Barack Obama torpedoes changes to NSA program.
Ostensibly, he’s doing something completely different: “The Obama administration is preparing to unveil a legislative proposal for a far-reaching overhaul of the National Security Agency’s once-secret bulk phone records program in a way that — if approved by Congress — would end the aspect that has most alarmed privacy advocates since its existence was leaked last year, according to senior administration officials.” “If.”
How #Obamacare hurts battered wives.
Short version: Obamacare assumes that married people file jointly. The problem with that? “In May 2012, when the Internal Revenue Service proposed its rules for Americans to get government subsidies for health insurance, officials acknowledged that a legal quirk needed to be fixed: The Affordable Care Act was written in a way that inadvertently denied such help to some people who live apart from spouses | Read More »
Excuse me, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D), but is that Barack Obama’s dagger in your back?
This was just mean: Former Bay State U.S. Senator Scott Brown is reacting to President Obama’s comments about his potential Senate run in New Hampshire. “I’d be happy to – you know, if Scott Brown wants to move down to Texas, you know, then we could always use some moderate Republicans in other parts of the country…” Or possibly just stupidly incompetent of the President. | Read More »
The Democratic party’s devolution on the values of military service.
Remember how, from 2001 to 2006 or so, the Democrats kept screaming about “chickenhawking?” – Oh, yes, the Left has been re-purposing homophobic slurs for some time: they used that term to attack anybody who supported the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, but did not actually serve. It went nowhere, of course: your average anti-war type not only does not understand the concepts of ‘democracy’ | Read More »
Cigarette smuggling business booming in NYC. Of course.
There are days when I wish that classes in Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century European history were mandatory for government officials – wait, no, I always wish that. There are simply days where my desires are given explicit validation by a new report: “More than half of the cigarettes sold in New York State are smuggled in from other places to avoid the Empire State’s taxes | Read More »
Washington Post publishes sloppy anti-Koch hit piece, forgets to correct mistakes.
Wow, but Wonkblog has gone downhill since Ezra Klein left…. Yeah, I’m shocked to write that, too. Anyway, here’s the summary of today’s epic oil sand reporting oopsie, in a nutshell: The Washington Post’s Wonkblog’s Steven Mufson and Juliet Eilperin essentially wrote a hit post on the Koch brothers (two high demons in American Orthodox Progressivism, or AOP) by attempting to link them to Canadian | Read More »
Pennsylvania AG Kathleen Kane (D) threatens to sue newspaper for committing… journalism.
I was going to do a background paragraph on the story, but the first line of this article makes it redundant: “State Attorney General Kathleen Kane has hired one of the most feared litigators in the region, Richard A. Sprague, to represent her in possible defamation suits arising from accounts of her decision to end an undercover investigation that taped at least five Philadelphia Democrats | Read More »
FL-13 Fallout Watch: Two Democratic House candidates drop out this week.
To mangle Machiavelli… gold may not get you good candidates, but good candidates can always get you gold.
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Get ready for #obamacare premium increases. Or possibly ‘brace for impact.’
There is no way that you can convince a voter forced to go to the exchanges that $500 of his or her money is equivalent to $5,000, or $10,000.
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Mitt Romney Twists The Foreign Policy Knife.
The use of the Shakespeare quote was particularly vicious. I approve, mind you: In virtually every foreign-affairs crisis we have faced these past five years, there was a point when America had good choices and good options. There was a juncture when America had the potential to influence events. But we failed to act at the propitious point; that moment having passed, we were left | Read More »
An annotated chart about why Presidential approval ratings matter.
Strictly speaking, I am not criticizing the Fix for not drawing a more explicit link between Presidential approval ratings and Senate churn in a midterm election. They established the basic point, which was that both parties are increasingly taking seriously that the President’s current low numbers will translate into Democratic losses in the Senate. The Monkey Cage spells it out: Presidential approval is strongly correlated | Read More »
The Obama administration wishes to wreck your quiet enjoyment of March Madness.
This administration has never wanted any of us to have private spaces in our lives, anywhere. Everything must be political; nothing may be free of subtext.
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Harry Reid offers the NRA a scalp on controversial Surgeon General nomination.
…the GOP will still vote against the nomination, the NRA will score the vote, and the Democrats will have to convince vulnerable Red State Democrats to risk dying on that hill.
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*More* Democratic House retirements this week?
“[CNN's John King was] told the Florida special election results were the last straw for at least two and perhaps more House Democrats facing tough 2014 races.”
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