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    Justin Amash’s Petty Victory Speech

    Justin Amash's Petty Victory Speech

    Via RCP comes this video (which, I understand, is but one segment in a longer speech, and I confess I haven’t yet seen the whole thing), of Justin Amash giving some remarks during his primary victory speech yesterday. I know there are many people who are watching Justin Amash’s career very closely; I am not one of them. I know almost nothing about him frankly | Read More »

    Vox Plays Heads-I-Win, Tails-You-Lose with Immigration

    Vox Plays Heads-I-Win, Tails-You-Lose with Immigration

    Over at Vox, Ezra Klein has set forth some… interesting theories of how Presidential authority works in the face of Congressional inaction: Douthat may, depending on the details of the policy, be right that Obama intends to push presidential authority beyond where it should properly go. But he skips too lightly over the role congressional dysfunction plays in empowering the executive branch. “Incompetence and gridlock are significant problems, | Read More »

    A Charity “Scandal”, not a TEA Party One

    A Charity "Scandal", not a TEA Party One

    The GOP Establishment wing of twitter is abuzz today about this story by ProPublica writer Kim Barker. ProPublica, for those who don’t know, is a far left-wing rabblerousing organization that has spent a ton of time and energy attempting to dig up dirt on right wing charities and PACs in an effort to slow the effectiveness of these groups. Ever willing to play the useful | Read More »

    Negotiating a Truce with the American Version of Hamas

    Negotiating a Truce with the American Version of Hamas

    It is considered de rigueur in Republican circles these days to not talk about social issues. There has been a movement afoot since 2010 and before to declare a “truce” on social issues, which is ill advised for a number of reasons that we’ve discussed before. Meanwhile, those who have advocated the truce have discovered exactly the same thing that the IDF has discovered: it’s impossible | Read More »

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    Rand Paul is a Poltroon

    Rand Paul is a Poltroon

    Via Matt Cover, we now have yet another instance of Rand Paul changing his positions on a key issue and then pretending he never held the previous position in the first place. The latest instance comes in the context of aid to foreign countries (specifically, Israel is under consideration here but to be fair to Rand Paul his point was about foreign aid to all | Read More »

    Grift Versus Theft

    Grift Versus Theft

    Everyone today has been discussing this sophomoric and sloppy piece in Politico Magazine by former Rep. Steve LaTourette. Erick has already pointed out the delicious irony involved in the banally (yet profoundly) crooked Steve LaTourette accusing anyone of grift (see here and here). It is definitely a valid point that LaTourette’s entire career is testimony to the idea that belonging to the “governing wing” of | Read More »

    House Democrats Claim “Momentum” For 2014

    House Democrats Claim "Momentum" For 2014

    The eerie similarities between the Republican disaster in 2006 and the coming Democrat disaster in 2014 continue to mount. The latest is a fairly desperate memo from DCCC chair Steve Israel which purports to show that Democrats have “momentum” heading into the 2014 elections based on some evidence that could most charitably be characterized as “flimsy”: House Democrats head into the August congressional recess and | Read More »

    The Rehabilitation of the Retreads

    The Rehabilitation of the Retreads

    To the chagrin of many conservative activists, two of the more prominent figures on the 2012 campaign trail are giving every indication of running again and are getting a lot of attention from the media. The first is Texas Governor Rick Perry, who has used a series of impressive appearances dealing with the border crisis to vault himself back into the national spotlight, where he | Read More »

    Gaza Ceasefire Fails Utterly

    Gaza Ceasefire Fails Utterly

    For the United States, it’s nice to have the rest of the world respect us but failing that, it’s important for the stability of the globe at large to have them fear us. The current complete disintegration of the situation in Gaza is demonstrating nicely that they do neither anymore. Blaring headlines across the global news sphere are now announcing that the 72-hour ceasefire, negotiated | Read More »

    People Who Can Read Are “Obamacare Truthers” Now

    People Who Can Read Are "Obamacare Truthers" Now

    The left has been in power so long they have completely lost both the ability to persuade people and any interest in doing so. Instead the only tools remaining in their kit are mocking and derision. So it is that we find that the left has coined a new and not very creative insult for people who believe that the Halbig plaintiffs were correct and that Obamacare, | Read More »

    We, America, Created Ray Rice

    We, America, Created Ray Rice

    Ray Rice faced the media today for the first time since he knocked his fiancee unconscious and dragged her to his hotel room. I didn’t watch; I have little interest in hearing questions from the same media that insists upon calling Rice an “alleged” woman beater even though he was literally caught on tape and even though he’s essentially admitted doing it. Neither do I | Read More »

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    This is What a Judicial Abomination Looks Like

    This is What a Judicial Abomination Looks Like

    Whilst everyone is arguing about the propriety of a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit taking the words of a statute literally, a three-judge panel of the Fifth Circuit decided to show the world what a really terrible judicial opinion actually looks like. In a split decision, the Court ruled in Jackson Women’s Health Organization v. Currier that Mississippi H.B. 1390, which required doctors who performed | Read More »

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    Greg Sargent’s Own Goal Worse than Previously Believed

    Greg Sargent's Own Goal Worse than Previously Believed

    Yesterday I jotted off a quick post about Greg Sargent’s “bombshell” evidence that supposedly disproved the Halbig Plaintiffs’ entire argument, but actually proved it conclusively. At the end of that post I predicted that Sargent’s evidence would be much more likely to be cited by the Plaintiffs (the side he opposes) than the Defendants (the side he favors). Turns out, Patterico did some digging late last | Read More »

    Greg Sargent Inadvertently Proves the Halbig Plaintiffs’ Case

    Greg Sargent Inadvertently Proves the Halbig Plaintiffs' Case

    Partisan hack and Washington Post writer Greg Sargent has allegedly found a silver bullet that proves that the Halbig decision is erroneous and that the Halbig plaintiffs don’t have a leg to stand on. The gist of Sargent’s point is that an earlier version of the Obamacare bill had language that explicitly provided for subsidies for beneficiaries on Federal exchanges, even though the final version of | Read More »

    New CBS/NYT Poll Shows Possible GOP Senate Wave Forming

    New CBS/NYT Poll Shows Possible GOP Senate Wave Forming

    A new CBS/NYT poll has been released which is thus far the most exhaustive simultaneous battleground poll that has been taken this election season. It shows Republicans holding all their “close” seats, with McConnell leading Grimes 50-46 and Perdue leading Nunn 50-44. Obviously, these races are still very competitive and could flip although I think that as time goes along Perdue will pull away from | Read More »


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