an effective project management tool, one that our teams use every day. With different team members involved on multiple projects it can be challenging to get an overview of all the moving parts. The problem we set out to solve was to…
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    Stately McDaniel Manor

  • The Mental Rape And Sadness Of Wedding Cakes

    Mike McDaniel
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:24 am
    Around about the Fourth of July, it’s worthwhile–and becoming more and more necessary–to revisit our founding documents, particularly the Declaration of Independence.  Consider these two passages: WE hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness—That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed, that whenever any form of Government becomes…
  • Deny The Premise: BC/AD v. BCE/CE

    Mike McDaniel
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:12 am
    credit: flickr.com Upon occasion, people ask where I get ideas for articles. I tell them that from time to time, I find a sealed envelope on the front step of my home, delicately scented and written in elegant cursive, in an alluringly feminine hand. In those envelopes are found a 3” X 5” plain file card with tantalizingly few words suggesting a topic. Neighbors have, from time to time, caught a glimpse of a tall, willowy young woman with long, dark hair, clad entirely, and formally, in black, a wide brimmed hat obscuring her face. None have seen her face clearly, but all describe her…
  • Teaching Shakespeare: It’s Greek To Me

    Mike McDaniel
    5 Jul 2015 | 10:01 pm
    credit: biography.com From time to time, people come along and announce to the world through the always helpful offices of the Media, that they are doing something terribly courageous, as though by merely telling the entire world, they are in some sort of deadly danger. Bruce Jenner’s recent transformation into a sort of woman is a case in point. I suspect I could have completed my journey on this small, blue planet quite satisfactorily without knowing of Jenner’s issues, nor have I gained a new definition of courage in the knowing. In fact, Jenner has been lauded by all the usual…
  • Trouble With Twain and Shakespeare

    Mike McDaniel
    5 Jul 2015 | 10:20 am
    credit: biography.com The American Library Association keeps track of the books that people try to ban. There is one particular book virtually every American has heard of, if not necessarily read, that people on the left and the right try to ban every year. It made the ALA’s list of top 100 banned/challenged books for 2000-2009 (it’s #14, but there is no “the” in the actual title). It has been lauded since first published in 1884, and Ernest Hemingway, winner of the Pulitzer and Nobel Prizes for literature at a time when those awards actually meant something more than adherence to…
  • The Last Hurrah

    Mike McDaniel
    5 Jul 2015 | 10:07 am
    My final article is now up at “The Truth About Guns.” Titled: The dictionary No Longer Holds, it’s about the likely effect of the two recent Supreme Court Decisions: King v. Burwell–the Obamacare decision–and Obergefel v. Hodges, the gay marriage decision. These two decisions may very well give us a rare glimpse into the future, for if words have no accepted, commonly understood and used meanings, the very simple and direct text of the Second Amendment can and will be interpreted to mean that only the Government has a right to keep and bear arms. This would, of course, be…
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  • Paging Ted Cruz. Paging All the Candidates. Take on the Vichy Republicans.

    <a href="/users/erick/">Erick Erickson</a> (<a href="/diary/erick/">Diary</a>)
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:19 pm
    Marshal Pétain came to power to make peace with Nazi Germany. Somewhere along the way, he no doubt resigned himself to Nazi occupation and muttered “we can now move on to the important things.” He has a kindred spirit in John Feehery, who has spent his career in Washington climbing the ladder. He started with Bob Michel, the man who never met a surrender he didn’t want to make love to. Feehery then moved to Tom DeLay before winding up with alleged kid-diddler Denny Hastert. After Hastert’s first fall from grace, Feehery went into the private sector where, for a price,…
  • So. Who DOES get the African-American vote in the primaries this cycle?

    <a href="/users/moe_lane/">Moe Lane</a> (<a href="/diary/moe_lane/">Diary</a>)
    6 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    I’m forced to ask a question in response to this thesis by Josh Kraushaar: “Hillary Clinton is a near-lock for the Democratic nomination for many reasons, but among the most significant is that her challengers have minimal appeal to the party’s base of African-American voters.” …All well and good; but what’s her appeal to those voters, exactly? I mean, don’t get me wrong: I understand that, lacking an obviously good choice, many voters default to the front-runner; but what’s going to get African-American voters off of their couches and into the…
  • Trump Doesn’t Exist in a Vacuum

    <a href="/users/joesquire/">Joe Cunningham</a> (<a href="/diary/joesquire/">Diary</a>)
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Donald Trump is currently on a roll with the media, getting his name and politics out there like no other candidate has been able to. His numbers are rising and his exposure is huge. GOP higher ups are worried that he’ll hurt the GOP brand and that he may spoil the 2016 cycle for them. They are, in a word, panicking. The thing the GOP either doesn’t get or refuses to acknowledge is that Donald Trump’s candidacy doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Under more normal circumstances, we would have several politicians who could stand up on the debate stage, say their piece, and…
  • Desperate Times in Greece After No Vote on Bailout Terms

    <a href="/users/tex_whitley/">Brad Jackson</a> (<a href="/diary/tex_whitley/">Diary</a>)
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    http://www.coffeeandmarkets.com/CoffeeandMarkets070615.mp3 Download Podcast | iTunes | Podcast Feed On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson is joined by Francis Cianfrocca to discuss Greece’s no vote this weekend on austerity measures, the likelihood of a Greek exit from the Euro, and what this means for the Greek economy. Related Links: Why Greece Matters for Everyone Global markets sink after Greece vote GREECE LATEST-Tsipras to present aid proposal on Tuesday Goodbye Greece: No Vote Means Grexit Is Finally Inevitable Who is the man set to replace Yanis Varoufakis…
  • Words Used to Mean Things – Then Came Government

    Seton Motley (<a href="/diary/setonmotley/">Diary</a>)
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:49 am
    We are a nation founded upon and (allegedly) governed by words. Beginning with – specifically, foundational-ly – the Constitution. Every syllable was by our Founding Fathers debated and carefully crafted. To ensure a limited, enumerated government, maximum freedom for We the People – and a document that clearly, concisely laid out these parameters. The Constitution is a “living, breathing document” – but with the amendment process as its only respiratory system. If you don’t like it – amend it. Otherwise, it is what it is – it says what it says. The…
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  • Your Volunteer Structures Could Be Hindering Involvement

    Blessing Mpofu
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Church leaders have the great privilege of seeing to the spiritual formation of disciples. This is core to the mission Jesus gave us. One of the aspects of spiritual formation is service. For service, the many members of the Body have diverse gifts and function. Thus the responsibility of pastors and church leaders is connecting need to people’s gifts and vice versa. It is creating space and opportunities for people to discover and exercise their gifts. When leaders fail to create such an environment they stunt the growth of those they lead. Pastors and leaders can also rob the…
  • Why Slow Reading Is Good for You

    Rachel Blom
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    There’s a new phenomenon: the slow reading movement. I love it. Slow reading means reading for at least half an hour without being distracted or interrupted by anything else—especially smartphones. Not only will it completely relax you and bring down your stress levels, it will also positively affect your reading comprehension. A study found that a multimedia presentation mixing words, sounds and moving pictures resulted in lower comprehension than reading plain text did. As many of us can affirm, online reading has impacted our reading habits. We’ve become skimmers, fast trackers,…
  • Fireworks on Social Media [Podcast #61]

    Eric Dye
    5 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    It’s Independence Day weekend and we’ve got a quick podcast this week talking about fireworks on Facebook! After recording the podcast this past week (which will now be downloadable next week), Phil told us about how his church’s Facebook event page exploded—in a bad way—and lead to him eventually deleting the page. Has anything like this happened to you? [Subscribe via iTunes | Stitcher | RSS | Proudly Hosted on Buzzsprout] Join-in the discussion: #cmagcast If you’ve experienced some church social media disasters, we want to hear about them! Email me […
  • Happy Independence Day!

    Eric Dye
    4 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    May your Fourth of July be #EPIC! And if you miss out on seeing fireworks this year, we provide you our own little show: You’re welcome. Happy Independence Day! first appeared on ChurchMag and is sponsored by ChurchMag Press.
  • Church Tech Snack Pack #078

    Eric Dye
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Tomorrow is July 4th! Are you doing anything special? Spending time with your family and/or friends? I hope you have an awesome time this weekend—enjoy the links! Happy July everyone! We're having our first translation sale! The @NIVBible & @NKJVbible are now 50% off pic.twitter.com/AkdIMqHA6i — NeuBible (@neubibleco) July 1, 2015 Six Simple Things a First-time Church Guest Likes 8 ChMS Considerations for Church Plants 12 Church Communication Experts on Twitter Right Now 25 Quick Ideas for Your Church’s Social Media Whiteboard: The Moses Method for Choosing Church…
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    Outside the Beltway

  • Kentucky Clerk Sued For Refusing To Issue Licenses For Same-Sex Marriages

    Doug Mataconis
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:52 pm
    A County Clerk in Kentucky is being sued over her refusal to issue marriage licenses in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges: The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky filed a lawsuit Thursday on behalf of four couples who were denied marriage licenses by the Rowan County clerk in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s historic decision legalizing same-sex marriages. Democrat Kim Davis is among a handful of clerks who have refused to grant licenses to any couples in order to avoid handing them out to gays and lesbians. The suit alleges four…
  • Iowa And New Hampshire Less Important Than They Used To Be? Not Really

    Doug Mataconis
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:15 am
    Taegan Goddard posits that the size of the Republican field this year, which hit at least sixteen before the first debate, as well as changes in the way candidates reach voters could mark the beginning of the end of Iowa and New Hampshire as the traditional winnowers of the Presidential field: The presidential race is a marathon. But without victories early on, few candidates have had the resources to compete until the end. That’s why so many candidates drop out after a poor showing in the Iowa caucuses, as both Joe Biden and Chris Dodd did in 2008. Without the springboard of an…
  • Greek Voters Reject Bailout Deal, Greece Still Largely Screwed

    Doug Mataconis
    5 Jul 2015 | 2:48 pm
    Greek voters went to the polls today and overwhelmingly rejected the bailout deal that had been proposed by European officials, likely setting their nation up for further economic turmoil: ATHENS — Greeks delivered a shocking rebuff to Europe’s leaders on Sunday, decisively rejecting a deal offered by the country’s creditors in a historic vote that could redefine Greece’s place in Europe and shake the Continent’s financial stability. As celebrants gathered in Athens’s central Syntagma Square, the Interior Ministry reported that with more than 80 percent of…
  • Bush, Rubio, And Perry Condemn Trump, While Ted Cruz Salutes Him

    Doug Mataconis
    5 Jul 2015 | 10:17 am
    Mitt Romney isn’t running for President, but that isn’t stopping him from commenting about the people who are, especially one guy named Donald Trump: Mitt Romney said Saturday that Donald Trump’s comments on Mexico and undocumented immigrants have hurt the Republican Party, making the 2012 presidential nominee the latest Republican to slam the billionaire over his controversial remarks. Romney made his remarks during a Fourth of July parade in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, which was also attended by presidential candidates New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Florida Sen. Marco…
  • Greek Priorities

    Steven L. Taylor
    5 Jul 2015 | 9:54 am
    Via Reuters:  Despite crisis, few Greeks ready to forgo coffee “Greeks are ready to cut anything else, but not their coffee. Customer traffic is stable,” said Kleanthis Kanellos, 34-year-old manager of the packed Old Flo cafe in a working class district of Athens. Well, one has to have one’s priorities straight (although their propensity toward iced coffee does make me wonder).
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    Drudge Retort

  • Trump: Jeb Likes 'Mexican Illegals' Because of Wife

    6 Jul 2015 | 6:31 pm
    Donald Trump took a shot on Twitter at Jeb Bush that mentioned the fellow Republican's wife, which Trump apparently reconsidered and later deleted. In a tweet captured by a Media Matters executive, Trump sent this retweet on July 4 to his followers: "#JebBush has to like the Mexican illegals because of his wife." Bush's wife, Columba, is Mexican and became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1979. The couple met in Mexico in 1970 when he was there on a high school trip.
  • F-35 Stealth Loses Dogfight with 40-Year-Old F-16

    6 Jul 2015 | 5:32 pm
    The Pentagon and Lockheed Martin have leapt to the defense of the expensive F-35 stealth jet after it was embarrassingly outperformed by a 40-year-old F-16 jet in a dogfight. A mock air battle was held over the Pacific Ocean between the cutting-edge F-35 -- meant to be the most sophisticated jet ever -- and an F-16, which was designed in the 1970s. But according to the test pilot, the F-35 is still too slow to hit an enemy plane or dodge gunfire. So far, it has cost the US military more than $350 billion.
  • Smoking Brisket Goes to the Robots

    6 Jul 2015 | 4:33 pm
    Tim Moynihan, Wired: Pitmasters, this will be hard to swallow: Some of the best smoked brisket comes out of Cambridge, Massachusetts. And it practically cooks itself. The secret is in the smoker. And the secret to the smoker is everything a group of 16 Harvard engineering students could do to turn the finicky art of smoking meat into a controlled, semi-automated science.
  • Breakthrough in Vienna on Iran Nuclear Talks

    6 Jul 2015 | 3:33 pm
    Michael Wilner, Jerusalem Post: Three major sticking points obstructing world powers and Iran from making an historic nuclear deal appear to have been resolved. The U.S., Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany reportedly have agreed with Iran on a mechanism that would allow sanctions to snap back into place should Tehran violate any final nuclear agreement. Diplomats have given themselves until Tuesday to seal a final agreement, at which point their interim agreement, capping the crisis, expires.
  • Back to the Future Turns 30? I'm Freaking Old!

    6 Jul 2015 | 2:31 pm
    Madeline Kaplan, Huffington Post: Back to the Future, the ultimate action-comedy-romance-sci-fi flick, turn[ed] 30 on July 3. The classic film invented its own form of time-travel (if you watch the movie 88 times in a row, you will have traveled 10,208 minutes into the future), but even the most dedicated fans may not know what went went down before the film even made it to theaters. Here are some facts about "Back to the Future" every DeLorean diehard should know ...
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    The New Republic

  • Clarence Thomas Deserves Criticism. Just Leave His Race Out of It.

    Jeet Heer
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is a worthy target of criticism from the left: His reactionary jurisprudence, if carried out to its logical conclusion, would invalidate much of the socially progressive legislation of the last century. But liberals’ attacks on Thomas also have a tendency to f
  • How “Back to the Future” Helped Make Me a Feminist

    Jamil Smith
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:56 am
    I didn’t realize until I was a little bit older that what we all saw thirty years ago this week in Back to the Future was a sexual assault, but I recognized the hero moment immediately. When George McFly opens the car door to find bully Biff T
  • Robots Might Save the Humanities

    Jonathan Malesic
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:26 am
    In a recent article for The Atlantic, Derek Thompson visits Youngstown, Ohio, to portray the “postwork” society that is being created as machine labor replaces more types of professional human
  • U.S. Women Won the World Cup—And Earned Four Times Less Than the Men

    Elaine Teng
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:24 am
    On Sunday, the U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT) won the World Cup for the third time—more than any other team in women’s soccer history. For their efforts, the team will earn $2 million in prize money, up from $1 million in 2011. The money is
  • Greece’s Crisis Won’t Be Fixed by the “No” Vote

    Cas Mudde
    6 Jul 2015 | 10:51 am
    Against the predictions of many opinion polls, the so-called Greferendum scored a surprisingly resounding victory for the Oxi—or No—campaign.Some 60 percent of Greek voters
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    Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines

  • Is Bernie Sanders Our Eugene McCarthy 2.0?

    6 Jul 2015 | 6:43 pm
    By Eugene Robinson Sanders has an appeal for younger, more liberal, more idealistic Democrats that Hillary Clinton currently lacks. If she competes for these voters—and learns to connect with them—she will have a much better chance of winning the White House. Related Entries March 31, 2013 The Treason of the Intellectuals July 6, 2015 Opposing Hillary’s Corporate Campaign: A Response to Joe Conason
  • Pope Francis Begins South American Visit With Mass Attended by a Million Followers

    6 Jul 2015 | 2:50 pm
      Pope Francis visits a favela in Brazil in 2013. (Tânia Rêgo / ABr - Agência Brasil / CC BY-SA 3.0) Kicking off his visit to South America on Monday, Pope Francis delivered an open-air Mass to over a million people in Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest city. Many in the crowd had spent the night in Los Samanes Park to secure their places, and many had walked for miles to attend. Ecuador is the first stop on the pontiff’s highly anticipated weeklong trip, which includes stops in Bolivia and Paraguay. The Wall Street Journal reports. The pope’s schedule for the week features a…
  • Piketty on Germany’s Hypocrisy: It ‘Has No Standing to Lecture Other Nations’

    6 Jul 2015 | 1:37 pm
      Economist Thomas Piketty. (Sue Gardner / CC BY-SA 3.0) Calling foul on its role as Greece’s debt collector, celebrated French economist Thomas Piketty has said that we should look to Germany’s history to find it “has no standing to lecture other nations” when it comes to debt repayment. Piketty, who sprang to fame for his treatise on wealth inequality, “Capital in the 21st Century,” asserts that Germany is in the powerful economic position of today only because it benefited from the forgiveness of its European neighbors after World War II. In a lively…
  • Opposing Hillary’s Corporate Campaign: A Response to Joe Conason

    6 Jul 2015 | 12:30 pm
    By Scott Tucker In one Truthdig columnist’s rebuttal of another, Scott Tucker takes on what he calls “a piece of Clintonista campaigning” by Joe Conason. Related Entries March 31, 2013 The Treason of the Intellectuals July 6, 2015 Opposing Hillary’s Corporate Campaign: A Response to Joe Conason
  • How Will the Church Shooting and Fires Affect African-American Faith?

    6 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    By E.J. Dionne Jr. For those who see religion as primarily an opiate, African-American Christianity offers a riposte. For those who see Christianity itself as a faith that encourages quiescence and conservatism, the tradition of the black church is a sign of contradiction. Related Entries March 31, 2013 The Treason of the Intellectuals July 6, 2015 Opposing Hillary’s Corporate Campaign: A Response to Joe Conason
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    Power Line

  • Cruz Control?

    Steven Hayward
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:59 pm
    (Steven Hayward) Of the entire GOP presidential field, I think the candidate with the best or most substantive grasp of the constitutional defects of the administrative state—the term for our unaccountable “fourth branch” of government that increasingly governs us without our consent—is Ted Cruz. (If Tom Cotton were running for president, he’d get the clear nod on this point, but perhaps some day. . .) At the very least, Cruz knows enough about the separation of powers to make the bold suggestion that some states have a legal basis to ignore or resist the Supreme Court’s…
  • Perry Sense

    Steven Hayward
    6 Jul 2015 | 10:11 am
    (Steven Hayward) While Donald Trump continues to get disproportionate attention for his correctly grounded—if not well formulated—attacks on out of control immigration, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is quietly emerging as a much more serious candidate. Worth catching the excerpts of his remarks on race and economic opportunity that he delivered at the National Press Club last Thursday. The Wall Street Journal editorializes on it today: [Perry’s] remarks are far more than a mea culpa. He also lays out a rationale and a specific agenda for how the GOP can earn—and deserve—the support of black…
  • Gelernter on fire

    Scott Johnson
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:26 am
    (Scott Johnson) David Gelernter is an old-fashioned Renaissance man. He is professor of computer science at Yale University, chief scientist at Mirror Worlds Technologies, contributing editor at the Weekly Standard and member of the National Council of the Arts (more here). We have proudly hosted several of his thoughts on the present discontents. Professor Gelernter is the author of books that suggest a kind of Herodotean interest in everything human. Professor Gelernter has written a history of the 1939 World’s Fair. After he survived an attack by the Unabomber, he wrote a reflective…
  • Goodnight Vienna (5)

    Scott Johnson
    6 Jul 2015 | 5:19 am
    (Scott Johnson) Omri Ceren writes from Vienna regarding the catastrophic deal in process with the Islamic Republic of Iran: Happy Monday from Vienna. The EU’s foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini arrived yesterday and told reporters: “As you know I have decided to reconvene the ministers. They will be arriving tonight and tomorrow. It is the third time in exactly one week. That’s the end, the last part of this long marathon.” Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif already held an impromptu meeting this morning. The overarching…
  • Dems loves Sanchez

    Scott Johnson
    6 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    (Scott Johnson) Over the weekend I posted excerpts of news accounts of the murder of Kate Steinle by five-time Mexican deportee at San Francisco’s Pier 14. The murder took place this past Friday. I inferred from the news accounts on Saturday that San Francisco law enforcement’s failure to abide by ICE’s immigration detainer on Sanchez when he was released from custody this past March resulted from San Francisco’s sanctuary-city policy, but I wasn’t sure about it. Now we know. Sanchez should have been deported months ago. The San Francisco County sheriff’s…
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  • Taxation = Slavery

    Thomas DiLorenzo
    6 Jul 2015 | 5:10 pm
    The slavishly-statist, lying, Pravda-esque “mainstream media” are going nuts over Senator Rand Paul’s recent comment that if you pay 50% of your income in taxes, then you are 50% a slave.  Another racist comment from a privileged white oppressor, they bark. But consider the question posed by the great Walter Williams at a speech he gave (at my invitati0n) at Loyola University Maryland several years ago (paraphrasing):  “What would you call forcing one person to work for the benefit of another person (or persons)?”  After a few seconds of head scratching, the…
  • Selective Sympathy

    Christopher Manion
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:32 pm
    Dark days in Obama’s old Chicago neighborhood. 9 killed, 53 wounded, in the past four days. All of them shot. When 9 people were shot dead in Charleston, a lot of folks said they cared. What is it about Chicago and Baltimore (nine killed per week) that makes them different?
  • New Ron Paul Book!

    Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:21 pm
    Ron has written many important books, but I think his latest is the most important for our time: Swords into Plowshares. Ron, movingly and eloquently, describes his lifetime of perpetual war, beginning with the horrific WWII, but shows us how to dream of, and achieve, a future free of war and other forms of state violence. Swords into Plowshares can change a nation and a world, if it gets into enough people’s hands. That is how persuasive this book is, which so brilliantly shows us the heart and mind of this great man and the great cause of peace, domestic and international. We can…
  • Ten questions on libertarianism; ten answers

    Walter E. Block
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:57 am
    I was caught up with PorcFest preparations. Incidentally, you got a little light ribbing at the PorcFest Roast. I guess there’s a video floating around titled, “Walter Block Defends Eating Babies.” Have you come across it? Anyway, here’s some questions. 1) Where do you weigh in on the objection from some Austrian-Economists that Bitcoin violates Mises’ regression theorem? 2) The liberty movement is called by some, “The Lovelution.” What do you think makes a good definition for “Love,” libertarian or otherwise? 3) Are you a Rand Paul guy?
  • Greeks Vote No: Keynesian Crisis Continues

    Daniel McAdams
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:48 am
    What would Ron Paul do if the Greeks called him up and gave him free rein to fix the five year crisis?
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    Republicans & Conservatives

  • Marriage Should Mean One Plus One and No One Else

    29 Jun 2015 | 11:02 am
    If you believe Trevor Burrus of the Cato Institute, then heterosexual marriage has been an artificial construction imposed by Christianity. The then recently-converted Constantine unleashed the apparatus of his decaying empire - reborn under Christ - to persecute what had been a natural part of human society. And in his April article at Cato's site, he also gave a passing nod to drug prohibition, which will surely fall in the glorious march of Libertarianism, the kind that is taking natural liberty to it's "logical extreme" through a process that is "wonderfully radical." So if your child's…
  • Comfortable With a Flag

    19 Jun 2015 | 7:25 am
    Liberal means something very different in Europe and South America, for example, than it does in the US. Abroad, it follows more closely along the classic 18th century lines of individual liberty and is more like libertarianism - to an extent - than in America. One can argue that the evolution of liberalism in North America as an interventionist, statist, and progressive ideology or perspective has to do with conservatism in America in past ages. And that brings one to the institution of slavery and the shootings in Charleston and even the reasons that Dylann Roof apparently gave for the…
  • As You Get to Know Rand Paul, Will You Like Him?

    16 Jun 2015 | 2:06 pm
    Rand Paul's stance on immigration seems to be to: 1. Secure the Border first 2. Then, provide some sort of amnesty to the 11 + million illegals in America While there is as much anger at government as there ever has been in the country, does that make an angry voter libertarian? If, as a GOP voter, one professes mistrust and hostility towards so-called RINO's, do you believe in true Libertarianism? Immigration, and specifically amnesty or immigration reform of one kind or another, is a flashpoint. It will help answer the question of who is actually a libertarian espousing maximum freedom and…
  • Who Does Ben Carson Have to Impress?

    12 Jun 2015 | 11:27 am
    Since Daniel Allott's hit piece on Ben Carson back in May, the debate has been not over what Dr. Carson is capable of - most things he sets his mind and soul on might be overstating it, but not by much - but rather over what Dr. Carson should study up on and how long it will take him. According to Allott he needs to spend time working his way up through the Washington establishment and learn how to "build consensus" which smells like knowing who is located where on K street. The "humility" he deems lacking in Carson means Ben needs to bone up on his hypocrisy a little. And his need to learn…
  • When to Worry About Hillary

    9 Jun 2015 | 11:42 am
    Would you give up a Senate seat to become Vice President? Not if you're Rand Paul. At least not at this stage of the GOP race. In fact, according to the recent CNN/ORC poll, Rand is the best positioned Republican against Hillary Clinton. Why should he consider supporting someone else and vacate his senate seat to do so? Voters are almost dead even between the two with Hillary leading Paul by a point. At least those who bothered to answer the CNN/ORC poll, and at least in late May of 2015. And Marco Rubio is next, trailing Hillary by 3%. Jeb Bush's 8 point gap in this particular poll is being…
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  • Going on vacation

    Betsy Newmark
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:24 am
    I'll probably be unavailable for blogging over the next week as I'm going on vacation out to New Mexico. Have a wonderful 4th of July and I'll start up again when I return.
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:27 am
    Reuters interviews African Americans who regard the whole controversy over the Confederate flag a distraction. Ya think? And I'd go beyond the problems mentioned in the article about violence in their communities and racism from the police. There is a lot more to the economic problems so many blacks face and it has nothing to do with the Confederate flag.Ah, the Greecification of the United States draws ever closer.The governor of Puerto Rico has decided that the island cannot pay back more than $70 billion in debt, setting up an unprecedented financial crisis that could rock the municipal…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:42 am
    Jonathan Last imagines how Bernie Sanders' success as a protest candidate will lead to Zombie Hillary, the undead candidate who just keeps attacking.And if there's one thing we've learned about Hillary Clinton over the years, it's that she never backs down.Not when the press went after her for Travelgate. Not when the House of Representatives was drafting articles of impeachment against her husband. Not when she was clearly losing the 2008 nomination. Not when she was being investigated for Whitewater, or Benghazi, or State Department emails, or ... well, you get the idea.Like a zombie,…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:01 am
    Well, that was disappointing, but I hadn't really expected the Supreme Court to rule differently based on the questions asked at oral argument. It is very discouraging to have the principle that the bureaucracy and administration can determine what a law means even when they have to make up their interpretation. It's ironic that so many pundits are saying that having the decision go the way it did on King v. Burwell is a political plus for the Republicans since they don't have to figure out a way to give people subsidies while still remaining committed to ending Obamacare.Yuval Levin explains…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    25 Jun 2015 | 4:47 am
    George Will has some very good questions for Hillary Clinton.Three times in your memoir Hard Choices you say that as secretary of state you visited 112 countries. Do you think “peripatetic” is a synonym for “effective”? ....President George W. Bush said that when he looked into Vladimir Putin’s eyes he saw a “very straightforward and trustworthy” man. You looked into Putin’s regime and saw an opportunity for a cooperative policy “reset.” Were you or Bush more mistaken?In March 2003, Bush launched a war of choice to accomplish regime change in Iraq, mistakenly believing it…
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    The Fix

  • Donald Trump’s lengthy and curious defense of his immigrant comments, annotated

    Philip Bump
    6 Jul 2015 | 4:19 pm
    After a week-plus of getting hammered over the comments he made about illegal immigrants from Mexico during his mid-June announcement speech, Donald Trump has released a lengthy statement defending them once again. In classic Trump style, though, his defense is an attempt to reframe the vagueness of what he was talking about into something more […]
  • If Facebook’s tech staff were a county, it would be a remote island in Alaska

    Philip Bump
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:38 pm
    A number of large tech companies have released 2015 data outlining how diverse their workforces are. Last week, it was Facebook. The social networking company increased how many black employees it had from 45 to 81 over the past year -- out of 10,000 or so total employees, albeit. Other companies, as detailed in this […]
  • Greece just voted ‘no’ on its bailout deal. But in America, we usually vote ‘yes.’

    Philip Bump
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:12 am
    The resounding failure of Greece's budget referendum over the weekend upheld one of the unspoken rules of ballot initiatives: If there's a large undecided vote shortly before the vote, it will probably end up as "no." The thinking is that people who haven't made up their minds are more likely to decide against change and […]
  • The Clinton campaign is roping off reporters. But who will cry for us?

    Aaron Blake
    6 Jul 2015 | 10:49 am
    It was the big story on Beltway Twitter over the weekend: The Hillary Rodham Clinton campaign, at a Fourth of July parade in New Hampshire, kept reporters behind a moving rope line so as not to get too close to their candidate. The images were striking and quickly earned snide comments from reporters who have long been […]
  • 6 key moments from the South Carolina Senate’s strikingly blunt Confederate flag debate

    Amber Phillips
    6 Jul 2015 | 10:18 am
    South Carolina lawmakers are having an incredibly honest debate about race relations and the Confederate flag's place in their state right now. On Monday morning, the state Senate gaveled into session to debate a bill to take the Confederate flag off state house grounds. It's the first of several steps toward lowering the flag, which remained flying high […]
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  • Global Temperature Trend Update: June 2015

    Ronald Bailey
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:31 pm
    Every month University of Alabama in Huntsville climatologists John Christy and Roy Spencer publish the latest global temperature trend data obtained from NOAA satellites. For the month of June 2015 they report: Global Temperature Report: June 2015 In the tropics, 2nd warmest month since 2010 Global climate trend since Nov. 16, 1978: +0.11 C per decade June temperatures (preliminary) Global composite temp.: +0.31 C (about 0.56 degrees Fahrenheit) above 30-year average for June. Northern Hemisphere: +0.36 C (about 0.65 degrees Fahrenheit) above 30-year average for June. Southern Hemisphere:…
  • Scott Shackford Analyzes San Bernardino’s Fire Union Woes in the Press-Enterprise

    Scott Shackford
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Years after filing for bankruptcy, the Detroit of the West Coast—San Bernardino, California—is struggling to hammer out an exit plan. Not helping are their public sector unions, who have resisted deeper cuts, even though the city is running out of choices. As a consequence, the city's firefighters could lose their jobs to outside contractors, either from other fire agencies or to privatization. A city charter that puts public safety salary negotiations out of the hands of the City Council doesn't help either. (In the midst of this bankruptcy, the city is giving out an additional $500,000…
  • Ira Stoll on Spending by Left-Leaning Mega-Foundations

    6 Jul 2015 | 1:31 pm
    The left often sees Republican policy in an oversimplified model of being bought and paid for by the Koch Brothers or the Adelsons. Similar philanthropy on the left sometimes attracts scrutiny, though much less often. But the Rockefeller Brothers Fund's recent Iran-policy spending is a reminder that spending by left-leaning mega-foundations deserves watching carefully too, argues Ira Stoll. Since 2003, the foundation has spent $4.3 million on promoting a nuclear deal between America and Iran—a small fraction what Sheldon and Miriam Adelson spent supporting Newt Gingrich in 2012, sure. Yet…
  • S.C. Legislature Begins Flag Debate, Christie Attacks Cruz, Aid Not Forthcoming to Greece: P.M. Links

    Scott Shackford
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:30 pm
    South Carolina legislators have begun debate over whether to remove the Confederate flag from the state capitol in Columbia. The move could be approved by Thursday. Reddit users and moderators protested the termination of a popular employee who helped manage the "ask me anything" section with temporary subreddit blackouts. We noted over the holiday weekend Gov. Chris Christie targeting Sen. Rand Paul for criticism over the senator's positions on surveillance reform and privacy rights. Today, Christie criticized Sen. Ted Cruz for supporting a conservative group that backs challenges to…
  • Spending by Left-Leaning Mega-Foundations Deserves Equal Scrutiny

    Ira Stoll
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Measured purely in terms of philanthropic bang-for-the-buck, the $4.3 million that the Rockefeller Brothers Fund has spent since 2003 on promoting a nuclear deal between America and Iran has to be one of the greatest bargains in the history of political charity. That’s true regardless of whether America and Iran ultimately reach a nuclear deal, and regardless of whether you are in favor of such a deal or oppose it. The expenditure, exposed and detailed in a recent Bloomberg News article by Peter Waldman, amounts to less than the price of some two-bedroom apartments in Manhattan. It is a…
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    The American Conservative » Daniel Larison

  • Rubio vs. Cuba

    Daniel Larison
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:26 pm
    Unsurprisingly, Marco Rubio is not very popular in Cuba: “If Marco Rubio becomes president, we’re done for,” said Héctor Montiel, 66, offering a vigorous thumbs-down as he sat on the Havana street where Mr. Rubio’s father grew up. “He’s against Cuba in every possible way. Hillary Clinton understands much more the case of Cuba. Rubio and these Republicans, they are still stuck in 1959.” Rubio dismisses these criticisms as proof that he must be “on to something” in his dead-ender opposition to normalizing relations, but it is really a sign that his preferred policies…
  • Why Is the War on Yemen Being Ignored?

    Daniel Larison
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:05 am
    David Wearing succinctly describes the war on Yemen: It is a case of the wealthiest Arab states joining forces to bomb and starve the poorest, with the assistance of two of the world’s richest and most powerful countries. One of those two is the U.S., and the other is Britain. Just as the Obama administration has backed the Saudi attack from the start, Cameron’s government pledged support “in every practical way short of engaging in combat” once the campaign had begun. Remember that this is the same government that has supposedly presided over British “retreat”…
  • Rubio and the War on Yemen

    Daniel Larison
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:41 am
    A.J. Delgado lists the many places where Marco Rubio wants the U.S. to intervene for the current issue of TAC: But wait, there’s more! Fifth is Yemen, where he’s also advocated intervention. In an interview with Charlie Rose, Rubio suggested that U.S. support for a fight against Shi’ite rebels there should not only include “U.S. logistical and air support” but “I think ultimately you could embed Special Operations Forces.” Rubio’s support for a larger role U.S. role in the war on Yemen is in some respects the most revealing and damning position he has taken during his four…
  • Corker and Congress’ Clumsy Meddling on Iran

    Daniel Larison
    5 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Bob Corker is annoyed that the administration is responding to the incentives created by his own unnecessary piece of legislation on Iran: The U.S. shouldn’t rush to finish a nuclear deal with Iran simply to meet a deadline that would allow a shorter congressional review period, said Senator Bob Corker, chairman of a committee that will be pivotal in deciding an agreement’s fate in Congress. Corker’s complaint drives home how useless and tiresome Congressional meddling in the Iran negotiations has been. Corker agreed to a thirty-day review period if the text of an agreement was…
  • The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

    Daniel Larison
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    How not to write about Iran. Ishaan Tharoor offers a guide in how not to talk about Iran. The conclusion of the nuclear talks. Paul Pillar comments on the closing stages of the nuclear negotiations with Iran. The three countries that still don’t have normal relations with the U.S. Matt Schiavenza explains why the U.S. has no ties with Bhutan. The town where the sun doesn’t rise. Kari Leibowitz describes her research into the winter experience of the people of Tromso, Norway. The war on Yemen is Saudi Arabia’s real embarrassment. Frederick Deknatel reviews some of the…
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    Bob McCarty

  • Freedom Still Exists in My ‘Forever Hometown’

    4 Jul 2015 | 10:28 am
    Today, more than ever before, the freedoms celebrated by Americans on Independence Day appear to be at risk. Among the most important are some freedoms I remember growing up with in Enid, Okla., during the ’60s and ’70s. Enid, Okla., is known as the “Wheat Capitol of the United States” and boast an enormous grain storage capacity. The people of Enid had the freedom to feed the world. Because my “forever hometown” in North Central Oklahoma was known as the “Wheat Capitol of the United States,” its residents could have boasted about having some of the tallest buildings…
  • Second Amendment’s Value Evident After Motel 6 Incident

    3 Jul 2015 | 7:48 pm
    EDITOR’S NOTE: Below is a copy of a letter shared with me and several others 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. He gave me permission to share it with you, and I suggest you read it after watching this video. Dear Friends: No lessons are better learned than those that strike close to home.  The purpose of this email is just to remind as many of my friends as possible of…
  • Throwback Thursday: Ferguson Troubles Began in Garden

    2 Jul 2015 | 7:33 am
    EDITOR’S NOTE:  Three years ago today, I shared news about a man in Ferguson, Mo., — yes, the same town where the Michael Brown incident took place in August 2014 — who was fighting for the right to grow food in his garden without first obtaining permission from the city. Below I share that story again, along with an update and some observations. On April 23, 2012, Karl Tricamo received a citation from the city of Ferguson, Mo., for gardening without permission. During World War I and World War II, it was considered one’s patriotic duty to plant a “victory garden” in…
  • Pre-Blast Videotapes FBI Claims ‘Might Have Been Misfiled’ Remain at Center of Ongoing Oklahoma City Bombing Trial

    1 Jul 2015 | 7:20 am
    EDITOR’S NOTE: Four years ago today, I shared an update about the Oklahoma City Bombing trial that was taking place in federal court and continues to this day in Salt Lake City. In case you missed it when it was published on this site and on Breitbart.com, I share it again with only minor modifications. Click image above to read other OKC Bombing-related articles. In a response filed yesterday to a federal judge’s order May 11, an FBI official offered no denials about the existence of video images captured by more than 20 surveillance cameras operating prior to 9:02 a.m. on April 19,…
  • Book Excerpt: Nation’s First Latino President Takes Office

    28 Jun 2015 | 8:43 am
    Coming only days after the passage of a controversial trade agreement, recent Supreme Court Decisions on gay marriage and healthcare have many Americans upset with the folks in Washington, D.C., who claim to represent their interests. If you count yourself among them, I think you’ll enjoy the timely excerpt below from Chapter 11 of my recently-released crime-fiction novel, The National Bet: Click image above to order a copy of the book. With the line of succession to the presidency obliterated, surviving members of the U.S. House and Senate met for five days straight to discuss a…
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    Cato @ Liberty

  • Oh, the Hyperbole!

    Simon Lester
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:43 pm
    I’m generally a fan of the efforts by WikiLeaks to publish secret government documents.  There may be times where particular documents are too sensitive to put out there, but for the most part I think the government is being unnecessarily secretive. However, in terms of commentary on the documents it publishes, WikiLeaks doesn’t always know what it is talking about.  Here is what it said recently about a draft text of an international negotation on freeing up trade in services (the Trade in Services Agreement, or TiSA): Today, 1500 CEST Wednesday, 1 July 2015, WikiLeaks releases a…
  • Police Misconduct -- The Worst Case in June

    Tim Lynch
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:02 am
    Over at Cato’s Police Misconduct web site, we have identified the worst case for June.  It goes to the police department in Carrollton, Kentucky. Adam Horine was a homeless person who was arrested for some petty offense. Horine then appeared before Judge Elizabeth Chandler to determine whether he wanted to go to trial, or plead guilty to the charges. Horine said he wanted to represent himself in the case and he gave the judge some rambling answers to her questions. Horine indicated that he had problems and did not seem angry when the judge ordered that he be sent to a hospital for a mental…
  • The Obamacare Giveaway, Wisconsin Edition: Earn $62k and Get Free Insurance

    Aaron Yelowitz
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:39 am
    The King v. Burwell decision last month highlighted the role of the premium tax credit (i.e. “subsidies”) in Obamacare. I have examined the structure of the subsidies quite carefully, and was shocked by their size. I’ll try to educate you about this, state-by-state. Today, I’m starting with Wisconsin, which has some of the largest giveaways on the federal exchange. Among all individuals aged 55 to 64 in Wisconsin, approximately 70% – or 522,000 people – rely on employer coverage, where the odds are high that they’re paying something out of their own pocket for monthly premiums.
  • What Greek “Austerity”?

    Steve H. Hanke
    6 Jul 2015 | 5:39 am
    It’s hard to find anything written or spoken about Greece that doesn’t contain a great deal of hand wringing about the alleged austerity – brutal fiscal austerity – that the Greek government has been forced to endure at the hands of the so-called troika. This is Alice in Wonderland economics. It supports my 95% rule: 95% of what you read about economics and finance is either wrong or irrelevant. The following chart contains the facts courtesy of Eurostat. Social security spending as a percentage of GDP in Greece is clearly bloated relative to the average European Union country—even…
  • Washington Helped Create Puerto Rican Crisis

    Nicole Kaeding
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:21 pm
    On Monday, I highlighted the fiscal crisis in Puerto Rico. The island’s governor announced that it cannot fully pay back its $70 billion in outstanding debt. Much of the attention this week has focused on how Puerto Rico has mismanaged its finances. San Juan has delayed necessary reforms. But missing in most news articles is the role that Washington, D.C. has played in creating the mess. Over at Fox News, I have a new piece describing how the federal government has contributed to the island’s problems. For instance, the federal minimum wage contributes to Puerto Rico’s challenges: The…
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    Mark Serrano

  • President Obama Visits Wisconsin

    Mark Serrano
    2 Jul 2015 | 2:11 pm
    “You couldn’t have a more stark contrast in Wisconsin today.”
  • Debt and Foreign Policy

    Mark Serrano
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:05 am
    “His [Gov. Christie] success will be judged by whether or not voters in the GOP primary are going to be looking for rhetoric or a record.”
  • Court Sides with Obamacare and Meadows Reinstated as Chair

    Mark Serrano
    25 Jun 2015 | 2:41 pm
    “With policy you cannot look at anything as impossible.”
  • Permission Granted to Say the Word “Nigger”

    Mark Serrano
    23 Jun 2015 | 9:05 am
    I guess if the President of the United States says it, then it must be OK. On the podcast show “WTF” – clearly a platform worthy and becoming of the Office of the President – Obama reflected on racism in America since the race-motivated killing of nine people in the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC last week. He said: “…it’s not just a matter of it not being polite to say nigger in public.” The term is as vulgar as saying “bitch” or “dick,” or even as bad as the granddaddies of them all: “fuck,” or “cunt” – it must be…
  • Greece Nears Deal Deadline; House Passes TPA Bill

    Mark Serrano
    18 Jun 2015 | 2:41 pm
    “There’s something wrong with this and it’s because they want to keep it a secret.”
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    Washington Free Beacon

  • Obama: Ideologies Are Not Defeated With Guns But With Better Ideas

    Washington Free Beacon Staff
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:03 pm
  • Halperin Condones Human Herding, Defends Clinton Campaign Roping Off Reporters

    Daniel Bassali
    6 Jul 2015 | 4:16 pm
    Mark Halperin came on the side of child leashing and human herding on Monday, as the With All Due Respect co-host attempted to explain away a hostile incident between the Clinton campaign and the media. Clinton campaign aides in New Hampshire corralled reporters with rope, forcing them to embarrassingly walk through a Fourth of July parade in a makeshift pen. Pictures of reporters behind the rope went viral over the weekend, drawing criticism from many. It was yet another self-inflicted mistake for the campaign that has a rough relationship with the press for its heavy-handed treatment of…
  • Obama: No Plans to Send More Troops Overseas to Fight Islamic State

    Morgan Chalfant
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:21 pm
    During live televised remarks at the Pentagon Monday afternoon, President Obama offered the public an update on the “long-term campaign” against the Islamic State terrorist group (IS, also known as ISIL or ISIS). While Obama acknowledged the group’s gains in Iraq and Syria as “setbacks,” he spoke optimistically about the “progress” the United States is seeing after hitting IS with thousands of air strikes. “ISIL can be pushed back,” Obama declared, cautioning that it will “take time to root them out.” The United States will ramp up its efforts against the terror…
  • DNC Hires East Village Fire ‘Selfie’ Tourist as New Spokesperson

    Alana Goodman
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:50 pm
    A New York City tourist who sparked national outrage after taking a smiling “selfie” in front of the rubble of the deadly East Village inferno in March is now working as a spokesperson for the Democratic National Committee and criticizing GOP candidates for their social media output. Christina Freundlich, who previously worked at the Iowa Democratic Party and the Obama campaign, was criticized for posting an online picture of her grinning and flashing a “peace sign” in front of the scene of the fire, which killed two people and injured over two dozen in March. Freundlich apologized…
  • Marco Rubio Accuses NYT of Attacking Him With ‘Castro Regime’s Propaganda’

    Morgan Chalfant
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:47 pm
    Marco Rubio on Monday accused the New York Times of reporting the “Castro regime’s propaganda” on him by publishing a story highlighting negative opinions of the GOP presidential candidate held by some Cubans. “NYT follows up traffic tix & ‘luxury speedboat’ stories with expose of Castro regime’s propaganda on me. #nicetry,” Rubio wrote on Twitter Monday morning, referencing a Times piece published Sunday that cast the Cuban-American senator as “hardly a hero in Cuba.” Rubio’s tweet also referred to two separate stories published in the Times last month, one of…
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