Boris Nemtsov, Another Putin Critic, has been Killed
What is it about prominent critics of Vladimir Putin and ending up dead? Just to name a few, there’s Anna Politkovskaya, Viktor Yushchenko**, and Sergei Yushenkhov.* Now, we can add former deputy prime minister, opposition party leader, and liberal (in the old sense) Boris Nemtsov. Just one days before a opposition rally is scheduled to take place, he was shot four times from a passing | Read More »
Some thoughts, several years before the start of the Tenth Crusade.
“History does not always repeat itself: sometimes it screams ‘Why won’t you ever listen to what I’m SAYING?’ and then hits you with a club.”
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The ISPs Should Blame Themselves for Net Neutrality
First of all, let me say that Net Neutrality is a bad policy that is a) unfair to the ISPs and b) likely to lead to higher rates and lower performance for Internet service. Republicans ought to seek to overturn it as soon as possible either legislatively or through changing the composition of the FCC. With that out of the way, to the extent that | Read More »
Ezra Klein Breaks The Internet with Dumb
Here it is: When our great grandchildren are dealing with the effects of climate change, they will look at this and hate us: http://t.co/YBv5vM8Kzu — Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) February 27, 2015 This is Vox’s piece by Brad Plumer depicting Senator James Inhofe tossing a snowball on the Senate floor. He then segues into more pretty charts showing data from the Climate Change Institute and NOAA. | Read More »
A Title II Internet
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson is joined by Francis Cianfrocca to discuss the FCC vote to reclassify broadband internet into Title II, the inevitable legal challenges and what this means for the future of the web.
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Mini Obamacare Bailout? Treasury Covers Some Obamacare Costs Without Congressional Approval
A few weeks ago, I wrote about how Obama’s budget contained a $22 billion student loan bailout to cover a massive shortage of funds for the Department of Education Federal Student Loan program. Because the program is categorized as a “credit program”, due to a “quirk in the budget process for credit programs, the department can add the $21.8 billion to the deficit automatically, without | Read More »
GOP Moderates: fighting Obama is a clown strategy, bro
There is perhaps nothing more craven and disgusting than a man (or woman) who believes in nothing more substantial than their own self-aggrandizement put in the position of having to make a principled decision. That is what we’re seeing in the House of Representatives. House Speaker John Boehner will move a vote today on a bill that will fund the Department of Homeland Security for three | Read More »
Can We Impeach Now?
First Barack Obama decided to overreach and extend amnesty by executive order. One judge in Texas has told him no and Republicans are hanging their hat on that judge’s order. Then the FCC decided to declare internet a public utility. They overreached, rushed it through, and committed to as little transparency as possible to make it happen. Congress did nothing on this front and the | Read More »
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Friends: DHS, the Export-Import Bank, and Scott Walkerpalooza
Welcome to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Friends! Tonight, Casey Mattox of the Alliance Defending Freedom joins Jay Caruso of Pocket Full of Liberty, F. Bill McMorris of the Washington Free Beacon, Neal Dewing of the Federalist, and Scott Lincicome of the Cato Institute to discuss the ongoing DHS showdown, the Export-Import Bank, the Scott Walker mediapalooza, and more. Join the gang on Google | Read More »
Jeb Bush: Americans are losers
If the nascent Jeb Bush presidential campaign has a central message other than “I am entitled” it is that Americans are pretty stupid and they need their betters to run things for them. Take, for instance, Jeb Bush’s comments on the egregious loser-ness that being American entails. I touched on Jeb Bush’s stated ambivalence about the Americans and their ability to succeed in this piece. | Read More »
An Ill-Advised Non-Compromise: “Get the Government Out of Marriage”
Over the last several years I have often heard well-intended folks on both sides of the marriage debate throw up their hands in exasperation and say something along the lines of, “Why don’t we just get the government out of marriage? Just let churches do what they want and keep the state out of it.” The latest example of this is Heather Wilhelm’s column | Read More »
I hope that Gov. Bruce Rauner (R, Illinois) knows what a blood oath is…
It looks like Bruce Rauner might actually have meant it when he talked about reform.
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Why I’m Signing Wisconsin’s Freedom to Work Legislation
When I took office as governor of Wisconsin in 2011, I called together our new Republican majority in the legislature and told them it was time to “put up or shut up.” As the elected leaders of our state, we owed it to our fellow Wisconsinites to follow through with our promises and to tackle the big issues head on. Our first order of business | Read More »