Hey, everybody: it’s SCOTUS Day!
That’s right, kids: today’s a day where the United States Supreme Court reminds you that complicated, final decisions in tricky law cases are determined by whether Anthony Kennedy liked what he had for breakfast that morning. [pause] Well, at least the Supreme Court isn’t declaring our metadata unconstitutional. That’s something, at least. SCOTUS Blog is covering it in real time, but feel free to comment | Read More »
Has the Obama administration EARNED our trust on phone metadata harvesting?
Let us imagine a world where the following occurred*: 2008 – 2013: Barack Obama accepts public financing for the election, promptly closes Gitmo, and rigorously avoids raising taxes of any kind on the middle class. Just to not-really-randomly pick three of his campaign promises. 2009: Barack Obama secures the formal appointment of Inspector Generals at Defense, Homeland Security, Interior, Labor, State, and the Agency for | Read More »
Update on the NJ Senate special election.
Cory Booker makes it official that he’s running for NJ-SEN (special): he announced it today. Here’s the thing, though: so is Rep. Frank Pallone. For that matter, so is Rep. Rush Holt, but Holt’s brand of progressive is probably not envelopes-of-cash-under-the-table enough for the Democratic Senate primary. In other words: this is a two-man show, and Frank Pallone is going to startle a lot of | Read More »
New Mexico Attorney General Gary King’s (Democrat) …links… to stolen emails.
Oh man but this is going to throw a spanner into the works for Democrats in New Mexico next year. Executive summary: Jamie Estrada, former campaign manager for Susana Martinez (now the Republican governor of New Mexico), is accused of stealing* emails from her campaign account and passing them along to Democratic operative (and accused pedophile[**]) Jason Loera. Loera is likewise accused of passing along | Read More »
Mark Kirk backhands Eric Holder over the executive branch’s spying on Congress.
Short version: Eric Holder got to be testifying before the Senate on a day where the big news was that the NSA was having Verizon pull its phone logs and hand them over to the federal government. Mark Kirk had an opportunity to ask questions. Hi-jinks, as they say, ensued. For those of you who don’t have video, here’s a rough translation/summary of what Holder | Read More »
Barack Obama unilaterally tries to recuse Susan Rice from #Benghazi testimony.
Via Ed Driscoll comes something I hadn’t considered: Susan Rice as National Security Advisor means that Barack Obama thinks that he can claim executive privilege to keep her from testifying. A Google News search on ["Susan Rice" "executive privilege"] (typed exactly as indicated between brackets) returns two stories. The main one is at Fox News, where K.T. McFarland pointed out that President Obama, now that | Read More »
EPA confesses to handing out farmers’ personal information to activist-lawyers.
Executive summary (H/T: AoSHQ): the EPA just admitted that, yeah, it gave out a bunch of personal information about farmers and ranchers – including phone numbers, email addresses, regular addresses, and whatnot – to various environmental groups. The EPA also is kind of admitting that, yeah, maybe it shouldn’t have given out that information, which is why they’ve asked those groups to give that information | Read More »
Democrats to try 2010 Obamacare strategy in 2014.
Well, it’s not like they have many options left at this point: Scarred by years of Republican attacks over Obamacare, with more in store next year, Democrats have settled on an unlikely strategy for the 2014 midterms: Bring it on. Party strategists believe that embracing the polarizing law — especially its more popular elements — is smarter politics than fleeing from it in the House | Read More »
Frank Lautenberg has passed.
He apparently has passed “due to complications from viral pneumonia.” He was 89 years old, and the last remaining World War II veteran in the Senate. Our condolences to his family and loved ones. RT @seanagnew: RIP, Technician Fifth Grade, Frank Lautenberg. 3185th Signal Service Battalion — Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) June 3, 2013 Moe Lane (crosspost)
White House: Will no Democrat ask us to fire this meddlesome AG?
This is what we in the business call a hint . Over the course of four and a half years, no other member of President Obama’s cabinet has been at the center of so many polarizing episodes or the target of so much criticism. While the White House publicly backed Mr. Holder as he tried to smooth over the latest uproar amid new speculation about | Read More »
Helpful reminder: Communism kills, capitalism saves.
Remember, in the 20th century: One man’s individual drive and industry saved about a billion people*; The impersonal forces of market-based capitalism redeemed about one billion people; And international Communism? …Well, at least we kept them from killing more than one hundred million people. Sorry to repeat the point, but it never hurts to remind folks that there was a right side, and a wrong | Read More »
Mitt Romney: don’t waste your time. Just give *me* $50 million to work with.
Come, I will conceal nothing from you. I only read this: Romney Planning to Rejoin National Dialogue Months After Election Loss, He Will Host Event in Utah for 200 Friends and Campaign Supporters …the rest is behind a paywall. Still: you want to rejoin the National Dialogue, Mr. Romney? This is how you do it: you give me fifty million dollars and then you tell | Read More »
The Eric Holder Off The Record Media Avaliability Scorecard.
Background: Eric Holder wants to have an off-the-record meeting with various and sundry media groups to address their concerns about why the Justice Department is spying on reporters. So far, a lot of Media organizations are telling Eric Holder that they have no intention of doing anything of the sort unless the proceedings are on the record. It’s getting confusing, so I thought that I’d | Read More »
Barack Obama tells DCCC that he fixed Washington, DC.
Indirectly, to be sure: but nobody sensible to expect plain talking from Barack Obama anyway. At the heart of this stunning revelation is this bit from the Hill: “Do not buy into this notion somehow that, oh, these problems are too big or Washington is broken,” Obama said. “Washington is not broken. It’s broken right now for a particular reason, but it’s not permanently broken. | Read More »
The IRS, Obamacare, and other pains in Barack Obama’s tuchis.
There’s something that I am quite happy to point out about the Obamacare jam (H/T: Hot Air) that Democrats are finding themselves in right now… Conservative groups are preparing to use the deepening public distrust of the Internal Revenue Service to discredit the Affordable Care Act, and the Democrats who support it, in the 2014 election cycle. Now that the IRS has admitted to unfairly | Read More »