Distractions and Focus
Eric Shinseki is gone. It happened on Friday. News like this happens on a Friday. Jay Carney followed shortly thereafter on Friday. But then there was the other story. We have gotten back Bowe Bergdahl from the Taliban. The Administration is focusing on this and distracting the press, most likely willingly, from a few issues that require focus. First is the ongoing V.A. scandal. The | Read More »
Time for Eric Cantor to Put Up or Shut Up
It is now safe to say that Eric Cantor wins the award for the most dishonest campaign of the election cycle. And given the fact that every establishment candidate has run a campaign based on distorting their own record or issue positions, that is saying a lot. After sending out a series of shockingly dishonest mailers and appallingly deceitful TV ads, Cantor blasted out an | Read More »
Barack Obama hides behind signing statements to justify #Bergdahl / Taliban swap.
So, it turns out that the Obama administration was legally required to at least notify Congress before it actually traded Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban terrorist commanders*: Lawmakers were not notified of the Guantanamo detainees’ transfer until after it occurred. The law requires the defense secretary to notify relevant congressional committees at least 30 days before making any transfers of prisoners, to explain the | Read More »
Why Thad Cochran is Unfit to Serve
As the Mississippi primary ticks down to its closing hours, Senator Thad Cochran finally came out of his witness protection program to give an interview with the Washington Post. But in that interview, he clearly shows why he is unfit to represent Republicans in the state of Mississippi: During his campaign stop at the hospital, Cochran had not mentioned the Affordable Care Act, a flash | Read More »
Three things about this Bowe Bergdahl / Taliban prisoners swap.
It’s a heck of a thing when your only hope is “Maybe they put a remote tracker in one guy’s gut.”
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Union Ain’t Wanted: Pro-union Workers Want UAW To Leave Mercedes
Question: When do you know a union trying to unionize a group of workers has worn out its welcome? Answer: When the union’s supporters tell the union to go away. A mere four months after the United Auto Workers’ devastating defeat at Volkswagen’s plant in Chattanooga, pro-union workers at Mercedes-Benz’s plant in Alabama want the UAW to go away. While the UAW had had more | Read More »
Tech at Night: FCC is still a problem. GOP vs UN-run Internet. Snowden complains ironically.
I know, I’m late again. Turns out after being sick my body’s just been exhausted recovering. We’ll be better off next week.
Ajit Pai came to RedState on Friday to tell us about the Zapple Doctrine was being used by the FCC to stifle freedom of speech, specifically to try to hinder Scott Walker. The Zapple Doctrine is now dead, but we need to check the FCC to keep it from returning.
Broadcasters also want to check the FCC but they’re going to the courts, the same way ISPs had to over Net Neutrality.
And House Republicans are hard at work to shut Net Neutrality down again, after the courts already had to slap it down twice before.
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, Edward Snowden
, Net Neutrality
, Patent Trolls
, Scott Walker
, Tech at Night
, Zapple Doctrine
Elizabeth Esty (D, Connecticut-05) seems… worried… about her electoral chances.
You have to wonder. First off, the DCCC is planning to dump about three quarters of a million dollars in ad buys for Esty’s campaign. This is a little surprising, because the actual Republican candidate for that district is still kind of up in the air. There’s also more than a touch of scandal potentially looming over Esty’s general campaign this year: back in 2013 | Read More »
Protecting Free Speech from FCC Regulation
The First Amendment won big at the end of February. Due to an avalanche of public opposition, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) cancelled the so-called Critical Information Needs study. Americans across the political spectrum joined ranks to make two things clear. First, the government has no place in the newsroom. And second, the American people—not the FCC—should decide what information is important.
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Millennials Are Risk Averse and That’s a Bad Sign
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech discuss the financial risk aversion of Millennials, why debt and the roller coaster stock market might explain that and how the GOP can attract Millennial votes.
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University of Wisconsin Gets $5 Million to Create Enviro “Science Fiction”
The University of Wisconsin Madison has received nearly $5 million from the federal government to create a “science fiction” project modeling environmental scenarios for the Yahara Watershed in Wisconsin. The project assumes that climate change will create a serious crisis for the watershed, which includes the City of Madison and surrounding suburbs, and in four scenarios researchers game out what could happen by the year | Read More »
NBC Chief Foreign Correspondent Can’t Name ONE COUNTRY Where Obama Has Improved Foreign Relations
Appearing on CNBC’s Squawk Box on Thursday, NBC’s Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel was asked to name one nation with whom relations have improved under President Obama’s foreign policy leadership. In the exchange with Home Depot co-founder Ken Langone, Engel finds the task impossible. LANGONE: Name one country with whom we have better relationships today than we did when he became president of the United | Read More »
Leslie Rutledge Thinks Hiring Conservatives is Discrimination
Leslie Rutledge has worked for the RNC and the NRCC. She has worked for Mike Huckabee. She’s a Republican. But a lot of conservative lawyers are skittish about her being the Republican nominee for Attorney General in Arkansas. Rutledge has, five times, voted in Democratic primaries in Arkansas. She’s running against David Sterling, who never left Arkansas for the greener pastures of the RNC, and | Read More »
‘She Gets Everything She Wants’
“She gets everything she wants,” Jack Abramoff said in an email. He was referring to Ann Copland who spent 29 years working for Thad Cochran, working her way into the position of his Executive Assistant. An Abramoff associate was complaining that Ms. Copland wanted to see Paul McCartney, Green Day, and others. She was demanding. But she got everything she wanted because she delivered Thad | Read More »