The missing Cuban dissidents– or Barack Obama drives one hard bargain

    Color me agnostic on the Cuba embargo. I think we could have driven Clan Castro from power years ago if we had subsidized cheap airfares and flooded Havana with hipsters and libertarians. Be that as it may, that was not the deal negotiated by the nimrods in the White House. No matter what the deal was, if the US is to retain even a thread | Read More »

    Glenn Grothman Is All Talk

    The reason people are so deeply cynical about politics is because they rally around candidates who say bold things only to see those candidates immediately cave once secured in their position. Behold Glenn Grothman, a Congressman from Wisconsin. “I would have no problem looking for an alternative to Speaker Boehner,” Grothman said in a candidate debate Aug. 1. “I have no problem standing up to | Read More »

    The New York Times Libels Steve Scalise

    The New York Times Libels Steve Scalise

    The layers and layers of fact checkers and editors that the media employs are often terrible at their jobs, but seldom do you see a failure as spectacular as this. I am not a huge fan of and would prefer that someone else be elected Majority Whip. But it now seems clear that the allegation that he spoke at a white supremacist rally is outright | Read More »

    Was North Korea’s Attack on Sony an Act of Terrorism?

    On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson is joined by Joshua Stanton to discuss the hack attack on Sony Pictures, if North Korea’s attack should be considered terrorism and their response to new sanctions.

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    The Tea Party’s Racism

    The New York Times has a story about the challenges to . It again makes the point that Republican Leaders intend to push hard against conservatives once Boehner’s spot as Speaker is secure. But there is more to it. The Times brings back up the Scalise issue. It adds extra liberal hyperbole that even I, as someone who questioned Scalise, think is inappropriate. But there | Read More »

    Eric Cantor gives advice to the new Congress

    Eric Cantor gives advice to the new Congress

      Eric Cantor, former House Majority Leader, has some interesting thoughts on the next Congress. Some are good but most indicate how we dodged the bullet when he lost his primary.

    2015 Could Be an Historical Inflection Point

    There have been certain years in US History where something finally just had to give. 1861, 1929, and 1968 all come immediately to mind. In each scenario, a major societal institution* reached a point where it provided obviously diminished marginal returns if not outright economic failure. This forced Americans to do something we have always pretty much hated doing and significantly change certain aspects of | Read More »

    Dear Freshman Republicans

    Congratulations on your election. You all come from different backgrounds with different views and even differing ideologies and priorities. But collectively you now are called upon to decide important issues. For those of you in the House, many of you campaigned saying you would vote against Speaker Boehner. You are now trying to talk your way out of it claiming you tried behind closed doors | Read More »

    Jim Jordan on the Verge of a Horatius Moment

    Horatius stood at the Pons Sublicius as an invading army tried to conquer Rome. According to Babbington’s poem, Horatius famously asked “Who will stand on either hand and guard this bridge with me?” Horatius saved Rome. Congressman finds himself in a similar moment. The Politico reports that privately Boehner’s aides and the Republican Leadership intend to use ‘s re-election to vanquish the conservative opposition with | Read More »

    The Vine

    Happy New Year! Are you ready to represent life in 2015? As a movement, we are starting out the year in a strong position: The majority of Americans do not support abortion on demand, we’ve put a pro-life majority in Congress, and more pro-life laws were put in to place in 2011 – 2013 than in the entire previous decade! It’s going to be a great | Read More »

    Bill Clinton, sex slaves, and the 2016 campaign

    The 2016 campaign is getting into full swing and there are two things that are certain. The first is that Hillary Clinton is trying to clear the decks for a coronation. In 2008, Clinton proved she had a glass jaw. Her strategy for 2016 seems to be to try to take a page out of the Planned Parenthood playbook and kill her opponents in utero | Read More »

    Harvard bitten by the Obamacare monster that it helped spawn.

    Harvard bitten by the Obamacare monster that it helped spawn.

    Hope that you don’t have an allergy to schadenfreude, because this is the pure stuff: ” For years, Harvard’s experts on health economics and policy have advised presidents and Congress on how to provide health benefits to the nation at a reasonable cost. But those remedies will now be applied to the Harvard faculty, and the professors are in an uproar.”  Turns out that adding | Read More »

    Army disciplines chaplain for mentioning God

    I served quite a while in the Army as an infantry officer. Generally I look back on my career with deep feelings of affection for the institution that rescued me from life chopping tobacco or working in a furniture mill, but I will concede that the Army is prone to institutional stupidity. When I commanded a rifle company the Army was all hot on its | Read More »

    In Defense of Mike Huckabee (sort of)

    In Defense of Mike Huckabee (sort of)

    With the news that Mike Huckabee has started an exploratory PAC for an anticipated 2016 run, the DC consultant machine has gone from zero to full contempt mode pretty much instantaneously. As I’ve watched all this unfold across the blogosphere and twitter all weekend, I could not help but think that 90% of the contempt that Huckabee generates is borne of not-very-veiled bigotry against the | Read More »

    Is Your Job Future Proof?

    On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson is joined by Francis Cianfrocca to discuss the Sony Pictures hack attack, what society looks like in a robot economy and if your job is future proof.

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